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Yuan Shao's Army
Yuan Shao (army) in ROTK 13.jpg
Historical Information
Location: Ji Province, You Province, Bing Province, Qing Province; captial at Ye city
Start: 189
End: 207
Major General(s): Qu Yi
Chunyu Qiong
Yan Liang
Wen Chou
Major Battle(s) Jieqiao
Mt. Bailang

Yuan Shao's Army (袁紹軍) is the name given to the massive military force that Yuan Shao assembled during the Later Han Dynasty of China. His forces wear yellow and are often larger in number than any other army in the games. In Dynasty Warriors: Online, Yuan Shao's army is also symbolized by a boar.

Born with a noble heritage tied to the Han Dynasty, Yuan Shao played a key role in the final years of the Han. He plotted with He Jin against the Ten Eunuchs, and led their slaughter once they killed He Jin for plotting their demise. Yuan Shao also answered the call to alliance by Cao Cao, his childhood friend, and accepted the role as leader of the Anti-Dong Zhuo alliance to take back Louyang.

After this coalition ended, Yuan Shao exerted his dominance of the lands north of Cao Cao. As regional fighting broke out, he turned his eyes on Han Fu, Gongsun Zan, and Zhang Yan's lands. After absorbing, destroying, or forcing into submission each rival warlord, he ruled over one of the largest sections of the land. Due to Yuan Shu's growth in power, Yuan Shao allied himself with Cao Cao and Liu Biao to prepare for their conflict. Such a conflict, however, never came, as Cao Cao routed Tao Qian and Lu Bu's armies while Sun Ce's forces immediately deserted when Yuan Shu declared himself emperor.

He next clashed with Cao Cao's army within the central plains at Guandu and at his home in Hebei but suffered a miserable defeat and a massive loss of men and resources.

After Yuan Shao's death, there was much debate over his successor and his forces split between the eldest and youngest sons. Yuan Shao personally wanted his youngest, Yuan Shang, to succeed, yet Yuan Tan opposed it as the elder son. As a result the bonds between the family were torn apart, weakening their power and giving ample opportunity for Cao Cao to overcome them all.


Other Figures[]

  • Yuan An - Yuan Shao's great-great-grandfather, served as Excellency of Works and Excellency of the Masses
  • Yuan Jing - Yuan Shao's great-grandfather, served as Excellency of Works
  • Yuan Tang - Yuan Shao's grandfather, served as Excellency of Works, Excellency of the Masses, and Grand Commandant
  • Yuan Feng - Yuan Shao's father, served as Excellency of Works
  • Yuan Cheng - Yuan Shao's uncle, who adopted him as heir
  • Yuan Zhen - Yuan Shao's uncle, killed by Dong Zhuo
  • Yuan Wei - Yuan Shao's uncle, killed by Dong Zhuo
  • Yuan Ji - Yuan Shao's stepbrother, killed by Dong Zhuo
  • Yuan Shu - Yuan Shao's Stepbrother
  • Yuan Xi - Yuan Shao's second son
  • Yuan Yi - Yuan Shao's cousin, he appointed him as governor of Yang province, but Yuan Shu drove him off.
  • Yuan Yin - Yuan Shao's cousin, he served under Yuan Shu
  • Yuan Xu - Yuan Shao's cousin
  • Gao Gan - Yuan Shao's cousin and trusted subordinate. Died trying to avenge Yuan Shao's demise


  • Unnamed principle wife - the first wife of Yuan Shao, mother of Yuan Tan and Yuan Xi
  • Liushi - Yuan Shao's second wife, mother of Yuan Shang, was spared Cao Cao's wrath thanks to Zhenji's second marriage
  • Zhenji - Yuan Xi's wife. When Ye city fell, Cao Pi put her and Liushi under his protection, as he was attracted to her. She eventually was married to him and would be named Empress Whenzhao.


Providential Governors[]

  • Yuan Shao (until 202)
  • Yuan Shang (202 and onward) - Ji Province
  • Yuan Xi - You Province
  • Yuan Tan - Qing Province
  • Gao Gan - Bing Province



Fictional Characters[]

  • Gui Yuanjin - Possibly fictional. Appeared in chapter 30 of the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, securing grain for Yuan Shao's main army at the battle of Guandu. Was killed in a raid directed by Cao Cao.




See Also[]


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