180 cm (5'11")
|Playable Debut:||Samurai Warriors 4-II|
March 4, 1561
March 24, 1602
Initially available Komaki-Nagakute (WO4)
Naomasa Ii is a loyal vassal of Ieyasu and one of the Four Guardian Kings of Tokugawa. His unit's armor was painted crimson in battle in ode to the feared and respected Masakage Yamagata, giving them the nickname "Ii's Red Devils".
Role in Games
Naomasa is briefly given a spotlight in Samurai Warriors 2. For the Eastern army scenarios at Sekigahara, both he and Fukushima will carelessly charge for Mitsunari's camp with little regard for their safety. Ieyasu will request for the rest of his army to ensure they don't let their zealousness get the best of them. Should he fall, Mitsunari will state that the Four Generals of Tokugawa are highly overrated and ally morale will suffer. He repeats this charge again in the third title in competition with Masanori.
The player is first introduced to Naomasa as an infant during cutscenes in Chronicle 2nd and the fourth numbered installment's Tokugawa chapter. Naotora carries Toramatsu into the Tokugawa main camp to give him early exposure to his future as clan head, trying hard in battles for his sake. When he matures, Naomasa fights by his foster mother's side at Sekigahara. He stars in one of Chronicle Mode's regular missions to defeat the Tokugawa elites.
His playable persona begins his battle career at Nagashino and, upon his lord's personal request, inherits the Takeda's ferocity by donning the Ii in crimson armor. Naomasa initially believes he is capable of defending the Tokugawa on his own terms, judging all others to be too obedient or too inadequate to be proper guards. Tadakatsu tries to criticize his recklessness, yet Naomasa is too prideful to listen and chooses to be hostile towards his elder. Tadakatsu's words don't sink in until Naomasa's lone charge places himself and many others in danger during the Tenshō-Jingo Conflict. He reflects to follow the Tokugawa vision to collaborate with his comrades during Komaki-Nagakute and performs well. The others are proud of his newfound maturity and are pleased to entrust him with Ii clan leadership.
Naomasa heads to Kyūshū soon afterwards as Ieyasu's representative for the conflict. During the battle and the meeting for the Shimazu's surrender, his youthful strength and collected character draws Toyohisa's admiration for him. Despite Naomasa's patronizing commentary, Toyohisa declares him to be his worthy rival and follows him around during the siege of Odawara Castle. Many years after the two youths part ways, Hideyoshi's peace dies with him. Naomasa joins the chase to protect Mitsunari in the capital and serves within the eastern ranks at Sekigahara. The Western army are defeated, and Naomasa pursues them to claim an utter Tokugawa victory. In his story route, he and Tadakatsu work together to defeat the defiant remnants. In the Friends and Rivals route, a tired Naomasa catches up with Toyohisa and is wounded in their duel. He finally accepts his slain adversary to be a worthy foe.
The Ii downloadable scenario has Naomasa and his mother undergo a trial in order to pass Ii leadership. Naohira, their great-grandfather, wants the duo to fetch a family technique scroll in the snowy mountains. They accidentally trespass into a Uesugi and Date battle and have to defend themselves. Naomasa is not surprised to learn the scroll they had fought for turns out to be completely unrelated to warfare.
He plays a supporting role during the Spirit of the Sanada, where he succeeds his mother after the campaigns at Nagashino. His first appearance is during Ieyasu's flight back to Mikawa after Nobunaga is killed by Mitsuhide, where he nearly reprimands Sasuke for his insolent behaviour towards Ieyasu. He later takes part in the Tenshō-Jingō conflict, which leads to Masayuki's rise to power, and the Tokugawa's failed siege of Ueda. Once both sides make up thanks to Hideyoshi's mediation, Naomasa joins his lord in the campaign against the Hōjō at Odawara.
His final battle would be at Sekigahara, and he sits with other officers regarding the fate of Yukimura and Masayuki, who nearly cost them the battle by delaying Hidetada's reinforcements. Unlike Tadakatsu, Naomasa supported their lord's initial decision to kill them, but Hidetada's wish to be executed alongside the Sanada mitigated the punishment to exile instead.
He is mentioned to have died during Yukimura and Masayuki's exile at Kudoyama, and he is succeeded by his son, Naotaka, who carries on his family's red armor and legacy during the siege of Ōsaka.
For his playable debut in the fourth title, Naomasa, Naotora and Tadakatsu were originally on their way to Komaki-Nagakute when their army encountered a dark, heavy fog that surrounded the area. When it dissipated, they were attacked by the equally confused army of Lu Bu. Unable to match the warrior's freakish strength, they flee and inadvertently meet Sun Quan's army.
Convincing the Wu army that they mean no harm, they party together and rescue a village from Dong Zhuo's attack, leading them to Liu Bei and Kenshin's rebel army against Nobunaga. As part of the army, Naomasa aids in the recruitment of Yoshimoto at Luoyang and the Hōjō at Odawara Castle.
Shortly after, he gets into a competition with Yue Jin, hoping to see which of them is the better vanguard. Their competition eventually allows them to recruit Ma Dai as a result. Naomasa also participates in the defense of Ōsaka against the demons. During the siege, they inadvertedly bump into Toyohisa, under attack by the demons as well. After successfully pushing them back, a grateful Toyohisa joins the Coalition.
Naomasa later joins the other children to face their famous parents at Baidi Castle, where he is selected to lead his army against his mother. Against his will, Naomasa is held back at the allied main camp as his defeat would mean their loss, but he eventually begins to understand his lord's standpoint during actual battles. He is eventually allowed to march in order to face his mother in combat. After their mock battle, an army led by Diamondback arrives to try and take advantage of the situation, but both the children and their parents unite and push him back.
The Quiz Battle Toukiden collaboration event has Naomasa and his mother sucked inside a dimensional portal while heading towards the Tokugawa camp at Nagashino. They are soon surrounded by demons and saved by the protagonist. Learning that they are in a foreign land and era, Naomasa tries to do his best to absorb his surroundings as quickly as possible and find a way back home. He insists on performing his investigation by himself and charges towards various demon hordes. When the protagonist saves him, he reflects on his brash behavior and begrudgingly thanks him/her. He promises to do his share as a Mitama.
In Kessen, Ii is one of Ieyasu's starting officers. He leads a skilled cavalry unit and is one of the speedier troops in battle. He reports to his lord that the Western Army were marching the night before Sekigahara and requests permission to be the one to lead the charge against Mitsunari's camp. He's interrupted by an infuriated Fukushima and, after the latter's outburst, is asked to stand down. Should Ieyasu lose at Fuji, Ii and Sakaki volunteer to lead the rear guard for the army's escape. They're moved when their lord stays with them for the assault.
Ii is eventually replaced inevitably by his son, Naotaka. This happens whether or not Ieyasu has been consistently winning his campaigns. One reason, like Honda, is due to his historical death date. If Ieyasu suffers a string of losses, Ii will be killed whilst serving as the rear guard. His son swears to avenge his death by taking Mitsunari's head.
Saihai no Yukue
He appears as an enemy general in Saihai no Yukue. Ii is a bold and enthusiastic general who acts like the modern day superhero. He believes he is the harbinger of justice and thinks Ieyasu to be a fair man. Although initial reports stated that Fukushima would be the one to charge Mitsunari's camp, Ii is actually the first general to arrive. He frequently appears to stop Mitsunari, often reciting a grand entrance for himself each time.
Mōri Motonari: Chikai no Sanshi
Donned as one of Ieyasu's four generals in Mouri Motonari: Chikai no Sanshi, Naomasa fights with a bow to defend his lord in battle. Though lost to his lord's methods, Naomasa periodically charges with Tadakatsu to storm the Mōri main camp. Terumoto's army either face him or Tadakatsu when trying to charge the Tokugawa forces. He curses the Mōri with his dying breath.
Koinuma remarked that his popularity in 100man-nin no Sengoku Musou is one of the driving reasons for his playable addition into the main series. The other is to alter Naotora's story to be a supportive figure for him. His weapon is meant to mirror history, but developers purposely gave him a mix of hand-to-hand combat in ode to his mother. His detailed armor is designed to highlight the iconic red armor for him and the Ii clan. His overall design motif is "heroic".
Naomasa has lived his childhood constantly being reminded of the failures of his family; his mother's performance has always been criticized to be inadequate and his great-grandfather is hysterical. Wishing to restore order within his clan and to repay Ieyasu's generosity towards them, Naomasa has learned to be shrewd, diligent, and assertive. He embraces the expectations placed upon him and believes the Tokugawa to be their just saviors. For his beliefs, he would gladly dash head first into danger with no regard for his own safety. He is often not aware of how much others worry that his resolve may be self-destructive.
He is also a perfectionist who is judgmental of others. If someone doesn't act to his standards, he has a habit of saying, "No good. No good at all." (ダメだ、ダメすぎる, dame da, dame sugiru) Though he may sound self-righteous, Naomasa is a harsher critic on himself who never brags about his accomplishments. He thinks he is weak and inexperienced, willfully criticizing any blight on his performance as an earnest means of seeking improvement.
Naotora is very dear to him, and he respectfully supports and protects her. Part of his motivations to succeed is driven by his desire to free her from their great-grandfather's control and prove his independence. Naomasa is openly kind towards her and Ieyasu. At first, Naomasa is frustrated with Tadakatsu as he deems his elder to be too old-fashioned and ineffectual to protect the Tokugawa legacy. Once he realizes Tadakatsu's affection for him, Naomasa accepts him as a good mentor and sound comrade in arms, even if he continues to disapprove the elder's way of expressing his feelings. Naomasa views Toyohisa as young and impetuous muscle and scoffs at the idea of being his rival. He impassively refers to him as Shimazu. Toyohisa's zealousness and matured loyalty are what finally impresses him. During the Warriors Orochi series, he shares an affinity with Ma Chao and Ma Dai. Lianshi's motherly and mature presence helps diffuse Naomasa's more serious nature. He also enjoys speaking and competing with Yue Jin, impressed with the general's role as the vanguard, but the two bicker over who should be the one to lead; As Naomasa believes only the strongest should take the front as opposed to Yue Jin, who believes that the most disposable should do so.
In the Samurai Warriors series, he is symbolized by the kanji for "pride" (誇) and "stringency" (厳).
His default weapon is referencing the spear he is reported to have had at Sekigahara. It was allegedly an one shaku, eight sun long, single flat-bladed, triple-edged steel spear. According to one of Naomasa's subordinates, Seki Kazumasa, Naomasa argued with Tadakatsu prior to the battle. Naomasa stressed the importance of the Tokugawa retainers attacking first from a future political perspective. Tadakatsu could not fathom his view and retorted that it was a fool's errand. He lost his temper and attacked his fellow veteran with Tonbogiri; Naomasa dully deflected him with his spear. Kazumasa stepped in to stop further aggression.
Amenohoakari is the Japanese deity noted in his rare weapon. He is known as a sun or heat deity with possible mythical ties to the Japanese royalty. Alternatively, he has been interpreted to be a rice god for rich harvests. Three aristocratic clans (Owari, Tsumori, Mononobe) cited the deity as their ancestor. Crimson lotus is likely referring to one of the Eight Cold Hells in Buddhism.
Naomasa's second rare weapon is named after Gōzanze Myō-oh, the Japanese interpretation of Trailokyavijaya. He is the eastern ruler of the Five Wise Kings, the protectors of Buddha who reside in a realm of endless fire. The divine flames purges a soul entering it. Gōzanze Myō-oh specifically oversees the three poisons (ignorance, attachment, and aversion) of the three worlds (past, present, future reincarnations). Japanese statues often portray him as a three faced, eight armed deity who holds varying objects in three right hands and one left hand. His sword and pike eliminates evil; his bow grants Buddha's wisdom for lost souls; his bell repeats Buddha's preachings; his rope binds the souls of the wicked. Naomasa's spear is endowed with Gōzanze Myō-oh's flames to contrast Tadakatsu's weapon.
- Jason Moran - Samurai Warriors 2 (English, shared with other fierce officers)
- Trevor White - Kessen (English)
- John Burgmeier - Samurai Warriors TV series (English)
- Nils Kreutinger - Samurai Warriors TV series (German)
- Takeshi Kusao - Samurai Warriors 2~3 (Japanese)
- Hiromu Miyazaki - Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Japanese)
- Katsuyuki Konishi - Samurai Warriors 4-II, Warriors Orochi 4
- Hideo Ishikawa - Kessen (Japanese)
- Jun Fukuyama - Nioh
Live Action Performers
- Masaki Matsuda - Butai Nobunaga no Yabou Taishi Mugen ~Honnoji no Hen~
- Yuu Matsumura - Butai Nobunaga no Yabou Taishi ~Saishuu Hen~ Gunyuukakkyo Sekigahara
- See also Naomasa Ii/Quotes
- "How do you do it, Tadakatsu? You ride into battle with the flimsiest of armor, and still come out unscathed. While I wear this heavy, unwieldy protection and am barely fit to stand. I have a long way to go before I am a warrior of your stature."
- "You earned those wounds by fighting your way deep into enemy territory. Each one is a medal of honor, which glitters with a shine greater than gold."
- ~~Naomasa and Tadakatsu; Samurai Warriors 2: Empires
- "Hmm... It is indeed brilliant."
- "What was that? Is there something on my face?"
- "I was just noticing what magnificent armor you have, Master Naomasa. But what made you decide to cover your body in red?"
- "I do it so that I stand out. I want everyone to know that the Ii are on the battlefield. Some enemies flee at the very sight."
- "I see. I, myself, feel my soul burn passionately at the sight of your red armor, but to your allies it gives courage, to your enemies fear."
- "Um, I should say... Your own appearance is quite striking, Master Ma Chao. You stand out even more than my red. Frankly, you make an ideal target for the enemy. You probably shouldn't venture too far forth."
- "I am grateful for your concern. Then we must go forth together! Two such splendid warriors riding together may be too much for the enemy's eyes to handle!"
- "Uh, that's an unorthodox plan, certainly..."
- ~~Ma Chao and Naomasa; Warriors Orochi 4
- "Where there is darkness, there is light! Where there is evil, justice will always be there! Naomasa Ii, one of the Tokugawa Avengers, is here! The evildoers here today shall now be vanquished!"
- ~~Ii riding into battle; Saihai no Yukue
|Keys:||Normal Attack •||Charge Attack •||Musou •||Jump/Mount|
- , , (): Naomasa kicks an enemy into the air with a backwards-upward donkey kick, then jumps after the target for a backflip spike-kick. First input must connect for the second to come out, and may send K.O.ed targets further away out of reach.
- , , , (): Naomasa does forward spear thrust that stuns enemies, then an upwards slash with a vertical purple energy wave sent diagonally from his position.
- , , , , (): Hopping two-handed strike with a orange whirlwind surrounding him via into a landing clear-slash. He then spin dives forward, slashing around him to send the whirlwind forward. Launches forward on the first input, knockback for second one.
- , , , , : Hopping reap slash from a turn, then thrusts forward his spear for a non-recoiling and larger version of his Special Skill.
- , , , , , , , : Upward slash to his left, hopping back spin-kick to the left, outward-horizontal arm bash with left arm. Then a turning outward slash to the right with a back-spin kick to the right two times ending with an inward slash to the left.
- : Quickly slides forward for a reaping spear slash. Each odd-numbered input involves a slash to the left, while each even-numbered input involves a slash to the right.
- , : Rapidly thrusts his spear upward with orange multi-stab phantom effects. Can be interrupted into normal attacks.
- , , : Plants his spear into the ground for a pole-spin kick to his right, then flies upward for a quick back-somersault kick that leaves blue trails. Can be interrupted into normal attacks.
- , , , : Swings his spear to the right from an outward turn, sending a horizontal energy wave forward.
- , , , , : Jumps for a falling front-flipping heel drop that causes a small quake.
- , , , , , : Leaping double-succession kicks that shoot out diagonal cutting waves.
- , , , , , , : A turning outward slash with a large orange whirlwind of energy (akin to his C4), ending with a single-handed thrust forward to fire the energy via his C5 finisher.
- , , , , , , , : Same as his Hyper S6.
- , , , , , , , : Ends his Hyper Attack chain by hopping forward in a turn to thrust-plant his spear into the ground for a quake.
- , : Slashes outward with his spear.
- , : Falls down with a punch, causing a ground-hitting quake.
- Dashing : Hops forward with knee-strike with his left leg.
- : Naomasa walks forward while doing diagonal slashes per step. For the finisher, he poses before charging forward with a single spear thrust. Explosions trail behind him during said finisher.
- (Ultimate/Kaidan): Leaps up and dive bombs with a jump kick, creating a large explosion. Similar to Naotora's standard Musou finisher.
- Rage Attack/Musou Gokui effect: Activates Blaze during sequence. Press to activate Ultimate/Kaidan Musou.
- Spirit Cancel: Leans forward with his free-arm's elbow.
- Deadlock Attack & Mighty Strike: Throws spear into the air and pummels foe with rapid fire punches. Sends them flying with a turning high kick and catches his spear as it falls.
- R1: Readies his spear and stabs it forward to shoot a fiery projectile at a set distance. Has a slight recoil.
- Awakened Skill effect: temporarily boosts attack, speed, and defense when activated.
- , : Flip kick from the horse's saddle.
- , , : Stunning kick.
- , , , : Sweeps his spear hard enough to blow back enemies.
- , , , , , , , :
Naomasa is a speedy close to mid-range attacker who is beginner-friendly. His attacks have wide range and require a lot of moving space to execute, particularly his C4 and Ultimate Musou. It may take time for new users to become accustomed to the unconventional rhythm of his fusion style, but as long as the player can judge their distances well, he can be an effective fighter against officers or crowds. He can adapt well to most offensive skill setups.
His weaknesses lie in the narrow range of his normal attacks —which are fast but leave his sides and back open— and his average base health and defense ratings. Naomasa is best when he is aggressive since he has poor defensive options available to him in his moveset. He also is rather slow in terms of his normal movement speed, and may be hampered against officers with his emphasis on Hyper Attacks.
- See also: Naomasa Ii/Weapons
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada
|Base Attack: 15~35|
|Base Attack: 270||Fire: 84||Ice: 78|
|Attack Up: 89||Attack Range: 75||Attack Speed: 82|
|Courage: 88||Verity: 85||Momentum: 88|
|Base Attack: 277||Wind: 87||Earth: 81|
|Attack Up: 92||Attack Speed: 84||Fury: 80|
|Underdog: 77||Insight: 87||Clarity: 86|
Rare Weapon Acquisition
- Stage: Conquest of Odawara - The Crossing of Izu-Hakone
- Due to the popularity of the mascot character modeled after his son, Nobutaka, Naomasa is occasionally referred to as "Hikonyan's Papa" (ひこにゃんのパパ) by fans of historical media.
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