Job: Monk
Family: Wyverns
Crystal: Wind
Weak to: Ice
Strong to: Fire, Wind

Notorious Monster

Zone Level Drops Steal Spawns Notes
Ru'Aun Gardens 88 - 90 1 A, T(S)
20,000~22,000 HP
??? MP
The Shrine of Ru'Avitau 83 - 84 1
Assists: Kirin
A, T(S)
??? HP
??? MP
A = Aggressive; NA = Non-Aggresive; L = Links; S = Detects by Sight; H = Detects by Sound;
HP = Detects Low HP; M = Detects Magic; Sc = Follows by Scent; T(S) = True-sight; T(H) = True-hearing
JA = Detects job abilities; WS = Detects weaponskills; Z(D) = Asleep in Daytime; Z(N) = Asleep at Nighttime; A(R) = Aggressive to Reive participants
Spawn Conditions Companions/Summons
  • ??? respawns 2 minutes after Seiryu is defeated.
  • None.
Special Abilities Passive Traits
  • The most effective method of countering Hundred Fists is Shadowbind, which will immobilize Seiryu for the duration of its two hour. Melees should take care to disengage the moment Seiryu two hours to avoid breaking Shadowbind prematurely.
  • Similarly to Suzaku, it is also possible for a RDM75/DRK37+ to Chainspell Stun Seiryu when it uses Hundred Fists. Though one or two attacks will still get through, this will ensure that the majority of people survive this otherwise damaging two hour. It is recommended to have a THF use Collaborator/Accomplice after Chainspell
  • If you successfully land a Zephyr and remove Seiryu's Additional Effect, a Paladin tank can easily Invincible when Seiryu uses Hundred Fists and take zero damage from the onslaught.
  • To remove the Additional Effect, you can throw a Zephyr dropped from Byakko. (Only works if the Zephyr successfully hits.)
Physical Qualities Magical Qualities
  • None.


Further Notes
  • Immune to Elegy.
  • The Shrine of Ru'Avitau version is summoned by Kirin.
  • This version can be silenced, and is significantly weaker than the original.

(see testimonials)

Spawned: K/L-8


??? Dialogue

A Strange insignia pointing east is carved into the wall.

Dialogue when appears

Seiryu: "I am Seiryu, Divine Guardian of the East. I shall bring ruination upon those who have awakened my fury."

Dialogue when defeated

Seiryu: "It seems I have underestimated you mortals. I will be prepared when next we meet..."

Historical Background[edit]

The Shijin

In Eastern Asian mythological cosmology, the Shijin (also spelled Shishin; called the Ssu Ling or Si Ling in China) are four guardian beasts that guard the four cardinal directions (North, South, East, West). The four of them are associated with four of the five elements of Chinese philosophy (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth). There is a fifth direction occasionally added (Center) and a fifth guardian beast. Chinese philosophy includes this guardian, but Japanese usually does not. They are independent of the Chinese Zodiac Animals and they each rule a quadrant of the night sky. They evidently originated during the Warring States Period of Chinese history (400s BCE- 221 BCE) and were frequently painted on the walls of tombs to ward off evil spirits. The Shijin have frequently been used in Animé programs (Fushigi Yugi, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Digimon) as well as some other video games, most notably SaGa 1 (1989/1990, sold in the United States as Final Fantasy Legend, published by Square).

Guardian of the East

The Guardian of the East is the Blue Dragon, though sometimes it is said to be a Green Dragon or Azure Dragon (to be more specific, it should be called the Azure Dragon (Azure is a mixture between blue and green). The Blue Dragon is connected with the direction East, the season Spring, the element Wood, and the colors blue and green. It also represents the principle of Yang. The Guardian's Japanese name is Seiryu (sei "blue" + ryu "dragon"), its Chinese name is Qinglong (sometimes Qing Long, Qin Long "green/blue" + "dragon"), its Korean name is Chung Ryong. Seiryu is depicted as a Chinese-style dragon, serpentine. The Guardian of the East is said to be mighty and fearsome, but also just and benevolent, as well as support and maintain a country, such as controlling rain, a symbol of the Emperor's power. Traditionally, in China, the dragon is an emblem of imperial power and authority and as such, only the emperor could have the dragon as a symbol adorning his robes. It is often paired with the Phoenix (the Guardian of the South, Suzaku) in both conflict and harmonious union. When translated into the 5 Japanese elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Void, Seiryu is assigned the element Water.

The seven Seishuku (constellations) of the Blue Dragon are: Su Boshi ("horn stars"), Ami Boshi ("throat stars"), Tomo Boshi ("root stars"), Soi Boshi ("chamber stars"), Nakago Boshi ("heart stars"), Ashitare Boshi ("tail stars"), Mi Boshi ("basket stars"). The lunar mansion (constellations the Moon passes through in Chinese & Vedic astrology) which is considered the center of this Shijin is the Dragon's Heart (Alniyat [Sigma Scorpii]). This sector of the sky contains the Western/Arabic constellations Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and part of Sagittarius.

The Gods of Tu'Lia

Seiryu is spawned using the Springstone and the Gem of the East, the season and direction it is associated with. Seiryu appears on the East-Southeast island of Ru'Aun Gardens. The directions of the four islands the Gods of Tu'Lia spawn on are not at the cardinal directions, so the mythology cannot be represented in that regard. Seiryu uses Wind-element attacks, which is considered the closest analogous element to the Wood-element. Seiryu also drops East Wind, which pertains to a wind from the East. Seiryu differs in appearance slightly from tradition. Besides resembling an European dragon more than a Chinese/Asian dragon, it is colored a deep blue, not the azure color it is associated with in folklore; this is because of its name: Seiryu literally means "blue dragon".


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