|“||Fear is for those of no confidence!||”|
Yoshimo is available to recruit from Chapter 1. You will meet him when you reach the second level of Irenicus' Dungeon, Yoshimo claims himself to be an escaping prisoner just like you, and will offer to join the party to increase the survival chance.
Jon Irenicus will reveal himself and Yoshimo to be his puppet after the prison cells tour in Spellhold, the party will speak of their disgust over this betrayal. Yoshimo will then leave and Imoen, who was previously held captive, will replace him.
During your escape you'll encounter Yoshimo again, he will attack you along with some other rogues under Irencius's order. It's also revealed that Irenicus has somehow cast a geas spell upon Yoshimo, forcing him to obey his will or die instantly. After Yoshimo's inevitable death, you may pick up his heart and bring it to a priest of Ilmater later to grant him final rest in the afterlife, you earn 200,000 XP for doing so.
There's also a trick in to keep him alive, at least until Throne of Bhaal: dismiss him inside the building, trigger the spellhold event, return to the area where he's been left, upon entering the area, pause the game, if you're quick enough, you may engage him in dialogue to recruit him again, keeping him till the end of SoA. In order to transmit him to ToB, you can cast Imprisonment on him anywhere in the Watcher's Keep while in SoA. When in ToB, you can free him by the corresponding spell and join.
Due to his unavailability in endgame and Throne of Bhaal, it's not advised to use any permanent boost items on him.
He is the only pure class thief in game besides Hexxat. He has the following items when joining the party: his katana which grants a powerful luck status effect but can only be used by him, a short bow, studded leather armor and some arrows.
Yoshimo can dual-class to Fighter but this is a bad idea. It is unlikely he will be in the party long enough to get his thief skills back, much less make up for the downtime.
In-game description Edit
|“||When asked about his past, YOSHIMO seems disheartened that you are not already acquainted with his reputation. By his own account, he is apparently well known among people in the know, both as a daring rogue and as a dashing man about town. While the story sounds impressive, he seems ungainly for such exploits, possibly a bit more hapless than debonair. He wears it well, however, and perhaps even capitalizes on it. He seems to know that his kind of good-natured humor is well appreciated by most everyone he meets.||”|
|So, there is sanity in all this madness. If you are not in league with the evil that dwells in this unholy place, Yoshimo begs your assistance.||Initial meeting|
|Time for a quick exit, I would say!||Morale failure|
|Things are going well for us, yes? It's a dangerous path, but we manage well for ourselves.||Happy|
|I'm not worried. I am sure these... setbacks are only temporary.||Unhappy-annoyed|
|You had best alter your thinking, my friend, or you can forget about the company of Yoshimo!||Unhappy-serious|
|Very well. If you will not listen to sense, I have no compelling reason to remain.||Unhappy-break|
|An odd choice. Have you been hit in the head with a rock as of late? I? In the front? Well, it is your call...||Leader|
|I must have rest soon, my friend. I have no wish to be weary when my skills call for careful concentration.||Tired|
|Hm! It is either feast or famine with you. We are either hurried beyond endurance or bored witless, it seems.||Bored|
|Pay attention... you will get no second chance!||Battlecry1|
|Fear is for those of no confidence!||Battlecry2|
|Augh! A little help here...||Hurt|
|My thieving skills will be of little use here. What wealth does a bear drop in the woods?||Forest|
|Ah, yes, the city. With all its people and their accumulated wealth, yes?||City|
|Be doubly careful. I'm sure all manner of stupid mousetraps await our toes in the dark.||Dungeon|
|What do they say... about daylight and thieves? Oil and water?||Day|
|Ahhh. My skills are at their best while under this blanket of darkness, my friend.||Night|
|I am ready, I think.||Select1|
|What do you need? I am skilled in avoidance.||Select2|
|You require my counsel, yes?||Select3|
|Where shall I display my skill and expertise?||Select4|
|If memory serves...||
|Sou desu ne?||
|I can dance on the head of a pin as well.||Action1|
|Fleet of foot and all that.||Action2|
|Yoshimo is willing.||Action3|
|You're right behind me, right?||Action4|
|Very well. Hai-ya.||Action5|
|Nothing dangerous, I would hope.||Action7|
|Whatever you need, I do it well.||Select rare1|
|Haiii-ya! Heh, the tourists love that stuff.||
|Kaiii! ...Yeah!||Critical hit|
|I hit... to no effect?||Target immune|
|I must apologize, but I can carry no more. I have set your item upon the ground.||Inventory full|
|I have made something mine, and none are the wiser.||Picked pocket|
|All the world is blind to my passing.||Hidden in shadows|
|My magic is lost!||Spell disrupted|
|A trap most devious for the careless of foot.||Set a trap|
|There you are, I see. Why do you continue? You are dead inside already. Irenicus has seen to it. I am left to finish your physical shell.|
|Bring your wrath to bear if you are so sure. I doubt you will outlive the tenday regardless! I will not bother with excuses; I cannot fight his spells.|
|No redemptions, no second chances! Let us get this over with! I stride into the hell that Irenicus promised! Ilmater take my heart, I have no choice!|
What's interesting is, in the game file, he actually has a dialogue line when the party enter the Nine Hells, which might suggest that developers of original game initially have plans for his further role in game plot.
- Yoshimo article at the Forgotten Realms Wiki, a wiki for the medieval fantasy universe named the Forgotten Realms.