"It's the Cursed Rune, the "Soul Eater." Its power..."
—Ted, Suikoden

The Rune of Life and Death, better known as the Soul Eater, is one of the 27 True Runes and represents life and death.

Powers Edit

The Soul Eater grants outstanding powers to its bearer over the energies of Life and Death, and like the other True Runes, as well as ageless immortality. However, it's "cursed" title and nickname has a reason to exist. The rune is known to seek people close to its bearer in order to eat their souls. It's believed that the Rune manipulates fate to create lethal situations for the people close to its bearer, in order to feast. As such, the life of the bearer of the Soul Eater is very solitary, riddled with paranoia and fear, with its bearer trying to avoid create any kind of link with any other individual. It also has a heavy burden on the bearer, as the Rune must not disappear from the world.


This rune was kept by the Village of the Hidden Rune until Solis 150 when Windy, along with Yuber and Neclord, destroyed the Village. The rune was passed on from Ted's Grandpa onto Ted, and Ted since wandered the world. Eventually, worn down by the rune's curse and the social exclusion that it brought, Ted accepted the offer of the mysterious Fog Ship Guide to hand over the rune and disappear from the world. His exile lasted years, but when he saw the actions of the bearer of the Rune of Punishment (another heavily cursed rune), Ted decided to leave the Fog Ship and return to the outside world. The Fog Ship Guide was unwilling to part with the Soul Eater and battled for possession of it and the Rune of Punishment. Following the Guide's defeat, Ted reclaimed the Rune and aided the bearer of the Rune of Punishment in the war between the Island Nations and Kooluk. However, once the conflict was over, Ted returned to a solo nomadic life. After his wandering, he befriended the son of General Teo McDohl, Tir. After Windy realized that Ted bore the Soul Eater, he was attacked by Windy. Barely escaping with his life, Ted begged Tir to become the next bearer of the Soul Eater, which Tir accepted. Since then, the rune bent the fate of those around Tir and dragged them into the clutches of death, starting with Odessa Silverberg, then with Gremio, Teo McDohl, and even its former bearer Ted. However, it is uncertain whether having one's soul being sucked by the rune means death, as the spirits of those who have died live on within the bearer of the Soul Eater.



  • Deadly Fingertips: Sudden death to 1 enemy (except bosses)
  • Black Shadow: 300 damage to all enemies
  • Hell: Sudden death to all enemies (except bosses)
  • Judgement: 1500 damage to 1 enemy

Suikoden IIEdit

  • Finger of Death: Sudden death to 1 enemy (except bosses)
  • Black Shadow: 500 damage to all enemies
  • Hell: Sudden death to all enemies (except bosses)
  • Judgment: 1500 damage to 1 enemy

Suikoden IVEdit

  • Finger of Death: Drain 1 enemy's life energy
  • Black Shadow: 300 damage to all enemies
  • Hades: Drain life energy of all enemies
  • Judgment: 1500 damage to 1 enemy


  • The Soul Eater is the most recurring player controlled True Rune in the series, appearing in three different entries of the series.
  • The Soul Eater's shape resembles the "Grim Reaper", the personification of Death in some mythologies.
  • Along with the True Fire Rune, this rune does the second most direct damage to enemies in the series, with the first being the True Lightning Rune.