This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For the unit in Age of Empires III, see Samurai (Age of Empires III).
Unit information
Type Infantry
Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization KingsIcon Japanese
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Trained at Castle-logo Castle
Training time 9 seconds
Training cost
Food 60
Gold 30
Hit points 60, 80 (Elite)
Attack 8, 12 (Elite) melee
Attack bonuses +10, +12 (Elite) vs Unique unit
+2, +3 (Elite) vs Eagle Warrior
+2, +3 (Elite) vs Standard building
Rate of Fire 1.45
Melee armor 1
Pierce armor 1
Armor classes Infantry
Unique unit
Speed 1
Line of Sight 4, 5 (Elite)
Unit evolution
Upgrades to SMURI Elite Samurai
Upgrade cost Elite-unique-research 950 food, 875 gold
Upgrade time 60 seconds

"Japanese unique unit. Infantry with fast attack."

Age of Empires II description

The Samurai is the unique unit of the Japanese in Age of Empires II. It is a fast-attacking infantry unit with an attack bonus against other unique units.

Samurai can be upgraded to Elite Samurai in the Imperial Age.

Tactics Edit

Samurai should be used to seek out the strongest late-game enemies, as they possess an attack bonus against other unique units. At first glance, Samurai appear to be weaker in combat than its equivalent swordsman from the Barracks, (the Long Swordsman in the Castle Age, and the Champion in the Imperial Age), the Japanese bonus to infantry attack speed makes them roughly equal in combat ability in general combat. However, due to their bonus against unique units (10 for regular, 12 for Elite), the Samurai fares better in the late-game, when unique units play a bigger role in combat. The Samurai already innately has a faster attack rate than most infantry but combined with the Japanese civilization bonus of 25% faster attack speed gives them a lightning fast attack. However, the unique units they aren't cost effective against are Cataphracts and War Elephants. As with most sword-wielding infantry, they struggle against the Knight line and archers.

Samurai perform well when paired with Pikemen (who also receive the Japanese infantry attack bonus) to answer cavalry, but against archers they need ranged support. They should be supported by the strong Japanese archers, Skirmishers, or Scorpions when dealing with an archer-using opponent.

The Imperial Camel and the Imperial Skirmisher are the only unique units not to take the bonus damage from the Samurai, due to both being unique upgrades of common units.

Further statistics Edit

As Samurai are unique to the Japanese, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Unique units, buildings, Eagle Warriors
Weak vs. Archers, Hand Cannoneers, Knights
Attack Forging Forging (+1)
Ironcasting Iron Casting (+1)
Blastfurnace Blast Furnace (+2)
Arson Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Armor Scalemailarmor Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Chainmailarmor Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Platemailarmor Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
Speed Squires Squires (+10%)
Sight Tracking Tracking (+2)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Samurai can be upgraded to Elite Samurai

Civilization bonuses Edit

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Samurai train in 16 seconds.
  • Samurai have 0 pierce armor, a Rate of Fire of 2.03, and move at a speed of 0.9.
  • Samurai have an attack bonus of +5 (+6 for Elite) against unique units.

The Conquerors Edit

  • Samurai now train in 9 seconds.
  • Samurai now have 1 pierce armor, a Rate of Fire of 1.93, and move at a speed of 1.
  • Samurai now have an attack bonus of +10 (+12 for Elite) against unique units.
  • Heresy introduced.

The African Kingdoms Edit

Trivia Edit

  • When the Samurai is out of hit points, one of his death animations shows him stabbing himself with his sword, then dropping to the ground. This was their means of ritual suicide, known as seppuku, ('belly-cutting') or, more familiarly, hara-kiri.
  • The Samurai was originally meant to have both melee and ranged attacks, before developers ultimately removed their ranged attack due to being too unfriendly and cumbersome to use. The risk of quickly ordering a Samurai to attack a Ram in a melee attack, attend to other things and check back to see the Samurai accidentally having been ordered to attack with a Bow instead of his sword was deemed too much.
  • The Samurai is the only unit that has an attack bonus against other unique units.
  • With Rate of Fire of 1.425 seconds per strike, the Samurai is tied with the Japanese Condottiero for the fastest attacking melee unit in the game.
  • In real life, medieval samurais were usually mounted.

History Edit

When knights were coming into dominance as lords and warriors in Europe, a similar social and military change was taking place simultaneously in Japan. A weak central government and a scramble for control of land gave rise in Japan to a local military ruling class called the samurai. These men of noble birth trained continuously in the military acts, as well as various cultural arts, They put great emphasis on honor and tradition, as did European knights with the code of chivalry. Samurai fought with a variety of weapons, including the bow and their unique curved swords made of the strongest steel. They sought out high-ranking enemies on the battlefield for personal duels and were trained to seek death in battle to increase their aggression and avoid hesitancy.

Gallery Edit