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WARNING: It may take a very long time to start up a new game (that it looks like it must have crashed) because of the number of factions in play. I am working on improving startup time, but while that is still not fixed, I suggest starting a new game in windowed mode to allow you to do something else while it starts up. Once your new character is made, you can save it and restore full-screen mode -- starting a new game takes a long time, but loading an existing save is as quick as normal Mount and Blade.

This is meant for the latest version of Warband, 1.158

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If you have an old version -- delete it first! 3.0 will overwrite all old files as necessary, but it will leave a few behind that are no longer used.

3.0 comes in two versions: a self-extracting installer that auto-detects your warband directory and a .rar for power users who know what they're doing.

If you have the installer, just run it and follow the instructions.

If you have the .rar, extract it into your modules directory.

Gekokujo is a mod for Mount and Blade Warband set in the Sengoku period of Japan. The name is a term often translated as "the low-ranked taking over from the high" and was chosen because it was a running theme during that era: Oda Nobunaga descended from a clan of deputies to the nominal governor of their province, but the Oda usurped them and toppled their neighbors; Toyotomi Hideyoshi began his career as a cook and sandal bearer and ended up the ruler of Japan; Tokugawa Ieyasu was an upstart who probably fabricated a claim of descent from the Minamoto clan--the only ones allowed to be granted the title of Shogun. As a player of Gekokujo, you will start from nothing and attempt to gain control of the entire country, making the title fitting.

A little note on the in-game names of equipment and NPCs: My priority is to make the mod intuitive for all players, not just historical enthusiasts, so gratuitous Japanese is avoided, unless the English equivalent is even more cumbersome or somehow less informative. You will also meet "Lord Tokugawa", not "Daimyo Tokugawa Ieyasu" -- in Native mount and blade, lords only had one name (although their given names, not their surnames or house names), and "Daimyo _" isn't accurate usage anyway, since it's not how anyone would have addressed them. The mod tries to be accurate with regards to the general conditions of the time, but deliberately ignores particulars as a design decision. "Lord Oda" represents Nobunaga, but isn't really him. Gekokujo is not a historical simulation, but not because I believe it detracts from gameplay or enjoyment--so although it won't be perfect, I am not going out of my way to flout history and accuracy.

Current Features
- New map of Japan with more than double the playable area of Native, from Kyushu in the south to Ezo (Hokkaido) in the north
- 32 towns (10 more than native!), 75 castles (28 more than native!!), and 164 villages (54 more than native!!!)
- New village, castle, town, tavern, and many other scenes- Historically-appropriate names for towns (Tokyo was still Edo, Osaka was still Sakai, and Fukuoka was still Hakata back then)
- New weapons, armor, trade goods, flags, and other details appropriate for the time and place
- Gunpowder weapons and gunpowder units
- New faces and hairs, including 6 base asian male and 4 base asian female faces
- 20 factions (19 samurai clans plus the Ikko-Ikki movement of monks, peasants, and samurai volunteers)
- Tested for stability and consistency so that it has, at minimum, the playability level of Native
- Town and castle recruitment (villages for ashigaru, towns and castles for samurai, temple fortresses for monks)
- Bodyguards for interior scenes (requires NPC companions and high-enough reknown or nobility)
- Tweaked startup scripts to increase variety in new games (such as the relationships of noble lords and ladies with each other)
- Integrated Freelancer mod (ask to serve a samurai lord as a direct retainer and participate in all their battles)
- Integrated Diplomacy mod (many, many features -- look them up separately)
- 22 npcs will full-fledged backstories
- Many, many more!

Upcoming Features
- Improved graphics
- Better warcries
- Localizations in many languages
- A religion system
- Parallel faction systems for merchants and bandits, meant to complement each other and the territorial lords
- More quests (with many based on the merchant, bandit, and religious factions)
- A proper endgame with a Korean campaign (long shot)

This is a one-man operation by me, marty4286 (also sometimes phlpp), but I relied a lot on freely-available community resources, including:

Diplomacy Mod 4.2
Bogmir's Samurai Weapons OSP (two bows, two arrow quivers, and two yari spears)
Iboltax's Improved Male Faces OSP
Runico's Katanas (ironically enough, for the "chinese" weapons)
Caba`drin's Bodyguard Code
Caba`drin's Pre-Battle Orders Kit
SacredStoneHead's Samurai Armor (gauntlets and 1 helmet mesh, retextured)
Llew's Flintlock Firearms OSP
Shcherbyna's Map Icons
Psiphoon's Katana Animations
gutekfiutek's Polished Landscapes
... with Delzaros's fixes for Warband 1.15x
Zephilinox's Mouselook Death Camera
NaglFaar's Join Any Side Tweak
jrider's Forage skill
motomataru's campaign AI tweaks

Special thanks to Rosslington for the launcher pic
Special thanks to Rathmor for his placeholder ainu clothing textures. He also submitted many pieces of music
Special thanks to khamukkamu for several music submissions
Special thanks to Jacobhinds, unkowned, matmohair1, and others for ideas and support
Extra special thanks to Moetic Justice for his music submission

Several people tested 3.0 for bugs, but please give special thanks to:

everyone from the 'dp
Sengoku Sushi
son of hojo
Don Zekalone

If I forgot anyone, and you notice, please remind me so I can give proper credit. I modifed almost everything I borrowed. Everything I modified and created is also available free to use in your own works, with no permission required (just credit me in a readme like this, and also the original creator if it was just a modification of mine and not an original creation).

The module system code is included with this release. This is for people who know what they are doing -- I will direct most coding questions to the taleworlds modding forums, unless it's a question specific to the code of Gekokujo rather than coding in general.

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11 comments by marty4286 on Jan 28th, 2015

This mod still has a long way to go, so I was pretty surprised that it got mentioned with the likes of Counterstrike, DOTA, and Natural Selection, among others. This is exciting news and it's a great motivator for me -- how can I let this mod's flaws remain while taking this kind of praise? I have to work extra hard to finish the patch, because I've got a lot to live up to.

Speaking of the patch, I have been neglecting talking about it here on ModDB. It's been in progress, but it is taking longer to finish than I would like. I've got a lot done, but there's still more to do. It is a 3.1 instead of a 4.0 because this patch is save-compatible. Even so, it adds a lot:


  • Some lords with a wardrobe malfunction had them fixed
  • Ikko samurai recruitment cost is fixed
  • Giant arrow flight meshes have been fixed
  • Companions sent as emissaries no longer disappear (in fact, they should return)
  • Lord parties now tend to have higher tier troops
  • Thrust is re-enabled for spears on horseback
  • Yari now have overhead thrust rather than overhead swing (other polearms still have overhead swing)
  • Nanban and Yukinoshita armor now have additional modifier types
  • Fixed freelancer message spam when your lord is defeated while you are on vacation
  • Agents and Experienced Agents (ninjas) can be bodyguards in addition to companions
  • Increased morale from leadership, with additional morale bonuses from INT and CHA
  • OPTIONAL: increased party cost for samurai units (samurai take up 2 spots -- the 2nd spot is for off-screen servants)
  • Several minor dialogue touch-ups and typo fixes, including re-named menu options for clarity and consistency
  • Slightly improved bridge battle scene
  • Completely new wedding scene
  • Completely new productive enterprise scene
  • Added 2 new lord's hall scenes
  • Added a biography page in the Gekokujo Options of the camp menu
  • Smarter formation AI for more difficult battles (no more slow circling)
  • Improved sode (shoulder guard) mesh for high class armors
  • Fixed swarming by bandit groups (needs more testing)
  • Fixed bugs relating to imprisoning lords in neutral forts (needs more testing)
  • Sieges now have gates that the attackers must batter down during battles
  • Sieges should now have slightly more archers in vantage points
  • Sieges now have 2 wait times: normal and long (AI always chooses normal)
  • Long wait times for engineering-based sieges will automatically batter down the first gate
  • Long wait times for ninja-based sieges will lower gate hp from 60 to 40
  • Old siege style with no gates can be toggled (new siege style is default)
  • Miscellaneous castle siege scene fixes and improvements
  • Kyoto overhauled to make it a unique city (new streets, new castle, new arena)
  • Some villages have been moved to make the map have a slightly more even distribution
  • Integated world map HD textures by painbringer
  • Integrated animations by jacobhinds


  • Improved face textures for female characters
  • Procedurally-generated quests
  • Procedurally-generated encounters (REAL encounters, not just popups with choices)
  • (I say procedurally-generated rather than random because they take into account your progress)
  • Ability to work in town or a village for small amounts of money
  • Entertainers in inns to improve morale
  • Criminal activities (from pickpocketing to burglary to racketeering)
  • The amount of bandits that spawn is proportional to how many factions are on the map (more united = less chaos)
  • When Japan is united or nearly so, there will be random outbreaks of rebellion instead of a steady stream of bandits
  • AI should now choose between multiple melee weapons properly (instead of defaulting with the weakest as it often does)
  • Proper musket animations
  • Player gets a lord icon on the world map if they have enough troops and/or are a lord
  • Several minor bugfixes


  • Service businesses (ability to run your own inn, teahouse, or bathhouse)

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Gekokujo 3.0 Full RAR file

Gekokujo 3.0 Full RAR file

Jun 11, 2014 Full Version 34 comments

This is the full 3.0 version of the mod as a rar file, as an alternative to the installer. Don't get this unless you know what you're doing. Extract to...

Gekokujo 3.0 Full Installer

Gekokujo 3.0 Full Installer

Jun 11, 2014 Full Version 39 comments

This is the mod Gekokujo v3.0, the latest full version, for Mount & Blade: Warband v1.158. The file itself is a self-extracting installer that should...

[OLD] Gekokujo 2.1a Full RAR file

[OLD] Gekokujo 2.1a Full RAR file

Apr 21, 2013 Full Version 29 comments

This is the full 2.1a version of the mod as a rar file, as an alternative to the installer. Don't get this unless you know what you're doing. Extract...

[OLD] Gekokujo 2.1a Full Installer

[OLD] Gekokujo 2.1a Full Installer

Apr 21, 2013 Full Version 20 comments

This is the mod Gekokujo v2.1a, the latest full version, for Mount & Blade: Warband v1.154. The file itself is a self-extracting installer that should...

[OLD] Gekokujo Patch 2.1 to 2.1a

[OLD] Gekokujo Patch 2.1 to 2.1a

Apr 21, 2013 Patch 1 comment

This is a tiny fix to address two important bugs: one regarding faction diplomacy, and the other freelancer integration. Extract its contents into your...

[OLD] Gekokujo 2.1 Full Installer

[OLD] Gekokujo 2.1 Full Installer

Apr 19, 2013 Full Version 6 comments

*This has now been superseded by version 2.1a* This is the mod Gekokujo v2.1, for Mount & Blade: Warband v1.154. The file itself is a self-extracting...

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방탄_수도사 Jan 27 2015, 10:11pm says:

is the steam version fully uploaded? also why do they eat red meat? and when will you change the models to asian looking ones? models exist in other mods.. if you didnt want to make your own^^ it's pretty immersion breaking to see european looking people lol

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marty4286 Jan 28 2015, 10:03pm replied:

Steam version is fully uploaded, it just doesn't include the sourcecode and some of the readme files. I haven't changed all the food yet, but I intend to. I do want to improve the skins, but it's hard for me to get it right.

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방탄_수도사 Jan 29 2015, 12:17pm replied:

Thank you for the reply, and the mod in general. Been playing viking conquest a lot with I think it's 700? troop battles and it seems smooth'ish I do find just (as an FYI) I get some lag with your mod... made a little worrying because its only 150 troop battles. I max out everything on BF4 (+200 %) so... I'm assuming it's some kind of filter or ENB or... something you use? Anyway, thank you for a the reply and mod! I hope you don't take what I said before or now negativly :) better than Viking Conquest! Seriously sad that a paid team did a worse job in every reguard than you have done already LOL

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bluewario Jan 29 2015, 9:30pm replied:

Wait viking Conquest was bad? I thought people loved it? I normally wait for a sale, but then I was gonna buy it soon, now I'm like gonna check what players are saying again, both good and the bad if what you say is true, even though you didn't explain. Thanks though :)

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Dark1Isaac Feb 4 2015, 4:51am replied:

viking conquest sucks xdd not even worth of paying

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방탄_수도사 Jan 30 2015, 3:49am replied:

@bluewario It dosen't really offer anything this mod doesn't offer... nothing groundbreaking or great to be honest. It suffers from bugs and just bad design. I enjoy it but it has limited weapons, limited armours. and about 3 companions worth having. O and all the women in the game are ugly with the acception of like 3 or 4 (out of like 50) issues like girls being 18 and having a wrinkly face and grey here presist.

Also you lose rep for raiding christian villages and enslaving... yet you're a viking, nordic and pagan.

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방탄_수도사 Jan 30 2015, 3:50am replied:

No pagan sites to hire, broken system for both pagan and christians of "making the people love you +5" by giving 1000 to a prist/nordic version. It does nothing and doesnt work.

Wildly pro-christian, apart fromthe fact you can get the skill of reding from them (something you have no pagan alternative to), and also hire religious nutters (again you have no pagan alternative), their side if you capture a town or castle for your self seem to have the pope call a crusade against you and every (chrisitan) faction in the land sends like 5 full stack armies at you lol.

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방탄_수도사 Jan 30 2015, 3:52am replied:

- Bows are broken (as in if you equip one you have lost 2 slots for no reason) low damage, slow, low kill to arrow ratio.... (most people are compaining about it not just me.. I'm more of a sheildwall guy anyway.)

- Ship warfare is a joke (oh and broken, and everyone uses only viking ships O_O about as immersive as a X-wing flying around)

- Boring, not really moving factions. (they tossle over like 5-6 settlments. 2 minor factions always seem to die then its a stalemate between the other 8? or so)

- Recycled villages (you cant attack any villages from sea accept once in story mode and your defending)

- Crap story. Really just utter crap.

- Histoically horrific. (apprenently everyone can afford mail and a sword LOLOLOLLOL) NO. JUST NO.

- Broken Formations. Sheildwall, ranks etc basically awful. you can tell the AI has no clue. and why are the celts/picts doing it? O_O WORRIED.

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방탄_수도사 Jan 30 2015, 3:53am replied:


Really, for a paid team they did a terrible job on textures, character creation on wives, faction generals, soldiers (all factions) and companions. (Luckly for companions you can fix it yourself by editing it in attributes in game but still....)

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방탄_수도사 Jan 30 2015, 3:54am replied:

(6 of 6) - Stick with this mod, I may donate actually reading what I just wrote. Not paid for, and doesnt suffer any issues of the offical DLC...

+120 or so hours into the Viking Conquest DLC, 2 serious saves as man and woman, one on story one on sandbox. (latest patch both) I even had a cheat/stat boost save basically just money save.. checked out all the items etc.. would not re-buy. conclusion - wait until its 75% off or free >.> or you get it on tremor or something. because as it stands? I rate it R for retarded.

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croorc1 Jan 25 2015, 2:07pm says:

I think you forgot that there whas Ninja's -_-

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imyungdae Jan 26 2015, 6:53am replied:

They are "experienced agents".

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croorc1 Jan 29 2015, 10:04am replied:

i am thinking them as unit

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imyungdae Jan 29 2015, 12:00pm replied:

You mean, unit name? Exp. agents and ninjas are basically the same, you can use them at sieges.

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DaBossz Jan 23 2015, 11:22am says:

plz make this for mac :D

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Why did I only hear about this mod now""
A really great mod, with many good features,
Anyone who like Japanese historical warefare(Samurai) should get this"!

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