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Battle of Tong Gate
Date March – September 211
Location Tongguan, Shaanxi
Result Victory for Cao Cao; Ma Chao retreats
Wei Allied Forces
Cao Cao Ma Chao

The Battle of Tong Gate was a rebellion raised by against Cao Cao after the Battle of Chi Bi. In the games, this particular conflict is spearheaded by Ma Chao who wants to avenge the death of his father.

Role in Games

Dynasty Warriors

In Dynasty Warriors 4, the map is divided in half, separated by the Wei Shui River. After battles between Ma Chao's unit and Cao Hong, Dian Wei, and Xu Zhu in the south, Xu Huang crossed the Wei Shui River in the north via a bridgelayer. If he distinegrated Han Sui's unit morale and numbers too much, Cao Cao offers Han Sui the chance to rejoin him. Han Sui can defect due to Ma Chao's suspicion towards him, but Xu can be defeated and this will not happen. Either playing as Shu or Wei, a castle in the northeast manned by Cao Ren will appear out of nowhere. This will prove an obstacle to the southernmost units heading northwards, but crossing the bridgelayer could prove a great attacking post for Ma Chao's Forces. Cao Cao is right across there, easy to defeat.

Warriors Orochi

The Samurai forces encounter Dong Zhuo's army here in Warriors Orochi. Wanting to assist Sun Ce, Nobunaga convinces Sakon to work for the Little Conqueror. Their path is obstructed by the Orochi army with Zhang Liao, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei also present for assistance. Nobunaga's army escorts Sakon's escape from the field and cover him from further attacks.


The struggle is depicted during a similar time frame in Kessen II and can only be played during Wei's story. After Cao Cao wins the Battle of Chi Bi, he makes plans to invade Wu. His plans are interrupted when Ma Chao attacks Xu Chang so Wei moves to intercept.

The landscape for the battle is a barren desert that is separated by mountains and stone built gates. A slim river to the north can also be crossed to avoid using the gates; the northern bank of the river has a forested area. Ma Chao's army is stationed to the west and is defending two gates. One gate is near the bottom of the map and the other is between this gate and the river. Wei's army is on the eastern side and can easily access the bridge close to them from the north.

During the war council, Cao Cao is given the opportunity to use one of three strategies. Cheng Yu suggests attacking the gates with the entire army. Xun Yu advises to distract the enemy at the gates while Yu Jin swings to the enemy's rear from the north. The new strategist, Sima Yi, opts to lure the enemy out from the gate facing the ally storehouse and ambush them. The rest of the army attacks the southern gate. They need to route Ma Chao and Ma Dai to be victorious. In the end, Cao Cao drives the rebels back and claims their lands for his own.

After the conflict, Ma Chao rides the remnants of his army to join Liu Bei's siege against Liu Zhang. Before his arrival, Zhuge Liang expressed his concern of being caught in a pincer between Ma Chao's army and Liu Zhang's forces.

Historical Information

Romance of the Three Kingdoms


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