Tokugawa Clan Mon

The Tokugawa Clan are one of the 8 playable clans in the Grand Campaign in Shogun 2: Total War. They were, historically, the victorious clan at the end of the Sengoku Jidai. They are known as renowned diplomats and possess superior metsuke and ninja.

In-Game Encyclopedia Description[edit | edit source]

Although the Tokugawa are an ancient family, claiming descent from Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, they have known hard times. The Tokugawa have been squeezed between two powerful and ambitious clans: The Imagawa to the east, and the Oda to the west, a most uncomfortable position. By accepting the protection of the Imagawa, the Tokugawa only guaranteed that they were frequently attacked by the Oda. This goes some way to explaining their superior diplomatic skills, their training and use of very good kisho ninja, and the superior metsuke who keep order in their lands. Now, they are at war with the Oda once again. An Oda army has actually invaded the Tokugawa province of Mikawa. In theory, the Tokugawa are vassals of the Imagawa clan to the east in the provinces of Suruga and Totomi. They do not, however, need to worry about the Kiso in Shinano province, as relations with these neighbours are peaceful. That said, Shinano has useful stone resources that could prove useful to an ambitious warlord. Historically, after much struggle, Tokugawa Ieyasu did become the seii taishogun, the "great general who subdues the barbarians" and the ruler of Japan with the emperor as a figurehead. The Tokugawa clan kept control of Japan for over 200 years, shutting the country off from pernicious outside influences. History need not turn out that way: another Tokugawa could easily become shogun.

Clan Traits[edit | edit source]

  • +2% to the success chance of metsuke actions
  • Bonus to diplomatic relations
  • Reduced recruitment costs and upkeep for kisho ninja
  • Can recruit superior kisho ninja

Inital Information[edit | edit source]

General Information[edit | edit source]

The Tokugawa have one of the most difficult campaigns in Total War: Shogun 2, for many reasons.

Tokugawa clan traits are subject to a glitch: while Tokugawa Kisho Ninja are advertised as being superior statistically and having cheaper costs, in-game they cost the same and have the same stats--with the exception of a much smaller starting ammunition pool. This makes them inferior to generic ninja. The Tokugawa have one unique unit, Tokugawa Mounted Gunners, but they are available relatively late into the game.

The Tokugawa Clan is the only playable faction to begin the campaign as a vassal to another clan: in this case, the Imagawa Clan. Being a vassal means that the Tokugawa automatically cedes some of its income to its liege clan every turn. To make matters worse, the Tokugawa cannot declare war on other factions while being a vassal: the only ways it can enter wars are if the Imagawa declare war on someone and ask the Tokugawa for aid, or if the Tokugawa or the Imagawa are attacked. This considerably limits the Tokugawa's options for expansion. The Tokugawa can end the vassalage by attacking the Imagawa, but this comes with a heavy, and partially permanent, diplomatic penalty.

The Tokugawa has an average family tree, with its daimyo being unremarkable and having fathered a young son that does not come of age for a while.

Finally, while the starting province of the Tokugawa, Mikawa, is quite rich, the Tokugawa border the powerful Oda Clan to the north. The Oda army is initially larger than that of the Tokugawa. When both factions are controlled by the A.I, the Oda tend to destroy the Tokugawa on the first turn, unless Oda was destroyed itself.

The Tokugawa have a few advantages. Early in its campaign it is granted a mission to research Secret Police; completion of this mission grants an extra metsuke. If the Tokugawa already had the maximum number of 5 metsuke obtained before completing this mission, the extra metsuke still spawns, meaning that the Tokugawa clan is the only faction in the game that can have six metsuke--or six of any agent at all.

The Tokugawa also have access to Tokugawa Mounted Gunners with the Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack. These powerful firearm cavalry can deal heavy damage with their guns before retreating to a safe distance.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The statue shown in the victory video is based on the statue of Sakamoto Ryōma and Nakaoka Shintarō in the Maruyama Park of Kyoto. Ironically, the two men were part of a movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate. Sakamoto Ryoma makes an appearance as a Tosa general.
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