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Zelenin is a Russian scientist who holds the rank of first lieutenant and is a crew member aboard ship 3, the Elve. Eventually, she joins the Red Sprite being the only survivor of the Elve. She is only playable through using unofficial passwords.



Zelenin acts professionally on missions and is distant and cool-headed. Despite this, she refuses to use demons despite the dangers the U.N. Schwarzwelt Investigational Team are faced with because of what they've done to her and the Elve. This slightly changes when she meets Mastema, who offers her a Power as a companion. Additionally, she has a human compassion for the crewmates of the Red Sprite that goes beyond her cold nature. This is especially apparent with the protagonist, who she deeply admires for his professionalism and courage, coming to view him as a true companion and caring for his well being above most matters.

In Sector Carina, she claims that she never "shops on an empty stomach," implying that she is good with her money.

When she becomes Judge, all of her saintly qualities intensify as she ascends past her humanity. She originally wanted to just escape the Schwarzwelt, but as a Judge angel she instead wishes to face it head-on to save humanity.


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[]

Zelenin is a Russian scientist who is a crew member originally stationed aboard Ship 3, the Elve. When the Elve crashes in Sector Bootes, she is captured by Mitra's demons to be experimented on so demons may study human biology. However, the protagonist and Zelenin escape the cell with the help of Mastema. Because of this event, Zelenin becomes afraid of demons and does not trust the DSP (Demon Summoning Program). Then, while in Carina, Mastema provides her with a Power, which serves her faithfully in Sector Delphinus and onwards.

In Sector Eridanus, she discovers the portals that allow the protagonist to travel around the map. Being the smartest scientist on the Red Sprite, she helps and discovers many ways one can travel across the Schwarzwelt with the help of rare forma. Once in Sector Grus, she wants to find a way to tame Jack's crew without killing them. Once the protagonist escorts her to Mastema, he states that the only way to tame Jack's crew is for an angel to sing the Hymn of the Lord. However, he claims he nor the other angels hold the power to sing the hymn, as humanity's heart had changed too much since their creation.

Mastema proposes that someone should be transformed into an angel, that an angel with a human heart is capable of sharing the hymn with other humans. Should the protagonist remain silent, unable to give a proper answer, Zelenin volunteers herself; not wanting the protagonist to feel pressured into something he is conflicted over. Should the protagonist volunteer to become the angel, Zelenin immediately steps forth and offers herself as well; not wanting the protagonist to throw away his current self for her sake, showing her selfless nature and affection for the protagonist. Regardless of choice, Mastema deems Zelenin as the one right for the process. She agrees with this and the transformation is carried out, allowing her to sing the hymn, calming down Jack's crew and sapping their willpower away. Her new shape and her song cause Jimenez's trust in her to wane even further, deriding her song as a brainwashing technique and her as a puppet for Mastema.

When in Sector Horologium, she separates from the crew to go her own way. If the protagonist takes any Neutral route, she is fought as a boss in Sector Bootes in her angelic form, Judge Zelenin. After the protagonist slays her, Mastema will vow to no longer interfere and flee, never to be seen again.

If they take the Chaos route, she is the final boss, transforming herself into Pillar Zelenin. She is unfought in the Law route, as the protagonist instead becomes her ally and helps her create a world of Law in which she is worshipped as humanity's channel to God and her song remains forever in humanity's heart.

After defeating Mem Aleph in the Law Route, Zelenin uses the Cosmic Fruits to transform the world into a regressive society where her hymn resolves all conflict by converting humanity into mindless worshipers of God.

In the New Law Route, she is confronted by Alex, who reveals the truth of where she came from and what the future she creates in the original Law Route will bring. When the protagonist agrees with Alex's explanation, Zelenin realizes that she must create her own version of order by removing hostility with her hymn. As Zelenin declares that she accepts it and vows to create her own version of order, a new future is created and Alex disappears due to the alteration and having accomplished her mission before giving Zelenin her ring, which she would in turn give to the protagonist at the end of the new route. After defeating Shekinah, Zelenin purifies humanity with her song, resolving them from all urges of conflict, although people retain their free will unlike in the original route.

In the New Chaos Route, she confronts the protagonist and Jimenez in the Empyrean Ascent. As in the original Chaos route, she declares them to be beyond redemption, transforms into her Pillar form, and is killed in battle.


Against both Judge and Pillar Zelenin, bring protection against Electricity and Charm. Sinner's Song is most inconvenient when it inflicts Charm on the party. Right Hand buffs all her stats by two stages on top of providing some minor healing, so be prepared to expend a few MP restoration items when counter-spamming debuffs. Judge Zelenin is more straightforward with her unchanging weakness to Wind, rendering her vulnerable to easy Co-Op attacks.

Pillar Zelenin may have largely the same moveset as Judge Zelenin, but she lacks a weakness and brings Requiem to the table, which has a chance of instantly killing the entire party based on alignment. Unlike Mahamaon or Mamudoon, Tetraja will not protect against it, and the protagonist can't survive it with the help of Sacrifices. The only way to survive it is by nulling both Expel and Curse, with Endure/Enduring Soul, or have a Law alignment. Every time she uses Requiem, she will become weak to Phys, Gun, Fire, Ice, and Wind attacks until her next turn.


Judge Zelenin[]

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 51
Magic 50
Vitality 47
Agility 43
Luck 48
Judge Light-Law 67 7,500
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
All foes/1/Physical/None - Resist - - Repel Weak Null Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
List of Skills
Right Hand Megido Storm Sinner's Song
Wave of Death Dekaja

Pillar Zelenin[]

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 60
Magic 62
Vitality 59
Agility 55
Luck 60
Pillar Light-Law 76 10,000
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
All foes/1/Physical/None - Resist - - Repel - Null Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
List of Skills
Right Hand Megido Storm Sinner's Song
Wave of Death Requiem Dekaja


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Zelenin with and without Demonica
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Judge form (審判者)
Zelenin in her Pillar form (聖柱)
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Zelenin as she appears in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Zelenin as she appears in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey in her Pillar form
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Zelenin as she appears in the Schwarzwelt Reminiscences book. Each print of the book has either the protagonist, Jimenez, Zelenin or Gore on the back cover, meaning getting a specific one was a 1/4 chance.

Characters Protagonist - Gore - Jimenez - Zelenin - Arthur - Alex - George - Captain Jack (& Jack's Squad) - Ryan - Bugaboo - Mastema - Anthony - Dent - Norris - Kato - Williams - Muccino - Irving - Chen - Terry - MacCleary - Mia - Gekko - Blair - Zoe - Maebe - Wolf - Tyler - Mackie - Mike - Dawson - Keema - McClane - Louisa Ferre - The Three Wise Men - Mem Aleph
Locations Red Sprite - Sector Antlia - Sector Bootes - Sector Carina - Sector Delphinus - Sector Eridanus - Sector Fornax - Jack's Squad HQ - Sector Grus - Sector Horologium - Womb of Grief - Empyrean Ascent
Terminology Schwarzwelt - Demonica - Demon Summoning Program - Delphinus Parasite - Magnetite - Macca - Moon Phase System - Cosmic Egg
Lists Demons - Bosses - Skills - Forma - Equipment - Items - Apps - Extra Missions
Music Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Original Soundtrack