November 16 ,2017
Kingdom Warriors is set in the bloody Three Kingdoms period of ancient Chinese history, when innumerable warlords fought to defend their people and wrest power from competing factions. Players can assume the role of a variety of generals with lieutenants under their command. Every Kingdom Warriors general belongs to a real historical faction, but the details and distinctions may be tricky for players who are not familiar with the history. Luckily we've prepared a guide to get you up to speed! Let's take a look:
Wei:With its capital at Luoyang, the state was established by Cao Pi in 220, based upon the foundations laid by his father, Cao Cao, towards the end of the Eastern Han dynasty.
Cao Cao: the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty who rose to great power in the final years of the dynasty. As one of the central figures of the Three Kingdoms period, he laid the foundations for what was to become the state of Wei.
Cao Ren: was appointed as the Grand Marshal when Cao Pi ascended the throne, and was also credited by the latter for the establishment of Wei.
Xiahou Yuan: known for his exploits in northwestern China where he defeated Cao Cao's rivals and forced local tribal people into submission through military force.
Zhang Liao: Formerly a subordinate of other warlords, joined Cao Cao in around 198 after Lu Bu's downfall.
Sima Yi: general and politician of Wei. He is best known for defending Wei from Zhuge Liang's Northern Expeditions.
Xun Yu: strategist and statesman who served as an advisor to Cao Cao.
Zhen Ji: wife of Cao Pi, the first ruler of the state of Wei.
Jia Xu: politician of the state of Wei.
Xiahou Dun: military general serving under Cao Cao.
Yu Jin: military general serving under Cao Cao.
Cao Pi: first emperor of the state of Wei.
Zhang He: military general serving under Cao Cao.
Yue Jin: military general serving under Cao Cao.
Shu: Towards the end of the Eastern Han dynasty, Liu Bei, a warlord and distant relative of the Han imperial clan, rallied the support of many capable followers and proclaimed himself "Emperor of Shu Han" in 221. Liu Bei is widely seen as the founder of Shu, he never claimed to be the founder of a new dynasty; rather, he viewed Shu as a continuation of the fallen Han dynasty.
Liu Bei: warlord who gathered support along disheartened Han loyalists who objected to Cao Cao's reign over the emperor and founded the state of Shu.
Zhuge Liang: chancellor and regent of the state of Shu. He is recognized as the most accomplished strategist of his era.
Zhang Fei: military general who served under Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, who were among the earliest to join Liu Bei, shared a brotherly relationship with their lord and accompanied him on most of his early exploits.
Guan Yu: general serving under Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the dynasty and the establishment of Shu.
Zhao Yun: Originally a subordinate of the northern warlord Gongsun Zan, later came to serve Liu Bei.
Huang Zhong: military general serving under the warlord Liu Bei . He is best known for his victory at the Battle of Mount Dingjun.
Ma Chao: eldest son of Ma Teng, a prominent warlord in Liang Province.
Huang Yueying : wife of Zhuge Liang, chancellor and regent of Shu.
Pang Tong: adviser to Liu Bei. Originally a minor official in Nan Commandery in Jing Province.
Fa Zheng: Born in a family of high social status and of noble descent, Fa Zheng travelled to Yi Province and became a subordinate of Liu Zhang. However, his feelings of alienation and perception of Liu Zhang as an incompetent governor eventually caused him to betray Liu Zhang and defect to Liu Bei.
Xu Shu: used to be a vigilante swordsman in his early life. However, after running into trouble with the authorities, he renounced his old ways and took up scholarly pursuits.
Wei Yan: Originally a foot soldier under Liu Bei. Wei Yan rose through the ranks and became a general when Liu Bei invaded Yi Province.
Wu: previously existed as a vassal kingdom nominally under Wei, but declared independence from Wei and became a sovereign state in 222. It became an empire in 229 after its founding ruler, Sun Quan, declared himself 'Emperor'.
Sun Jian: father of Sun Quan, one of the central figures of the Three Kingdoms era who eventually established the Wu state.
Gan Ning: Originally a notorious pirate, he gave up the life of a marauder in the late 190s and became a subordinate of Huang Zu, the Administrator of a commandery. Disheartened by Huang Zu's indifferent attitude towards him, Gan Ning eventually left Huang and made his way into Wu.
Huang Gai: military general serving under the warlord Sun Quan in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He previously served under Sun Quan's predecessors – Sun Jian (Sun Quan's father) and Sun Ce (Sun Quan's elder brother).
Taishi Ci: military general serving under Sun Quan. A native of Donglai Commandery.
Lu Meng: military general serving under Sun Quan. Early in his career, he fought in several battles under the banner of Sun Ce – Sun Quan's elder brother and predecessor.
Lu Xun: military general and politician of the state of Wu. He started his career as an official under Sun Quan in the late Eastern Han dynasty.
Zhou Yu: military general and strategist serving under the warlord Sun Ce in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He continued serving under Sun Quan, Sun Ce's younger brother and successor, after Sun Ce died.
Lu Su: politician, diplomat and military general serving under Sun Quan.He was recommended by Zhou Yu as a talent to Sun Quan in 200 CE when Sun had just taken over the reins of power from his elder brother and predecessor, Sun Ce.
Sun ShangXiang: daughter of Sun Jian and a younger sister of the warlords Sun Ce and Sun Quan, who laid the foundation for the state of Eastern Wu in the Three Kingdoms period. She was wed to the Liu Bei as Liu's third wife, supposedly to strengthen an alliance between Liu Bei and Sun Quan.
Xiao Qiao: Wife of Zhou Yu, who served Sun Ce and his successor Sun Quan.
Da Qiao: married the warlord Sun Ce, who established the foundation of the state of Wu
Sun Ce: eldest child of Sun Jian. Military general and warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han dynasty.
Lu Bu: Originally a subordinate of a minor warlord Ding Yuan, he betrayed and murdered Ding and defected to Dong Zhuo, the warlord who controlled the Han central government in the early 190s.
Hua Xiong: military general under the warlord Dong Zhuo.
Zuo Ci: legendary personage of the late Eastern Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period. It is believed that he had existed before the collapse of the Han dynasty, and it is claimed that he lived until the age of 300.
Hua Tuo: physician who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. The historical texts Records of the Three Kingdoms record Hua as the first person in China to use anaesthesia during surgery.
Chen Gong: advisor to LuBu. However, he had started his career under Cao Cao, before defecting to Lu Bu.
Celestial: The person who gave Zhang Jiao the Book of Taiping.