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Not to be confused with the Mobile Suit Susanowo.

Susano'o
WO3-Susanoo
Character Information
Height:
200 cm (6'7")
Weapon(s): Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi
4th Weapon:
Orochi Slayer
Type: Power
First Appearance: Warriors Orochi 3
Historical Information
Real name:
Susanoo-no-Mikoto
Chinese/Japanese name:
素戔男尊
Mythological figure. Name is alternatively spelled as 素戔嗚尊, 須佐乃袁尊 or 須佐能乎命. Also known as Takehayasano-no-Mikoto or Tatehayasanoo-no-Mikoto (建速須佐之男命) and Kamusanoo-no-Mikoto (神須佐能袁命).

Susano'o (素戔嗚) is a Japanese mythological deity who is best known as a mischievous storm god. After he was exiled from the heaven, he descended to the middle land and killed the gigantic serpent beast, Yamata-no-Orochi. He ruled as the lord of Izumo until he begrudgingly passed the right to his son-in-law, Oukuninushi.

Before his playable Warriors Orochi appearance, Susano'o and his famous sword were the namesakes for Yukimura and Kenshin's weapons in the Samurai Warriors series. This incarnation can be unlocked by viewing the True Ending.

Role in GamesEdit

Warriors OrochiEdit

He is the giant leader among the immortal forces. His mission is to hunt Da Ji and to stop Hydra's insurgence into the dimensional world. Although his goals match with the coalition's, Susano'o refuses to associate himself with humanity throughout the majority of the game. The immortal finds them to be unreliable and out of their depth, often defying their claims and promises due to his distrust in them. Therefore Susano'o, his loyal subordinate, and his army of mystics often act as a hostile third party within battle.

After the coalition has defeated the eight Orochi figures scattered throughout the dimensional realm, they finally face Hydra's final form. Before they attack the beast at Koshi Castle, Susano'o blocks their path and demands that humanity prove their worth to him. Impressed upon his final defeat, he entrusts them with deciding the future of the realm. When the dimensional world crumbles apart, he willingly combines his power with the other mystics to ensure that humanity rightfully returns to their respective homes and time.

In the original timeline, it is said that he sought to fight the Hydra on his own, only to perish. While he apologizes to Kaguya for being so reckless, she assures him that his sacrifice enabled humanity to survive the Hydra's initial appearance long enough for her to come down from the Mystic Realm to save them. He also confirms to Kiyomori and Nezha that he was the one who resurrected them. In Kiyomori's case, it was to use him as an outlet for the Hydra's destructive power. In Nezha's, it was to allow him a second chance at life to fight.

Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate continues where the good ending left off with Susano'o fully aiding the human race for the first time.

Kamigami no Daichi Kojiki GaidenEdit

Susanoo is the final opponent the main party has to face in this game. Amaterasu gives the protagonist the task of uniting the divided country in an attempt to foil Susanoo's resurrection into the world.

Character InformationEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Since the newest title is focusing on eradicating the Orochi forces, Susano'o seemed like a natural choice for the director to add. As the leader of the immortal forces, the director remarks his design was meant to invoke dignity. They took great care with his facial features and character silhouette with hopes of making him stand out. The fire, water, and lightning attacks within his moveset were difficult to create and rig, but the director believes it was worth it to establish Susano'o's character.

PersonalityEdit

Susano'o trusts his immortal subordinates with his life and places them in high regard. He has a tendency to underestimate the worth of any other living being, however, especially humans.

Character SymbolismEdit

The original name of Susano'o's default weapon and his weapon type is Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, the blade which was found in the slain Yamata-no-Orochi's tail. Its real namesake is unknown, but it is thought to have stem from the clouds parting apart when Susanoo found the blade. According to the Yamatobumi, the blade is said to have been named after the beast's trait of always being surrounded by overcast clouds. When Susanoo cut the beast down, the clouds above were said to have been parted. It was as though the serpent's death had pleased the heavens, which is the sword's common name in Japanese mythology. Alternatively the blade is known as Kusanagi, or as a sword which literally mows down grass with its swings. Again the sword is argued to be a personification of Yamata no Orochi itself and it harnesses the beast's essence within itself. Orochi-no-Aramasa is also argued to be another name for the blade.

Years after Susanoo found it, Yamatotakeru was said to have carried it. After he died of illness from an angered mountain god, he lost possession of it and it was housed at Atsuta Shrine. Its last mention in mythology was it being stolen from the shrine. While it is mainly accepted as a mythical blade of legend and folklore, there have been several historical claims of the sword being showcased, recovered, stolen, or lost from the human eye. A figurative replica of the sword acts as one of the Three Imperial Regalia of Japan. Members of Omega Force decided to have Susano'o use it due to his famous association with it.

His second weapon is literally named Eight Clouds (八雲, yakumo) which is a reference to his lyrical poem for his wife. The original name of his third weapon alludes to his birthplace.

Voice ActorsEdit

QuotesEdit

See also: Susano'o/Quotes
  • "You are right about one thing. We are drawn together and combine our strength. Then we become strong."
"I have learned something, fighting with you. The strength of mortals is the strength of the weak. You plump your belly with fat and attempt to defeat lean muscle."
"A bitingly apt metaphor! I am happy to hear you joke with me, Master Susano'o."
~~Ieyasu and Susano'o; Warriors Orochi 3

GameplayEdit

MovesetEdit

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

Ground MovesetEdit

Tri, (Tri), (Tri): Stabs his sword in the ground, grabs his opponent and throws them to the ground before stomping on the victim, creating a large shockwave that cracks the earth around him.
Square, Tri, (Tri), (Tri): Creates a water bubble that explodes and lifts the opponent into the air, then creates a twirl of water around his sword, which hits the opponent repeatedly and finally slashes them away with a 360 degree horizontal sword slash.
Square, Square, Tri, (Tri), (Tri): Summons a tornado with his sword in front of him, then creates a second one with his left hand and another with his sword again to harm enemies in front of him.
Square, Square, Square, Tri, (Tri), (Tri): Summons a rainstorm.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri: Points his sword to the sky, which summons lightning bolts, then waves his sword in a horizontal arc, and summons lightning bolts in a 180 degree arc in front of him.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square: Slashes three times with his sword, kicks five times in a horizontal arc and then slashes the opponents with a final horizontal swing of his sword.
Dashing Square: A left punch that sends out electric shockwaves if it connects.
X, Tri: Smashes his left fist into the ground to create a huge shockwave around him that cracks the earth.
X, Square: A horizontal slash in a slight downward angle.
R1: Unleashes a mighty horizontal slash that warps time and space, cracking the wall between dimensions.
X, R1 (Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate only): Raises sword into the air and does a cross slashing motion which releases large blue energy streaks.
Circle: Many diagonal slashes covered in blue flames. Ends by stabbing his sword into the ground, creating a small shockwave around him.
Circle (True): Ends instead with a final strong diagonal slash imbued with flames for multiple hits.

Horse MovesetEdit

Tri: horse rears on hind legs before smashing the ground with their front hoofs. If the horse is sprinting, it will perform a long jump instead.
Square, Tri: summons a rainstorm.
Square, Square, Tri: summons a rainstorm.
Square, Square, Square, Tri: summons a rainstorm.
Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Square: many slashes to the right side.
Circle: horse stampedes with a powerful aura.

Fighting StyleEdit

WeaponsEdit

Warriors Orochi 3Edit

Weapon Information
Gathering Clouds
(天叢雲剣)

1-Star Weapon - Gathering Clouds
This is Susano'o's starting weapon.
  • Weapon Attack: 11
  • Compatibility Bonus: 7
  • Attributes: Random
Yakumo
(八雲)

2-Star Weapon - Yakumo
  • Weapon Attack: 18
  • Compatibility Bonus: 11
  • Attributes: Random
Tsukuyomi
(日向橘)

3-Star Weapon - Tsukuyomi
  • Weapon Attack: 30
  • Compatibility Bonus: 14
  • Attributes: Random
Orochi Slayer
(三叉陽炎)

4-Star Weapon - Orochi Slayer
This is Susano'o's fourth weapon.
  • Weapon Attack: 50
  • Compatibility Bonus: 18
  • Attributes: Random


Big Star WeaponsEdit

Susano'o uses the following big star weapons in the game.

  • Light Carver
  • Heaven's Destroyer
  • Immortal Blade
  • Guardian's Pride
  • Bishamonten's Blade
  • Blade of Blood
  • Measure of a Man
  • Mystic Energy

Musou Orochi 2 UltimateEdit

Weapon Information
(真・三叉陽炎)
4-Star Weapon - Orochi Slayer
  • Weapon Attack: 95
  • Compatibility Bonus: 18
  • Attributes: Random
(捩仙槍)
Mystic Weapon - Susano'o (WO3U)
This is Susano'o's mystic weapon.
  • Weapon Attack: 87
  • Compatibility Bonus: 18
  • Attributes: Random


Acquiring Mystic WeaponEdit

  • Stage:
  • Requirements:

Japanese FolkloreEdit

According to the Furukoto Fumi, Susanoo is one of the Mihashira-no-Uzunomiko. His elder sisters went their separate ways in the lands of day and night while he reigned as a mischievous storm god.

Wishing to see his mother, Izanami, Susanoo asked about her whereabouts from Izanagi in heaven. His wish triggered his father's anger and he was banished from heaven. Seeking company with his elder sisters, he wished to bid Amaterasu farewell in Ne-no-Kuni. When she was suspicious of his sincerity, both siblings challenged the other to create deities from her necklace and his sword. Amaterasu reasoned that her necklace generated more deities in spite of Susanoo's sword creating them. While both siblings conceded to a standstill, Susanoo expressed his anger towards Amaterasu. After causing her much grief and stress, his actions eventually shamed her to hide from the world, subsequently plunging it into darkness. Cast away again, Susanoo was banished to Toyo-Ashihara Nakatsu-no-Kuni.

Upon arriving to the mortal realm at Torikamiyama, Susanoo learned from two crestfallen elderly deities that they were to sacrifice their daughter, Kushinadahime, to a horrific eight headed serpent beast, Yamata no Orochi. Taking interest in Kushinadahime's beauty, Susanoo decided to slay the beast for them in exchange for her hand in marriage. They agreed to his requests. Susanoo transformed Kushinadahime to be a comb in his hair and ordered the couple to create eight large jars filled with wine. He then confronted Yamata no Orochi with the jars and feigned submission to the confident serpent beast. As Yamata no Orochi drank from the eight jars and slept, Susanoo beheaded the beast. Returning Kushinadahime to her real form, the couple settled in Izumo. From his adventure, the first poem of Japan was born and is literally translated as, "Eight clouds stands, Izumo eight heavy walls, To gather my wife, Eight walls are made, and for her the walls are made" (八雲立つ 出雲八重垣 妻籠みに 八重垣作る その八重垣を). In figurative terms, the poem is dedicated to Susanoo choosing to live together with his wife in Izumo, and the sense of relief he feels by finding his new sanctuary.

The Yamato Bumi is somewhat similar to the former counterpart, but it adds a detailed account of Susanoo's quest to eradicate Yamata no Orochi. From the slain beast's tail, he recovered a mystical sword which is popularly known as Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi or Kusanagi. This particular text also adds that Susanoo gave birth to a son named Isotakeru and two daughters, Ooyatsuhime and Tsumatsuhime. When Izumo became barren and without forests, Susanoo laid his body to rest to restore the greenery.

According to Izumo's legends, he is accepted as a tree god or god of the forest, claiming that his chest hair and beard could instantly sprout trees. He continues to contently sleep within the region, having found the peace he desired at last. He is also not accredited within Izumo mythology to have actually eradicated Yamata no Orochi, drawing the popular heroic image of Susanoo into question.

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