The Battle of Hulao Pass (Hǔláo guān zhī zhàn 虎牢關之戰) was a fictional battle during the Campaign against Dong Zhuo. It took place after the Battle of Sishui Pass, where its commander Hua Xiong was killed by Guan Yu 關羽. At Hulao Pass, Lü Bu 呂布 was ordered to prevent the coalition from passing through.

Before the BattleEdit

In 190 A.D. local tyrannical warlord Dong Zhuo seized the Han capital, Luoyang and caused tyranny around the state. Cao Cao saw this big threat, and formed a new coaliton with Yuan Shao as the coalition leader to abolish Dong Zhuo.

The BattleEdit

See also: Three Sworn Brothers Duel Lü Bu Lü Bu was sent by Dong Zhuo to block the coalition to past through. Mu Shun was the first one to duel Lü Bu, but Lü Bu slayed Mu Shun without a few bouts. Many of the generals could not defeat Lü Bu, including Gongsun Zan, who almost got killed by Lü Bu, but suddenly Zhang Fei showed up and dueled Lü Bu. Many of the coalition members were surprised that Zhang Fei could stand a chance against the mighty Lü Bu. After many bouts, Zhang Fei's sworn brothers Guan Yu and Liu Bei offered to join the battle. It was now three against one. Lü Bu couldn't duel the three brothers at once and took off with his Red Hare horse. Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu pursued Lü Bu, but Lü Bu's Red Hare horse was a fast steed, and the three brothers could not catch him.



  • ...this battle did not take place.
  • ...Hulao Pass existed, but it was not a separate pass from Sishui Pass. They were actually two different names for one and the same pass.
  • ...Lü Bu did not duel Mu Shun, Gongsun Zan, Zhang Fei, Guan Yu or Liu Bei. Historically he had two encounters with Sun Jian and lost both of them.


  • Luo Guanzhong 羅貫中. Sanguo yanyi 三國演義 “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. Trans. C. H. Brewitt-Taylor. New York: Tuttle Publishing, 2002.