According to the book "The Monster That is History" by David Der-wei Wang, the Taowu is a monster of Ancient China that, while skillful in divination and able to see the past and the future, is fierce and violent. The Taowu is said to appear with "a human face, a tiger's feet, a pig's feet and a tail 18 feet long". It is said to be thoroughly stubborn that it would refuse to back down from a fight. Known as one of the Si-xiong (4 Calamities) in ancient Chinese lore along with Tao Tie, Hun Dun and Qiong Qi; it represents ignorance, misguiding man through its divination, throwing him off course of enlightenment while appeasing materialistic, unvirtuous and shallow desires.
Tao Wu can only be obtained through fusion. Enemy variants appear regularly within the Nakano Stone Site and Shinagawa Catacombs of the Templar Knights gold level instances. He was the end boss of a New Years event as Guardian of Hell Tao Wu, where players receiving the worst luck fortune from the event shrine donation box would have to battle him.
"Known as one of the Si-xiong in ancient Chinese lore. It has the head of a human and the body of a tiger. It is said to live on China's western border, where it constantly disturbs the peace. It does not listen to advice and will not back down from a fight, but it also never falls for the traps humans set for it."