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|Dynasty Warriors X|
|Developer(s)||Omega Force, NovaPen Productions|
|Publisher(s)||Tecmo Koei, NovaPen Productions|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U|
|Genre(s)||Hack and Slash, Action|
|December 16, 2015|
|Single player, multiplayer, co-op|
|Predecessor||Dynasty Warriors 9|
|Media Included||DVD, Blu-Ray disc, download, 3DS Card, Wii U Optical Disc|
Dynasty Warriors X is the tenth game in the Dynasty Warriors main series.
The gameplay of Dynasty Warriors X is based on previous "Dynasty Warriors" games. It is a hack-and-slash beat-'em-up 3-D action game.
The game features multiple modes. Story Mode presents a number of chronologically consecutive battle stages revolving around one chosen kingdom. As you complete more battles in Story Mode, you will unlock more stages for use in Free Mode. You'll be able to play as either side of a battle in this mode and all stats/weapons acquired can be carried over to the other modes. Free Mode allows for two-player cooperative gameplay. Challenge Mode introduces a number of specialized stages with specific challenges, including time trials. The Encyclopedia feature gives a description of each officer in Dynasty Warriors X, including every non-player character. The Options feature stores viewed pre-rendered videos and offers gameplay and presentation options to the player.
The historical story mode that first follows the Three Kingdoms' stories. When these tales conclude, the player can then play the Jin faction to end the era. For the first time in the series, the Other factions will have a separate Story Mode from one another, expanding on battles involving characters from Other forces.
- Shu Story Mode
- Wei Story Mode
- Wu Story Mode
- Jin Story Mode
- Yellow Turbans Story Mode
- Dong Zhuo's Forces Story Mode
- Yuan Shao's Forces Story Mode
- Lu Bu's Forces Story Mode
- Nanman Story Mode
- Yuan Shu's Forces Story Mode
- Gongsun Zan's Forces Story Mode
- Zuo Ci's Story Mode
Free Mode is a mode featured in several Warriors titles first introduced in Dynasty Warriors 2. Here are the general characteristics of this mode:
- A one-way replication of unlocked stages that omits potential story progression, cutscenes or dialogue.
- The option to play as a character different than the ones available / assigned in Story Mode.
- Possible choice to fight from the perspective of either faction —or occasional third parties— for the chosen map; this option is omitted in the Warriors Orochi series and the third-party collaboration titles (Gundam, Fist of North Star, etc.).
- Enemies will speak stock quotes when approached by the player character, making it one of the easiest methods of hearing a character's death quote in battle. Select characters may offer unique dialogue found only in this mode.
Playable characters that can't be played within a game's main story mode are usually dubbed "Free Mode characters" by fans. These characters have unique traits to distinguish them from unique NPCs, player-created characters, or other generals on the field. Their prohibition from Story Mode is met with mixed impressions, especially with the fans who desire to experience more facets of the game's stories. Fans who do not prefer story repetition don't find this as a negative feature.
It is a mode to the series which lets players explore another side of the Three Kingdoms era. Compared to Story Mode's fixed settings, Conquest Mode encourages freedom for the player to do whatever they see fit. Within this mode, players can earn the ultimate weapons in the game and unlock various playable characters. Specific stories and stages are set to be made exclusive to this mode. Two players with an online connection can choose to play through this mode together. Normal co-op with two controllers is also available. Similar to the Legendary Mode of previous titles, these preset scenarios are separated into three categories:
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms themed events.
- "What-if?" stories.
- Side stories to showcase talents of individual characters.
Either interactive section in the mode can lead to more episodes or an ending in the mode. Once a stage is cleared, the player may choose to either move onto another episode or complete the same one again as many times as they like. Characters share their stats and strengths in either of the two playable modes. This means rewards gained in Conquest Mode can be used in Story Mode and vice versa. The player's character can also form friendly bonds with other characters in this mode for their everlasting support.
Players are tasked with raising the Tongquetai Palace, a safe haven for peasants. The overall goal is to increase the tower's popularity so that even the emperor (Emperor Xian) will visit. To fund the tower's construction and status, players need to fight in various battles; defeating enemy officers allows them to be recruited as a partner.
Players start out with the weapon shop as their sole base facility. More can be added or expanded upon as the town gradually becomes populated with people. These include a food market, a trade shop, a menagerie, etc.
Battles are divided into four categories: Skirmishes, Unconventional Battles, Great Battles, and Mock Battles.
- Skirmishes grant materials.
- Unconventional Battles help increase fame.
- Great Battles tend to reward players with new recruitable partners.
- Mock Battles allow the player to face off against allies, though they will not drop any materials or weapons. Tongquetai Palace must be completely constructed first in order to unlock this type of battle.
This mode allows players to view and rotate character models, view wallpapers, and watch movies found in kingdoms' Musou Modes. Guardian animals and weapons can also be viewed. If the character reaches level 50, a voice gallery will also be unlocked.
This section summarises the entire Three Kingdoms era, includes terminology from the time period, a consolidated timeline, and brief bios of all the characters in the game (playable and NPCs). The data combines history and information found in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel.
This mode allows the player to alter the settings such as display (health bars, subtitles, brightness), controls (targeting, vibration, button settings), sound (music volume, sound effects volume, voice volume), save / load and graphics (quality, graphic detail, texture quality).
The following is a list of the playable characters in the game.
|Bladed yo-yo||Bao Sanniang is the third daughter of the Bao family and is known as one of Guan Suo's wives within fiction. She originated from the Hua Guan Suo Zhuan, a tale in which Guan Suo is the main protagonist and instead known as Hua Guan Suo. Proud of her warrior training, she refused marriage until he defeated her in a duel. Her character is considered a direct homage to Hu Sanniang, a character from the novel, Water Margin, who met her husband in a similar manner.|
|Woven cloth||Fa Zheng was a vassal who first worked for Liu Zhang. After Liu Bei invaded the province, he served his new lord as a master strategist. He was greatly favoured by Liu Bei and was considered one of his closest advisers. Historically, he is credited for being the main strategist behind the success of the Hanzhong campaign. Zhuge Liang had even stated that the disaster of the Battle of Yiling would not have occurred if Fa Zheng was still alive.|
|Zanbatō||Guan Ping is one of Guan Yu's sons and is thought to be Guan Xing's elder brother. He is given a minor mention in historical texts, but Romance of the Three Kingdoms identifies him as Guan Yu's adopted son who helped Liu Bei's conquests throughout Hanzhong. He is also Guan Suo's and Guan Yinping's older brother in various fictional media.|
|Sabatons||Guan Suo is Guan Yu's fictional third son and the younger brother of Guan Ping and Guan Xing. He is a famous subject for Beijing opera and is known to have wed four exotic wives. Three Kingdoms fiction may use Guan Suo as their archetype hero for Shu in an attempt to expand the romanticized lionhearted perception of Guan Yu or the empire.|
|Wingblades||Guan Xing is one of Guan Yu's sons and is thought to be Guan Ping's younger brother. Historically, he succeeded his father after his death and fathered two sons, Guan Tong and Guan Yi. Zhuge Liang held high hopes for him and, after Ma Liang was killed in battle, deemed him one of his possible successors while Guan Xing was in his twenties. His activities after this are vague and he is written to have died several years later from unknown causes. Romance of the Three Kingdoms glorifies a fictional kinship between him and Zhang Bao.|
|Dual-headed mace||Guan Yinping is one of the fictional names for Guan Yu's daughter. In a dubiously accurate line in Record of the Three Kingdoms, she was considered by her father's advisers for a political marriage with one of Sun Quan's sons. Guan Yu flew into a blind rage by the suggestion. In Chinese folklore, she is argued to be either Guan Suo's younger or elder sister who fought for Shu after her father's death.|
|Guan dao||Guan Yu is arguably one of Liu Bei's bravest and strongest generals. A mighty warrior with a studious mind, he has been praised as a man who could cleave apart an "army of thousands with ease". His well-kept beard was famous and he was nicknamed "Beautiful Beard" by his peers.|
|Bow||Huang Zhong is a general who first served Liu Biao, surrendered and served under Han Xuan, and then joined Liu Bei in Jing Province. He is widely known for following Fa Zheng's strategy at Mt. Dingjun and causing Xiahou Yuan's demise. He is hardly mentioned in historical records, but Romance of the Three Kingdoms famously describes him as a courageous elderly general in his sixties and a masterful archer who never missed his targets. He has been heralded as one of the Five Tiger Generals after his death.|
|Double-edge trident||Jiang Wei is a general of the Three Kingdoms era who first served Ma Zun. He surrendered to Shu when his station was attacked and was praised by Zhuge Liang. Jiang Wei took it upon himself after the Prime Minister's death to keep waging war with Wei in the north. Even with Liu Shan's surrender to Deng Ai, Jiang Wei would oppose Wei until his death. He is Zhuge Liang's lone and trusted successor in Romance of the Three Kingdoms and one of the novel's tragic figures.|
|Flagpole spear||Liao Hua was a former Yellow Turban and loyal officer of Shu. He lived to witness the rise, establishment, and collapse of Shu. Romance of the Three Kingdoms lionises Liao Hua further by portraying him as one of Guan Yu's most loyal retainers and a person critical to Zhuge Liang's northern campaigns.|
|Twin swords||Liu Bei is the self-proclaimed emperor and founder of Shu. He was known to have been an ambitious and charismatic leader who had the affable power to draw people to him. He is frequently addressed as "Former Master" rather than by his posthumous title in Record of the Three Kingdoms. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is famous for depicting him as a modest and merciful warlord who cherished his devoted followers. Sun Shangxiang is one of his wives and Liu Shan is his successor. In Three Kingdoms fiction, he is often known as Guan Yu and Zhang Fei's eldest oath brother.|
|Dragon bench||Liu Shan is Liu Bei's eldest son and successor. Even when named figurehead leader of Shu, Liu Shan isn't known to have done much to help his country prosper. He is infamously known under his childhood name in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, A Dou, which is also an idiom for an incompetent person. His two wives are Zhang Fei's daughters.|
|Stallion spear||Ma Chao is Ma Teng's eldest biological son and heir, as well as cousin to Ma Dai. He distrusted Cao Cao and rebelled against him at Tong Gate. When he failed, Ma Chao resented the warlord when his family was executed in retaliation. He lost many more kin and property opposing Cao Cao until he surrendered to Liu Bei. Romance of the Three Kingdoms nicknames him "Ma Chao the Splendid" in ode to his magnificent armour and stalwart appearance. After his death, he has been dubbed one of the Five Tiger Generals.|
|Large paintbrush||Ma Dai is Ma Chao's cousin who is best known for slaying Wei Yan. Romance of the Three Kingdoms instead portrays him as a faithful retainer who previously served Ma Teng and is Ma Chao's constant companion. His proclamation the moment before he kills Wei Yan is often quoted in Three Kingdoms media.|
|Feather whip||Ma Su is an officer of Shu who served Liu Bei. His talents were admired by Zhuge Liang, but Liu Bei did not approve of Ma Su and warned that he not be highly praised. In modern times, he is considered the youngest of the Five Changs in the Ma family (the others including Ma Liang and his older brothers), individuals who shared the chang in their names and were talented intellectuals. He is best known for losing the battle at Jie Ting and causing Zhuge Liang to cry tears of grief when he ordered Ma Su's execution.|
|Sword and short spear||Ma Yunlu is a fictional character from Fan Sanguo Yanyi, a retelling of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel created by Zhou Dahuang during the early 1900s. The daughter of Ma Teng and the younger sister of Ma Chao, she became a formidable warrior in her own right and had a straightforward attitude to match. She joined her brother when the rest of their family was executed by Cao Cao for treason.|
|Shadow fan||Pang Tong is a short lived strategist for Liu Bei. He is sometimes addressed as "The Fledgling Phoenix", the clashing opposite of the "Sleeping Dragon". Although he is a talented strategist, his odd appearance and snide personality were said to repulse the lords in the Three Kingdoms era.|
|Throwing shield||Wang Ping is an officer who served under Cao Cao before defecting to Shu at the battle of Hanzhong. Although unable to write reports himself, he was a stern disciplinarian who gave proper orations.|
|Double-bladed voulge||Wei Yan is one of the generals who served Liu Bei since the start of his military career. He swore complete fealty to Liu Bei and continued to serve Shu after his lord's death. Although he was initially trusted by the Prime Minister, he became infamous for earning Zhuge Liang's ire and was killed by Ma Dai due to arguably false charges of defection. Even after his death, his defense plans of Hanzhong were still implemented, and were successful in driving out Wei many times. Romance of the Three Kingdoms instead portrays him as an outright villainous character with a violent betrayal streak.|
|Bunny doll||Xiahouji is Xiahou Yuan's niece and Zhang Fei's wife, who abducted and took her as his wife when she was twelve or thirteen years old. She requested to have her uncle's remains buried. Later, when Xiahou Ba defected to Shu, he was given preferential treatment due to his ties with her.|
|Sword and tower shield||Xingcai is an original character who debuted in Dynasty Warriors 5. She is a fictional interpretation of Liu Shan's wife who was Zhang Fei's youngest daughter, making her Zhang Bao's sister. Together with her childhood friend, Guan Ping, she is portrayed as the future of Shu.|
|Fencing sword and hooked dagger||Xu Shu is a disciple of Sima Hui and an expert swordsman in his younger days. Avenging his friend with his blade, he gave up swordsmanship and decided to study after his arrest. He is friends with Zhuge Liang. He was known to have been a filial son, and cared deeply for his mother. In both history and in fiction, it is because of Xu Shu's piety that he chooses to leave Liu Bei for Cao Cao.|
|Tongnu with blade attachment||Yueying is one of the romanticised names for Zhuge Liang's wife. Not much is known about her historically, but folklore often describes her to be as intelligent and well studied as her husband. There are many stories of her being considered an ugly woman.|
|Flail sword||Zhang Bao is one of Zhang Fei's sons; historically, little is actually known about him since records only state that he died when he was young and had a son named Zhang Zun. His younger brother, Zhang Shao, was the one who succeeded Zhang Fei. Romance of the Three Kingdoms prefers to focus on him sharing a friendship with Guan Xing as they both avenge their fathers' deaths.|
|Viper spear||Zhang Fei is a general who served Liu Bei. His bravery and might were praised to be second to Guan Yu. However, he was also exceptionally cruel and wouldn't hesitate to punish insubordination with beatings or the death penalty. Romance of the Three Kingdoms depicts him in a significantly positive light yet his short temper and alcoholism caused his downfall. Within fictional Three Kingdoms media, he is Liu Bei and Guan Yu's youngest oath brother. He has been praised as one of the Five Tiger Generals after his death. His wife is Lady Xiahou, and his two daughters are Liu Shan's wives. Zhang Bao is often argued to have been his eldest son.|
|Claymore||Zhang Yi is a general of Shu. He gained Zhuge Liang's attention when Zhang was demoted for indirectly causing a rebellion, but provided the proper supplies for Ma Zhong prior to departing from office, leading to a swift end to the rebellion.|
|Dragon spear||Zhao Yun is a general of the Three Kingdoms period who has a record of good service. Liu Bei personally praised his bravery at Han River. Romance of the Three Kingdoms and other local folklore commonly describes him as a just and virtuous general of peerless strength who has a deep sense of loyalty for Liu Bei. His lone rampage to protect A Dou remains one of his crowning feats in fiction. Years after his death he is lauded as one of the Five Tiger Generals.|
|Nunchaku||Zhou Cang is a general of the Yellow Turbans who later pledged his loyalty to Guan Yu after hearing his exploits. He continued to serve Guan Yu loyally until his defeat and execution, whereupon Zhou Cang slit his own throat. Historically, he never existed.|
|Feather fan||Zhuge Liang is a politician who served Liu Bei. He was a wise advisor who was both loved and feared as the "Sleeping Dragon". When he became Shu's Prime Minister, he led an exhausting expedition to conquer Wei. The reasons for Shu's failure are argued - lack of man power, bad weather, or his misjudgement – but he is praised today for his unmistakable loyalty to his masters. Romance of the Three Kingdoms famously depicts him as a peerless genius whose intellect rivalled the greatest minds of China, Lu Wang and Zhang Liang. His wife is Yueying and Zhuge Zhan is his son. Zhuge Jin and Zhuge Jun are his brothers.|
|Parasol||Bianshi (literally: "Lady Bian"), commonly referred to as Empress Dowager Bian, is one of Cao Cao's most favored concubines and Cao Pi, Cao Zhang, Cao Zhi, and Cao Xiong's biological mother. She helped raised many of Cao Cao's other children.|
|Konghou||Cai Wenji is one of the artistic style names attributed to a poet named Cai Yan. She comes from a family of imperial scholars who specializes in poetry and composing music. Historically, she was kidnapped by a group of nomads and rescued by Cao Cao. Left in grief during and after her capture, Cai Yan composed several compositions which were praised after her death. She is Cai Yong's daughter and Dong Si's wife.|
|General's sword||Cao Cao was the Chancellor of the Han Dynasty who laid the foundations for the future kingdom of Wei. A clean-cut, tall, and crafty individual, Cao Cao excelled in war and politics. He was loved and feared for his perceptiveness and swift retaliations. Chen Shou commented that he was a leader who possessed a unique mindset and was a timeless hero. Romance of the Three Kingdoms famously villainizes him to be a hot-blooded, sly, yet occasionally dumbfounded schemer who sometimes survived his hardships on luck alone. His legitimate successor is Cao Pi, born from his consort Bianshi. Xiahou Dun, Xiahou Yuan, Cao Ren, and Cao Hong are his well-known cousins.|
|Wolf teeth mace||Cao Hong was an officer of Wei and one of Cao Cao's cousins. He and Cao Ren worked together to raise Cao Cao's army. His friction with Cao Pi would eventually cost him many of his honors, and nearly his life. The novel famously portrays him losing Tong Pass to Ma Chao.|
|Dual blade||Cao Pi is Cao Cao's second son and successor. Like his father, he was a reputed intellectual who calculated his plans thoroughly. However, Cao Pi was unpopular even with his retainers, allegedly due to his foul and taboo behavior. He founded Wei by forcing Emperor Xian to abdicate his throne. He is Zhenji's second husband and Cao Rui is his heir.|
|Spiked shield||Cao Ren is one of Cao Cao's cousins. Though he was known to be a callous brute during his youth, Cao Ren matured to be a courageous and lawful general while serving his cousin. He is reputed as a reliable defender for Cao Cao's territory who protected the lands numerous times from invaders. Depending on the historical source, he is regarded as one of Cao Cao's greatest generals.|
|Gauntlets||Cao Zhang is Cao Cao's fourth son who is said to have wrestled wild animals with his bare hands. His father nicknamed him "Yellow Beard". He became famous for victories against the Wuhuan tribes, but deemed an unworthy heir due to his disinterest in studies. There are several rumours surrounding his death, the most famous tale though, involved him being poisoned by Cao Pi.|
|Kanabō||Cao Zhen is an officer under the Wei army. He was also a distant nephew of Cao Cao, and was adopted into the Cao clan. Under Cao Rui, he rose to become the commander-in-chief of Wei's western armies, and was successful in driving out Zhuge Liang many times. Historically, he was praised for his archery skills and generosity to his subordinates. The novel, however, portrays him as a mediocre commander who would've endangered his kingdom had it not been for Sima Yi.|
|Water mirror||Cao Zhi is Cao Cao's fifth son and one of the "Three Caos" (the others being his father and Cao Pi). Skilled with words, he is known as China's second best poet.|
|Mini sun||Cheng Yu is an advisor for Cao Cao who stood at approximately 191 cm (6'3") and had a beautiful moustache. Persistent in his own beliefs and unwilling to bend to others, Cao Cao is noted to express utmost confidence in his vassal's decisions. One of his sons is named Cheng Wu.|
|Axe||Dian Wei is one of Cao Cao's many generals who was renowned for his strength and bravery. He fought in several battles in his lord's honour before he acted as the rear guard for his lord's escape at Wan Castle. Cao Cao is reputed to have grieved his passing. Romance of the Three Kingdoms has Cao Cao praise Dian Wei as a match for E Lai, the same name of a mighty bureaucrat who once served King Zhou. His death in the novel is largely believed to have inspired Benkei's death in fiction.|
|Orb and scepter||Guo Jia is one of Cao Cao's strategists who gave good counsel. He shared a close comradeship with Cao Cao and was favoured by him. His services were cut short when he died during one of their northern campaigns. After suffering defeat at Chibi, Cao Cao purportedly said, "If only Guo Jia was with us."|
|Chain and sickle||Jia Xu is a strategist who has been highly praised for his sly wit. He has been described as a person who "shares the same intellect as Chen Ping and Zhang Liang". He first served Dong Zhuo, followed by Li Jue and Zhang Xiu before surrendering to Cao Cao, and becoming Cao Pi's Grand Commandant. Though he was valued by the Cao family, it was said that Jia Xu was a suspicious individual who was never fully trusted by his masters.|
|Wheeled halberd||Li Dian is a veteran general who served Cao Cao since his first campaign. Chen Shou praised Li Dian for always prioritizing his duties over his personal affairs and for his gentlemanly manners. Together with Zhang Liao and Yue Jin, he served in the defense of Hefei. Romance of the Three Kingdoms expands his role at Hefei by making him the one who destroys Xiaoshi Bridge.|
|Monk spade||Man Chong is an officer and politician of Wei. Known as a courageous and prudent person who stood eight chi tall, he assisted Cao Ren at Fan Castle and strengthened Hefei Castle's defenses. Romance of the Three Kingdoms accredits him for convincing Xu Huang to serve Cao Cao.|
|Dual ji||Pang De is a strong and fierce warrior who first served Ma Teng. He became a reputed warrior of Xiliang and continued serving Ma Chao. When he became isolated from Ma Chao's forces, Pang De decided to join Cao Cao for historically ambiguous reasons. Then known as one of Wei's most renowned generals, he bravely faced Guan Yu at Fan Castle.|
|Trishula||Wang Yi is the only woman of the Later Han Dynasty who is noted to have historically fought in battle. She is best known for joining her husband's struggle against Ma Chao.|
|Podao||Xiahou Dun is one of Cao Cao's cousins from his father's side of the family. Though known as a short-tempered man in his youth, he became a lawful and cultured general as he aged. He served Cao Cao for his entire military career, dying mere months after his lord. He is famously known to have lost his eye at Xiapi in Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Xiahou Dun removed his arrow-pierced eye, declared that it was a gift from his ancestors, and ate it. He hunted and killed the archer responsible for his injury soon after.|
|Bow and rod||Xiahou Yuan is one of Cao Cao's cousins from his father's side of the family. Serving Cao Cao for his entire military career, his lord favoured Xiahou Yuan for his humble behaviour and his sheer guile in war. He served in many of his lord's campaigns until he abruptly perished to the rear attack led by Huang Zhong's army. Historically, the general was praised for his remarkable speed in war and for his expertise for ambushes. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is famous for portraying him as a masterful archer and stressed that Xiahou Dun treated him as though he were his younger brother. Xiahou Ba is one of his sons.|
|Battle axe||Xu Huang is a general who willingly defected to Cao Cao. Humble and honest with his troops, he was well liked for his old-fashioned geniality. He participated in several of his lord's campaigns, but it was his excellent service at Fan Castle which garnered Cao Cao's trust and gratitude. Historically, Cao Cao warmly praised Xu Huang to match Zhou Yafu's character. After his death, he has been praised as one of the Five Generals of Wei. Romance of the Three Kingdoms states he wielded a giant axe and that he once dueled Guan Yu in Jing Province.|
|Giant mace||Xu Zhu is one of Cao Cao's retainers who was renowned for his strength. He was known as a profound yet quiet general who moved his lord with his loyalty. Known as a simple-minded giant yet fierce in battle, his nickname is "Tiger Fool". His nickname was so famous it often substituted for his actual name. Soon after his recruitment, Cao Cao historically praised him to be the Fan Kuai of their era. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is famous for claiming that his strength matched Dian Wei and heralds him as one of Cao Cao's bravest generals.|
|Formation wand||Xun Yu is an advisor to Cao Cao whose talents as a strategist were compared to those of Sima Yi. Xun Yu's relations with Xun You is hazy as records list them as either as nephew and uncle or as cousins. Despite serving under Cao Cao, Xun Yu is known for his loyalty to the Han Dynasty. His greatest achievement was when he advised Cao Cao to protect Emperor Xian to "control the rebellious in the name of the emperor".|
|War trident||Yu Jin is a general who served Cao Cao since he first raised an army. In the Record of the Three Kingdoms, he is an established general and is known as one of the Five Generals of Wei. He won success in numerous battles and was known as a majestic and resilient man, but he frightened allies due to his strict disciplinarian behaviour. On one occasion, Yu Jin was ordered to take control of Zhu Ling's troops, and met no resistance, as Zhu's troops were too terrified to resist the order.|
|Dual hookblades||Yue Jin is a veteran general who served Cao Cao since he first raised an army. Reputed for his short stature and credited to be among Cao Cao's best vanguards, Yue Jin fought in many of Cao Cao's campaigns. At Hefei, he mediated between a quarrelling Li Dian and Zhang Liao and rescued both of them from Sun Quan's army. He is posthumously credited as one of the Five Generals of Wei.|
|Claws||Zhang He is a general who first began his military career under Han Fu. After his liege was conquered, he served Yuan Shao until slander and distrust forced his defection to Cao Cao. His masterful tactics and rapid adaptability within the field were historically feared by Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang. This was especially so, when Zhang He surrounded and defeated Ma Su at Jieting. He died as a reputed elderly general and the emperor personally mourned his passing. Chen Shou respectfully dubbed him one of the five accomplished generals of Wei.|
|Twin axes||Zhang Liao is a general who served under three different lords before serving Lu Bu. When his master surrendered, Zhang Liao swore his loyalties to Cao Cao, under whom his career skyrocketed. He is most famous for his battles at Hefei, successfully defending the castle with just a few hundred men. When he perished due to illness, the emperor wept for him. After his death, he has been lauded as one of the Five Generals of Wei. Romance of the Three Kingdoms emphasizes his service under Lu Bu and dubs him one of his Eight Generals. The novel also heavily stresses his brief historical friendship with Guan Yu. His son is Zhang Hu.|
|Flute||Zhenji is Yuan Xi's wife and Cao Pi's first wife. She was supposedly favoured by Cao Pi when he first saw her. When they first met is not precisely known historically, but Romance of the Three Kingdoms is famous for stating their first meeting was near Guandu. The novel also describes her as a woman of dazzling beauty.|
|Double-edge spear||Cheng Pu is a veteran warrior who served the Sun family for three generations. He held a reputation as a government official who possessed remarkable foresight, considerable skill, and an excellent appearance. According to Zhou Yu's records, not even the slaves argued when he and Zhou Yu were together.|
|Pugil sticks||Daqiao is Xiaoqiao's eldest sister, and they are known throughout the land as the Two Qiaos. She is Sun Ce's wife.|
|Circle blade||Ding Feng is a military general who served under Wu during the late Three Kingdoms era. He is famed as a brave warrior and skilled strategist. He is posthumously celebrated as one of the Five Veterans of Wu. Romance of the Three Kingdoms credits him as the one who kills Zhang Liao.|
|Flail||Gan Ning is a reputed Wu general. During his youth, he led a pirate group that infamously wore bells to "warn" their enemies of their impending doom. After a fallout with Huang Zu, Gan Ning served Sun Quan for the rest of his days. In response to Gan Ning's surprise raid at Ruxukou, Sun Quan said "Mengde has Zhang Liao, and I have Gan Xingba."; Gan Ning's death was a crushing blow to him. Romance of the Three Kingdoms further dramatizes his conflict with Ling Tong.|
|Short pike||Han Dang is a veteran general who served three generations of the Sun family. He started his career under Sun Jian who acknowledged his subordinate's expert archery and horsemanship. At one point in his service, the Shanyue people feared his might and bravery, taking a submissive attitude towards him. He is posthumously considered to be one of the Five Veterans of Wu.|
|Iron boat||Huang Gai is a Wu general who is posthumously heralded as one of the Five Elders of Wu. He served three generations of the Sun family, starting with Sun Jian. He devised the plan to burn Cao Cao's fleet at Chibi and was saved by Han Dang during its execution. Romance of the Three Kingdoms has Huang Gai pivotal to the fire attack's success but not its inventor.|
|Mandarin duck hooks||Lianshi is a documented given name for Lady Bu, one of Sun Quan's historical wives. Dearly loved by her lord, she was considered a candidate for Wu's first empress. She died before the right was granted to her, causing Sun Quan to bestow it to her posthumously in his grief.|
|Sanjiegun||Ling Tong is Ling Cao's son. He is popular with the common folk and a highly respected retainer of Sun Quan, accredited to have been his lord's saviour at Hefei. Romance of the Three Kingdoms emphasises his historical grudge and later friendship towards Gan Ning.|
|Thin sword||Lu Kang is Lu Xun and Sunshi's son as well as Sun Ce's grandchild. He served as an advisor and general for Eastern Wu and was praised for his talent and wisdom.|
|Pike||Lu Meng is a general who first served Sun Ce as a warrior subjugating bandits and soldiers. Sun Quan noticed that he was uneducated and advised him to study. After three days of vigorous studying, he was renowned to be a prudent and wise individual who made peace between Gan Ning and Ling Tong. Chen Shou wrote that he was a capable general of remarkable intelligence, as his wit and strength were used to foil Zhang Liao and Guan Yu's armies. His life was claimed by illness, but Romance of the Three Kingdoms instead states he was killed by Guan Yu's vengeful ghost.|
|Rake||Lu Su is an advisor for the Kingdom of Wu during the Three Kingdoms era of China. He took control of the military after the death of Zhou Yu. During the Battle of Chibi, Lu Su served as a close advisor to Zhou Yu and a liaison with Liu Bei's forces. Upon Zhou Yu's death, Lu Su was put in charge of Sun Quan's army and was Head Advisor until his own death.|
|Swallow swords||Lu Xun is the second name for Lu Yi, a politician who served Sun Quan. He is praised as a dexterous individual whose strategies prevailed over Guan Yu and Liu Bei's tactics. An ailing Lu Meng recognized his talents and specifically recommended him as a suitable successor. Lu Xun would continue to perform admirably in his services until he was dragged into the internal bickering for the throne by his lord's sons. He died fuming with indignation and spite, a loss which Sun Quan sincerely regretted. Romance of the Three Kingdoms claims that he was a tall and handsome figure. His wife is Sunshi, and his son and successor is Lu Kang.|
|Dual tonfas||Sun Ce is Sun Jian's eldest son and Sun Quan and Sun Shangxiang's older brother. Popular and well-liked, Sun Ce was an ambitious leader who laid down the foundations for Wu with his best friend Zhou Yu. Romance of the Three Kingdoms dons him "The Little Conqueror" and emphasizes his warrior image. The narrative has him die due to Gan Ji's ghost. He is Daqiao's husband and Sunshi's father.|
|Nine rings blade||Sun Jian is argued to have been a descendant of the legendary Sun Tzu and is posthumously honoured as the first emperor of Wu. Known for his unmistakable fortitude and courageousness, he was a reputed warrior who gained early fame for subjugating pirates and bandits during his youth. He fought in many battles until his life was cut violently short by Huang Zu's subordinates. Romance of the Three Kingdoms exaggerates his warrior image and dons him the fictional nickname, "Tiger of Jiangdong". Wu Guotai is one of his wives; Sun Ce, Sun Quan, and Sun Shangxiang are his children.|
|Flame blade||Sun Quan is Sun Jian's second son and his elder brother's successor. He is famed for his love of wine and his bushy beard. His father was pleased by his birth and proclaimed that he would be the one to lead the family's future, a line which became true years later. Sun Quan ruled as the first living emperor of Wu and sought to govern with patience and careful consideration, which had mixed results during the era. Romance of the Three Kingdoms degrades him to be an arrogant and short-tempered leader whose love for wine clouded his judgement. Sun Shangxiang is his younger sister, and Lianshi is one of his historical wives.|
|Bladed wheels||Sun Shangxiang is a popular fictional name created via Peking opera for Lady Sun. She is one of Sun Jian's daughters, and the younger sister of Sun Ce and Sun Quan. She is historically one of Liu Bei's wives who bore him no children. During their marriage, she was known to have practiced martial arts and had armed maids near her company at all times. While they were not close in history, Romance of the Three Kingdoms insists she was happily wedded to her husband.|
|Twin rods||Taishi Ci is a general of the later Han Dynasty who has been praised for his bravery and courage since his youth. He first served Liu Yao, but after his lord's passing, he surrendered to Sun Ce. He allegedly chose Sun Ce due to the lord's prowess and mercy demonstrated in their duel. Cao Cao later sought his services after Sun Ce's death, yet Taishi Ci remained loyal to Sun Quan. When he passed away, Sun Quan proclaimed utter reverence for his memory. Historically, Taishi Ci was a renowned archer of immeasurable skill. Koei's games choose to instead depict him as a warrior of profound strength.|
|Baoding balls||Wu Guotai is the fictional younger sister of Lady Wu and Sun Jian's second wife. In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, she is mother of Lady Sun and Sun Lang who endorsed her daughter's marriage to Liu Bei against Sun Quan's wishes. Her illness and death induced her daughter to return back to Wu, carrying along the young Liu Shan.|
|Twin fans||Xiaoqiao is the younger of the Two Qiaos, making her Daqiao's younger sister and Zhou Yu's wife. Prior to the Battle at Chibi in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zhuge Liang told her husband that Cao Cao wanted his wife. This considerably upset Zhou Yu and led to his approval to go to war.|
|Katana and using Battōjutsu||Zhou Tai is a former pirate who joined Wu with his comrade, Jiang Qin. He fights alongside Sun Ce and also serves Sun Quan. He saved Sun Quan many times on the battlefield, eventually becoming his right-hand protector. During the Battle of Ruxukou, Sun Quan saw the reluctance of both Zhu Ran and Xu Sheng in serving as Zhou's officers. In response, Sun held a banquet for his officers, and pointed to each of Zhou Tai's scars, to which Zhou would retell the different battles he participated in, thus winning respect from both officers and many other members of Wu.|
|Bō staff||Zhou Yu is the famous military commander who protected his lord's territory from Cao Cao at Chibi. A reputed warrior talented in war and literature, Zhou Yu's potential was feared by Cao Cao and Liu Bei. He shared a devout fellowship with both Sun Ce and Sun Quan; he was practically tied to the hip with the elder brother, and he acted like a gentle older sibling to the younger brother. Romance of the Three Kingdoms fabricated his jealousy for Zhuge Liang, in which he was constantly vexed by his counterpart's intelligence. Xiaoqiao is his wife.|
|Flame bow||Zhu Ran is a military general for the Kingdom of Wu. Praised for his skills as a general, he took part in many important military campaigns including the Battle of Yiling and the defense of Jiangling. Zhu Ran also played a part in the capture of the mighty Shu general, Guan Yu. Before his death, he was given full command of the armies of Wu.|
|Paper lantern||Zhuge Jin is a minister for Wu during the Three Kingdoms era. He is Zhuge Liang's older brother, Zhuge Ke's father, and may or may not be Zhuge Dan's cousin. He was greatly trusted by Sun Quan. His most important accomplishment was in smoothing relations between Wu and Shu. Some anecdotes about his son state that he had an elongated face resembling a donkey.|
|Blade bow||Zhuge Ke is Zhuge Jin's son and Zhuge Liang's nephew and served as an officer for Eastern Wu. He succeeded Lu Xun after the latter's death.|
|Sword and sheath||Chen Tai is a general of Wei and the son of Chen Qun. He served as the commander of Wei's forces against Jiang Wei's invasions after death of Sima Yi and successfully repelled him every time. Although he supported the Sima family during their rise to power, he expressed his loyalty to Wei by mourning the death of Cao Mao and asking for the execution of Jia Chong on the grounds of regicide.|
|Drill spear||Deng Ai is one of the generals who served Wei. He was famed for his ability to instantly analyse a battlefield for the best places to store grain and position troops. Deng Ai was discovered by Sima Yi and contributed to fighting Shu's northern campaigns led by Jiang Wei. His army is accredited to have caused Liu Shan's surrender.|
|Revolving crossbow||Deng Zhong is a military general of Wei. Deng Zhong was the son of Deng Ai, a prominent general of Wei. Following a battle against the state of Shu at Duan Valley, Deng Zhong assisted his father in the defeat of the enemy general Jiang Wei.|
|Spring and Autumn Annals||Du Yu is a Wei and Jin officer who is accredited with conquering Wu, resulting in the end of the Three Kingdoms period.|
|Arm cannon||Guo Huai is a Wei general who was once Xiahou Yuan's Major. He was primarily stationed near Hanzhong and repelled the Shu invaders from Wei's western borders numerous times throughout his military career.|
|Ball and chain||Hu Fen is a Wei commander. He commanded a division during Zhuge Dan's Rebellion. During the battle, he was the one who struck down Zhuge Dan himself. Hu Fen later participated in the campaign against the Kingdom of Eastern Wu, and advised Du Yu to wait outside of Jianye to receive reinforcements in order to conquer Wu.|
|Throwing axes||Jia Chong is a military commander who served in Wei and later Jin. He is Jia Kui's son. His abilities were recognized by Sima Zhao when the former was able to correctly deduce Zhuge Dan's displeasure with the Sima family, and later Zhong Hui's hidden agendas. He is infamously known for giving the order to strike down Cao Mao.|
|Chicken sickles||Jia Nanfeng is the daughter of Jia Chong, first wife of Emperor Hui of the Jin Dynasty and also the granddaughter of Jia Kui. She is commonly seen as a villainous figure in Chinese history, as the person who provoked the War of the Eight Princes, leading to the Wu Hu rebellions and the Jin family's loss of northern and central China.|
|Lightning sword||Sima Shi is Sima Yi and Zhang Chunhua's eldest son who was named Commander of the Wei army shortly after his father's death. He personally led troops to attack Wu after Sun Quan's death and to quell the rebellions within Wei. Heeding his father's warnings regarding the negativity for their family, Sima Shi primarily sought to protect army morale and to preserve unity, even concealing the arduous pain he felt from a malignant tumour near his eye. His health drastically declined, cutting his command to a total of four years. His younger brother, Sima Zhao, succeeded him.|
|Serrated sword||Sima Yan is the son of Sima Zhao and Wang Yuanji, and the grandson of Sima Yi and Zhang Chunhua. Over the years, the Sima clan had gained an enormous amount of power within the Wei court. In the year 265, he forced Cao Huan to abdicate as emperor and took his place, beginning the Jin Dynasty.|
|Horsehair whip||Sima Yi is an intellectual who is accredited as the ancestral founder of Western Jin. Once he agreed to serve the Cao family, he became one of Cao Pi's close friends and subsequently an influential figure in Wei, cunningly defending himself from his many detractors. Cao Cao suspected that Sima Yi would never be satisfied serving under another, an opinion which would ring true years later when the Sima family reigned supreme after his death. Romance of the Three Kingdoms depicts him as a conniving individual who was intimidated and infuriated by Zhuge Liang's sagacity. His wife is Zhang Chunhua; Sima Shi and Sima Zhao are his eldest sons.|
|Striking sword||Sima Zhao is Sima Yi and Zhang Chunhua's second son, Sima Shi's younger brother, and Wang Yuanji's husband. Using the foundations laid by his predecessors and his ingenuity, he extended the Sima family influence to gain the people's favor by quelling several civil rebellions. When he was in power, Wu's armies failed to penetrate his formations and Shu surrendered. His high esteem in the imperial court helped his son, Sima Yan, later establish the Jin Dynasty.|
|Throwing daggers||Wang Yuanji is Wang Su's daughter and is historically Sima Zhao's wife. Known for her intelligence and practicality, she foresaw Zhong Hui's rebellion. She is briefly mentioned in chapter 119 of Romance of the Three Kingdoms giving birth to Sima Yan and Sima You.|
|Great sword||Wen Qin is an officer who served under the Wei army and Wen Yang's father. He raised an unsuccessful revolt against Sima Shi alongside Guanqiu Jian after the former displaced Emperor Cao Fang. Joining Wu, he assisted with Zhuge Dan's Rebellion, but was eventually executed for requesting surrender|
|Javelin||Wen Yang is Wen Qin's eldest son. After his father's failed revolt and subsequent death, he joined Jin. During the Western Jin Dynasty, Wen Yang was famed for his success against the Xianbei tribes. Romance of the Three Kingdoms makes him an expert bian gan user and compares his skills to Zhao Yun.|
|Siege spear||Xiahou Ba is Xiahou Yuan's second son and successor during his time in Wei. With many of his efforts going unnoticed and unrewarded as well as his bitterness for Guo Huai, Xiahou Ba fled to Shu after seeing the political instability of Wei that led to Cao Shuang's death at the hands of Sima Yi. Branded as a traitor in his homeland, and discriminated in his new home, Xiahou Ba quickly befriended Jiang Wei, and zealously supported his friend's wish to invade Wei.|
|Crystal orb||Xin Xianying is Xin Pi's daughter and Xin Chang's older sister. Known for her austerity and foresight, she often provided her family with helpful advice in times of crisis.|
|Harpoon||Yang Hu is an officer who served Wei in the games. Historically, he was considered a close friend of Lu Kang and a talented general of Jin. The Records of Three Kingdoms describe him as being of "medium height with fine eyebrows and a beautiful beard" and was known to be an incredibly compassionate individual.|
|Emei piercers||Yang Huiyu is an empress dowager during the Jin Dynasty. She is the third wife of the Wei regent Sima Shi. Her father Yang Chai was a commandery governor, and her mother was a daughter of the Han Dynasty historian and musician Cai Yong. Her brother was the military general Yang Hu.|
|Wired gloves||Zhang Chunhua is Sima Yi's wife and the mother of Sima Shi and Sima Zhao. She was said to have been a virtuous and resourceful woman who was not loved by her husband throughout their marriage. Depending on the many interpretations of historical records, she intimidated her husband by either outwitting him with her scholarly knowledge or by unnerving him with her cold and violent nature.|
|Flying swords||Zhong Hui is a military general who served Wei and is Zhong Yao's second known son. He is fabled to have been a descendant of Zhongli Mei (鍾離昧), a general who once served under Xiang Yu. Valued for his passionate studious nature, he befriended Jiang Wei after the collapse of Shu and rebelled against the Sima family.|
|Short rod||Zhuge Dan may or may not be Zhuge Liang and Zhuge Jin's cousin, sometimes being argued as Zhuge Liang's younger brother or someone from an unrelated branch of the Zhuge family. He is one of many Wei retainers who rebelled against Sima Zhao; his death dealt a deafening blow to the Cao family's influence over Wei's retainers.|
|Bamboo scroll||Chen Gong starts his career under Cao Cao, but he is best known as Lu Bu's adviser and main strategist. In the novel, he is glorified further, by assisting in Cao Cao's escape after the latter's failed attempt to kill Dong Zhuo and concocting a plan that had nearly killed Cao during his attempt to retake Puyang. Historically, he was responsible for setting up Cao Cao's first base in Yan Province.|
|Chain whip||Diaochan is Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu's lover in Romance of the Three Kingdoms. She is one of Wang Yun's dancing servants who used her beauty and charms to turn both of her lovers against one another. Due to the open nature of her origin, she can either be seen as a malicious or loving character.|
|Bomb||Dong Zhuo started as a minor warlord with formidable martial capabilities who gradually rose to power by subjugating forces west of the imperial capital. He is best known for effectively forcing himself to be the de facto leader of the land by dwindling the Han Dynasty's influence. His tyranny lasted for four years and was cut short when his step-son, Lu Bu, killed him.|
|Hammer||Gao Shun is one of Lu Bu's vassals. He is well known for his conquest of Xiaopei and victory over Xiahou Dun's forces. Though his sound advice was ignored by his lord, he nevertheless remained loyal to Lu Bu.|
|Extension spear||Gongsun Zan was a general who fought for the Han forces. He was supposedly a strict and noble general, but disrespected his officers. He and Liu Bei were old friends having studied together, and the latter served him for a time. After Gongsun Zan lost to Yuan Shao, he was too distressed to live and killed himself and his family. He is famed for his White Riders unit, which are five thousand elite soldiers on white steeds.|
|Saw sword||Hua Xiong is a powerful warrior who served Dong Zhuo. At the battle of Sishui Gate, he stalled the Allied Forces from reaching Luoyang.|
|Giant horn||Huaman is a fictional character who originated in Zong Feng Jin, a theatrical opera of Shu's fictional conquest of Nanman. She is Meng Huo and Zhurong's daughter and the main heroine of the play. Portrayed as a courageous woman like her mother, she joined her father's struggle against Zhuge Liang's forces.|
|Halberd||Lu Bu is a general of the late Han Dynasty who is infamous for his many betrayals in the central plains. Like many warlords of the era, he attempted to establish himself as an independent power before he met his end against Cao Cao's forces. Romance of the Three Kingdoms famously dubs him to be the mightiest warrior of his time. His daughter is Lu Lingqi.|
|Cross halberd||Lu Lingqi is a fictional name for Lu Bu's historically unnamed daughter. Not much is known about her, but her father attempted to use her twice for a political marriage with Yuan Shu's son. Her marriage was considered but refused both times due to the warlord's loose trust in her father's integrity. Romance of the Three Kingdoms describes that it was additionally fuelled by his loathing for Lu Bu's arrogance.|
|Stone pillar and various large objects||Meng Huo is a figure who is known for rebelling against Shu in the southern plains two years after Liu Bei's death. He is popularly known under his fictional title as King of the Nanman and Zhurong's husband. Meng Huo is thought to have lost seven times to Zhuge Liang before he and his people surrendered.|
|Wrestling moves||Wen Chou is a general of Yuan Shao. When his fellow officer Yan Liang was killed by Guan Yu, he swears to avenge his fallen comrade but is also slain by the latter in a single blow.|
|Knuckle dusters||Yan Liang is a general under Yuan Shao. In the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel, he and Wen Chou are portrayed as Yuan Shao's greatest generals. The two are held as priceless warriors, who are demons on the battlefield. Historically, not much is known about him.|
|Extension blade||Yuan Shao is a nobleman and ardent supporter of the Han Dynasty who raised a large, powerful army in response to the Yellow Turban Rebellion. He is the father of Yuan Tan, Yuan Xi, and Yuan Shang. His younger half-brother is Yuan Shu. During the twilight years of the Han Dynasty, he reigned as a supreme northern power until his death. His territories were eventually claimed by his former friend, Cao Cao.|
|Scepter||Yuan Shu was the younger half-brother of Yuan Shao and a powerful warlord. Yuan Shu is a central character to the rise and fall of the Later Han Dynasty. After Dong Zhuo's demise, he declared himself emperor of the short-lived Zhong Dynasty, and was subsequently branded as a traitor to the Han.|
|Staff||Zhang Jiao is the leader of the infamous Yellow Turbans, the army fighting for a religious sect known as the Way of Peace. Accompanied by his brothers Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao, he began a rebellion against the corrupt and indifferent Han Dynasty. Their struggle forms the basis of the Three Kingdoms era.|
|Boomerang||Zhurong is the fictional wife of the Nanman King, Meng Huo. Said to be the daughter of the God of Fire, she is the only female character who actually fought in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, defeating two Shu generals in the battle.|
|Talisman cards||Zuo Ci is a legendary person who is famous for visiting Cao Cao. He is a master of illusions, sorcery, and fortune telling. He supposedly lived to be 300 years old before he became an immortal being.|
* Denotes new characters to the series
** Denotes characters added through Dynasty Warriors X: Xtreme Legends
*** Denotes characters added through Dynasty Warriors X: Empires
Bold denotes default characters (Dynasty Warriors X only)
Like previous games in the series, Dynasty Warriors X is followed by two expansions. The first, Dynasty Warriors X: Xtreme Legends was released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One on September 28, 2015 worldwide. It includes additional features not present in Dynasty Warriors 9, such as a new story mode dedicated to Li Jue and his forces, new stages for the rest of the kingdoms and other characters, new content for Ambition Mode, a new EX attack for each character, and two new playable characters: Xiahouji and Cheng Yu. It also enables cross-platform multiplayer.
The second expansion, Dynasty Warriors X: Empires was released for the PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox One on October 4, 2015. Like previous Empires expansions, the game focuses more on a strategical and tactical battle system. It allows players to modify the player force's flags, horses, and soldiers, as well as featuring large-scale strategems, enhanced from Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires. In addition to the marriage system, players' officers can have children with their spouses. One new playable character was added in Dynasty Warriors X: Empires: Zhuge Jin.