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