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Total War: Shogun 2
Total War: Shogun 2 is a 2011 strategy video game developed by Creative Assembly. Set in feudal Japan in the 16th century, players control one of nine major clans vying for control of the fractured nation. While battles are carried out primarily with traditional weapons like spears, swords, and bows, clans can come into contact with European traders that can provide access to gunpowder weapons.
The following weapons appear in the video game Total War: Shogun 2:
Total War: Shogun 2
The Tanegashima is a Japanese matchlock arquebus used during the Sengoku Jidai and to some degree, during the Boshin War. It is used by most matchlock-type units as well as the foreign-recruited Portuguese Tercos available in the Otomo Clan DLC. It is also used by the traditional Matchlock Kachi skirmish unit in the Fall of the Samurai expansion.
The Japanese Ō-zutsu is used by the Heavy Gunners, Fire Rockets, and Tokitaka's Tanegashima. The Ō-zutsu is a heavy Tanegashima akin to a hand cannon.
The Japanese Bajō-zutsu, also known as Chu-zutsu, is used by the Donderbuss Cavalry unit only available in the Otomo Clan Pack DLC. The Bajō-zutsu is essentially a portable Tanegashima intended for cavalry use akin to European dragoon carbines or pistols. It is depicted in-game with a somewhat "blunderbuss-erized" barrel, hence the unit's name, though there is no evidence of Japanese matchlocks with such exaggerated blunderbuss style barrels. It is the most powerful firearm in the game due to the shotgun effect it delivers against its targets.
Ishibiya Hand Cannon
The Japanese Ishibiya (石火矢) hand cannon is used by the Hojo Hand Mortars unit. It is commonly believed that the first encounter of the Japanese with firearms was with the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, however, it appears that earlier and more primitive guns like the Ishibiya were also used prior to this. The Ishibiya appears to have originated from the medieval Chinese hand cannon known as a Chong or Huochong.
XV Century European Cannon
A European-style cannon from earlier designs typical for the 14th-15th century period is used by the European Cannons unit.
The Horokuhiya (焙烙火矢), also known as the Horokudama or simply Horoku Bomb, is used by the Fire Bomb Throwers and Fire Bomb Kobaya units. Horoku means "earthenware pot", however, the bomb itself was made of iron and not ceramic. The Horoku consisted of two iron hemispheres joined together, a fuse, and a rope for throwing. The bomb was whirled around the thrower's head and thrown in a similar manner to Olympic hammer throwing. The Horoku likely originated from the earlier Chinese Zhen Tian Lei or thunder crash bomb which the Japanese encountered during the Mongol invasion of 1274. The Horoku was also used as a naval weapon by the Murakami navy during the First Battle of Kizugawaguchi in 1576.
The Japanese Hōseki Catapult is used by the Fire Projecting Mangonels unit.
Total War: Shogun 2 — Fall of the Samurai
Total War: Shogun 2 — Fall of the Samurai is a standalone expansion pack for the game that moves the action to the mid-1800s, against the backdrop of the Boshin War. The expansion adds many new units armed with new, modern weapons, contrasting against the continued use of traditional melee and ranged weapons by some clans.
Smith & Wesson Model 2
The Smith & Wesson Model 2 is added with this expansion pack and usually wielded by officers and is also used by the Foreign Veteran agent during the campaign. Cavalry units like the Revolver Cavalry and the General's Bodyguard use this particular model.
Colt 1860 Army
A Colt 1860 Army is seen on the cover, and does appear in the game being used to portray some of the various agents' "retainer" items including even some erroneous depictions such as standing in for a volcanic pistol and Philadelphia Derringer.
Enfield Pattern 1861 Musketoon
Most of the line infantry-type, levy infantry-type, and skirmisher-type units (with the exception of Tosa Riflemen) in Fall of the Samurai use the Pattern 1861 Enfield Musketoon. Units like the Shinsengumi Police Force, Yugekitai, and the foreign-recruited U.S. Marines use this particular model. Oddly enough, they use the same gun albeit with different effective ranges depending on the unit stats.
The British Snider-Enfield Rifle is used by first-tier elite troops, usually by the Imperial/Shogunate/Republican Infantry unit, the Kihetai, and the foreign-recruited Royal Marines.
Sniders were actually used in the Boshin War at the Battle of Ueno where Chōshū troops utilized them against the shogunate's Shōgitai regiment.
Spencer Repeating Rifle
The Spencer Repeating Rifle is used by the Tosa Riflemen, Carbine Cavalry, and Imperial Guard Cavalry. In some mods, they are used as a replacement weapon for the Tanegashima used by sailors.
Chassepot Modèle 1866
The French Fusil Modèle 1866 Chassepot rifle is the most powerful rifle in the game and is commonly used by more elite units like the Imperial/Shogunate/Republican Guard Infantry and by the foreign-recruited Infanterie de Marine. Due to their fast firing rate in-game, they have a tendency to run out of ammo very quickly particularly when in Kneel Fire mode.
The usage of the Chassepot by the guard units is historically accurate as it is based on the fact that Napoleon III provided shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu with 2000 Chassepot rifles, which he used to equip his personal guard.
Model 1874 Gatling Gun
The 1874 model Gatling Gun, apparently inspired by The Last Samurai, is also in the game and can be used as an area-denial unit. The proper right side mounted iron sight is not present and instead it has a top mounted sight from the M1862 Type II replica made by Cody Firearms Experience. It is also used by the American Roanoke-class ironclad, but can only fire broadside. It can be the most lethal weapon against enemy crewmen during naval combat in Fall of the Samurai. The 1862 model represents the "Gatling Gun Tower" building portrait. This is the first-time an automatic weapon was introduced in the Total War series.
The presence of the Gatling Gun is based on the last battle scene from The Last Samurai (down to a near one to one recreation in a trailer) which itself is based on the Battle of Shiroyama. In reality, the first Gatling Guns in Japan were two guns purchased by one Kawai Tsugunosuke for the Nagaoka clan in 1868 and were used in the Battle of Hokuetsu. Given the chronology of events and a painting of the guns in action by Yoshiyuki Takagai, these Gatlings were apparently M1865. There was also a third Gatling in Japan at the time, in possession of the Tosa.
Wooden Cannons are, as the name suggests, made of wood. This makes them somewhat ramshackle in their operations, with a slow reload rate and an immobile platform from which they cannot move. They have a very poor accuracy in-game and can fire only a few rounds before it must be considered useless. Their poor gameplay attributes are based on that they were hastily made last ditch weapons to be installed on defensive structures and could fire only four to fire projectiles before bursting.
The Parrott Gun is the second most powerful artillery unit in the game. It's a muzzle loader and can fire explosive and canister shells. But, it is the slowest unit in-game, along with the Gatling Gun and the Armstrong Gun, due to its heavy load.
The Armstrong Gun is the most powerful artillery unit in the game. Based on the RBL 12 Pounder 8 cwt gun, it can also fire explosive and canister shells in-game. It has a longer range than the Wooden Cannon and the Parrott Gun, but is more expensive than the other two. A naval version of the Armstrong Gun is used as a coastal battery and as a main gun on all of the ships in Fall of the Samurai and is modeled after the Ordnance 110-pounder RBL 7 Inch Gun. Along with the Gatling Gun and the Parrott Gun, it is the slowest unit in-game due to its heavy load.