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Zaou Gongen

Zaou Gongen as seen in Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

Zaou-Gongen (ザオウゴンゲン?) also known as Kongou Zaou-Gongen, is a demon in the series.

HistoryEdit

Zaou-Gongen is one of the most important mountain deities of Japan's syncretic Shugendou sects, a diverse tradition of mountain ascetic practices associated with Shinto beliefs, Taoism, magic, supernatural powers, and Esoteric (Tantric) Buddhism. After the arrival of Buddhism to Japan in the mid-6th century, the native Shinto Kami were soon considered manifestations of the imported Buddhist divinities. Zao serves as the protector deity of sacred Mt. Kimpusen Japan's Nara prefecture and is considered the local Japanese Shinto manifestation of three Buddhist divinities -- the Historical Buddha (Sakya), Kannon Bodhisattva (Kanzeon), and Miroku Buddha, who serve respectively as the Buddhas of the Past, Present, and Future. This makes Zaou perhaps the most powerful local divinity of religious mountain worship in Japan.

Zaou is widely venerated in the entire mountain range stretching from Yoshino to Kumano (the cradle of Shugendou practice), but also venerated at numerous remote mountain shrines and temples throughout the country. Despite Zaou's Tantric appearance, the deity is generally thought to be of Japanese origin. Zaou's cult spread throughout Japan from the 11th century onward. He is also called Vajragarbha.

Zao Gongen appears in some cultural content of Japan, mostly classical, such as Kuze Noh, where the gods protect Emperor Temmu, 40th Emperor of Japan, against enemy soldiers pursuing him.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Devil Summoner: Soul HackersEdit

"Repeller of the evil found by En-no-Ozunu at Kinpussen. He perceived the god when training for 1000 days looking for power to save the chaotic world. Buddha, Guanin, and Maitreya appeared before, but it was only when Zaou-Gongen appeared that Ozunu accepted him, believing this god could save the world."
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers 3DS Compendium

Persona 4Edit

"Repeller of evil found by En-no-Ozonu at Kinpusen. Believed to be a fusion of Buddha, Guanyin and Maitreya, a god who originated from Japan rather than Buddhavacana."
Persona 4 Compendium

Zaou Gongen appears as the Ultimate Persona of the Strength Arcana. He is available to be summoned once the Protagonist completes the Strength Arcana Social Link and reaches at least Lv. 90 or above.

Devil Survivor 2 The AnimationEdit

In episode 12, the seventh day, Zaou-Gongen is summoned alongside Nebiros by Yamato Hotsuin in deep grief of Makoto Sako's sacrifice in order to protect the former from Alcor's deadly attack. After Yamato has survived Alcor's self-destruct attack, he uses both demons to block the path of Hibiki Kuze, Daichi Shijima and Io Nitta to buy him time to ascend to Polaris' throne. Zaou-Gongen is engulfed by the void. In the final episode, Yamato fuses Zaou-Gongen and Nebiros together to produce Satan.

StatsEdit

Devil Summoner: Soul HackersEdit

Zaou-Gongen DSSH
Race Level HP MP St In Ma En Ag Lu
Fury 64 640 288 18 16 24 15 18 9
CP MAG Summon Personality P.ATK P.HIT B.DEF AVD M.ATK M.HIT
13 1016 Wild 164 122 174 118 211 56
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- Force Expel - -
List of Skills
Maragion Agilao Sukukaja
Bite the Dust


Persona 4Edit

Arcana Level
Strength 61
Magic 48
Endurance 71
Agility 47
Luck 50
Strength 90
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Fire Fire - - - Electricity
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maragidyne 22 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes. Innate
Power Charge 15 SP Next physical attack will be 250% greater in power. Innate
God's Hand 22% HP Deals severe Phys damage to 1 foe. Innate
Anima Freeze 12 SP Exhausts to all foes (30% chance). 92
Evade Physical Passive Triples evasion rate against Phys attacks. 93
Enduring Soul Passive Restores full HP upon death 1x per battle. 94
Fire Amp Passive Strengthens Fire attacks by 50%. 95
Vorpal Blade 25% HP Deals heavy Phys damage to all foes. 96


Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Arcana Level HP + SP + Inherit Extract Fragment
Strength 80 180 48 - God's Hand -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
God's Bash Passive Raise Bash attack strength. Innate
God's Hand 172 HP A severe Bash attack. (1 enemy) Innate
Heroic Gemini Passive Low chance of attack skills executing twice. 81
Masukukaja 18 SP Raise hit rate and evasion rate for 3 turns. (Party) 82
Marakukaja 18 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (Party) 83
Matarukaja 18 SP Raise attack for 3 turns. (Party) 84
Dekaja 24 SP Remove stat buffs. (All enemies) 85


Devil Survivor 2Edit

Race Level HP MP
Strength 28
Magic 31
Vitality 24
Agility 26
Kishin 93 936
248
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Curse Curse
Matchless -- Reflect -- Weak Absorb --
Command Skills
Passive Skills
I am Zaou Gongen, the Kishin. Do not disappoint me.
...Very well. Thou shalt see for thyself the alteration of mine power.


GalleryEdit

 
Devil zaougongen
Zaou-Gonga in Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
 
Zaou Gongen Devil Survivor 2 (Top Screen)
Zaou Gongen as he appears in Devil Survivor 2.
 
Zaou Gongen and Nebiros DeSu2 The Animation
Zaou-Gongen as he appears in Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

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