Name: Tokugawa Ieyasu
Status: Deceased
Affiliation: Tokugawa Dynasty
Profession: Shogun
Voiced by: Jim Ward
Games: Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
First game: Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
Last game: Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) was the Shogun of Japan. He appears on both random maps and campaign scenarios in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. He is the AI personality of the Japanese. His voice actor is Jim Ward.

As a Unit Edit

Tokugawa Ieyasu appears as a Shogun unit in random maps. He cannot be trained, but can be sent from the Home City. Tokugawa Ieyasu is a very powerful unit, and can train several Japanese military units. Tokugawa boosts the morale of his nearby troops, thereby increasing their strength.

Tokugawa also appears as a hero in the campaign. Tokugawa's hitpoints are more, but his damage is less. He can train all Japanese artillery units including Shinobi, he can also do this nearly instantaneously if combined with the cards Bakufu and Veteran Battery (for quick artillery).

As a Leader Edit

Tokugawa is Japan's leader in random maps. He appears to be clever and power-hungry. Tokugawa's taunts are mostly about becoming a great man; his realisation of his greatness is easily seen in his personality. He also refers to himself in third person as "Tokugawa".

In the Campaign Edit

In the Japan Campaign, Tokugawa exploits and attempts to conquer all of Japan's regions to become Shogun. Tokugawa commands one of his best generals, Sakuma Kichiro, to lead his armies. General Kichiro is the main protagonist. Kichiro pledges mighty loyalty to his lord, but little does he know that the future Shogun is the man who ordered his parents' deaths. Later on, a Shima General tells him the truth. Kichiro, in his fury of disbelief, slays him. Daimyo Mototada tells him the truth. But in the end, Kichiro continues his service to Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu. Tokugawa then becomes Shogun of Japan, rivaling the Emperor's power and wealth.

Quotes Edit

Tokugawa as an Ally Edit

  • Beginning of game - "
  • Offers player food - "Your men look like skeletons. Take this food to nourish them." or "All good things come from your benevolent master, Tokugawa."
  • Offers player wood - "You may have your wood.... but do not forget this favor." or "Wood is one resource Tokugawa can spare."
  • Offers player coin - "Allow Tokugawa to bless you with a shower of gold." or "I hope you use your coin more wisely than you use your warriors."
  • Requesting coin - "Tokugawa requires a coin. Give it to him."
  • Receives food - "
  • Receives wood - "
  • Receives coin - "This coin is a welcome relief."
  • Declined Player resource request - "
  • Player collects multiple treasures - "Tokugawa does not participate in foolish races for treasure!"
  • Player advances faster in Age than Tokugawa - "Do not turn our alliance into a contest. Remember, you serve Tokugawa!"
  • Agreeing to a strategy- "Yes, but only because it is in Tokugawa's best interest."
  • Agreed Attack - "If Tokugawa must."
  • Decline Attack - "My men serve one master only... Tokugawa!"
  • Initiating attack - "The armies of Tokugawa march on the enemy capital. Would you like to join him in this butchery?
  • Trade monopoly victory imminent - "Our victory was never in doubt. You should be thankful Tokugawa included you in his glory."

Tokugawa as an Enemy Edit

  • Beginning of game - Greetings. Do you realize that no one has ever defeated Tokugawa? Or had you not heard?" or "You must be Tokugawa's opponent. Strange. I expected someone with a spark of intelligence."
  • Player collects multiple treasures - "Remember, the fatter you grow with treasure, the more difficult it will be to flee the onslaught!"
  • Player builds Trade Post (trade route) - "There are numerous trade sites to be had. One in many is but a snowflake in the storm."
  • Player advances faster in Age than Tokugawa - "You have advanced quickly! Nothing of value ever comes from rushing. That is why I will take my time when killing you."
  • Small force enters enemy territory - "Your warriors are lost. A general earns no honor in sending his men to meaningless deaths."
  • Defeat - "The battle worsens for Tokugawa. Care to become his ally? Name your price. Think about the future." or "To your eyes, it appears Tokugawa has fallen on defeat. But appearances can be deceiving."

History Edit

As a Unit Edit

Wikipedia has an article about:

"Tokugawa Ieyasu has spent his life making the most of complicated situations, and in doing so he has become Japan’s most feared and unpredictable opportunist. After many years of preying on the weak and taking advantage of shifting alliances, Ieyasu receded into the background as other clans began final campaigns to compete for total power of Japan. During this time, Ieyasu spent his years of peace preparing a strategy in which to usurp the power of the victor, whoever it might be.

In the end, Ieyasu’s rival Toyotomi Hideyoshi destroyed all his enemies and became the undisputed ruler and unifier of Japan. Still, Ieyasu waited.

With Toyotomi’s death in 1598, Tokugawa chose to move forward with his campaign to seize control. Ieyasu chose Kichiro to leads his armies because of the boy’s unshakable loyalty to his master. The young Kichiro was raised believing he was taken in by the daimyo as an orphan, when in fact he was orphaned by the daimyo himself. It was Ieyasu who, after declaring victory over a Sakuma clan uprising, ordered the deaths of the Sakuma daimyo and his wife. Only afterwards did he realize that the couple had a child, a six-year-old boy named Kichiro.

As a Leader Edit

"Born in war, Tokugawa Ieyasu thrived on conflict, rising to such prominence that his very name has become associated with one of Japan’s most powerful and significant eras. His given name was Matsudaira Takechiyo. At the time of his birth, his parents were only 15 and 17 years old, and in less than two years, his mother was dismissed and the couple separated permanently. With his mother gone, Takechiyo quickly became embroiled in the brutal affairs of his father’s family, the Matsudaira clan.

During Takechiyo’s childhood, the Matsudaira was torn in its allegiance. Half of the family wished to side with the Imagawa clan, while the other side preferred the Oda clan. In 1548, when the Oda clan invaded their province, Takechiyo’s father went to the Imagawa clan for help. The leader of the Imagawa agreed to aid the Matsidaira clan, but on one condition: that young Takechiyo, a six-year-old boy, be given as a hostage. His father agreed. But before the exchange could be carried out, the leader of the Oda clan learned of the arrangement and had the boy abducted en route to his destination. The Oda threatened to kill the boy if Matsudaira did not sever his ties with the Imagawa, their sworn enemy. The boy’s father refused. He believed his actions would prove his loyalty to his ally, even at the expense of his own son. Takechiyo stayed with the Oda for three years, until their castle was besieged by the Imagawa and he was given to them as incentive to cease their attack. Ever since his birth, the boy had been little more than a pawn in the affairs of those around him.

In 1567, Matsudaira Takechiyo changed his given name to Ieyasu, and took the surname Tokugawa, thus claiming descent from the imperial Minamoto clan, although no proof supporting this connection has ever been discovered. By taking this name, Ieyasu made his ambitions quite clear. Not only did he distance himself from his past, but he also hinted at a confident and commanding future. By that time he was the veteran of many wars and had gained a reputation as a fearless and crafty general, prone to taking the best advantage of shifting alliances and family rifts. He had used his alliances to build up his territory and gain influence, allying first with the powerful Oda Nobunaga, and then with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was slowly uniting the warring clans into a tenuous coalition. Hen Hideyoshi invaded Korea in the 1590s; Ieyasu wisely chose not to participate, and instead focused on domestic production and organizing his army. While other generals sent their men to die in the disastrous invasions, Ieyasu waited and watched.

When Hideyoshi died in 1598, his lands suddenly became targets for all of his former enemies turned allies, and none of these men were as powerful as Tokugawa Ieyasu. During the legendary Sekigahara campaign (1598-1600), Ieyasu and those loyal to him defeated the army of loyalists who had sworn to protect the dynasty of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. At the Battle of Sekigahara in October 1600, Ieyasu claimed ultimate victory, executing his enemies and rewarding his friends.

Two years later he received the title of shogun and established the Tokugawa Shogunate, ushering in the Edo period, a military dictatorship that lasted until 1868.

Gallery Edit

AI Personalities in Age of Empires III
Queen Elizabeth | Napoleon Bonaparte | Maurice of Nassau | Frederick the Great | Queen Isabella | Prince Henry the Navigator | Ivan the Terrible | Suleiman the Magnificent | Cuauhtemoc | Hiawatha | Chief Gall | Kangxi Emperor | Tokugawa Ieyasu | Akbar the Great

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