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Takakage Kobayakawa
Samurai Warriors 5 artwork
Character Information
Clan(s)/Alliance(s): Mōri
174 cm (5'8.5")
Weapon(s): Sword and book (4)
Katana (5)
Three Arrows Oath
Moveset Type:
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Samurai Warriors 4
Historical Information
Real name:
Kobayakawa Takakage
Japanese name:
小早川 隆景
July 26, 1597
Warriors Orochi Info
Hanzhong (WO4)
Character Type:
Technique (WO4)
Sacred Treasure:

Takakage Kobayakawa is Motonari's third son who was adopted into the Kobayakawa family at an early age. After Motonari passed away, he and his older brother, Motoharu Kikkawa, were responsible for Terumoto's upbringing. Takakage was the particularly harsh and stricter guardian of the two. Although he could have been severely punished for his actions, Terumoto appreciated him and saw him as his father figure. He had no children but adopted two, one of which includes Hideaki.

Before his playable Samurai Warriors appearance, he was a generic NPC since Samurai Warriors: State of War. He is ranked tenth place in the Samurai Warriors 4 character popularity poll and fifteenth place in the first Sengoku Musou Shoot character popularity poll. He won first place in the Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate popularity poll.

His Nobunaga's Ambition counterpart is twenty-seventh place in Gamecity's character popularity ranking for 2015. The Nobunaga no Yabou 201X poll for 4-star officers puts him in ninety-second place. He placed fifteenth in the Nobunaga no Yabou Taishi poll for most favorite father.

Role in Games[]

Samurai Warriors[]

Takakage first appears in Samurai Warriors: State of War to oppose the Oda army. He next appears in Samurai Warriors 2: Empires alongside one of his brothers, Hidekane. Takakage participates in all of his father's and nephew's campaigns in Samurai Warriors 3. At Kizugawa, Motochika will try to kill Takakage as repentance for Mitsuhide's mistake. If Nobunaga is being controlled, Takakage will be commanding the fireball attack. He and his older brother can protect their nephew at Kozuki if Motonari manages to beat Ittetsu Inaba with full health. During Kanbei's Chugoku Invasion, Takakage lures his opponent, Kanbei, into a trap.

The second Empires entry has him assist his clan by assuming control over the Kobayakawa for its navy. He and his siblings take their father's three arrows analogy by heart, though they are shocked and awed when Motonari breaks them in favor of using more arrows to strengthen the Mōri's ideology.

Samurai Warriors 4 has Takakage begin his career by supporting his father's conquests. Both father and son frequently bounce ideas and strategies before each battle; Takakage often chooses humanistic solutions to counter his father's swift and logical plans. His weather predictions and swift thinking led to the success at Itsukushima yet the Mōri fail to save the Saika Renegades at their homeland.

Hideyoshi's western invasion leads to Takakage clashing wits with Hanbei and Kanbei. He opposes his father's initial plan at Aka, ordering the army to immediately capture the docks and Gochaku Castle rather than directly attack Himeji Castle. His tactic confuses Hideyoshi's troops and lures Kanbei away from his post. Despite being enemies, Takakage quickly empathizes with the two rival strategists. Unlike his father, Takakage correctly predicts that Hideyoshi and company would not easily abandon Kōzuki Castle. Takakage believes that Nobunaga's rule will not bring peace to the land and is surprised to learn from a defeated Kanbei that they seek a different future. Takakage worries about Hanbei's condition and instinctively senses the strategist's death.

He becomes curious in Kanbei's objective and seeks to see their future after Bichu-Takamatsu Castle. Takakage perceives Kanbei's thoughts and has faith in him. He orders the ardent Mōri generals to not pursue Hideyoshi's retreat. After he helps his father at Okitanawate and Iyo, Takakage becomes the Mōri's representative for the Toyotomi inquiries. When he reunites with the Toyotomi forces at Shikoku, Takakage decides to follow the late Hanbei's wishes by offering his friendship to Kanbei. Under the Toyotomi's orders, he arrives too late to save Jōun Takahashi at Iwaya Castle yet assists with the following subjugation of Kyushu. He continues to learn from Kanbei at Odawara Castle. After the battle, Takakage peacefully retires during Hideyoshi's unification. He bids Kanbei to join him and dies sometime off-screen before Sekigahara. Kanbei remembers him before the battle of Ishigakibaru.

His 4-II centric story has Takakage reprise his humane tactics beside his father at Kizugawaguchi and Bichu-Takamatsu Castle. His tactics stump Kanbei in the second conflict, and the strategists take note of their respective abilities. After his father retires and dies, Takakage continues to serve the Mōri and advises them to join hands with the Toyotomi. Acting as representative for the Mōri at Shikoku, he reunites with Kanbei. His personal goal is to realize a world of peace and to protect Terumoto from Hideyoshi's influences. Takakage admits that his strategies may be ill prepared for the task since he had relied on his father to compensate for his flaws. Kanbei's confidence in his abilities reaffirms his convictions. After the battle, when Hideyoshi chummily intimidates Takakage to establish himself as a warlord independent from the Mōri, Takakage stands his ground through a cordial refusal.

Grateful to the strategist, Takakage agrees to work with Kanbei to realize a world of peace together with as little bloodshed as possible. The strategists bounce plans and countermeasures effortlessly in and out of the battlefield. Takakage mentors his friend by stressing the importance of keeping compassion in mind with their judgments, comforting Kanbei over his lapse in judgment at Kyushu and Odawara Castle. Though the land is unified under Hideyoshi's rule, Takakage predicts that it won't last. He warns Terumoto of a war he thinks will take pla

Takakage has a somewhat decreased role in Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada due to the lack of focus on the Mori clan as a whole. His first playable appearance is aiding Hisahide Matsunaga's rebellion which takes place at Kizugawa with the Saika renegades instead of Shigisan castle where the objective is to stop Hanbei and Kanbei from overwhelming the land forces, regroup and strike back at Nobunaga's navy when the Mori forces get the chance. Desptie their best efforts, they cannot overcome Nobunaga and are forced into hiding. Takakage then appears as part of the Toyotomi expedition to Shikoku, where he observes Chacha's behaviour and helps plan the Toyotomi advance with Kanbei. He also helps the siege against the Hojo by protecting the naval supply route at Izu, along with Motochika, Mitsunari and Koshosho. After Hideyoshi conquers Odawara, he is not seen in the aftermath or buildup to Sekigahara, presumably passijng away offscreen.

In Samurai Warriors 5, Takakage is somewhat more arrogant than his previous counterpart and appears under his father Motonari's tutelage, alongside Motoharu and Terumoto. He first helps the Mori forces surround Gassantoda where the Amago and Shikanosuke are located. Mitsuhide Akechi and Toshimitsu Saitō's addition to the Amago ranks helps them stave off obliteration with Takakage's previously cool demeanor being shocked at losing what was turning out to be a winning battle. He appears again during the second battle of Gassantoda, where once the Amago forces are caught in Motonari's trap, he seizes the Amago main camp, therefore cutting off the allied escape route. His defeat will end the stage but the Amago are all but finished and Shikanosuke becomes a captive to the Mori. When he escapes several years later from Motonari's castle, Takakage questions the futility of the deer's struggle. At Kozuki Castle, he helps encircle the Amago and is overjoyed at the news of the Oda withdrawal, but also somewhat distraught at Motonari's death to their adversary. After Terumoto becomes clan head, Takakage assumes many leadership responsibilities until Terumoto is fully ready to fill his father's place.

He leads the Mori forces against the Oda at Kizugawa, commanding the navy and liasing with the Honganji Rioters effectively, and Takamatsu Castle where after the flood attack on Muneharu, he arrives at the bottom and commends the Oda forces led by Hideyoshi. After his defeat, upon hearing the news at Honnoji, he agrees to a truce with Hideyoshi and lets him go towards the Akechi at Yamazaki to deal with the crisis. He also appears as a commander in The Great Unifier scenario where the Mori forces have surrounded Hideyoshi at Yamazaki, who require the Oda to rescue him. After dragging the Oda forces out into an all out war, he sneaks and seizes Shoryuji castle himself, awaiting the Oda advance there and being the last to fall, along with Sandayū Momochi. He also one of the possible participants in the DLC stage for Hanbei's quiz.

Warriors Orochi[]

Takakage was content to wander around the distorted land in Warriors Orochi 4 with his father. Their journeys eventually take them to Hanzhong, where they encounter a village being raided by demons. Thanks to timely aid from Dian Wei, they rescue the civillians, and Takakage and his father join the Coalition.

During one of the DLC stages, Takakage becomes curious of Odin's wine of the gods, which is fabled to gift its drinker with unimaginable knowledge, and joins Zhang Fei and Ding Feng in searching for the jars of the wine.


Kessen III has Takakage be a minor enemy general serving under Terumoto.

Nobunaga's Ambition[]

Guruguru Dungeon Nobunyaga has Takakage star in the Mōri Three Arrows event. At the start of the scenario, he is waging war with his brother, Motoharu. The protagonist travels back into time and approaches him upon Takamoto's request. Takakage smugly greets him/her and explains that he is frustrated by his brothers' idiocy. Both brothers focus on narrow-minded objectives and pay no heed to the future. Takakage feels he is capable of leading the clan by himself. However, when Itsukushima occurs, Motonyari reminds Takakage of the three arrows oath he conducted with his brothers. His father's sound advice and trust in his abilities convinces Takakage to reconcile with his brothers.

Mōri Motonari: Chikai no Sanshi[]

In Mouri Motonari: Chikai no Sanshi, Takakage serves his father as one of his main generals. He follows the common perception of him in fictional media as a wise, considerate advisor and strategist. He continues to provide support for Terumoto and survives the wars as a trusted veteran for the Mōri.

Character Information[]

Takakage's artwork in Samurai Warriors 4.


Mieda explained that they wanted to create an intellectual father-and-son duo for the series. Takakage is the most famous of Motonari's sons to allegedly match his father's wit so he made a perfect fit. He believes that their method of teamwork and strategic foreplay contrasts their rivals, Kanbei and Hanbei. The designers were mainly concerned with perfecting Takakage's outfit rather than his facial features. Since he is conceptualized to be the intelligent young bookworm, they wanted to give him loose scholarly clothing. His character was given a sword to help punctuate his conviction for his actions.


Takakage is a soft-spoken and mild-mannered analyst. He actively engages in debates to exercise his perceptiveness, always seeking knowledge to better his strategies. In his eyes, a successful tactic is one which doesn't sacrifice the common folk. Victory is not always a primary concern for him. While he appears confident and wise, his personal events in Chronicle Mode reveals that his sagacity is all he has to sustain himself before others. Takakage purposely conceals his inner thoughts and passions because he feels too insecure to honestly express them. If not for his avid addiction to learning, he would rarely seek to interact with people.

The son loves and admires his father, being the most voracious reader of the elder's verbose literary and historical works. They bond over their fondness for strategy and reading. Motonari is a bookworm for history while Takakage is entertained by idioms and poetry. The younger man favors puns dealing with kanji roots and radicals. His brilliance and empathy leads to his uncanny bonding with Hanbei and Kanbei. Takakage senses that he can understand them on a similar level as his father and welcomes their criticisms for his assessments. Since the white clothed strategist dies shortly after he knows him, Takakage thoroughly enjoys deciphering the black clothed one's commentary.

His Warriors Orochi incarnation has him speak with the more action-oriented and aggressive Gan Ning, who is impressed with Takakage's analyzing skills despite his soft-spoken nature. He often enjoys providing riddles to Zhuge Liang, wishing to see first-hand of the strategist's wisdom and intellect. As a book-lover, he gets along with Wang Yuanji and the pair occasionally have discussions over what books they have read.

Character Symbolism[]

In the Samurai Warriors series, he is symbolized by the kanji for "sagacity" (怜) and "intelligence" (聡).

Takakage's rare weapon has Awanagi, a Japanese deity, act its namesake. According to the characters used to spell his name, he is a type of water deity who resided in the heavens. He is best known as a sea god who is Izanagi's father. Awanagi has been fabled to have later descended from the heavens to pacify and give his blessings to the Chugoku region.

Tokiokashinokami is mentioned in his DLC weapon. In the Furukoto Fumi he was born from Izanagi's discarded sack as he was cleansing himself from Yomi-no-kuni's spiritual taint. Depending on the spelling used for his name, he is regarded as the shape-shifting deity who either changes time itself, determines its pacing, or records it. The authors and compilers for the Manyoushuu famously recorded their debate regarding Tokiokashinokami's exact role in mythology in their discussion regarding time and sought to elaborate on his possible relations with other minor deities associated with time or creation.

His heirloom, Three Arrows Oath, can either be a reference to another game or the legend of Motonari and his three eldest sons, Takamoto, Motoharu and Takakage. As the story goes, Motonari challenged each of his sons to break a singular arrow, a task easily fulfilled by each son. He then bound three arrows together and repeated his inquiry, adding that they needed to snap through them simultaneously. Each son had different results –maybe breaking through one or two at best– but couldn't complete their father's challenge. Motonari explained that the arrows were a metaphor for the bonds he expects his sons to share. Even if they are being separated into different families, he expected the brothers to continue supporting one another and the Mōri legacy, tying into his motto that anything is possible when people unite for a cause. Variations may replace Takamoto with Terumoto, yet modern historians are skeptical if the episode ever happened. Anything which does mention it was made at least one hundred years after Motonari's death during the mid-to-late-Edo period, and there is no mention of it within historical records.

Voice Actors[]

  • Troy Baker - Samurai Warriors 3 (English)
  • Kirk Thornton - Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence (English-uncredited)
  • Hiroshi Okamoto - Samurai Warriors 4, Warriors Orochi 4
  • Kouji Kawakami - Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence
  • Kenji Nojima - Mouri Motonari: Chikai no Sanshi

Live Action Performer[]


See also Takakage Kobayakawa/Quotes
  • "Ah, tenth place. Exactly as I had predicted. By the way, as a man, I'm pleased. You could say I'm happy with this too."
  • "You're in top form today, Special Week."
  • "The commander whom the people see as an enemy will never be the final victor."
  • "Are you coming for us, Mater Kanbei? I have to warn you, we're ready for you!"
  • "Not a single bite!"
"Well, you're not even paying attention, are you? You've gotten quite a few tugs so far. Perhaps the fishing is just a ruse, and you wish to puzzle out a plan to preserve the Hōjō clan in a quiet place?"
"Tch, cheeky kid. And look at you, nose always in a book. Book knowledge alone ain't gonna get you far."
"Oh, that's not wrong. However, if I don't read the printed word, I can't go on living."
"Ya moron. Not having a book never killed anyone."
"Forget your book and try fishing. You're never gonna see the fun of it if you don't try yourself."
"How could you... I'm addicted to words, addicted...! Just not holding a book has me... Ah, my head... no words... no words..."
~~Ujiyasu and Takakage; Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3
  • "Ruffians or not, my people are my people. I have to defend them from Master Magoichi's forces."
"Takakage! You'd risk your neck, even for someone like me?"
"It's my duty to protect the people. If those people do wrong, that's also my responsibility."
"L-Lord Takakage! What a wonderful man you are!"
~~Takakage and Vagabond; Samurai Warriors 4-II



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

Charge Moveset[]

Square, Triangle: Does an uppercut slash.
Square, Square, Triangle: Creates a small explosion.
Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Sends several paper toward, the paper fly in a boomerang clockwise fashion.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Rises an energy pillar from the ground.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Sends a water sphere toward.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Sends paper horizontally.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Slams his sword to create a wave.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Takakage sends paper to fly around him circularly.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square: Seven slashes with sword (N1-7) followed by a sustained water surge (N8-11), ending with a geyser from the ground (N12).

Hyper Moveset[]

Triangle: Slashes forward with sword.
Triangle, Square: Sends five book pages forward. Can be interrupted into normal attacks.
Triangle, Triangle, Square: Throws book into the air, the book sending pages downward which explode when they hit the ground.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square: Same as Hyper S2.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square: Same as Hyper S3.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Square: Four pages fly out around him.
Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle, Triangle: Five forward slashes ending with a geyser from the ground.
Dashing Square: Slashes forward.
X, Triangle: Slams sword into the ground.
X, Square: Slashes downwards.
Circle: Conjures five water orbs in front of him, which then explode.
Circle (Ultimate/Kaiden): Releases book pages in a tornado around him.
Rage Attack/Musou Gokui effect: Adds the Wind element to all attacks.
Spirit Cancel:
Deadlock Attack & Mighty Strike: Slashes with sword, then sends one page directly forward.
R1: Temporarily boosts the stats of allies nearby. Boosts own stats as well if successful.
Awakened Skill effect (4-II only):

Mounted Moveset[]

Square, Triangle: Slashes forcefully to the right.
Square, Square, Triangle: Sends book forward. The book releases a beam of light downwards.
Square, Square, Square, Triangle: Throws book into the air, which releases a barrage of pages downwards. (Similar to C4 and C7)
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square: Eight slashes to the right.

Fighting Style[]


See also: Takakage Kobayakawa/Weapons

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada[]

Swordsmith's Blade
Default Weapon - Takakage Kobayakawa (SW4).png Base Attack: 11~31
Sea God's Blade
Rare Weapon - Takakage Kobayakawa (SW4).png Base Attack: 247 Wind: 86 Lightning: 80
Attack Up: 81 Attack Speed: 80 Indirect Attack: 85
Underdog: 84 Insight: 83 Verity: 84
Divine Purification
DLC Weapon - Takakage Kobayakawa (SW4).png Base Attack: 254 Ice: 90 Earth: 84
Attack Up: 84 Attack Range: 85 Indirect Attack: 88
Fury: 87 Clarity: 86 Momentum: 88

Rare Weapon Acquisition[]

  • Stage: Siege of Ueda - Shikoku Campaign

Historical Information[]

He was a third son of Motonari and Lady Myōkyū. He merged the two branches of the Kobayakawa, including the Takehara-Kobayakawa clan (竹原小早川氏) and Numata-Kobayakawa clan (沼田小早川氏)

He became an active commander of the Mōri army with his second elder brother Kikkawa Motoharu became known as the Mōri Ryōkawa (毛利両川)

At first he opposed Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi but later swore loyalty and became a retainer of Hideyoshi who awarded him domains in Iyo Province in Shikoku and Chikuzen Province in Kyūshū, totaling 350,000 Koku

He and his wife Lady Toida did not have any children, but received two adoptive sons. The first was the last son of Motonari named Hidekane and the second was the son of Kinoshita Iesada named Hideaki.

He died before he could receive a position in the Council of Five Elders over Toyotomi Hideyori.



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