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Rune Pieces are essentially pieces of a rune that players can use for various purposes throughout the series. First introduced in Suikoden as a means to add more customization options in weapon upgrades, they were replaced by Weapon Runes in Suikoden II and the Sword of Magic Rune in Suikoden III. They reappeared in Suikoden IV, where they served a similar function, and Suikoden V, where they work completely differently.

Suikoden Edit

There are five types of rune pieces, one for each element, that can be embedded into a characters weapon. In addition to giving the weapon an elemental affinity, they also boost stats or garner some abilities. A total of nine pieces can be embedded to a weapon, despite that, only Water and Earth Rune Pieces can be farmed and there are a very limited amount of Fire, Lightning, and Wind Rune Pieces that can be found in the game.

Due to a coding error, the the Earth and Wind Rune piece's are switched in function in the game's code. In addition, there are also Rune pieces for various stats like power, defense, fortune, and skill which are used as items to increase a characters parameters.

Name Ability Dropped Found
Earth Rune Piece Adds Wind Element to Weapon and +2 to Skill for every piece. Wild Boar and Black Wild Boar Kalekka and Neclord's Castle
Fire Rune Piece Adds Fire Element to Weapon and increases damage by 5% per piece.. None Kouan (Lepant's Mansion)
Thunder Rune Piece Adds Lightning Element to Weapon and increases Critical Hit Rate by 5% per piece. None Mt. Seifu, Dwarves' Vault, and Pannu Yakuta
Water Rune Piece Adds Water Element to Weapon and regenerate 5hp for every piece. Killer Slime Kouan (Kraze's Residents) and Great Forest
Wind Rune Piece Adds Earth Element and +2 to Defense per piece. None Mt. Tigerwolf

Suikoden IV Edit

Rune Pieces return in Suikoden IV, but have been altered slightly in both function and availability. Up to 20 pieces can be embedded into a weapon. Ocean Rune Pieces are used to customize the various ships the party obtains over the course of the adventure.

Name Ability Buy Dropped Found
Earth Rune Piece Adds Earth Element to Weapon and increases damage by 1% per piece. Middleport Shop (Rare Finds)

500 Potch

Fossil Beast, Moss Behemoth, Speckled Ray, Yellow Rodent, and Horned Behemoth Net Fishing Prize (Southern Ocean)
Fire Rune Piece Adds Fire Element to Weapon and increases damage by 1% per piece. Obel Shop

(Rare Finds)

500 Potch

Ancient Crab, Queen Sprout, and Red Ray Prize in Mice Catching Mini-game (Average/Normal) and Net Fishing game (Na-Nal and Moss Mountain Area)
Thunder Rune Piece Adds Lightning Element to Weapon and increases damage by 1% per piece. Na-Nal Item Shop

(Rare Finds)

500 Potch

Golden Wing, Jellyfish Man, Killer Rodent, Stun Lizard Reward for giving girl Giant Feather in Middleport, and

Net Fishing Prize (Deserted Island and Limestone Island area)

Water Rune Piece Adds Water Element to Weapon and increases damage by 1% per piece. Nest of Pirates (Rare Finds)

500 Potch

Blue Rodent, Fish Fiend, Fishman, Ice Bird, Savage Frog, Killer Ray Net Fishing Prize (Obel Area)
Wind Rune Piece Adds Wind Element to Weapon and increases damage by 1% per piece. Razril Item Shop (Rare Find)

500 Potch

Dry Fly, Evil Bat, Giant Bat, Killer Fly, Mosquito, Rodent Leader Net Fishing Prize (Obel and Razril Area)
Ocean Rune Piece Permanently increases a ship's Mobility, Armoring, or Shooting Distance None None Illuya Island, Nest of Pirates, and Underground Path Treasure.

Net Fishing Prize (most areas)

Suikoden V Edit

Rune pieces work very differently in this game. Most of them are pieces of a high level or rare rune like a Flowing Rune or Resurrection Rune. When four of them are obtained, they can be brought to a runemaster who can assemble them into a complete rune the party can equip. Often, this is the only way to obtain some of the game's strongest runes. The exception is the Blinking Rune Piece, which is a consumable item that allows the player to summon one party member from their castle while in dungeons or on the world map without speaking to Luserina.

Here is a list of all the assemble Rune Pieces:

SUIKODEN
Characters
108 Stars
of Destiny
Playable
AlenAnjiAntonioBlackmanCamilleCleoCliveCrowleyEikeiEileenFlikFu Su LuFukienFumaFutchGenGonGremioGrensealGriffithHellionHixHumphreyJeaneJuppoKageKaiKamandolKanakKasimKasumiKesslerKimberleyKirkeKirkisKreutzKrinKuromimiKwandaLeonardoLepantLesterLiukanLorelaiLotteLucMaasMaceMeeseMegMiliaMilichMinaMooseMorganMosePahnPesmergaQuincyRonnieRubiSansukeSarahSergeiSheenaSonyaStallionSydoniaSylvinaTai HoTengaarTirValeriaVarkasVikiViktorWarrenYam Koo
Non-Playable
(except in
Major Battles)
AppleChandlerChapmanEsmeraldaGasparGeorgesGiovanniHugoIvanovJabbaJoshuaKasiosKun ToLedonLeonMarcoMarieMathiuMaximillianMelodyeOnilQlonRockSanchoTaggartTempletonTeslaVincentWindowZen
Allies
Temporary Playable
TedOdessa
Non-Playable
LeknaatSanchezBlackChief of Elf VillageChief of Dwarf VillageZorak
Adversaries
Scarlet Moon Empire
BarbarossaWindyTeoKrazeKanaanGradyAin Gide
Other NeclordYuber
Other
Non-Playable MinaClaudiaKilawherKliftMichelanGeilRoshSchmidtHanzoBergenKranachAchillesDennis
Locations
Towns
GregminsterRocklandLenankampSaradyKakuKwabaSeikaKouanGreat Forest VillageGaranVillage of the DwarvesVillage of the ElvesGreat Forest Kobold VillagePannu YakutaTeienRikonAnteiScarleticiaKirovLorimarWarrior's VillageGate Rune VillageLukiae Ende TowayoShasarazade
Islands
Magician's Isle
Nations
City-States of JowstonScarlet Moon Empire
Groups
Armies
Armoured CavalryDragon KnightsLiberation ArmyMaximillian KnightsScarlet Moon Imperial NavyToran Republican Navy
Families
RugnersMcDohlsSilverbergs
Races
DwarvesElvesKoboldsHumansGul-Horses
Lore
Terms
AntoinetteBlack RuneBurning MirrorFire SpearsTrue Runes
Wars
Harmonian Civil WarHigheast RebellionScarlet Moon Succession WarToran Liberation WarToran-Jowston War
Gameplay
Database
MusicUnite AttacksHeadquartersEnemiesRecruitmentRunesWeaponsUseful TipsHealth StatusEnemiesRune PieceCalendarMinigameHQ ServicesDuelGlitchBath ScenesReturning CharactersExclusive CharactersArmy BattleThe World of SuikodenCharacters NamePotchItems
SUIKODEN IV
Characters
Playable
Battle
AkaghiAldoAmeriaAxelBartholomewChampoCharlemagneChiepooDarioEugeneFlareFredericaGauGretchenHelgaHelmutHerveyIzakJeaneJeremyJewelKarlKatarinaKateKenethKikaKonradLazloLino En KuldesLo FongLo HakLo SengMaxineMillayMitsubaMizukiNalkulOrnanPabloPaulaRachelReinbach IIIReinholdRitaSelmaShiramineSigurdSnoweTalTedTravisTrishtanUgetsuVikiWarlockWendel
Support
AdrienneAgnesBasilBangBrecCarrieCedricChadliDeborahDesmondElenorEmaEtienneFunghiGarethGaryGunterHarutoIgorJangoKeenKevinLilanLilenLilinLilonLiloonLouiseManuMaoMickyNabokovNalleoNaoNatalyNicoNoahOlegOskarPamPecolaPerraultPhilRamadaReneRakgiRikieSetsuTaisukeTanyaTovYu
Non-Playable
Allies
Glen CottLeknaat
Adversaries
BrandeauPeckTroyCray
Other
Graham Cray's SonQueen of ObelRakgi's FatherAncient ElfReinbach IIVincentChief of Na-Nal
Locations
Towns
RazrilMiddleportKingdom of ObelNay IslandNa-NalPirate's NestIluyaHermitage IslandRuins of Obel
Small Island
Mordo IslandDonut IslandMountain Mass IslandLime Shelf IslandDeserted Island
Nations
Island NationsKooluk
Groups
Armies
Gaien KnightsGaien Marine KnightsGaien NavyIsland Liberation NavyIsland Nations Federation NavyKnights of RazrilKooluk Imperial NavyObel Royal Navy
Families
En KuldesReinbachsSilverbergsVingerhuts
Races
HumanNay-KoboldsElvesMermaids
Lore
Terms
Rune CannonTrue RunesForgiveness PhaseKindling Ritual
Wars
Island Liberation WarGaien-Kooluk WarObel-Kooluk War
Gameplay
Database
RecruitmentUnite AttacksHeadquartersItemsMusicRecruitmentRunesWeaponsUseful TipsHealth StatusEnemiesComment BoxNewspaperShipsCalendarsMinigameHQ ServicesDuelGlitchBath ScenesReturning CharactersExclusive CharactersArmy BattleThe World of SuikodenCharacters NamePotchFishing ItemsOrnamentsVasePainting
SUIKODEN V
Characters
108 Stars
of Destiny
Playable
FreyjadourLyonGeorgKyleLunLoggLeleiCiusKisaraVikiZweigLorelaiZeraseRoyMaroonBernadetteMiakisGalleonWabonGundeRoogRahalLanceFlailNickAxSharmistaNifsaraShoonCornelioJosephineZegaiShigureSagiriMuroonBelcootSubalaRichardGenohSorensenLuAlhazredJeaneNikeaFaylenFaylonNakulaIsabelMathiasCathariByakurenMiroonMeroonMoroonYahrNelisLeviBergenNormaErnstGavayaRavenIsatoUrdaEreshHazukiKilleyGoeschDinn
Non-Playable
(except in Major Battles)
LucretiaRajaBozLuserinaChuckTalgeylTomaSilvaWasilVolgaOrokFuwalafuwaluCraigYoranShulaSairohEgbertShinroTakamuNordenOboroFuyoMarinaWilhelmMuellerBabbageBastanZundaMohsenMuradTaylorLinfaDongoRetsoShun MinChisatoHaswarRaniaHalethEuram
Allies
Playable
(not counted as a Star of Destiny)
ReMiFaFaSoLaSoLaTiMiFaSoLaTiDo
Temporary Playable
Sialeeds
Non-Playable
ArshtatFeridLymsleiaMelissaSkaldSalishaSolis
Adversaries
House of Godwin
GizelMarscalDilberZahhakAleniaJidan GuisuMahaDolphChilderich
Other
Non-Playable
ElemarkKhorshedHaladHinoyagiKayanuRoundierRovereTakefuteJinkuDe BeersRosalindFalzrahmKaussShahrewarOlhazetaSalumJalatMr. MouseCrimsonHiram
Locations
Towns
Sol-FalenaLordlakeRaftfleetHaudRainwallStormfistDoraatBeaver LodgeGordiusSableNirva IslandLelcarSauronix
Nations
Queendom of FalenaNew Armes Kingdom
Groups
Races
HumanElfBeaverDwarf
Factions
House of GodwinHouse of BarowsHouse of Falenas
Independent
Feitas Dragon CavalryOboro's Detective AgencyQueen's KnightsNether GateDoReMi Symphony OrchestraSun Palace Dragon BrigadeFalenan Royal FamilyFalenan SenateLoyalist ArmyHowling Voice Guild
Lore
Terms
True RunesBook of Condemnation
Wars
Succession ConflictSun Rune War
Gameplay
Database
RecruitmentUnite AttacksHeadquartersEnemiesMusicItemsRunesSkillsWeaponsUseful TipsBattle FormationsHealth StatusRune PieceComment BoxNewspaperCalendarsMinigameWar TacticsHQ ServicesDuelGlitchBath ScenesReturning CharactersExclusive CharactersArmy BattleThe World of SuikodenCharacters NamePotchFishing Items

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