|Cost|| 60 Food,|
|HP||60, 80 (Elite)|
|Attack||8, 12 (Elite)|
|Upgraded To||Elite Samurai|
Samurai actively seek out the strongest among the enemy's ranks and possess an attack bonus against other unique units. Like all unique units, Samurai may be upgraded to elite versions of themselves. Elite Samurai have better stats than normal Samurai. At first glance, Samurai appear to be weaker in combat than its equivalent swordsman from the Barracks, (the Long Swordsman in the Castle Age, and the Champion in the Imperial Age), the Japanese bonus to infantry attack speed makes them roughly equal in combat ability in general combat. However due to their bonus against unique units the samurai fares better in the late-game, when unique units play a bigger role in combat. The only land based unique units they aren't cost effective against are Cataphracts, War Elephant, and Teutonic Knights.
Samurai are very effective against heavy infantry, with a quick, powerful attack which can safely take out other infantry with ease. Their attack bonus makes them especially deadly against civilizations that rely on their unique unit towards the end of the game.
The Conquerors expansion changesEdit
In Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, the Samurai gain 2 damage against Eagle Warriors and 5 damage against Unique Units. Elite Samurai gain 3 damage against Eagle Warriors and gain 6 damage against Unique Units, and both gain 0.1 speed and gain 1 pierce armor.
When the Samurai is out of hit points, one of his death animations shows him stabbing himself with his sword, then dropping to the ground.
When knights were coming into dominance as lords and warriors in Europe, a similar social and military change was taking place simultaneously in Japan. A weak central government and a scramble for control of land gave rise in Japan to a local military ruling class called the samurai. These men of noble birth trained continuously in the military acts, as well as various cultural arts, They put great emphasis on honor and tradition, as did European knights with the code of chivalry. Samurai fought with a variety of weapons, including the bow and their unique curved swords made of the strongest steel. They sought out high-ranking enemies on the battlefield for personal duels and were trained to seek death in battle to increase their aggression and avoid hesitancy.