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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.


Primary objectives[]

  • Destroy Daimyo Ishida (primary)

Secondary objectives[]

  • Assassinate Daimyo Otani (secondary)


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  • Oriental Clan (Japanese): After the defenders are defeated, the village will belong to the player. The village have a Town Center and a Rice Paddy with a few Villagers.


  • Ishida Army (Japanese): The principal enemy base that belongs to the campaign antagonist, Daimyo Ishida Mitsunari.
  • Otani Clan (Japanese): The secondary enemy base that belongs to the Ishida ally, Daimyo Otani Yoshitsugu.
  • Ishida Traitors Allies (Japanese): The third enemy base that belongs to the other Ishida ally, Kobayakawa Hideaki. If the player damages his castle, he will betray Ishida and ally with the player. He has 2 Incendiary Arrows, 4 Morutarus, and 7 Ashigaru Musketeers.


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.


The village the player is provided with in the beginning of scenario

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.

Sekigahara 2

Razing Ishida's castle

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.


  • The castle in the center of the map represents the army of Kobayakawa Hideaki, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's nephew. During the Imjin War, Ishida Mitsunari accused Hideaki of recklessness, and Hideyoshi stripped Hideaki of his lands based on that accusation, only to have them restored when Tokugawa Ieyasu intervened. Just prior to Sekigahara, however, Mitsunari promised Hideaki great rewards and brought him on his side. He partook at the siege of Fushimi, acting as if he would go along with Mitsunari, but intended to betray him, having secretly communicated with Ieyasu. During the battle, he kept his intentions hidden, hesitant to participate on either side, until Ieyasu ordered his arquebusiers and cannons to fire blanks at him to force him into action. Hideaki then attacked the Western Army's right flank, causing others in the Western Army to side with Ieyasu.
  • Daimyo Otani is based on Otani Yoshitsugu, one of Mitsunari's allies. He initially hoped to side with Ieyasu, but for some reason sided with Mitsunari. Unlike in the scenario, he was never assassinated, but committed suicide following Hideaki's betrayal.


Campaigns in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
TutorialMaster the Basics · Try a Game
Act I: BloodBreakout · Into the Caves · Pirates! · The Ottoman Fort · Temples of the Aztec · A Pirate's Help · Spanish Treasure Fleet · The Fountain of Youth?
Act II: IceDefend the Colony · Strange Alliances · The Rescue · The Seven Years' War · The Great Lakes · Respect · Warwick's Stronghold · Bring Down the Mountain
Act III: SteelRace for the Rails · Hold the Fort · The Boneguard's Lair · The Lost Spanish Gold · Bolivar's Revolt · Journey Through the Andes · Last City of the Inca · Last Stand of the Boneguard
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireWar Dance (War Ceremony· The Rescue · Breed's Hill · Crossing the Delaware · Saratoga · Valley Forge · The Battle of Morristown · The Battle of Yorktown
Act II: ShadowThe Bozeman Trail · Red Cloud's War (A Reckoning· Claims · Ambushed! (Urgent News· Turning Point (To Stop a War· Trust · Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of the Greasy Grass)
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanThe Siege of Osaka · Uprising! · Clearing the Road · Last Stand at Fushimi · The Battle of Sekigahara
Act II: ChinaTo Finish a Fleet · Storming the Beaches · Lost Ships · A Rescue in the Wilderness · No Empire Lasts Forever
Act III: IndiaInto the Punjab · Fires of Calcutta · Resist! · Raid in Delhi · Company Confrontation
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Historical BattlesAlgiers · Christopher da Gama's Expedition · Chuvash Cape · Raid on the Caribbean · Fort Duquesne · Battle of New Orleans · The Burning of USS Philadelphia · Grito de Dolores · Battle of Queenston Heights
The Art of WarEarly Economy · Treasures · Home City Shipments · Booming · Build Orders · Early Defense · Early Offense · Land Battle · Naval Battle · Artillery
Event scenariosBombard Brawl
Age3DE Icon The African Royals
Historical BattlesThe Battle of the Three Kings · Fall of the Hausa · The Era of the Princes
Names in brackets are the scenario's name in the Definitive Edition.