Battle of Changshan
Changshan (DW8XL)
Date 193
Location Mt. Chang, Ji Province (near present-day Shijiazhuang, Hebei)
Result Heishan bandits suffer heavy casualties, but Yuan Shao eventually withdraws
Yuan Shao's Forces Heishan Bandits
Yuan Shao Zhang Yan

The Battle of Changshan (常山の戦い, rōmaji: Jōzan no Tatakai) was a battle during Yuan Shao's campaign against the Heishan Bandits. During the battle, he was aided by Lu Bu and his men.

Role in GamesEdit

Dynasty WarriorsEdit

In Dynasty Warriors 5, Yuan Shao faces off against Gongsun Zan and Zhang Yan. He is aided by Lu Bu's forces in this battle. While the main army attacks Gongsun Zan's garrisons in the center, Lu Bu and his men take the western route. Yuan Shao does not trust Lu Bu, who has to prove himself by defeating the enemies in the west. Once Zhang Yan is defeated, Lu Bu is able to earn Yuan Shao's trust eventually. Gongsun Zan attempts to repel Yuan Shao's men with his Baima cavalry, but they are no match for Yuan Shao. The three sworn brothers and Zhao Yun defend the outer castle and have to be defeated in order to open the gates to Gongsun Zan.

The battle returns during Lu Bu's story mode in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends and can be unlocked by saving Wang Yun during the assassination of Dong Zhuo. After Lu Bu slays Dong Zhuo and becomes landless, he joins Yuan Shao and helps him subjugate Gongsun Zan by countering the cavalry and ambushes set up by Gongsun Zan's men and Liu Bei. As a difference from the fifth title, Zhang Yan and his gang are the major enemies. Rescuing Yuan Shao's army three times will convince Yuan Shao to reinforce Lu Bu during the hypothetical battle at Dingtao.

It makes another appearance in Dynasty Warriors 9. Wandering around for a new master to serve, Lu Bu enters Yuan Shao's camp at Ye. The attitudes of both and hostility depends on who you are playing as, but Yuan Shao allows Lu Bu's service towards him. As his first order, Lu Bu heads to get rid of the Changshan bandits who have raided a few nearby villages and have set up camp surrounded by mountains. While they fall, Yuan Shu's forces send reinforcements in via the south but they are swiftly dealt with via Lu Bu. Dong Bai also appears in Ye to face Lu Bu, though the narrative says she attacks the main camp, she isn't interested in anyone other than Lu Bu. Once that's done, all that remains is Zhang Yan and his bandits in the mountainside, defeating Zhang Yan wins the skirmish. A noticeable departure from previous titles is the lack of Gongsun Zan and Liu Bei's forces. After the battle, Lu Bu and Yuan Shao have some tension again before Lu Bu leaves Yuan Shao's service.

Warriors OrochiEdit

Changshan appears in Warriors Orochi as a gaiden stage in Wu's story. The Orochi army fights against the resistance forces led by Mitsuhide Akechi. Their main target is the capture of the storehouses and escorting the supply captains into the base. Leading the three captains to the base before defeating Kotarō Fūma will make him join the Wu army.

This battle returns with a vengeance in Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate. It first appears in a huge stand-off between the coalition and Odin's forces. Despite the presence of all eight deified characters, most of them, other than Yukimura, Cao Pi and Lu Bu are struggling against a relentless onslaught of horrors. It gets to the point where Zeus has to send out his children to fight but once he does that, Odin summons a wave of Phantoms attacking the main camp. When all looks lost, Hades appears reminiscing with Zeus and Gaia, Hades soon obliberates Odin's phantoms and sorcery and Odin retreats, leaving the player to only defeat the remaining forces on the field to claim victory.

This map also serves as the location when the coalition learns of Hades' true intent. To escape from him, Kaguya needs to time travel, so the mystics and Gods set up barriers at Changshan to enable her to do so. The player has to fight off waves of enemies and monsters to secure positions, the situation even turns to the point where Da Ji and the demon remnants arrives to assist the coalition. If Hades approaches the altar, the battle is lost so Hades must be kept away from Kaguya when he arrives, as he is nigh unbeatable due to power attained by Yggdrasil. This also serves as a mock battle between the Gods and Human leaders of the coalition. Gaia, wanting to repay humanity for all they have done, offers a mock battle for the human forces against the Gods. The humans accept and even Achilles returns to side with the Gods. Once the battle is done, Gaia sends the humans back to their own world, hoping they have learned something and to meet in better circumstances next time.

Historical InformationEdit

Around the year 193, Yuan Shao led a punitive campaign to subdue the Black Mountain Bandits in Ji Province. He first led his men to attack them in Henei. Yuan Shao met the enemy forces at the Luchang hills, where he besieged the bandit leader Yu Du for five days until defeating and killing him and all of his 10,000 men. Yuan Shao then went north and attacked Zuozi Zhangba, defeating him and his followers as well. Finally, he attacked a bandit coalition of Li Damu, Guo Daxian, Huanglong, Qing Niujue, Zuoxiao, Liu Shi, and Yu Digen. Yuan Shao's men killed another 10,000 men and destroyed all of the enemy's camps and defenses, as well as killing the bandits.

After his victory at Luchang, Yuan Shao marched west to Changshan, where he Black Mountain Bandit leader Zhang Yan was located. They first attacked the bandits in the south, then moved north and destroyed the bandit nests along the Taihang mountains. Zhang Yan led 20,000 to 30,000 well trained troops to oppose Yuan Shao, who was aided by Lu Bu in his battle. The two forces clashed and fought for more than ten days. Although many bandits were killed, Yuan Shao's men were exhausted and Yuan Shao ordered his men to retreat. Zhang Yan also withdrew from the battle. Historically, this is the only battle that mentioned Lu Bu riding his prestigious steed Red Hare.


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