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He Jin
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII~XIV portrait
Character Information
Force(s): Han
Weapon Type: Spear (2~3)
Sword (4~6)
Club (7)
Great sword (8)
Unit Type: Hero (2~4)
Ruler (5~6)
Warrior (7~8)
Significant Battle(s):
First Appearance: Dynasty Warriors 2
Historical Information
Real name:
Hé Jìn
Chinese name:
何進 - 何进
Style name:
Chinese name:

He Jin (onyomi: Ka Shin) was the Regent of the Han Dynasty. He had gained power due to his sister being Empress. While in charge, he gathered forces to fight the Yellow Turbans led by Zhang Jiao, and plotted to eliminate the corrupt eunuchs with the help of Yuan Shao. He summoned Dong Zhuo and Ding Yuan to the capital to aid in the plan, but he was discovered and executed before they could arrive.

Role in Games[]

In the Dynasty Warriors games, He Jin is presented as a loyal commander who is trying to use his immense power to better the empire. Adversely, Dynasty Warriors 2 describes him as a dictator comparable to Dong Zhuo.

All games have He Jin appear as the Han forces' commander at the Yellow Turban Rebellion. He is shown as quite confident and tends to remain calm when Zhang Jiao and his brothers use magic to halt the advance of the imperial army. In Dynasty Warriors 8, he is given a smaller role with less dialogue and even scolds Liu Bei upon being rescued by him.

Although most of the times his death is only mentioned during the narrative, both Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends and Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends have a stage dedicated to the rebellion of the ten eunuchs in which He Jin actively participates. It is possible to keep him alive, but he will often be killed by the eunuchs.

In Dynasty Warriors Advance, he is portrayed as a stereotypical cowardly aristocrat who fears Zhang Jiao's magic. During Dynasty Warriors Next, He Jin commands the player to secure an outpost for the arrival of their reinforcements at Jinyang, helping secure a complete victory against the Yellow Turbans.

In Warriors Orochi 3, he appears to be an ally of Dong Zhuo fighting at Jiange, until Jia Xu manages to convince him to join the Coalition. He is then tasked with protecting the allied unit's main camp.

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms games have He Jin appear as the Emperor's protector during the Yellow Turban Rebellion scenario. While possessing decent Charisma and War ranging in the 60's to 70's, He Jin's other stats are generally below average with his Intelligence being particularly bad, landing in the single digits. Owing to his inferior stats and horrible Intelligence, He Jin is a poor choice for deployment in battle and is especially vulnerable to enemy plots. In spite of this, He Jin commands one of the strongest factions of his time composed of not only esteemed Han generals such as Huangfu Song, Zhu Jun and Lu Zhi, but also Cao Cao and Yuan Shao as well as other noteworthy generals including Zhang He and Zang Ba. This combined with the large resource pool the Han forces wields renders gameplay as He Jin fairly easy assuming the player is able to maintain the loyalty of their best generals.

Some games have an event that includes his death by the hands of the ten eunuchs and Dong Zhuo's takeover of the capital. The Power-Up Kit of the eleventh installment contains an original scenario that has He Jin emerging victorious against the eunuchs and declaring himself Emperor, causing a massive rebellion and many warlords rising up to oppose him.

Voice Actors[]

  • Claus Brockmeyer - Dynasty Warriors 3 (German-uncredited)
  • Alan Shearman - Dynasty Warriors 6 (English-uncredited)
  • Christopher Sabat - Dynasty Warriors 7 (English-uncredited)
  • Dan Woren - Dynasty Warriors 8 (English-uncredited)
  • Si Yeongjun - Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of Cao Cao (Korean)
  • Kenichi Mine - Sangokushi Hadou (Japanese)


  • "Break the siege of the Yellow Turbans!"
  • "Humble the rebels!"
  • "All right! We have stopped all their so-called magic."
  • "Infidels! You will spread your heresy no more!"

Historical Information[]

He Jin was from a butcher family in Nanyang, Jing Province. His half-sister entered the palace and became a concubine of Emperor Ling, eventually being created Empress in 180, allowing He Jin to quickly rise through the ranks. In 184, the Yellow Turban Rebellion broke out and He Jin was made Commander-in-Chief with the task of suppressing the rebellion. He immediately secured strategic forts around the capital and put down the rebellion of Ma Yuanyi in Luoyang. For this, he was enfeoffed as "Marquis Shen" and the Yellow Turban Rebellion was quelled by his generals. Still, he remained Commander-in-Chief until 188, when Emperor Ling created the Army of the Western Garden and named himself "Supreme General" with the ability of putting He Jin under his command. Furthermore, he placed the imperial army under the command of his trusted eunuch Jian Shuo.

In 189, Emperor Ling passed away and a conflict between He Jin and the eunuch faction began to rise. Jian Shuo plotted to assassinate He Jin, but the plot was discovered and He Jin had Jian Shuo arrested and executed, seizing his troops in the process. With support from Yuan Shao and Yuan Shu, he named Emperor Ling's oldest son Liu Bian as the former's successor and became regent with his half-sister and now Empress Dowager.

During the summer months, He Jin started to make a move against the eunuchs with Yuan Shao. The eunuchs in turn relied on the support of Empress Dowager He and He Miao. Upon the urging of Yuan Shao, He Jin summoned general Dong Zhuo from the frontier in an attempt to force Empress Dowager He to back down. Finally, He Jin entered the palace and requested permission to kill the eunuchs from his half-sister. The conversation was overheard, however, and relayed to Zhang Rang, the new head of the eunuch faction. The eunuchs gathered, had He Jin surrounded and executed him.

After He Jin's death, the eunuchs were massacred by Yuan Shao and Yuan Shu. Those who tried to flee with Emperor Shao and Liu Xie were intercepted by Dong Zhuo's advancing forces and committed suicide. Dong Zhuo eventually seized control of the capital, deposed Emperor Shao and enthroned Liu Xie as Emperor Xian.

Although most of He Jin's family was killed during the conflict, his son He Xian survived and fled. He Xian's son He Yan would later become a prominent member of Cao Shuang's faction and He Xian's wife would become a concubine of Cao Cao.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms[]

He Jin, described as indecisive, was both Regent-Marshal and Imperial Guardian, the highest military and civilian offices available, respectively. He hailed from a humble family of butchers and gained his position after his sister became a concubine of Emperor Ling, thus naming her Empress He. Empress He gave birth to a son, Liu Bian.

Once Emperor Ling discovered there was to be a rebellion headed by Zhang Jue, and the eunuch Feng Xu had been secretly working for Zhang Jue, He Jin on order arrested and beheaded one of the rebels, whom was in the court.

Establishing Emperor Shao[]

In the year 189 AD, Emperor Ling fell into a grave illness. He Jin was called to begin preparations for the successor to the throne. Emperor Ling had another concubine aside from Empress He, Lady Wang, that bore him a son, whose name was Liu Xie. Empress He poisoned her after becoming jealous, and Liu Xie was raised in the palace of the Emperor's mother, Empress Dowager Dong. Emperor Ling favored Liu Xie over the other candidate, Liu Bian.

As Emperor Ling grew closer to his end, the eunuch Jian Shuo advised that if Liu Xian was to succeed as emperor, He Jin would have to be eliminated. Emperor Ling realized this and sent for He Jin to come. He Jin had arrived at the palace gate, but was warned of the danger imposed by Jian Shuo by Pan Yin, a commanding officer. In fear, He Jin fled to his quarters and called all high officials to discuss eliminating the eunuchs.

One man, Cao Cao, rose to object the actions and said, "The influence of the eunuchs dates back a century and a half, during the reigns of Emperors Chong and Zhi. It has spread like a noxious weed in all directions. How can we hope to destroy it? Above all keep this plot secret, or our whole clans will be exterminated" He Jin raged in reply, "What do inferiors like you know of the ways of government?"

The matters were still being discussed when Pan Yin came bearing news of Emperor Ling's death. "Jian Shuo and the eunuchs plan to keep the death secret, They have forged a decree summoning you to the palace and expect to have their way to eliminating you before declaring Prince Xie emperor. Meanwhile to prevent trouble they have inscribed the name of Prince Xian on the roll." The group were still inconclusive towards the subject when an imperial messenger arrived passing on the orders that He Jin was to arrive in the palace to resolve all matters.

He Jin asked who would join him in supporting the 'rightful heir', Prince Bian, to which Yuan Shao enthusiastically volunteered to throne Liu Bian, destroy the eunuchs, and purge the court of all corruption with five thousand crack troops.

With He Jin commanding, some thirty officials including Xun You marched into the imperial palace and placed Prince Bian, He Jin's nephew, as the dead Emperor Ling's successor. Prince Bian was named Emperor Shao as his courtly title. Jian Shuo was later betrayed and killed by one of the other Ten Eunuchs after fleeing the scene.

He Jin was summoned by Empress He, the mother of the new Emperor and He Jin's elder half-sister, and after some few words, He Jin was quickly convinced not to kill the rest of the Ten Eunuchs and only eliminate Jian Shuo's clan. He Jin went out of the internal palace and addressed the other officials, saying, "Jian Shuo tried to murder me. Now he is dead, and his clan will be destroyed. There is no need to punish the rest."

Yuan Shao protested, "If we don't root them out for good, we will pay with our lives." He Jin firmly put down that the decision was made, and the assembly of officials dismissed.

Empress Dowager Dong also established her guardian child, Prince Xie, as Prince of Chenliu. The Ten Eunuchs were once again permitted to participate in courtly affairs, after Zhang Rang provided advice for her.

Later, Empress Dowager Dong had been dismissed from the palace by He Jin following a quarrel with Empress He during a banquet. The royal Dong faction was eliminated, and the remaining Eunuchs were left without someone who favored them. They began sending gifts to He Jin's brother and mother, and praising Empress He night and day. This led to the regaining of the privilege to wait on the Emperor.

He Jin had Empress Dowager Dong poisoned, and on the pretext of illness, did not appear at the funeral ceremonies.


"For what crime did you poison Empress Dong? How could you miss the services for the nation's mother on the pretext of illness? You came from a family of butchers; your recommendation to the throne came from us; and through us you rose to power and glory. But now you conspire against us, forgetting the duties and thanks you owe. Who is so pure, tell of, if we are as corrupt as you say?"
―Zhang Rang, after trapping He Jin in the palace.

Yuan Shao one day came to He Jin, and advised him to finish his previous work and kill the remaining eunuchs. The Regent-Marshal considered this, but news leaked out to He Jin's brother, who in turn warned Empress He. He Jin later went to an audience to Empress He to tell her of his plans, yet she dismissed them, calling it disrespectful.

He Jin muttered in concurrence, but was subsequently convinced by Yuan Shao to ignore Empress He's wishes and take action by calling various armies to arms. But the first secretary of He Jin, Chen Yin, advised against taking such large actions by summoning many warlords with different ambitions to one spot. Chen Yin compared it to 'handling someone with a weapon pointed toward yourself', and foresaw it would create upheavel. He Jin laughed in reply: "This week-kneed scholar understands nothing!"

Another officer was also laughing and applauding. It was Cao Cao, who himself said that gathering the regional warlords would bring confusion to the land. He Jin taunted and accused Cao Cao of having ambitions of his own, and Cao Cao left, proclaiming He Jin would bring chaos to the nation. He Jin went through with his plan.

Dong Zhuo, both imperial inspector of Xiliang and general of the Forward Army, sent a letter, asking to aid the Regent-Marshal. He Jin put the matter in front of his officials, but it was immediately disapproved by Zheng Tai and Lu Zhi, the latter of which served as one of the three commanders of the Han forces during the Yellow Turban Rebellion. He Jin ignored all opposition, and the two opposers resigned from their offices, with more than half of the court following the same action. Dong Zhuo came upon Mianchi near the imperial palace and restrained his troops.

Secretly, the Ten Eunuchs arranged for fifty armed assassins to hide within the courtyard of the palace, and advised Empress He to stop He Jin. Empress He issued a decree calling for He Jin to come.

Chen Yin once again advised He Jin against coming, seeing through the ruse and knowing of the imminent danger. He Jin dismissed the advice, only seeing the Empress' command. Yuan Shao advised the same, while Cao Cao suggested having the Ten Eunuchs come out before He Jin came inside. He Jin shouted, "How silly! I am the master of the empire! What can those Ten do to me?"

Just in case, Yuan Shao and Cao Cao had each of five hundred of their finest to serve under Yuan Shu, Yuan Shao's half-brother, and surround the palace. Yuan Shao and Cao Cao both accompanied He Jin as he walked up to the palace outer gate.

The Inner Bureau reminded that only He Jin was summoned, so only he must come inside. He Jin marched grandly on, alone, into the palace. Zhang Rang and Duan Gui of the Ten Eunuchs came out and accosted He Jin from opposite sides at one of the gates. Zhang Rang read out from a list, "For what crime did you poison Empress Dong? How could you miss the services for the nation's mother on the pretext of illness? You came from a family of butchers; your recommendation to the throne came from us; and through us you rose to power and glory. But now you conspire against us, forgetting the duties and thanks you owe. Who is so pure, tell of, if we are as corrupt as you say?"

He Jin looked around, panicked, for an escape route. Every gate was shut. The preplaced assassins sneaked in and cleaved He Jin in two at the waist, decisively ending his life.

Later, He Jin was avenged by the Ten Eunuch's deaths. However, soon, Dong Zhuo took power within the court without the presence of high-ranking officials, reestablishing Prince Xie as the new emperor, killing both Empress He and Emperor Shao, and beginning his reign of terror and tyranny.