|“||Instinctual generals are not all warriors like Duke Hyou. While some such as Duke Hyou, are like prowling lions, ferociously pouncing upon their prey with a savage fury, others such as Keisha can be likened to spiders that lay down subtle traps and wait for the prey to come charging into the trap of their own accord. Those that find themselves ensnared in the traps are rendered utterly helpless to do anything.||”|
Instinctual General is one of two main types of generals along with Strategical General. Instinctual Generals use their keen intuition to decide the best course of action on the battlefield. It said that Shin, who inherited Ou Ki's Glaive, was showing the budding talent as an instinctual-type during the Battle of Kankoku Pass. There are also commanders like Ren Pa, who possess both qualities of Strategical Generals and Instinctual Generals.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|“||The man known as Duke Hyou is able to subtly sense the overall flow of the battle just from taking in an enemy army's positioning and orientation, or the expressions and line of sight of the enemy soldiers.||”|
—Ri Haku, about Duke Hyou
Since instinctual generals follow their intuition talent more than a strategy by the book like a strategist they often tend to charge into the battle firstly, then secondly adapting to the battlefield and have a keen eye for even the slightest changes as the battle proceeds to adapt in the best possible way to hold their advantage.
A great example of how the intuition of an "instinctual spider general" countered the intuition of an "instinctual prowling lion general" was during the Battle of Kankoku Pass when Duke Hyou charged the opposing Zhao army which was led by General Kei Sha who then adapted and lured the Duke into a trap while he was charging through the battlefield, secretly having an army waiting to backstab his unit, which was successfully done.
A great example of the usage of intuition is how Duke Hyou was able to counter Riboku's Ryuudou tactic, as Riboku was planning to trap him and destroy the formation of the Duke Hyou Army which he did for a certain extent, but the Duke managed to break through with his intuition skill while adapting to the Ryuudou stream and used it to his advantage, which brought him closer and closer to Riboku.
Strengths and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Strategical generals have a hard time dealing with Instinctual type generals as their movements are hard to predict since there is no definite strategy to counter them. Gen Bou comments that people in this category are able to reach the peak of their morale easily but once their confidence is broken, they fall into despair and are unable to rally once more.
Instinctive Generals often seem to have a fair amount of combat strength and ability.
Their weakness differs depending on the type of Instinctual General:
The Spider types can become increasingly impatient they wait for their enemy to get ensnared in their trap, as Kei Sha became enraged when he failed to entrap Kan Ki into his trap during the 3rd day of the Battle for the Koku You Hills.
The Lion types, are also weak to advanced strategies and only waits for a kindler to move. And they suffer heavy casualties to maintain such a stance.