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Genghis Khan
Weapons Turko-Mongol Saber, Jida Lance, Recurve Bow
Origin Asia
Activities leading the Mongol army to conquer other nations

Ruler of the Mongol empire

Service 1206-1227
Battle Status Won vs. Hannibal Barca
Experts Khosbayar (U.S. Marine & Mongol Weapons Expert)

Timothy May, PhD (Author, "The Mongol Art of War")

"The greatest joy for a man is to defeat his enemies, to drive them before him, to take all they possess, to see those they love in tears, to ride their horses, and to hold their wives and daughters in his arms."- Genghis Khan

"Genghis never lost a single battle in his life." - Khosbayar, Mongol Weapons Expert

Genghis Khan, the 13th Century Mongolian ruler whose legions built the greatest empire of all time;

Hannibal, the Carthaginian general whose army of elephants terrorized Rome, the greatest empire of its time.


  • Era- 1206-1227 AD
  • Age- 39 - 65
  • Height- 5' 9" (175 cm)
  • Weight- 187 lbs (85 kg)
  • Symbol- Steel Helmet


Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan is actually a title meaning Warrior Khan or Conqueror Khan. Genghis Khan's birth name was Temujin (which when translated to Mongolian means either Smith or Blacksmith). Born about 1162, was raised until he was around the age of 12 in his father Yesugei's tribe (Kiyad-Borjigin). Yesugei was the Khan of the Mongol tribe that Temujin spent most of his childhood in. After the assassination of his father, he and his family (Mother, 6 brothers and newborn sister) were cast out of the tribe by the right hand man of his father, who succeeded him after his death. He then, lived off of wild berries, animal carcasses, and small game. Supporting his family, he killed his elder brother Begter for his selfishness while the family was trying to survive in the wilderness. Begter was killing game and finding food only for himself, Temujin, infuriated realized this and killed his older brother. From his rough childhood, he came to unite the many, hostile Mongol tribes into a military force able to conquer half the known world. 

Genghis died at the age of 65 in August 1227, during his invasion of the Tangut Empire. Due to conflicting accounts, it's difficult to confirm his exact cause of death. However it was either; from falling off his horse, from an injury received in battle, or from an illness.

Genghis Khan was cruel to his enemies, but kind to his own people. He was also kind to those civilizations who swore allegiance to him, allowing them to continue virtually unhindered. However, if a nation resisted, they were annihilated (including the Tangut, Khwarazmian and Song Empires). The Khan was so successful that it is believed nearly 200,000 present-day Mongolians and .5% of the world population (16 million as of 2015) are related by blood to him.

Weapons, Armor and Tactics[]

Close-Range Turko-Mongol Saber
Medium Range Jida Lance
Special Weapon Recurve Bow
Armor Steel Lamellar
Tactics Feigned Retreat

Deadliest Warrior: Legends weapons[]

Short Range: Mongol Saber, Mongol Mace

Medium Range: Mongol Spear, Glaive

Long Range: Mongol Bow, Mongol Crossbow

Armor: Light Lamellar Cuirass, Heavy Lamellar Cuirass

Joke Weapon: Koi

Finisher: Genghis Khan knees his opponent twice in the chest and face, then grabs their head and twists, breaking their neck.

Simulated Battle[]

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The battle starts with Genghis Khan, who is mounted on horseback, and 4 of his foot soldiers out walking on a hillside. They soon hear a strange noise and see Hannibal , who is mounted up on a war elephant and being accompanied by 3 foot soldiers and a single horseman. Hannibal soon makes visual contact with Genghis, and Genghis orders his men to load their bow and arrows. They aim upwards and fire, one which comes down in Hannibal's shield, and another which sticks in an unlucky Carthaginian. Bluedead In retaliation, Hannibal orders his horseman to ride on and attack with Soliferras. As he charges, one Mongol breaks from the group and charges into battle with his Jida Lance, only to be stuck down by one of the Soliferras.Reddead A Mongol soldier passes his own Jida Lance to the Khan, and he rides off, besting the Carthaginian in a brief jousting match.Bluedead

Back on the other side of the hill, Hannibal dismounts from his elephant and prods him on with a Soliferrum to charge at the Mongolians. The 3 Mongolians kneel down and shoot at the elephant with their recurve bow and arrows, but soon retreat as the elephant charges in, trampling one Mongolian.Reddead The Mongolians regroup and continue assaulting the elephant with arrows, firing arrows into its hide and head, and driving it away from the battlefield. Elsewhere, Khan rides in on his war horse and strikes down a Carthaginian soldier with his Turko-Mongol Saber.Bluedead

Meanwhile, one of the Carthaginians charges at the two remaining Mongolians, catching one's attention by throwing a Soliferrum at his head. The iron javelin is deflected by the Mongolian's shield and both men turn to face the Carthaginian. One tries to hack at him with a Mongol saber, but he deflects the blow and stabs him through his leather lamellar with his falcata.Reddead He then tries to strike at the last Mongol's legs, but the Mongol jumps back and slashes his leg. While he is kneeling, the Mongol quickly follows up with a slash to the face, killing the Carthaginian.Bluedead His victory is short-lived, however, as Hannibal comes up from behind and impales him through the chest with his falcata.Reddead

Genghis Khan soon spots Hannibal again and rides up toward him, throwing away his Mongol bow and dismounting. He walks up to him as both men measure each other up, and then gives a war cry while drawing his saber. Both men clash swords, which are caught by both shields. Hannibal goes for a vertical head shot with his falcata, but Genghis shakes off the blow and slashes Hannibal across the thigh. Hannibal goes for a horizontal slash, but Genghis ducks under the sword and hits Hannibal's shield out of his hands. Tired and desperate, Hannibal deflects blows from the saber and goes for a thrust strike with the falcata, but it fails to pass through the steel lamellar armor. Enraged, the Khan counters with two consecutive head shots to Hannibal's brass helmet, severely denting it and knocking Hannibal dizzy. Genghis Khan then spins around and delivers the final strike, slashing Hannibal across the neck and cutting neck arteries.Bluedead Hannibal falls down dead as The Great Khan gives a victorious shout.

Expert's Opinion[]

The reason why Genghis Khan won was mainly because his helmet was far stronger then Hannibal's. That's because Hannibal's helmet breaks more often than Genghis Khan's helmet, which meant Hannibal is more likely to die than Genghis did.


  • Genghis Khan was illiterate, never learning to read or write, despite being a great military and political leader.
  • Genghis, as shown on the show, was left handed.
  • Genghis Khan censored all pictures and paintings of himself. Any image of Genghis Khan was done after his death. Despite this; his statue is the largest in all of Mongolia.
  • Genghis used prisoners of war as weapons during his sieges. Some of his siege weapons were manned by prisoners; since siege weapons were frequently targeted by the enemy. Genghis also used human shields and catapulted humans, alive and dead, over city walls as psychological warfare.
  • Genghis Khan usually promoted his officers based on skill and experience rather than class, ancestry or even past allegiances, as a result some of Genghis's most trusted generals were former enemies of his. While at war with the mongolian Tayichigud clan, Genghis was almost killed when an arrow killed the horse he was riding. After his army won the battle and took the enemy soldiers as POW's, Genghis demanded to know who fired the arrow that almost killed him, a soldier named Jebe stood up and admitted to being the shooter and told Genghis to kill him if he wanted. Genghis was so impressed by Jebe's skill and bravery that he made Jebe an officer in his army. Jebe would go on to be on of the mongols greatest generals during their conquests of Asia and one of Genghis's most trusted friends.
  • Genghis frequently executed generals and nobles who betrayed their leader in order to appeal to the Mongols. Genghis believed that even though they defected from Mongolia's enemies, the fact that they are willing to be traitors means they are likely to betray Genghis as well.
  • In the Mongol Army leaving a wounded comrade behind as punishable by death.
  • One of the primary ways Genghis Khan gained power was by marrying off his daughters to the kings of his allies, for the privilage of marrying one of Ghengis Khan's daughters, the kings were required to cast out all thier other wives, Genghis Khan did this to ensure that his daughters were the only people in line for the throne of the kingdom. Genghis Khan then had the kings sent to the front line of the mongolian army during military battles to increase thier chances of dying, as a result almost all of Ghengis Khan's son-in-laws died in combat, when the allied king died Genghis Khan's daughters took controle of thier kingdoms. By the time of Genghis Khan's death, his daughters ruled an area stretching from China's Yellow Sea to Iran's Caspian Sea.
    • However Ghengis had a son-in-law named Toucher who was his favorite son-in-law. When Toucher was killed by an archer from Nishapur, Genghis's daughter was heartbroken at the news of her husband's death, and requested that every last person in Nishapur be killed. Genghis's troops, led by his youngest son, Tolui undertook the task and slaughtered every person in the city. Ghengis's daughter asked that each Nishapuran be beheaded, and their skulls piled in pyramids to ensure that nobody survived.
  • Many of the genocides committed by Genghis Khan did occur, but estimates are imprecise as enemies of the Mongols over-exaggerated the numbers for propaganda purposes. The Mongols intentionally supported the spread of these rumors to instill terror onto their enemies.
    • Excluding the Black Death: some historians estimate that Genghis Khan killed 10% of the world's population.
    • Some estimates state that the Great Jin Dynasty of China lost 2/3 of its population from Genghis Khan's conquest.
    • Such warcrimes Genghis committed include; using prisoners as human shields in battle, filling moats with corpses, mass forced abortions and mass rape.
  • According to the 14th century Persian chronicler Rashid al-Din, Genghis was rumored to have red hair and green eyes. While Rashid al-Din never met Genghis Khan in person, these striking features were not unheard of among the ethnically diverse Mongols.
  • Unlike many conquers in history, Genghis Khan embraced the diversity of his newly conquered territories. He passed laws declaring religious freedom for all and even granted tax exemptions to places of worship. Genghis did this so that conquered people would be less likely to rebel. While Genghis and many other mongols subscribed to a shamanistic belief system that revered spirits of the sky, winds and mountains, the Steppe people were diverse and included Nestorian Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and other animistic traditions. Genghis often met with different religious leaders to discuss the details of their faiths.
  • The Battle of Kalka River, the battle used to compare Khan's and Hannibal's tactics and strategy, was a battle that Khan never actually participated at. It was lead by two of his generals; Jebe and Subutai, and Khan was far away in Asia at the time.
  • Emir Said Mir Mohammed Alim Khan was the last decedent of Genghis Khan who reign as a king (of Uzbekistan). On 30 August 1920: he was deposed by the Soviet Union.
  • Genghis Khan actively searched for the elixir of eternal life and other rumors of similar mythical objects of immortality.
  • Like Alexander the Great, Genghis claimed on his deathbed that he was dissatisfied with his conquests: thinking he could have done more within his life.
  • Mongolians see blood as sacred. During his war against Jamukha: Genghis was wounded in the neck. One of Genghis' generals drank his blood so that it would not be defiled by touching the ground.
  • In the Season 3 preview on Deadliest Warrior: The Aftermath, Kieron Elliot accidentally said Genghis Khan had already been featured but was referring to the Mongol, when discussing and opponent for Hannibal.
  • Genghis Khan is the only warrior to win after getting the battlefield strategy/tactics edge.
  • Many scenes of Genghis Khan's army are from the BBC Genghis Khan Documentary.
  • Genghis Khan was portrayed in the simulation by Jason Nguyen, who had already represented the Mongols in the Commanche vs. Mongol episode.
  • Ironically, despite his brutal reputation, Genghis Khan has the only finisher in Deadliest Warrior: Legends that has no blood, since he knees the opponent twice and then snaps their neck. Genghis Khan is also the only warrior whose finisher does not involve any weapons at all.