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Shingen Takeda
Samurai Warriors 5 artwork
Character Information
Clan(s)/Alliance(s): Takeda
180 cm (5'11")
Weapon(s): Gunbai (1~4)
Omi yari (5)
Fūrin Kazan Banner
Moveset Type:
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Samurai Warriors
Historical Information
Real name:
Takeda Harunobu
Takeda Shingen
Japanese name:
December 1, 1521
May 13, 1573
Shingen is his Buddhist name.
Warriors Orochi Info
Character Type:
Technique (WO1-2)
Power (WO3~4)
Personal Item:
Takeda War Fan
Sacred Treasure:

Shingen Takeda is the nineteenth head of the Takeda clan and influential leader of his region, Kai Province. During his conquests in the eastern regions of Japan, he clashed with several prominent historical figures. After his death, Shingen has been romanticized as a masterful strategist and a thorough study of Sun Tzu, even going as far to adopt the Fūrinkazan as his banner. Folklore has him act as Kenshin's rival and his polar opposite, thus leading to his nickname the Tiger of Kai. His son and successor is Katsuyori.

Samurai Warriors fans voted him to thirty-eighth place out of forty characters in Gamecity's Sengoku Musou 3: Empires character popularity poll. For the Samurai Warriors 4 poll, he placed fifty-third.

His Nobunaga's Ambition counterpart is sixth place in Gamecity's character popularity ranking for 2015. The Nobunaga no Yabou 201X poll for 4-star officers puts him in first place. He placed seventh in the Nobunaga no Yabou Taishi poll for most favorite father; fans voted him second for the best leader poll.

Role in Games[]

"Your claws are sharp, Tiger of Kai."
~~Sun Jian; Warriors Orochi

Samurai Warriors[]

Shingen is a renowned diplomat and strategist who rules over Kai Province. At war with his neighbor Kenshin, they trade blows at Kawanakajima. Upon his victory, Shingen routs his rival and decides to expand his conquests for the entire land. In order to do so, he plans to march towards the capital and negotiate with the Imperial Court. The Hōjō vehemently disagree with his decision and cut ties to Kai by refusing to ship salt. He solves his dilemma with Ujimasa by personally infiltrating Odawara Castle. Whilst in the castle, he treats Kenshin to a duel as thanks for supplying the demanded salt for his people. Shingen begins his march to the capital once the Hōjō fall, entering in Mikawa with ease. Nobunaga schemes to stop him at Nagashino yet Shingen's patience and careful planning obliterates the rifles set against them. As Nobunaga flees to Azuchi Castle, Shingen's army surrounds the position to lay siege to Nobunaga. Desiring Mitsuhide's defection into his forces, Shingen orders his men early in the battle to spare him. Simultaneously, Kenshin arrives to observe his rival's methods and challenges Shingen to achieve victory without losing any of his generals.

If Shingen fails to protect his men and Mitsuhide, he will regrettably resort to brutality in order to slay the Oda clan. Kenshin is disappointed by his rival's performance and begins to find displeasure with his company. After Nobunaga's downfall, he leads his army to battle Kenshin once more at Kawanakajima. Concluding their battle with a one-on-one match, Kenshin is taken prisoner within the Takeda camp. Shingen mirthlessly admits that he isn't as adequate with war as his rival, requesting Kenshin's assistance with creating the new land. Amused to hear such a confession, a freed Kenshin agrees to work beside him as his better.

A Shingen who guards his people impresses Kenshin and is merciful towards Nobunaga's men. Allies with Kenshin due to mutual respect, Shingen and his united army pursue the Oda's regrouped forces at Yamazaki. He shouts to Nobunaga that he intends to stake everything on this battle, stating that his entire family and his vassals will commit suicide if they suffer defeat. Although offering the notion for a surrender, his opponent is fascinated with the idea of witnessing thousands of deaths at once and declares war instead. Resolute to have his men live, Shingen waits for a fog to descend on the field to render the Oda rifles useless. Striking his foe down, he asks for Nobunaga's assistance in the world of prosperity he has planned. Nobunaga, seeing the elder man's vision as folly, chooses to kill himself and await Shingen in hell. Reflecting on his foe's words, Shingen hopes Nobunaga and the departed will someday see the benefits of constructing a new land of peace.

Following his chivalrous contests with Kenshin at during the fourth battle at Kawanakajima, Shingen is disappointed by his performance during the second title. Traveling alone to evaluate his faults, he simultaneously decimates the pirates invading his territory. Facing the reality of the war-torn land from the encounter, he decides to establish peace by marching towards the capital and creating a new government. Opposed to his decision is Ieyasu who stands with his army at Mikatagahara. Easily routing the Tokugawa army, he and his men pursue Ieyasu. Here he meets Sakon, a wandering strategist who Shingen gladly accepts. Though terrifying the capital with his impeding march, Shingen decides to turn the army back towards Kai and fakes his own death. His ruse lures Nobunaga away from the capital; both he and Ieyasu perish at Nagashino against Shingen's tactics. Quickly announcing his new ideas at his destination, Kenshin rides to challenge him once more. Joyfully accepting to settle their differences, they fight at Sekigahara. Interrupting the battle to avenge their lords' deaths, the Oda and Tokugawa remnants, Nagamasa, and Yoshikage join forces with Kenshin. Convincing his rival that strategy surpasses strength, he happily shares a drink with him and his closest generals as the land's new shougun.

His dream mode is an extension of his story mode where Kenshin and him proceed to conquer the remaining parts of the land. Left only with Kyushu, they join forces to defeat the Shimazu and remnants of the Oda clan.

Shingen's only appearance in Samurai Warriors: Katana occurs during the Stealth scenario where he severs ties with the Hōjō after their victory against the Uesugi alters the balance of power in Kantō. Their armies clash at Mimase Pass, though it is the Takeda who reign supreme by using Ujiteru's pincer attack to corner him. While Shingen's tactics whittle down the Hōjō's numbers to devastating effect, he almost loses his life when a lone ninja of the Fūma infiltrates his camp for revenge.

In a time before Nobunaga rises to power, Shingen is described as one of the great powers in Kantō in Samurai Warriors 3, sharing the right with Kenshin and Ujiyasu. Leading his prized cavalry into battle, he holds the strong desire to someday rule the land. When Ujiyasu invades Mikawa, he threatens Yoshimoto's position in Suruga. Hurrying to Yoshimoto's aid, Shingen and his vassal Sakon rout Ujiyasu's troops while additionally beating back Kenshin's army. Though the beaten Ujiyasu rants that he hates Shingen, they agree to compromise with one another for the sake of their lands and people. Both generals and Yoshimoto then form an alliance with one another to honor their respective territories. With his borders in the south secured, Shingen heads to deal with Kenshin at Kawanakajima, facing him in an enjoyable fourth encounter. Though the victor of the battle, the struggles he has with Kenshin continue.

After Yoshimoto's death at Okehazama, the alliance between the three families falls apart and the fighting in Kantō resumes. Hoping to bring an end to the conflicts in the region for his own dreams of conquest, Shingen leads an attack on Odawara yet withdraws after several days within the siege. Waiting for him along the pass in Mimasetōge are Ujiyasu and his sons, surrounding his army from all sides. Kenshin, intent on a rematch, also appears with his troops to trap Shingen. Beating the odds against him to claim victory, Ujiyasu offers his head if Shingen agrees to spare his men. Shingen instead uses this opportunity to inform his rivals about his ambitions for conquering the land. Ujiyasu, though mocking it as "clichéd", encourages him to fulfill it as he is confident that the three powers can keep each other in check.

Leaving his new friends to safeguard Kantō, he marches towards the capital to rule the land. Ieyasu, fearing the approaching cavalry, tries to intercept but falls quickly at Mikatagahara. To pay his respects to the Mikawa generals who desperately fought for Ieyasu's escape, Shingen spares him and asks him to join his vision. Making haste towards the capital, Nobunaga's army faces him at Nagashino without Ieyasu's aid. During the conflict, he faces the combined strategies of Kanbei and Hanbei to invade the Oda main camp. Eventually, Kenshin and Ujiyasu arrive to assist his last march for ruling the land. Happy to create a new land together with his two comrades, he shares a friendly drink with both of them.

Shingen's story route in Sengoku Musou 3: Empires revolves around his struggles to realize the Kingly Way in order to unify the land. His father Nobutora, whose cruel ethics represent the more aggressive Hegemonic Way, scorns him for being too soft on the people. Despite the concern of his supporters, he endures the abuse heaped upon him without complaints. When Nobutora deems the Sanada clan too undeserving of the Takeda's help, Shingen's intercession on their behalf earns him an ally in Yukimura. With Yoshikiyo Murakami as their common enemy, they manage to breach through his castle by using the Sanada's connections to make most of the officers there defect. Shingen returns to Kai in triumph and learns of his father's departure to Suruga. Having proved his worth as a warlord and receiving further encouragement from Nobukata, he seals off Nobutora's way back to their domain and takes over as head of the Takeda. Meanwhile, Yoshikiyo forms an alliance with the Uesugi to take back Shinano, resulting in Shingen and Kenshin's historic battle at Kawanakajima.

After clashing with the Uesugi forces, he turns his attention to the Imagawa who have conspired with Nobutora to overthrow him. Shingen's attack on Suruga alienates him from his son Yoshinobu who comes to resent the former's fixation on the Kingly Way. Unwilling to let his own emotions stop him from achieving his goal, he orders the rebellious Yoshinobu to commit suicide in spite of his pain as a parent. He then proceeds to defeat the Oda and Tokugawa for blocking his path to Kyoto. Waiting at the end of the Tōkaidō is his father who unexpectedly embraces him. However, Nobutora uses this moment to stab him just so he could prove his son's weakness once and for all. Seemingly dying, Shingen admits his reason for attaining the Kingly Way: to create an era where parent and child can no longer kill one another. This revelation causes his father to cry out to him in tears. A few days later, it turns out the Takeda warlord foresaw the assassination attempt and survived by stuffing an onigiri inside his armor beforehand. While recovering from his wounds, he makes plans to visit the onsen with Nobutora now that they have settled their differences.

His rivalry with Kenshin is more pronounced in the latter's own story, though their time together is cut short when he falls terribly ill during a trip to the capital. He deludes himself into thinking that the Kingly Way has been fulfilled before dying peacefully, though his nemesis and Yukimura see to its fruition themselves. The ending has him appear as a spirit watching over his nemesis with pride. In Ujiyasu's story, he and Yoshimoto initially unite against the Hōjō until their collective hostility against Nobunaga convinces them to form a three-party alliance instead. Shingen finds his relationship with the other two leaders amusing, though it does not hinder him from taking their pact seriously. He is later seen enjoying a game of kemari with Yoshimoto and Kai after unifying the country under their rule.

Samurai Warriors 4 Shingen begins the main narrative as an indomitable force in the east. He starts in an alliance with Yoshimoto and a rival to the Uesugi. Both forces have engaged one another three times at Kawanakajima and seek to end their battle on the fourth battle. Shingen's troops march from the northeastern front at Kaizu Castle. Regardless of the version, Shingen orders his troops to divide into two squadrons to surround the Uesugi in a pincer. He leads the march from Kaizu Castle yet his movements are read by Kenshin. Shingen realizes he has at a disadvantage and orders a retreat. His younger brother, Nobushige, sacrifices himself to protect Shingen. Nobushige's death triggers Shingen's withdraw from the area and invigorates his desire to grant peace to the common folk. Shingen shares his personal lamentations for his brother's fate with Nobuyuki, hoping to prepare the youth for the parallel he foresees with Yukimura's own end.

Shingen promptly begins his march towards the capital. With Yoshimoto's death at Okehazama, he decides to relinquish his alliance with the Imagawa since they are the quickest route towards the capital. His forces invade Suruga. The Takeda's attack on Ujizane Imagawa provokes antagonistic ties with the Hōjō. When Shingen is forced to withdraw from their reinforcements, Ujiyasu's sons try to exploit his weaknesses by attacking Takeda territory. The veteran reads their movements and attempts to crush his adversaries at Mimasatōge. He fails due to Ujiyasu's intervention yet the Imagawa and Hōjō have suffered immense losses due to these conflicts.

Since his rivals in the east have weakened, Shingen uses this opportunity to press onwards towards the capital. This time he invades Mikawa and crushes Ieyasu's resistance. His forces give chase to the fleeing Ieyasu at Mikatagahara, and the desperate Tokugawa forces impress the pursuers with their fatalistic courage. After the battle, Nobuyuki voices his confusion regarding the Tokugawa's actions to Shingen. The veteran explains their loyalty to Ieyasu's vision to tie into a cautionary message of Yukimura's gallant and grim devotion to duty. When the elder Sanada brother refuses to fully accept his prognosis and leaves, Shingen feels his time has ended and apologizes for his failure. His predictions come true several months later when he collapses within the ally camp. The Sanada siblings inherit his dream upon his death.

Shingen's role in Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 changes during the various what-if events. If Yoshimoto defeats Nobunaga at Okehazama, Shingen will join Kenshin in resisting the Imagawa at Nagashino. Despite their defeat, they are untied by Yoshimoto, who only wishes to play a friendly game of kemari with them. Understanding Yoshimoto's genuine desire for peace, the two opt to support their enemy.

In an alternative scenario, Shingen will ally himself with Kenshin, allowing him to avert his death at Mikatagahara. Instead, he ends up slaying many of the Oda-Tokugawa officers, earning him the ire of their successors. Eventually, the rebels band together, and join Kenshin in fighting Shingen. Hoping to end the cycle of hatred, he slays all his enemies.

While mourning, he is stabbed from behind by Ranmaru Mori. Realizing that simply killing people that opposed him and hated him would not be enough to rule the land, Shingen dies in the arms of his rival, at the very same time he finally accomplished his dream to control the land.

If the player speaks with Shingen regarding Kunoichi's childhood and how she came to serve the Takeda, Shingen swears to reduce casualties and has the captured officers treated for wounds. After defeating his rival, he has the prisoners brought forward to be pardoned. Ranmaru, concealing a dagger, flings it at the daimyo, wounding him. Despite the pain, Shingen refuses to hold a grudge against the youth and forgives him anyway.

Winning the respect of the defeated officers, they all choose to relinquish their hatred for him and support his wish to rule with peace.

Spirit of the Sanada introduces Shingen as the lord of Masayuki, his brothers and his father. He clashes with Kenshin for the fourth time at Kawanakajima and is impressed when Masayuki is able to interfere with their duel. Although he loses his brother and some retainers, he is able to triumph over his rival. Later on, he proceeds with his plan in marching with Kyoto.

As the Imagawa have lost most of their power through Yoshimoto's death, Shingen sees their territory to be ripe and moves to eliminate both them and the Hojo that remain loyal to their alliance. After dealing with the Imagawa, Shingen commences his march towards Kyoto.

Barring his path is Ieyasu Tokugawa, Nobunaga's ally. While Ieyasu's many retainers are killed throughout their conflict, his stubborn resistance in spite of his defeats heavily dampers the Takeda march. Shortly after Masayuki attempts to continue chasing Ieyasu at Mikatagahara, Shingen dies to illness, forcing the entire Takeda army back to Kai and leaving leadership to Katsuyori.

In his dying breath, he asks both Katsuyori and Masayuki to work closely to not sully the Takeda.

Shingen's role in 5 is largely unchanged with his earliest chronological appearance being at Kawanakajima during Mitsuhide's brief servitude to the Uesugi. He later forms an alliance with Ieyasu following Yoshimoto's demise at Okehazama for them to take and split Suruga from the injured Imagawa clan. When Nobunaga is busy dealing with members of the anti-Nobunaga coalition, Shingen sees a ripe opportunity and marches for Kyoto through Ieyasu's territory.

Though he claims victory, Shingen succumbs to illness before he can complete his march. He makes a surprise appearance at Nagashino being the leader of the Takeda forces instead of his son, but Nobunaga is able to deduce that the real Shingen had died while the current one was only a body double. Sandayū Momochi also summons an illusion of Shingen during the hypothetical Honnōji.

Shingen has a personal scenario with Kenshin, Yoshimoto, Magoichi and Motonari where Magoichi brings the four warlords who are invited by Yoshiaki Ashikaga for a contest of superiority.

Warriors Orochi[]

When Orochi first arrives into the new world and conquers Shu, Kenshin and Shingen decide to unite their strengths to resist him. They challenge Orochi at Kawanakajima. He lures the Orochi troops in the south to target their main camp, luring them into Hachimanbara. Trapping them with a fire attack and ambush from his troops, he stays guard at Zenkouji throughout the battle. He and his troops escape capture from their defeat.

During the first title, he tests Nobunaga's worth by appearing at Honnōji. Teasing him and Xiahou Dun, Shingen peacefully takes once the Orochi army flees. Both he and Kenshin stall the Orochi forces led by Cao Pi and Sun Quan at Nagashino. Shingen relies on his cavalry to sneak behind enemy front lines, ordering that the horsemen be prevented from being detected. Claiming victory against the overwhelming odds, they ride together to support Nobunaga's charge at Wu Zhang Plains. With Da Ji subdued and Orochi dead, he parts ways with his rivals after their victory.

In the second title, he gladly agrees to help Sakon in his goal to hunt down the Orochi remnants and acts as a wizened commentator to his younger disciple's decisions. While on the search for more allies, he and Kanetsugu try to convince Masamune to join their forces at Chang Ban. Although he fails to win their opponent's favor, his strategies impress their enemy's strategist, Sima Yi; the addition of the former Wei strategist into their ranks is their reward for their gamble. Shingen later appears on the fields of Sekigahara to guard the main camp in the south. When Keiji's ambush party enters his domain, he easily counters with an ambush of his own.

He shares his dream stage with Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang. The master strategists coordinate their tactics to counter Sima Yi's army. Supported by Yukimura, Shingen's personal task in the battle is countering Kenshin's movements. He also suggests a fire attack on the boats, but both his teammates are already well prepared and put the plan into action.

Shingen led his troops around the dimensional realm in the original timeline of Warriors Orochi 3. When Hydra emerged, the massive serpent forces defeated and scattered the Takeda army. His whereabouts are not verified after his defeat. When the coalition return to Da Ji's past and alter history, Shingen allies with Kenshin to oppose them at Shizugatake, thinking that the warriors have fallen under Da Ji's influence. The veteran general respects their resolve after he witnesses their prowess and amends his opinions.

Unwilling to accept servitude to the demon at the time, Shingen coordinates his efforts to helping the coalition obtain the firepower they need to defeat Hydra at Ōsaka Castle. Impressed by the assembly of generals they have gathered, Shingen then formally joins the coalition. He later helps Jia Xu's plan to gain Dian Wei's trust.

During Ultimate, Shingen is amongst those that seek to confront Da Ji at Ueda Castle after several heroes mysteriously disappear with chaos-loving duplicates taking their place. Like many, he is taken by surprise by Tamamo's mirror and is sucked in. During this time, the mirror realm's Shingen allies with both the realm's Aya and Kanetsugu to attack the Wu forces at Hefei.

Sensing the difference in their friends, Yukimura, Kunoichi and Kenshin confront the fakes, only for the real Shingen, Aya and Kanetsugu to appear with the mystics. Once the conflict is resolved, the warlords work together with the captured mystics to find the mirror realm's exit.

When the Coalition returns to the past Ueda to try and find a permanent way to defeat Tamamo, Gan Ning is able to rescue Shingen and the others from being sucked into the Divine Mirror, allowing the Coalition to take the artifact for themselves.

Shingen was among the various daimyo transported into the new world in Warriors Orochi 4. Not allied with Nobunaga, he was declared an enemy and was subsequently besieged by the Oda thereafter. Hoping to gain a new ally, Liu Bei's rebel army rescue the Takeda with help from Jia Xu's defection. Grateful for the rescue, Shingen joins Liu Bei and Kenshin.

As the Oda were attacking Kagekatsu Uesugi and Aya's unit at the same time, Shingen leads his forces to rescue them and repay the debt he owes. He later takes his forces to go to Ji Province to search for more snake bracelets as well as to eliminate the Hōjō's search party in the area. He and Kenshin are later tasked with the rescue of Sima Zhao, Kanetsugu and Okuni's party at Baidi Castle when they stumble upon Seimei Abe's army in their search for Arms of Ouroboros.

In Ultimate, he works with Zhong Hui and Zhou Tai to take Nagashino from Himiko's forces.


Shingen and his massive army appear as an optional foe in the third Kessen. When he is defeated, he dies while he is covered by the Takeda flag (later parodied in Samurai Warriors 2). If the players don't choose to fight him, Nobunaga will receive a report of Shingen dying due to illness.


Shingen's soul is freed by the protagonist in Toukiden: The Age of Demons after they defeat Kueyama. He emerges during his/her dream to reminisce about his previous life. During his lifetime, Shingen was fighting Kenshin at Kawanakajima. Just when he had planned the perfect strategy to trump his opponent, the demon suddenly appeared and devoured Shingen. He accepts his death without regret, joking that it saved him the trouble of having to face Kenshin again. Wondering about his rival's whereabouts, Shingen gladly lends the protagonist his strength to pass the time.

Nobunaga's Ambition[]

Before the time distortions take place in Nobunaga no Yabou 201X, Shingen and his men were in the midst of preparing what would become Kawanakajima. The UMA interrupt their plans. Shingen is uncertain of the reasons behind the UMA, only focusing on the protecting his country on two fronts. He briefly suspects his rival might be responsible for conjuring the UMA but dismisses it when reports state otherwise.

Acting on Nobunaga's request, the protagonist's party seek to bridge friendly ties between the Uesugi and Takeda. They start by saving a scouting Kansuke Yamamoto and asking for a direct audience with Shingen. He listens to their story but is hesitant to believe it. He is willing to humor their wish of meeting his rival by granting them safe passage through Kai. The protagonist's party believes this might be arranged by destroying the root of the UMA invasion at Komori Castle. Shingen curbs his skepticism towards the agents when they help protect his younger brother in their UMA subjugations.

During the protagonist's absence, Kansuke reports that Kenshin is on the move towards Komori Castle. When Shingen arrives to halt his rival, he overhears Kenshin's misplaced praise for the protagonist and doubts their integrity. Before the scene can turn into a bloodbath, Hatsuna warns both warlords of a giant UMA which could endanger everyone in Shinano. Unsure of the claim but choosing to be cautious, the warlords return to their headquarters to prepare defenses. The sealed dimensional gap restores space-time, preventing the protagonist from joining either lord.

Nobunaga no Yabou 201X's limited Kawanakajima event stars the Takeda and Uesugi. In a parallel world, the Uesugi-Takeda feud was never-ending and both clans were obliterated by the UMA invasion. The UMA giant of the parallel world jumps into the protagonist's Kawanakajima. One of the parallel world's survivors, Dōkisai (another Kansuke Yamamoto), approached Shingen with the plea to serve him. Though the retainer had a doubtful story, Shingen had heard from Nobunaga about the immigrant and humors Dōkisai's devotion to his deceased parallel world counterpart. Shingen proudly employs Kansuke and Dōkisai, often assigning them to opposite sides on the UMA front during his collaboration with his Uesugi allies. After the SLO agents weaken the UMA giant responsible, Shingen and Kenshin personally slay the beast together.

During the Strange Tale of Mikatagahara event, Shingen is a worry wort father. He orders an entire army to retrieve his five runaway daughters, even before he is aware that there is an UMA threat. Due to the efforts of their retainers, Shingen peacefully joins forces with Motoyasu at Mikatagahara. After his daughters apologize for the ruckus they accidentally caused, the elder immediately sees past Nobutada's alias and judges the Oda heir harshly. He pales when Matsuhime and his future son-in-law exchange loving glances at one another, childishly pouting that he won't approve of their union.

When Noda Castle is pacified, Shingen confesses to an inquiring Tadazane Honda his desire to reach the capital and his plans to set fire to any adversary in his path. While his desire to visit the capital remains, Shingen refrains from acting upon his dream to avoid making the protagonist his enemy. Their hopes and courage instead inspires him to consider other possibilities for himself and others.

After the Uesugi civil conflict for succession has concluded, a contrived UMA distortion somehow reunites him with the departed Kenshin and Ujiyasu. The trio work together to discreetly eradicate the UMA, making arrangements with Katsuyori and Ujiyasu's sons before Kagekatsu arrives with his forces. Their imposing unity makes them a formidable force that few can contend.

Shingen frequently gloats about Katsuyori and his accomplishments, especially after he learns how Kenshin had died. It escalates into a petty argument over who has the best sons amongst the trio. Sentō-In and Matsuri give up trying to pacify them on the matter.

Character Information[]

Shingen's artwork in Samurai Warriors 4.


Designers wanted Shingen to wield his weapon to add variety and to also popularize the historical incident where Shingen fended off his rival with his war fan. To emphasize Shingen's cunning and reliance on strategy, they also added the extra element of his sword being chained to his hilt in the first game. Like Kenshin, his design also resembles various statues made in his image but his mask is considered to be his particular trademark for the series. His revamp for the second game keeps these ideas and alters them to make him the "grappler character" for the game. Although it is hard to see, the Takeda family crest also adorns his back.

Since his previous appearances kept his chest armor hidden underneath his clothing, Shingen's fourth design was made with the intents of showing it. Little else was done to dramatically alter his design. Designers want to keep him and other characters his age relatively the same to keep a purposeful generation gap within the cast. Nariann drew his concepts for this title.


Jolly yet armed with a sardonic wit, Shingen is a wizened and charming elder who has seen his fair share of wars. While no one has seen his entire face, his outgoing nature hardly keeps his thoughts from being a mystery to others, often bellowing a hearty laugh in the Japanese dub. Aware of his age, he tends to joke about teaching a lesson to the "youngsters" around him (or at least, joke around in general). His endless supply of tactics and eagerness to change makes him a liable danger to his rivals for power. In spite of his reputation, he strives to create allies at every opportunity and avoids annihilating his opponents whenever possible. He admires his own people greatly, apologizing to them if they fall due to his carelessness or choosing to avoid bloodshed if too many of his men are defeated.

To him, Kenshin is an interesting, young oddity who has the potential to surpass him someday. Their encounters keep him entertained, even if he takes small jabs at Kenshin for calling him "Nemesis". He extends the same regard towards Ujiyasu, though the latter retorts that Shingen's too old-fashioned to be his friend. Accepting the negative comments Ujiyasu throws at him, he nevertheless thinks fondly of their ties together. He finds promise with Sakon's progress, choosing to have the younger man join as a result.

It is revealed in Chronicles 3 that Shingen is responsible for the death of Kunoichi's family, who were killed during a skirmish between him and Kenshin. Shingen took her in and raised her out of guilt, which is why she is so deeply loyal to him. He is grateful to her devotion to him, however the guilt over the death of her family leaves him conflicted regarding her loyalty. His habit of joking around in general as aforementioned, seems to have rubbed off on Kunoichi as a result.

In Warriors Orochi 4, Shingen enjoys debating with Jia Xu, intrigued by the strategist's enigmatic behavior.

Character Symbolism[]

Shingen is symbolized by his insignia, the kanji for "master" (師) and yellow ginkgo leaves in the Samurai Warriors series. His second weapon is noted to be his personal war fan. His fourth weapon in the first game is named Kokushi Musou.

Shingen's titles in Samurai Warriors 2 are "Strategist", "Scholar of War", "Tiger of Kai", "Elder Tiger", "Master of War", "Omnipotent", and "Strategic Mastermind" (in the Xtreme Legends expansion).

Fūrinkazan acts as the second set of kanji that Shingen is symbolized with. It is a four character phrase that references lines found within Sun Tzu's Art of War. A rough translation of the version Shingen is said to place on his war standards is: "Move as swift as the wind, become as silent as the forest, invade and plunder as fire, immovable as the mountain". Art of War notes two other references attached to the mountain allusion, noting shadows for hiding and a clap of thunder. The phrase is used as an idiom for advancing and retreating troops. Troops should be as quick as possible when they advance; if they are needed to wait, they should be wary and remain quiet as possible. When first attacking, the troops should be fierce as possible. If the situation turns and retreat is needed, the troops should take cover and take a solid defensive position. When directing the counteroffensive, the movement must be sudden and unpredictable.

Historically, Shingen is not the first general in Japan to use Fūrinkazan since Kitabatake Akiie in the Nanbokuchō period did the same. The idea of attaching Shingen with Fūrinkazan is largely believed to be a popular tale from the Edo Period, believed to have began based on the accounts of Kitabatake in Jinnō Shōtōki and gunki-monogatari mentioning him. The heroic Kitabatake allegedly shares traits with the heroic image of Shingen and a parallel years later was made between them. Shingen's war banners were fashioned in respect to Kitabatake and not due to his alleged interest with Sun Tzu's Art of War. Fūrinkazan became a popular affiliation for Shingen in fiction as a result; there isn't much historical evidence to suggest that he actually used it as a banner for his troops. The insignia forms the namesake for his third, Normal, Power, and Speed weapons in the Samurai Warriors series. His Normal types perform the idiom in sequence, his Power versions strive to devastate, and his Speed types aim for haste.

Ninigi acts as the namesake of his fifth weapon in the first game, his fourth weapon in the second game, and his Unique in the third. He appears in Japanese mythology as Amenooshihomimi and Takuharachijizuhime's son and Amatersu's grandson. Sent by his grandmother to bring peace to Nakatsu Kuni, Ninigi descended to create a palace at Hyuga-no-Kuni-Tarachiho-no-Mine. With the Three Sacred Treasures (Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, Yasakani-no-Magatama, and Yata-no-Kagami) and an ear of rice from the heavenly Takamagahara, Ninigi cultivated the land and helped usher it to prosperity. The people rejoiced and thanked their savior. He is mainly attributed as a peaceful god of abundance or plentiful richness, seeking to embellish a healthy bond between heaven and earth. Shingen's weapon is named specifically after Ninigi's descent to the world from heaven, tenson kōrin. Before preceding, Ninigi had to console the expertise of several gods with different sets of expertise. With their support, he was able to locate a suitable entrance to Nakatsu-no-Kuni, received the three treasures, and was able to marry his wife.

His fifth weapon is named after the four character idiom, Fushō Fumetsu. It means to enter a state when one neither lives nor destroys, to become unchanging or enter immortality. Under the Buddhist contexts of the idioms' origin, it can also mean to enter a state of all-knowing by observing the very state of the world. Shingen's sixth weapon literally translates to "Great Truth". He can clearly explain his intents by using sounds and doesn't need words for others to understand him.

Voice Actors[]

  • Richard Epcar - Samurai Warriors, Kessen III (English-uncredited)
  • Choe Seok-pil - Samurai Warriors (Korean)
  • Lateef Martin - Samurai Warriors 2 (English)
  • Neil Kaplan - Warriors Orochi series; first and second games only, Samurai Warriors 3 (English-uncredited)
  • R. Bruce Elliot - Samurai Warriors TV Series (English)
  • Jamieson Price - Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence (English-uncredited)
  • Daisuke Gōri - Samurai Warriors (last work being Pachislot Sengoku Musou ~Moushouden~) and Warriors Orochi 1~2 (Japanese)
  • Ryūzaburō Ōtomo - Samurai Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends~4, Warriors Orochi 3, CR Sengoku no Arashi ~Nobunaga no Shou~ (Japanese)
  • Kenji Hamada - Samurai Warriors 5
  • Hiroki Matsukata - Butai Sengoku Musou Sekigahara no Shou
  • Hidekatsu Shibata - Kessen III (Japanese)
  • Mugihito - Nobunaga's Ambition Online (Japanese)
  • Hisao Egawa - Sengoku Pachislot Nobunaga no Yabou ~Tenka Sousei~
  • Hideyuki Hori - Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence (Japanese)
  • Kenji Nomura - Nobunaga no Yabou Taishi (Japanese)

Live Action Performers[]


See also: Shingen Takeda/Quotes
  • "The people are your castle, your ramparts, your moat. Protect them, and they shall protect you."
  • "Have your people contact my people, maybe we can stab at each other over tea!"
  • "Hey, Kenshin, thanks for the salt."
  • "Ha ha ha! You could use a few years of experience."
  • "Quick, pretend I'm saying something profound!"
  • "Kenshin was an excellent enemy. He should make an even better friend."
  • "The dragon and the tiger clash. Which side will destiny favor?"
  • "I advance in the name of peace, fight in the name of honor."
  • "Whoever moves first in this battle loses... so nobody move."
  • "Ah, Hanzo. Have you come to tell me something spooky about shadows and darkness?"
  • "Winning Ticket and I are magnificently breathtaking!"
  • "It matters not how many men you throw at me! I will kill them all!"
"And what if I threw kittens at you, Tadakatsu? Would you kill them, too?"
~~Tadakatsu and Shingen; Samurai Warriors 2
  • "You two struggle with each other like fire and water. But fire and water can accomplish great things when they work together. If only you would unite your talents... You could boil your enemies like meat tossed into a scalding stew."
"Never! Honor and dishonor can never work together!"
"And I'll never get along with that imbecile! I refuse!"
"Blast! I was hoping to use that metaphor to get you two to make my lunch."
~~Shingen, Kanetsugu, and Masamune; Samurai Warriors 2: Empires
  • "I owe you a debt of gratitude for your assistance here, Yoshimoto."
"Please, we are family now. You may call me brother!"
"Actually, a few other names spring to mind..."
~~Shingen and Yoshimoto; Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends
  • "What is it you desire so much you return from the dead for?"
"Peace for all. In the world you create, the ordinary man will never be happy."
~~Nobunaga and Shingen; Samurai Warriors 3
  • "Ieyasu, didn't I say we're allies now? You don't have to be so skittish around me."
"I am presently aware of this... But when I remember the terror the Takeda cavalry have wrought upon me in the past, I can't help myself."
"Most people forget their failures right away. But you're the type who moves on while never forgetting their mistakes. Drats, if only I had a son who was like you. Then I wouldn't have to worry about the future."
~~Shingen and Ieyasu; Sengoku Musou 3: Empires
  • "That mask is nice... It makes you look real tough!"
"I know. And frankly, you yourself have a face made to be hidden under a mask..."
~~Xu Zhu and Shingen; Warriors Orochi
  • "You are the one who saw through my plans? ... I hate to admit it, but you were brilliant."
"Oh, you flatter me. I am not fit to share a battlefield with you, my lord. You wouldn't consider using your magnificent skills against Da Ji and Kiyomori, would you?"
"I should like to challenge you again. But for now, I will aid you."
~~Sima Yi and Shingen; Warriors Orochi 2
  • "Master Sun Jian, a simple riddle for you. How is it possible to capture the tiger on a painted screen?"
"Capture a painted tiger? I'm not entirely sure..."
"Simple. Just draw a cage around it!"
~~Shingen and Sun Jian; Warriors Orochi 3
  • "Master Shingen, I hear you are a devotee of the writings of Sun Tzu."
""Swift as the wind, silent as a forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain.""
"From Sun Tzu's "Art of War." The passage continues, "as unfathomable as the clouds, move like a thunderbolt.""
"How about it? Why not you and I, a couple of old strategists, talk about military tactics awhile?"
"I'm sorry, but to me, military tactics are not something to be discussed, but to be implemented. "In war, practice dissimulation and you will succeed. Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops must be decided by circumstances." The battlefield is too mutable to be theorized."
"I see, you wish to debate strategy with a game of Go. Very well, I accept your challenge."
~~Jia Xu and Shingen; Warriors Orochi 4
  • "My battle with fate ends this day... Hide my death for three or four years... Bolster the defenses of our land... Nobunaga Oda is not the fool we thought and yet his time will come. He will weaken. That is the time you must head to the capital. Let the Takeda banner fly... free."
~~Shingen on his death bed; Kessen III


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

Samurai Warriors[]

Ground Moveset[]

Triangle, (Triangle), (Triangle), (Triangle): Shingen charges for a while in a stance (while swiveling around his head once), then unleashes an elemental attack in front of him while stomping forward with his fan in a tandem gesture, based on the kanji appearing on the background of his weapons. It can be a gust of wind, a whirl of leaves, a fire column or a quake. Regardless of the element, the longer you tap the button, the more powerful the attack will be as Shingen delays the move further when done so.
Square, Triangle, (Triangle), (Triangle), (Triangle): Shingen Charge Drive-launches foes with a turning upward fan swing, then performs a series of continuous-forward-interchanging kicks that can be repeated four times and ends it with a fan strike that sends targets flying away.
Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle), (Triangle), (Triangle): Brings his fan down to stun targets as he crouches and starts ramming his enemies with his mask horns, stunning them or even sending them flying. Then he poses, casting a damaging tremor aura that trips.
Square, Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle), (Triangle), (Triangle): Shingen spins around once and creates a small shockwave around him via a pose. The more the button is pressed, the larger and stronger it will be as Shingen delays his gesture. Inflicts spiraling crashing knockback.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square: Slight-upward inward swipe to the left, upper-outward swipe to the right, inward horizontal left swipe, then four successive strikes via a left-handed hook punch then a fan hook with his right hand, ending in an outward turning spin swipe. Shingen's fan grows an apparition of wind shaped akin to itself to increase the range of his strikes.
X, Square: Swings outward with his fan.
X, Triangle: Stomps on the ground with a ground-hitting quake.
Dashing Square: Rush with both arms outward, then swings them inward. Stuns targets. Can tap Square to increase the duration of the dash and the attack's hits.
Circle: Starts moving forward slowly, swinging his fan from right to left and vice versa. The true musou adds the final moves of his normal attack chain. Ends both versions with an outward fan gesture when he steps forward.

Mounted Moveset[]

Square, Triangle:
Square, Square, Triangle:
Square, Square, Square, Triangle:
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square:

Samurai Warriors 2[]

Keeps his mounted moveset excluding his horse musou, which changes to a horse stampede. Shingen also loses the changing elements attached to his C1. His ground moveset was changed slightly due to his attack type (Special).

(Triangle), (Triangle): Same as before, only the attack has two inputs while always creating a wind gust. The second input always causes Shingen to delay the attack to the original maximum amount of time like with the previous version. Based on the wind element of Fūrinkazan.
Square, Triangle, (Triangle): Same as before, only the first input summons a leaf-breeze from the left, with the final kick inflicting spiraling crashing knockback; has the original finisher omitted. Based on the forest element of Fūrinkazan.
Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle): Same as before, only the first input now fans a wave of flames forward, while the final head-charge inflicts crashing knockback and the original finisher being omitted. Based on the fire element of Fūrinkazan.
Square, Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle): Same as before, only it has two inputs with the second one causing a forward-launching volcanic crack from Shingen's position after the original maxed-out delay. Based on the mountain element of Fūrinkazan.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle (Xtreme Legends only) : Jumping twin drop kick with Shingen landing on his side that knocks back and can break guards. Activates random buffs from his R1 + Triangle or all three at once.
Circle: Same as before. His Level 3 version has him surrounded by fire geysers.
R1 + Square: Grab and throw enemy. Shingen holds his target by their legs and spins around to his right to lob them away. Pressing Square a few more times causes him to spin more times for more damage. The thrown target will land with a small quake for an area-of-effect. Upon recovering, targets will be stunned first time around.
R1 + Triangle: Shingen steps forward and gestures with his fan for a small quake to occur upon Shingen gesturing, which tumbles back targets. Increases Shingen's own abilities with a free battlefield item buff, via either a speed up (high chance via the first input), defense x2 (high chance via second input) or an attack x2 (high chance via third input). Higher ranks of this ability may grant all three buffs at once when Triangle is tapped for the total three times.
Personal Skill : (Resist) Becoming stunned when musou gauge full.
Warriors Orochi

Loses his Level 3 Musou and does not regain his C5 in the sequel. Gains a C1-EX-Special and an Extra Counter.

R1: Grabs his foe with both arms, then does a German suplex followed by a forward spinning piledriver; causes quakes on each slam.
R1 (Counter): Rushes forward with his hand in a short dash, then grabs the nearest foe to toss them away.
Warriors Orochi 2
Triple Attack 1: Launches a stream of flames raging forward.
Triple Attack 2: Slams the ground with enough strength to shake the area.
Triple Attack 3: Causes lava cracks to erupt the ground.

Samurai Warriors 3[]

Same moveset as previous entry with the following changes. All of his physical fan attacks instead grow an apparition of itself when swung.

Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Same as before, only it does not activate any of his Special Skills.
R1: Acts the same as his first-stage R1 + Square skill.
R1 + Square, (Square): Same as before, only now the throw stuns the target upon them getting back up.
R1 + Triangle, (Triangle): Same as before, only it now must be inputted before Shingen lunges forward and/or connects with his grab. Now only activates an attack x2 or defense x2 instead of a speed up as well, with the second input having a chance to activate both at once.
Circle (Ultimate/Kaiden): Points his fan four times to "form" the four corners of a square (and which emit the kanji set for the Fūrinkazan). Then steps forward to wave his fan out to summon a large tornado of wind that surrounds him for multiple hits. Used as his True Musou in Warriors Orochi 3.
Spirit Cancel: Charges forward with his shoulder.
Warriors Orochi 3

Character Type changed from Technique to Power. Loses the ability to Spirit Charge, sidestep and to critically hit, but gains a new Type Action; also regains his C5 and gains a new Type Action.

R1: Combines all elements of his Fūrinkazan into one attack; swings forward his fan for a tornado followed by a leaf-breeze and fire wave, then stomps with his right foot to cause a launching fire quake. All parts of the attack can hit downed targets, with the first part picking them up off the ground.
X, R1 (Ultimate only): Encloses enemies below within a tornado via an inward fan swing to the ground before sending a fireball down to the ground with his free hand. Can be cancelled into from his C5.

Samurai Warriors 4[]

Mighty strike is the same as Deadlock attack. Returns with the same moveset but with alterations.

Square, Triangle: Same as before, only a leaf-vortex occurs on the first input. The first input now must connect before Shingen can perform the original followup kicks.
Square, Square, Triangle: Same as before, only the flame waves are more narrow with less range, and Shingen has small winds surrounding his body as he head-rams forward. The final input has less coverage.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle, (Triangle): Same as before, only Shingen flies through the air at a higher height where he recovers from his drop kick on the first input before hitting the ground. The new second input involves him performing a falling body slam for a tumble-back-hit-effect quake that activates his highest-tiered R1 + Triangle buff. Shingen rolls back up to neutral stance after landing. Has an area-of-effect spread via any target hit by it emitting ground-hitting quakes, much like the quake from his R1 + Triangle.
Circle: Finisher changes to him performing four gestures for his Fūrinkazan. Each conjuring a large gust of wind, sending three leaf-vortexes forward, erupting a firestorm field, then finishing with a large quake all-around.
Rage Attack/Musou Gokui effect: Activates Ultimate/Kaidan Musou if Circle is used. Performs ending pose for previous Circle if the effect ends without activating Ultimate/Kaidan Musou.

Hyper Moveset[]

Triangle: Quickly slides forward with a leaning inward fan swipe, with each odd-numbered input being an inward swipe, and each odd-numbered input being an outward one.
Triangle, Square: Rushes forward and swings his fan upward-outward to fan out a wave of fire. Can be interrupted into normal attacks.
Triangle, Triangle, Square: Turns once then thrusts forward his fan for a leaf-vortex.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square: Same as his Hyper S2.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square: Same as his Hyper S3.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square: Spins around to his right for three outward fan spins to conjure three gusts of wind, with the final spin sending one forward a small distance.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle: Ends his Hyper attack string by leaping into the air to slam his fan down on the ground for a quake.

Fighting Style[]


See also: Shingen Takeda/Weapons

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada[]

Battle Fan
Default Weapon - Shingen Takeda (SW4).png Base Attack: 20~40
Divine Inspiration
Rare Weapon - Shingen Takeda (SW4).png Base Attack: 267 Wind: 84 Earth: 84
Fire: 84 Ice: 84 Attack Up: 86
Attack Range: 75 Might: 84 Verity: 88
DLC Weapon - Shingen Takeda (SW4).png Base Attack: 274 Fire: 87 Lightning: 87
Wind: 87 Earth: 87 Attack Up: 89
Attack Range: 85 Clarity: 92 Momentum: 84

Rare Weapon Acquisition[]

  • Stage: Battle of Kawanakajima - Pursuit at Zenkōji

Historical Information[]

Shingen's portrait from the 1550s.

Personal Info[]

Takeda Shingen was born Takeda Katsuchiyo, but was later given the formal name of Takeda Harunobu. In 1551, his name was changed again when he became a monk to his well-known Buddhist name, Takeda Shingen. Shin is the contemporary Chinese pronunciation of the character nobu, which means "believe"; gen means "black", the color of intelligence and truth in Buddhism. Shingen is sometimes referred to as "The Tiger of Kai" (甲斐の虎) for his martial prowess on the battlefield. His primary rival, Uesugi Kenshin, was often called "The Dragon of Echigo" or also "The Tiger of Echigo Province". In Chinese mythology, the dragon and the tiger have always been bitter rivals who try to defeat one another, but they always fight to a draw.

Shingen was a multi-talented daimyo who was skilled in war, a competent diplomat, a patron of the arts, and a good leader in politics. He took time to care for the common folk by encouraging agriculture advancement and civil engineering. His people were taxed with two-thirds rice, one-thirds gold, which was relatively fair compared to other sections in the country. He also trusted his retainers as he made his base of operations a mansion with a single moat as opposed to a castle. Well liked by his retainers and people, Shingen had the utmost confidence in them, stating that good followers are what a daimyo really needs to create a solid defense. Like most daimyo, however, he was just as ruthless and unforgiving to his enemies in combat.

He was also quite the swinger and openly bisexual. He had three wives and several children unaccounted for from his illegitimate affairs. Altogether, he had seven sons and five daughters legally acknowledged under his name.

Early Years[]

Harunobu was the eldest son of Takeda Nobutora, the eighteenth head of the Takeda clan and lord of the Kai province. His mother was Ooi no Kata (real name unknown) who was Nobutora's first legal wife. He was baptized as a samurai at age 15 and accompanied his father's campaign against Hiraga Genshin at the Battle of Un no Kuchi in 1536. His father was forced to retreat due to heavy snowfall yet Harunobu insisted to lead a rear guard to defend their escape. In reality, he used his troop to take the castle and succeeded with a small group of 300 soldiers. Though he took Hiraga's head and presented it to his father, Nobutora didn't give his son a lick of praise and scolded him for "acting recklessly". Harunobu was publicly disfavored by his father, as his younger brother, Nobushige, received more acknowledgment in the end.

When he learned that his father wanted to remove him from the family and place Nobushige as the head, Harunobu took action. He banded with Nobutora's generals who were impressed with his skill and sent a letter to Imagawa Yoshimoto requesting to help his plight. Yoshimoto agreed and arrested Nobutora once the two met in person. Nobutora wanted to ask for assistance against his son, but, once he saw that he had little power left to him, surrendered the clan to Harunobu. He responded by banishing his father to Suruga Province. Nobushige was allowed to stay with the family and he eventually became one of the Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda.

Shingen wearing his famous horse-plume helmet from a series of paintings dedicated to the heroes at Kawanakajima. Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi


Harunobu's first act was to gain a hold of the area around him. His goal was to conquer Shinano Province. A number of the major daimyos in the Shinano region marched on the border of Kai Province, hoping to neutralize the power of the still-young Harunobu before he had a chance to expand into their lands. However, planning to beat him down at Fuchu (where word had it Harunobu was gathering his forces for a stand), they were unprepared when Takeda forces suddenly came down upon them at the battle of Sezawa. Taking advantage of their confusion, Harunobu was able to score a quick victory, which set the stage for his drive into Shinano lands that same year. The young warlord made considerable advances into the region, conquering the Suwa headquarters in the siege of Kuwabara before moving into central Shinano with the defeat of both Tozawa Yorichika and Takato Yoritsugu. However, the warlord was checked at Uehara by Murakami Yoshikiyo, losing two of his generals in a heated battle which Murakami won. Harunobu managed to avenge this loss and the Murakami clan was eventually defeated. Murakami fled the region, eventually coming to plead for help from the Uesugi clan.

After he had conquered Shinano, Shingen (the name he had taken in 1551) faced another rival, Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo. The feud between them became almost legendary, and they faced each other on the battlefield four times at the battles of Kawanakajima. These battles were generally confined to controlled skirmishes, neither daimyo willing to devote himself entirely to a single all-out attempt. The conflict between the two that had the fiercest fighting, and might have decided victory or defeat for one side or the other, was the fourth battle, during which the famous tale arose of Uesugi Kenshin's forces clearing a path through the Takeda troops and Kenshin engaging Shingen in single combat. The tale has Kenshin attacking Shingen with his sword while Shingen defends with his iron war fan or tessen. Both lords lost many men in this fight, and Shingen in particular lost two of his main generals, Yamamoto Kansuke and his younger brother Takeda Nobushige.

Around this time the Takeda clan suffered two internal setbacks. Shingen uncovered two plots on his life, the first from his cousin Katanuma Nobumoto (whom he ordered to commit seppuku), and the second, a few years later, from his own son Takeda Yoshinobu. His son was confined to the Tokoji, where he died two years later; it is not known whether his death was natural or ordered by his father. This left Takeda Shingen, for the moment, without an heir. However, he later had more sons, the fourth of whom, Takeda Nobumori, took control of the Takeda clan after Shingen's death.

By 1564, after he had completely defeated the Shinano Province and taken a number of castles from his rival the Uesugi clan, Shingen kept his realm fairly contained, contenting himself with a number of small raids and internal affairs. During this time he ordered the damming project of the Fuji River, which was one of the major domestic activities of the time. By this time, he's regarded as having one of the most fearsome cavalry units in the country.

After Imagawa Yoshimoto (a former ally of the Takeda) was killed by Oda Nobunaga, Shingen made a move against the weak Imagawa clan, incompetently led by Yoshimoto's son Imagawa Ujizane. Shingen and Tokugawa Ieyasu are believed to have made a pact to share the remaining Imagawa lands between them, and they both fought against Yoshimoto's heir. However, the agreement between the Takeda and Tokugawa forces quickly fell through, and after the Imagawa were no longer an issue, Shingen made a move against Ieyasu.

Last battle and death[]

When Takeda Shingen was 49 years old, he was the only daimyo with the necessary power and tactical skill to stop Oda Nobunaga's rush to rule Japan. He engaged Tokugawa Ieyasu's forces in 1572 and captured Futamata, and in January engaged in the battle of Mikatagahara, where he defeated, but not decisively, a small combined army of Nobunaga and Ieyasu. After defeating Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shingen stopped his advance for a while due to outside influences, which allowed Tokugawa to prepare for battle again. He entered Mikawa Province, but soon died of illness in camp. A popular legend states that he actually died to a gunshot wound, in which Shingen was sniped whilst trying to listen to delightful flute music from the enemy camp.

He was buried at Erin-ji in what is now Kōshū, Yamanashi. A festival is held in his honor in the first weekend of April at Kofu.



  • In Sengoku Angelique, Juilous acts as the Shingen of the cast. His full name is "Takeda Julious Shingen".
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