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Sakon Shima
Samurai Warriors 4 artwork
Character Information
Clan(s)/Alliance(s): Takeda
Western Army
188 cm (6'2")
Weapon(s): Zanbatō
Kiku-Kiri Haori
Moveset Type:
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Samurai Warriors 2
Historical Information
Real name:
Shima Kiyo'oki
Japanese name:
島 清興
June 9, 1540 (?)
October 21, 1600 (?)
Real name also said to be Katsutake (勝猛).
Warriors Orochi Info
Odani Castle (WO1)
Initially available (WO2)
Ueda Castle (WO3) Nanzhong (WO4)
Character Type:
Speed (WO1~2)
Wonder (WO3)
Technique (WO4)
Personal Item:
The Catalog of Shadows
Sacred Treasure:

Sakon Shima (島 左近, Shima Sakon) is one of the names attributed to the elusive Kiyo'oki Shima. He is best known in history for serving Mitsunari Ishida at Sekigahara. During the battle, he is wounded by gunfire from Kuroda Nagamasa's battalion. It is unknown whether he lived long enough to escape Sekigahara or died on the field. After his death, he has been praised as Mitsunari's most powerful and wisest tactical general.

His Samurai Warriors persona placed fourth with fans in Gamecity's Sengoku Musou 3: Empires popularity poll. In Koei-Tecmo's Facebook Sengoku Musou Chronicle 2nd poll, he tied for sixth place with three other characters. According to the Sengoku Musou Seiyuu Ougi 2012 Aki questionnaire, he ranked first for the character fans would want as a lover and eighth for fans' ideal co-op partner for playing Samurai Warriors. For the Samurai Warriors 4 poll, he is voted eighth among the other characters. The first character popularity poll for Sengoku Musou Shoot has him at third place.

This counterpart has two character image songs titled Samurai Damashii ~KIZUNA~ and Fuuu Doushuu; he has a duet with Mitsunari called Ichigo Ichie de Yoroshiku!.

His Nobunaga's Ambition counterpart is twenty-ninth place in Gamecity's character popularity ranking for 2015. The Nobunaga no Yabou 201X poll for 4-star officers puts him in fifty-third place. Fans voted him eighth for the Nobunaga no Yabou Taishi best subordinate poll.

In Saihai no Yukue, he stands at approximately four inches shorter (180 cm) and he is 40 years old. He likes to travel and take walks, and his favorite food is dango.

Role in Games[]

"A truly wise man wouldn't need such a large sword, Sakon."

~~Sima Yi; Warriors Orochi

Samurai Warriors[]

After Nobunaga's death at Honnōji, Mitsuhide requests for the Tsutsui clan to aid him at Yamazaki. Sakon, a former Takeda general who resided with the Tsutsui at the time, convinces his master to instead side with the more capable Hideyoshi. During the conflict, Mitsunari and Sakon keep track of the other's promise of talent. Hideyoshi becomes the land's de facto leader after he defeats other Oda generals. By this time, Sakon was angered by his lord and wandered the land for indulgence. Mitsunari finds him and, once the younger man states that he wants his services as his equal, Sakon agrees to serve him. He aids the land's unification by suppressing Kyūshū and by partaking in the western siege at Odawara Castle.

Hideyoshi soon dies and the land is split between factions led by Mitsunari and Ieyasu. Facing Ieyasu's vast army, Sakon requests permission for an ambush to stunt the enemy march and traps select portions of the Eastern army at Kusegawa. Although Tadakatsu appears with a relief force, Sakon and the Western army retain their cool and cut back some of the Eastern army's drive. Mitsunari moves to Sekigahara, and although Sakon rationalizes that Mitsunari's plan won't succeed, he nevertheless fights by his lord's side. After their victory over Ieyasu, Sakon replies that he doesn't care about a reward as he just wanted to serve a virtuous lord. As he speeds off on his steed, Mitsunari considers Sakon to be his friend.

His dream mode entails when he serves Shingen to learn some tips on strategy. He helps capture the fleeing Ieyasu at Mikatagahara.

In Samurai Warriors: Katana, Sakon is first encountered in the Swordsman scenario attacking the Shimazu. He leaves the battlefield after losing to the protagonist. The Stealth scenario has him get in the way of the Hōjō army's escape from the Takeda at Mimase Pass. His final appearance is at the Savior scenario where he helps the Sanada take over Numata Castle. He wishes to verify the rumors of Ina's prowess for himself, but is instead bested by the player's persistence.

In Samurai Warriors 3, Sakon begins his story in a manner similar to his previous dream stage. With Ieyasu's escape in the end, Shingen is unable to secure a decisive victory against Ieyasu in his following campaigns and his abrupt death leads to eventual demise of the Takeda family. Seeking a new master, Sakon joins Hideyoshi's side at Komaki-Nagakute and meets Kiyomasa, Masanori and Mitsunari. During the battle, the trio's words has him reflect on Hideyoshi's character and, though he considers joining Hideyoshi, he is more impressed by Mitsunari's will to win. Joining Mitsunari at Oshi Castle, he agrees to help the youth's dream of protecting the Toyotomi's future with his friends. Upon achieving victory, Sakon finally accepts Mitsunari as his real master.

Soon after, Hideyoshi dies due to illness and Mitsunari is abandoned by his friends. At odds with the larger Ieyasu army and devastated by the loss, Mitsunari's army suffers from low morale. To boost the spirits of Mitsunari and the men, Sakon leads an attack at Kusegawa to defeat Tadakatsu. Their victory is enough to cement Mitsunari's resolve to win and they proceed to Sekigahara. Although Kiyomasa's presence in the Eastern army once again weakens his master's nerve, Sakon defeats him to lead the army to a decisive victory and they rout the Eastern army. Kiyomasa's defeat dazes Mitsunari into a witless stupor and he loses the will to pursue Ieyasu's army. To raise his master's spirit, he hauls the young man onto his horse, attracts Masanori's attention to follow them, and speeds towards Kiyomasa. Although the latter looks as though he is dead, he awakens when Mitsunari hurries to his side and a crying Masanori hugs both of them. Seeing the trio reunited is enough for Sakon to smile.

Sengoku Musou 3: Empires has Sakon offer his services to Shingen in the latter's own story route, helping the warlord prepare his woodpecker strategy against the Uesugi forces. In Ieyasu's story, he first attempts to assassinate the Tokugawa leader without Mitsunari's knowledge and launches a surprise attack on Kuzegawa when his previous plot fails. He and his lord regroup to Ōsaka Castle after surviving Sekigahara; spared by the Eastern army, they begrudgingly accept Hideyori's request to leave the land.

Samurai Warriors 4 Sakon starts his story serving the Tsutsui clan in Yamato. Feeling that his talents were wasted under them, he chose to become a landless samurai. Shingen recognizes his talents soon after, leading him to join the Takeda forces as early as Kawanakajima. Appreciative of the grand opportunity, Sakon seeks to spend his time studying Shingen's tactics. He realizes early within his service that his lord has ambitions for the land, curious to see how far the veteran will proceed throughout the Takeda campaigns. He chooses to stay with the Takeda at Nagashino and Tenmokuzan even after Shingen's death. Though he knows it's a lost cause to defend Katsuyori, Sakon stays to repay Shingen's past courtesy to him.

The Takeda's fall leads to Sakon choosing to wander the lands again until Kanbei hires for his assistance at Yamazaki. He performs well, yet Kanbei views his prowess as a potential threat to Hideyoshi's security and refuses to renew his contract. Sakon would have started wandering again if Yoshitsugu had not stopped him. Through his chat with his fellow strategist, Sakon believes his talents will someday lead to a lord worthy of serving if he stays within Hideyoshi's forces and assists their campaigns at Shizugatake, Komaki-Nagakute, and Shikoku. During these battles, he finds Mitsunari to be an appalling annoyance. When he is fishing after they subdue Motochika's troops, the strategist is bemused when Mitsunari seeks to employ him by offering him the same payment he receives. The youth's sheer determination impresses him enough to agree.

Serving under Mitsunari henceforth as his strategist, Sakon accompanies him at Ueda Castle and Oshi Castle. The year before Sekigahara takes place, Sakon recognizes Ieyasu as the greatest threat to Mitsunari and advises for him to focus on only deposing the elder. Mitsunari seeks to end his rival in a fair fight, an answer which Sakon later complains about to Yoshitsugu. Despite his misgivings about the affair, he is optimistic with Yoshitsugu's help and fights for his lord at Sekigahara. In Yoshitsugu and the Shimazu's versions of Sekigahara, Sakon will be wounded during the fighting after he is shot by Nagamasa Kuroda's riflemen, and must be rescued. After Hideaki's betrayal, the in-game version has him be wounded, retreat when rescued, reemerge in an attempt to restore ally morale, and then die fighting before the battle's end.

In his version of Sekigahara, however, Sakon will first move to defeat enemy officers near Yoshihiro's unit to mobilize the Shimazu. After the Shimazu mobilize, Sakon's forces will then move to meet the enemy invasion, but they must then save Hideie Ukita from Nagamasa Kuroda's ambush. After defeating the ambush troops, the Kikkawa unit defects and must be defeated to open the path for Mōri reinforcements. At this point, Ieyasu attacks Hideaki's position, causing him to defect and advance with Takatora on Yoshitsugu's position. With Yoshitsugu dead, and the main camp lost, Sakon decides to cover his lord's escape. Charging straight for Ieyasu's camp Sakon defeats Tadakatsu, and causes enough damage to secure his lord's escape. As he is still fighting after Mitsunari's withdrawal, he is hit by an enemy rifleman. Wounded, but determined, Sakon uses his lingering vigor to charge through the Eastern army for an off-screen death.

The 4-II Ideals Story abbreviates his past with the Takeda and starts with Sakon acting as a representative for his then Tsutsui masters at Shizugatake. He is fascinated by Mitsunari's eccentric rudeness and skill, mistakingly believing the impetuous youth to be a friendless grump. Sakon is appeased to learn Mitsunari has close companions but is concerned by the tensions building between the childhood friends, keeping an eye on the youth at Komaki-Nagakute and Shikoku. He defends Mitsunari during one of the trio's arguments and warns him to treasure the ties he has established.

When he becomes a vagabond and Mitsunari meets with him in the capital, Sakon is moved by the youth's compassion and naive idealism to agree to his new service. The strategist swiftly directs his lord to seek refuge under Ieyasu when Kiyomasa and Masanori's armies surrounds them. During their night stay at Ieyasu's manor, Sakon swears to assassinate Ieyasu at once; the strategist cares little for his own safety, pressing that they should strike before their foe develops into a greater threat. Although he is vexed when his proposals are shot down, Sakon accepts his lord's flaws as a warm reminder of why he serves him.

He accompanies his lord to convince Yoshitsugu, agreeing that their resistance is foolhardy and asking him to join them at Sekigahara. When the Western Army's main camp falls, Sakon tells his lord to escape at once. Mitsunari is too empathetic to comply to his repeated civil requests, so Sakon knocks him out and loads him onto a fleeing horse. Despite all odds being against him, Sakon eventually reunites with his lord after the battle and protects him from Tokugawa soldiers.

In Chronicles 3, Sakon is revealed to be a vagabond from the Tsutsui clan before he served Shingen and was a distant relative to the Akechi clan. In Shingen's what-if, where he prevails at Mikatagahara and slays Nobunaga, Ieyasu and their chief retainers, Sakon continues to help the Takeda in their campaigns against both the western lords and the Uesugi.

During the what-if scenario for Mitsuhide after Honnōji, Sakon's ties with the Tsutsui clan are used to convince him and the family to aid Mitsuhide at Yamazaki, knocking out Hideyoshi and establishing Mitsuhide as the most dominant lord of the land. He is later killed during the campaign against the Mōri and Date after he is caught in a Date ambush due to Gracia's inexperience in creating the battle plan. In the scenario that Gracia is unable to formulate the battle plan in time, Sakon will step in and research the late Motonari Mōri's works. Upon reading the the daimyō's victory at Itsukushima, Sakon deduces the enemy will likely repeat their plan, and this allows him and several other key Akechi officers to hold out long enough for rescue.

He serves as an important part of Mitsunari's hypothetical siege of Edo Castle, helping lead the forces into the castle. If he and Yoshitsugu are spoken to before the battle, he will trace Hiroie Kikkawa's defection and will move to reinforce Yoshitsugu. Yoshitsugu's rescue prevents the Mōri from being forced to join Hiroie's defection, and allows Mitsunari to show compassion to his defeated enemies.

He still retains his initial role as a wandering strategist in Spirit of Sanada. His journeys eventually lead him to serve Shingen While serving, he visits the Sanada domain to meet Masayuki, who helped achieve the successes against the Hojo and the Uesugi. Sakon aids Shingen's campaigns against the Hojo and his march to Kyoto. He only appears briefly during Katsuyori's reign, however, helping him escape Shitaragahara back to Kai. After the Ōtate Rebellion, he and Kunoichi are dismissed, and he visits Masayuki before returning to his wandering lifestyle, hoping that Katsuyori doesn't isolate himself too much.

His earliest appearance under the Toyotomi forces is at Komaki-Nagakute, and he retains his previous roles with the Toyotomi and the Western army. He and the other Western generals that fell at Sekigahara are mourned by Yukimura after their defeat is reported.

Warriors Orochi[]

Sakon begins as an unaffiliated strategist in Warriors Orochi. Nobunaga convinced him to help Sun Ce when they met at Kyūshū. The Demon King protects his safe passage and he meets up with the Little Conqueror at Chang Ban. He sends Sun Ce a letter saying that he knew the whereabouts of Sun Jian's cell and appears as a third-party general during Wu's siege at Odani Castle. Since Sun Ce desired a quick victory with minimal casualties, the strategist leads a group of engineers to blow apart a wall at Mount Yamada garrison. This opens a path straight to the main ward of the castle, which is fiercely defended by Xing Cai. After their victory, Sakon agrees to be Sun Ce's adviser and continues to serve Wu.

In Warriors Orochi 2, Sakon acts as the protagonist for the Samurai story mode. Walking in a peaceful part of the land, he was on his way to visit Shingen until he notices Dong Zhuo attacking Zhang Jiao. He fights to save the pious Yellow Turban and meets the mysterious Fu Xi during their struggle. Wanting to prevent another bout of warfare, he decides to make Masamune, Nobunaga, Shingen, and Kenshin join their forces in a powerful coalition. Since the four leaders reverted to their stubborn ways, Sakon has to start from scratch. He impresses Shingen during his chase of Da Ji and Himiko at Ji Province, recruiting the Takeda as a result. Once he hears that Kanetsugu is besieged at Hasedo, he has Yukimura rescue the general, who gratefully grants them an audience with Kenshin. Upon learning of the developing plans of the demons, Kenshin pledges his allegiance to join them.

Sakon's next target becomes Masamune, who is still allied with Da Ji at Changban. Despite Shingen and Kanetsugu's attempts to reach out to him, Masamune still remains unconvinced and refuses to aid Sakon's plan. In a compromise, they instead rescue Lu Meng and Gan Ning at Liang Province to try and garner Wu's support in the plan. The grateful pair agree to this and pledge their kingdom's service in Sakon's plan. Upon gathering these soldiers, Sakon leaves for Hulao Gate in order to reach Nobunaga's army, but the path is barred by the armies of Kiyomori and Dong Zhuo. Unexpectedly, Nobunaga and Hideyoshi themselves are the ones that go to Hulao Gate instead, and help Sakon achieve victory. The Warring States daimyo then work together to take down Kiyomori at Baidi Castle, who states that his lord was already reborn.

Though they could not prevent a resurrected Orochi, Sakon has the four armies launch an attack on the Serpent King at Sekigahara, claiming victory and killing Orochi for the second time. After they claim victory, Sakon leaves once more to visit his old friend.

He shares his dream stage with Jiang Wei and Lu Xun and the trio work together to surpass their masters. When Shingen issues a cavalry charge, Sakon quickly counters by bringing out his reserve riflemen. His quick thinking easily earns the older man's praise.

During the original timeline in Warriors Orochi 3, Sakon remained a member of the anti-Orochi forces and was one of the defenders stationed at Ueda Castle. When Odawara Castle fell, he was one of the many slain by the massive serpent army. He quickly accepts Sima Zhao's story of being a survivor from the future and joins his cause to revert the past. Throughout the story, he stays primarily with Sima Zhao's regiment as a secondary advisor and helps their chase for Shuten Dōji. He also helps Jia Xu and Motonari lie to certain officers at Jiange to get them to join the coalition.

In the downloadable stage, "In Vino Veritas", Sakon helps Zhang Fei and Guan Yu in quelling the drunken fighters. He also aids Zhong Hui in "Zhong Hui's Pride".

Ultimate has him accompany Shingen and other Coalition members in their search for Da Ji at Ueda after many other heroes, including Sima Zhao, disappear. Upon cornering her, they are tricked into getting captured themselves within Tamamo's Divine Mirror.

While in the mirror realm, he and Wang Yuanji are mistaken for doppelgängers and are attacked by Sima Zhao at Nagashino. After they capture him, Shennong and Kaguya arrive to clear the misunderstanding.

In the fourth game, Sakon was brought in with the Azai clan to the dimensional realm, where they are immediately attacked by the Demon army and Lu Bu's forces at Nanzhong. They were rescued by Coalition forces and Sakon pledged his allegiance to them. Noting that his lord Mitsunari was acting strangely in Ares' camp and moved against the Coalition in a strange manner, Sakon realized that something was amiss and was helped by Zhuge Liang and other Coalition members to ascertain Mitsunari's intent. Defeating the force led by Mitsunari at Odawara-Wan Castle, Sakon correctly predicted that Mitsunari was sending a message to the Coalition through Yoshitsugu and Toshiie, who sent a letter and a map of Cao Pi's castle. Sakon then moved to support Mitsunari's plan to defect against Ares; accompanying Toshiie and Yoshitsugu in wiping out Ares' reserve troops.

Sakon, like the rest of Mitsunari's and Ieyasu's units, would be possessed by Kiyomori's magic at Sekigahara leading to a battle against each other. He is eventually beaten back into his senses by arriving Coalition members, and the parties soon unite against the sorcerer and drive him away.


Sakon is Mitsunari's right hand man in Kessen. Like Honda, Sakon trumps his lord in every military stat but is given a smaller amount of troops to balance himself with the rest of the army. Before the battle at Sekigahara, he laments not slaying Ieyasu at Kusegawa as his personal assassination attempt was stopped by Okatsu. Depending on the actions of the player, he will disappear after Sekigahara or live to see Ieyasu's end. Like Otani, he may live to avenge Mitsunari's death if their commander suddenly loses the battle at Edo.

He also appears as a recruitable general in Kessen III. He joins Nobunaga after he is defeated in the Battle of Tamoyama. If he forms a unit with Yoshitsugu, they will work well together and their attack will increase.

Nobunaga's Ambition[]

Nobunaga no Yabou 201X Sakon is a fledging strategist serving the Tsutsui. He politely approaches the protagonist's party when they reach Yamato and is amazed by their technological superiority. Wishing to learn from his benefactors, he is permitted to accompany them while carrying out his order to subjugate the UMA horde. The samurai escorts Hatsuna to them so they can seal the dimensional hole. Sakon wishes them a safe journey, thanking them again for the educational experience.

Saihai no Yukue[]

In Saihai no Yukue, Sakon resumes his role as Mitsunari's vassal. Although the country admires him for his might and intellect, he is often befuddled by his lord's erratic behavior. Though he is rough with his words, his loyalty to Mitsunari is unquestionable. His insults to his lord are used for comic relief, making him more of an observer than an adviser for Mitsunari. He usually needs to attend to other matters so he lets his daughter, Tamaki, handle his duties.

In a flashback, he guards Mitsunari through the streets of Kyoto by fighting off Fukushima and Kuroda. When they take a short break during their escape, he openly admits his suspicions towards the spy Hatsu. She dispels his doubts by restating her firm loyalty towards Mitsunari. As their lord confronts them, Sakon decides to keep their conversation a secret from him.

On the fields of Sekigahara, Sakon arrives to drive back Hosokawa and Kuroda's first charge with his cavalry troops. He continues to scout the fields after their victory, but he suffers a gunshot wound to his shoulder when a vengeful Kuroda has his troops fire at him from a thicket. To prevent the drop of army morale, he keeps quiet about it and acts normally. As the game progresses, Tamaki scolds him for not tending to his wound. He continues to serve his lord until the end of the third chapter, in which he feels that his injury is beginning to hamper his performance. After he defeats Tadakatsu, he acknowledges Tamaki as his family and charges into the enemy camp to take Ieyasu's head. The prologue for the following chapter implies that he dies sometime during his attack. Though missing-in-action for the remainder of the game, Mitsunari continues to be inspired by Sakon until the end of the game.

Character Information[]

Sakon's artwork in Samurai Warriors 3.


According to the game's designers, Sakon fills the spot for the "cool old guy" in the cast. They added the scar on his face to add a visual account with his previous near-death experiences and imply the "evil" side to his character. The producer and director add that he is basically Mitsunari's answer to Ieyasu's Tadakatsu. Since his lord was developed to be "delicate and level-headed", Sakon was made to be physically built and nifty. White and black are the two base colors used for his design. His fighting style is considered to be exceptionally balanced with no real weaknesses to it.


Considered by many to be a natural prodigy in both martial arts and strategy, Sakon is a sharp-tongued and ripened warrior of capable talent. A realist with a strong sense of justice, he will stand for any side which he deems to be more just, regardless if it actually benefits him. In the English dub, Sakon uses many phrases inspired by Elvis Presley in his debut, such as his defeat quote of "Sakon has left the battlefield" and his gratitude quote of "Thank you. Thank you very much." This is toned down in his following appearances.

Sakon spots Mitsunari as a talented yet rude man. Unaffected by his lord's faults, he is more impressed by his lord's good qualities rather than what others say about him. Even so, he can't help himself from jibing a little at Mitsunari's inexperience and sometimes gullible nature. In the fourth installment, he extends his camaraderie to Yoshitsugu, who is equally amused by and not above jabbing Mitsunari's social ineptitudes.

On the other hand, he considers his previous lord, Shingen, as his respected elder and admires the strategist's cunning. When he's not busy with war, Sakon entertains himself with the ladies. Occasionally, he will hit on maidens during battle nearly to the degree of Magoichi's flirtations. In the Warriors Orochi series, he respects and praises level-headed characters such as Yue Ying, Zhou Yu, Lu Meng and Fu Xi.

Character Symbolism[]

Sakon is symbolized by the character for "compete" (闘), the character for "extreme" (烈), and green maple leaves in the Samurai Warriors series.

Sakon's titles in Samurai Warriors 2 are "Rebellious Spirit", "Sharp Mind", "Brilliant Protege", "Famous Samurai", "Sword and Savvy", "Deadly Tactician", and "Battlefield Genius" (in the Xtreme Legends expansion).

His second weapon is named after dōtanuki in Asian ports, a type of sword that is believed to have been crafted in Kyushu and was in common usage during the Warring States period. There are many stories told to try to explain the sword's heavily built construction, which include crafting it to cut through a pile of corpses or trying invent a new type of sword build. Historically, the blade type is known to be capable of cutting through a helmet, completely dividing the armor in two perfect halves. Within the dōtanuki blades, there is one thought to have been wielded by Kiyomasa named Dōtanuki Masakuni (Masakuni being the alleged name for the swordsmith). Kiyomasa gained the sword once entered military service under Hideyoshi. Since the sockets for the sword hilt are worn and rough, it's likely he used the sword throughout his campaigns in Korea and Sekigahara. The sword was kept in the Katō clan for generations until it was reclaimed by Masakuni's descendants during the Bakumatsu period.

The original name for Sakon's third and Normal weapons translates to his weapon being capable of completely cutting down a person in one swing. His Power types are named to bisect a person and his Speed types chop up someone with a reverse slash.

Takeminakata-no-Kami, the namesake for Sakon's fourth and Unique weapons, is one of Ōkuninushi's children. Although he isn't identified as such in written myths, many legends state his parents to be Ōkuninushi and Nunakawahime's child. When his parents were leaving Ashihara-no-Nakatsukuni in the hands of their heirs, Takeminakata-no-Kami was the one who pridefully declared himself for the position. However, when he grasped Takemikazuchi's hand, his hand turned into a sword -sometimes told as water. Frightened, Takeminakata-no-Kami fled to Shinano-no-Kuni. Takemikazuchi pursued him to Lake Suwa until Takeminakata-no-Kami pleaded for his life to be spared and handed the right of leadership to his pursuer. Forever leaving Ashihara-no-Nakatsukuni, he isn't said to have been seen again. Depending on who is telling the tale, Takeminakata-no-Kami is either a wind god, a god of transcendence, a god of war, or a water god. Legends state the Fujiwara clan to have once worshiped him as a god who blessed warriors with the will to fight. Takeminakata-no-Kami is technically not considered a god in most cases, but he is also fabled to have a wife named Yasakatome-no-Kami, who granted her husband a sword of might. Together, their marriage made them low-ranked deities.

His fifth weapon is named after an alternate name for Fenghuang. It is said to be a mythological beast that only stays with royalty without malice or malfeasance.

According to the dubiously accurate Sekigahara Gunki-taisei, Sakon's heirloom in the fourth Samurai Warriors is something given to him when he decided to give up his days of wandering. He was resting in Omi one day and was spotted by a vacationing Mitsunari. The samurai lord instantly connected with the rounin due to their similar birthplace and dragged Sakon with him to the capital. Hideyoshi was impressed in Mitsunari's faith in Sakon, remarking that it was odd for him to employ someone for half his own salary (forty thousand koku). When the new recruit had his audience with Hideyoshi, the Taiko kindly bestowed the coat on Sakon's shoulders and gave his fondest wishes for Sakon to serve Mitsunari well. Later, when the duo was stationed at Sawayama Castle, Mitsunari had a raise and received fifty thousand koku. When Mitsunari was prepared to give Sakon his promised half, the vassal remembered the coat Hideyoshi gave him and politely declined. He asked his lord to give it to someone else who needed it. To honor his vassal's request and loyalty to him, Mitsunari deducted Sakon's pay to a meager three thousand.

Sakon's personal item in Warriors Orochi is named Kage Mokuroku, a book of strategy and tactics said to form the principles and teachings for the Shinkage-ryū. Approximately in 1565, a young swordsman was granted permission to study the four scrolls and refined the teachings to create a second generation of Shinkage-ryū. While still in his twenties, his teachings attracted Ieyasu's attention and they were taught for the Tokugawa clan. The man who was famed for perfecting his version of Kage Mokuroku was Yagyū Munetoshi.

Voice Actors[]

  • Tom Whelan - Samurai Warriors 2 and Empires (English)
  • Tim Mahlin - Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends (English)
  • Terrence Stone - Samurai Warriors: Katana (English-uncredited)
  • Steve Kramer - Warriors Orochi series; first and second games only, Samurai Warriors 3 (English-uncredited)
  • Jeremy Schwartz- Samurai Warriors TV Series (English)
  • Howard Siegel - Kessen (English)
  • Steven Blum - Kessen III (English-uncredited)
  • Jochen Langner - Samurai Warriors TV series (German)
  • Shinichi Yamada - Samurai Warriors and Warriors Orochi series (Japanese)
  • Keiichi Noda - Kessen (Japanese)
  • Keiji Fujiwara - Nioh
  • Masafumi Kimura - Touken Ranbu Warriors

Live Action Performers[]


See also: Sakon Shima/Quotes
  • "Thank you very much. I reached this ranking sooner than I had anticipated. Well, in any case, I'm glad my lord is higher."
  • "Not that high this time. I know my tactics didn't lose. I suppose it was more a fight for masculine appeal then?"
  • "Your loyalty is unparalleled. However, your choice of lord is not."
"Annoying, isn't it? Like when a beautiful woman has the personality of a stern old man."
~~Ina and Sakon; Samurai Warriors 2
  • "Are you gonna stay inside and work all day again? What's wrong? Are you sick or something?"
"If you're concerned about my health, you should stop that awful racket."
"I was just playing a little music for you on the biwa. Didn't you like it?"
"I feel sorry for the poor instrument."
"There we go. I knew I could make you laugh."
~~Sakon and Mitsunari; Samurai Warriors 2: Empires
  • "Yukimura. The samurai produces nothing for society. So what is the meaning of his existence?"
"To show the world the value of the spirit."
"Hah! That's right. The measure of a man is not in his might or his wealth. It's in his courage, his spirit."
~~Sakon and Yukimura; Samurai Warriors 3
  • "Your skin is white as snow, and your eyes compel me nearer. I never thought I would meet a woman like yourself in this time of war."
"(laughs) Even if you compliment me, you will not profit from it."
"No. That smile is all the reward I need."
~~Sakon and Aya‎; Sengoku Musou 3: Empires
  • "You're quite the arsonist, I see. That ought to have taken care of them."
"There is no greater compliment than one coming from you."
"Still, it was a lucky break that the wind blew from the southeast like that..."
"I had a feeling it might."
~~Zhou Yu and Sakon; Warriors Orochi
  • "My lord's enemies are also mine... Prepare yourself!"
"Are you sure you won't reconsider? I'd hate to put a scar on a such a pretty face."
~~Diao Chan and Sakon; Warriors Orochi 2
  • "Now that sword's just ridiculous. How wide is that blade?"
"Hey, keep your thieving paws off it. You couldn't handle this thing anyway."
~~Benkei and Sakon; Warriors Orochi 2 PSP
  • "Master Sakon. Do you have a moment?"
"Zhuge Liang. If you're taking the time to come and see me, I presume you have come up with some brilliant new strategy?"
"Regrettably, that isn't the case. I thought that, rather than struggle at it alone, I might see something if I shared discourse with you."
"An honor, to be sure. I never expected the rare talent of the infamous Zhuge Liang to require aid from one such as me."
"Though we walk a similar path, we two have lived through different periods of turmoil. Sharing our differing perspectives should be of use to us both."
"In which case, neither of us can afford to hold anything back. Let us lay our minds bare to each other!"
~~Zhuge Liang and Sakon; Warriors Orochi 4
  • "Hmph! Ieyasu! When next we meet, I will have your head!"


Keys: Square Normal Attack • Triangle Charge Attack Circle Musou X Jump/Mount

Samurai Warriors 2[]

Ground Attacks[]

Triangle, (Triangle): A back-turning wide-up slash to his right, then on the second input runs forward to grab an enemy with his free hand. While running, he pops off his target and uppercut slashes them in a spiraling leap, launching them. Unblockable grab on the second input.
Square, Triangle, (Triangle): Upward scooping strike which knocks enemies into the air. If the first input connects, the second input causes him to sword-plant the ground, creating a fiery explosion.
Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle): Turning chop to his left followed by an overhead swinging chop. Second chop hits the ground causing a launching quake.
Square, Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle): Releases a shockwave via an outward swing, then sweeps his sword upwards to launch a ground wave forwards.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle: (Xtreme Legends only) Points forward to signal an overhead rifle barrage. The pointing will also damage enemies. Follows with a spinning slice to the front. Much faster to initiate than R1 + Triangle.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square: Barrage of four slashes followed by spinning forward four times with his blade.
Dashing Square: A brake-sliding turning slash to his left, followed by a turning chop in the same direction upon stopping.
X, Square: Swings the blade to his left.
X, Triangle: Diving stab into the ground that creates a ground-hitting quake.
Circle: Alternates between the first two swings of his normal attack string, but faster.
R1 + Square: Plants his sword into the ground, creating a damaging field of varied elemental effect as Sakon gestures.
R1 + Triangle: Call a rain of supporting cover fire via a gesturing stomp.
Personal Skill : (Rebound) Knockback after guarding decreased when timed well.

Mounted Attacks[]

Square, Triangle: Sweeps the sword upwards, launching enemies.
Square, Square, Triangle: Chops down hard to his right, may dizzy enemies.
Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Swings the sword to his right, then his left, sending enemies flying.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square: Swings his sword back and forth to his right.
Warriors Orochi

Same attacks excluding his C5 and Level 3 Musou. He gains a few new abilities:

X, X: An airdash that makes him temporarily invincible. Sakon leans himself forward to propel himself.
R1: Casts a spell via slamming his blade forward to the ground, creating a barrage of cannon fire. Launching enemies upward with fire elemental damage.
Direction + R1: Shoots a quick jolt of electricity out of his hand. The first game colors it yellow, while the sequel colors it blueish-pale-purple. Uses no Musou.
Warriors Orochi 2
Triple Attack 1: Does a slicing motion that sends forth a powerful stream of air.
Triple Attack 2: Sends out a strong gust of wind via quick slash.
Triple Attack 3: Swings with enough power to hurl a mobile shockwave.

Samurai Warriors 3[]

Returns with relatively the same moveset with some changes.

Triangle, (Triangle):
Circle (Ultimate/Kaiden): Shapes a large, X-shaped beam with his sword and sends it forward.
Spirit Cancel: Charges forwards with his left foot raised, breaking the opponent's guard.
Warriors Orochi 3
R1: Akin to his original R1 + Triangle skill.
X, R1 (Ultimate only): Causes a burst of energy to materialize beneath Sakon's feet and launches it downward in the form of an energy wave via a sideways slash.

Samurai Warriors 4[]

Mighty strike is the same as Deadlock attack. Keeps relatively the same moveset with alterations.

Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle):
Circle: Finisher changes to swinging his sword once for a horizontal large cutting wave.
Circle (Ultimate/Kaidan): Same as before.
Rage Attack/Musou Gokui effect:
Awakened Skill effect (4-II only):

Hyper Moveset[]

Triangle: Replaces old C1.
Triangle, Square: Sakon slashes his sword quaking the ground.
Triangle, Triangle, Square: Sakon stabs the ground with his sword and sends some gunfire forward.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square:
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square:
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square: Sakon swings his sword and gives a command, raining cannon fire down on enemies.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle:

Fighting Style[]

Sakon is a fairly versatile character, able to stand up well both one-on-one and against large groups. Unless speed or time is a factor, he can usually approach large groups by setting up his rifle barrage (either version). Once within a group, it is usually smarter to use his C4 shockwave to scatter the opponents, before going for a C5 on the enemy officers. If the opposing officer is much tougher (due to high morale), using his C2 might be a better plan as the explosive shockwave is almost as large as C4 and the launch can usually affect even opponents who can absorb a few hits. On horseback, it's usually easier to just tap attack, stopping just before the eighth hit so that he doesn't receive the finishing lag on the final swing. While his C2-C4 on horseback have their uses, the simple swings are generally much quicker.


See also: Sakon Shima/Weapons

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada[]

Man Cleaver
Default Weapon - Sakon Shima (SW4).png Base Attack: 17~38
Armageddon Blade
Rare Weapon - Sakon Shima (SW4).png Base Attack: 265 Earth: 85 Ice: 82
Attack Up: 86 Attack Speed: 75 Indirect Attack: 87
Courage: 88 Insight: 83 Verity: 84
Clarity Blade
DLC Weapon - Sakon Shima (SW4).png Base Attack: 272 Wind: 88 Lightning: 85
Attack Up: 89 Attack Range: 81 Indirect Attack: 90
Fury: 89 Clarity: 87 Momentum: 84

Rare Weapon Acquisition[]

  • Stage: Battle of Nagashino - Siege of Nagashino Castle

Historical Information[]

Shima Sakon, originally known as Shima Kiyo'oki, was most likely born on June 9th, 1540. He was also known as Shima Tomoyuki and Shima Katsutake throughout his life. Born in the Yamato province to Shima Matsukatsu, Sakon began his career as a samurai retainer under the Hatakeyama clan. This service did not last long as the Hatakeyama were swiftly defeated by the Tsutsui leader Junsho who captured Yamato province and provoked Sakon to become masterless.

Historical records grow foggy around this point in his life, with several contradicting accounts without much external support for the different versions of history. The slightly more historically supported route has Sakon proceed to join the victorious Tsutsui Junsho and remain a Tsutsui samurai until Tsutsui Junkei (Junsho's son) died in 1584. The alternate path for Sakon’s early years is for him to spend time as a ronin, finding his way under the service of Takeda Shingen. However, this second story has only one unverified source, making it unlikely.

Regardless of how he spent his early years, Sakon eventually became one of the two primary officers under Tsutsui Junkei alongside Matsukura Shigenobu. Their service was so successful that each received the titles of being the Sakon and Ukon (left and right hand) of Junkei which were used more commonly then their original adult names. After the death of Junkei, Sakon was convinced to serve the Toyotomi under Hidenaga, Hideyoshi’s brother. Hidenaga recruited Sakon shortly before the Kyushu campaign in 1586 which he participated. Sakon remained under the Toyotomi army until Hidenaga died, leaving Sakon once again without a lord.

Sakon Shima's gravemarker.

Sakon remained a ronin until Ishida Mitsunari recruited him into his army as a leading strategist. He acquired his service with a salary of 20,000 koku, half of Mitsunari’s own stipend. Now employed once again, Sakon proceeded to help Mitsunari as he struggled against Tokugawa Ieyasu’s rising power. By 1600, Sakon served as strategist for the main Western Army at Sekigahara. The day before that famous battle, Sakon led an assault on Ieyasu’s Eastern army at Kusegawa with great success. However, his success proved futile the following day during the battle of Sekigahara. During the midst of the battle, Sakon, his two sons, and his thousand man unit were devastated by rifle fire. Both of his sons died from the salvo and Sakon himself was seriously wounded. He disappears from historical records after this battle, leading many historians to believe he died in the battle or shortly afterwards from his wounds. Despite the lack of hard evidence, oral tradition claims multiple sightings of Sakon around Kyoto in the following years, which is supported by the grave his descendants posthumously built for Sakon claiming he survived the battle and lived on until 1632.



  • When the top ten results for the first character popularity poll were being announced on stage at Tokyo Game Show 2011, only the top three characters had special wallpapers rendered. After he saw the enthusiastic audience response for Sakon placing fourth, Koinuma promised fans a special Sakon wallpaper after the full results were read.
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