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Shennong
WO3H-Shennong
Character Information
Height:
185 cm (6'1")
Weapon(s): Zhebian
(red horse whip)
4th Weapon:
Bountiful Harvest
Mystic Weapon:
Mystic Bloom
Type: Wonder
Significant Battle(s):
Yangping Gate
Shizugatake
First Appearance: Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Historical Information
Real name:
Shénnóng
Chinese/Japanese name:
神農 - 神农
Mythological figure. Also known as the Fire Emperor, the King of Medicine, the Emperor of the Five Grains, and the Great Divine Farmer.

Shennong (神農, onyomi: Shin'nō) is one of the Three Divine Sovereigns who is reputed to have ruled ancient China. Depending on the source, he ruled after Fuxi or Nuwa. He is renowned for cultivating various plants and is considered one of the cultural fathers of medicine. According to legend, his love for agriculture caused his downfall. He was said to have been poisoned by toxic plants he had gathered.

His Warriors Orochi counterpart is called the "Third Prince" by Fu Xi and Nuwa, meaning that he is the third sovereign in this continuity.

Role in GameEdit

Shennong is a mystic who gathers and grows plants. His constant exposure to flora caused his body to be somewhat translucent. He was content to stay within the mystic realm until he notices humanity's struggle within the dimensional realm. Like the other mystics, he descends from his home to provide assistance. He first fights against the Resistance at Yangping Gate alongside Hidetada Tokugawa and Liu Xun. After hearing their explanation, Shennong immediately decides to join them in their quest.

Ultimate has him impede the villainous Tamamo and aid the heroes alongside Kaguya. He and Gan Ning arrive in Shizugatake to rescue those present from being defeated by a group of impostors. Upon cornering Tamamo, he and his fellow sovereigns combine their powers to seal her. Despite victory, he is aware that Tamamo may someday escape again.

Character InformationEdit

PersonalityEdit

Shennong is a rather calm and easy-going mystic, willing to see through and trust in the power of humans for himself. He is also openly friendly and a dependable person, as well as knowledgeable.

He shares an affinity with Fu Xi, Nuwa, Lu Meng, and Motonari. In regards to the latter two, he bonds with them over intellectual pursuits and achievements.

Character SymbolismEdit

The item affiliated with Shennong, the mortar and pestle, is a tool often recognized since ancient times as a medicinal tool to grind herbs for mixing. In Chinese folklore, Shennong is accredited to being the inventor of these tools.

Voice ActorsEdit

QuotesEdit

See also: Shennong/Quotes
  • "Phew, I'm always a bundle of nerves going out to battle. I'm still shaking even when I get back."
"I'd be shaking if I were putting poisonous herbs and who-knows-what in my mouth, like you do."
"But by doing that, I'm able to help people. There's nothing frightening about helping people."
~~Shennong and Fu Xi; Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper

GameplayEdit

Keys: Square Normal Attack • Tri Charge AttackCircle MusouX Jump/Mount
無双OROCHI2 Ultimate: 神農 アクションムービー00:30

無双OROCHI2 Ultimate: 神農 アクションムービー

Ground MovesetEdit

Tri: Freeze enemies in front of you.
Square, Tri: Grow a small field to launch enemies in the air.
Square, Square, Tri: Smash the whip to the ground.
Square, Square, Square, Tri: Lift enemies in the air and then swing right.
Square, Square, Square, Tri, (Tri): EX Attack: Grants a chain effect on the user's attacks.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Small fields grow in the left and right, and then grow a larger field in front.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri:
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square:
X, Tri:
X, Square:
Dashing Square:
R1: Takes a meditative stance and gestures. Results in a spread of medicinal herbs around the himself to restore health and damages nearby enemies during execution.
X (Cancel): Flies forward with a charge.
X, R1 (Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate only): Hovers in midair for a bit to gestures his whip at a downward angle, where he entangles enemies with vines before knocking them away.
Circle:

Horse MovesetEdit

Tri:
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square:

Fighting StyleEdit

WeaponsEdit

Warriors Orochi 3 HyperEdit

Crimson Whip
1-Star Weapon - Crimson Whip Base Attack: 6
Compatibility Bonus: 7
Violet Sun
2-Star Weapon - Violet Sun Base Attack: 9
Compatibility Bonus: 11
First Bloom
3-Star Weapon - First Bloom Base Attack: 14
Compatibility Bonus: 14
Bountiful Harvest
4-Star Weapon - Bountiful Harvest Base Attack: 25
Compatibility Bonus: 18


Big Star WeaponsEdit

Shennong uses the following big star weapons in the game.

  • Red Pointer
  • White Pointer

Warriors Orochi 3 UltimateEdit

Bountiful Harvest X
4-Star Weapon - Bountiful Harvest Base Attack: 60
Compatibility Bonus: 18
Mystic Bloom
Mystic Weapon - Shennong (WO3U) Base Attack: 55
Compatibility Bonus: 18


Acquiring Mystic WeaponEdit

  • Stage: Chapter 2 - Pursuit of Da Ji
  • Requirements: Defeat Xu Huang and 800 enemies in under 8 minutes.

Chinese FolkloreEdit

Shennong-Han dynasty Mural

Mural painting from Han Dynasty of Shennong‎ ploughing the fields.

Shennong, whose name means "Divine Farmer", was a legendary figure of Chinese mythology. Being one of the three sovereign deities, he was said to have ruled over ancient China over five thousand years ago. He was the one who introduced farming, herbalism, and tea to the people, thus prolonging their lives in the process. Traditionally, he was also credited for the creation of various inventions (mostly for agricultural usage) and the refinement of Chinese medicine, like acupuncture and moxibustion. Few sources state that he also invented two of the most important musical instruments of ancient Chinese history to soothe the hearts and minds of the common folk.

In most tales regarding Shennong, he was notable for tasting all kinds of herbs to verify their properties for his research. He once identified a wide variety of poisonous plants more than seventy times a day through this method alone. This, however, was said to have been the cause of his death when his intestines ruptured after consuming the yellow flower of a weed. On the other hand, this is contradicted by one story where Shennong used a reddish brown whip to safely test the plants he had collected. Nonetheless, Shennong's sacrifice was so revered by the people that they worshiped him as the Medicine King in his honor. Many consider him the patron deity of farmers and pharmacists.

During the Warring States period of China, Shennong was sometimes confused for the Yan Emperor due to their contributions to agriculture especially the slash-and-burn technique used for fertilizing soil. In one instance, the two of them were merged into one god out of convenience, but this has done little for Shennong's reputation than it has for the Yan Emperor's. In 2004, an academic conference in China achieved general consensus by agreeing that the two legendary figures were one and the same. Most artworks often depict him holding a plant in his mouth while some portray him with leaves for clothes. Despite not being a historical figure, his existence alone in legends and folktales have made him a prominent hero in a more cultural context.

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