|Appears in||Total War: Shogun 2|
|Belongs to||Nearly all factions|
|Art requirement||Gunpowder Mastery|
|Cost||200 SP/950 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
Matchlock Kobaya are a type of light ship in Total War: Shogun 2.
This light ship only carries a small number of warriors each armed with a deadly matchlock arquebus.
A matchlock ship carries a small detachment of musket-armed soldiers, certainly not enough to fend off a boarding action. Further, because the upper deck has no cover, they are exposed to missile attacks. However, this lack of fighting manpower and protection also makes the ship very light and fast. The matchlock troops can fire at an enemy crew or at the side of an enemy ship in an attempt to hole it. If a heavy enemy vessel gets too close and a boarding attack looks likely, a matchlock ship can use speed to move out of trouble and continue its harassing attacks.
Historically, Japanese naval tactics used missile attacks to thin out enemy numbers before a boarding action. Once the enemy were reduced, an attack would be launched and a battle fought hand-to-hand just as if everyone was ashore. The arrival of firearms in the Sengoku Jidai did not change these tactics. Instead, the arquebus simply replaced the bow.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Fast moving.
- Matchlocks deadly against crew and can also damage hull.
- Vulnerable if boarded.
- Crew very exposed to missiles.
Mori Matchlock Kobaya have +1 morale.
|Total War: Shogun 2 Ships|
|Light Ships||Bow Kobaya • Fire Bomb Kobaya • Matchlock Kobaya|
|Medium Ships||Medium Bune • Siege Tower Bune • Sengoku Bune • Wako Medium Bune|
|Heavy Ships||Heavy Bune • Nihon Maru • O Ataka Bune|
|Cannon Ships||Cannon Bune|
|Galleons||Nanban Trade Ship • The Black Ship|
|Trade Ships||Red Seal Ship • Trade Ship • Wako Trade Ship|