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The Hissho Tokso

The Hissho are one of the playable factions in Endless Space. A warrior race, they value honorable conflict over peaceful cooperation.



The evolution of the Hissho is not entirely clear. The Hissho themselves hold that they evolved from avian creatures, independently of a higher alien race. However, there are some vague indications that the Endless at the very least tampered with their evolutionary path for their own amusement.[1]

For much of their history, the Hissho lived as tribal hunters. Their constant warfare slowed their technological progress and path to civilization, but eventually, they, like many other races across the galaxy, united and reached for the heavens.

When they encountered other races, their response was to seek conquest. Convinced of their innate superiority, the Hissho decided it was only their destiny.


A Hissho war ceremony

The Hissho are ruled by a monarch, but they are equally ruled by tradition. Protocol, ritual, and personal honor are closely intertwined, with a failure in one translating in failure to the others.

Sacrifice is an integral part of the social fabric, with a cultural emphasis on blood. [2] By purely human standards, the Hissho are not unlike Samurai.

War and combat are still vital aspects of their culture. Adults must prove themselves to have at least some level of fighting skill in order to be accepted into society.

The Hissho's innate nature is reflected in their empire's diplomatic relations (or lack thereof) with alien races. They see other species as inferior and are almost eager for war with others.

Despite the Hissho's relatively slow rate of technological advancement, their experience with battle and innate skills as aviators make their space navy a formidable foe.


Hissho Affinity

+ 5% Weapon Damage on all fleets for each space battle won (for 45 turns).

+ 15% FID1025fidsSmall.png on all systems for each invasion victory (for 45 turns).

Bonus stacks up to 4 times.

Hissho Faction-Specific Technologies

Isotope Fabrication Unlocks the Technology of the same name. Trait-plus-trans.gif
Huygens Rings

+1 1004moneySmall.png on Planet.

+2 1003scienceSmall.png on Planet.


After losing a system with 100% previous ownership:

  • + 50% Military Power on all fleets when invading (for 20 turns).
  • + 50% Ground Defense on all systems (for 20 turns).
Snipers + 15% Accuracy on weapons. Trait-3plus-trans.gif
Deadly Weapons

+ 36% Max and Min Damage on weapons.

+ 36% Min and Min Damage on weapons.

Masters of Destruction - 50% Weapon module cost on Empire. Trait-2plus-trans.gif
Death Before Dishonor

The Hero will be Injured if you use the "Retreat" Battle Action.

+ 40% Hero XP bonus per battle.

Space Cadets - 20% 1003scienceSmall.png on system. Trait-2minus-trans.gif

Steam Achievements[]

As Hissho, build 1,000 ships on systems with Wargame Center while Bushido is active
Victory to the Strong
Victory to the Strong
Win with the Hissho


  • Despite their apparent lack of functional wings, an old Amplitude article states that the Hissho are capable of natural flight.[3]
  • "Hissho" means "certain victory" in Japanese.
  • The Major Faction Hissho in Endless Space 2 is not actually the Endless Space 1 Hissho. The ES1 Hissho are called Yuusho in ES2


Playable Factions AmoebaAutomatonsCraversHarmonyHisshoHoratio
PilgrimsSheredynSophonsSowersUnited EmpireVaulters
Non-Playable Factions DeuyivanDust CollectiveEndlessOros Gec
Other Information Custom factions