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Zhu Ran
Zhu Ran 15th Anniversary Artwork (DWEKD)
Character Information
Force(s): Wu
Weapon Type: Flame bow
Significant Battle(s):
Playable Debut: Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends
Historical Information
Real name:
Zhū Rán
Chinese name:
朱然
Style name:
Yìfēng
Chinese name:
義封 - 义封
Born:
181
Died:
249
Possibly born in 182 and died in 248.

Zhu Ran (onyomi: Shu Zen) is a military general for the Kingdom of Wu. Praised for his skills as a general, he took part in many important military campaigns including the Battle of Yiling and the defense of Jiangling. Zhu Ran also played a part in the capture of the mighty Shu general Guan Yu. Before his death, he was given full command of the armies of Wu.

Before his playable Dynasty Warriors appearance, he was a generic NPC since its second installment. In Famitsu's second most wanted Dynasty Warriors character poll, he placed fourth with 151 fan votes. This counterpart has an image song titled Red Passion.

Role in GamesEdit

Dynasty WarriorsEdit

In the Dynasty Warriors series, he mostly appears in Yiling to conduct the fire attack against Shu, though the eighth game has Han Dang execute the ploy instead. His defeat is sometimes required to prevent the destruction of Shu's main camp. Later installments have him appear in other battles like Hefei and Fan Castle.

Dynasty Warriors 7 has him hesitate in employing the fire attack in Yiling due to his resentment over Lu Xun's sudden promotion as commander of the Wu forces. He changes his mind when Lu Xun proves his worth on the front lines by stopping Guan Suo's rampage.

For his playable appearance, Zhu Ran is established as one of Sun Quan's friends from their schooling days. Despite his youth, he distinguishes himself with a handsome pride and pedigree by assisting the conquest of Jing Province by helping Lu Meng seize Guan Yu's garrisons away from him, also the subjugation of the Shanyue by attacking Wei at Ruxukou. At Fan Castle, he comes with Wu's other generals including Lu Meng and assists Lu Xun at Yiling, defends a garrison at Guangling, and assists in the march against Cao Pi at Hefei Castle. In the hypothetical route, he defends the main camp at Jiangxia and assists the march on Runan.

He appears in many of Wu's new hypothetical scenarios. His first appearance has him show up as a surprise final opponent for Wu's strategists. Upon his defeat, the strategists are impressed with Zhu Ran's talent and celebrate the end of the contest. The second is a slightly different version of Yiling. Together with the other Wu strategists, he easily defeats the numerically advantageous Shu forces. The final scenario is a retelling of the defense at Jiangling. Despite Cao Pi's many attempts to sabotage and attack the castle, the Wu forces are able to hold out long enough for the Wei forces to retire.

Warriors OrochiEdit

In Warriors Orochi, Zhu Ran appears with Sun Ce at Hu Lao Gate and on Zhou Yu's orders, sets a fire attack on the Orochi army. Similarly, the Hefei Castle dream stage in Warriors Orochi 2 has Zhu Ran do the same thing to Sima Yi's fleet. In the Jiangdong dream stage, he joins Zhou Yu in a test of strategic prowess against the combined forces of Lu Xun, Jiang Wei, and Sakon.

Warriors Orochi 3 has him act as Lu Xun's replacement general for stages the latter would normally appear in.

Dynasty TacticsEdit

In Dynasty Tactics, Zhu Ran is an archer-leading officer who can be recruited at the behest of Lu Meng or Pan Zhang.

Character InformationEdit

Zhu Ran (DWB)

Zhu Ran's artwork in Shin Sangoku Musou Blast.

DevelopmentEdit

According to the developers, Zhu Ran's whole color scheme was made to contrast Lu Xun's in order to symbolize their rivalry with one another.

PersonalityEdit

A general who is a cut above the rest with his superior talent and intellect, the playable Zhu Ran is praised as a hopeful candidate for leading Wu's future. He also shares an affinity for fire attacks like Lu Xun, often praising its effectiveness in battle.

Voice ActorsEdit

  • Grant George - Dynasty Warriors 6 (English-uncredited)
  • Ted Sroka - Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (English-uncredited)
  • Tetsuya Kakihara - Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (Japanese)

QuotesEdit

See also: Zhu Ran/Quotes
  • "Ready! Let our spirit ride upon these flames! Release!"
  • "I have many ideas, but I think the best thing to do is a fire attack."
"Master Zhu Ran, you really understand just how great a strategy a fire attack can be!"
"Of course, who do you think you're talking to? Nothing can withstand a fire attack!"
"Yes, definitely. Let's drown the battlefield in a sea of red!"
~~Zhu Ran and Lu Xun; Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends

GameplayEdit

Keys: Square Normal Attack • Tri Charge AttackCircle MusouX Jump/Mount
『真・三國無双7 猛将伝』 朱然00:27

『真・三國無双7 猛将伝』 朱然

Zhu Ran is affiliated with the flame bow 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 1: Square, Square, Tri, Tri: Launches an arrow covered in flames. The resulting shot emits a shockwave that knocks surrounding opponents away.
EX Attack 2: Square, Square, Square, Square, Square, Tri, Tri: After firing a homing arrow during the preliminary attack, Zhu Ran enhances the move by releasing another one while leaping back. Both arrows proceed to navigate the battlefield at a faster rate before dissipating.
Musou - Conflagration Arrow (烈火椋穿弾): Circle: Aims and fires three flaming arrows at his opponents.
Alternate Musou - Blazing Blockade (転瞬葬焔閃): R1 + Circle: Zhu Ran knocks his opponents into the air before firing a volley of fire arrows to scatter them.
Aerial Musou - Solar Crash (紅炎墜): X, Circle: Fires an explosive arrow at the ground and slams it, then fires multiple arrows upward. They'll rain down in flame afterwards and explode on contact with the ground.
Awakening Musou:

WeaponsEdit

Zhu Ran uses the flame bow as his default weapon.

Dynasty Warriors: GodseekersEdit

Torch Bow
Blaze Bow - 1st Weapon (DW8XL) Base Attack: 41~76
Rank: 1 ★
Temple Flame
Blaze Bow - 2nd Weapon (DW8XL) Base Attack: 63~118
Rank: 2 ★
Soaring Blaze
Blaze Bow - 3rd Weapon (DW8XL) Base Attack: 99~183
Rank: 3 ★
Eternal Conflagration
Blaze Bow - 4th Weapon (DW8XL) Base Attack: 153~284
Rank: 4 ★
Firebird Shredder
Blaze Bow - 5th Weapon (DW8XL) Base Attack: 236~440
Rank: 5 ★
Dragon King's Wave
Blaze Bow - 6th Weapon (DW8XL) Base Attack: 368~550
Rank: 6 ★



Historical InformationEdit

Born in Guzhang, Danyang, Shi Ran was originally the nephew of Zhu Zhi until the latter gained Sun Ce's permission to adopt the former as his son, changing his surname from Shi to Zhu. Due to his capabilities and childhood relations with Sun Quan, Zhu Ran was appointed with various positions at a young age. Even Sun Ce recognized his efforts and made him an administrator of Linchuan, handing him 2,000 soldiers under his command. He subjugated the Shanyue tribes within his territory in less than a month, but was pushed back by Cao Cao who invaded the area.

Some time after Cao Cao's assault, Zhu Ran participated in the Battle of Ruxukou where he personally went to the front lines to assist his allies against the more massive Wei army. He was also credited alongside Pan Zhang for the capture of Guan Yu at Jing Province despite his failure to properly block the escape route. Before Lu Meng succumbed to illness, he convinced Sun Quan to appoint Zhu Ran as commander for his deeds and grant him the task of defending Jiangling.

Zhu Ran also played a role at Yiling by reinforcing the defenses of Xiaoting and blocking off Liu Bei's path of refuge after the fire attack caused by Lu Xun. Afterwards, Wu resumed their conflict with Wei now led by Cao Pi. When the enemy army surrounded the castle at Jiangling, Zhu Ran was able to hold out for six long months. The Wei army was forced to eventually retreat when Pan Zhang attempted to burn their bridges which had been their only source of escape. He continued participating in many more battles, though he was forced to retreat from Fancheng in 241 when the forces of Sima Yi routed his troops. Four years after Lu Xun's death, Zhu Ran passed away and was succeeded by his son Zhu Ji who offered his services to Wu.

Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit

In the novel, Zhu Ran volunteers to assist Sun Huan in leading 50,000 men in a water battle against Shu at Yiling. He is killed from a spear thrust by Zhao Yun while pursuing Liu Bei's defeated troops.

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