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Multiplayer Naval Unit & Battle Guide

The PMThe PM Junior MemberPosts: 2Registered Users
edited June 2011 in Total War: SHOGUN 2
There are 11 ships available for multiplayer.

These ships are unlocked on avatar mode by completing land battles on areas marked with a port, every port captured unlocks the next higher ship.

The ships can be divided into four categories:

Light Ships

The Bow Kobaya
Naval_Inf_Bow_Kobaya.png
This vessel is a fast ship, which uses speed to harass and flank enemies. It makes use of Fire Arrows and Battle Speed to hit and run.

--- Use this ship at the flanks of your fleet.
--- Never engage first with this ship, particularly against heavier ships.
--- Wait till your heavier ships engage the enemy then bring around the Bow Kobaya and use fire arrows from the rear or into the wind, to set the enemy on fire.
--- Bow Kobaya can be used to draw the enemy cannon bune fire, allowing your cannon to disable the enemy threat.
--- Bow Kobaya can be used to chase down fleeing enemy vessels and board them to force a surrender.
--- If fighting against a heavier foe alone, wait in front of your opponent and allow him to row into range, then use fire arrows and depart with battle speed. and repeat, this can be used to make a single kobaya kill many heavy bune.

This ship is not recommended for a high end navy, but is useful in low-budget battles. You are usually better off fielding a single siege bune, rather than two bow kobaya. The Bow kobaya is great for skirmishing with larger vessels --- see video at bottom

The Matchlock Kobaya
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This vessel is a fast ship, which uses speed to harass and flank enemies. It makes use of Battle Speed, and has powerful matchlocks which instill fear in the enemy.

--- Use this ship at the flanks of your fleet.
--- Never engage first with this ship, particularly against heavier ships.
--- Wait till your heavier ships engage the enemy then bring around the Matchlock Kobaya to attack from the rear, and capture the enemy if necessary.
--- Matchlock Kobaya can be used to draw the enemy cannon bune fire, allowing your cannon to disable the enemy threat.
--- Matchlock Kobaya can be used to chase down fleeing enemy vessels and board them to force a surrender.
--- Matchlock Kobaya are great for chasing enemy Bow or Fire bomb kobaya, which are trying to flank you.

This ship is not recommended for a high end navy, but is useful in low-budget battles. You are usually better off fielding a single siege bune, rather than two matchlock kobaya. If both matchlock and bow kobaya are available, take a mixture of the two, instead of all-one-type. Matchlocks are ideal for mid-level play --- see video at bottom

The Fire Bomb Kobaya
Naval_Inf_Fire_Bomb_Kobaya.png
This vessel is a fast ship, which uses speed to harass and flank enemies. It makes use of Battle speed, deadly fire bombs and mines.

--- Keep this ship in the center of your fleet, hidden behind a heavy ship.
--- Never engage first with this ship, particularly against heavier ships.
--- Wait till your heavier ships engage the enemy then bring around the bomb kobaya and use bombs on the enemy flagship.
--- Bomb Kobaya can be used to mine the battlefield before the fight, so make sure to have your flanks covered, particularly if there are any islands which enemies might hide near.
--- Bomb Kobaya can be used to chase down fleeing enemy vessels and board them to force a surrender.
--- If fighting against a heavier foe alone, wait in front of your opponent and allow him to row behind you, and then deploy mines mid-fight, the enemy will have to follow you over mines or change direction. Ideal against a player who might not be micromanaging well.

This ship is not recommended for a high end navy, but is useful in low-budget battles. In high end battles it is mainly for igniting the enemy nihon or o-ataka bune --- see video at bottom

Medium Ships

The Medium Bune
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This vessel is a medium speed ship, useful for boarding enemy vessels. It makes use of the fearsome war cry to demoralize enemies.

--- Keep this ship in the center of your fleet.
--- Engage with this ship to allow your lighter ships to flank the enemy.
--- Try to board ships which have less soldiers aboard.
--- Try to use war cry when enemies are already wavering.

This ship is useless. You are better with a single heavy bune and a number of bow koyaba.

The Sengoku Bune
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This vessel is a fast speed ship, useful for boarding enemy vessels.

--- Keep this ship to the flanks, and use it to chase lighter enemy vessels.
--- Only engage the main fight after your other bune have.
--- Try to board ships which have less soldiers aboard.
--- Try to pull enemy cannon fire, allowing your own cannon to decimate theirs.
--- YOU CANNOT BOARD CANNON BUNE, so do not try to chase them with this alone.

This ship is ideal for people who need something to distract enemy cannon, but is somewhat lackluster to the siege bune in a high-end fleet.

The Siege Bune
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This vessel is the bread and butter of every decent fleet. This ship fulfills almost every role in the fleet.

--- Keep the siege bune with other siege bune, when in groups it is harder for enemy to board them.
--- DO NOT GET BOARDED, the siege bune only has five marines.
--- Use the siege bune for flanking enemies when the battle has begun.
--- Use the siege bune to pull cannon fire, if the enemy cannon are out of position send in the bunes with artillery support.

I always field siege bune, in a normal match I normally have six siege bune.


Cannon Ships

The Cannon Bune
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The cannon bune is necessary in every fleet over the 5000 price mark. In battles of 5000 and less you are better off with a siege a bow and a matchlock instead.

--- Deploy this ship to the front of your fleet. I prefer to deploy mine to the front and side.
--- Never face the enemy, always try to move at a diagonal so you can swiftly turn and fire, then return to your course.
--- Shoot enemy weaker vessels first, the nihon and o-ataka can wait till later.
--- Save your rowing speed for when you need it, it has a longer cool-down than most ships battle speed.
--- Try to moor near to islands, and wait for the enemy to come to you, then you can fire a salvo and have moved behind the island before the enemy cannon have turned to face you.
--- If enemy have cannon bune, you should try to distract them with other ships, and then move in with your cannon.

Cannon bune are needed in every navy above the 5000 mark, in high-end battles always disable the enemy cannon bune if you can.

Heavy Ships

The Heavy Bune
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The heavy bune is expensive, and pretty poor value for money. However, in low end battles you are better off fielding your admiral and a heavy bune with a fleet of bow kobaya, than using medium bune.

--- Deploy this ship in the middle of your fleet.
--- Bulldoze into the enemy fleet, allowing your lighter vessels to come in from the rear and shoot/set fire to enemy admirals and bunes.
--- Try to board weaker vessels first, they will quickly surrender.
--- Save your rowing speed for when you need it, for chasing badly-positioned kobaya or medium bune.
--- Remember, the high deck gives some protection to your men, but do not allow enemy fire ships or bomb kobaya to get to your rear or downwind, or you will burn.
--- Heavy bune can take a beating, even from cannon. It is better that the enemy are shooting your heavy bune than your cannon, or lighter vessels.

Heavy bune are a great alternative to medium bune, but seeing them past the 5000 koku mark is embarrassing.

The Admiral Bune
Naval_Inf_Heavy_Bune.png
The Admiral bune is practically the same as the heavy bune.

--- Deploy this ship in the middle of your fleet.
--- Bulldoze into the enemy fleet, allowing your lighter vessels to come in from the rear and shoot/set fire to enemy admirals and bunes.
--- Try to board weaker vessels first, they will quickly surrender.
--- Save your rowing speed for when you need it, for chasing badly-positioned kobaya or medium bune.
--- Remember, the high deck gives some protection to your men, but do not allow enemy fire ships or bomb kobaya to get to your rear or downwind, or you will burn.
--- Admirals bune can take a beating, even from cannon. It is better that the enemy are shooting your heavy bune than your cannon, or lighter vessels.

The admiral bune is the anchor of your fleet, at lower levels it engages alongside your heavy bune, at higher levels it engages alongside the nihon or o-ataka, whilst the lighter units flank.

The O Ataka Bune
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The O Ataka bune is useful because it can inspire the fleet, increasing accuracy. It is also a large and decent alternative to the Nihon or Heavy Bune.

--- Deploy this ship in the middle of your fleet.
--- Bulldoze into the enemy fleet, allowing your lighter vessels to come in from the rear and shoot/set fire to enemy admirals and bunes.
--- Try to board weaker vessels first, they will quickly surrender.
--- Save your rowing speed for when you need it, for chasing badly-positioned kobaya or medium bune.
--- This bune lacks the high deck of the Nihon or Heavy Bune, so be careful when around higher ships.
--- The O Ataka bune can take a beating, even from cannon. It is better that the enemy are shooting your heavy bune than your cannon, or lighter vessels.
--- Remember to use inspire fleet when your other units are nearby, making them fight harder and better.

Many people seem to buy the O Ataka bune as well as the Nihon. Personally I feel the Admiral and Nihon are enough together, and that you are crippling yourself if you spend too much on heavy ships. However, it still remains a good alternative to the Nihon or Heavy Bune.

The Nihon
Naval_Inf_Nihon_Maru.png
The Nihon is the centerpiece of a 'modern' navy. It has everything you need, except cannon.

--- Deploy this ship in the middle of your fleet.
--- Bulldoze into the enemy fleet, allowing your lighter vessels to come in from the rear and shoot/set fire to enemy admirals and bunes.
--- Try to board weaker vessels first, they will quickly surrender.
--- Save your rowing speed for when you need it, for chasing badly-positioned kobaya or medium bune.
--- This bune has a high deck allowing it to rain punishment on ships below it.
--- This bune can take a beating, even from cannon. It is better that the enemy are shooting your heavy bune than your cannon, or lighter vessels.
--- Remember to use inspire fleet when your other units are nearby, making them fight harder and better.

I tend to only purchase this when I have maximum koku, otherwise I prefer more siege bune, watch out for bomb koyaba with this ship.

Fleets

Max Koku Fleet: Admiral x 1, Nihon x 1, Cannon x 2, Siege x 6.

Medium Koku Fleet: Admiral x 1, Cannon x 2, rest Siege.

Minimum Koku Fleet: Admiral x 1, rest Siege / Bow.

Beginners Fleet: Admiral x 1, Heavy Bune x 1, rest Bow.

Tactics

Position your heavy ships at the core of your fleet, upwind.
Position your lighter and medium ships in a line next to them.
Place your cannon in a line in front of your heavy ships.

Move your cannon forward into the upwind flanking position, then either stop or move diagonally towards your enemy keeping them in the target.
Bring your heavy bune to support the centre of the map.
Encircle your enemy with the siege bune, or use them to draw enemy cannon fire exposing them to your own.

Tips

Capture fleeing enemies with smaller ships.
Repair ships in lulls of fighting.
Get upwind!!!!
You can't board cannon bune
Be nice to other people, especially if they pick a fleet of entirely o-ataka bune.

Videos

Here are some videos on how to use Kobaya ships; Bow, Matchlock and Fire Bomb:

Here is an example of a high level full battle video from multi-player avatar:


For more on naval combat see Honda's Navy Academy

http://forums.totalwar.com/showthread.php/15089-Honda-s-Navy-Academy-Video-Guide-s

Which includes such videos as:
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