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'UO: Samurai Empire' - Screens

by Judy on July 20, 2004 @ 8:16 p.m. PDT

Ultima Online: Samurai Empire marks a new era in the legendary online RPG as it expands to include a new exotic land to explore and two deadly professions to master. Check the freshly-launched official web site, or read more for new screens ...
Key Features:
  • Become a Samurai Master -- Dedicate yourself to the art of Bushido, with powerful new skills and deadly new weapons.
  • Join an Elite Ninja Clan -- Submit to the discipline of Ninjitsu, mastering stealth, deception, and the art of assassination.
  • Adventure on a New Continent -- Explore a new Japanese-themed land filled with scenic housing areas, mythical creatures, monsters, dungeons, and more.
  • Lay Claim to Exotic New Treasures -- New weapons, armor, clothing, house tiles, magic and more will reward the adventurous.
  • Powerful New Guild Systems -- Create a guild, set up ranks, declare wars on other guilds, and set win conditions. Recruiting new members and increasing your power have never been easier.


  • Trained in Art of Bushido: Bushido grants a bonus to several warrior skills and special moves. Samurai Special Abilities
  • Honorable Execution: An attempt to eliminate an enemy with a single attack.
  • Lightning Strike: A ferocious and fast single attack with a 50 percent hit bonus.
  • Whirlwind: A samurai's powers increase the more enemies he?s fighting.
  • 4 other special abilities.


  • Trained in Art of Ninjitsu: Ninjitsu grants a bonus to several fighting and stealth skills. Ninja Special Abilities
  • Mirror Image: Creates up to four mirror images of a ninja, confusing enemies.
  • Smoke Bomb: Ninjas can craft smoke bombs, that when used, can cause them to "disappear".
  • Animal form: Ninjas can take the form of seemingly harmless creatures (wolves, Serpents and others) that allow them to move freely among their enemies.
  • 4 other special abilities.


  • More than 15 new creatures, based on Japanese folklore.
  • The Hai Riyo: A flying Dragon that's extremely tough, but can be tamed and ridden.
  • The Fan Dancer: Beautiful but deadly, her fans are as sharp as Samurai swords. She is said to guard her master's treasures and secrets.
  • The Lady of the Snow: An undead spirit, she haunts the frozen tundras of Tokuno. She can turn you into ice with but a touch.
  • Other creatures include demons (oni), sea creatures, undead, elementals and many others.


  • Rumors of its existence first appeared in Ultima 1, when it was known as the Land of the Feudal Lords.
  • Three new locations for player housing
  • One major city, full of shops and services. (New Samurai and Ninja start here)
  • Two large dungeons
  • Three Virtue shrines
  • Several terrain types: Swamps, mountains, forests, jungles, deserts, frozen tundra and more


  • A huge array of new options:
  • Build Farms, Residences, Tea Houses, Pagodoas, Temples, and Castles.
  • New kinds of flooring, walls, doors, stairs, and roofs.
  • New landscaping options, including sand gardens and rock gardens.

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