Zu Mao
ROTK12 Zu Mao
Character Information
Force(s): Sun Jian's Forces
Weapon Type: Great sword
Unit Type: Warrior
Significant Battle(s):
First Appearance: Dynasty Warriors 8
Historical Information
Real name:
Zu Mao
Chinese name:
Style name:
Chinese name:
Killed in 191 in the novel.

Zu Mao (onyomi: So Mo) is an officer who served under Sun Jian. He was one of the first four generals to fight alongside his lord to defeat Dong Zhuo. When his lord was defeated during the campaign against Dong Zhuo, it was said that during their flight, he secretly exchanged his helmet with that of his lord's and successfully diverted the enemy's attention.

Role in GamesEdit

Zu Mao only appears in the eighth title's Ambition Mode of the Dynasty Warriors series as an enemy officer. He also shares a special dialogue with Han Dang. Some of the game's DLC battles add him as a general and this is further carried in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends where he appears under Sun Jian and Sun Ce in some of the early battle generally featured in Lu Bu's story.

In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zu Mao is given average overall stats, with his battle skills being in the low 70's and the rest of his stats in the 50's and 60's. He serves Sun Jian in the early scenarios. In some games, he might be killed by Hua Xiong in a special event dedicated to the battle of Sishui Pass.


  • "My lord's purple turban is a mark that the rebels will too easily recognize. Give it to me, and I will wear it!"
  • "Hey, Han Dang. Could you put your life on the line for someone else?"
"I could for someone I believe in. Plus, brave deeds make you stand out."
"Yes, sacrificing yourself to save your lord. That's not a bad way to die."
"Assuming you're going to die... I don't know if I would go that far..."
~~Zu Mao and Han Dang; Dynasty Warriors 8

Historical InformationEdit

Zu Mao was born in Wu Commandery in Yang Province and was one of the first generals to join Sun Jian. When Sun Jian's army attacked Liangdong during the campaign against Dong Zhuo, Xu Rong was sent by Dong Zhuo to defend the area. Xu Rong led a quick surprise attack and Sun Jian was forced to flee. However, Sun Jian was unable to shake off pursuit, and Zu Mao exchanged headgear with Sun Jian. The soldiers under Xu Rong chased after Zu Mao, allowing Sun Jian to escape. Zu Mao later hung Sun Jian's headgear onto a half-burnt pillar, and hid himself in the tall grasses nearby. The enemies surrounded the pillar and approached cautiously till they realized they had been fooled, whereupon they retreated. Zu Mao's fate henceforth was not documented.

Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit

In the novel, the same incident happened in Sishui Pass, and it was Hua Xiong that led the pursuit. When Hua Xiong closed in on the pillar, Zu Mao came out of his hiding to attack Hua Xiong, but was cut down by the latter when he thought that it was Sun Jian instead after seeing the turban. Sun Jian heavily grieved at the loss of Zu Mao afterwards. He was known for wielding a pair of swords.