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June 29, 1575
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Masakage Yamagata is one of Shingen's Four Guardian Kings and considered to be one of his famed Twenty-Four Generals. He is one of the famous generals who ordered his armies to wear red armor in battle, an act later replicated by Naomasa Ii.
His Nobunaga's Ambition counterpart is ninth place in Gamecity's character popularity ranking for 2015. The Nobunaga no Yabou 201X poll for 4-star officers puts him in thirty-ninth place. He placed twenty-seventh in the Nobunaga no Yabou Taishi poll for most favorite father.
Role in GamesEdit
The Samurai Warriors series generally has him in the majority of Shingen's battles until Nagashino. During this battle, he is usually killed by Oda gunfire or is highlighted as a mission objective for the Oda forces to kill. Yukimura's scenario of this battle in the first game will allow Masakage to survive the fighting if Shingen is present. In the following sequels, he will charge in the frontlines alongside Yukimura to attack the Oda's main camp.
Masakage will die at Nagashino in Kessen III. Before the battle, he cautions the reckless Katsuyori to follow his late father's suggestions to not attack the Oda. He is given a special cutscene for his death during the battle.
- "Have the gods forsaken the Takeda?"
- "Fear not! The red-clad warriors ride with you! We'll kick down their defenses and take Nobunaga's head!"
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