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General Sakuma Kichiro is the protagonist of the Act I: Japan campaign in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. He is a loyal general to Tokugawa Ieyasu, into whose care he was taken after the murder of his parents.


Orphaned at the age of six-years-old, Kichiro was fortunate to be taken in by the powerful daimyo, Tokugawa Ieyasu of Kantô province. He was raised by the members of the Tokugawa clan's household staff and always under the watchful eye of Ieyasu himself.

When Kichiro reached the still young age of fifteen, Ieyasu bestowed upon him the rank of general despite his complete lack of military experience and family name or title. This practice was not unheard of at the time, and many attribute the decision to Tokugawa's faith in the young boy's emerging abilities, as well as a desire to directly indoctrinate him with his militaristic ideologies. These ideologies have come into sharp focus with the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the daimyo that consolidated all of Japan's myriad clans under unified rule. Prepared to make a single, decisive grab at power, Tokugawa has sent his armies out into battle under the command of the passionate Kichiro, who is eager to make his adoptive master proud.

What he doesn't know is that the story of his past is a lie, and that Ieyasu is more responsible for the deaths of Kichiro's parents than he would ever admit.

When Shogun Hideyoshi dies, Kichiro joins Tokugawa in a campaign to unify a divided Japan for good.

Kichiro leads Tokugawa´s eastern army in several scenarios, including the Battle of Osaka. He is also good friends with Daimyo Torii Mototada, a powerful Daimyo who is close friends with and loyal to Tokugawa. Although Kichiro later discovers that it was the Tokugawa who murdered his parents, he continues to serve the shogun. When Mototada commits seppuku at the Battle of Fushimi, Kichiro regroups with Tokugawa and eventually the Eastern army wins the Battle at Sekigahara and Ishida Mitsunari, the rival of Tokugawa is killed in action with other rebel Daimyos. With Japan unified, Kichiro resigns from continuing to serve Tokugawa, forsaking his honor and staining his family name for generations to come, as Mototada had foreseen.

In-game unit[]

General of Tokugawa's Eastern Army.
—In-game description

Kichiro uses a bow and arrow to fight from a long range, and rides his horse in combat. He can use Seven Spears to temporarily increase the damage he does and Smoke Bombs to return him into the Home City shipment point.

Like other heroes, Kichiro has many hit points, but if he falls, he will collapse instead of dying and need to regenerate enough hit points to be rescued by allies. Similar to Sohei Archers, he can collect treasures and build Trading Posts, but cannot build Shrines and Town Centers.

Special abilities[]

  • Seven Spears Seven Spears: For the next 10 seconds General Kichiro's ranged attack does 5 times more damage. 30 seconds cooldown.
  • Smoke bomb Smoke Bomb: Returns General Kichiro to the Home City shipment point after 4 seconds. 60 seconds cooldown.


Heroes in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodAlain icon aoe3de Alain Magnan · Young Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Delgado aoe3de Delgado · Elizabeth ramsey aoe3de Elisabet Ramsey · Morgan black aoe3de Morgan Black · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Sahin icon aoe3de Sahin The Falcon
Act II: IceCol washington aoe3de George Washington · John black aoe3de John Black · Kanyenke aoe3de Ká:nien · Nonahkee act2 aoe3de Nonahkee · Stuart icon aoe3de Stuart Black · Warwick icon aoe3de Warwick
Act III: SteelAmelia black igc icon Amelia Black · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Old Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Kanyenke old aoe3de Ká:nien · Cooper icon aoe3de Major Cooper · Old Coot icon AoE3DE Old Coot · Beaumont icon aoe3de Pierre Beaumont
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireGen washington aoe3de George Washington · Kanyenke twc aoe3de Ká:nien · Nathaniel Black icon DE Nathaniel Black · Nonahkee act1 aoe3de Nonahkee · Sven icon aoe3de Sven Kuechler
Act II: ShadowChayton Black icon DE Chayton Black · Crazy horse aoe3de Crazy Horse · Custer aoe3de General Custer · Holmes icon aoe3de Sheriff Holme · Sx warchief aoe3de Chief Brave Wolf · Lakota dog soldier aoe3de Chief Bull Bear · Iro warchief aoe3de Chief Two Moon
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanMototada aoe3de Daimyo Mototada · Kichiro icon DE General Kichiro · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa
Act II: ChinaJinhai aoe3de Admiral Jinhai · Huang icon DE Jian Huang · Chen icon aoe3de Lao Chen
Act III: IndiaBadur icon aoe3de Bahadur Shah · Edwardson aoe3de Colonel Edwardson · Nanib icon DE Nanib Sahir · Pravar icon aoe3de Pravar Patel
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Act II: ShadowFrank Icon Uncle Frank (replaces Crazy Horse)
Historical BattlesAhmad al mansur Ahmad al-Mansur · Pecaudy Icon Claude-Pierre Pecaudy · General mx portrait El General · Padre hidalgo aoe3de El Padre · Isaac Brock icon General Isaac Brock · American General Icon General Jackson · Hizir Reis Icon Hizir Reis · Kassa hailu portrait Kassa Hailu · Marine Officer portrait Marine Officer · Militia Officer portrait Militia Officer · Oruc Reis Icon Oruc Reis · Queen Sabla Icon Queen Sabla Wengel · Sir Francis Drake Icon Sir Francis Drake · Sultan malik portrait Sultan Abd al-Malik · Sultan Mohammed II portrait Sultan Mohammed II · Usman dan fodio icon Usman dan Fodio · Yermak Timofeyevich Icon Yermak