Gao Gan
Gao Gan
Character information
Force(s): Yuan Shao's Forces
Yuan Shang's Forces
Significant Battle(s):
Historical information
Real name: Gao Gan
Chinese name: 高干
Born:  ?
Died: 206

Gao Gan was a general of Yuan Shao and later served under Yuan Shang. He was killed by Cao Cao's forces at Hu Pass trying to escape to Jing.


After the dissolution of the coalition against Dong Zhuo, warlords all across China returned to their respective territories. Only once, Gao Gan an Xun Chen persuaded the warlord Han Fu to relinquish Ji Province to Yuan Shao.

After Yuan Shao's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Guan Du, Gao Gan led an army to save Yuan and help him return back to Ji Province. Before Yuan Shao died, he did not chose who to succeed him, so his older brother Yuan Cheng divided his territory among his children and relatives: Ji Province was given to Yuan Shang; Qing Province to Yuan Tan; You Province to Yuan Xi; Bing Province to Gao Gan.

In 204, Gao Gan surrendered to Cao Cao along with his men. After Yuan Tan's death in 205, Cao Cao went up north to defeat the rest of the Yuan family. In 206, Gao Gan rebelled against Cao Cao at Hu Pass and put up a fight against Cao's generals Li Dian and Yue Jin, but was defeated and lost Bing Province to Cao. After his defeat, Gao Gan fled south towards Jing Province but was intercepted by Cao Cao's forces along the way and killed.