Dread Knot

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The Heavy

The Dread Knot is a community-created promotional cosmetic item for the Heavy. It is a chonmage, the traditional top-knotted hairstyle of edo-period men and samurai in Japan and, in more modern times, sumo wrestlers.

The Dread Knot was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-ordered Total War: SHOGUN 2 on Steam before March 15, 2011.

Update history

March 10, 2011 Patch (Shogun Pack)

  • The Dread Knot was added to the game.

March 11, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the Dread Knot not being grayed out when paint is being used.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • The Dread Knot is now able to be traded along with all Shogun Pack items.


  • The name is a reference to the "dreadnought", a type of 20th century battleship with tremendous firepower. The word itself literally means "fear nothing".
  • Chonmage hairstyles were popular in feudal Japan as a convenient way to keep one's hat or helmet on. They remained popular until the early 20th century.