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Guan Suo
Guan Suo 15th Anniversary Artwork (DWEKD)
Character Information
Force(s): Shu
Height:
172 cm (5'8")
Weapon Type: Nunchaku (7~8)
Sabatons (8:E)
4th Weapon:
Dragon Nunchaku (WO3)
Playable Debut: Dynasty Warriors 7
Historical Information
Real name:
Guān Suǒ
Chinese name:
關索 - 关索
Style name:
Wéizhī
Chinese name:
維之 - 维之
Born:
?
Died:
?
Fictional character. His style name came from local legends and isn't listed in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Warriors Orochi Info
Stage:
Mystic Weapon:
Mystic Nunchaku
Character Type:

Guan Suo (関索, onyomi: Kan Saku) is Guan Yu's fictional third son and the younger brother of Guan Ping and Guan Xing. He is a famous subject for Beijing opera who wedded four exotic wives. Three Kingdoms fiction may use Guan Suo as their archetype hero for Shu to expand the romanticized lionhearted perception of Guan Yu or the empire.

Prior to his playable Dynasty Warriors appearance, he was a Shu NPC since Dynasty Warriors 2. Gamecity's Dynasty Warriors 7 character popularity poll has him at forty-sixth place out of sixty-two characters; he placed sixty-seventh in the Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends popularity poll.

Role in GamesEdit

Dynasty WarriorsEdit

Usually appearing beside his father, Guan Suo is a secondary general for Shu throughout the Dynasty Warriors series. Depending on the title, he may appear as early as Chang Ban and will continue to appear for the later battles for Shu, such as Yi Ling and Nan Zhong.

For his playable appearance in Dynasty Warriors 7, Guan Suo is Guan Yu's biological son who accompanies his father and older brother in Shu's version of Fan Castle. He prepares the troops for the castle assault. When they are surrounded by enemy troops, he tries to protect his father during their escape. Reaching a cliff overlooking a river, Guan Yu decides to sacrifice himself for his son's safety by pushing Guan Suo into the raging waters below. Guan Suo returns to Shu and appears in Yiling in an attempt to avenge his father's death. After the battle, he appears again in Jin's Story Mode to continue defending Shu. Like other surviving warriors for Shu, he dies in battle during their final defense at Chengdu.

His first Legendary Battle entails his escape from Wu, continuing from Fan Castle in Story Mode. As he fights for his survival in Jing Province, he meets and rescues a mysterious girl who introduces herself as Bao Sanniang. After explaining a bit of his history as he protects her, Guan Suo expects her to return home after the battle. She instead fawns over his heroic charisma and follows him. Guan Suo's second Legendary Battle has Zhuge Liang name him commander of the Southern Campaign in Nanzhong. To not shame his father's name and reputation, Guan Suo works together with Bao Sanniang to pacify the area. After conquering Nanzhong, his third Legendary Battle has Zhuge Liang order Shu to attack Wei in a final confrontation for peace. Guan Suo remarks he can finally avenge his father by defeating Sima Yi once and for all. Upon their victory, he thinks of his late father and older brother and declares he will use all he can muster to protect Shu in their place.

Guan Suo makes his appearance in Dynasty Warriors Next during the Three Kingdoms scenarios. He and Bao Sanniang are charged with defending Changsha in other chapters besides Shu. Wu's scenario has him escape their version of Fan Castle. He dies in a duel with Cao Pi in Wei's Chengdu battle. Jin's rendition of that battle has him and Jiang Wei employ an ambush on Sima Yi. In Shu's version of Fan Castle, Guan Suo helps his family survive and receives warm praise from his father. He survives in this chapter's ending.

In Dynasty Warriors 8 Guan Suo reprises his role from the previous installment. When he and his family are surrounded by Wu forces at Fan Castle, he offers to sacrifice himself so the others can escape. But Guan Yu knocks him unconscious and he is carried away by Guan Yinping. In the hypothetical route, Guan Suo fights alongside his siblings and Bao Sanniang at Nanzhong.

During Wei's storyline in the Xtreme Legends expansion, Guan Suo will guard the flood gates of Fan Castle during Guan Ping's absence, and must be defeated in order to flood the Wu troops. He joins his father's last stand at Maicheng where he will impede Wei's attempts to set ladders at the central cliff. At Xinye, he will appear among the Shu reinforcements who are trying to breach Cao Ren's formation.

Warriors OrochiEdit

In Musou OROCHI Z, Guan Suo serves as Guan Ping's replacement officer when players assume the latter's role in one of the original dream stages.

In the original timeline of Warriors Orochi 3, he was heavily surrounded by the serpent army at Mt. Niutou. His whereabouts after the encounter are unknown to the coalition until Nene tracks him down. Bao Sanniang and company return to the past to save him, thus leading to his allegiance in the altered future. As a member of the coalition, he helps Liu Shan pacify the once peaceful Liang Province. There, where they met Yoshimoto and Motochika, whom first mistook as an enemy, but repaid their debt for rescuing Yoshimoto, in addition playing a soccer/takrow-like kemari together, as Guan Suo skills are fit in playing the ball, such as when preventing the ball from almost hit Sanniang by accident.

The Ultimate expansion has him return to Shu after Hydra's defeat. He appears among Liu Bei's forces during Kyubi's sudden intervention at Liang Province. He also appears among the reinforcements aiding Pang Tong at Mt. Niutou. At Jiange, however, he is deceived by Bao Sanniang into leading a separate detachment of the Shu-Tokugawa army to attack his father. It is soon realized that Sanniang he's with was an impostor, created from Tamamo/Kyubi's tail. In mirror version of the mission, he is able to realized it quickly, once overheard his father's "death", and set a trap on Sanniang's impostor from escaping.

Dynasty TacticsEdit

He can be recruited as an optional general in Dynasty Tactics 2.

Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit

Romance of the Three Kingdoms has him as a fictional general for the game, often joining Liu Bei's army around the same time he does in the novel. He boasts above average stats as an officer, a good choice for supporting military affairs. Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI features his wives (from the Hua Guan Suo Zhuan and Hua Man) as extra fictional officers.

100man-nin no Sangokushi abbreviates his Hua Guan Suo Zhuan story in a historical episode event. He begins his journey protecting his mother as he heads towards Jing Province. Along the way, he defeats Bao Sanniang and travels with her. He decides to apprehend the thieving bandit, Wang Linggong, and unwittingly earns the ire of his foe's daughters, Wang Tao and Wang Yue. After he pacifies the sisters, they have faith in his honest intentions and join his journey east. Zhang Fei is unfamiliar with the youth, but he reports that they're under attack by Cao Cao's forces. Guan Suo defeats Zhang Liao and his bravery is recognized by his father.

Character InformationEdit

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Guan Suo's artwork in Dynasty Warriors 8.

DevelopmentEdit

Since he is a popular subject for various legends and folklore with Chinese locals, Guan Suo was added into the cast. In ode to his name as Hua Guan Suo, the flower ornament was added to his character. He was at first a typical young good looking male, but his muscled arms and physique were fashioned to be in honor of his father. The producer adds that a comical, sarcastic element crept into his design sometime during his development process, so he strays a bit from the pretty-boy image. To contrast Guan Ping's sharp image, Guan Suo was developed with softer edges. His preference for using quick nunchucks is supposed to be the direct opposite of Guan Ping's heavier and slower gigantic sword.

PersonalityEdit

Guan Suo is a young man who takes his duties very seriously. Compared to his stern father and older brother, Guan Suo is a bit light-hearted and is a little wet behind the ears. Even if he doesn't always believe in himself, he uses earnest effort to overcome any shortcomings he thinks he may have. He seeks to someday become a warrior worthy of his father's name. Born with a handsome constitution, he may unintentionally attract women. He compliments the ladies he encounters, voicing his honest praise without sarcasm or jest as a gesture of politeness. According to the soldiers at Fan Castle, he is extremely popular with the ladies in Shu, but his obliviousness to their affections often ends up hurting them severely. Guan Suo speaks with a relatively modern day dialect in the Japanese script as a contrast to Guan Ping and his father, using courtesy if needed.

Like Guan Ping, he strives to become the spitting image of his father. However, he feels he is inept to follow in his father's complete footsteps. Guan Yu assures his son that he is proud of him, no matter how he decides to raise himself as a warrior and encourages his son to follow his own path in life. Guan Suo shares a close brotherhood with Guan Ping, as the united brothers' vigor is viewed as the pride of Shu's army. For his Warriors Orochi appearance, he becomes one of Yoshimoto's kemari buddies.

Although they met by pure coincidence, Guan Suo is happy to have met Bao Sanniang since she offers him light-hearted optimism and support. While he continues to struggle with his self-image and expectations for his future, Guan Suo is confident that he is at least strong enough to protect her from danger. Her enthusiasm in battle inspires him to try harder as well.

Voice ActorsEdit

  • Grant George - Dynasty Warriors 6 (English-uncredited)
  • Spike Spencer - Dynasty Warriors 7~8 (English-uncredited)
  • Hiroaki Miura - Dynasty Warriors 7~8, Warriors Orochi 3 (Japanese)

QuotesEdit

See also: Guan Suo/Quotes
  • "If my father were here I know that he would be proud of me."
  • "You've grown so much stronger! How about we see who's the strongest, huh?"
"Of course! We'll train together, and someday reach the same heights as our father."
~~Guan Ping and Guan Suo; Dynasty Warriors 7
  • "I will defend Shu and honor my dead father and brother!"
"If it isn't Guan Yu's son... But none will ever replace your father, boy."
~~Guan Suo and Cao Cao; Dynasty Warriors Next
  • "Brother, you seem distant again. What's on your mind?"
"Oh, it's you, Guan Suo... I was just wondering... Will we be able to grow beards like Father's?"
"Hmm... Yeah, I think it'll happen eventually."
"I thought so. I wonder if long beards like that will suit us though..."
~~Guan Suo and Guan Xing; Dynasty Warriors 8
  • "Master Guan Suo, I have seen you in action! You have strong, skillful legs."
"Thank you. I still have a long way to go, however..."
"That's where I come in! Let's start your special training right away!"
~~Yoshimoto and Guan Suo; Warriors Orochi 3

GameplayEdit

Keys: Square Normal Attack • Tri Charge AttackCircle MusouX Jump/Mount

Dynasty Warriors 7Edit

Guan Suo is affiliated with nunchucks in this appearance. When he is equipped with it, he can perform a unique attack exclusive to him. Upon performing his Musou techniques, he will automatically use the weapon in his attacks.

EX Attack: Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri, Tri: Does two spinning kicks which creates and sends forth two tornadoes.
Musou - Sweeper Strike (強烈回転脚): Circle: Tucks his weapons away to do two low roundhouse kicks and one reverse high one. Each kick sends forth an air wave. Classified as a Multi-strike Musou in Next and used in Warriors Orochi 3.
Alternate Musou - Fancy Footwork (烈風猛襲脚): R1 + Circle: Does a high kick, if it hits he follows up with several high stomping kicks and ends with a back flip to knock enemies away.
Dynasty Warriors Next
Speed Musou - Blast: Tap both sides of screen: Performs a series of spinning kicks while hopping about, then finishes the assault with a heel drop powerful enough to shake the ground.
Warriors Orochi 3
X, Tri: Throws nunchaku downward like a boomerang.
R1: Stuns the enemy with a series of kicks. Similar to Guan Suo's secondary Musou.
X, R1 (Ultimate only): Dives to the ground and launches a tornado followed by a wide horizontal kick.

Dynasty Warriors 8Edit

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Guan Suo keeps the same moveset from the previous title with the following additions.

EX Attack 2 (Xtreme Legends only): Square, Square, Tri, Tri: Tackles enemy, kicks them multiple times, then strikes the ground with enough force to cause a large impact.
Aerial Musou - Circular Kick (烈震円衝脚): X, Circle: Stomps the ground to produce tremors, throwing nearby opponents up in mid-air.
Awakening Musou: Does angular spinning kicks while hopping around. The attack ends with a final kick that sends nearby opponents flying away. During the extension, he launches a flurry of incinerating strikes and roundhouse kicks before flailing weapon rapidly without moving.

Dynasty Warriors 8: EmpiresEdit

Guan Suo is affiliated with the sabaton in this appearance.

EX Attack 1: Square, Tri: Strikes the enemy while somersaulting and follows it up with a fierce dropkick.
EX Attack 2: Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Marks an enemy with an aerial roundhouse kick and hits them with a torrent of criss-crossing kicks.
Musou - Tiger Sky Kick: Circle: Guan Suo does a powerful backflip attack, then performs a flying kick while in mid-air.
Alternate Musou - Sand Splitting Kick: R1 + Circle: Pummels the enemy with rapid kicks before knocking them back with a jumping roundhouse kick.
Aerial Musou - Air Rending Kick: X, Circle: Rapidly steps on surrounding foes briefly before sending them airborne via descending axe kick.
Awakening Musou: Guan Suo jumps about and unleashes a barriage of diagonal and rotating kicks; he finishes it off with a final spin kick. The extended version has him perform overhead kicks while leaping sideways, ending the assault with a series of fast kicking blows.

WeaponsEdit

See also: Guan Suo/Weapons

Dynasty Warriors 8Edit

Guan Suo still uses the nunchaku as his default weapon in this title. But starting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, his new weapons of choice are the sabatons.

Chinese FictionEdit

In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Guan Suo is the third son of Guan Yu. He doesn't appear until Zhuge Liang begins his campaign against the Nanman. He explains that:

Vin1 After the fall of Jingzhou, I was hidden by the Bao family from where I wanted to go to the River Lands to ask the First Ruler for a revenge against my father. But I fell in illness, which was long and severe, and I only just recovered. I was then travelling towards Chengdu to meet with the Latter Ruler, when I met the army in the south expedition. I know that vengeance has been taken upon the murderers of my father. And now I want to present myself to the Prime Minister. Vin2

Zhuge Liang sent word of his arrival to the court and gave Guan Suo a post as Van Leader. He made several contributions in the southern campaign, but was not referred to in the novel again after the surrender of Meng Huo.

In 1967, eleven volumes of stories were discovered in a grave dating from the Ming Dynasty in the Jiading District, Shanghai. Four of the volumes centered on Guan Suo, which described his history while loosely based in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms setting. These four volumes have been transcribed and compiled into what is now known as Hua Guan Suo Zhuan (花関索伝). While the state of the original text is difficult to decipher, it is generally believed that these tales were a collection of hearsay and gossip made in an attempt to expand Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

After Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu swore their brotherhood to one another, the Hua Guan Suo Zhuan says that they decided to make their family ties official. They did so by inviting every member of their biological families to a banquet in order to kill them. As Zhang Fei raced toward Guan Yu's family, he saw a single pregnant woman named Hu Jinquan -also argued as one of Guan Yu's mistresses. Not having the courage to strike her down, he allowed only her to escape. She returned to her home with the Hu family and gave birth to a boy.

When the boy was seven, he was stranded from his mother and was picked up by Squire Suo. Two years later, Squire Suo was told by his master to adopt the boy into his family and the boy was named Suo Tong. Suo Tong was taught by Squire Suo's master, Master Huayue, until he was eighteen. As he was coming home one day, he bravely fought off bandits in the mountains. His master was aware of his potential and Suo Tong left his master to make a name for himself. He reunited with his mother, who told him that he was actually Guan Yu's son. Although his father from the Hu family looked nothing like the famed general, Suo Tong decided to honor his mother's story. From then on, he called himself Hua Guan Suo to honor the prominent male figures in his life. Wanting to reunite with his father, Hua Guan Suo made his way to Xichuan. During his journey, he killed Song Jingang and married his three wives.

One day, Pang Tong and Zhuge Liang had a dream regarding Hua Guan Suo. Pang Tong conducted a divination that revealed that a prominent general would have a new third son and Zhuge Liang concluded that general would be Guan Yu. Meanwhile, Yao Bin, a vassal of Wu, surrendered to Guan Yu. Guan Yu accepted the general and they became sworn brothers. Yao Bin, however, disguised himself as Guan Yu and stole Guan Yu's horse on the same night to escape. Guan Yu was alarmed by the betrayal and a manhunt for the fugitive spread throughout Liu Bei's army. Yao Bin had met Hua Guan Suo on the road and tried to pass himself off as Guan Yu. Hu Jinquan saw through the ruse and Zhang Fei arrived shortly to inform them of the situation. With this knowledge, Hua Guan Suo pursued Yao Bin and cut him down. During their pursuit, Cao Cao's army attacked Guan Yu and Hua Guan Suo helped his brother and Zhao Yun to claim victory. Upon meeting his father, Guan Yu couldn't believe Hu Jinquan's story. Hua Guan Suo was upset and threatened to join Cao Cao's troops to force his father to accept him, but Guan Yu eventually believed Hu Jinquan when Zhang Fei supported her. He was then designated as Guan Yu's third adopted son.

Hua Guan Suo continued to fight beside his father's forces until he fell ill. He and his wives were transported to Yunnan to recover until Jiang Wei visited him to inform him of Guan Yu's death. Hua Guan Suo was then brought to Master Huayue and his illness was cured. He led troops to avenge his father and uncle, encountering Lu Xun and Yan Zhao. Suffering defeat, he lost his brother, Guan Ping, and Zhang Yi. In despair, he fainted and met his father's spirit in the spiritual realm. Gaining his father's permission to use the blade at his grave, Hua Guan Suo eventually found it, killed Yan Zhao, and captured Lu Xun. He also captured Lu Meng and killed the two generals who betrayed his father, Mi Zhu and Mi Fang. Sacrificing Lu Xun and Lu Meng before Guan Yu and Zhang Fei's graves, he avenged his family.

Soon after, Liu Bei died of illness and Zhuge Liang decided to resume his training in hermitage. Hua Guan Suo succumbed to illness as well and his wives and subordinates disbanded. Although the original story allegedly ends here, different editions expand the story to have Hua Guan Suo instead die in battle during the Nanman campaigns or during Shu's later fall. He sometimes only succeeds in defeating Lu Meng in certain editions.

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