Han Tao was from Dongjing and proved to be excellent in martial arts. He wielded a long spear, and served as a military instructor in Chenzhou. He was nicknamed the 'Ever-victorious general' (百胜将).
Gao Qiu was furious with the Liangshan heroes when they conquered Gaotangzhou and killed his cousin Gao Lian, so he sought help from the emperor, asking the emperor to send an army to subdue the outlaws. The emperor sent Huyuan Zhuo, along with Han Tao and Peng Qi as the vanguards to attack Liangshan. Han Tao fought with Qin Ming, but could not resist Qin's blows and barely escaped under Huyuan's protection.