Peng Tuo 彭脫 was a leader of a group of Yellow Turbans. He fought in 184’s Yellow Turban Rebellion in Runan commandery.


Peng Tuo was from Runan commandery in Yu province.[1] He was a leader in Zhang Jue’s army and must’ve joined him somewhere between the early 170s and 184 AD, among 360.000 other men.

Being located in Runan commandery, it seems possible that he led a Division which was intended to cooperate with Ma Yuanyi 馬元義, a Large Division leader and leader in planning rebellion against Han and had contacts within Luoyang. Runan was also intended to cooperate with the Yellow Turbans in Yingchuan commandery (Bo Cai) and Nanyang commandery (possibly Zhang Mancheng).[4]

However, Tang Zhou 唐周 betrayed his fellow Yellow Turbans and informed the Han about Zhang Jue’s plot to overthrow the dynasty and Ma Yuanyi was arrested and torn asunder.[2] The Yellow Turbans from Runan, Yingchuan and Nanyang had to do without the Large Division leader who commanded one of the biggest and most important forces.

Once again, we are not told if Peng Tuo led the Division that was intended to cooperate with Ma Yuanyi and the other forces, but it seems possible given the locations. In summer the Yellow Turbans from Runan attacked the Grand Administrator Zhao Qian 趙謙 at Shaoling[2], but we are not told if Peng Tuo took part in this battle or if this was another Yellow Turban force in Yingchuan commandery, led by an unknown leader.

Later, Huangfu Song 皇甫嵩 and Zhu Jun 朱儁 wished to follow up on some recent successes against the Yellow Turbans with campaigns against the Yellow Turbans from Runan commandery and Chen commandery. At Xihua county Peng Tuo was battled, defeated and killed by their combined force.[1][2][3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 de Crespigny, A Biographical Dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms, biography of Peng Tuo, page 695
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 de Crespigny, Emperor Huan and Emperor Ling, Zhongping 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 "嵩、雋乘勝進討汝南、陳國黃巾,追波才於陽翟,擊彭脫西華 ,並破之。" Fan Ye. History of the Later Han 71.
  4. de Crespigny, Generals of the South, page 88