|Kiyomasa’s Katana Cavalry|
|Appears in||Total War: Shogun 2|
|Belongs to||Most factions|
|Soldiers in each unit||10/20/30/40|
|Armour||6 (Mounted)/8 (Dismounted)|
|Cost||1450 SP/1400 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
These heavily-armoured men wield their blades with a brutal expertise.
Masters of steed and blade, these elite cavalry can deliver a powerful charge or fight on foot to mercilessly cut through their foes. Their intervention can be decisive: apart from spear-armed men, few foes can resist their assault and even fewer can match them in melee.
While bowstrings snap, spears shatter and matchlocks cannot fire in the rain, the katana is always ready. In the hands of a disciplined and highly-trained horseman, the blade can be brought to bear with a force that can shatter the will, and skulls, of any enemies.
The curved katana is well suited to cavalry use. It evolved from weapons used by the Emishi tribes of the late Nara and Heian periods. Used to cut down, it is far superior to any straight-bladed sword. Although usually regarded as a secondary weapon for cavalry troops, the katana was the soul of a samurai. This was epitomised at the battle of Kariwano, at the end of the Boshin War in 1868. The Shonai army were overwhelmed by the modern weaponry of their enemy and made a final heroic, if ultimately suicidal, charge towards their Imperial foes. At the end, every samurai drew his katana to die a good death.
While suffering from low numbers characteristic of all hero units, Kiyomasa's Katana Cavalry are far superior to their katana cavalry counterparts, boasting superior stats in every category. Thanks to their extremely high morale, they can often fight to the last man if need be without breaking. As katana cavalry, they are particularly effective against infantry without an anti-cavalry bonus. However, they are still vulnerable to units with high anti-cavalry bonuses, as well as matchlock units.
When trained by the Date Clan, Kiyosama's Katana Cavalry have +2 charge bonus.
|Total War: Shogun 2 Cavalry|
|Spear Cavalry||Great Guard • Light Cavalry • Takeda Fire Cavalry • The Spears of Shizugatake • Yari Cavalry • Yari Dojo Cavalry|
|Polearm Cavalry||Naginata Warrior Monk Cavalry|
|Sword Cavalry||General • Katana Cavalry • Kiyomasa’s Katana Cavalry|
|Missile Cavalry||Bow Cavalry • Donderbuss Cavalry • Tokugawa Mounted Gunners • Yoritomo’s Yabusame Cavalry|