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Meng Huo
Dynasty Warriors 9 artwork
Character Information
Force(s): Nanman
210 cm (6'11")
Weapon Type: Gauntlets (3~5, 7~9)
Stone pillar and various large objects (6:S, SF, 8:E)
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Dynasty Warriors 3
Historical Information
Real name:
Mèng Huò
Chinese name:
孟獲 - 孟获
Warriors Orochi Info
Nanzhong (WO1~4)
Character Type:
Power (1~4)
Personal Item:
Crown of Nan Zhong
Sacred Treasure:

Meng Huo (onyomi: Mō Kaku) is a figure who is known for rebelling against Shu in the southern plains two years after Liu Bei's death. He is popularly known under his fictional title as King of the Nanman and Zhurong's husband. Meng Huo is thought to have lost seven times to Zhuge Liang before he and his people surrendered.

His Dynasty Warriors persona is last place in Gamecity's Dynasty Warriors 7 character popularity poll; he placed seventieth in the Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends popularity poll. The latest poll for the eighth installment puts him in eighty-second. The character poll for overseas fans puts him in seventh place for the Other division.

In Kessen II, his height is 180 cm (5'11"). His Japanese voice actor is married to Zhu Rong's voice actor, and they act as a real-life comedy duo, Miyagawa Daisuke and Hanako. They are two of the many celebrities who performed for the title.

Role in Games

"What are you, some kind of animal?"
~~Goemon; Warriors Orochi

Dynasty Warriors

Meng Huo is the king of the Nanman tribe and is highly protective of both his people and his wife. He seeks to defend them from threats and live in harmony. This occurs in various orders and locations throughout each game, but usually culminates in a final face-off with Zhuge Liang. In Shu's version (and Wu's in some of the games) of his home stage, he resists the Prime Minister seven times before he formally surrenders.

In Dynasty Warriors 4, the Nanman Story Mode starts with the Shu invasion of the south. After which, Meng Huo realizes the threats from the north and go onto attack the other kingdoms in their homeland. His Story Mode ends with him in control and the land in peace.

Meng Huo's Legend Mode in the Xtreme Legends expansion depicts the fate of Nanman after Shu's destruction. Facing overwhelming odds against the Wei army, Meng Huo says his final farewell to his tribesmen and wife before riding alone to deal with them. He orders the Nanman tribesmen to not assist him and escape with their lives. Holding off Sima Zhao's army, his tribesmen carry out their order for a time but turn back to aid Meng Huo. Touched by their loyalty, they drive off Wei's army together.

Meng Huo spots threats from the north in Dynasty Warriors 5 and wants the south to unite as one to resist them. The southern kings bicker with one another for control, and Meng Huo is forced to show them his might for them to agree to serve under him. Moments after they are united, they also slay the governor of Nan Zhong, Yong Kai, and his generals. As the land's new king, he swears to protect his "family" from any who come near them. After they overcome the Yellow Turbans' trickery, the tribes sense of unity strengthens as they face Wu. Using guile, they win against Sun Quan's larger numbers and they additionally prevail over Shu. While wars still occur up north, Meng Huo pays it no mind and decides to live peacefully in his home.

He and his wife's Legend Mode in the Xtreme Legends expansion centers on a similar premise as his previous Legend Mode. Years before the conflict, Meng Huo and his tribe surrendered to Zhuge Liang and vow to keep watch of the south for their foreign friend. Regrettably, Shu is destroyed after the Battle of Wu Zhang Plains and Sima Yi's army seeks to invade them. Staying loyal to his promise with the departed Prime Minister, Meng Huo takes a stand with his family against the threat.

Meng Huo's ending scene in Dynasty Warriors: Online has him lead the player to his homeland of Nanzhong. With the player by his side, he expresses his wish to make it an even better place than the capital.

He does not appear in the story modes of any of the Three Kingdoms stories in Dynasty Warriors 7, but his only story mention is in the Shu story. He intended to raise an uprising, but was stopped by Zhuge Liang who was sent south.

His Legendary Battles has him defend his homeland from Zhuge Liang. The first scenario depicts him and his people facing defeat and desperate to fight off their invaders. Zhu Rong struggles to defend, so Meng Huo rides to her rescue. Having lost his dignity as a king, Meng Huo desires to reclaim it within his second Legendary Battle. Although he had prevailed over Zhuge Liang in the second act, the Prime Ministers words of kindness and empathy has Meng Huo reconsider his foe's integrity. As Shu's allies, they seek to support Shu against Wei during his third episode.

The Xtreme Legends expansion has Meng Huo's Hero Scenario take place in a climatic battle against Shu at Sanjiang Castle. He defends his struggling allies and their supplies from being ruined by Guan Suo. As Yue Ying sicks her Juggernauts on the Nanman, King Mulu counters with his own army of tigers. Although Ma Dai threatens to take down the ally main camp, Meng Huo and his family eventually prevail in the brutal siege.

After Zhao Yun and Zhuge Liang retreat, the Nanman army treat themselves to a grand victory banquet. They think their family bonds have prevailed over the strategist's wiles.

Dynasty Warriors Next has Meng Huo appear during the final chapters of each faction. In Shu's scenario, he leads a fierce resistance against the forces of Shu only to be subdued by Yueying seven times. Upon hearing Zhuge Liang's true intentions, he and Zhurong decide to make peace with their enemies. Other chapters have them integrated as officers of Shu. Players can only control them in Conquest Mode.

In Dynasty Warriors 8, he will still appear in Shu's story protecting Nanzhong against Zhuge Liang, albeit in only in the hypothetical route. A significant change, however, is that Zhuge is now being assisted by Lu Su, and other officers from Wu. If his wife is defeated thrice at Nanzhong, Meng Huo will take a more active role in assisting Shu, and will appear among the reinforcements attacking Luoyang. After Cao Cao's final defeat and death, Meng Huo is seen beside his wife, and other allies and officers of Shu in the hypothetical ending.

He also appears in the final stage of Wei's alternate path, leading fresh reinforcements in Shu's defense at Baidi Castle, but is slain along with the other defenders. He has an exclusive stage in the story mode which shows his side of the battle at Baidi Castle, and how he manages to rescue the remaining officers of Liu Bei. In Jin's alternate path, he appears to assist the remaining Shu and Wu forces at their final stand at Chibi.

In the Xtreme Legends expansion, Meng Huo shares a new stage with his wife, where the two must protect the animals of Nanzhong from poachers throughout the rest of the country. He also appears in Wei's final alternate-if story, where he accuses the Wei forces of wanting suspicious business with his wife.

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed reprises Meng Huo's capture in one of the playable scenarios and during the entirety of his bond story. One given reason for his revolt against Shu is due to the annual tributes Cao Cao sends to the Nanman. Having been shamed enough by Zhuge Liang's various ploys to outsmart him, he humbly surrenders peacefully alongside his family.

Dynasty Warriors 9 sees Meng Huo and his wife, Zhurong, being asked by Yong Kai to assist in a five-pronged assault against the Shu capital of Chengdu at the hands of the Wei army under Sima Yi's guidance under belief that Shu wanted control of Nanzhong and Jianning. Agreeing in order to protect their homeland, Meng and Zhurong assault Chengdu with the other Wei forces, including some of the northern brigand tribes like the Qiang. However, during the assault, Meng is captured, convinced of Wei's deception, and agrees to aid the Shu army instead. Zhurong disagrees, believing both Wei and Shu to be their enemies, and convinces Meng to scout out Shu, only for the Nanman to be beaten back again. However, they regroup, and are able to outwit Zhuge Liang's strategies. When Meng confronts Zhuge Liang about his actions, the Sleeping Dragon simply says he wanted to be friends with the Great King and Queen of Nanman. After Zhuge's heartwarming speech, Meng agrees to become friends and allies of Shu.

Warriors Orochi

Meng Huo and his tribesmen appear to reinforce Liu Bei during Orochi's scenario. The Nanman specifically appear while Liu Bei flees in the forested area of the map. However, they are defeated and they escape capture.

In Warriors Orochi, Meng Huo and Zhu Rong are being attacked by Orochi's forces. Zhao Yun and his army decides to aid the Nanman forces, although Meng Huo is being negative about his support at first, saying that they're "trespassing". After the battle, Meng Huo softens up and thanks Zhao Yun for saving his people and in return, joins his army to help them in their quest to find Liu Bei, along with Zhu Rong. In one of the faction's Gaidens, he and his wife briefly separate from Zhao Yun's group and notice swordsmen struggling against the Orochi army at Tedorigawa. Rescuing the lot from Lu Bu and company, Musashi thanks them and may join Shu.

Warriors Orochi 2 has Zhou Yu request for Meng Huo's assistance at Nan Zhong. The Nanman king keeps his word and is congratulated by the strategist after the battle. Zhou Yu asks for the Nanman tribe's help in Wu and Zhu Rong agrees for them. He contributes in Sun Jian's renewed determination to go to war at Yamazaki. He shares his dream stage with Okuni and Goemon. The shrine priestess drags him with her for her mission to collect shrine donations. Ina spots Meng Huo with her and inexplicably blurts that he is having an outing with his mistress. To prove his innocence, he thrashes her and his upset wife. Zhu Rong realizes that it was all a misunderstanding and donates for Okuni's cause.

Meng Huo returned to rule his homeland in Warriors Orochi 3 and routinely defended it from the serpent army. Over the years of their defense, he gained Wei Yan's trust and comradeship. The coalition come within his lands during their chase for Da Ji, simultaneously helping the Nanman defeat the invaders. Grateful for the aid, Meng Huo joins their cause. He temporarily leaves their side when the defenders left at Nanzhong raise a distress call for their king. His rescue essentially leads to Kojirō's recruitment into the coalition. Meng Huo, with the help of Achilles, also appears in the downloadable scenario "Phantoms of Nanzhong" as an enemy, where he wrongly believes Guo Huai to be a phantom and attacks him. Guo Huai is rescued by Kanbei Kuroda, Zhou Tai, Dodomeki and Kojirō Sasaki who defeat the intimidated army.

Meng Huo and his wife are late arrivals in Warriors Orochi 4, but remain in Nanzhong when it is attacked by Ares's army. Befriending both Keiji Maeda and the new magical creatures that appeared in the region, they are aided by Keiji's relative, Toshiie, and they are able push back the god's army together. Once everything is cleared up, Meng Huo and his wife both join the Coalition.


Meng Huo continues to be Nanman's king in Kessen II. Like his wife, he leads a unique elephant army. Unlike his Dynasty Warriors counterpart, the couple act as the slap-stick duo in the game. He is the lovable fool in the marriage who is rather submissive to his aggressive wife. After he was captured and then released by Shu, he and his wife decide to lead a final resistance effort against Shu. He protests her sudden decision to join Liu Bei but nevertheless follows her orders to defend the Nanman tribe during her absence.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Within the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series, Meng Huo is often the leader of the Nanman faction during it's brief periods of rebellion. Often appearing as a free officer at Yunnan roughly around Liu Bei's conquest of Yi Province, Meng Huo often leads his own faction from Nanzhong later on in opposition to Shu before ultimately surrendering and serving under Shu well into Liu Shan's reign. While the Nanman are adept warriors in battle, Meng Huo's army is ultimately lackluster in domestic affairs save for few exceptions and this coupled with the poorer resource output of the Nanzhong territories often renders gameplay as the Nanman faction fairly difficult. Meng Huo himself possesses good War, Leadership and Charisma stats in the 80's while his remaining domestic traits lag behind in the 40's. Zhuge Liang's southern campaign occasionally appears as an in-game scenario and the events detailing Meng Huo's resistance, captures and eventual surrender appear as in-game events in the series.

Within Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV, Meng Huo like most of his faction possesses the Nanman character trait which increase his units statistics when battling in forest and jungle settings, well suited for combat in his homeland while his other traits recover wounded soldiers while positioned over a county (Overseer) and decrease the likelihood that Meng Huo is injured in battle or rendered sick from disease (Robust). Unfortunately, his other traits prevent his unit from disengaging nearby enemy units (Reckless) and increase his the damage his unit receives from enemy traps (Straightforward). Continuing the theme of Meng Huo's Nanman background, the range of formations he commands include the balanced Fish formation, the swift and aggressive Arrow formation and the adverse terrain adept Snake formation. His administrative policy increases the morale threshold for cities and units significantly (Reorganize Military Lv 05). His unique battle skill, Barbarian Howl deals damage to nearby enemy units and reduces their morale.

Character Information

Meng Huo's Shin Sangoku Musou 15th Anniversary artwork.


Meng Huo is portrayed as a sweet but short tempered man who frustratingly attempts to outwit Zhuge Liang at every turn, but fails dismally each time. He has a very strong relationship with his troops and officers, and all consider themselves a close family with an unbreakable spirit. Although Meng Huo is the "Great King" and technically the leader of the Nanzhong people, he is shown to be completely submissive to his wife, Zhurong, who is far more intelligent and aggressive than Meng Huo. He is depicted as being slightly short-witted, but very loyal, and is a modest and kind ruler. He is a fun-loving but sincere man who loves his wife dearly, and is willing make peace with others around him if he enjoys their company while being willing to put behind past grievances.

Character Symbolism

In the Japanese version of Dynasty Warriors 4: Empires, Meng Huo is given the nickname of "The King of Woods" while the English version changes it to "The Nanman King". As a dominant ruler in Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires, he calls his five greatest warriors the "Five Great Nanman".

Voice Actors

  • J.S. Gilbert - Dynasty Warriors 3 (English-uncredited)
  • Kirk Thornton - Dynasty Warriors 4~8, Warriors Orochi series; first and second games only (English-uncredited)
  • Clinton Elledge - Dynasty Warriors 9 (English)
  • Doug Stone - Kessen II (English-uncredited)
  • Jamieson Price - Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of Cao Cao (English-uncredited)
  • Kai Taschner - Dynasty Warriors 3 (German-uncredited)
  • Torsten Münchow - Dynasty Warriors 4 (German-uncredited)
  • Lin Guzhen - Dynasty Warriors 3 (Chinese)
  • Zhuang Miao - Dynasty Warriors 9 (Chinese)
  • Sa Seong Wung - Dynasty Warriors 3~5 (Korean)
  • Lee Jang-won - Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed (Korean)
  • Kim Yeongchan - Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of Cao Cao (Korean)
  • Yoshiyuki Kōno - Dynasty Warriors and Warriors Orochi series (Japanese)
  • Daisuke Miyagawa - Kessen II (Japanese)
  • Toshihiko Seki - Romance of the Three Kingdoms drama CD series
  • Tadashi Miyazawa - Youkai Sangokushi (Japanese)
  • Nobuyuki Hiyama - Sangokushi Hadou (Japanese)
  • Yoshino Aoyama - Yo-kai Sangokushi: Kunitori Wars


See also: Meng Huo/Quotes
  • "I'm the Nanman King of Nan Zhong! I don't care who Zhuge Liang is, but I will deal with him like all the others. Anybody else is nothing more than pushovers! And I promised my sweetheart I will get them next time."
  • "The light of the Yellow Turbans shall be seen by all -even the savages who dwell in the south! Come hither to me, and I shall teach you of the Way of Peace."
"Silence! You think you know what is best for us?! You miserable trickster! Die and do us all a favor!"
~~Zhang Jiao and Meng Huo; Dynasty Warriors 5
  • "Hey, you're big and fat just like me!"
"What?! I'm not fat! This is all muscle!"
~~Xu Zhu and Meng Huo; Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends
  • "You know, you're huge! Are all people from the southern tribes like you?"
"Hah! I'm special! I mean, I am the Great King, you know!"
"Very nice! Well, keep up the good work on the battlefield!"
~~Ma Dai and Meng Huo; Dynasty Warriors 7
  • "So you're the reinforcements from Nanzhong. That is a long way to come."
"What's wrong with taking a little trip? Besides, I'd travel as far as it takes to smash you!"
~~Wen Yang and Meng Huo; Dynasty Warriors 8
  • "That sure is a strong woman you got there. I bet you live in fear of putting a foot out of line, eh?"
"What are you talking about? She's putty in my hands!"
~~Hideyoshi and Meng Huo; Warriors Orochi
  • "This land was made by Orochi. Dare you rebel against its very creator?"
"Oh, I dare. Rebellion never frightened me!"
"I'm glad to hear it."
~~Motochika and Meng Huo; Warriors Orochi 2
  • "Wow, you were amazing out there! And let me tell you, I don't say that lightly!"
"Don't talk to me like you know me. I refuse to associate with the likes of you."
"I like that arrogance! Very manly. You know, I may have to try that myself sometime..."
~~Achilles and Meng Huo; Warriors Orochi 3
  • "Hey, big fella. You seem like a pretty good ruler."
"Heh, you bet I am. I brought all the families in Nanzhong together! There's a reason I call myself "Great King"!"
"Heh, families, you say. You sound a lot like me. Still, that explains a lot."
~~Ujiyasu and Meng Huo; Warriors Orochi 4


See also: Meng Huo/Movesets

Dynasty Warriors 9



Keys: Square Flow Attack • Triangle Reactive Attack • Circle Musou X Jump/Mount

Meng Huo is affiliated with the gloves in this appearance.

Unique Flow Attack:
Unique Trigger Attack (R1 + ):
Special Technique (R1 + Circle):
Musou (Circle):
Aerial Musou (X + Circle):


See also: Meng Huo/Weapons

Dynasty Warriors 8

Meng Huo still uses the gloves as his default weapon in this title. But starting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, his new weapon of choice is the stele.

Historical Information

Meng Huo was an aristocrat during the Three Kingdoms era of China. He was born in Yizhou, Jianning, south of Shu Han and was said to have had Han Chinese and indigenous origins. His name and heritage are mentioned in the Huayang guo zhi and a record from the Jin Dynasty, but both are considered questionable in its contents and neutrality. It is implied that Meng Huo was Han Chinese due to his role with Yong Kai and his government position.

When Yong Kai rebelled, he implored the foreign tribes in Yizhou to join him but they refused. Yong Kai then appealed to Meng Huo for aid. Meng Huo invoked their spirit to rebel by mentioning the government's often unreasonable demands and expectations for the people. The foreign tribes then agreed to join Yong Kai.

In 225, Zhuge Liang led a campaign to stop Yong Kai's rebellion. While Shu Han troops did meet with his army, they did not clash with Yong Kai himself. The instigator met a premature end at the hands of the foreign tribes he tried to control, and they appointed Meng Huo as their new leader. When May was changing into summer, Zhuge Liang doubled the bounty on Meng Huo's head and captured him in Lushui. With Meng Huo in the midst of the Shu army, the Prime Minister asked his prisoner's opinions regarding his troops. Meng Huo replied, "Not knowing must be regrettable. The public will win easily."

Although Zhuge Liang had plans to conquer the north, he worried about the unrest in Nanzhong. Deciding it would best for Meng Huo to vent his frustrations with the people, Zhuge Liang released his prisoner. As he expected, Meng Huo allied with the rebels in Nanzhong. In the Huayang guo zhi, Meng Huo was captured and released seven times. Residents in Yunnan (present day Nanzhong) declare that it was Meng Huo who captured Zhuge Liang seven times.

Whatever the conclusion, Nanzhong was suppressed when Zhuge Liang reached Lake Dian. Ignoring the consideration of the local residents, he appointed eight rich families to rule over the area. Among these eight clans, he chose two who he considered to be excellent (either Cuan Xi and Meng Yan or Li Hui and Cuan Xi) to aid Meng Huo's rule in Jianning. Meng Huo was appointed as an imperial advisor after the conflict.

Though conflicts were believed to have subsided for Shu, it is said that the south continued to experience various internal rebellions after this affair.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Meng Huo in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Meng Huo is popularly known for his portrayal in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, where he is a southern barbarian tribal king of the Mang tribe. He was also married to the fictional Lady Zhurong. He wore a golden, inlaid headdress, a belt with an lion's face as the clasp, green pointed-toed boots and a pair of swords chased with pine amber at his waist. He rode a red haired horse into battle.

He was first mentioned in Sima Yi's plot to divide Zhuge Liang's forces in chapter 85. He was convinced to lead one hundred thousand troops along Shu's southern boarders at Yizhou, Yongchang, Zangge, and Yuesui. The readers learn in the following chapter that Wei Yan confused the Mang tribe with his tactics and they temporarily retreated back to their home. Meng Huo countered with another offensive and invaded the south with success. Yong Kai, Zhu Bao and Gao Ding surrendered to the Mang army and guide the tribesmen to Yongchang. The governor Wang Kang and his deputy governor Lu Kai resist them.

When Yong Kai was slain, Meng Huo ordered his "Three Ravines" (Jinhuansanjie, Dongtuna and Ahuinan) to attack. In a ploy staged by Zhuge Liang, they were captured by Zhao Yun and Wei Yan, which enraged Meng Huo to march his army once more. He was surrounded by Wang Ping, Guan Suo, Zhao Yun and Wei Yan; after a long escape, he was also captured with his men. His troops were fed and given new clothes before their release. Meng Huo, though swearing for a continued defiance, received the same treatment before his departure. This occurred six more times and, though victories were scored by both sides, the result was the same in his other captures. Each time he suffered defeat, Zhuge Liang quaintly asked the Mang King his reasons for fighting Shu, gradually weakening the king's resolve.

While fleeing from his seventh defeat, Meng Huo was stopped by the calm Zhuge Liang, who was riding a horse carriage. Seeing his wife and loved ones held hostage by Ma Dai and others, he submitted. This time, when Zhuge Liang ordered for the king's release, Meng Huo was just as moved to tears and formerly surrendered to Shu. Zhuge Liang decided to allow the Mang tribe to keep their lands and did not appoint any government officials to oversee their activity. Grateful for Zhuge Liang's generosity, the Mang tribe celebrated and erected a shrine in Zhuge Liang's honor. They shared various gifts and swore to never rebel again.

As the Shu army began their journey back home, a fierce storm blew from the River Lu and halted Wei Yan's advance. Meng Huo explained to the Shu prime minister that the cause was wild spirits and forty-nine sacrifices were needed to calm them. Since Zhuge Liang did not want to slay a person after their hard-won peace, he ordered the natives to make meat buns the size of human heads, called "Mantou" or "human heads", as a substitute. After the prime minister conducted a ceremony to calm the demonic spirits with the Mantou sacrifices, Meng Huo escorted the Shu army as far as Yongchang. His last order from Zhuge Liang was to keep a diligent administration over his homeland, which left the king emotionally moved when they parted ways.


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