Tenkai Star (Chief Star of Heaven)
|Appears in||Suikoden II|
Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1
Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 2
|Position||Leader of the Allied Army|
|Attached Runes||Bright Shield Rune|
Suikoden II in its novelization. He is the silent protagonist of Suikoden II. He also makes cameo appearances in Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1 and Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 2. Riou is a soldier of the Highland Army's Unicorn Youth Brigade and 16 years old at the beginning of Suikoden II. He wields a tonfa and becomes the bearer of the Bright Shield Rune.
As a child, Riou had been left an orphan by wars and he and a girl named Nanami were adopted by a hero named Genkaku. He grew up in a small Highland town called Kyaro and eventually became friends with Jowy Atreides. Along with Nanami, they would train under Genkaku to become strong fighters. Riou and Jowy went on to join the Unicorn Youth Brigade.
When the Youth Brigade is slaughtered by Luca Blight as an instigator for war, Riou ends up separated from Jowy and captured by a band of mercenaries under the command of Viktor. Jowy attempts to rescue him, but the boys were both caught. After several attempts, they manage to escape and eventually reunite with Nanami. Their reunion is fleeting as Riou and Jowy are arrested soon afterwards by their former captain. They are rescued by Viktor and Flik; the boys and Nanami escape from Highland and aid Viktor by recruiting more mercenaries.During the Dunan Unification War, Riou and Jowy are approached by the strategist, Apple, who intends to Tsai and witnessing the insanity of Luca Blight, Riou and Jowy join the Dunan Army. Riou becomes the leader of the Dunan Army after defeating Solon Jhee. However, he soon finds that he must fight against Jowy after Jowy marries Jillia Blight and becomes Commander-in-Chief of Highland Kingdom's army. Both young men end up inheriting half of the Rune of Beginning and must end the war before their friendship is torn apart forever.
Suikoden II Edit
Recruiting Riou Edit
Riou being the main protagonist of Suikoden II is irremovable from the party.
Post After Dunan Unification War:
He can either be the Republic's President (if chosen or jowy dies)
or a happy traveller along with Nanami and Jowy (best ending and official novel state)
they were last seen crossing an unknown bridge leading them to an unknown land.
Unite Attack Edit
- Head - Gained at Lv. 40
- Right Hand - Bright Shield Rune (Permanent)
- Left Hand - Gained at Lv. 25
- Weapon - No rune attached.
Attached Runes Edit
Riou does not come equipped with a Rune. However gains the Bright Shield Rune early in the game permanently.
Riou has all-around great stats and can be customized for magic or melee. For a melee set-up, a combination of a Double Beat Rune, Double Strike Rune, Killer Rune, or even a Fury Rune will work wonders for him. For a mage set-up, Riou is one of the few characters who can equip a Pale Gate Rune and he has a high affinity with the Resurrection Rune. Riou is a perfect candidate for the Friendship Rune to be embedded on his weapon. Attach Fire Sealing Rune to him is very useful while battle against Luca Blight, because the attack of Luca Blight usually using the element of fire.
Riou is a fantastic character with above average stats in all categories. He has several powerful Unite Attacks in the game and His Bright Shield Rune is one of the most powerful and useful runes in the game with its diverse functions. A close inspection of his stats show, that Riou's stats favor melee ability but his well-rounded affininty and extra rune slots make him quite diverse for customization.
Weapon Growth Edit
Riou wields a tonfa.
|Name||Twin Fang||Twin Heaven Fang||Twin Destiny Fang|
In the official CD dramas, he is voiced by Hisafumi Oda.
Riou is tied with Prince Freyjadour Falenas for most Unite Attacks from a Main Character with both having a total of 4 each in their respective games.