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Guo Jia (Chinese: 郭嘉) is a minor character in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is an adviser who served the warlord Cao Cao.

Biography

Guo Jia was said to be very ambitious, but he is already felt that the world was into the chaos and stayed in seclusion for a long time. At first, he served under the orders of Yuan Shao, the most powerful warlord at that time in northern China. In some case, Guo Jia was originally out of the way, Yuan Shao is great respectful to him and others. Guo Jia saw that Yuan Shao is very indecisive, he was recommending Cao Cao to Xun Yu. After a discussion about the state of China at that time, they both liked it. At that time, Cao Cao made Guo Jia his military advisor. During the campaign against Lu Bu, the strength of Cao Cao won three consecutive battles, forcing his enemy to retreat and quartering within the ciutt of Xiapi.

Cao Cao's forces were exhausted to fight, and this one had the intention to retire. However, Guo Jia has persuaded Cao Cao to move on and give Lu Bu time to recover. Cao Cao followed the advice and at halftime prevailed against his opponent. Cao Cao was facing the forces of Yuan Shao at the Battle of Guandu, and left leaving his home city (Xuchang) barely guarded. Seeing this opportunity, Sun Ce was planned to go north and attack Xuchang. Everyone was desperate in front of the news, but Guo Jia can still promise refused to Sun Ce, being proud and impulsive, would be murdered by his own people before reaching Xuchang. After Sun Ce was killed before he could cross the Yangtze River, Guo Jia finally managed to defeated Yuan Shao.

After the Battle of Guandu, Yuan Shao soon died in later years. His legacy was the subject of a dispute between three of his sons, Yuan Tan, Yuan Xi, and Yuan Shang. At some point, Cao Cao sent the troops to attacked the Yuan brothers and they are won the battle, everyone thought that they should pursue the victory. Only Guo Jia believed that he should retreat and kill him, Cao Cao counted and attacked Liu Bei, Yuan Tan and Yuan Shang fought for the battle in Ji Province. When Yuan Tan was defeated by Yuan Shang and left the plains, but sent Xin Pi to Cao Cao. Cao Cao attacked Yecheng and rushed Yuan Shang to the north. Soon after, Wei forces defeated Yuan Tan and settled in Ji Province, although Yuan Shang fled to Wuhuan.

Many warriors thought that Wuhuan was in a remote place and did not need to conquer him. Guo Jia suggested that Yuan family had good grace of Wuhuan, letting them escape and fearing that the future would come again. Cao Gong intends to use the soldiers in the south, it is inevitable that he will be attacked by the enemy. But Yuan Shang is not stable, he will immediately send troops to prevent it from happening. However, Guo Jia also believes that Liu Biao and Liu Bei are not in harmony with each other. Therefore, the matter of the North should be resolved as soon as possible and it is more important to say that the soldiers must be eager to stay in the way.

Cao Cao continued to go north and crusade Yuan Shang and Wuhuan, then surely broke the enemy and killed him. According to the advice of Guo Jia, the army traveled lightly, leaving behind most of the supplies. The resulting rapid attack caught off guard at the Wuhuan at the Battle of Mt. Bailang. Tadun was killed and Yuan was exiled in what is now Heilongjiang and Jilin. Later on, Guo Jia died of illness, he was given the posthumous name of "Marquis Zhen". A year later, after Cao Cao was defeated at the Battle of Chibi, he complained: "If Fengxiao (a stylized name of Guo Jia) was alive, I would not be in this state."

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  • He is one of the playable characters in the Dynasty Warriors series.

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