Destiny of an Emperor: Chapters VIII-IX

Officers From VIII (Cao Pi), IX (Sima Yi)

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On this page all officers found in Destiny of an Emperor from Sun Quan’s death until Sima Yi’s death (chapters VIII and IX) are listed. With each entry we list power, intelligence, soldiers (if they don’t progress with levels), attack and defense power, any tactics they will have as an enemy, their tactical potential as an ally, and how they can be hired (if possible).

Chapter VIII/IX – Officers from both Wei Chapters

Chapter VIII begins after Sun Quan’s death, and ends with Cao Pi’s death.
Chapter IX begins after Cao Pi’s death, and ends with the death of Sima Yi.

Cao Ang
Str: 180, Int: 84, Men: 18197, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Ru Nan Castle (Battle)
(VS): Lian Huo, Shui Tu, Chi Xin, Wuo Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Cao Ang is actually a pretty decent officer when he becomes available to your party, but his strength isn’t quite high enough to get excited about, and his lower intelligence will cause you only problems. You are better off leaving him in the field for easier high-experience random encounters.

Cao Chun
Str: 168, Int: 48, Men: 13665, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Ru Nan’s First Gate (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Cao Chun is a poor and, well, stupid officer. Leave him in the field for easy experience.

Cao Hong
Str: 156, Int: 60, Men: 11841, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Field Battles Only
(VS): Lian Huo
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. You will actually never face Cao Hong in a major battle. That’s too bad, really, because the only thing he would have done in such an event would have been making it easier, and providing you with more experience. Shall we allow him to make up this misdeed by giving him that opportunity in random field encounters?

Cao Pi
Str: 216, Int: 204, Men: 20020, Att: Unrecorded, Def: Unrecorded
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), He Fei Fortress (Battle)
(VS): TACTICS
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Cao Pi, unfortunately, cannot be hired, as he will die after your second encounter with him. You will face Cao Pi twice: first, at He Fei Fortress, and second, at Ru Nan Castle.

Cao Ren
Str: 180, Int: 156, Men: 14333, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), He Fei Fortress (Battle)
(VS): Yan Re, Shui Lei, Chi Xin, Shui Jian, Cheng Nei, Li Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Cao Ren is a pretty decent officer, in terms of fair strength and passable intelligence, but his low soldier count prevents him from being of any great use to your party. For this reason, combined with the fact that he doesn’t present you with a real threat in random encounters, you should probably avoid attempts to hire him.

Cao Xiu
Str: 168, Int: 108, Men: 15034, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Ru Nan’s First Gate (Battle)
(VS): Ye Huo, Shui Xing, Chi Xin, Wuo Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Cao Xiu is barely above average at best, and officers of this sort don’t really have a place in your party, no matter how low your level may be. You should avoid hiring him, instead leaving him in the field for future experience gains.

Cao Zhang
Str: 242, Int: 168, Men: 19087, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Ru Nan Castle (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Cao Zhang, of all officers in Wei, is perhaps one of the finest officers to hire. Even if the soldiers of your primary officers are starting to exceed his, his surprisingly high strength, and respectable intelligence make him a wonderful temporary addition to your party (or perhaps even permanent if your level is low enough). If you are having trouble with battles in this area, or are struggling with Sima Yi in Ru Nan (especially), you might want to stop and find Cao Zhang to join you. Cao Zhang is also among the finest officers of the game for either of the two featured Destiny of an Emperor Challenges. Even if you decide you don’t need him, it doesn’t hurt to hire him when he is found, simply because he is a heavy-hitting intelligent enemy officer with a respectable band of soldiers.

Cao Zhen
Str: 192, Int: 192, Men: 10763, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Guang Ling Castle (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): Da Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Cao Zhen is a cool officer. He’s got a good strength, and his intelligence is great. His soldiers, unfortunately, are dangerously low for use in Wei, and you are only able to hire him half way through the territory—right when things are about to start getting nasty. If you do hire him, the only good reason would be because you aren’t fond of facing him in random encounters. Otherwise, you can safely leave him alone.

Cao Zhi
Str: 132, Int: 220, Men: 13665, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), He Fei Fortress’ First Gate (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Cao Zhi is a good officer, but his strength, intelligence, and soldiers are all just short of the levels you would need in order for him to be good in your party. Should you hire him, though? Absolutely. It is no fun having to return to a castle because he got lucky and snatched up Zhang Bao’s head in an unfortunate field encounter.

Cheng Yu
Str: 148, Int: 216, Men: 24233, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang Castle (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Yin Xian, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Cheng Yu cannot be recruited.

Chen Jiao
Str: 48, Int: 192, Men: 11841, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Random Encounter Only
(VS): Yan Re, Shui Lei, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Chen Jiao cannot be captured, and you will never face him in a major battle.

Chen Qun
Str: 72, Int: 228, Men: 24233, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s Second Gate (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Liu Dai at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s second gate. Unlike most of the other officers at this and the previous gate, Chen Qun is powerful enough to be annoying (you probably disliked him quite a bit when you first arrived to Wei). Hire him only to make sure you don’t encounter him anymore, but his strength and intelligence are too low for him to be a useful addition to your party, unfortunately.

Dian Wei
Str: 222, Int: 48, Men: 20020, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Ru Nan Castle (Battle), Luo Yang’s First Gate (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat him under Sima Yi at Ru Nan Castle (thanks, Chzn8r). If you do this he will not participate in the battle at Luo Yang’s First Gate! Beyond the novelty factor and the joy of collecting one of the game’s rare unique-portrait officers, Dian Wei won’t be able to contribute much to your party. Officers with a low intelligence are a liability at this point in the game, his soldier count is average at best, and in the field he offers an opportunity to get some easy experience.

Guo Jia
Str: 24, Int: 228, Men: 14333, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Field Battles Only
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Guo Jia cannot be captured, and you will never face him in a major battle.

Hou Cheng
Str: 192, Int: 108, Men: 18197, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s First Gate (Battle)
(VS): Ye Huo, Shui Xing, Chi Xin, Wuo Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Dian Wei at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s first gate. An average officer with average soldiers made available for hire right before the end of the game. The universe intended Hou Cheng to serve as livestock in Wei’s fields for easy experience harvesting, and who are you to interfere with the universe’s designs.

Jiang Gan
Str: 136, Int: 180, Men: 19087, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Chen Liu Fortress (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): Da Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Sima Yi at Chen Liu Fortress. Jiang Gan isn’t much more than an average strategist with average talent. He makes the Chen Liu battle with Sima Yi a little more difficult only because it is already hard to fend off Sima Yi and Yang Xiu, but that’s about the limit of his power. He serves no use to you employed, and he isn’t a major threat in the wild.

Jiang Wei
Str: 204, Int: 225, Men: By Level, Att: Varies, Def: Varies
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Guang Ling (City)
(VS): N/A
(Ally): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: When you reach the city inside Guang Ling Castle, you will find a man roaming around in search of Zhuge Liang. He will ask you if Zhuge Liang is present, and if you confirm, he will express his excitement and ask to join your force. This man happens to be Jiang Wei, the final allied main character in the game. His soldiers vary with level, and are equivalent to Zhao Yun’s, and he also has a strength high enough to be useful in battle. His greatest values, however, come in his agility (he goes early in battle, and with Chi Tu Ma, nearly always first), and his intelligence. 225 intelligence gives you an excellent tactic-user in battle. His intelligence level also makes him the second-best An Sha tactician in the entire game (second only to Zhou Yu of Wu, who you can also hire). Many people choose to use him as a strategist. If you chose not to hire Zhang Bao or Guan Xing back when Wu attacked your Shu territories, you will also have the option, now, of having both Zhuge Liang and Jiang Wei in your party at the same time—a heavenly lineup for people fond of using tactics, but not the easiest lineup to use in the game. You should definitely hire and use Jiang Wei.

Le Xin (Yue Jin)
Str: 168, Int: 72, Men: 29332, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s Third Gate (Battle)
(VS): Lian Huo, Shui Tu, Chi Xin
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat him at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s third gate. Le Xin is a notch above the other useless average officers you have seen a lot of lately, but that notch doesn’t quite place him in a class worthy of consideration in your party. Though his soldiers are worthy, his strength is too low to hit hard enough, and his intelligence is low enough that Sima Yi will clown him. Besides, why give up a perfectly good easy experience officer in field battles? Sidenote: Le Xin is actually Yue Jin (Le Xin is a mistranslation of the alternate translation of Yue Jin, Le Jin)!

Li Dian
Str: 156, Int: 108, Men: 23103, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Chin Castle (Battle)
(VS): Ye Huo, Shui Xing, Chi Xin, Wuo Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Xun Huo at Chin Castle. Too little, too late, Li Dian is an average officer with average soldiers you get the opportunity to hire right at the end of the game, just in time for him to be slaughtered by the game’s finest strategists. His best use to you is appearing in random battles for experience, and his weak tactics only make him better suited for this task.

Liu Dai
Str: 168, Int: 84, Men: 26661, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s Second Gate (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat him at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s second gate. Liu Dai is a warrior with poor strength (read: useless). Don’t be tempted by his decent following of soldiers, and leave him in Wei’s fields to serve as a random experience packet (i.e. easy battle experience).

Liu Ye
Str: 60, Int: 180, Men: 16540, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s First Gate (Battle)
(VS): Yan Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): Da Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Dian Wei at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s first gate. Liu Ye is an average strategist who would serve no purpose in your party, and who presents no threat in random encounters. Do yourself a favor and leave him out there to keep yourself one step further away from the likes of Guo Jia.

Lu Wen
Str: 168, Int: 132, Men: 22026, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s Second Gate (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Liu Dai at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s second gate. Lu Wen is totally average in every single way possible. Your party has no use for average officers, and you have nothing to fear from average opponents in the field. As such, leave him to his average life of average accomplishments, highlighted by the occasional abnormal beatdown from your party.

Mao Jie
Str: 132, Int: 72, Men: 24233, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s Third Gate (Battle)
(VS): Lian Huo, Shui Tu, Chi Xin
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Le Xin at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s third gate. Mao Jie is useless. He really is. Don’t bother hiring him, as the only thing he will ever accomplish in his career will be providing your officers with more experience.

Niu Jin
Str: 204, Int: 36, Men: 20020, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Chen Liu Fortress’ Gate (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat him at Chen Liu Fortress’ first gate. Niu Jin has a decent strength, average soldiers, and a worthless intelligence. This far into the game you don’t really have much use for him, and officers of intelligence this low hold you back more than they help in Wei. Best to leave him in the field for easy experience.

Pang De
Str: 212, Int: 200, Men: 2965, Att: 120, Def: 85
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Location: Random Encounter Only
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Yin Xian, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Pang De can be hired in random encounters from the moment you arrive in Wei. You may recall your battle with Ma Chao, at Gui Yang Castle, back in Liu Zheng’s chapter? This is where you originally faced Pang De, and he was quite a force to contend with at that point. As unusual as it may seem, though, he retains his force from that point, much earlier in the game, even in battle now. This makes him a weak enemy. Unfortunately, this also makes him fairly useless to you as an ally as well. The only reason to hire him would be fore the sake of novelty, or to take one of many (albeit quite weak) Ji Mian user out of the wild.

Si Ma Shi (Sima Shi)
Str: 192, Int: 220, Men: 27965, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang Castle (Battle)
(VS): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Sima Shi, one of Sima Yi’s brothers, is encountered before the game’s final battle. After you defeat them in battle, there is no mention of their fate, and as you will not ever see them again. It is pretty much assumed that they probably part ways with their heads.

Si Ma Yi (Sima Yi)
Str: 180, Int: 250, Men: 40972, Att: 240, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Ru Nan Castle (Battle)
(VS): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, Bei Ji
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Sima Yi, being the last enemy standing between you and liberation of China, is destined to die. You will soon discover, however, that he won’t go quietly into the night without a fight (or two, or three).

Si Ma Zhao (Sima Zhao)
Str: 180, Int: 232, Men: 30767, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang Castle (Battle)
(VS): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Sima Zhao, one of Sima Yi’s brothers, is encountered before the game’s final battle. After you defeat them in battle, there is no mention of their fate, and as you will not ever see them again. It is pretty much assumed that they probably part ways with their heads.

Song Xian
Str: 168, Int: 60, Men: 13665, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Field Battles Only
(VS): Lian Huo
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Song Xian cannot be captured, and you will never face him in a major battle.

Wang Can
Str: 36, Int: 204, Men: 26661, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang’s Third Gate (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Yin Xian, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): Da Re, Hong Shui, Yin Xian, Ji Mian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Le Xin at the rebuilt at Luo Yang’s third gate. Wang Can’s abysmal strength and an intelligence which can’t really be classified better than ‘good’ disqualifies him from use in your party, but he is worth hiring to reduce the amount of Ji Mian users you face in random encounters by one more.

Wang Lang
Str: 148, Int: 168, Men: 13027, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), BATTLE (Battle)
(VS): Yan Re, Shui Lei, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Jie Ce, Qi Shou
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Wang Lang cannot be captured, and you will never face him in a major battle.

Wang Shuang
Str: 216, Int: 48, Men: 20999, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Chin Castle (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Xun Huo at Chin Castle. Wang Shuang is another of several strong but phenomenally stupid officers filling Wei’s ranks. Wang Shuang only becomes available at a point in the game where your remaining battles will be fought against very powerful strategists—something he certainly isn’t up to the task of handling. Leave him in the wild for experience.

Wei Xu
Str: 180, Int: 84, Men: 27965, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang Castle (Battle)
(VS): Lian Huo, Shui Tu, Chi Xin, Wuo Jian
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Wei Xu cannot be recruited.

Xia Hou De (Xiahou De)
Str: 168, Int: 132, Men: 16540, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Ru Nan’s Second Gate (Battle)
(VS): Yan Re, Shui Lei, Chi Xin, Shui Jian, Cheng Nei
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Xiahou De isn’t anything spectacular. He won’t be of any use to you in your party, and he won’t be any threat to you in the field. This, as is the case with so many other officers, leaves him with the prestigious honor of providing you with easy experience during your travels through Wei.

Xia Hou Dun (Xiahou Dun)
Str: 204, Int: 192, Men: 13665, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), He Fei Fortress (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Xiahou Dun is quite cool. He has a great strength which is accommodated with the rare combination of a high intelligence. If his soldiers weren’t so low, I would be quick to advise his employment for every venture into Wei. Hire him anyway, though, just because he is cool—and has a cool portrait. If you are playing Lord Yuan Shu’s Officer Challenge, however, he actually makes the cut for one of the finest party members to have in your group at the end of the game.

Xia Hou Mao (Xiahou Mao)
Str: 180, Int: 84, Men: 16540, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Ru Nan Castle (Battle)
(VS): Lian Huo, Shui Tu, Chi Xin, Wuo Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Xiahou Mao actually has pretty decent strength. Apparently Capcom thinks much more highly of him than Koei ever did. His low intelligence and average soldiers, however, ensure that he won’t ever be of use to your active party. He lacks the talent necessary to provide you with any threat in battle, which lands him with the common position of providing you with easy experience in the Wei fields.

Xia Hou Shang (Xiahou Shang)
Str: 156, Int: 144, Men: 17349, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Ru Nan’s Second Gate (Battle)
(VS): Yan Re, Shui Lei, Chi Xin, Shui Jian, Cheng Nei, Li Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Xiahou Shang has pretty good soldiers, but his average strength and intelligence prevent him from being of any great use to your party. You should avoid hiring him, instead leaving him to appear in random field battles for relatively easy experience.

Xia Hou Yuan (Xiahou Yuan)
Str: 204, Int: 168, Men: 11289, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Guang Ling Gate (Battle)
(VS): Yan Re, Hong Shui, Tong Xian, Shui Jian, Jie Ce, Li Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: All members of the Cao and Xiahou families can be hired after Cao Pi’s death. Xiahou Yuan isn’t quite as cool as Xiahou Dun, but he is still a great officer. If only he had the soldiers to back him up. For this reason I wouldn’t suggest hiring him into your party, but you may want to pick him up simply because he is one of the cool Wei officers with unique portraits.

Xu Huang
Str: 216, Int: 108, Men: 18197, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Field Battles Only
(VS): Ye Huo, Shui Xing, Chi Xin, Wuo Jian
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Xu Huang cannot be captured, and you will never face him in a major battle.

Xu Zhu (Xu Chu)
Str: 228, Int: 24, Men: 20020, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang Castle (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Xu Zhu cannot be recruited.

Xun Huo (Xun Yu)
Str: 72, Int: 228, Men: 25418, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Chin Castle (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat him at Chin Castle. Xun Huo is, perhaps, the most terrifying officer you will encounter in Wei, with the exception of Sima Yi and his family. He won’t do your party much good when you finally are able to hire him, as your proper party should already be quite strong, and his intelligence isn’t quite enough to warrant his use solely as a tactic user, but you should be thrilled at the opportunity to ensure that you won’t find him in random encounters again. Xun Huo is, however, a great officer to use in Lord Yuan Shu’s Officer Challenge.

Xun You
Str: 96, Int: 204, Men: 16540, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Never Appears in Battle
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Yin Xian, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: You won’t actually ever meet Xun You in the game. We always wondered why they left such a wonderful Wei strategist out of the action. But, while editing the ROM to produce some new Destiny of an Emperor delights, I discovered that Capcom did actually make an officer for Xun You. He’s there in the ROM. I swapped him with another officer just to see what he would be like. I’ve included him here strictly for completion and entertainment.

Yang Xiu
Str: 124, Int: 228, Men: 20999, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Chen Liu Fortress (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, Li Jian
(Ally): Huo Shen, Shui Long, Wan Fu, Ji Mian, Gui Huan, An Sha
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat Sima Yi at Chen Liu Fortress. Yang Xiu is a great officer, and would be worth using in your party if he had a better strength or a large amount of soldiers, but unfortunately he doesn’t quite make the cut. If you are looking for another good addition to your party, consider spending extra time searching for Cao Zhang. Yang Xiu is, however, worth hiring for Lord Yuan Shu’s Officer Challenge. You should consider hiring him when you have a chance regardless simply because he can be frustrating to face in random encounters.

Yu Jin
Str: 200, Int: 48, Men: 30767, Att: 190, Def: 180
Chapter: IX (Sima Yi in Wei), Luo Yang Castle (Battle)
(VS): None
(Ally): N/A
Recruiting: Yu Jin cannot be recruited.

Zhang Liao
Str: 232, Int: 216, Men: 13027, Att: 190, Def: 170
Chapter: VIII (Cao Pi in Wei), Guang Ling Castle (Battle)
(VS): Da Re, Hong Shui, Yin Xian, Ji Mian, Yi Xin, An Sha
(Ally): None
Recruiting: Can be hired in random encounters after you defeat him at Guang Ling Castle. If you are in Wei at a low level, it may be worthwhile to hire Zhang Liao to help you out on a temporary basis. His strength is excellent, on part with some of your finest officers, and his intelligence gives you another good tactic user, and makes your party a little stronger against powerful opposing tactic users. Unfortunately, his lower soldier count prevents him from being too useful in the last stretch of the game. Zhang Liao is a great officer to use in Lord Yuan Shu’s Officer Challenge. Hire him if you get a chance, even if you won’t use him, simply to take another Ji Mian and An Sha user out of the Wei fields.

© 1989 Hiroshi Motomiya, © 1989 M and M Co., © 1989 Shueisha, Produced by Capcom Co. Ltd.

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