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Kusunoki Masashige (楠木 正成) was a samauri who fought for Emperor Go-Daigo in the Genkō War to overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate to restore power to the Imperial Court, and was a leading figure in the Kenmu Restoration.

He is the starting commander for Japan.


Commander skill Shichisei Hōkoku.png
Shichisei Hōkoku
Active Skill

Rage Requirement: 1000
Removes all Control [includes effects suc as silence, disarm, and heal immune], Slow-down [March speed reduction effects include any effects which lower the march speed of target troops], Poison [inflicted by Tomyris' "Massagetae's Counterattack" skill], Exhaust [inflicted by Chandragupta Maurya's "Arthashastra" skill], and other debuffs [normal debuffs weaken the targeted troops by reducing their attack, defense, and/or health, or things like weakening their healing effects] from troops led by this commander. At the same time, deals massive damage to up to 3 targets in a fan-shaped area, as well as additional damage per second for the next 2 seconds.

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Direct Damage Factor: 150 / 180 / 210 / 250 / 300
Additional Damage Factor: 100 / 130 / 160 / 200 / 250

Commander skill The Worthy Man.png
The Worthy Man
Passive Skill

While this commander is leading the garrison of your own city, garrison troops gain increased counterattack damage.

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Garrison Counterattack Damage Bonus: 1% / 2% / 3% / 5% / 7%

Commander skill Bravery and Wisdom.png
Bravery and Wisdom
Passive Skill

Archers led by this commander gain increased attack and increased defense.

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Archer Attack Bonus: 4% / 5% / 6% / 8% / 10%
Archer Defense Bonus: 4% / 5% / 6% / 8% / 10%

Commander skill Tragedy's End.png
Tragedy's End
Passive Skill

The normal attacks of troops led by this commander have a 10% chance to cause the target to take extra damage per second for 2 seconds.

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Additional damage factor: 150 / 200 / 250 / 350 / 450

Commander skill Soul of the Samurai.png
Soul of the Samurai
Enhanced: Bravery and Wisdom

Archers led by this commander gain 15% increased attack and 15% increased defense.


Kusunoki Masashige was a 14th-century samurai who fought for Emperor Go-Daigo in the Genkō War, the attempt to wrest rulership of Japan away from the Kamakura shogunate and is remembered as the ideal of samurai loyalty. His origin has not been validated and it was merely six years between the start of his military campaign in 1331 and his demise in 1336. He received the highest decoration from the Meiji government of Japan in 1880. Legend has it that Emperor Go-Daigo had a dream in which he was sheltering under a camphor tree ("kusunoki"), and that this dream led him to the surname of the warrior who would support him. Kusunoki Masashige is a hero because he "stands in the history of his country as the ideal figure of a warrior, compact of civil and military virtues in a high degree."