Zaou Gongen

Zaou Gongen as seen in Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

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


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 (Maitreya), 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.



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.

Persona 5Edit

"Repeller of evil found at Kinpusen by En-no-Ozunu. Believed to be a fusion of Buddha, Guanyin, and Maitreya, he's a god who originated from Japan rather than the Buddhavacana."
Persona 5 background

Zaou-Gongen is the ultimate Persona of the Strength Arcana and can only be obtained through fusion in the Velvet Room after completing the Strength Confidant with Caroline and Justine. He is one of four Personas to learn God's Hand and the second of two Personas to learn Evade Phys. He is the first of three Personas to learn the Blazing Hell skill. Despite learning Cripple, a move that increases the damage of Gun skills by 50%, he does not learn any Gun skills naturally and will need to be supplied with one through fusion to take advantage of the skill himself. When itemized through an Electric Chair execution, Zaou-Gongen yields a God's Hand skill card.

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.

Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2Edit

"A saint that originated in Japan and is believed to be a fusion of Buddha, Guanyin and Maitreya. Zaou-Gongen was created as a part of Kinpussen belief system before the Nara period."
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 compendium


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey ReduxEdit

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 57
Magic 53
Vitality 48
Agility 46
Luck 51
Fury Light-Chaos 80 663
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/Fear (10%) Drain - Reflect - Weak - Null Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - Null - -
Natural Skills
Maragidyne Drain Phys Enduring Soul
D-Source Skills
Drain Phys Maragidyne Fire Amp

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
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

Persona 5Edit

"I am Zaou-Gongen. I shall lend thee the power of three divinities. I am another angry mask of thee..."
Arcana Level
Strength 57
Magic 45
Endurance 50
Agility 56
Luck 39
Strength 80
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Fire Fire - Bless, Curse - Electricity
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maragidyne 22 SP Heavy Fire damage to all foes. Rare chance of Burn. Innate
Abysmal Surge 12 SP Medium chance of inflicting Despair to all foes. Innate
God's Hand 25% HP Colossal Physical damage to 1 foe. Innate
Evade Phys Auto Triple evasion chance against Physical attacks. 82
Enduring Soul Auto Survive one fatal blow with HP fully recovered. 83
Cripple Auto Strengthen Gun attacks by 50%. 84
Blazing Hell 54 SP Severe Fire damage to all foes. Rare chance of Burn. 86

Persona Q2: New Cinema LabyrinthEdit

Arcana Level HP + SP + Type Extract
Strength 84 181 34 Physical Golden Link
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Myriad Arrows 85 HP 6-8 heavy Phys attacks. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. Innate
Firestrike Link 48 HP Light Fire attack. Further allied attacks gain link damage. (1 enemy) Innate
Infinite Link Passive Link chains last up to 8 hits. Innate
Inferno Boost Passive Greatly raise Fire attack strength. 86
Null S-Bind Passive Prevent Strength Bind. 87
Golden Link Passive Raise Link damage based on number of Links used. 88
Heroic Gemini Passive Low chance of attack skills executing twice. 89

Devil Survivor 2Edit

Race Level HP MP
Strength 28
Magic 31
Vitality 24
Agility 26
Kishin 93 936
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.


Devil zaougongen
Zaou-Gongen 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
Zaou-Gongen in Persona O.A.
Zaou-Gongen P5R
Zaou-Gongen in Persona 5 Royal

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