Strategy - Hattori Version 2.3
"The Hattori are the leading family in Iga, a mountainous province, and the home of the independent Iga sokoko Ikki, a kind of proto-republic which denied the power of the kamakura shogunate's feudal lords. The people of Iga developed a school of martial arts, the iga-ryu ninjutsu, Which combined martial arts, assassination techniques and unconventional warface tactics. They used their ninjutsu to keep their independence and then to make themselves wealthy as swords-for-hire. The tradition of independence, however, has remained strong in Iga and among the Hattori. Ninjutsu remains a dark art, passed down through families and jealously guarded from outsiders's eyes. It is not suprising, then, that the Hattori can recruit ninja warriors more cheaply than any other clan, and their ninja also have more expertise, both on and off the battlefield. Under the leadership of Hattori Yasunaga, the clan remains dangerous. As he looks beyond the borders of Iga, who knows where ambition may take his clan: perhaps to the shogun's palace? The Hattori are largely at peace with their neighbours, although such arrangements have a tendency to fall part. To the North, the Asai in Omi represent a tempting target, as there is a school of ninja there. To the south, the Kitabatake and Tsutsui defend holy sites that might be better under Hattori stewardship, while the Ashikaga of Yamato represent all that is wrong with the old tired system of government, as they control what passes for a shogunate at the moment.
" - by S2 Encyclopaedia
What you should know about "Hattori" before you start?
1. Clan Traits
+2% to the success chance of ninja actions (Hattori ninjas are much stronger and cheaper than other clans have)
Specialist Hattori units can hide effectively in battle
Specialist Hattori units possess kisho training (more explains in "ADVANTAGE IN BATTLEFIELD")
Hattori army have expensive units and army upkeep is more high than other clans
How to get start?
The Hattori Clan spotting in the middle of the mainland, Iga town (really nearby Kyoto) and your town is surrounded by Kyoto and many other clans. the Asai
in north, the Kitabatake
in south and Tsutsui
in west. It is important keep good relationship will all these clans, specially with Kyoto. Their army is huge (truelly they won't harm you, because they only move in kyoto province), if you go to war with them. If you want keep good relationship with them. Try ask trade with them.
I playing on Normal-stage
People has told for me that Hattori is really hard to play. I must say: . This is not even hard for me. Almost middle of mainland is conquered.
: Before you press "turn"-button, make sure you improve all your food and income, trade contracts with all neighbours (remember you have 3000 coins to use). Choice this tree, what improve your income from technology art and continue recearching to next one, who decrease army upkeep/hire on -5-10% (after this recearch warrior-arts). Also you have 4-5 unit army beside Iga. Take your Leader from Iga to army and march to war with the Asai in Omi-town or Tsutsui in the west. Siege them and Conquer it. Now you should get it or you will have problem with Asai's allies. If you will go to West and try take Tsutsui out from campaign. Their allies will come to fight you.
When Omi-castle is conquered. Fix it and move your clan leader back to Iga. Now you can press "Turn"-button.
After Omi/Yamato conquer and new turn. You need keep improving your army and try get katana warriors (Because mostly enemy have many spearman, these katana are strong against them). Also you can make new trades with new neighbours. Ikki okki and many other in North and North-West and some in east. Make sure your ninja will not die. Train him and scout new areas. Also keep your eyes to your neighbours
, what they are doing in North, East, South or West. While watching build the army and attack to that clan, who is the most weaknest and haven't any allies with any clan (probably they have 1 or 2 allies, but better choise that who have 1 ally to avoid problems).
Example me, I saw some action in North and in south-east so I have 2 choice to charge. I decided go to North this time and wait my time to strike.
I saw Wakasa had large army after rebel strike, so I decided attack to Ikko Ikki and take their fortress (They have no allies)!
After that you control 3 provinces now. Income coming as well, just keep your eyes to neighbour and strike to them when you see a chance.
After the battle with Ikko Ikki. Hattori has declase the war with them. Each battle, they became more weak so after I decided push them out from the game. I finished them and now have 4 province in control now (Black area in the middle of map). Same time I've improved my relationship with Takeda-clan (red-area beside me) and now we are preparing to next war against Tsutui-clan. They are really growed from west to south and east. Now I must researching more arts and gathering more units to 2 Army. Army in Iga town must keep their main army on their capital, while my 2nd army is regrouping to east with Takeda-Clan. East and south area are my main targets now.
ADVANTAGE IN BATTLEFIELD:
I will show example
Normally All clans in the battlefield can deploy and move units inside of yellow area.
But Hattori is another story , Their special skill that they can deploying everywhere in the battlefield (ONLY samurais, archers, spearmans and battlefield-ninjas
). Only the white area keep your units keep your units away from the enemy. This tactic give good advances to suprise your enemy and archers are ready open their arrow-storm, when you start the battle:
THE KISHO NINJA - WHO THEY ARE?
The Kisho ninja are special units from "Criminal Syndicate" building. All clans can recruit them, but Hattori one are more better and cheaper than by other clans. These kisho ninjas mission are killing enemies from flanks/hides, eliminate the general and decrease opposite's fighting ability using their " blinding bombs". These units can hiding everywhere in the battlefield while they not move. When they are moving/running, then they come out from hide. These ninjas use throwing knifes for short-range attacks
: This make your units invisible on short time. Enemy will not see you during stealth, so when you are close your target; stealthing, suprise and kill. This is really useful, when you want backstab/flanking your enemy/general get to back, but remember time have not much.
2. Blinding grenades
: When Ninjas are close to the enemy units/general. This is really good to use blinding them. Their fighting ability will be lower than normally. Then your ninjas have small advantage and kill those bloody bastards. If you use this blinding grenades in mass-fight, where are also your own warriors. Their fighting ability will be lower too, if they get hit by grenade. Also when you use ninjas in battle, remember they are not like katana samurai. They have weak armory and are weak against cavalry, so use them wisely.
I hope this guide can get you to start, the rest will be only about you.
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