The Yabusame is a Japanese light cavalry unit that fires a bow from long range featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.

Overview Edit

The Yabusame has one of the longest range of all cavalry in the game, but also has a low attack and hit-points. It is more powerful than most other cavalry archers due to its long range and the bonus damage it inflicts on siege units. Like all of the ranged cavalry units it is also very good against other cavalry, but is better than most due to its exceptional range.

Their hit points and attack are not so exceptional but there are many shipment cards which can increase their hit points and attack. Their attack can be boosted to 24, and hit points to 400.

Upgrades Edit

The overall stats for Yabusame can be improved by sending improvement-based shipments. A default Yabusame has already acquired the stats of a disciplined soldier with +20% stats, hence when trained, the unit is called "Disciplined Yabusame".

Hit Points: +20% (240)
Hand Attack: +20% (9)
Ranged Attack: +20% (12)
Siege Attack: +20% (17)

Honored YabusameEdit

Honored Yabusame is the first upgrade for the Yabusame. It is available for 600 coinIcon coin and 600 woodResources wood once Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +30% (300)
Hand Attack: +30% (11)
Ranged Attack: +30% (15)
Siege Attack: +30% (21)

Exalted YabusameEdit

Exalted Yabusame is the second upgrade for the Yabusame. It is available for 1500 coinIcon coin and 1500 woodResources wood once Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +50% (400)
Hand Attack: +50% (15)
Ranged Attack: +50% (20)
Siege Attack: +50% (28)

History Edit

"Yabusame is the ancient art of archery, or Kyudo, while riding on horseback. “Kyudo” is Japanese for “Way of the Bow.” The history of Yabusame is rooted in legend, beginning around 530 CE, when it is believed that the 29th emperor of Japan, Kinmei, prayed for "Tenka-taihei" (peace) and "Gokoku-houjyou" (good harvest) and then fired from horseback at three targets. The art of Yabusame has never strayed far from its roots and even today is perceived foremost as a ritual honoring the gods and calling forth their blessings.

Minamoto No Yoritomo, first of Japan’s feudal shoguns, had great respect for the art of Yabusame and worked to establish it as a part of standard military training and practice. During his reign, Minamoto established the Ogasawara School, a specialized institution for teaching the arts of foot and mounted archery. He also started the Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu Yabusame Divine Performance, a showcase for the most highly talented Yabusame archers. The first event was held on August 15, 1187. Since that day the ceremony has been held every year to the present, although it went on temporary hiatus during the Pacific conflicts of World War II.

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