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Takakage Kobayakawa
Character Information
Clan(s)/Alliance(s): Mōri
174 cm (5'9")
Weapon(s): Sword and book
Three Arrows Oath
Moveset Type:
Significant Battle(s):
First Appearance: Sengoku Musou 4
Historical Information
Real name:
Kobayakawa Takakage
Japanese name:
小早川 隆景
July 26, 1597

Takakage Kobayakawa is Motonari's third son who was adopted into the Kobayakawa family at an early age. After Motonari passed away, he and his older brother, Motoharu Kikkawa, were responsible for Terumoto's upbringing. Takakage was the particularly harsh and stricter guardian of the two. Although he could have been severely punished for his actions, Terumoto appreciated him and saw him as his father figure. He had no children but adopted two, one of which includes Hideaki.

Before his playable Samurai Warriors appearance, he was a generic NPC since Samurai Warriors: State of War.

Role in GamesEdit

Samurai WarriorsEdit

Takakage first appears in Samurai Warriors: State of War to oppose the Oda army. He next appears in Samurai Warriors 2: Empires alongside one of his brothers, Hidekane. Takakage participates in all of his father's and nephew's campaigns in Samurai Warriors 3. At Kizugawa, Motochika will try to kill Takakage as repentance for Mitsuhide's mistake. If Nobunaga is being controlled, Takakage will be commanding the fireball attack. He and his older brother can protect their nephew at Kozuki if Motonari manages to beat Ittetsu Inaba with full health. During Kanbei's Chugoku Invasion, Takakage lures his opponent, Kanbei, into a trap.


Kessen III reduces Takakage's role to a minor enemy general serving under Terumoto.

Mōri Motonari: Chikai no SanyaEdit

In Mouri Motonari: Chikai no Sanya, Takakage serves his father as one of his main generals. He follows the common perception of him in fictional media as a wise, considerate advisor and strategist. He continues to provide support for Terumoto and survives the wars as a trusted veteran for the Mōri.

Character InformationEdit


Mieda explained that they wanted to create an intellectual father-and-son duo for the series. Takakage is the most famous of Motonari's sons to allegedly match his father's wit so he made a perfect fit. He believes that their method of teamwork and strategic foreplay contrasts their rivals, Kanbei and Hanbei. The designers were mainly concerned with perfecting Takakage's outfit rather than his facial features. Since he is conceptualized to be the intelligent young bookworm, they wanted to give him loose scholarly clothing. His character was given a sword to help punctuate his conviction for his actions.


Like his father, the playable Takakage is an intellectual youth brimming with knowledge. He is concerned with creating strategies which will benefit the people, not samurai or the war effort.

Character SymbolismEdit

In the Samurai Warriors series, he is symbolized by the kanji for "pity" (怜) and "intelligence" (聡).

Takakage's rare weapon has Awanagi, a Japanese deity, act its namesake. According to the characters used to spell his name, he is a type of water deity who resided in the heavens. He is best known as a sea god who is Izanagi's father. Awanagi has been fabled to have later descended from the heavens to pacify and give his blessings to the Chugoku region.

His heirloom, Three Arrows Oath, can either be a reference to another game or the legend of Motonari and his three eldest sons, Takamoto, Motoharu and Takakage. As the story goes, Motonari challenged each of his sons to break a singular arrow, a task easily fulfilled by each son. He then bound three arrows together and repeated his inquiry, adding that they needed to snap through them simultaneously. Each son had different results –maybe breaking through one or two at best– but couldn't complete their father's challenge. Motonari explained that the arrows were a metaphor for the bonds he expects his sons to share. Even if they are being separated into different families, he expected the brothers to continue supporting one another and the Mōri legacy, tying into his motto that anything is possible when people unite for a cause. Variations may replace Takamoto with Terumoto, yet modern historians are skeptical if the episode ever happened. Anything which does mention it was made at least one hundred years after Motonari's death during the mid-to-late-Edo period.

Voice ActorsEdit


  • "Fall back! The enemy fights with merciless ferocity!"
  • "Our plan has worked! Surround them!"



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

Charge MovesetEdit

Square, Tri: Does an uppercut slash.
Square, Square, Tri: Creates a small explosion. 
Square, Square, Square, Tri: Sends several paper toward, the paper fly in a boomerang fashion.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Rises an energy pillar from the ground.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Sends a water sphere toward. 
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Sends paper horizontally.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Slams his sword to create a wave.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Takakage sends paper to fly around him circularly.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square:

Shinsoku MovesetEdit

Tri, Square:
Tri, Tri, Square:
Tri, Tri, Tri, Square:
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Square:
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Square:
Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri, Tri:
Dashing Square:
X, Tri:
X, Square:
Circle (Ultimate/Kaiden):
Musou Gokui effect:
Spirit Cancel:
Deadlock Attack/Killing Blow (Tate):

Mounted MovesetEdit

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

Fighting StyleEdit


Weapon Information
Default Weapon - Takakage Kobayakawa (SW4)
This is Takakage's starting weapon.
  • Weapon Attack: 30
  • Skills: Random
Rare Weapon - Takakage Kobayakawa (SW4)
This is Takakage's ultimate weapon. Its stats are as follows:
  • Weapon Attack: 120
  • Frenzy: 4
  • Courage: 4
  • Blast: 5
  • Fortitude: 4
  • Cyclone: 5
  • Topple: 4
  • Miracle: 5
  • Self-Control: 5

Rare Weapon AcquisitionEdit

  • Stage: Battle of Kōzuki Castle

Historical InformationEdit


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