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Sasuke
Sasuke (SWSM)
Character Information
Clan(s)/Alliance(s): Sanada
Height:
165 cm (5'5")
Weapon(s): Arm blades
Moveset Type:
Hyper
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada
Historical Information
Real name:
Sarutobi Sasuke
Japanese name:
猿飛 佐助
Born:
?
Died:
?
Fictional character. Allegedly based on real life individuals like Kōzuki Sasuke (上月佐助) and Sarutobi Nisuke (猿飛仁助). Certain narratives have him die in 1615.

Sasuke is the name of a fictional ninja famed as one of the Sanada Ten Braves. A formidable trickster, he fought for his clan's struggles against the Tokugawa until their defeat at Ōsaka Castle.

Before his playable debut in the Samurai Warriors series, Sasuke appeared as a ninja bodyguard in Samurai Warriors 2.

Role in Games

Samurai Warriors

He is Hanzō's disciple in Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada. He aids Kunoichi and the Sanada as they help escort Yukimura, Chacha and Muramatsu to safety as children. As Yukimura's matures, Sasuke joins the Sanada as an agent for the Tokugawa and he regularly reports to Hanzo.

After Hideyoshi's death, Sasuke becomes more conflicted about his loyalties. He initially distances himself from the Sanada in the lead-up to the Eastern Army's siege of Ueda but he foils Hanzō's attempt to attack Yukimura and ultimately decides to side with the Sanada, later joining them in exile. After Masayuki's death, he remains loyal to the Sanada and helps to defend at Ōsaka Castle to protect Hideyori. During the final stages of the siege, Sasuke and Hanzō duel to the death which results in the former's demise.

Kessen

Kessen portrays Sasuke as one of Yukimura's loyal kunoichi. Should Masayuki die due to an assassination attack sent by Hidetada Tokugawa, Sasuke and the other kunoichi will defend Yukimura while he mourns his father. Should Yukimura be victorious at Osaka Castle, they will charge Ieyasu's camp and slay him. Sasuke deduces that they have actually killed a double instead of the real Ieyasu. If Yukimura dies during any of the final battles, she will visit his grave to pay her respects.

Toukiden

Sasuke nonchalantly asks the protagonist in Toukiden Mononofu to set him free. He abstains from explaining how he was devoured by the demons, only interested in helping his savior fight against the Mifuchi in their path.

Character Information

Personality

Sasuke is emotionally distant from anyone other than Hanzō, whom the youth has come to see as a father figure for raising him and teaching him the ways of the ninja. However, interactions with Yukimura gives him the opportunity to open up to others.

Character Symbolism

Sasuke is symbolized by the kanji for "shadow" (影) and "flight" (飛). The namesake of Sasuke's default weapon comes from his moniker of "Monkey Jump". However, the normal spelling is reversed to say "Jumping Monkey".

His first rare weapon is named after the fire god Kagutsuchi.

Sasuke's second rare weapon refers to Sarutahiko Ōkami, ancestral leader of the earthly kami in Japanese mythology. Worshiped as a deity of purification, strength, and guidance, he helped Ninigi-no-Mikoto pacify the Earth under instructions from Amaterasu. Legends describe him as a large man with a long beard and ruddy face, though anthropologists have correlated his appearance to that of a Japanese macaque. According to the Kojiki, Sarutahiko drowned on the coast of Ise when his hand got caught in a shell while fishing. This provoked his wife Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto into demanding that all sea creatures offer themselves as tribute to their family's lineage.

Voice Actors

  • Erin Fitzgerald - Kessen (English)
  • Youko Iwasaki - Kessen (Japanese)
  • Yōhei Azakami - Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada

Live Action Performers

Quotes

  • "Hey, it's Kunoichi. Have you been keeping up with your training?"
"I'm busy with the real thing, so I'm not going to waste time doing that. I'm fine without it, but I can't say the same about you."
"You sure? Look, aren't you getting a bit fat? Y'see, around here?"
"No, no, no. You're seeing things, and you've got too much time on your hands. Ah, there's Yukimura! Later, Sasuke!"
~~Sasuke and Kunoichi; 100man-nin no Sengoku Musou

Gameplay

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

Ground Moveset

Square, Tri, (Tri): Sasuke jumps into the air spinning his arm blades, then hops forward spinning his blades before swinging one of the blades down.
Square, Square, Tri, (Tri): Sasuke dashes forward piercing his right arm blade, then roll jumps detonating a bomb on the ground, then comes down swinging his blades in a diagonal X.
Square, Square, Square, Tri, (Tri): Sasuke dashes right swinging his arm blades across the ground, makes a trail of fire then sends it forward in a wave.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Sasuke roll jumps slashing his arm blades, then kicks a blast of energy forward.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square:
Circle: Sasuke moves swiftly forward whilst diagonally slashing his arm blades. For the finisher, he blades a large red energy wave, then spins in midair slashing his arm blades, then sends a large shockwave forward.
Circle (Ultimate/Kaidan): Sasuke warps around in midair, slashing enemies rapidly.
X, Square:
X, Tri:
Deadlock Attack & Mighty Strike: Sasuke swings his arm blades at the front of the enemy, then warps behind and cuts his/her back, knocking him/her away.

Hyper Moveset

Tri, Square: Sasuke hops forward swinging his left arm blade up.
Tri, Tri, Square: Sasuke sends an energy circle forward.
Tri, Tri, Tri, Square: Sasuke roll jumps and slashes his arms blades diagonally on landing.
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Square: Sasuke handstands and kicks while making a tornado.
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Square: Sasuke dashes forward slashing his arm blades two times.
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Square:
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Square:
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri:

Horse Moveset

Tri:
Square, Tri:
Square, Square, Tri:
Square, Square, Square, Tri:
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square:

Weapons

Monkey's Fang
Default Weapon - Sasuke (SWSM) Base Attack: 13~33
光牙炫毘古
Rare Weapon - Sasuke (SWSM) Base Attack: 249 Fire: 83 Death: 78
Attack Up: 81 Attack Range: 85 Attack Speed: 87
Courage: 76 Verity: 77 Momentum: 90
Divine Saruhiko Claws
DLC Weapon - Sasuke (SWSM) Base Attack: 256 Wind: 86 Death: 81
Attack Up: 84 Attack Range: 88 Indirect Attack: 89
Underdog: 84 Insight: 83 Clarity: 87


Rare Weapon Acquisition

  • Stage: Ōsaka Summer Campaign - Battle of Dōmyōji

Folklore

Hailed as the most famous member of the Sanada Ten Braves, Sasuke is said to have come from the Kōga ninja line. Other sources claim that he had been cared for by monkeys and acquired their fast reflexes, thus explaining the meaning of his name "Monkey Jump". Legends say he began his ninja training under the tutelage of Hakunsai Tozawa who initially mocked him for his inexperience.

Most stories depict him as a foil to the more dashing Kirigakure Saizo, another fictional ninja who came to be his rival and friend. During the Siege of Osaka, the two of them flawlessly trapped their enemies in a field of land mines. Though the cause of his death differs in each tale, Sasuke generally dies resisting the Tokugawa forces. One version has him successfully infiltrate Ieyasu's base only to be caught by a bear trap while escaping. Rather than face capture, he cut off his own leg and killed himself afterwards.

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