Unlock the following characters by performing the corresponding tasks:
CHARACTER - HOW TO UNLOCK
Azai Nagamasa - Beat Stage 6 in Wei Story mode.
Cao Cao - Beat Stage 7 in Wei Story mode.
Da Ji - Beat all stages in the game, including the Gaiden stages.
Da Qiao - Meet Da Qiao before the enemy does in Wu Story mode in Gaiden 5.
Dian Wei - Beat Stage 7 in Wei Story mode.
Dong Zhuo - Play SW 4-X Battle Of Si Shui Gate. Kill all the Supply Captains before they get to Dong Zhuo. The first one is at the center-north base. The second one is in the center-west base. The third one is center-north accompanied by Lu Bu. After killing, all the Supply Captains, Dong Zhuo will rebel. Beat the level to unlock him.
Fuuma Kotaro - Defeat him after all supply troops have reached your HQ in Wu Story mode in Gaiden 2.
Gan Ning - Beat Stage 6 in Wei Story mode.
Guan Ping - Beat Stage 1 in Sengoku Story mode.
Guan Yu - Beat Stage 7 in Shu Story mode.
Honda Tadakatsu - Impress him in all Story modes in Gaiden 7. To impress him, you must do the following. For SW Stage X7, you must lead the messenger to the escape point and defeat Lu Bu. Wait for reinforcement to arrive and do not allow an ally to die. Then, defeat Date Masamune. For Shu Stage X7, all of the peasants must escape safely. You must also defeat Lu Bu's ambush and make sure that Honda Tadakatsu survives the fight. In Wei Stage X7, you must rescue the two isolated yellow generals in the lower part of the map. No yellow officers can die. After Honda Tadakatsu arrives, defeat Lu Bu. In Wu Stage X7, defeat Honda Tadakatsu at the altar. When your allies get to his main camp, he will reappear in Powered mode. You must defeat him in under two minutes when he reappears. Then, defeat Date Masamune and Dong Zhuo. You will unlock him after impressing him for the fourth time.
Huang Gai - Beat Stage 5 in Wei Story mode.
Huang Zhong - Beat Stage 1 in Sengoku Story mode.
Imagawa Yoshimoto - Prevent all ploy troops from entering the village in Wei Story mode in Gaiden 4.
Inahime - Beat Stage 5 in Wu Story mode.
Ishida Mitsunari - Beat Stage 2 in Wei Story mode.
Ishikawa Goemon - In Stage X4 in Shu Story mode, break all of his treasury boxes located in the middle and upper parts of the map. If Ishikawa Goemon does not join you at the end of the stage, it means you missed some boxes.
Jiang Wei - Initiate Jiang Wei's ambush plan in Shu Story mode in Gaiden 2.
Kunoichi - Escort all peasants in Wu Story mode in Gaiden 4.
Lady Nôh - Play Stage X3 in Wu Story mode. Defeat all messengers and do not let them escape. If done successfully, Date Masamune will arrive and say "Where is everybody?"
Ling Tong - Beat Stage 5 in Sengoku Story mode.
Liu Bei - Beat Stage 8 in Shu Story mode.
Lu Bu - Impress Lu Bu by defeating him in all Story modes in Gaiden 8.
Lu Meng - Beat Stage 3 in Wu Story mode.
Lu Xun - Escort Lu Xun to your HQ in Sengoku Story mode in Gaiden 3.
Ma Chao - Make sure that all peasants escape and Ma Chao survives in Sengoku Story mode in Gaiden 2.
Maeda Keiji - In Stage X6 in Wu Story mode, lead all the reinforcements that came with the sound of the drum near the main camp of Keiji until there are ten minutes remaining. This needs to be done in under 20 minutes.
Meng Huo - Beat Stage 4 in Shu Story mode.
Miyamoto Musashi - Open the dam and keep all the yellow swordsmen alive in Shu Story mode in Gaiden 6.
Mori Ranmaru - Beat Stage 1 in Wu Story mode.
Naoe Kanetsugu - Beat Stage 7 in Sengoku Story mode.
Nene - Defeat the two Nene clones in less than 4 minutes after they appear in Wei Story mode in Gaiden 3.
Oichi - Beat Stage 6 in Wei Story mode.
Okuni - Beat Stage 3 in Sengoku Story mode.
Orochi - Unlock all characters except for Orochi.
Pang Tong - Beat Stage 4 in Wei Story mode.
Saika Magoichi - Beat Stage 2 in Shu Story mode.
Sanada Yukimura - Beat Stage 3 in Shu Story mode.
Shima Sakon - Beat Stage 3 in Wu Story mode.
Sima Yi - Foil Sima Yi's strategy by killing the two retreating Orochi generals in Sengoku Story mode in Gaiden 6.
Sun Jian - Beat Stage 7 in Wu Story mode.
Sun Quan - Beat Stage 7 in Wu Story mode.
Sun Shang Xiang - Beat Stage 5 in Wu Story mode.
Tachibana Ginchiyo - Beat Stage 1 in Shu Story mode.
Taishi Ci - Beat Stage 2 in Wu Story mode.
Takeda Shingen - Beat Stage 7 in Sengoku Story mode.
Uesugi Kenshin - Beat Stage 7 in Sengoku Story mode.
Wei Yan - Beat Stage 3 in Shu Story mode.
Xiahou Dun - Beat Stage 4 in Wei Story mode.
Xiahou Yuan - Beat Stage 4 in Wei Story mode.
Xiao Qiao - Beat Stage 3 in Wu Story mode.
Xu Zhu - Beat Stage 1 in Wei Story mode.
Yuan Shao - Beat Stage 5 in Shu Story mode.
Yue Ying - Beat Stage 2 in Shu Story mode.
Zhang Fei - Beat Stage 7 in Shu Story mode.
Zhang He - Rescue Zhang He and defend the HQ in Wei Story mode in Gaiden 2.
Zhang Jiao - Beat Stage 3 in Sengoku Story mode.
Zhou Tai - Beat Stage 6 in Wu Story mode.
Zhou Yu - Beat Stage 1 in Wu Story mode.
Zhu Rong - Beat Stage 4 in Shu Story mode.
Zhuge Liang - Beat Stage 7 in Shu Story mode.
Zuo Ci - Finish all four Story modes.