Vassal is a gameplay mechanic in Total War series. Vassals are factions that are under the protection of other factions. In exchange for this protection, they cede military access and a portion of their income.

Empire: Total WarEdit

In Empire: Total War, a similar system to vassalage exists in the form of the Protectorate system.

Napoleon: Total WarEdit

In Napoleon: Total War, the protectorate system functions similarly to its Empire: Total War incarnation, with a few minor differences.

Total War: Shogun 2Edit

In Total War: Shogun 2, vassals make their formal debut. Factions may offer other factions to become their vassal. This can either be done as part of a regular agreement, or chosen by a weakened faction that would submit rather than face destruction.

A few factions start the campaign with a vassal. The Uesugi Clan, for example, have the Yamanouchi Clan as their vassal. The Tokugawa Clan have the unfortunate distinction of being the only playable clan that is the vassal of another clan (in this case, the Imagawa Clan

Should a faction with a vassal (or more) become a vassal to another faction, all of its vassals become vassals to the new faction.

Total War: Three KingdomsEdit

Main article: Vassal (Total War: Three Kingdoms)

Vassal is a gameplay mechanic in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Vassal mechanics returns in Three Kingdoms and have expanded significantly. The relationship between a Vassal State and its Lord is now multidimensional, offering many new benefits for both owning vassals and becoming one. There's also a burden of responsibility, and a healthy dose of relationship management for a vassal lord to attend to.[1]

Total War THREE KINGDOMS gameplay mechanics
Characters AncillaryAttributesBackgroundGuanxiPrestige (Faction Rank)・LegendaryPersonalityResilienceSatisfaction (Title Rank)・SkillSpecialisationTraitsUniqueWu Xing
Campaign AssignmentBuildingsCourt (AdministratorCouncilFamily Tree)・Diplomacy (CoalitionVassal)・Event (Initial Dilemma)・Factions (LeaderHeirPrime Minister)・Mission (Challenge)・RecordsReformsResourcesSeasonsTreasuryUndercover Network
Battle Ability (Unit Ability)・ArmyDuelingFormationFortificationMoraleTerrainSiege (Siege Escalation)・Unit (HeroRetinue)・Weather
Miscellaneous AdvisorDLCsLocations (CommanderyCountySettlement)・Timeline


  1. Diplomacy in Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Part 1
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