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Date Masamune Character FAQ v. 1.50

by Kresselack the Black Wolf

Samurai Warriors (AKA Sengoku Musou)Date Masamune Character FAQ v. 1.50Created by: Kresselack the Black Wolf, on the 24th day of May, 2004My email address is: 

[email protected] 2004 AD by B. A. MiddletonTable of Contents:1) Intro and Updates2) Who was Date Masamune?3) How can I play as Masamune?4) Move Set and Tips on How to Play Date5) Stage Walkthrough6) Mission Descriptions7) Weapons Guide8) Titles, Stats, Skills, and Misc. Info9) Quotes10) FAQs11) Credits and Thanks12) Legal Information+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++1) Intro and Updates+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Greetings, this FAQ is about one of my favorite people of the Sengoku period ofJapan, Date Masamune. The stage walkthroughs are written from the perspective ofHard difficulty, so if you are playing on an easier difficulty and wonder why Isaid a part would be difficult when it was not, that is the reason.This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except forpersonal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwisedistributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide onany other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited,and a violation of copyright.Updates: 5/24 - Added some more FAQs, filled in his missing titles, skill tree,more information on the stages, scripts to his movies, and costume descriptions+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++2) Who was Date Masamune?+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Date Masamune (pronounced Dah-tay Mah-sah-muu-nay) was the eldest son of DateTerumune, a powerful lord of the Rukuzen area of Mutsu. He was born inSeptember of 1566 and first used the name Botenmaru. As a child he wasstruck with small pox and as a result his right eye became infected andhe plucked it out himself. He was nicknamed the \'One-Eyed Dragon\' because ofthis and his aggressive and unstable demeanor. In 1584 his father retired andMasamune became the head of the clan. The Date clan\'s rivals were theHatakeyama, shortly after Masamune took control of the Date clan the Hatakeyamatried to make peace, but Masamune was young and hot-blooded and refused.Yoshitsugu, the lord of the Hatakeyama, tried to have Date Terumune mediatefor them. It was a deception however, and the Hatakeyama kidnapped Terumune atsword point. When Masamune heard about his father being kidnapped, he gatheredmen and went in pursuit. When they caught up, Terumune shouted for him to openfire, but Masamune was hesitant and when the Hatakeyama were surrounded theykilled Terumune. Masamune became enraged and had Yoshitsugu and his followerskilled. A war broke out between the Date and the Hatakeyama, they musteredallies and had 30,000 troops versus the 7,000 of the Date. 

The Hatakeyama wonmany victories over the Date and it was almost certain the Date would perish,but the gods apparently favored the Date. The main enemy force left becausetheir lands were being attacked, and the rest of the allied forces then leftbecause they thought they wouldn\'t have enough troops to take Motomiya.Masamune defeated the Soma in 1589, and then went against the Ashina. Theresulting battle was one of the more bloody and decisive battles of the Sengokuperiod to happen in the far north. By the battle\'s end Masamune could countaround 2,300 enemy heads. This was Masamune\'s last expansionist adventure, andthe next year he was ordered to assist Toyotomi Hideyoshi who had laid siege tothe Hojo\'s Odawara castle. Masamune purposefully arrived late so his spiescould determine the probably victor beforehand. After the siege Masamune wasforced to give up his newly won holdings and recieve a much-reduced incomeinstead. When war broke out between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Ishida Mitsunari, Datereadily joined Tokugawa, as one of his sons had been married to one ofIeyasu\'s daughters.

After the war, his lands were enlarged and he built a newcastle town called Aoba-jo at Sendai. He was Daimyo of Sendai until his deathin 1636, Masamune is credited with turning Sendai it into a large andprosperous city and laying the ground work for what it is today. His somewhatunusual and at times controversial manner of doing things was best demonstratedby an incident that occurred during the 1615 siege in the Osaka Campaigns.Evidently, Masamune became frustrated at the lack of aggression on the part offriendly troops under Jinbo Sukemochi, and ordered his own men to let off afew rifle volleys in their direction to goad them into action. Needless to say,this was not an act well looked upon by his fellow generals. When Ieyasu was onhis deathbed in 1616, Masamune was one of the last of the great daimyo to seehim, presenting his overlord with a piece of Zen poetry. Yet, while they wereostensibly on very good terms, Tokugawa (nor anyone else for that matter) neverfully trusted the unfathomable lord of Sendai. A number of anecdotes havesurvived that paint the picture of a lord with an attitude both unreadable andoutspoken. In addition, Masamune had a keen appreciation of the arts, despitehis rustic background. When Masamune died (1636), he was succeeded by his sonTadamune (? -1658). Date Masamune was also known for his trademark crescentmoon helmet crest. 

Many thanks go to the Samurai Archives ( for thisinformation on Date\'s history.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++3) How can I play as Masamune?+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++You can unlock him for play quite simple actually. Complete any two Tales andhe shall be unlocked.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++4) Move Set and Tips on How to Use Date+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++SSSS(SSSS): Alternating strikes, then he starts spinning, finally he knocks theenemies into the air and slams them awayT(TT): Charges up and unleashes a dragon orb that goes forwards, hit T for moreorbsST(TT): Hits enemy into the air, combos them, then smashes them to the groundwith a dragon orbSST(TT): Strikes with both weapons, moves forwards while attacking severaltimes, ends with a sweeping attack to the frontSSST(TT): Strikes with both weapons, knocks them into the air, thenunleashes a dragon orb that circles him, but may also go straight for the enemythat just got knocked awayDash Attack: Rams forwards and attacks, ending with both weapons straight out tohis sidesJump Attack: Attacks downwards once with each weaponJump Charge: Slams both weapons into the groundMounted Attacks: Quick attacks to the right with both weaponsMounted Charges: ST - charged strike to the right; SST - charged strike to theright; SSST - Date jumps up in the saddle and hits both sides with chargedstrikesMusou: Shoots lots of dragon orbsTrue Musou: Shoots lots of dragon orbs and does a slash combo at the endFull Deadlock Bar: Multiple strikes then he turns around and stabs backwardswith both weaponsDate\'s preferred element is Ice.

Date tends to have lots of trouble early on if you get swarmed so try to takeout group leaders quickly. His charge attacks also seem to get interrupted realeasy too, so be careful if you are near lots of enemies and trying to use them,especially on the higher difficulties.I suggest getting the Reach skill as soon as you can, it will help a lot sincehe has very bad reach at the start.Masamune has a nice continuous combo built into his normal attacks. The 7th hitknocks the enemy into the air so you can pause after that and continue theassault, which makes it real easy to take down officers and white aura troops.

The first 3 hits of his combo seem to do a lot of damage, I find doing threehits, pause, and repeat makes enemies go down really fast.Date\'s moveset is also nice in that some of his hits also strike slightly tohis flanks so you can hit any troops lurking back there waiting to strike.Suggested Items:Power Bracer - Attack+Himiko\'s Rune - Defense+Solar Gem - Life+Matsukaze or Arabian Saddle - Date has excellent mounted defense and okay attackFor the fifth item, I like to use Musou Charge, Battle Drum, Horse Armor,or Mounted Attack+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++5) Stage Walkthrough+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Stage 1, Kawanakajima CampaignStory: Takeda Shingen, the \'Tiger of Kai\' invaded the neighboring fief ofShinano in an effort to expand his power. The warlords in Shinano knew they wereno match for the Takeda Army, and thus enlisted the aid of Uesugi Kenshin, the\'Dragon of Echigo.\'Kenshin vowed to oppose Shingen, and led his massive army towards Kawanakajimain Shinano. Shingen mobilized his forces as well, and came face to face with theUesugi Army, encamped atop Mount Saijyo. But another force was fast approachingKawanakajima from the North - The Date Army of Oushuu.Time Limit: 60\'00\'00Victory Condition: Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin are defeated.Defeat Condition: Date Masamune is defeated.

This stage puts you up against the Takeda and Uesugi armies. You start in theupper left corner of the map and the Uesugi and Takeda and battling. You aregiven the choice of which to attack first. Once you choose a side and defeatone of their officers, you will be given a mission to defeat that forcescommander before one of your officers gets killed. At some point,reinforcements will show up for the force you aren\'t attacking. If it is theTakeda reinforcements, you must stop them before they get to Shingen, if itsUesugi you have plenty of time since they just seem to wander around attackingyour men. If you killed the commander when you were told to, all that is leftnow besides clean up on their officers and gates, is to take out the othercommanderm and officers if you want, and the stage is won.Stage 2, Okehazama CampaignStory: The Date Army defeated the Takeda and Uesugi forces in one fell swoop.Using this momentum, Masamune continued his march to the south and entered Owari. There, he would see Nobunaga fighting for his very survival against themassive Imagawa Army.Time Limit: 30\'00\'00Victory Condition: Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa Yoshimoto are defeated.Defeat Condition: All allied officers except Date Masamune are defeated.This stage puts you up against the Oda and Imagawa armies. Just like in thelast stage, you will be given two missions at the start to wipe out the enemycommanders. 

If you go after Nobunaga and defeat him first, you will be given amission to defeat Oichi. If you go after Yoshimoto and defeat him first, youwill be given a mission to stop Hideyoshi from joining with the main camp. Ifyou do that, you will be given a mission to stop Tokugawa Ieyasu from fleeingthe battlefield. You must be wary of your allies morale though since you loseif they all die.Stage 3, Ise CampaignStory: Masamune has eliminated Yoshimoto and routed Nobunaga as well,effectively taking control of Mikawa and Owari.Seeking to finish off the Oda forces, Masamune then headed to Ise, where abattle had already begun between the Oda and the Ikko sect.Time Limit: 30\'00\'00Victory Condition: Oda Nobunaga and Shoukei are defeated.Defeat Condition: Date Masamune or all allied officers are defeated.Similar to the first two stages, at the start you will be given two missions.If you go after the west fortress you will attack the Ikko first, if you takeout Ujie Bokusan, you will attack the Oda. If you attack the Ikko firstyou will get a mission to defeat Shoukei. If you don\'t do it fast enoughthe Oda army will blitz the central fort where he is. This can make it reallyhectic since there will be so many enemies it will slowdown. Hideyoshi willalso set fire to the fort while you are trying to fight the commander, you candefeat Hideyoshi to prevent this from happening. If you don\'t kill thecommander fast enough Saika Magoichi will also show up and you will get amission to kill him. 

At some point you will get a mission to destroy the Odaarmy, depending on how many allies you have left and how many Oda officersremain, you should be able to do this. If not, just try to kill Nobunaga beforeyour allies die because you lose if they all perish.Stage 4, Nagashino CampaignStory: The Date Army once again defeated the Oda forces at Ise, but this hadbeen Nobunaga\'s intention all along.While Masamune was busy occupying Ise, Nobunaga reclaimed his former territoriesin Owari. The Date Army was now isolated and forced to retreat to Mikawa.But there, Masamune would face an invasion by the mighty Takeda Army, and theOda Army was also approaching the border, in an effort to thwart Shingen\'sconquest.Time Limit: 60\'00\'00Victory Condition: Oda Nobunaga and Takeda Shingen are defeated.Defeat Condition: Date Masamune is defeated or Main Camp is taken.Here you will be facing the Takeda and Oda armies. Note, this is Date\'sbranchpoint stage, so you will need to play it twice. To get the top stage,defeat Takeda Shingen and Oda Nobunaga after they try to retreat. To get thelower stage, let them retreat. You will know when it is happening because theywill be glowing green blips on the map, which is how it shows you branchingmissions. Just like the other stages, you will be given two choices at thestart. Either go to the X on the map to fight the Takeda Cavalry or defeatHonda Tadakatsu so you can launch a sneak attack on the Oda Musket brigadeflank. Once you go to the X, all of the Takeda Cavalry forces charge at you.Once they all get to the X the Oda musket force will open fire. You will thenbe given a mission to obliterate the cavalry officers. If you choose to goafter Honda Tadakatsu first, you will be given a mission to destroy all theOda musket officers. 

If you fail the mission to destroy all of the cavalry ormusket, Tokugawa Ieyasu will charge your main camp and you will be given amission to stop him. Since you lose if the main camp falls, you should probablygo and finish him off. Once all of the Oda musket officers or the Takedacavalry officers are destroyed, their respective commander will retreat. Odagoes to the top left and Takeda to the top right. Once they arrive, they willwait for their remaining officers to escape, but this doesn\'t always happen.This stage can be very irritating because you will be swarmed by enemy troops.Especially during the first part where you need to destroy either the TakedaCavalry or Oda muskets. At some point the guy guarding the base will be sentout and the lose condition changes to Date being killed.Stage 5, top path, Attack on HonnoujiStory: Masamune defeated the armies of the Oda and Takeda, after which heresumed his march west.As he approached the Capital, he saw that Nobunaga had arrived before him, andhad settled inside Honnouji.

But an act of betrayal by Oda vassal Akechi Mitsuhide was about to turn Honnoujiinto a fiery battlefield...Time Limit: 45\'00\'00Victory Condition: Oda Nobunaga and Akechi Mitsuhide are defeated.Defeat Condition: Date Masamune or all allied officers are defeatd.The Akechi and Oda armies are having a showdown here. Note, this is where youwill have to go to get Date\'s 5th weapon. See the Weapons section for moredetails. Warning, if you see Nobunaga saying he is retreating, get to him andkill him. You WILL lose if he escapes. This is going to be a tough battle, so becareful. You will need to fight many white aura defense captains to get into themain hall. The quickest method I have found is to do 6 or 7 hits to them, pauseand repeat, because they have a LOT of defense. If you can get to the main hallbefore the Akechi forces it is a good thing. I believe Nobunaga only retreatsif Akechi army beats you to him, so to avoid a hassle later on try to get therefast. Once one of you gets to the main hall, the Akechi elite officers will comewith a misison to be destroyed, most if not all of them have the white aura. 

It can be a very tough battle if you have to face several at once, so try to lureone or two away from the others. Once they are all destroyed you will need totake out Mitsuhide, he of course is also white aura. You can take out Mitsuhidebefore the officers if you so desire, as long as you aren\'t going for the 5th.After Mitsuhide goes down, the Oda elite officer corps should come in andNobunaga falls back to the lower left corner, or he did when I did it anyway.Destroy the Oda officers if you want/need to, or just charge to Nobunaga for acut scene and the final fight.Stage 5, bottom path, Odawara CampaignStory: The Date Army emerged victorious at Nagashino, but troop fatigue wasbeginning to take its toll.Masamune decided to return at once to his home in Oushuu, but also sought totake Odawara castle on the way.Time Limit: 35\'00\'00Victory Condition: Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen are defeated.Defeat Condition: Player is defeated.The Takeda and Uesugi are battling in this castle. Note, you can obtain an itemhere, a bell that shows you traps on the map, on the 3rd floor test all of thefake stairs. See Edward Chang\'s Item FAQ for a method on how to do this. Prettymuch your basic castle stage except the enemies will fight each other and leaveyou alone for the most part. On the second floor you will get a mission to slayUesugi Kagenobu. Be wary on the third floor because you will have to fightSanada Yukimura and Kunoichi with musket support. If you kill Sanada Yukimurabefore killing Kunoichi, she will retreat. At the end of the 4th floor you mustface Maeda Keiji. On the 5th floor you must fight Uesugi Kenshin and TakedaShingen. This is a fairly easy stage, with the only tough parts being theSanada/Kunoichi battle, possibly Keiji, and the Uesugi/Nemesis duo. 

I\'m not sure if Kenshin and Shingen will attack each other, I haven\'t seen ithappen since they usually charge straight for me.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++6) Mission Descriptions+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Almost have them all unlocked, if any one can tell me what the ones I am missingare I would be much obliged. I know how to get them but am having problems withthem actually unlocking.Stage 1, Kawanakajima CampaignPrelude to the Hunt: Defeat the Takeda Army first!Old Tiger: Defeat the Takeda Army Commander Takeda Shingen!????No Reinforcements!: Defeat Kagetsuna Noei\'s unit!

The Expert Retreater: Defeat the Kosuta Army before it joins the main force!The Dragon Awaits: Defeat the Uesugi Army first!Dragon Hunt: Defeat the Uesugi Army Commander Uesugi Kenshin!????Stage 2, Okehazama CampaignGet Yoshimoto: Eliminate Imagawa Yoshimoto!Get Nobunaga: Eliminate Oda Nobunaga!Ambition: Do not allow Hideyoshi to join with Nobunaga!????: Eliminate Tokugawa Ieyasu before he retreats!Surpass Nobunaga: Eliminate Oda Nobunaga!Sister: Eliminate Oichi!????Stage 3, Ise CampaignIkko Fortress: Occupy the west fortress!Oda Army: Eliminate the Oda Army\'s Bokusan Ujie!Monks: Eliminate Shoukei!Magoichi\'s Arrival: Eliminate Saika Magoichi!Elimination!: Obliterate the Oda Army!Silence the Cannons: Eliminate Yoshitaka Kuki\'s cannon unit!Foil the Fire Attack: Eliminate Hashiba Hideyoshi\'s fire attack unit!????????Stage 4, Nagashino CampaignMusket Unit: Defeat Honda Tadakatsu and assault the musket unit!Cavalry: Endure the enemy attack at Shitaragahara!Speed For Muskets: Obliterate the Oda musket unit!Power For Cavalry: Obliterate the Takeda Cavalry!The Rear Guardian: Do not let Oda Nobunaga get away!Old Soldier: Do not let Takeda Shingen get away!Foolish Badger: Stop the Tokugawa Army and defend the main camp!Stage 5, top path, Attack on HonnoujiEndgame: Reach the main hall before the Akechi Army enters!Ambition or Justice: Defeat the enemy commander Akechi Mitsuhide!Nobunaga\'s Trap: Defeat the Oda Army\'s elite officers!Closure: Defeat the enemy commander Oda Nobunaga!Rebellion: Defeat the Akechi Army\'s elite officers!????????Stage 5, bottom path, Odawara CampaignInconspicuos: Show Uesugi Kagenobu the full extent of your power!Love...?: Defeat Sanada Yukimura and Kunoichi!Personal Challenge: Clear the 4th Floor quickly!Battle Between Men: Defeat Maeda Keiji!+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++7) Weapons Guide+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Oak Sword Attacks: x4 Base Attack: 13 Description: Swords carved out of fine oak.Mauler BladeAttacks: x6 Base Attack: 23Description: Hard wooden swords that can shatter bones on impact.Divine SpruceAttacks: x8 Base Attack: 30Description: Swords carved out of an ancient, mystical spruce.BontenmaruAttacks: x8Base Attack: 41Description: Legendary swords made in the likeness of the dragon god.MikaboshiAttacks: x8Base Attack: 46Stats: Ice ElementAttack +45Mounted Attack +35Musou Charge +32Attack Radius +39Description: Said to be imbued with the power of the star god Mikaboshi.WARNING: You must not let ANY of your allies die! Battle drum is suggested.Method to obtain: You must have already completed his story mode at least once.Go to Date\'s Attack on Honnouji stage, set the difficulty to Hard, or Chaos ifyou are feeling lucky. You may want to save often, because the enemies willprobably be hitting pretty hard. At the start head south and destroy thedefense captain. Head inside the walls and head south to trigger an Oda ambushparty, kill the white aura defense captain then head straight to the other sideof the temple. This will trigger another ambush party, kill the white auradefense captain. Head all the way north to trigger yet another ambush partywith white aura defense captain, kill the captain. Now you should be able toget to the blue X. You must do all this before the Akechi army breeches thewalls. I suggest saving after doing the first mission, as the next part can betough. Now Mitsuhide calls for a full scale assault, you are given a mission todestroy the Akechi elite officers.

They will most likely rush you so try tolure one or two away from the squad if you can, then destroy them, but youdon\'t have to to get the weapon. 

If Mitsuhide comes near you, you will get amission to defeat Akechi Mitsuhide, take him out. Once Akechi goes down, theOda elite officers come out and Nobunaga starts to fall back, but he shouldn\'tretreat. Kill the Oda elite officers, leave Maeda Keiji for last, because heshould be near where the supply team arrives, which is near the center of themap at the temple. Kill the captain, snag the weapon box, and save. Go towhere Nobunaga went and prepare for the final battle.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++9) Titles, Stats, Skills, and Misc. Info+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Rank 1     Young LordRank 2-4   Imp of DewaRank 5-7   Pride of DateRank 8-10  Prodigy of ChaosRank 11-13 Lesser GenjiRank 14-16 Eye of the NorthRank 17-19 One-Eyed DragonRank 20    OverlordDefault Costume: Dark green armor with Date crest on center, wearing trademarkcrescent moon crest on helm, has a black pirate style eyepatch, clawed feetguards, and a short olive drab capeSecondary Costume: Wearing a white tiger skin with similar style to Ranmaru\'sfirst costume, has a red sash style eyepatch like Xiahou Dun in DW 4Starting Stats:Attack - 46 Defense - 54Ranged Attack - 56Ranged Defense - 52Mounted Attack - 60Mounted Defense - 76Speed - 125Jump - 160Evade - 165Max Stats:Attack - 152Defense - 180Ranged Attack - 186Ranged Defense - 176Mounted Attack - 158Mounted Defense - 200Speed - 195Jump - 190Evade - 195Skill Tree:++++++++MIGHT++++++++Rage - GutsVitality - Frenzy - ResistPressure - PrecisionReach - Vigor++++++++++PROWESS++++++++++Drive - MasteryPotence - ParryRally - PierceCavalier - Acclaim++++++++GUARD++++++++Celerity - BlockDiscern - GraceCounter - Fortitude - ResilienceFocus - Fitness++++++++++ELEMENT++++++++++Kesa-Gri    Ward       Element ShotBlast       Torrent    DragonShock       Flurry     DominoDomino Movies:Conquest: Starts out showing snow falling outside the Date clan HQ. Goes toinside the castle.Date clan advisor: Lord Date, congratulations on your unification of Oushuu.Date: This is just the beginning! Imbeciles! I will rule this land!Starts showing some of the playable characters in the game.Date: There are those that stand in the way...Shows Uesugi army and Kenshin.Date: First we take Echigo.Shows Takeda Shingen and army.Date: Then we proceed to take Kai and Shinano.Date clan advisor: Er, uh, Lord Date which side do we choose to ally?Date: 

Ally? Imbecile! We crush them both! Onward! The real battle shallbegin now!Ambition: Back inside the Date clan HQ.Date clan advisor: Lord Date, congratulations on your unification of the land.Date: You think this is over? Imbecile!Shows advisor and the rest of the Date officers sitting up shocked. Cuts to aview of the ocean and a Date clan flagship.Date clan advisor: My lord, are we waging war on the entire world? (He doesn\'tseem to have his sea legs and is stumbling and stuttering)Shows Date looking through a telescope.Date: Imbecile! War and fighting isn\'t everything! If we can\'t get beyond thatwe are all doomed! There are always new ways, new possibilites! My goal is toprove that to the entire world!Victim of the Times: Chambers of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Masamune is carrying a cross over to where Hideyoshi is sitting.Hideyoshi: Masamune, you are truly one of a kind! I like your style! Masamune,I hereby forgive you for all past indescretions... Henceforth, you will be myservant.Date, under his breath: Imbecile! This is not meant for me!Date stands up more.Date: That\'s the extent of your pitiful vision, Hideyoshi!Date throws away the cross and stands all the way up to his \'impressive\' 140cm.Date: This land is mine now!+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++9) Quotes+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++\"Though the Heavens may cry and the Earth may crumble, if we eliminate ouropponents we shall carve out a path of glory!\"Defeat an officer: Victory!Forced to flee: Agh! You were lucky!Killed in Action: No, I still have much to do...Struggling: What? How can we be losing!Musou: \"Yaaaa!\" \"Yield!\"True Musou: \"Imbeciles!\" \"Know your place!\"+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++10) FAQs+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Q. Why is Date Masamune so short? I keep getting lost in crowds because of it!A. I believe he is supposed to be around 13 years old, so of course he would beshort. I have seen his height listed at 140 cm, which would make him around 4and a half feet, which is the shortest character out of both Samurai Warriorsand the Dynasty Warriors games.Q. Why does Date Masamune use sticks? Real men use swords!A. Masamune is using bokken, which are practice katana. Since he is supposed tobe around 13, it is likely he is still training before being allowed to wieldactual katana.Q. Is Date related in any way to the famous Masamune swordsmith?A. Not that I know of. They share the same first name and that is about it. Idon\'t recall ever reading that Date owned a Masamune either. The famous swordsmith was Goro Nyudo who adopted the first name of Masamune at some point.He lived a couple hundred years before the Sengoku period and his swords arenow considered national treasures of Japan.Q. Date is an arrogant, obnoxious, brat!A. Well that may be, but if you read the \'Who was Masamune?\' part you will readthat he was aggressive and unstable when he was young, which is what his gamepersonality pretty much is.Q. Is Date really only 13?A. That is my guess, historically he should be 18 if he is head of the Dateclan but he doesn\'t seem to act it in the game. I would say he might be older,but he would be a midget if so, seeing how he is shorter than all the lady characters. Further evidence of him being really young is that all the othercharacters refer to him as being a kid. MarshalN has also informed me that Datewasn\'t even born when most of the battles in this game happened.Q. What are the symbols that show up when doing his Musou attacks?A. The kanji that appears during normal Musou is Chaos, True Musou is Dragon.Q. Why aren\'t the campaigns Date has in the game mentioned in the history part?A. MarshalN has the answer: \"Date Masamune wasn?t even born when the battle ofOkehazama took place.  That?s why Date looks so young in this game because mostof the battles in this game took place when he was either not born, or a reallysmall kid.  By the time he took over as family head, Nobunaga was already dead(he died in 1582).  By 1584, the situation in Japan was already settling down.If he lived 20 years earlier, he might?ve had a chance of actually achievingsomething.\" So, of all the battles he has in the game, I believe the only onehe participated in was the siege of Odawara Castle, and he was there as supportforces for Toyotomi Hideyoshi against the Hojo, not the Uesugi and Takeda.Q. If Masamune wasn\'t even born yet for most of the battles, why did Koei puthim in this game?A. I believe he is incredibly well known in Japan, so it would be likeexcluding J.E.B Stuart as a playable character in a U.S. Civil War Cavalry gameor Lu Bu from a Romance of the Three Kingdoms game. Not to mention Date was acompetent commander and leader, although none of his actual battles are in thegame. For the true reasoning however, you will have to ask Koei.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++11) Credits and Thanks+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The Samurai Archives ( for the information on thehistorical Date Masamune.KOEI and Omega Force for making this excellent game and many others.GameFAQs and Super Cheats for hosting this FAQ.The inquisitive people on the message boards for supplying things for the FAQsection.Mike Mullen for information on Date\'s titles.MarshalN for the information on Date\'s age and battles.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++12) Legal Information+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by theirrespective trademark and copyright holders.