Bright Shield Rune

One of the 27 True Runes
Bright Shield Rune
輝く盾の紋章, Kagayaku Tate no Monshō

Type True Rune
Appears in

The Bright Shield Rune (輝く盾の紋章, Kagayaku Tate no Monshō) is one of the 27 True Runes. It is the rune of the protagonist of Suikoden II.


The Bright Shield Rune was a rune inherited by the leader of the New State Army as the Dunan Unification War began to intensify. It originally comprised half of the Rune of Beginning, along with the Black Sword Rune, which was inherited by Jowy Atreides.

Although considered a True Rune, it does not confer eternal youth while split in two. The rune is destined to come into conflict with the person who bears the Black Sword Rune. In comparison to the aggressive Black Sword Rune, the Bright Shield Rune holds many powerful curative spells and abilities. Like its counterpart, use of the rune chips away at the life of its bearer.

Rune scholars interested in the nature of True Runes debate whether the two runes choose their bearers based on their personalities or if the runes instead manipulated the bearers to take paths reflecting the runes they bore.

Genkaku held the rune in the past but sealed it in Toto Village, along with Han Cunningham's Black Sword Rune. Once Toto was destroyed during the Dunan Unification War, the runes were inherited by Jowy and Genkaku's adopted son. The rune would become something of a symbol for the New State Army during the war.


Cost 0 potch
Drop No enemy drops this rune.
Equipped Hero (Suikoden II)
Found No location in-game contains this rune.
Sold No store in-game sells this rune.
1 Great Blessing
Heals 70 HP to all allies. Cures all negative status effects on all allies.
2 Shining Light
130 shield DMG to all enemies.
3 Battle Oath
Heals 300 HP to all allies. Cures all negative status effects on all allies. Inflicts Berserk (50%) on all allies.
4 Forever Sign
Heals 2000 HP divided among all allies. Cures all negative status effects on all allies. 2000, minus amount healed, shield damage to one enemy.


  1. Genso Suikoden Genso Shinsho Vol.1 (ISBN 4-88317-796-3), page 35
  2. Genso Suikoden Encyclopaedia (ISBN 4-575-16297-3), pages 53-4, 93
  3. Genso Suikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, page 135
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27 True Runes
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