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Not to be confused with Xiang Yu's lover, Beauty Yu.

Gan Ji
Gan Ji (DWB)
Character Information
Force(s): None
Weapon Type: Sword (4:XL~5)
Iron fan (7)
Paper talismans (8)
Bomb (Blast)
Unit Type: Strategist
Sorcerer
First Appearance: Dynasty Warriors 4: Xtreme Legends
Historical Information
Real name: Gān Jí
Chinese name: 干吉
Style name:
unknown
Chinese name:
n/a
Born:  ?
Died: 200

Yu Ji (于吉, onyomi: U Kitsu) is generally regarded as the fictional name for Gan Ji, a Taoist practitioner during the late Han Dynasty. He is commonly known as a sage who is said to have prophesied Sun Ce's death.

He placed third with fans in Gamecity's Shin Sangoku Musou Blast character popularity poll.

Roles in GamesEdit

Dynasty WarriorsEdit

Yu Ji generally appears as a mysterious sorcerer throughout the series who summons illusions or a phantom army to menace Sun Ce. In his first appearance, he uses his magic to mislead the people of Wu. Though his efforts manage to weaken the Little Conqueror's health, he is ultimately forced to escape.

In Dynasty Warriors 5, he challenges the lone Sun Ce to a duel within the vicinity of Jianye. Yu Ji bewitches several soldiers to assist him and conjures phantom versions of Sun Jian and Da Qiao in an attempt to demoralize Sun Ce.

During Sun Ce's invasion of Xuchang in Dynasty Warriors 7, Yu Ji greets him with apparitions of his previous foes to wither the former's resolve. After his illusions are defeated, he personally decides to test the younger man and distracts him long enough for Xu Gong's men to fatally shoot Sun Ce. Yu Ji also appears as an adversary in Da Qiao's second legendary stage. He attempts to overwhelm the couple with illusions of past figures like Lu Bu and Zhang Jiao only to be thwarted by their combined assault in the end.

Yu Ji, now referred to as Gan Ji in Dynasty Warriors 8, is employed by Xu Gong and the Wei army to assassinate Sun Ce who had been out hunting. He has one of his phantoms instantly kill Xu Gong and critically injure Sun Ce. His attempts are foiled by Sun Quan, Zhou Yu, and Zhou Tai. If the player manages to defeat him and Xiahou Dun in battle, Sun Ce's entourage will learn enough information on their lord's assailant to hunt him down. He drains his power to summon his illusions and his magic wanes, lifting the curse plaguing Sun Ce.

Warriors OrochiEdit

During the prologue of the second game, Yu Ji sides with the mystics who oppose Orochi at Hinokawa. He is also present in Chi Bi where the mystic leaders Taigong Wang, Fu Xi, and Nu Wa form an uneasy alliance with the Orochi army to test the strength of humanity for themselves. The third title has him appear as a substitute officer for Zuo Ci in Anegawa should the player select the latter for their attack team.

Voice ActorsEdit

  • Michael Forest - Dynasty Warriors 4~5, Warriors Orochi series (English-uncredited)
  • Richard Epcar - Dynasty Warriors 7~8 (English-uncredited)

QuotesEdit

  • "Just what are you?"
"You were fortunate enough to be born with fame, charisma, and luck many times that of other men. Therefore... Your life will last, only half as long as other men."
~~Sun Ce and Yu Ji; Dynasty Warriors 7
  • "It seems you use sorcery. Can you create illusions?"
"I do not perform tricks for other's amusement. I use my powers to guide the land towards salvation."
"I see, that is wise. In that case, let us use our powers to bring peace back to the land."
~~Gan Ji and Zuo Ci; Dynasty Warriors 8

Historical InformationEdit

Gan Ji was born in Xuzhou, Langye District. Not much was written about him, but there are two primary accounts of his activities. The Jiangbiao Zhuan states that he was a wandering hermit who traveled within the eastern sections of China as an herbalist and doctor. He was said to have healed the injured with holy water and Taoist prayers. His status as a "miracle worker" allegedly earned him thousands of followers within Wu, although the authenticity of this record is disputed as radical propaganda for Taoism. One of his disciples was Gong Chong.

According to Book of Later Han, either he or his disciple presented one hundred volumes of Taiping Jing to Emperor Shun sometime during his reign. Since he was not described within detail in the latter record, most people agree that it was likely that someone like Gong Chong could have delivered the text in Gan Ji's name. In legends and folklore, Gan Ji was said to have personally authored the text after rigorously creating the writing material himself from hundreds of pure white trees.

Sometime in 200, Sun Ce intercepted a Taoist social gathering. He was angered by the popularity of their teachings and sought to execute the ringleader. Despite pleas from thousands of his men and possibly his own mother to spare the Taoist, his order was carried out without fail. Record of Three Kingdoms doesn't specifically identify the ringleader as Gan Ji (the person is unnamed), but the Soushenji does under the "Yu Ji" name. Fan Ye, the compiler of Book of Later Han, identified Gan Ji with Yu Ji as though they are one and the same person based on observations regarding the ringleader's popularity. People are still divided over whether this is truly the case.

Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit

Romance of the Three Kingdoms adapts Yu Ji's account from the Soushenjì into its narrative. He was a wanderer who traveled around the Jiangdong region and convinced people that he was a mystic who had healing powers. Sun Ce, on the other hand, became suspicious of his sorcery and had him imprisoned on grounds of heresy. The merciful pleas of his followers went ignored as the healer was executed via decapitation. For this, Yu Ji's spirit rose from the dead and began to haunt Sun Ce which eventually brought about his demise.

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