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Kagemusha (Unknown)
is a type of Durahan that has a ??? sub-type that first appears in Monster Rancher 4, although in later games it is said to be related to Zan. This causes a bit of controversy since in some games that combo creates this monster while in others it could create a Dark Raider or a Spirit Knight. Kagemusha looks nothing like a Zan combo, and in most respects (the human face and arms) looks as though it may have a Magic sub-type.


Monster Rancher 4: It devotes its entire life to improving its skill with the sword.

Monster Rancher DS 2: Kagemusha is from a small island in the Far East. It is a special class of samauri, vowing to live and die by the sword.

My Monster Rancher: It seems to be a body double, though for whom is unknown. It stands out due to the eerie face and unusual red hair.


In Japanese, kagemusha is a term used to denote a political decoy. It is the name of a 1980 film that tells the story of a lower-class criminal who is taught to impersonate a dying warlord in order to dissuade opposing lords from attacking the newly vulnerable clan.

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