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    With the Battle Generator I have tested
    all possible units against warrior monks...
    Here are the results :

    left to right :
    Unit mame, kill% for monks, kill% for the unit, Damage/cycle WM, Damage/cycle unit

    YA 95 20 82 17 (47 monks alive)
    YS 72 32 69 30 (33 monks alive)
    ND 85 65 56 43 (14 monks alive)
    WM 65 65 50 50 (0 monks alive)
    NG 55 30 64 35 (27 monks alive)
    SA 85 30 73 26 (38 monks alive)
    YS 67 42 61 38 (22 monks alive)
    CA 75 35 68 31 (31 monks alive)
    HC 50 45 52 47 (6 monks alive)

    As you can see, only the HC and an other WM unit can almost destroy 1vs1 a monk unit...
    (although the HC is supposed to be the ultimate anti-WM unit...an expensive one I think)

    Of course there is a price factor : a WM unit's normal cost (non MORI) is 500 koku.
    With the same price you can create 2 Yari Samurai units and one teppo and you will win, ok... but later in the game, when 50 % of Japan is yours, and when your annual income is 10,000 20,000 or 30,000 koku...
    never mind the price !

    I have read a lot about "hordes" (Hojo...)
    with cavalry units, or spearmen...

    And what about a Warrior Monk Horde ?
    How can it be stopped ?


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    I have said this before and I will say it again: testing the effectiveness of units in 1v1 combat is pointless. 1v1 combat occurs extremely rarely in the game. Even when it does, there are many factors involved, including honour, morale and tiredness.

    Those who play regularly online will have seen plenty of all-monk armies and will know that can often be easily beaten if countered correctly. I'm not sure about effectiveness in the single-player game - I have noticed that monks tend to do very well in auto-resolved battles.

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    Thanks for the test data. I find such tests very interesting.

    While I am new to the game, and have only played one campaign (as Mori), I did wear out the demo before the game was ever released and played many downloaded scenarios, even creating a few for my own enjoyment (Iíve been busy playing Combat Mission since last June). I agree that high honor Warrior Monks are the scariest unit in the game when going into battle, but there do seem to be some very effective counters. The best, somewhat obviously, is raining arrows on their parade. WMís only have an armor rating of 1. Itís their attack rating of 6 and morale rating of 12 which make them so devastating in H2H. Plus the fact that they scare the Buddha out of the enemy. See:
    http://home.soneraplaza.nl/qn/prive/k.ypma/units.html

    If Iím going to face a WM heavy force, Iíll bring 6 of my own WM, 6 SA, 2 YS, and 2 YC. This force changes slightly depending upon my Taisho unit and whatís available. If the AI throws an inordinate amount of WM at me, Iíll attrit them with archers, engage with YS, and then charge WM into the melee at oblique angles to force a rout (which ainít easy against WM). Meanwhile, my YC are either charging his archers, or flanking the enemy WM. Bringing your best general to the dance and taking out the enemy Taisho helps too

    Donít forget about upgrades, either. By the time Iím facing any serious WM threat Iíll have at least one armor upgrade, an honor increase for my own WM, and probably an attack upgrade as well. I havenít tried on-line play yet, so I donít know if upgrades are available in MP. I also doubt that a human opponent would leave his archers so vulnerable.

    Sorry for rambling. Iím a newbie, so just ignore me.

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    no upgrades in MP
    the archers: that depends who you're playing against

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    Here's what Stephen Turnbull says about monks.

    After quoting a manuscript description of combat between a fully armored monk and a mounted samurai, Turnbull writes "Battles involving warrior monks, however, are few and far between".

    Later he says, "In conclusion, therefore, it can be seen the the warrior monks were at their most influential when dealing with superstitious courtiers or ignorant townsfolk. In disputes between temples their fighting skills came into their own, BUT WERE TO PROVE NO MATCH FOR THE SAMURAI".

    The caps are my own emphasis. These quotes are from Samurai Warfare, page 42.

    So why are monks so potent in Shogun you ask? Maybe it was images of David Caradine in in the old TV show "Kung Fu"! Who knows? Monks actualy wore armor, too, but not in the game. No sir.

    The fact is, according to the developer's own history consultant, the values monks get in the game are right off the stable floor.

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    I guess itís a play-balance issue. Basic units; counter units; super units; unit upgrades; building upgrades. Itís an awful lot like AOE, but without Age advancement. Iím not a student of this period of history, so I look at WM like fast, light and fearless little Indians, charging around the battlefield causing havoc and chaos. The fact that they also have the biggest punch in the game make them the top melee unit IMO. Their only weakness seems to be their lack of armor.

    Hirosito, what did you mean by ďthe archers: that depends who you're playing against?Ē You seem to be saying that there is a way to negate the archer counter. Could you elaborate on this?

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    Originally posted by Nelson:
    Quote Later he says, "In conclusion, therefore, it can be seen the the warrior monks were at their most influential when dealing with superstitious courtiers or ignorant townsfolk. In disputes between temples their fighting skills came into their own, BUT WERE TO PROVE NO MATCH FOR THE SAMURAI".[/QUOTE]This may be just a reference to the fact that the WMs were, indeed, ultimately eclipsed and destroyed by the samurai. The IkkŰ-Ikki of Ishiyama Hongan-ji put up a huge fight until Nobunaga was finally able to subdue them (using Portuguese teppŰ).

    Unquestionably, the WMs are overdone in STW, but so are many other things.

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    all i was saying is that if you play against me (ie bad player) perhaps i will leave my archers in a vunerable position- although nothing like the stupid stuff the AI sometimes does

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