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Japanese Monk armed with a large two-handed club. Good against cavalry and buildings.
—In-game description

The Yamabushi is a melee heavy infantry unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be trained either by Shogun Tokugawa or at the Consulate when Japanese Isolationism is chosen as Konsha Yamabushi. It is armed with a kanabo club and excels at defeating cavalry and Shock Infantry.


Yamabushi are like European Pikemen, as both are relatively fast heavy infantry units with large attack bonuses against cavalry and shock infantry.

However, they have slightly higher hit points, damage and cost. They also have 10% ranged resist instead of Pikemen's 10% melee resist, which is generally an advantage for this type of unit. While not enough to help them survive an onslaught with Skirmisher-type units, groups of Yamabushi are slightly better at facing them than Pikemen, who die faster from their volleys.

It is recommended to train them from the Consulate as an anti-cavalry cover for their Yumi Archers in the early game, and from the Shogun later, as it provides a mobile Japanese army with cheap anti-building units (particularly if the Onin War Home City Card is sent) during the late game. They can be combined with Samurai, or replaced by them for the siege power.

The Konsha Yamabushi has 10% more hit points and attack than the regular Yamabushi.


The Yamabushi is automatically upgraded in every Age up starting from the Fortress Age. However, only the regular variant whose name changes to reflect this.

Fortress age up.png Disciplined Yamabushi (+20% hit points and attack)
Industrial age up.png Honored Yamabushi (+30% hit points and attack)
Imperial age up.png Exalted Yamabushi (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics[]

As (Konsha) Yamabushi are unique to the Japanese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)

Home City Cards[]

As (Konsha) Yamabushi are unique to the Japanese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


The Asian Dynasties[]

  • The Konsha Yamabushi cost 60 export.

Definitive Edition[]

  • The Konsha Yamabushi cost 65 export.



Unlike the sohei warrior monks of the same period, the yamabushi were an order of loosely banded mountain hermits who had retreated to the mountains of Japan in pursuit of peace and worldly abstinence. The yamabushi were disciples of Shugendo, the study of man’s relationship to nature, and strived for spiritual enlightenment through the purging of outside influence. Over time, the yamabushi became the caretakers of all forms of obscure occult knowledge and were often sought after as healers and guides. In addition to their study of nature, esoteric imagery, and religious texts, the yamabushi also trained in the martial arts.

By the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the scattered yamabushi began to show an interest in affairs outside their mountain havens, and began to form loose groups known as konsha, which took orders from a central temple. Banded together in this way, the yamabushi, like their warrior monk brethren, the sohei and the ikko-ikki, suddenly held political power in a region where clans and kingdoms were constantly toppled. These warrior monks fought alongside samurai in many campaigns of the Sengoku Period, until they were eventually crushed by the powerful daimyo Oda Nobunaga.