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Xing Cai

Xing Cai
Xing Cai in Dynasty Warriors 5.

Information
Game Series Dynasty Warriors series
Warriors Orochi series
First Appearance Dynasty Warriors 5
Alias: Empress Zhang
Japanese Name: 星彩
Status: Alive
Occupation: Empress
Nationality: China
Species: Human
Age: 19
Height: 165 cm(5'5")
Weight: 45 kg
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Shu Country, China
Likes: Guan Ping
Dis-Likes: Evil plans
Family: Father, Zhang Fei
Husband, Liu Chan
Childhood Friend, Guan Ping
Fighting Style: Ancient Chinese War Arts
Weapon(s): Long Fork(1st weapon)
Cobra Fork(2nd weapon)
Sacred Light(3rd weapon)
Ambition(4th weapon)
Skill(s): Fighting
Voice Actor(s): Carrie Savage(DW5)(ENG)
Wendee Lee(WO series)(ENG)
Rhee Hyeon Jin(DW5)(KOR)
Junko Noda(DW & WO series)(JPN)
Notes: Xing Cai's Japanese voice was deeper than her English voice.


Xing Cai (星彩) is a character from Dynasty Warriors 5 and the second female character in Shu's roster. She is a fictional interpretation of Liu Chan's two wives, both of whom were Zhang Fei's daughters. Together with her childhood friend, Guan Ping, she is portrayed as the future of Shu. She is one of the newcomers to be cut in the following title.

In the Dynasty Warriors series, she is 19 years old and her height is 165 cm (close to 5'5").



Role in Games

Dynasty Warriors

Xing Cai is the daughter of Zhang Fei. Her mother is the niece of Xiahou Ba. Wanting to protect her homeland, she decides to join the Shu army. She starts as a novice at the battle of Cheng Du and is taught how to fight by warriors matching the might of her father. She learns quickly and is compared to another young warrior who also grew in ranks, Guan Ping. Her vigor in battle earns Zhuge Liang and Liu Bei's trust. Once her father, Guan Yu and Guan Ping lose their lives at Fan Castle, she is entrusted to guard Liu Bei at Yi Ling. By then, she is seen as an accomplished warrior and her lord gives her his final wish to safely guard Liu Chan. With the future of her home on her shoulders, she is one of the last hopes for Shu against Wei and Wu. In her ending, she continues to serve Liu Chan and acts as his personal training instructor.

She shares her Legend Mode in Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends with Guan Yu and Guan Ping. Seeing her allies heavily surrounded at Mai Castle, she cuts open a path through the Wu and Wei armies to rescue them. Lu Xun and several other generals attempt to obstruct her path. If she chooses to open a path for the reinforcements, Zhang Bao will appear. When she reunites with her childhood friend, they are relieved to see one another safe and invoke hope in one another. Lu Meng and Cao Ren planned to trap the Shu army in a pincer, but Xing Cai's intervention changed their plans and results in the former's death. After the battle's conclusion, she is glad to see her comrades safe for future battles to come.

In Dynasty Warriors 6, she is briefly mentioned as "the daughter of Zhang Fei" who is reported to be marching against Lu Bu in his ending.


Warriors Orochi

In Warriors Orochi, Xing Cai lead an anti-Orochi resistance at Odani Castle. Defending the castle's main keep, she tried to utilize Gan Ning and Ling Tong's talents to assist her. However, the former pirate grew sick of listening to her and did as he pleased. Due to Sakon's plot, the castle's defenses are breached when the wall of the central garrison is blown apart. She leads a final charge yet is defeated by Sun Ce's army. She makes her appearance in Shu's story as one of the three warriors who help Zhao Yun escape from Ueda Castle.

In Warriors Orochi 2, her first battle is the Battle of Wuhang Mountains where she and Inahime are asked to lead the reconnaissance troops. During their expedition, they notice flags they have never seen before and a carriage with a single flag. The flag's insignia is soon identified to belong to Mitsuhide. The two young daughters of the Shu heroes hurry to battle to assist their friend to find that the carriage is carrying Mitsuhide's daughter, Gracia. The two were being "recruited" into Kiyomori's army. Xing Cai remains in the main camp to defend the western flank, allowing Mitsuhide and Gracia to be rescued. The combined forces of Akechi and Shu attempt to capture Sun Wukong and question him about Kiyomori Taira but fail to do so.

In her dream stage, she teams up with the unlikely duo, Yoshimoto and Ginchiyo. Together, they hope to rescue Yuan Shao's army with Yue Ying and Hideyoshi's aid. Xing Cai aids Nagamasa and urges him to keep up the fight.


Character Information

Personality

Xing Cai is a mentally resilient woman who bares the responsibility of enduring several hardships. While many worry for her safety, her strong determination prevents her from depending too much on them. She is a calm and collected warrior, more so in her overseas appearance than her English counterpart. Though described as one who doesn't display much emotion, she is passionate for guarding the safety of her home. She acts passively to her father's concerns and expresses filial respect for him by keeping true to her duties as a warrior.

Her relationship with Guan Ping can be interpreted as close comradeship or a platonic romance. Both warriors are the same age, act very respectful to one another, and share similar responsibilities to their country. Their ideals on the field occasionally clash with one another and they are prone to minor bickering. After he dies, she particularly mourns his passing and calls on his spirit for strength.


Voice Actors

  • Carrie Savage - Dynasty Warriors 5 (English)
  • Wendee Lee - Warriors Orochi series (English)
  • Rhee Hyeon Jin - Dynasty Warriors 5 (Korean)
  • Junko Noda - Dynasty Warriors and Warriors Orochi series (Japanese)


Quotes

  • "I can't lose. Not with the whole kingdom depending on me."
  • "See you later!"
  • "We better shake off this tail!"
  • "I am the way of the future!"
  • "Skewered!"
  • "I hope you're ready to fight to the death, little lady!"
"Of course! Duty before all else."
~~Huang Zhong and Xing Cai; Dynasty Warriors 5


Gameplay

Moveset

Keys [1] Normal Attack • [2] Charge Attack[3] Musou • [4] Jump/Mount

Ground Moveset

[5]: Jumps up and charges enemy with her shield.
[6], [7]: Does an uppercutting motion with her shield.
[8], [9], [10] ([11], [12], [13]): Spins around with her shield multiple times, then slides with her spear.
[14], [15], [16], [17]: Swipes horizontally with her spear, and throws her shield out, which acts as a boomerang and comes back.
[18], [19], [20], [21], [22]: Shoots a tornado that quickly moves forward out of her movements on her spear.
[23], [24], [25], [26], [27], [28]: Throws shield up in the air, then hits enemies in front of her with her spear.
[29]: Swings her weapon left and right with quick, effective motions, ended with a last spin forward.
[30], [31]: Jump, then swipe.
[32], [33]: Xing Cai jumps, then charges at the ground with her spear at the forefront, causing an earthquake.

Horse Moveset

[34]: Xing Cai swings her fork in the direction opposite of the last attack.
[35], [36], [37], [38], [39], [40]: Three attacks to the right side, three to the left.
[41]: Repeating slashes to all sides until the Musou gauge empties.
[42],[43]: An airdash that makes her temporarily invincible. Xing Cai rolls forward.
R1: A simple shield thrust forward.
direction + R1: Somersaults and kicks forward a wave of energy.
  • In Dynasty Warriors 5, Xing Cai's [44] is a normal charge with her shield. In Warriors Orochi, however, the attack is upgraded to have Xing Cai sprout a green aura, which repels and damages enemies when they come into contact with her.


Weapons

Dynasty Warriors 5

  • Long Fork
  • Cobra Fork
  • Sacred Light
  • Ambition

How to Obtain Ambition

  • Stage: Battle of Bai Di Castle (Shu)
  • Location: Inside the castle along the western wall.
  • Requirements: Successfully save the peasants, and have Liu Chan come out to meet you and lead him back to the castle.
  • Strategy: Get the health gauge down to red, and Liu Chan will attempt to get to you. Travel back to Bai Di Castle with him. Meanwhile, the peasants will come to help. While the peasants are getting attacked by Wu, Ma Chao will be angered and try to save them. Go with him, and the item report should appear.

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