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Not to be confused with Xun Yu.

Xun You
Dynasty Warriors 9 artwork
Character Information
Force(s): Han
Dong Zhuo's Forces
170 cm (5'7")
Weapon Type: Urumi
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Dynasty Warriors 9
Historical Information
Real name:
Xún Yōu
Chinese name:
Style name:
Chinese name:

Xun You (onyomi: Jun Yū) is an advisor of Wei and a skilled strategist comparable to Xun Yu and Sima Yi, enough to be well trusted by Cao Cao. Despite his skills, he was said to have refused a number of high rewards and titles during his career. Historical records indicate that Xun You, though older, is Xun Yu's second-cousin nephew.

Before his playable Dynasty Warriors appearance, he was a generic NPC since its second installment.

Role in Games[]

Dynasty Warriors[]

Xun You is a constant Wei generic in Dynasty Warriors. He frequently appears in their early battles up to Chibi since the game's second entry and serves as a sub-officer most of the time.

Dynasty Warriors 6 has him aid Liu Bei in the campaign against Yuan Shu alongside fellow Wei officers Zhu Ling and Han Hao.

In Dynasty Warriors 8, he is constantly featured in Wei's ranks during the hypothetical scenarios of Wu and Shu.

His playable debut has him as one of the new recruits to assist Cao Cao in taking Xu Province. Though the battle is going successfully, Lu Bu's appearance proves to be a hindrance. He serves as a major strategist for Cao Cao, particularly at the battles of Xiapi and Guandu, usually keeping calm and collected and not really having a loud and outspoken persona like the other tacticians. His biggest role is at Chibi where he assists in the retreat after things goes so horribly for Cao Cao's forces.

After their victory over Wu at Ruxukou, Xun You requests to retire from providing strategies and concentrates on Wei's domestic affairs instead. He resonates its settlement to be a firm foundation for upcoming expansion against the other kingdoms. His suggestion for Cao Cao's future heir is cut short when the latter insists on his continuing presence on the front line.

In his ending, a now-politician Xun You is asked by Jia Xu to spring to the battlefield once more. Though initially hesitant, the former strategist quickly follows and surprises his colleague, much to the latter's astonishment.

During Guo Jia's personal DLC, Xun You plays a supporting role in the campaigns against Sun Quan and Liu Bei. In the latter, Xun You and Jia Xu are able to predict Xu Shu's betrayal and they ambush him when he frees Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.

Realizing that Guo Jia will fall to illness soon, Xun You and the other strategists work to quickly end the final battle at Chengdu. After conquering Shu, Xun You and his peers hold a celebratory banquet as a content Guo Jia quietly passes, away from their watch.

Warriors Orochi[]

In Warriors Orochi 2, Xun You is a constant general for Wei, first fighting at Shizugatake, where he serves as a guard for the main camp, then helping make Zhang He's plan a success by convincing Yuan Tan to turn against his father. At Komaki-Nagakute, he escorts Cao Cao for a rendezvous with the trapped Cao Pi, and at Guan Du, Xun You is a northern front line officer.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms[]

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms games give Xun You well-rounded stats. His intelligence, politics, and charisma are usually among the top stats in the game, somewhat mirroring the stats of Xun Yu. His skill in the eleventh game reduces the cost of any battle strategies to one will, making him an excellent officer for units that are mainly used to disable enemy units. His decent leadership stat additionally allows him to lead units by himself without the danger of suffering too many casualties in battle. Just as in history, he serves He Jin, Dong Zhuo, and finally Cao Cao.

Character Information[]


Suzuki said that Xun You's Dynasty Warriors design is themed to Cao Cao's historical commentary of his looks contrasting his capable intelligence, which is meant to be reflected in his stubble beard, unkempt hair, and ethnic clothing. His clothing is meant to be easy to move in as a homage to the multiple times he was sent to the frontlines.


Akin to his historical records, Xun You is a humble person through and through. He is someone who is no doubt as skilled as his relative Xun Yu in his forte while also being able to put up a calm exterior in front of others for the sake of professionalism. However, beneath that lies a side of him that refuses to give himself enough credit, as well as feeling as though his actual capabilities are dwarfed in front of others such as Jia Xu and Xun Yu due to Xun You himself lacking specific assertive qualities. Despite many of his solid deeds, Xun You does not consider himself to be special but on the other hand is loyal to those who need to make use of his strengths. Unlike the others, Xun You's plans tend to be more safe rather than risk versus reward, this adds more diversity to the strategists of Wei.

Although not seen interacting much with others, his biggest relationships seem to be with his relative and his master. He is often shown being friendly and sociable with these two in particular. Other than this, Xun You prefers to be alone.

Voice Actors[]

  • Matt Shuster - Dynasty Warriors 9 (English)
  • Tong Yin - Dynasty Warriors 9 (Chinese)
  • Jeong Jaeheon - Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of Cao Cao (Korean)
  • Kenji Hamada - Dynasty Warriors 9 (Japanese)
  • Itaru Yamamoto - Sangokushi Legion
  • Naoki Bandō - Youkai Sangokushi (Japanese)
  • Tatsuhisa Suzuki - Sangokushi Hadou (Japanese)

Live Action Performers[]

  • Rin Matsubara - Butai Shin Sangoku Musou Sekiheki no Tatakai IF




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

Xun You is affiliated with the steel whipsword in this appearance.

Unique Flow Attack: On a stunned enemy, Xun You dashes forward with a right to left overhead slash, repeating the motion twice before leaping into the air and slashing in front of him with a right to left slash, releasing a shockwave around his body.
Unique Trigger Attack ( R1 + Square ): Xun You draws the whipsword up before whipping it against the ground in front of him, releasing a plume of fire around him.
Special Technique (R1 + Circle): Xun You unleashes a tornado that travels a distance in front of him, launching enemies into the air. His special technique element is Wind.
Musou (Circle): For as long as the Circle button is held, Xun You steps forward, alternating with a series of right to left and left to right slashes with a flick of his wrist. When the Circle button is released or the Musou gauge is depleted, Xun You slashes a multitude of times in front of him before making a wide shockwave in front of him with the whipsword. His Musou element is Ice.
Aerial Musou (X + Circle): Xun You stabs the whipsword on the ground in front of him twice, before a final stab that sunders the earth. His Aerial Musou element is Slash.

Historical Information[]

Xun You was born in Yingchuan and part of the distinguished Xun family. Xun You's great-great-grandfather and Xun Yu's great-grandfather is Xun Sui (荀遂); this means Xun You is Xun Yu's second-cousin nephew, even though You is six-year-older. Just as Xun Yu, he was known to be frugal, wise and humble. He would often discuss his plans with his masters in private. Xun You was recruited in 189 as an adviser to He Jin while the latter was fighting for power against the eunuchs. He was appointed "Gentleman in Attendance of the Yellow Gates" and, despite the fact that it was a rather low position, it allowed him to enter the imperial palace and thus ensure He Jin's command.

Later that year, He Jin was assassinated by the eunuchs and the capital fell into chaos when Yuan Shao and others started to massacre the eunuchs. The control over the capital and the emperor eventually fell into the hands of Dong Zhuo and Xun You entered his service. In 192, Xun You and two officials named Chong Ji and Zheng Tai made plans to assassinate Dong Zhuo. They were discovered and Xun You was put in jail. A short time later, Dong Zhuo himself was killed by Lu Bu and Xun You was released from prison. He left the capital and sought to hold an office in Lujiang in Yang Province, but he ultimately did not take the appointment and went to seek refuge in Jing Province instead.

In 196, Xun You was recommended to serve Cao Cao by his relative Xun Yu. Cao Cao made him as one of the Masters of Writing and was so impressed with his abilities that he further promoted him to Master of the Army, responsible for organizing and disciplining the soldiers as well as giving advice to the commander, in this case, Cao Cao. In 197, Xun You advised Cao Cao to hold back a large-scale assault on Zhang Xiu, who had allied himself with Liu Biao after his victory at Wancheng, saying that they would eventually have a fall-out. Cao Cao took the advice and besieged Zhang Xiu only at Rang, but had to withdraw when Yuan Shao began to mobilize troops against Cao Cao.

When Lu Bu allied himself with Yuan Shu, Xun You urged Cao Cao to attack him. He served Cao Cao as a military advisor during the campaign against Lu Bu. Lu Bu suffered numerous defeats and retreated to Xiapi castle. Cao Cao wanted to retreat, but Xun You and Guo Jia persuaded him to keep up the attack. By the end of 198, Lu Bu surrendered. Two years later, Cao Cao began to engage Yuan Shao in battle. Cao Cao set out to help Liu Yan at Baima, who was attacked by Yan Liang. Xun You advised Cao Cao to send out a decoy unit to lure Yan Liang away from the main unit and take him by surprise. Cao Cao followed his advice and conducted a successful surprise attack on Yan Liang, who was killed by Guan Yu. Xun You then served as Cao Cao's chief adviser during the campaign and advised him to send Xu Huang to assault Han Meng's barrage train, depriving Yuan Shao of a large portion of his supplies. While Cao Cao carried out a surprise attack on Wuchao, Xun You guarded his main camp with Cao Hong and advised the latter to accept Zhang He's surrender after they defeated him.

After the death of Yuan Shao, his sons Yuan Tan and Yuan Shang fought for power. Xun You served as one of Cao Cao's advisers during the campaign against them. In 203, Yuan Tan sent Xin Pi to form an alliance with Cao Cao. Xun You convinced Cao Cao to accept the alliance and side with Yuan Tan. This allowed Cao Cao to focus on the conquest of Ye and drive Yuan Shang out of Ji Province. Later, Yuan Tan broke his alliance with Cao Cao and was defeated and killed at Nanpi in 205. Cao Cao went on to conquer the rest of Yuan Shao's former territory by 207. Cao Cao wanted to enfeoff many of his subjects after the unification of Hebei, including Xun Yu. Xun Yu, however, sent Xun You to inform Cao Cao that he would refuse any accolades, which included the building of a big estate for him, which was going to be as great as those of the Three Excellencies.

Xun You went on to serve Cao Cao as a civil administrator in the subsequent years. In 213, Cao Cao was made Duke of Wei and Xun You was promoted to the Prefect of Masters of Writing of the state of Wei, which was basically one of the rewards for longtime supporters in order to create a copy of the central Han government to ease the transition from Han to Wei. Xun You eventually died in 214.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms[]

Xun You's actions in the novel remain largely the same. After the victory against the Yuan family, Cao Cao discovered a golden beam and a bronze bird that was unearthed at its source. Xun You interpreted it as an auspicious sign and Cao Cao went on to build the Bronze Bird Tower. He later advised Cao Cao to offer Sun Quan the southern half of Jing Province for destroying Liu Bei. At Chibi, he served as one of Cao Cao's main advisers and recommended to use Cai He and Cai Zhong to spy on the allied forces. He later objected Cao Cao's decision to become King of Wei and was mocked by Cao Cao for that and compared to Xun Yu, who had committed suicide earlier. Filled with grief, he grew ill and died. After his death, Cao Cao regretted his behavior and stopped pursuing the title of King.