Yari Samurai

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

Recruitment Cost 700
Upkeep Cost 150
Melee Attack 6 17%
Charge Bonus 15 30%
Bonus vs Cavalry 25 83%
Melee Defence 8 22%
Armour 5 33%
Morale 10 20%

Strengths & Weaknesses

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


  • Rapid Advance - Increases a unit's movement speed and charge bonus for a short period of time.
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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.