Shimazu Yoshihiro
Yukiden - Yoshihiro
4-Kanji Description: 一刀必殺
4-Kanji Translation: The Sure-Kill Blade
Weapon: Broad Sword
Element: Lightning
Faction: Shimazu
Series Debut: Sengoku BASARA
Playable Debut: Sengoku BASARA
Games: Sengoku BASARA
Sengoku BASARA 2
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
Sengoku BASARA Battle Heroes
Sengoku BASARA 3
Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes
Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage
Sengoku BASARA 4
Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi
Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-den
Anime: Sengoku BASARA Samurai Kings
Sengoku BASARA Samurai Kings 2
Sengoku BASARA Judge End
Seiyuu: Kenichi Ogata
Voice Actor: Paul Dobson (Devil Kings
Peter Beckman (Samurai Heroes)
R Bruce Elliott (Samurai Kings/2/Judge End)
Television Actor: -
Stage Actor: -

Shimazu Yoshihiro is a character introduced in the first installment and has appeared in all of the main games ever since.


Shimazu Yoshihiro is depicted as a small, though muscular man wielding a big sword. Yoshihiro likes to fight and even more so when his rival, Honda Tadakatsu, is in the enemy ranks.

He will join the Western Army in Sengoku BASARA 3. In Fūma Kotarō's alternative story line, he joins Ōtomo Sōrin's forces and becomes a Xavist. His name is then changed into Chester Shimazu.

In Sengoku BASARA 4 he is unlocked by completing Mōri Motonari's storyline.

Weapons Edit

  • Summer Gale - Yoshihiro's basic weapon.
  • Thunder God - chance of extra lightning based attack damage.
  • Iron Mauler - BASARA gauge fills quicker than normal.
  • Forked Lightning - chance of extra lightning based attack damage.
  • Skewered Taste - joke weapon. Pieces of meat and tofu grilled to perfection on a skewer.


  • Rolling Thunder - flips in the air, slamming down with a charged sword slash.
  • Hammer - jumps up and smashes sword down flat onto the ground.
  • Truth - sends enemies flying with a frightening battle cry. (Unlocked at Level 5)
  • Berserker - puts every bit of energy into several powerful slashes. (Unlocked at Level 10)
  • Power Surge - imbues sword with lightning, expanding attack range. (Unlocked at Level 20)
  • Beast Cut - fills sword with battle energy, then launches it forward. (Unlocked at Level 30)
  • Lightning Sword - slashes lightning imbued sword into the ground. (Unlocked at Level 40)

Historical informationEdit


Shimazu Yoshihiro

Shimazu Yoshihiro 島津義弘 

August 21, 1535 – August 30, 1619

Was a general of the Shimazu clan in south Japan

After surendering to him Yoshihiro had been a willing and a skillful general for Hideyoshi. On both 1592 and 1597 of the Seven-Year War, Yoshihiro set his foot on the Korean peninsula and successfully carried out a series of battles. On 1597, working together with Todo Takatora, Kato Yoshihaki and Konishu Yukinaga, Yoshihiro defeated Won Kyun's navy. At the battle of Sacheon in 1598, facing Ming China's army counting 37,000, Yoshihiro defeated them with only 7,000 soldiers. Shimazu troops under Yoshihiro were called "Oni-Shimazu (literal translation-Shimazu demons or Shimazu ogres)" by Ming. On the final battle of the war, the Battle of Noryang , Yoshihiro's objective was to cross the Noryang Strait, link up with Konishi and retreat to Japan. The Korean admiral Yi Soon Shin that had obstructed Yoshiaki was killed by him at sea. And, he rescued all Japanese commanders, and returned to Japan.

For the Battle of Sekigahara , Yoshihiro was supposed to take the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu, but his army was was crushed on arriving for a rescue and after being humiliated, took the side of Ishida Mitsunari instead. Yet Yoshihiro could not get along with Mitsunari as well, who did not listen to any of Yoshihiro's plan including surprise night attack on the day before the actual battle. On the day of the battle, Yoshihiro and his troop of 1500 simply held ground and did not fight at all. After the rest of Mitsunari's side was wiped out, Yoshihiro was stranded in at least 30,000 of Ieyasu's troop. Vastly outnumbered, Yoshihiro tried to make a charge against Ieyasu himself but after Shimazu Toyohisa demanded that he not kill himself over a meaningless battle, Yoshihiro instead chose to charge straight through Ieyasu's troop to make an exit at the other side. By having his troop make a fighting retreat called Sutegamari where until certain number of men died holding a position and repelling an attack, the main body of army fought as well. Toyohisa and the bulk of troop died, but the charge and the retreat was a success . After beating back the chase, he picked up his wife at Sumiyoshi and went home by ships.

After recognizing why and how Yoshihiro behaved on the battle field, Ieyasu had Shimazu clan retain its domain and let Yoshihiro's son succeed him. Yoshihiro retired and took up teaching younger generations. He died on 1619 and several of his retainers who had fought along him followed him by committing suicide at age 84.



Image Gallery

How to UnlockEdit

Game How to Unlock Notes
Sengoku BASARA Clear the game with Itsuki & Xavi -
Sengoku BASARA 2 Clear the game with Ranmaru Unlocked by Default in the HD Collection
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes Unlocked by Default -
Sengoku BASARA Battle Heroes Clear the game with Hanbei -
Sengoku BASARA 3 Clear the game with Kanbei -
Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes Clear the game with Hanbei Unlocked by Default with Battle Heroes Save Data
Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage Unlocked by Default -
Sengoku BASARA 4 Clear the game with Motonari Can be unlocked with DLC
Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi Unlocked by Default -
Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-den Complete Story Mode -
Sengoku BASARA
Sengoku-Basara-logoSB2SB2HSBXLogo SBBHSB3Utage LogoLogo SBCHSB4 LogoSumeragi logo Yukimura-den logo
BASARAanime01BASARA2animeLogo SBJEGakuen logo
Sengoku BASARA
Date MasamuneSanada YukimuraOda NobunagaNōhimeUesugi KenshinTakeda ShingenItsukiXaviMori RanmaruAkechi MitsuhideKasugaMaeda ToshiieMatsuSarutobi SasukeShimazu YoshihiroHonda Tadakatsu
Sengoku BASARA 2
Maeda KeijiChōsokabe MotochikaMōri MotonariToyotomi HideyoshiTakenaka HanbeiMiyamoto Musashi
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
Katakura KojūrōAzai NagamasaOichiFūma KotarōHōjō UjimasaTokugawa IeyasuHonganji KennyoImagawa Yoshimoto
Sengoku BASARA 3
Ishida MitsunariŌtani YoshitsuguSaika MagoichiKuroda KanbeiTsuruhime
Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage
Matsunaga HisahideKobayakawa HideakiTenkaiMogami YoshiakiTachibana MuneshigeŌtomo Sōrin
Sengoku BASARA 4
Shima SakonShibata KatsuieYamanaka ShikanosukeGotō MatabeiIi Naotora
Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi
Ashikaga YoshiteruKyōgoku MariaSen no Rikyū
Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-den
Sanada MasayukiSanada Nobuyuki
Area Warlords
Nanbu HarumasaSatake YoshishigeUtsunomiya HirotsunaAnegakōji YoritsunaAmago Haruhisa
Other Characters
GohonyariNaoe KanetsuguMiyoshi Trio
Sengoku BASARA Judge End
Sakai TadatsuguIsono Kazumasa