Guo Huai
Guo Huai
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Force(s): Wei
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Historical information
Real name: Guo Huai
Chinese name: 郭淮
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Born: 187
Died: 253

Guo Huai was a general and minister of Wei.


As an adult, Guo Huai was recommended for his filial piety and personal integrity. He took up the posts of Assistant in the Office of Pingyuan County, Court Counselor, Historiographer in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Commander under Xiahou Yuan, successively.

When Xiahou Yuan died in the battle for Mount Dingjun, Boji collected the scattered remnants of the defeated army. Henceforth, Zhang He was appointed as the new Commander General, and the army was stabilized.

When Cao Pi ascended the throne as Emperor of Wei, Guo Huai was appointed as Senior Advisor Who Controls the West, and titled Lord of the Second Rank. Later on, he was appointed as Prefect of Youzhou, Imperial Protector of Yong Zhou, and titled Lord of Shating.

When Zhuge Liang attacked the Kingdom of Wei, Guo Huai was appointed as Deputy Commander of the Wei forces under Cao Zhen, and accurately predicted the movements of the Shu army, and scored many important victories. Cao Zhen’s inadequate leadership however resulted in many losses, so Sima Yi was sent from Wancheng to take over command. Together with Cao Zhen, Guo Huai drove back Zhao Yun and recovered the territories of Nanan, Tian Shui and Anding, which were previously lost during the attack by Shu.

After the Northern Expeditions were defeated at Wuzhang Plains, Guo Huai served in crushing Gongsun Yuan's Rebellion. He was one of several generals who remained loyal to Wei after Cao Shuang was killed by Sima Shi, and he fought against Jiang Wei's invasions north.

Unfortunately, at the Battle of Mt. Tie Tong he came face-to-face with his old friend's son Xiahou Ba. Just as he was about to kill him, Jiang Wei killed him with several arrows.