Dynasty Warriors 6 (真・三國無双 5, Shin Sangokumusou 5) is the sixth title in the Dynasty Warriors series. It is a total revamp from previous games and has been rebuilt from the ground up. Koei planned to make this game feel like an old kung-fu action movie as the attacks are motion-captured by real life martial artists. Though the game was designed to be released exclusively for next-gen consoles, the company decided to release a PlayStation 2 version of the title.
As the game has been built from the ground up by Koei, many new features are introduced in the game, while some have been removed. A new system takes place of the old attack chains, called Renbu. In previous ports, the number of attacks available to use were affected by the level and quality of the wielded weapon. The more powerful weapons would allow more attacks.
However, in this game, a meter called the “Renbu Gauge”, fills as the player’s character builds up more combos. The level of the gauge ranges from One, Two, Three, and Infinite. As the gauge grows higher, attacks will have longer range and will become more powerful. If the player does not attack for a period or takes heavy damage, the Renbu Gauge will decrease. The new Renbu system allows character, even at Gauge level 1 to execute infinite attack strings. Without unlocking Renbu Level 3 and Infinite, however, character can only access up to Level 2 except when he/she receives a Renbu Earring, which provides thirty seconds of Infinite Renbu.
- The branching attack system has been removed. For example, attack strings were previously ; , ; , , ; etc. This has been replaced by one-button strings, such as , , , , or , , , .
- Like Samurai Warriors, characters can evade and perform unique attack animations when they win deadlocks.
- Players can do a new attack that breaks the enemies guard called a “Grapple”. It can be done anytime by pressing or while the character is blocking.
- Special Attacks, received from the Tome item drop, allows characters to use a devastating skill to defeat enemies and help out the player. The drop can usually be found off of defeated Guard Captains of bases. There are five attack types – Swift Attack, Volley, Fire, True Speed, and Rockfall.
- Swift Attack: immediately boosts the user’s Renbu gauge up to the Infinite Renbu, and grants higher attack and defense power. When used when the player is at low, red health, the effects of Swift Attack increase.
- Volley: releases waves of arrows surrounding the player to annihilate enemies. Element may be added.
- Fire: sets off multiple eruptions of fire in random areas surrounding the character. When used on a base, the base is engulfed in fire and all opposing base forces inside of it are damaged.
- True Speed: greatly boosts the character’s speed and are given unique attacks whilst running. When used on a horse, the Tome Attack also boosts the horse’s traveling speed. Also increases range and/or adds an extra attack to the strong dashing attack.
- Rockfall: lets loose giant boulders of land on the enemy and, when used near a cliff or an area with elevation differences, the rocks fall down and slide on the ground.
- Dueling returns from Dynasty Warriors 4, though it differs from the previous system. There is a chance where an opposing officer will challenge the player into a duel, then surrounding officers and foot soldiers will form a circle around the two duelists. When the player gets too close to the enemy’s side, a foot soldier will attack the player to get them back inside the duel; the same goes for the dueling enemy. Officers from either side can join the fray and the duel can be prematurely ended when either duelist exits the circle formation.
Any officer defeated during the duel will immediately drop 200 EXP points. Duels are usually executed when there is an equal amount of forces in one area. However, when a duel is initiated with the player completely surrounded by enemies, the crowd of soldiers forming the boundary is more likely to attack. If a horse is called when one is taking place, it may come into the arena, but will eventually find its way and wait in-between allied troops.
- Dynasty Warriors 6 also sports a Skill Tree unique to all characters. Each branch is attained by gaining a level and it will be complete by level 50. With it, players can unlock many items, ranging from stat-boosting or add-on skills. Also available is a special ability which allows wild animals to refrain from attacking and movement-quickening skills, such as swimming and running.
- Weapons are no longer quality-based ranks and unique Fourth Weapons have been removed. The weapons’ capabilities and attack strengths are randomly chosen. Characters with Musou Modes have three different-looking weapons while characters without Musou modes all retain one weapon’s design. Each weapon is now divided into three categories – Strength, Standard, and Skill.
- Strength – usually have a higher attack power, at the cost of Renbu Chains being kept for a smaller amount of time. They also increase the likelihood of breaking enemies’ guards as the Renbu Gauge increases. The noting color background is red.
- Standard – the default weapon type; increases range as the Renbu Gauge increases and keeps Renbu Chains at a medium amount of time. Noted by the color green.
- Skill – grants greater attack speeds when powered up by the Renbu Gauge. Icons will have a blue background.
- Saddles are now found randomly. They can be found after breaking a crate or jar or as a random drop from an officer. At the end of a stage, like weapons, found horses can be kept or rejected as a player can only have a maximum eight horses.
- Horses can be leveled up to level five, and a horse also has four attributes that can go up to five hundred. The attributes are Speed, Jump, Destruction, and Attack. Like weapons, saddles can also have special abilities attached to them, such as Water Spirit (exclusive to Hex King), Renbu Gait, Find Weapon, Find Saddle, etc. They can also be called to the players’ side by pressing the down button on the direction pad. Pressing R1 (PS3) / RB (360) on a horse also causes the horse to jump.
- There are six unique horses, three which are historical. The historical steeds are Shadow Runner, Hex King (Hex Mark), Red Hare King (Red Hare).
- In previous games, players could only travel on land. In Dynasty Warriors 6, they can now swim and climb ladders. Ladders are usually attached to towers or gates, while the swimming feature takes place in only a few stages. Players can also jump off cliffs, bridges, and other high leveled platforms and land on lower ground. If the player does this and lands near an enemy unit, they can sometimes surprise them and catch them off guard.
- Bases have also been revamped. In previous games, a character would defeat a Defense Captain to open a base’s gates. In this installment, however, gates need to be attacked in order to be opened. If the player rides a fast enough horse or use an unconventional method to enter a base, the gates do not need to be smashed. To capture the base, the player needs to K.O a certain number of enemies inside to lower its health. Corporal units count as twenty health points and, when the remaining number of points is one hundred or lower, a Guard Captain comes out. The defeat of a Guard Captain is an immediate surrender of the base. During a base’s inactive time, its health can restore.
- Units now consist of twenty or so foot soldiers and a bannerman, where a unit in previous games would only consist of a head soldier, and lower-ranked soldiers. A bannerman wields an army’s banner, and frequently raises it to raise morale. During a banner’s raising, any ally standing next to the bannerman gains a temporary power-up, such as Speed Up, Attack Up, or Defense Up.
- Engineers have been provided a greater role on the battlefield. When attacking a gate, Engineer units build catapults, put up ladders, and build rams. Ballistas have also been placed on the tops of gates, and frequently launch attacks on catapults and rams. They can be destroyed. Captains of Gates defend gates and can attack anyone around.
- Base Captains, who previously guarded exits to the battlefield, have been removed.
Like the previous title, individual characters have their own Musou Modes. Out of all the playable characters, only seventeen are given unique musou modes. Characters who are given Musou modes are:
- Zhou Yu
- Lu Xun
- Sun Shang Xiang
- Gan Ning (unlocked after finishing any Musou mode for Wu)
- Sun Jian (unlocked after finishing any three Musou modes for Wu)
- Zhao Yun
- Guan Yu
- Zhang Fei
- Zhuge Liang (unlocked after finishing any Musou mode for Shu)
- Liu Bei (unlocked after finishing any three Musou modes for Shu)
- Xiahou Dun
- Dian Wei
- Sima Yi
- Zhang Liao (unlocked after finishing any Musou mode for Wei)
- Cao Cao (unlocked after finishing any three Musou modes for Wei)
- Diao Chan (unlocked after finishing one Musou of each kingdom)
- Lu Bu (unlocked after finishing the Musou modes for Sun Jian, Liu Bei, Cao Cao and Diao Chan)
Musou Modes for each character are six stages in length. Each character has ten unique cinematics that are shown before or after a battle. No extra story stages or alternative paths are available.
Free Mode in Dynasty Warriors 6 is essentially identical to the Free modes in all previous game titles. In Free mode, players may select any unlocked stage and play that stage with any unlocked character. Out of all 41 playable characters only 9 of them are available at the start of the game. Additional characters must be unlocked by playing through the Musou modes of the original nine and completing specific objectives (listed as “Targets” within the battle preparation screen).
- Huang Zhong
- Battle of Mt Ding Jun; Wei’s forces. Complete the first target: Keep Xiahou Yuan alive and personally defeat Huang Zhong.
- Ma Chao
- Battle of Han Zhong; Wei’s forces. Complete the second target: defeat Zhao Yun, Ma Chao, and Zhang Fei within 15 minutes.
- Pang Tong
- Pacification of Cheng Du. Complete the third target: Keep Pang Tong alive.
- Wei Yan
- Battle of Wu Zhang Plains, Shu’s forces. Complete the second target: Keep Wei Yan alive.
- Yue Ying
- Battle of Wu Zhang Plains, Wei’s forces. Complete the first target: Personally defeat Guan Ping and Yue Ying within 10 minutes.
- Guan Ping
- Battle of Fan Castle, Shu’s forces. Complete the second target: Keep Guan Ping alive.
- Xu Zhu
- Battle of He Fei; Wu’s forces. Complete the first target: Personally defeat Cao Ren and Xu Zhu within 10 minutes.
- Xiahou Yuan
- Battle of Mt Ding Jun; Shu’s forces. Complete the first target: Keep Huang Zhong alive and personally defeat Xiahou Yuan.
- Xu Huang
- Battle of Fan Castle, Wei’s forces/Allied Forces. Complete the second target: Keep Xu Huang alive.
- Zhang He
- Battle of Han Zhong; Shu’s forces. Complete the second target: Personally defeat Zhang He, Cao Pi, and Sima Yi within 10 minutes.
- Zhen Ji
- Invasion of Xu Chang; Lu Bu’s forces. Complete the first target: Personally defeat Zhen Ji, Cao Pi, Xu Zhu, and Cao Ren within 15 minutes.
- Cao Ren
- Battle of Fan Castle, Lu Bu’s forces. Complete the second target: Capture every enemy bases on the map.
- Cao Pi
- Battle of He Fei Castle; Sun Jian’s forces. Complete the first target: Personally defeat Cao Pi within 5 minutes.
- Taishi Ci
- Conquest of Wu; Sun Ce’s forces. Complete the second target: Personally defeat Taishi Ci.
- Sun Quan
- Battle of Chi Bi; Lu Bu’s forces. Complete the first target: Personally defeat Cao Cao and Sun Quan within 10 minutes.
- Lu Meng
- Battle of He Fei Castle; Wei’s forces. Complete the second target: Personally defeat Lu Meng and Sun Quan within 20 minutes.
- Huang Gai
- Battle of Chi Bi; Allied Forces. Complete the third target: Make sure every ally officer survives the battle and doesn’t withdraw from the field.
- Sun Ce
- Battle of Xia Pi; Wu’s forces. Complete the first target: Have Sun Ce survive the battle.
- Xiao Qiao
- Battle of Shi Ting; Wu’s forces. Complete the third target: Ensure that Xiao Qiao and seven other officers survive the battle.
- Zhou Tai
- Battle of Yi Ling; Shu’s forces. Complete the third target: Complete the stage before 20 minutes elapse.
- Ling Tong
- Battle of Shi Ting; Wei’s forces. Complete the the first target: Personally defeat Ling Tong, Gan Ning, and Xiao Qiao in 10 minutes.
- Dong Zhuo
- Battle of Hu Lao Gate; Lu Bu’s Musou Mode. Complete the the first target: Personally defeat Sun Quan, Liu Bei, Yuan Shao, Dong Zhuo and Zhang Jiao within 15 minutes.
- Zhang Jiao
- Yellow Turban Rebellion. Complete the third target: Have the allied commanders within the enemy main camp before 20 minutes passes.
- Yuan Shao
- Battle of Guan Du; Wei’s forces. Complete the third target: Successfully defend both fortresses.
Set challenges that use characters’ base stats and automatically assigned weapons. The five modes are:
- Rampage – Defeat as many enemies as possible in the allotted time
- Sudden Death – Defeat as many enemies as possible without getting defeated; players and AI can be defeated in one hit
- Speed Run – Reach all fortresses as quickly as possible
- Havoc – Destroy as many items as possible
- Gauntlet – Gather EXP to get the highest score
Known as “Data Base” in the Japanese version, this section summarizes the entire Three Kingdoms era, includes terminology from the time period, a consolidated timeline, and brief bios of all the characters in the game (playable and NPCs). The data combines history and information found in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. Similar historical entries can also been found in Romance of the Three Kingdoms series.
Essentially the gallery mode in the game. Allows players to view and rotate character models, scan through skill trees, and watch movies found in characters’ Musou Modes. Horses and weapons can also be viewed. If the character reaches level 50, a voice gallery will also be unlocked.
- See also Dynasty Warriors 6/Weapon Movesets
All characters from Dynasty Warriors 5 return, with the exception of Pang De, Xing Cai, Jiang Wei, Da Qiao, Zhu Rong, Meng Huo, and Zuo Ci. The removed characters have no mention in the entire game though Xing Cai is referred to “the daughter of Zhang Fei” in Lu Bu’s Musou mode. Da Qiao is in Xiao Qiao’s biography and Meng Huo is mentioned in any Nanman related entries. A total of forty-one characters appear in the game. Characters without Musou modes are clones in terms of movesets, save for Xiao Qiao who retains the twin fans as her main weapon.
Although characters share attack animations, the effects from those attacks vary. Huang Gai and Wei Yan share the same fighting style, but the weapon model is slightly different in that Wei Yan will “thump” people on the floor when executing a charge combo while Huang Gai cannot. There are more examples of this throughout the character list.
- The Yellow Turban Rebellion [Han Forces vs. Yellow Turbans]
- Battle of Hu Lao Gate [Allied Forces vs. Dong Zhuo Forces]
- Conquest of Wu [Sun Ce Forces vs. Allied Forces]
- Campaign against Yuan Shu [Liu Bei Forces vs. Yuan Shu Forces]
- Battle of Xia Pi [Cao Cao Forces vs. Lu Bu Forces]
- [Sun Jian Forces vs. Lu Bu Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Liu Bei Forces]
- Battle of Guan Du [Cao Cao Forces vs. Yuan Shao Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Yuan Shao Forces vs. Cao Cao Forces]
- Invasion of Xu Chang [Sun Ce Forces vs. Cao Cao Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Cao Cao Forces]
- [Sima Yi Forces vs. Cao Cao Forces]
- Battle of Chang Ban [Cao Cao Forces vs. Liu Bei Forces]
- Battle of Chi Bi [Cao Cao Forces vs. Allied Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Cao Cao Forces vs. Allied Forces]
- Battle of Jing Province [Wu Forces vs. Shu Forces]
- [Sun Jian Forces vs. Shu Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Shu Forces]
- Pacification of Cheng Du [Liu Bei Forces vs. Liu Zhang Forces]
- Battle of He Fei [Wei Forces vs. Wu Forces]
- [Sun Jian Forces vs. Wei Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Wu Forces]
- Battle of Mt. Ding Jun [Wei Forces vs. Shu Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Allied Forces]
- Battle of Fan Castle [Allied Forces vs. Shu Forces]
- [Sun Jian Forces vs. Shu Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Wei Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Wei Forces]
- Battle of Shi Ting [Wei Forces vs. Wu Forces]
- [Lu Bu Forces vs. Allied Forces]
- Battle of He Fei Castle [Wei Forces vs. Wu Forces]
- Battle of Wu Zhang Plains [Wei Forces vs. Shu Forces]
Applies to the Xbox 360 version only.
|Target Master||60 G||Complete all targets|
|Master of Chaos||50 G||Complete all stages on Chaos|
|Completionist||50 G||Get all officers to level 50|
|Scenario Master||50 G||Complete all scenarios|
|Musou Mode Master||50 G||Clear all Musou Modes|
|Target General||50 G||Clear 100 targets|
|Scenario General||50 G||Clear 30 scenarios|
|Target Corporal||40 G||Clear 75 targets|
|Scenario Corporal||40 G||Clear 20 scenarios|
|Target Private||30 G||Clear 50 targets|
|Scenario Private||30 G||Clear 10 scenarios|
|The Sleeping Dragon||30 G||Unlock Zhuge Liang|
|The King of Shu||30 G||Unlock Liu Bei|
|The Forthright Lord||30 G||Unlock Zhang Liao|
|The King Of Wei||30 G||Unlock Cao Cao|
|The Reckless Pirate||30 G||Unlock Gan Ning|
|The Tiger Of Jiang Dong||30 G||Unlock Sun Jian|
|The Beautiful Dancer||30 G||Unlock Diao Chan|
|The God of War||30 G||Unlock Lu Bu|
|The Splendid One||10 G||Unlock Ma Chao|
|The Tiger General||10 G||Unlock Huang Zhong|
|The Barbarian Lord||10 G||Unlock Wei Yan|
|The Fledgling Phoenix||10 G||Unlock Pang Tong|
|The Wise Lady||10 G||Unlock Yue Ying|
|The Son of Guan Yu||10 G||Unlock Guan Ping|
|The Raging Tiger||10 G||Unlock Xu Zhu|
|The Courageous Lord||10 G||Unlock Xu Huang|
|The Arm of Cao Cao||10 G||Unlock Xiahou Yuan|
|The Lord Of Beauty||10 G||Unlock Zhang He|
|The Lady of Wei||10 G||Unlock Zhen Ji|
|The Stalwart Defender||10 G||Unlock Cao Ren|
|The Emperor to Be||10 G||Unlock Cao Pi|
|The Ferocious Warrior||10 G||Unlock Taishi Ci|
|The Lord of Wu||10 G||Unlock Sun Quan|
|The Veteran General||10 G||Unlock Huang Gai|
|The Master General||10 G||Unlock Lu Meng|
|The Little Conqueror||10 G||Unlock Sun Ce|
|The Great Beauty||10 G||Unlock Xiao Qiao|
|The Loyal Warrior||10 G||Unlock Zhou Tai|
|The Spirited General||10 G||Unlock Ling Tong|
|The General of Heaven||10 G||Unlock Zhang Jiao|
|The Usurper||10 G||Unlock Dong Zhuo|
|The Patriarch Of Yuan||10 G||Unlock Yuan Shao|
|First in Rampage||10 G||Rank 1st (Personal Best) in Rampage|
|First in Sudden Death||10 G||Rank 1st (Personal Best) in Sudden Death|
|First in Speed Run||10 G||Rank 1st (Personal Best) in Speed Run|
|First in Havoc||10 G||Rank 1st (Personal Best) in Havoc|
|First in Gauntlet||10 G||Rank 1st (Personal Best) in Gauntlet|
Two expansions have been planned and one has been released.
- Dynasty Warriors 6: Special is an update of the game exclusive to the PS2 and PSP. It removes the swimming feature but gains new stages, Musou Modes, cutscenes, and individualizes six other characters.
- Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires continues the line of Empires Expansions, where the player can play generic and unique characters to conquer all of China. A Create-a-Warrior system has also been added. Meng Huo also appears in the game and has been given a new look and weapon.
Dynasty Warriors 6 also has a spin-off called Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, which is so far exclusive to the PSP, PS3 and XBox 360. It introduces “Fury” forms, mythical transformations of the characters with exaggerated features and new abilities.
Aside from the guide books and character illustrations book, Koei officially funded the following publications for this game:
- Comic Shin Sangoku Musou 5 ~ Rumble Mission Vol. 1 – collection of four panel parody comics created and illustrated by fans. ISBN: 978-4-7758-0642-5
- Comic Shin Sangoku Musou 5 ~ Rumble Mission Vol. 2 – ISBN: 978-4-7758-0643-2
- Comic Shin Sangoku Musou 5 ~ Rumble Mission Vol. 3 – ISBN: 978-4-7758-0644-9
Free samples of these books -as well as the previously mentioned fan comic books for this series- can be seen here.
- RED CLIFF 〜心・戦〜 Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special Version
- Performed by alan
- *used in commercials for Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special
- This is the first Dynasty Warriors title to have the characters correctly pronounce Cao Cao’s name (tsao tsao rather than “cow cow”). The first English dub from a Koei title to do the same -other than Romance of the Three Kingdoms– was the Warriors Orochi series.
- The character looks in this game later appear as alternate costumes in Warriors Orochi Z. However, a few of them have been slightly altered.
- Some of the battlefield items introduced in this game are later integrated in the series’ online game.
- Zhao Yun, Diao Chan, and Sun Shang Xiang’s costumes from this game appear as extra content in Ninja Gaiden Sigma II.
- One of the game’s music tracks “Spring Of The East” was played during the swimming competition of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.