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Monday, August 30, 2010

Lǚ Bù 吕布

Posted by Ricky Chua On 7:16 PM 16 comments
Translated description:
"Ultimate Combat Skills - Personified 武的化身 (wǔ dè huà shēn)"

Wikipedia link: Lu Bu Wiki

Who is he:
Quite possibly the best fighter in all of China in that era, Lu Bu was a formidable general that struck fear in his opponents. Yet for all his military prowess and combat ability, Lu Bu was not the smartest of people. Throw in a tinge of greed, a sprinkle of lust, and you have a riding, fighting disaster atop four hooves. Dong Zhuo 董卓 found that out the hard way. To win Lu Bu's favour, Dong Zhuo showered Lu Bu with expensive gifts such as the Red Hare 赤兔 horse and an assortment of jewels. Lu Bu came under Dong Zhuo's wing after all receiving all those goodies, then ended up murdering Dong Zhuo victim over a woman. After Dong Zhuo's death, Lu Bu became a minor warlord and led a series of battles in an effort to expand his territory. However his poor use of strategy and refusal to listen to advice ultimately caused his downfall.

Character ability: [Enforced ability] "Without Equal 无双 (wú shuāng)"
Whenever you use ATTACK 杀, your target has to use 2 DODGE 闪 cards to successfully evade the attack. During a DUEL 决斗, your opponent needs to use 2 ATTACK cards for every one ATTACK card that you use.

Ability's relation to story:
The link can actually be found in the subscript line written under his ability description. It is a phrase said by Chen Gong 陈宫, his advisor when Lu Bu became warlord, that reads:

"His courage and bravery, unsurmountable. His eagerness for battle, unprecedented. Yet brave but without cunning. Violent but without benevolence. 骁勇无敌, 善战无前. 然勇而无谋, 暴而少仁."

无双 literal translates to "Without Equal" and refers to his incredibly combat skills. Thankfully, it does not seem to be sarcastic referring to his intellect as well.

Additional info based on story:
1. Most famous achievement - Killing Dong Zhuo. Ok so maybe it's not a very glamorous view of Lu Bu to say it was his "most famous achievement" when he was merely a pawn of Wang Yun 王允's scheme, but the fellow did kill the tyrant and the world celebrated Dong Zhuo's death. Coming in second would be his securing a truce between Yuan Shu 袁术 and Liu Bei 刘备's forces by showing off his archery skills, but that seemed somewhat less spectacular in comparison, doesn't it?

[Addendum] By popular demand, I have added the 1 VS 3 fight between Lu Bu VS Liu Bei 刘备 and company. In the days of Yuan Shao 袁绍's coalition against Dong Zhuo, many generals challenged Lu Bu, not none were his match. One of these generals was Gong Sun Zan 公孙瓒, who could hardly hold up a dozen bouts against the mighty Lu Bu. Out came Zhang Fei 张飞 who raced out to meet Lu Bu, thus saving Gong Sun Zan. The two were evenly matched when Guan Yu 关羽 joined in. 1 VS 2 and still Lu Bu held up strong. Liu Bei joined in the fray and it became 3 of the legendary heroes (all highly capable fighters) against 1 single Lu Bu. Though Lu Bu could match them 1 VS 3, alas he became fatigued and he retreated. Still, the entire coalition of thousands was watching the duel and everyone had little doubt of the fighting prowess of Lu Bu.

2. Cause of death - Betrayed by his own men to Cao Cao 曹操 and executed. For all his fighting valour, Lu Bu became a coward in the face of death. When Lu Bu was under siege, he chose to stay by the side of his wives and not listen to his advisor, Chen Gong. He was also ill-tempered to his men, their low-morale fueling resentment for their leader. While Lu Bu was asleep, they stole the Heaven Scorcher Halberd 方天画戟 and bundled Lu Bu over to Cao Cao. Lu Bu asked Cao Cao to allow him to surrender and he would be at Cao Cao's service. However Liu Bei quickly reminded Cao Cao of the fate of Lu Bu's previous masters, and Cao Cao ordered Lu Bu executed without hesitation. Lu Bu pleaded for his life to no avail. In sharp contrast, Lu Bu's general Zhang Liao 张辽 cursed Cao Cao despite being bound for certain death. Cao Cao unbound Zhang Liao, and Zhang Liao then became one of Cao Cao's most able general in the years to come.

FAQ and Disambiguation

1.If Lu Bu uses the duel card,would the opponent have to use 2 attack cards to begin with?

Ans:Yes.Therefore the Duel would go something like this:

       1.Lu Bu starts with Duel Card

       2.Victim responds with 2 attacks

       3.Lu Bu responds with 1 attack card

       4.Victim responds with another 2 attack cards...etc.


  1. I like how Lu Bu went 1v3 against Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei and tied in one particular fight.

    Also, Lu Bu was betrayed by his own men and given up to Cao Cao.

  2. Yes you are right! It seems i have confused the historical with the story. A quick browse through the story indeed shows that Lu Bu was bound by his own men and given to Cao Cao.

    Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. Yeah, Lu Bu's 1v3 was THE demonstration of his fighting prowess, and definitely his most famous achievement.

  4. Question, you mentioned during the duel, for every 1 attack card lu bu uses, the other has to be use 2 attack cards. But say Lu Bu uses the duel card, would the opponent have to use 2 attack cards to begin with.

  5. Yes. Therefore the Duel would go something like this:

    1. Lu Bu starts with Duel card

    2. Victim responds with 2 attacks

    3. Lu Bu responds with 1 attack card

    4. Victim responds with another 2 attack cards... etc.

    1. That's not countering a strike. Duel isn't a strike card. Shouldn't take effect until you counter the strike as the card reads. 2 to counter one of "your" strikes

  6. Lu Bu attacks someone with the 8-triangle formation thing. Do they make 2 judgements to get 2 Dodges?

  7. Yes, the person should make 2 judgements, and "top-up" the results with SHAN cards if not enough red cards are revealed.

  8. They do the judgments one by one however. They perform one judgement and if it fails throw a SHAN. Then they perform the second. This subtle difference sometime determines if an attack is worth defending. The one-by-one way is how it functions online.

  9. anyone have any idea how to play 三英战吕布1v3模式?? i have heard of this format but cant seem to google anything about rules and steps to play.

  10. Hulao Guan 1v3 is coming soon! we are working on the introductions of two new Lu Bu right now. ^_^

  11. I sometimes feel that Huang Zhong is better than Lu Bu, though in theory, Lu Bu SHOULD be better, because his without equal ability gives him awesome dueling, and Lu bu's attack is pretty much unblockable anyways. Any thoughts?

  12. Yeah, but it is an enforced ability, so does that mean you can not use this ability if you are ruler? If so, this unlucky person will have no abilities.

  13. ;/ what???

  14. =_=|| no, Lu Bu had this ability for the whole game. Eventhough he is not a King, he still had the enforced ability, okay? Do you get it? Only Kings can had another extra abilities are so far Liu Bei , Sun Quan , Cao Cao , Zhang Jiao , Dong Zhuo , Sun Ce , Liu Shan , Cao Pi and Yuan Shao.

    For example, if Liu Bei is the King, he can used the King's ability Rouse , ask SHU to help him use SHA. If he is not the King, he cannot used the King ability for the whole game.
    Still dont get it? Give you another example. Liu Shan can awaken his ability if he is the King and had the least life among all.


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