The Battle of Sekigahara is the fifth and final scenario of Act I: Japan in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It starts off from the cinematic "Out of the Fog" and revolves around a disillusioned General Kichiro remaining loyal with Tokugawa by staying with him for one last battle before finally changing his mind and leaving; staining and shaming his family name for generations.
Objectives[edit | edit source]
- Destroy Daimyo Ishida (primary)
- Assassinate Daimyo Otani (secondary)
Strategy[edit | edit source]
In the scenario, there are seemingly great numbers of armies but as the introduction says, many of them are turncoats and stragglers.
At the start, the player should queue Villagers to gather resources and collect the stray Treasures with General Kichiro and Tokugawa. At the same time, they should build a few Shrines for population as well as collecting resources. The players should start to move their initial troops in the village to the east along with Kichiro and Tokugawa, bringing the Coin Rickshaw along. The player will soon start to see some enemies, among them some are Hatamoto Samurai, which they should try to hit and run as they are extremely powerful. The player should then proceed to destroy the Outpost and head further along the road. The player should defend both ways into the colony.
The player should take out the defenders in the enemy village and send their Coin Rickshaw to the area marked with blue flags - they will gain control of the village and 3 Ninja. Now the player should send most of their army to this village.
They will receive an objective about assassinating Daimyo Otani. The player can put the Ninja on stealth mode and have them move to Daimyo Otani's position without attacking anyone along the route In the meantime, the player can claim the treasure in the Village to get a Military Rickshaw. The enemy will use a lot of Yumi Archer. The player can build more units too, but concentrate on improving the economy and getting to Imperial Age.
This gives the player's army in the Eastern Village a good chance to go to the castle in the center of the map. Start damaging the Castle. Those units, along with a great many other troops and buildings change sides. The player can retreat the units in the Northern parts of the map so they will not lose them to Ishida's army. The player can now progress by starting to gather more troops and upgrade them. Yumi archers and Naginata riders are a good combination of units. When the player damaged the castle, they also obtain 4 Morutaru units and should keep them safe as well as taking out all of the enemy buildings at range.
The player now can mass more units near the two castles they obtained and get ready for the final push. The player will eventually have to fight his great amount of Yumi archers, but once massed some Naginata riders, they will have no trouble dealing with them. Hatamoto Samurai will be extremley dangerous threat to the Naginata Riders and must be countered with Flaming Arrows. The player should keep pushing with their army and train more units from the buildings they captured recently. Once Ishida's castle goes down, a bunch of Hatamoto Samurai will attack them but by now, nothing Ishida throws at the player's army should be a problem for them.