Imperial warrior

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Imperial Warrior

Imperial warriors wielding a rifle and a beam katana, respectively
Imperial warriors wielding a rifle and a beam katana, respectively
Internal name



EotRS logo.png Empire of the Rising Sun


Basic infantry


MX Type-2 Kinetic Carbine (Gun)
Imperial beam katana (Melee)



Hit points




Build time


Produced by

Instant Dojo

Ground attack

8 * 5
300 (Banzai charge)


75 (Banzai charge)

Attack range

20 (Banzai charge)

Sight range



Banzai charge

I serve the Emperor!
- Imperial warrior rolling out of the Instant Dojo.

Imperial Warriors are the basic infantry units of the Empire of the Rising Sun.

Background[edit | edit source]

Drawing from a vast pool of young Japanese males (through drafting or voluntary enlistment), the ranks of Imperial Warriors are filled with fanatically-loyal and well-trained warriors armed with cutting-edge equipment. Each Imperial Warrior is unflinchingly loyal to the Emperor and adheres to the code of Bushido; he considers fighting and dying for the Emperor to be the greatest honour.

Imperial Warriors are seen to be wearing khaki-coloured uniforms and advanced body armour. The armour consists of a helmet with an optional faceplate and a thick vest with a personal power supply used by the MX Type-2 kinetic carbine and the beam katana. The carbine fires superheated slugs capable of lacerating and severely burning unarmoured targets. The beam katana is a mass-produced sword that can be temporarily superheated, creating an incredibly deadly melee weapon.

As a result of their training, it is common practice for Imperial Warriors to charge against their enemies using their katanas. This is mainly done to clear garrisoned buildings.

When it became apparent that the Empire was losing the war, a small fraction of the Imperial warriors cracked under pressure, refusing orders to fall back and channeling unspeakable rage into their bloody work. As punishment, the most experienced of them were sealed within DevilCoat suits created by Ten-Shi Zaibatsu, turning them into fearsome weapons of war known as the Steel Ronin.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

RA3 Banzai Charge Icons.png
Banzai Charge Imperial Warriors are equipped with beam katanas which can be used for a short amount of time to quickly strike down enemy infantry. This ability will also increase the unit's speed for a short period of time.

General Usage[edit | edit source]

 During Operation: Enemy of our EnemyNatasha and Tanya along with a combined Allied and Soviet force faced hordes of these fanatical warriors. The groups of Imperial Warriors were wiped out despite their vast numbers.

RA3 USSR logo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 3 and contradicts canon sources.

In the Soviet perspective, a surviving War Bear and Conscript tasked with assassinating the Emperor overheard the Imperial Warriors complain about their jobs. They were so dissatisfied that they failed to even notice the two Soviet soldiers, leading to their imminent deaths.

EotRS logo.png The following is based on the Empire of the Rising Sun campaign for Red Alert 3 and contradicts canon sources.

In the Imperial Perspective, 2 Sudden Transports had ten Imperial Warriors ambushing the defending Soviet Conscripts in Operation: Crumble Kremlin Crumble.

In-game[edit | edit source]

As the Empire of the Rising Sun's standard infantry, they are primarily employed as an anti-infantry unit. Their blades augment them tremendously in this role since they are seen to be effective against other infantry units. Each unit costs 150 credits, which costs less than the tougher Allied Peacekeeper but costs more than the weaker Soviet Conscript.

Notes from the field[edit | edit source]

Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about the Imperial Warrior:

Death in droves -- The sort of national pride brimming throughout the Empire of the Rising Sun means many stand among the ranks of the Imperial warriors. Imperial warriors' equipment is all mass-produced and they themselves are willing to fight without compensation, making them inexpensive to bring to battle.

The kinetic carbine -- Imperial warriors' burst-firing rifles are stronger than most conventional firearms, although not strong enough to cause heavy damage to armored targets. Their range is limited as well, so Imperial warriors cannot retaliate against enemy aircraft.

The beam katana -- The blade of the Imperial warrior cannot remain activated indefinitely, but when it is energized, it lets the warrior inflict a lethal and quick blow upon most any enemy infantry unit on the receiving end. However, the blade is useless against armored vehicles and structures.

Garrisons be damned -- Imperial warriors are prepared to fight to the death against foes entrenched in garrisons. They are known to rush headlong into garrisoned structures, killing any foes inside even if it means sustaining lethal injuries in the process, all to gain a strategic advantage for the Empire.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Created[edit | edit source]

  • I serve the Emperor!
  • Imperial Warrior, ready!

Select[edit | edit source]

  • Command me!
  • What do you require?
  • I am your servant!
  • Respect the Emperor!
  • Warriors!
  • I wait for my task!
  • On alert!
  • Death to our enemies!

Moving[edit | edit source]

  • はい! (Hai!, Japanese for "Yes!")
  • Yes!
  • With honor!
  • Very well!
  • It is my path!
  • With haste!
  • I go!
  • Follow me!

Garrisoning Structure[edit | edit source]

  • Take your positions!
  • It belongs to us!
  • Claim it for the Empire!

Attacking[edit | edit source]

  • It is my duty!
  • They must be killed!
  • Slay the heathens!
  • Destroy them!
  • Leave none alive!

Using Banzai Charge[edit | edit source]

  • Urya!
  • Uryaa!
  • Hiyaa....!

Clearing Garrisoned Structure[edit | edit source]

  • Expel the foreigners
  • Drive them out!
  • Remove them!

Move to Attack[edit | edit source]

  • Hut!
  • The Emperor has spoken!
  • They stand in our way!
  • Japan shall conquer!
  • On your guard!
  • Into victory!

Move to Attack with Banzai Charge[edit | edit source]

  • Hiii!
  • Urya!

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • It will not be in vain!
  • Bow before us!
  • For the glory of Japan!
  • Death before defeat!
  • The Empire will prevail!
  • We fight with honor!

Under fire[edit | edit source]

  • It is my destiny...!
  • They insult the Emperor!
  • I'll hold them off!
  • I'm hurt..!
  • Give me courage!
  • しまった! (Shimatta!, Japanese for "Oh, no!")
  • We die with honor!

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Surveillance footage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the intro cinematic, the Imperial Warriors wear facemasks - an accessory missing in the actual game.
  • Their banzai charge ability is a direct reference to the Japanese soldiers' suicide charges against the Allied forces in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

See also[edit | edit source]

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