For the Rise of the Samurai unit, see Onna Bushi (Rise of the Samurai).

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Onna Bushi are a type of naginata warrior in Total War: Shogun 2.

Description[edit | edit source]

These elite ladies are as deadly as they are elegant, and carry the fearsome naginata.

This unit is made up of women warriors armed with the naginata, a long pole arm that is tipped with a deadly curved sword-blade. These fearless samurai women have outstanding morale and excel in melee combat. They are most powerful against sword-armed infantry but if properly handled, they can execute devastating flank attacks against enemy spearmen as well. Because their numbers are few, the onna bushi can be swamped by larger, less skilled enemy units.

Historically, Japanese women were trained to defend their homes in times of war but few took part in open battle. Those who did quickly became legends. In the “Heike Monogatari”, an account of the Genpei War, Tomoe Gozen, a female samurai of the Minamoto clan, is described as “especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features”. She was also recorded as being “a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot.” She was one of the last warriors standing at the Battle of Awazu, even outliving her master who was struck down by an arrow during the fight.

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Versatile infantry, good against cavalry and other infantry.
  • Weak against matchlocks.
  • Not as strong as more specialised anti-infantry and anti-cavalry units.

General Information[edit | edit source]

Onna Bushi only spawn at the highest tiers of fortress defense. Despite their low numbers, they are effective defensive units due to their excellent stats and their Second Wind ability.

Total War: Shogun 2 Infantry
Sword Infantry Katana Dojo SamuraiKatana HeroKatana RoninKatana SamuraiKatana WakoLoan Sword AshigaruMori Wako RaidersNo-Dachi SamuraiSamurai RetainersSeigen’s Swordmasters
Spear Infantry Date Bulletproof SamuraiOda Long Yari AshigaruYari AshigaruYari Ashigaru GarrisonYari Dojo SamuraiYari HeroYari RoninYari Samurai
Heavy Infantry Benkei’s BladesGozen’s Hime HeroinesMarathon MonksNaginata SamuraiNaginata Warrior Monk HeroNaginata Warrior MonksNaginata Warrior Monks GarrisonOnna BushiTadakatsu’s Tetsubo WarriorsWarrior Nuns
Bow Infantry Bow AshigaruBow Ashigaru GarrisonBow Dojo SamuraiBow HeroBow RoninBow SamuraiBow WakoBow Warrior MonksChosokabe Daikyu SamuraiHattori Bandits
Matchlock Infantry Imported Matchlock AshigaruMatchlock AshigaruMatchlock SamuraiMatchlock Warrior MonksPortuguese TercosShimazu Heavy GunnersTokitaka’s Tanegashima
Special Infantry Dojo Fire Bomb ThrowersFire Bomb ThrowersHanzo’s ShadowsKisho Ninja
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