Yi Sun-sin

Yi Sun-sin
Duke of Loyalty and Warfare

Rarity: Legendary

Talents: Leadership, Garrison, Defense

Civilization: Korea

Video Guide

Commander Details

How to get Yi Sun-sin in Rise of Kingdoms:

  • Wheel of Fortune: Day 486 in your Kingdom
  • Universal Sculptures
  • Card King Event
Open FieldB
Rallying ObjectivesD
Rallying CitiesD
Defending ObjectivesS
Defending CitiesS
Barbs & FortsD
*Overall Tier ranking is relative to all other Legendary Commanders, whereas individual categories are based solely on the commander in question.
– One of the best Garrison captains in the game
– Works best with mixed troops
– High stats and increased damage
– Decent AoE damage when Garrison captain
– Should be paired with another Garrison captain who can use mixed troops
– Should be expertised to maximize effectiveness, large investment cost
– Niche role

Talent Tree Builds

Best Yi Sun-Sin Talent Trees in Rise of Kingdoms

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City Defense
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Multi-rally City Defense (or swarmed city)
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Mixed Troop Stronghold
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Counter Attila/Takeda Rallies


Yi Sun-sin
Duke of Loyalty and Warfare
Active Skill
Rage Requirement: 1000
Field Battles: Deals direct damage to the target. Garrison: Deals damage to up to 3 targets in a fan-shaped area, but each target receives 15% less damage for each additional target struck. In field battles and garrison battles, damage dealt also reduces movement speed for 3 seconds.
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Direct Damage Factor (Field Battles): 1000 / 1200 / 1400 / 1700 / 2000
March Speed Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Direct Damage Factor (Garrison Battles): 600 / 800 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400
Yi Sun-sin
Battle of Myeongnyang
Passive Skill
Normal attacks have a 10% chance of increasing your defense, and all damage for 3 seconds when this commander is fighting within your Alliance Territory or serving as a garrison commander at a stronghold.
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Defense Bonus: 5% / 8% / 11% / 15% / 20%
Damage Bonus: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%
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Passive Skill
Increases troop defense. Increases troop damage when troop units under your command drops below 50%.
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Defense Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Damage Bonus: 5% / 8% / 11% / 15% / 20%
Yi Sun-sin
Winged Formation
Passive Skill
Increases attack of garrison troops when this commander is serving as garrison commander. Gains a 10% chance of receiving a shield plus more counterattack damage for the next 3 seconds when attacked.
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Attack Bonus: 5% / 8% / 11% / 15% / 20%
Shield Bonus: 300 / 350 / 400 / 450 / 500
Counterattack Damage Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Yi Sun-sin
Broken Moon
New Skill:
Passive Skill
Increases troop attack by 20% and defense by 20% when commanding 2 or more unit types.


Yi Sun-sin was a famous military strategist, general, and hero of the people renouned in the history of the Korean peninsula.

Yi worked alongside Admiral Won Gyun and Admiral Yi Eok-gi to to beat back Japan’s naval forces during the Japan’s initial invasion of Korea in 1592 in four major engagements, earning a string of victories as exemplified by the Battle of Hansan Island. He had risen to the rank of ‘Naval Commander of the Three Provinces’ by 1593, but was subsequently relieved of command and arrected as a result of a plot to remove him involving a Japanese double agent in the Korean Royal Court. Yu was later freed and returned to the army as a common soldier. A terrible defeat at the hands of the Japanese navy in autumn of the same year saw Yi quickly restored to his former position whereupon he carried out a major reconsturcting of the navy and won a major victory in the Battle of Myeongnyang, Yi lost his life in the Battle of Noryang Strait the following year, taking a stray arquebus bullet as the united Korean fleets worked to repel the Japanese armada.

Yi is also known as a prolific author of many excellent poems in addition to his military accomplishments, the most famous of which is probably the ‘The Song of Hansan Island’, roughly translated to: “The autumn night darkens the sea on a kingdom of water. Wild geese fly high in the chill air. My worried heart keeps me from sleep as the moonlight illuminates my bow and sword.”