For the successors of this faction in Fall of the Samurai, see Sendai.

Date Mon
Date Clan Mon
Daimyō Date Harumune
Color Gold/Blue
Playable Yes
Appears in Grand Campaign
Emerges in See Regions
Bonuses Charging and No-Dachi Samurai

The Date are a major playable faction in Shogun 2: Total War.

Faction Select descriptionEdit

Date warriors are loyal to the ideals of bushido, and possess an attacking spirit: they are fierce and unforgiving enemies. All Date troops have a charge bonus, and their no-dachi samurai, with their two-handed swords, are amazing indeed! Attacking without restraint is what the Date do well! They have many enemies worth attacking: Date Masumune is at war with rebels and the Mogami clan, but a successful attack on any enemy would give the clan useful resources. Masumune does not lack the fierceness of his clan: he removed his own father and certainly can imagine himself shogun. Can his warriors’ fierceness gain him that prize?

In-game Encyclopedia descriptionEdit

Date warriors have fierce and unforgiving natures. Their foes learn this on the battlefield, shortly before they die. All Date units have a charge bonus, and their fearsome no-dachi samurai, with two-handed swords, are cheap to recruit and maintain. The Date can also recruit superior no-dachi units as well: attack is a Date watchword! Seen from their home province of Iwate, there are many rivals worth attacking. Date Harumune, their daimyo, is already at war with rebels at his own door, not to mention the Mogami clan of Ugo and Usen to the west. An attack there could put holy shrines under Date control. To the southwest, matters are a little more settled: the Hatakeyama clan in Miyagi is currently at peace with the Date, but who knows if such a situation will last? The forests of Miyagi represent a useful resource too. The clan was founded by Isa Tomomune when he was given control of the Date district by the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo at the end of the 12th Century. The clan steadily gained influence until recently, when fighting broke out within the clan over the issue of a marriage alliance with the Uesugi. Date Harumune quarrelled violently with his own father, Tanemune, over plans to marry off his younger brother: a large number of the Date retainers and warriors agreed with Harumune and the old man was removed. Now, Harumune needs a new challenge, perhaps the shogunate?

Clan TraitsEdit

  • Charge bonus to all units.
  • Reduced recruitment cost and upkeep for No-Dachi Samurai.
  • Can recruit superior no-dachi samurai.

Initial InformationEdit

  • Generals – Date Harumune (Daimyo), Date Yoshinori (General)
  • Admirals – None
  • ReligionBuddhism
  • Protectorates- None
  • Allies – None
  • Trade PartnersHatakeyama Clan
  • At WarMogami Clan, and Rebels
  • Military Units
  • Navy Ships – None
  • Agents – None
  • Treasury



First Army
Second Army

Short Campaign Victory ConditionsEdit

Become Shogun by capturing and holding Kyoto

Capture and hold 25 provinces, including the following: Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Ugo, Uzen, Kyoto

Complete by the end of your turn in: Winter 1580

Long Campaign Victory ConditionsEdit

Become Shogun by capturing and holding Kyoto.

Capture and hold 40 provinces, inculding the following: Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Ugo, Uzen, Kyoto.

Complete by the end of your turn in: Winter 1600.

Domination Campaign Victory ConditionsEdit

Become Shogun by capturing and holding Kyoto

Capture and hold 60 provinces, including the following: Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Ugo, Uzen, Kyoto

Complete by the end of your turn in: Winter 1600

General InformationEdit

The Date Clan starts the campaign in the north-east corner of the map, in the wealthy province of Iwate. It is close to a trade node, and it is isolated from most other clans, giving it a safe starting position. It is very large, making it difficult to invade. The regions in northern Japan have fertile soil and are generally quite wealthy, and Iwate is no exception. However, the only enemy the Date Clan initially has, the Mogami Clan to the west, also has a large region that is difficult to invade. Trying to take advantage of the remaining trade nodes (all of which are in south-west Japan) in the early game is a largely futile affair: it would take considerable time and effort to send ships to the other side of the map, let alone to protect them from pirates or hostile clans.

The Date also borders Hatakeyama-held Miyagi. Miyagi is a wealthy province with an iron resource, and an excellent route of expansion for the Date. Hwoever, the Hatekayama are one of the strongest starting factions in the game, and antagonizing them early can be a risky move.

The Date Clan's family is strong. The daimyo is very young but has already fathered sons, and the secondary general is his brother, with another brother close to coming of age.

In terms of military strength, nearly all Date land units have +2 charge bonus. While this benefits every unit that has access to it, it's of lesser value to units that are weak in melee fighting, while improving units that are already strong at melee fighting more significantly. In particular, Date No-Dachi Samurai have an even more devastating charge bonus when compared to the already formidable No-Dachi Samurai, and are cheaper to train and maintain to boot. While the Date Clan's cost bonuses for its units are very minimal compared to those of other clans, benefiting only one unit type, the charge bonus applied to the rest of the units are free. Other potent Date units include Yari Cavalry, which are mainly used to charge and cycle charge, as well as Naginata Warrior Monks and other warrior monk units, which benefit from aggressive use and close combat due to their poor armor but high attack values.


See List of items available to the Date Clan.



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