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Yamato is the name of a Japanese dynasty (approximately 250–710 AD), that was located in Ancient Japan with the capital city at Fujiwara. The Yamato are the ancestors of modern Japanese people and were the first people to unify and conquer all of Japan. In Age of Empires, they are one of the three playable East Asian civilizations and make an excellent offensive civilization on sea maps. They also have a self-sufficient economy giving them a slight edge in the beginning of the game. Their successor civilization, the Japanese, appear in both Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III.


Campaign appearances[]

The Yamato make appearances as AI players in:

Voices of Babylon[]

Yamato, Empire of the Rising Sun[]

This campaign is played as the Yamato.

Imperium Romanum[]


Age of Empires[]

  • Cavalry units and Horse Archers cost -30%.
  • Fishing Ships have +33% HP, other ships have +30% HP.
  • Villagers have +18% speed (though 30% is stated)

The Rise of Rome[]

  • Cavalry units and Horse Archers cost -25%.

Definitive Edition[]

AI player names[]

Names shown in italics are only used in the original game, names shown in bold are used in both the original game and its expansions.

  • Nintoku (仁徳天皇) – 16th Emperor of Japan; reigned 313–399
  • Sei – Possibly short for Seimu (成務天皇, 13th Emperor of Japan; reigned 131–191), Seinei (清寧天皇, 22nd Emperor of Japan; reigned 480–484) or Seiwa (清和天皇, 56th Emperor of Japan; reigned 858–876)
  • Sei II – Did not exist in Japan
  • Nintoku II – Did not exist in Japan
  • Sei III – Did not exist in Japan
  • Nintoku III – Did not exist in Japan
  • Sei IV – Did not exist in Japan
  • Jimmu Tenno (神武天皇) – First (legendary) Emperor of Japan, reigned 660–585 BC
  • Himiko (卑弥呼) – Queen of Yamataikoku, reigned 189–248
  • Shotoku Taishi (聖徳太子) – Prince and regent for Empress Suiko; lived 572–622
  • Kammu (桓武天皇) – 50th Emperor of Japan, reigned 781–806
  • Jingo (神功皇后/神功天皇) – A Japanese empress consort/regnant, technically the 15th sovereign of Japan; reigned 201–269
  • Keiko (景行天皇) – 12th Emperor of Japan; reigned 71–130
  • Temmu (天武天皇) – 40th Emperor of Japan; reigned 672–686


  • Historical or legendary figures (except Himiko), represented by Yamato AI players, supposedly belong to the Imperial House of Japan, who hailed from southeastern Kyushu, according to Kojiki & Nihon Shoki. Meanwhile, Queen Himiko likely belonged to another dynasty who ruled Yamatai (often identified with Yamato province, now in Nara, Honshu; though other historians proposed that Yamataikoku was located in northern Kyushu instead), which then did not exert its authority over all early Japanese polities: as Sanguozhi mentioned Himiko's conflict against king Himikoko of Kuna, also in southeastern Kyushu; and both the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki avoided mentioning Himiko at all.
  • Their extra speed on villagers is the same bonus as the Assyrians.
  • The Yamato strengths closely resemble the ones of the Berbers of Age of Empires II (cheaper cavalry, improved navy stats and extra villager speed)