Deng Ai
Deng Ai (DW9)
Character Information
Force(s): Wei
200 cm (6'7")
Weapon Type: Drill spear (7~8)
Revolving crossbow (8:E)
Great axe (9)
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Dynasty Warriors 7
Historical Information
Real name:
Dèng Ài
Chinese name:
鄧艾 - 邓艾
Style name:
Chinese name:
士載 - 士载
Possibly born in 197.
Warriors Orochi Info
Character Type:

Deng Ai (onyomi: Tō Gai) is one of the generals who served Wei. He was famed for his ability to instantly analyze a battlefield for the best places to store grain and position troops. Deng Ai was discovered by Sima Yi and contributed to fighting Shu's northern campaigns led by Jiang Wei. His army is accredited to have caused Liu Shan's surrender.

Before his playable appearance in the Dynasty Warriors series, he was an NPC Wei general since the second installment. He is thirty-sixth place in Gamecity's Dynasty Warriors 7 character popularity poll and fifty-third in the Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends poll. The latest poll for the eighth installment puts him in sixty-eighth. The character poll for overseas fans puts him in ninth place for the Jin division.

His height in Kessen II is 185 cm (close to 6'1")

Role in GamesEdit

Dynasty WarriorsEdit

Throughout the Dynasty Warriors series, Deng Ai appears as a regular subordinate general for Wei or Sima Yi. In Dynasty Warriors 4, he is seen at Cheng Du. During the fifth title, he is a somewhat prominent general at the Wu Zhang Plains. In the Wei version of the stage, he is an officer under Zhong Hui, who sets up the catapults in order to repel the Shu forces. Conversely, Deng Ai prepares the catapults in the Shu version of the map.

For his playable appearance, Deng Ai is first seen as a Wei general at Wuzhang Plains, helping the offensive against Shu. He is later seen meeting Sima Zhao as they are on orders to assist Cao Shuang's conquest in Shu. While the campaign ends in failure, Deng Ai is pleasantly surprised by Sima Zhao's integrity and henceforth places his faith in the Sima family. He supports their efforts against Shu and Jiang Wei.

During one such an encounter at Tianshui, Deng Ai and Guo Huai are ordered to rescue the surrounded Sima Zhao. Guo Huai's heroics leads to their seemingly turnaround victory. However, he and his men soon discover Guo Huai's corpse and are faced with Jiang Wei's swift counteroffensive. As opposed to losing their drive by the death, Deng Ai commands the men to fight in honor of the departed general's memory. As such, they have a resounding victory over Shu. When Jiang Wei launches the invasion at Duangu, Deng Ai and Zhong Hui are ordered to stop their foe. Deng Ai attempts to conduct the formation rationally and with careful planning, but Zhong Hui refuses to accept his authority and hastily leads the troops. With the Wei army trapped soon after, Deng Ai is impressed by Jiang Wei's cunning but moves to counter. After he rescues Zhong Hui, Deng Ai personally defeats Jiang Wei and causes a second withdraw.

Deng Ai leads his men to take the mountain path for the final battle at Chengdu. They encounter a mysterious fog, and phantoms of Zhuge Liang haunt the Wei troops. Remaining calm throughout their supernatural encounter, Deng Ai dispels the illusion to restore morale and continues the march to Chengdu without further incidents. He is last seen joining the subjugation forces within Shu.

In his first Legendary Battle, Deng Ai fights Sun Quan and the Wu forces with only a few allies as the main forces are busy with Shu. His second Legendary Battle is Zhong Hui's rebellion which has Deng Ai protect Sima Zhao from the traitor and Jiang Wei.

Dynasty Warriors Next has Deng Ai aid Sima Yi's coup against Cao Shuang's faction. He provides the Sima family with strategic advice during their campaigns against the kingdom of Shu, often cautioning them not to underestimate Jiang Wei and his allies. In Jin's ending, he is among those attending Sima Yi's rallying of the troops.

In Dynasty Warriors 8, Deng Ai has a role similar to the one in the previous installment. In the hypothetical route, he helps in rescuing Guo Huai from death at Mt. Tielong. He then accompanies Sima Shi in defeating Shu at Chengdu.

Though he does not appear in Wei's story, he still appears among Wei's officers as early as Chibi. In Wu's hypothetical route, he helps support the Sima clan at Runan, and Cao Cao's final stand at Xuchang.

In the Xtreme Legends expansion, Deng Ai appears in the fictional defense of Shangyong against Zhuge Liang. His role after Shu's demise is further expanded as he and Wen Yang first attempt to escape from Zhong Hui's grasp at Chengdu, and later assist in defending Shangyong Castle. With their victory, Deng Ai and Wen Yang see Zhong Hui off one last time before his punishment is completed.

Warriors OrochiEdit

Warriors Orochi 3 has him stationed at Dongkou as a part of the original defense. He gladly welcomes Hanbei and company from the future and obediently joins their cause. Throughout the rest of the game, he follows Hanbei. He also personally seeks to restore Zhong Hui's loyalty as he and his comrades storm Luoyang, confused as to why the younger general would betray his lord in the first place. The veteran's past experience with the youth and his strategies to invade the castle helps Mitsuhide and Nagamasa sway Zhong Hui's heart back to the coalition.

In Ultimate, Deng Ai returns to Wei, and assists Cao Cao in aiding Pang Tong, who is besieged by the demon army. It later turns out that Pang Tong was actually one of Kyūbi's tails, and he would later deceive Shu forces led by Zhang Fei into attacking the Wei army.


Deng Ai first appears assisting Ma Chao's forces at Tong Gate to oppose Wei and joins Cai Wengi after the battle. If the player chooses to fight Cai Wengi during Wei's story, he will appear as her subordinate general. If Cao Cao rides alone to greet him, he will be touched by the conqueror's trust in him. After locating the real Cai Wengi, he joins Wei.

Character InformationEdit

Deng Ai 15th Anniversary Artwork (DWEKD)

Deng Ai's Shin Sangoku Musou 15th Anniversary artwork.


Deng Ai was created to be seen as a chiseled general of many years of experience. To emphasize his years on the battlefield, he was given a buff physique to toughen his body. The selective usage of metal for his outfit is to emphasize his role as the muscle power for Jin. Since his bandanna conceals his eyebrows, it makes it intentionally difficult to perceive his emotions. The producer believes it lets him be a taciturn and persuasive character. Deng Ai is meant to be a brash looking yet sincere character for Jin.


For his playable Dynasty Warriors appearance, Deng Ai is a Wei general who once acted as a minster in office. After witnessing Sima Yi's intellect, however, he decided to return to the battlefront and watch over the troops during the campaigns against Shu. He has a hobby of looking at maps and, to preserve their accuracy, he is cautious of the war changing the geography. His humbleness yet sharp wit makes him a valuable and trusted ally for the Sima family.

He has an affinity with Hanbei, Mitsuhide, and Nagamasa in his Warriors Orochi appearance.

Character Symbolism Edit

The item Deng Ai is affiliated with in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, the Waterway Maps, calls back to how he first claimed Sima Yi's attention. As Wei was promoting agriculture for its upcoming wars against Wu and Shu, Deng Ai was sent to various areas to inspect the land. His succeeding assessment, known as the Ji He Lun, stated that the land was fertile, but lacked moisture. Deng Ai then sent irrigation plans that made use of the Huai river, and Wei's granaries were dramatically increased thanks to Deng Ai's proposal.

Voice ActorsEdit

  • Steven Blum - Kessen II (English-uncredited)
  • Richard Epcar - Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires (English-uncredited)
  • Matt Lasky - Dynasty Warriors 7~8 (English, uncredited)
  • Masato Obara - Dynasty Warriors 7~8, Warriors Orochi 3 (Japanese)
  • Takehiko Watanabe - Kessen II (Japanese)


See also: Deng Ai/Quotes
  • "I remember when you were just a clerk who spent all his time looking at maps. You've grown strong."
"My lord! I have merely fulfilled the assignments I have been given."
"I see. Maybe it's time I started giving my sons assignments as well."
~~Sima Yi and Deng Ai; Dynasty Warriors 7
  • "So you like looking at maps, huh? Do you travel too?"
"There are some things a map can't tell you. So sometimes I go on a trip to see them with my own eyes."
"Then you must know a lot about local food. I'm going to the south soon, do you have any recommendations?"
"I'm sorry. I never pay attention to what I eat."
~~Ma Dai and Deng Ai; Dynasty Warriors 8
  • "Please, Master Deng Ai, tell me... How come you never get lost?"
"I too sometimes lose my way. That I why I like maps, and if I don't have a map, then I ask someone who knows the area. There is no shame in actually being lost, Master Mitsuhide. You should be more concerned about a heart that fears becoming so."
~~Mitsuhide and Deng Ai; Warriors Orochi 3


Keys: Square Normal Attack • Tri Charge AttackCircle MusouX Jump/Mount

Dynasty Warriors 7Edit

Deng Ai is affiliated with the lance in this appearance. When he is equipped with it, he can perform a unique attack exclusive to him. Upon performing his Musou techniques, he will automatically use the weapon in his attacks.

EX Attack: Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri, Tri: Charges forward with his lance.
Musou - Drill Bombardment (対象爆破): Circle: Throws a bomb down in front of him then drills his lance into the ground. Classified as a Blast Musou in Next and used in Warriors Orochi 3.
Alternate Musou - Bonecracker (対象確保): R1 + Circle: Grapples his opponent, puts them into an armbar and breaks their arm. Said arm break causes a quake/burst around him to hit other enemies.
Dynasty Warriors Next
Speed Musou - Blast: Tap both sides of screen: Jousts forward at medium speed, piercing multiple enemies until the attack ends.
Warriors Orochi 3
X, Tri: Pole vaults on lance and drags it forward within a short distance.
R1: Mounts the enemy before applying a submission hold that causes a quake to hit others around him. Same as his original alternate Musou Attack.
X, R1 (Ultimate only): Drills lance unto a large group of enemies continuously before brutally knocking them away.

Dynasty Warriors 8Edit

『真・三國無双7』 鄧艾

『真・三國無双7』 鄧艾

Deng Ai keeps the same moveset from the last expansion title, but also gains additional attacks to his repertoire of techniques.

EX Attack 2 (Xtreme Legends only): Square, Tri, Tri: Dashes within a short distance before rising up into the air to perform an aerial drill thrust.
Aerial Musou - Target Control (対象制圧): X, Circle: Throws a flash bomb on the ground while launching a multi-hitting thrust upon landing.
Awakening Musou: Swings weapon upward from left to right. It ends with a frontal stab that unleashes a massive wave of energy. After landing enough hits during the attack, he then sprints forward drilling foes with unimaginable force and range before quickly thrusting upward three times.

Dynasty Warriors 8: EmpiresEdit

Deng Ai is affiliated with the revolving crossbow in this appearance.

EX Attack 1: Square, Tri: Performs a devastating charge assault against the opponent.
EX Attack 2: Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Slides forward while thrusting at the enemy, then pelts them with numerous bolts.
Musou - Complete Annihilation (目標撃滅): Circle: Lifts opponents into the air by producing a swirling vortex before causing it to disperse by striking the earth.
Alternate Musou - Hold and Break (獄絞蹴撃): R1 + Circle: Grapples an enemy by the legs and crushes them underneath.
Aerial Musou - Suppression From On High (天流駆矢): X, Circle: Uses weapon to create a powerful whirlwind to devastate foes and send them airborne.
Awakening Musou: Deng Ai performs a series of angular spinning attacks, then shoots multiple bolts from left to right in an effort to clear the area of surviving enemies. The extended version causes him to fire rapidly while rushing forward in short spurts; he eventually stops moving to prolong the firing sequence near the attack's end.


See also: Deng Ai/Weapons

Dynasty Warriors 8Edit

Deng Ai still uses the lance as his default weapon in this title. But starting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, his new weapon of choice is the revolving crossbow.

Historical InformationEdit

Originally from the county of Yiyang, Deng Ai lost his father at a young age. As a consequence of this and the growing wars, he and his mother were forced to move from Runan to Yingchuan. Despite his lowly position and humble beginnings, Sima Yi recognized his talents and had him promoted within the upper levels of the Wei administration. His contributions in agricultural development earned him the post of governor in Nan'an.

In 263, he took part in the war to conquer Shu Han with Zhong Hui. Jiang Wei fended them off somewhere south of Hanzhong. Deng Ai suggested to pass troops through Yinping but Zhong Hui rejected the idea. Deng Ai then carried out his own plan with his son Deng Zhong and troops and it turned out to be a great success. They eventually managed to enter Chengdu, and the Shu emperor Liu Shan surrendered. Zhong Hui however, seemed to have other plans of his own.

Jiang Wei, however, did not want the Kingdom of Shu to fall. He was determined that Zhong Hui wanted to rebel against Wei. They united, defamed Deng Ai through slander that involved Sima Zhao receiving letters of Deng Ai's supposed actions (while any proof of Deng Ai's innocence was intercepted by Zhong Hui while he himself was masterfully forging letters), and thus Zhao told Deng Ai that all of his actions can only be enacted through imperial edict. Wei Guan was then ordered to capture Deng Ai, but promised to the latter's subordinates that their commander would be returned immediately once the matter was sorted out. Jiang Wei's plan failed eventually and the Army killed him and Zhong Hui along with several other figures.

Soon, Deng Ai's innocence was founded, and his soldiers tried to rescue him, but Wei Guan upon realizing the mistake feared that Deng Ai might take vengeance on him so he and Tian Xu killed Deng Ai and his sons; Tian Xu in particular held a personal grudge against Deng Ai ever since.

As a result of the fake slander, the rest of Deng Ai's family was exiled to the western regions until being brought back by Sima Yan upon learning of the framing.

Deng Ai, prior to his appointment, was often mocked for his stuttering problem, a fault which he used to his advantage in speaking with his superiors in some circles of historical debate, who mostly regarded his curious stuttering as jokes or witty expressions. Regardless, his stutter made it difficult for him to get appointed properly and made several others deem him as stupid. It was not until a fateful encounter with Sima Yi that Deng Ai's talents were discovered from there onwards.

Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit


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