|“||Japanese warrior Monk armed with a naginata. Good against cavalry and buildings.||”|
The Sohei Naginata (Sohei before the Definitive Edition) is a melee heavy infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Zen Temple settlement.
Sohei Naginata units function in a similar manner to European Pikeman, but have a higher base attack than Swiss Pikemen mercenaries when fully upgraded. Sohei Naginata are excellent against all cavalry and Shock Infantry in combat when close, however, ineffective against heavy infantry and artillery. They are best used to supplement a force of pikeman-esque units, defend archers or skirmishers against cavalry or to use their speed in raids against Villagers.
|Zen Discipline Training||200 wood
|Upgrades Sohei Naginata to Disciplined (+25% hit points and attack)|
|Zen Honor Training||400 wood
|Upgrades Sohei Naginata to Honored (+40% hit points and attack); requires Zen Discipline Training|
| Legendary Native Warriors
|Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)|
- The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Cavalry, Shock Infantry, buildings|
|Weak vs.||Skirmishers, archers, artillery|
|Hit points|| Infantry Breastplate (+10%)|
Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)|
Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Master Lessons (+10%)
|Speed|| Military Drummers (+10%)|
Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Sight||Town Watch (+2)|
|Creation speed||Standing Army (-25%)|
|Other||Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)|
|Penalties|| Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)|
Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)
Home City Cards
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The Asian Dynasties
- The unit is named Sohei.
- Sohei have 38 siege damage, a speed of 5, a training time of 20 seconds, and a build limit of 15 per Zen Trading Post.
- The unit is renamed to Sohei Naginata.
- Sohei Naginata have 27 siege damage, a speed of 5.25, a training time of 30 seconds, and a build limit of 16 per Zen Trading Post.
- Main article: Japanese (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue
- は [Ha.] ("Yes."; a variant of hai (はい "Yes") pronounced with a short, strong breath; old-fashioned, typically said by fictional archaic characters, especially of the feudal ages, in response to the instructions or remarks of their superior person, with an attitude of respect toward that person)
- ご命令を [Gomeirei o.] ("Your instructions?")
- 御意（に） [Gyoi (ni).] ("At your will.")
- はい！ [Hai!] ("Yes!")
- いざ [Iza.] ("Now.")
- 直ちに [Tadachi ni.] ("Immediately.")
- 仰せの通り（に） [Ōse no tōri (ni).] (Literally "As you say."; it means "In accordance with your will.")
- いざゆかん！ [Iza yukan!] ("Let's go now!")
- 戦じゃ！ [Ikusa ja!] ("Fight!")
- や！ [Ya!] (an interjection)
- The reason for changing the Sohei's name to Sohei Naginata in the Definitive Edition was to avoid confusion between units, as the Ikko-Ikki was renamed to Sohei Archer.
|“||The sohei were an order of Japanese warrior monks living between the tenth and sixteenth centuries, a period when several militant religious sects held sway over local lords, challenging even the samurai warrior class for dominance.|
The Japanese word “Sohei” is roughly translated into English as monk (“so”) and warrior (“hei”). The sohei fought in large, extended, but not always officially ordained, brotherhoods that were geographically spread throughout smaller temples, all of which fell under the influence of a home temple’s monastic order. These central institutions, most notably those in Nara, and on Mount Hiei outside of Kyoto, held huge private armies of warrior monks. These armies often became embroiled in feudal clan rivalries, as many daimyo and samurai looked to ally with the sohei because of their technologically advanced weaponry and skills in battle. In addition, the sohei had a special form of spiritual weaponry, the kind only available to warriors of a religious order. They could intimidate their enemies by denouncing them at the Kasuga Shrine in Nara, which was considered a fate worse than death. They also used prayer beads to deliver curses on those who opposed them.
In battle, the sohei wore a form of light cuirass armor beneath a traditional kimono. They were known for fighting with the naginata blade, although they expertly wielded a variety of weapons, including the katana, the bow, and the arquebus.