Onna Bushi

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Basic Unit Statistics (can be modified by difficulty level, arts, skills, traits and retainers)

Upkeep Cost 200
Melee Attack 9 25%
Charge Bonus 12 24%
Bonus vs Cavalry 15 50%
Melee Defence 7 20%
Armour 5 33%
Morale 10 20%

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Good against infantry and cavalry.
  • Very good in melee.
  • Very good morale.
  • Vulnerable to mass levy troops.


These elite warrior ladies carry deadly naginatas.

These fearless women of good, samurai families have outstanding morale and excellent skills in melee. They are most powerful against sword-armed infantry but, if properly handled, they can execute devastating attacks against the flanks of enemy spearmen as well. Because their numbers are few, the onna bushi can be swamped by more numerous, and weaker, enemy units. 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 Gempei 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 "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 shot by an arrow during the fighting.