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Battle of Tong Gate
Tong Gate (DW8)
Date March ~ September 211
Location Tong Gate, Si Province (modern day Tongguan, Shaanxi)
Result Victory for Cao Cao; Ma Chao retreats
Cao Cao's Forces Allied Forces
Cao Cao Ma Chao
Han Sui

The Battle of Tong Gate (潼関の戦い, rōmaji: Dōkan no Tatakai) was a rebellion raised against Cao Cao after the Battle of Chibi. Historically, the battle occurred because Cao Cao ordered an expedition against Zhang Lu, but the warlords of Xiliang misinterpreted Cao's behaviour, and mistakenly thought that Cao was trying to attack them instead.

In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the conflict's reasoning is distorted to portray Cao Cao as a malicious individual. The rebellion's reason is that Ma Chao wants to avenge the death of his father. It was on this battlefield where Ma Chao famously duelled Xu Zhu.

Role in GamesEdit

Dynasty WarriorsEdit

In Dynasty Warriors 4, the map is divided in half, separated by the Wei Shui River. After battles between Ma Chao's unit and Cao Hong, Dian Wei, and Xu Zhu in the south, Xu Huang crossed the Wei Shui River in the north via a bridge layer. If he disintegrated Han Sui's unit morale and numbers too much, Cao Cao offers Han Sui the chance to rejoin him. Han Sui can defect due to Ma Chao's suspicion towards him, but Xu can be defeated and this will not happen. Either playing as Shu or Wei, a castle in the northeast manned by Cao Ren will appear out of nowhere. This will prove an obstacle to the southernmost units heading northwards, but crossing the bridge layer could prove a great attacking post for Ma Chao's Forces. Cao Cao is right across there, easy to defeat.

In Dynasty Warriors 8, the player initially has to repel the surrounding enemies to make way for the rams. Jia Xu will suggest Cao Cao to persuade Han Sui while Ma Chao will send Pang De to prevent his defection. Defeating enough enemy reinforcements will distract Pang De, allowing the plan to succeed. If not, the player will have to face Han Sui himself. Ma Chao shall ambush the main camp, only to be stopped by Xu Zhu, Xiahou Yuan, and Wang Yi. Also, the opposing army's ballistae must be destroyed to help the rams destroy the first two gates. The last one has to be penetrated by using captured catapults.

Warriors OrochiEdit

The Samurai forces encounter Dong Zhuo's army here in Warriors Orochi. Wanting to assist Sun Ce, Nobunaga convinces Sakon to work for the Little Conqueror. Their path is obstructed by the Orochi army with Zhang Liao, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei also present for assistance. Nobunaga's army escorts Sakon's escape from the field and cover him from further attacks.

Warriors Orochi 2 gives the battle to the Wei forces. Here, Cao Cao and his army must fight the Serpent forces who have sorcerers that can constantly resurrect their men. They are almost beaten, when Nobunaga, Mitsunari, and Katsuie come to the rescue. Though they are able to put certain demons under their control and kill Kiyomori, they are too late to stop Orochi's full resurrection.

Warriors Orochi 3 has the coalition from the future participate this battle on Da Ji's side. While fighting the Wei forces on the frontlines, they fail to notice Lu Bu and Diaochan struggling with Nezha. The confrontation ends with Diaochan's death and Lu Bu's retreat. This can be averted by chaining a group of ships together in another stage, though Diaochan can still be killed if Nezha catches her. Susano'o soon makes his appearance, but is stalled by Keiji long enough for the alliance to drive Cao Pi and Sima Yi. Before leaving, they order Xu Zhu, Sima Shi, and Mitsunari join the coalition. In Ultimate, the hypothetical version of this stage allows players to fight under the opposing army's side. The flow of the battlefield is nearly identical to the original minus Lu Bu and Diaochan's appearance.


The struggle is depicted during a similar time frame in Kessen II and can only be played during Wei's story. After Cao Cao wins the Battle of Chi Bi, he makes plans to invade Wu. His plans are interrupted when Ma Chao attacks Xu Chang so Wei moves to intercept.

The landscape for the battle is a barren desert that is separated by mountains and stone built gates. A slim river to the north can also be crossed to avoid using the gates; the northern bank of the river has a forested area. Ma Chao's army is stationed to the west and is defending two gates. One gate is near the bottom of the map and the other is between this gate and the river. Wei's army is on the eastern side and can easily access the bridge close to them from the north.

During the war council, Cao Cao is given the opportunity to use one of three strategies. Cheng Yu suggests attacking the gates with the entire army. Xun Yu advises to distract the enemy at the gates while Yu Jin swings to the enemy's rear from the north. The new strategist, Sima Yi, opts to lure the enemy out from the gate facing the ally storehouse and ambush them. The rest of the army attacks the southern gate. They need to route Ma Chao and Ma Dai to be victorious. In the end, Cao Cao drives the rebels back and claims their lands for his own.

After the conflict, Ma Chao rides the remnants of his army to join Liu Bei's siege against Liu Zhang. Before his arrival, Zhuge Liang expressed his concern of being caught in a pincer between Ma Chao's army and Liu Zhang's forces.

Historical InformationEdit

Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit


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