“Fine, you win. I took a hostage and used her as a bargaining chip. What of it?! A true Nohrian prince/ss would praise me for being so cunning, not threaten me. This is war! Lying and using people is par for the course!”
—Kotaro rebuking Corrin in Conquest: Chapter 17

Kotaro (コタロウ Kotarō) is a non-playable character and enemy from Fire Emblem Fates on all routes.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Kotaro is the daimyo of the kingdom of Mokushu, and his greatest ambition is to usurp power for his nation. Kotaro was behind both the fall of Kohga, Shura's homeland, and the death of Saizo and Kaze's father, Saizo the Fourth, whom he killed when the former Saizo directly called him out on his ambitions.

After the outbreak of hostilities between Nohr and Hoshido, King Garon promised Kotaro a large portion of Hoshidan territory once Nohr emerged victorious, provided that Mokushu allied with Nohr. Driven by the thought of more power, Kotaro eagerly accepted the offer, and joined Nohr in fighting Hoshido. Once the agreement was signed, Kotaro ordered for any Hoshidan that passed through Mokushu to be apprehended while maintaining a guise of neutrality to avoid suspicion.

Birthright[edit | edit source]

Kotaro appears in Chapter 10 leading an army of Mokushujin ninjas against Corrin. Sometime after the war started, Kagero, one of Ryoma's retainers, traveled into Mokushu, believing that it was neutral in the war, only to be captured by Kotaro's men. Kotaro reveals that he has allied with Nohr and fights the Hoshidans.

If Kotaro is encountered by Saizo, it is then revealed that Kotaro had betrayed his father prior to the events of Fates, and killed him when the former Saizo tried calling him out on his treacherous ways. Seeking vengeance for his father's death, Saizo will express satisfaction should he be permitted to land the finishing blow on Kotaro.

Despite his best efforts, he is eventually killed in battle. Even with his death, the Mokushujin still fought against Hoshido, though it can be presumed the fighting was over once the war ended.

Conquest[edit | edit source]

Kotaro appears in Chapter 17, aligned with Nohr.

He leads Corrin into a secret area to allow the Nohrian army to invade Hoshido, and then proceeds to put up an innocent facade by claiming that Hoshido has consistently attacked them for having relations with Nohr. Kotaro claims that his kingdom is peaceful and that they are always unable to fend off the increasing Hoshidan attacks.

After the Nohrian army clears the nearby area of Hoshidan troops, Kotaro is surprised to see Saizo and praises Corrin's skill for capturing him. Saizo tells Corrin that Kotaro had captured a ninja called Kagero and is using her as leverage to intimidate the Hoshidans, preventing them from attacking. Corrin then asks Kotaro if he had taken her hostage, to which he confesses after much pressure. He is surprised that a Nohrian noble would want to fight a honest war, and decides to kill them all in a "tragic accident" so that he can continue to do what he pleases. He then summons a large group of Mokushujin to kill them, but they fail and he is eventually killed in battle.

Like in Birthright and Revelation, if Saizo performs the killing blow on Kotaro, he will state that his father has been avenged.

If Shura is deployed to fight Kotaro, Shura will attempt to get his vengeance on the Mokushujin daiymo for his fallen people. Kotaro will mock and taunt Shura, saying his people didn't stand a chance against him and and shows no remorse for killing his people and attempts to kill off the last remaining Mokushu, but is killed in battle.

Revelation[edit | edit source]

Kotaro appears in Chapter 11 of Revelation, retaining the same role he did in Birthright by forming an alliance with King Garon to advance his ambitions to become the true ruler of Hoshido. He has taken Kagero as a hostage while she was on a mission delivering a message sent by Ryoma, and is then pursued by Saizo, Orochi and Reina.

Saizo sends out a smoke signal to warn others that a battle is going on and that they should avoid that area. Corrin and their army passes by, with Kaze noticing the signal. Believing that they can get more allies, they go to the battlefield, to which Kotaro notices the arrival of enemy reinforcements. He fights the group, only to lose and be killed by them.

Like in Birthright and Conquest, if Saizo performs the killing blow on Kotaro, he will state that his father has been avenged.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Crafty and cunning, Kotaro is an extremely sly and manipulative man. He is also an expert at spinning veils of lies in order to obscure his true malicious motives from the public eye. This fact is particularly prominent on the Conquest route, where he dupes Corrin into aiding him under the pretext of his nation having been victimised by Hoshido.

Driven by a lust for power and authority, Kotaro is also known to take any measure that he deems necessary in order to achieve his ambition, regardless of whether they are dishonourable. In example he uses hostages (like Kagero) to slow down his enemies, kills or severely cripples anyone who dares question him (like Saizo and Kaze's father, since according to him the previous Saizo tried to stop his ambitions), and is willing to destroy any realms who are in the way (like Shura's homeland of Kohga).

Kotaro also has a way of bad-mouthing his foes as shown in his default battle dialog in birthright. When confronted, he practically gazes upon saying he will name one of the latrines, in his new castle, to be based on the opponent he defeated in their honor.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

As an Enemy[edit | edit source]

Birthright Chapter 10 - Ninja Village[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map Sprite.gifMaster Ninja
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2361011314+281010-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
(None)FE14 Sword.png Sword - E
FE14 Kunai.png Shuriken - C
FE14Shuriken.png Dual Shuriken
FE14Katana.png Kodachi (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map Sprite.gifMaster Ninja
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2361211314+281010-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
(None)FE14 Sword.png Sword - C
FE14 Kunai.png Shuriken - C
FE14Shuriken.png Dual Shuriken
FE14Katana.png Kodachi (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map Sprite.gifMaster Ninja
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2411211414+281011-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Snake Venom.pngPoison StrikeFE14 Sword.png Sword - B
FE14 Kunai.png Shuriken - S
FE14Shuriken.png Dual Shuriken
FE14Katana.png Kodachi (Dropped)

Conquest Chapter 17 - Den of Betrayal[edit | edit source]

Revelation Chapter 11 - Mutual Enemies[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map Sprite.gifMaster Ninja
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
236121131481010-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
(None)FE14 Sword.png Sword - C
FE14 Kunai.png Shuriken - C
FE14Shuriken.png Steel Shuriken (Dropped)
FE14Katana.png Steel Katana

Starting Class
FE14 Kotarou Master Ninja Map Sprite.gifMaster Ninja
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2381431516101212-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
(None)FE14 Sword.png Sword - C
FE14 Kunai.png Shuriken - C
FE14Shuriken.png Steel Shuriken (Dropped)
FE14Katana.png Steel Katana

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Help Description[edit | edit source]

Daimyo of Mokushu. Has ambitious plans to expand his holdings.

Chapter 10 (Birthright)[edit | edit source]

Pre-Battle Quote[edit | edit source]

“Thank you SO much for walking right into my domain. Perhaps I'll name one of the latrines in my new castle in your honor.”
—Kotaro's Birthright Chapter 10 pre-battle quote.

Vs. Saizo[edit | edit source]

  • Saizo: Kotaro of Mokushu...you will now answer to me.
  • Kotaro: I answer to no one. Who are you to suggest otherwise?
  • Saizo: I am Saizo the Fifth, servant to the Hoshidan royal family.
  • Kotaro: Saizo...that's familiar. I believe I've murdered others of your pitiful lineage.
  • Saizo: You—! How dare you! My father was an honorable man.
  • Kotaro: Honorable? Maybe. Weak? Definitely. That balding old fool had the audacity to lecture ME! So naturally...I put an end to his life.
  • Saizo: I knew you were the one responsible for his death. Coward!
  • Kotaro: Bwahaha! Isn't this a stroke of luck? To fell both father and son with the same blade... How poetic!
  • Saizo: I'm about to rewrite your poem...
  • Kotaro: Please. If you're anything like your father, you won't land a single blow!

(If Saizo gets the kill)

  • Saizo: How's that? Did I land a single blow?
  • Kotaro: Ugh... *cough* *cough* *gurgle*
  • Saizo: Fitting. Father, you are avenged.

Death[edit | edit source]

“No! Mokushu must not fall!”
—Kotaro's death quote.

Chapter 17 (Conquest)[edit | edit source]

Pre-Battle Quote[edit | edit source]

“The new kingdom of Mokushu will be built on your graves! Not even King Garon can stop me now, bwaaahahaha!!”
—Kotaro's Conquest Chapter 17 pre-battle quote.

Vs. Shura[edit | edit source]

  • Shura: Heh... So you're the daimyo of Mokushu, eh? We finally meet.
  • Kotaro: Who are you? I don't know any generic pirates.
  • Shura: I am Shura, of Kohga. And you will pay for destroying my people!
  • Kotaro: Aw, so you came here to get revenge? That's precious. I've killed dozens of men like you. Lowly drifters without a home. Don't even bother. Like your pathetic kingdom, you don't stand a chance.
  • Shura: Killing you will be no bother at all. In fact, I'm looking forward to it. And one day I will rebuild Kohga and undo the damage you caused!
  • Kotaro: HA! That's rich. I killed all your people. Burned your village to the ground. All of your ninja combined weren't enough to stop me. Yet you think you alone can kill me?! HAHAHAHA!
  • Shura: We'll see how funny it is when you're begging for mercy. You took everything from me. Before I rebuild, allow me to return the favor.
  • Kotaro: Ah, a lovely dream. Let that dream comfort you in your last moments. The last remnant of Kohga ends here!
  • Shura: For my friends and family...for my honor and vengeance...FOR KOHGA!

Vs. Saizo[edit | edit source]

  • Saizo: Kotaro of Mokushu...you will now answer to me for your crimes.
  • Kotaro: I answer to no one. Who are you to suggest otherwise?
  • Saizo: I am Saizo the Fifth, servant to the Hoshidan royal family.
  • Kotaro: Saizo...that name sounds familiar. I believe I've murdered others of your pitiful lineage.
  • Saizo: You—! How dare you! My father was an honorable man.
  • Kotaro: Honorable? Maybe. Weak? Definitely. That balding old fool had the audacity to lecture me! So naturally...I put an end to his life.
  • Saizo: I knew you were the one responsible for his death. Coward!
  • Kotaro: Bwahaha! Isn't this a stroke of luck? To fell both father and son with the same blade... How poetic!
  • Saizo: Sorry to disappoint, but I'm about to rewrite your poem's ending...
  • Kotaro: Ha! If you're anything like your father, you won't land a single blow!

Defeated by Saizo[edit | edit source]

  • Saizo: How's that for not landing a single blow?
  • Kotaro: Ugh... My dreams... My Kingdom!! *cough* *cough* How could I lose...?! *sputter* ...
  • Saizo: A fitting end. Father...you have been avenged. May you rest in peace now.

Death[edit | edit source]

“No! My ambition... Mokushu's...future...”
—Kotaro's death quote.

Chapter 11 (Revelation)[edit | edit source]

Pre-Battle Quote[edit | edit source]

“You stand in my way to becoming king of Mokushu! I'll prove my right to rule by wiping you out!”
—Kotaro's Revelation Chapter 11 pre-battle quote.

Vs. Saizo[edit | edit source]

  • Saizo: Kotaro of Mokushu...you will answer to me.
  • Kotaro: I answer to no one. Who are you to suggest otherwise?
  • Saizo: I am Saizo the Fifth, servant to the Hoshidan royal family.
  • Kotaro: Saizo...that's familiar. I believe I've murdered others of your pitiful lineage.
  • Saizo: You--! How dare you. My father was an honorable man.
  • Kotaro: Honorable? Maybe. Weak? Definitely. That balding old fool had the audacity to lecture ME! So, naturally...I put an end to his life.
  • Saizo: I knew you were the one responsible for his death. Coward!
  • Kotaro: Bwahaha! Isn't this a stroke of luck? To fell both father and son with the same blade... How poetic!
  • Saizo: I'm about to rewrite your poem...
  • Kotaro: Please. If you're anything like your father, you won't land a single blow.

Defeated by Saizo[edit | edit source]

  • Saizo: How's that? Did I land a single blow?
  • Kotaro: Ugh... *cough* *cough* *gurgle*
  • Saizo: Fitting. Father, you are avenged.

Death[edit | edit source]

“This...this can't be! I'm going to be king...of Mokushu...”
—Kotaro's death quote.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Kotaro's name may have been derived from Kotaro Fuuma, the leader of the Fuuma ninja clan of the Hojo during the Sengoku warring era. In the Japanese version of Fates, Mokushu is instead called Fuuma.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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