|“||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 Kei Sha 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 Type is one of two main types of military commanders along with Strategical Type. Instinctual types use their keen intuition to decide the best course of action on the battlefield, It said that Ri 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.
|“||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 to his soldiers on Duke Hyou
Since instinctual types 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" countered the intuition of an "instinctual prowling lion" 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 another great example of the usage of intuition is how Duke Hyou was able to counter Ri Boku's Ryuudou tactical maneuvering, as the Zhao Great General 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 his prey.
Strengths and Weaknesses
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. During the first day of the Battle of Sanyou, Gen Pou stated that people in this category are able to reach the peak of their morale quite easily but once their confidence is broken, they fall into despair and are unable to rally once more.
Their weakness differs depending on the type and personality of said commander - The Spider types, or Entrapping types can become increasingly impatient as they wait for their "prey" to get ensnared into their trap, which was seen with Kei Sha when he became enraged at Kan Ki's decision to nothing during the 3rd day of the Battle for Koku You Hill.
The Lion types, or Engaging types shows a weakness and vulnerability to advanced forms of strategies as they can sometimes only wait for a "fire to be start" to move. And they also suffer heavy casualties to maintain such a stance.