Yari Samurai S2TW Icon
Yari Dojo Samurai
Yari Samurai S2TW
Appears in Total War: Shogun 2
Belongs to Most factions
Type Spear Infantry
Soldiers in each unit 40/80/120/160
Attack skill 8
Charge bonus 16
Anti-Cavalry Skill 25
Armour 5
Defense skill 10
Morale 12
Produced from Legendary Sojutsu School
Special abilities
Cost 700
Upkeep N/A
Turns to Train 2
Unit Cap None

Yari Dojo Samurai are a type of spear infantry in Total War: Shogun 2.


These spear-wielding warriors can be used to lead the charge or to form a defensive wall of spears.

Yari samurai are extremely adaptable in battle. Spears can be used at the charge, while in defence they form an almost impenetrable wall against cavalry. The length of spears makes them especially effective against mounted troops, where they can pierce the breast of the horse or skewer a rider. In melee, yari samurai are skilled warriors that perform well against all but the best infantry troops. However, they have no defence against missile attacks, lacking the mobility to move quickly out of range.

The yari became increasingly popular among generals as the Sengoku Jidai progressed: ashigaru as well as samurai warriors were armed with it, though each used it very differently. Ashigaru yari were much longer, as they were used to create a wall of spears, and even then the length varied from clan to clan. For the samurai, the yari became used as they realised that the bow made them vulnerable when in close combat.

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Very good against cavalry.
  • Good defensive unit.
  • Good in melee but weak against katana and no-dachi Samurai.
  • Vulnerable to matchlocks.

General InformationEdit

Yari Dojo Samurai automatically spawn in defense of the capital of a region with a Legendary Sojutsu School. They are statistically similar to Yari Samurai, but with superior stats. They disband automatically after the conclusion of the battle.

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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