Scarlet Moon's Lightning General
グレンシール, Gurenshīru
108 Stars Chiki Star
Gender Male
Race Human
Age 24 (S1)
27 (S2)
Birth Year SY 434
Appears in

Grenseal (グレンシール, Gurenshīru) is a supporting character in Suikoden who makes a cameo in Suikoden II. During the Gate Rune War, Grenseal is a member of Teo McDohl's Armored Cavalry, along with his colleague Alen.


Grenseal served as both an officer in the Imperial Army as well as a subordinate of Teo McDohl. His skill with a sword and prowess with the Thunder Rune earned him the nickname "Lightning General." His sword was also named after his use of the Thunder Rune.

He had a cool personality, remaining perpetually calm and had a good-natured rivalry with his fellow subordinate, Alen. Grenseal's loyalty was to Teo, rather than to the Empire itself.

Childhood and Training

Grenseal, much like Alen, was first inspired to join the Imperial Army at the age of 12 when he was brought to Gregminster to see a victory parade for General Teo McDohl. His parents initially resisted, but his efforts eventually paid off and he was enrolled into the Imperial Academy.

Within six months, Grenseal was recognized as one of the more promising students at the academy. Although his swordsmanship was considered unremarkable, he was fairly proficient with the Lightning Rune and was well liked by his superiors for his studious nature, often seen studying or reading in his spare time.

He was considered cold and standoffish by other trainees though was rarely unpleasant. His attempts at advice often came off as criticism, and soon he was viewed by Alen as a potential rival for an appointment to the Central Army.

No, I don't "want to go to the party tonight". I'm reading about how, like, life is bleak, man, you wouldn't get it.

An argument between the two would provoke Grenseal into improving his swordsmanship as well as his mind, and in the 4th round of a training tournament, Alen would be soundly defeated by Grenseal's more methodical fighting style. Grenseal would handily lose to a senior in the next round, admitting he had only defeated Alen because he knew his temperament so well.

Alen would attempt to rematch Grenseal later that night, only for the two to come to the understanding that they had both been driving the other forward the entire time. More appreciative of each other, the two vowed to do all they could to graduate to the Central Army, a goal they eventually reached.

Gate Rune War

I sacrifice this life to the Empire and to Master Teo.

—  Grenseal

During the Gate Rune War, Grenseal accompanied Teo during his campaign against the Toran Liberation Army. Grenseal was present at the first battle between the Armored Cavalry and the Toran Liberation Army, and, following the rebel's withdrawal, Grenseal was ordered to follow and crush them.

After losing a duel to Pahn, Teo changed his orders, telling Grenseal and Alen to withdraw. Though Alen was hesitant to do so, Grenseal did not hesitate to follow Teo's orders.

Grenseal would easily outlive both.

After witnessing the devastation the Fire Spear inflicted to the Armored Cavalry, Grenseal fought onwards with Teo and Alen, pledging that, if need be, he would sacrifice his life to the Scarlet Moon Empire and Teo McDohl. This proved unnecessary, however, as Teo McDohl challenged his son to a duel. Witnessing the duel between father and son, Grenseal rushed to Teo's aid following Teo's defeat.

When Teo told Grenseal that he had a request, Grenseal immediately asked to hear it. Teo claimed that he fought for Emperor Barbarosa out of sheer stubbornness and asked that Grenseal and Alen not to so purely to follow Teo's whims. Teo then revealed that he wished for Alen and Grenseal to join the Toran Liberation Army and aid his son, which, like Alen, Grenseal agreed to do.

Grenseal served the Toran Liberation Army throughout the remainder of the war, serving in Humphrey's unit along with Alen, dispatching any obstacles in his way in order to honor Teo's memory. Like many former imperials, Grenseal stationed himself in one of the castle's western towers, perhaps finding himself ill at ease with the more rebellious members of the force.

Following the end of the Gate Rune War, Grenseal continued to work with Alen, as both were appointed Co-Commanders of the Republican Guard, Grenseal serving as the left commander.

Game info


Recruited automatically following the Second Battle with Teo.
Level Gender Range
29 Male S

Battle bonds

Good Will
Protects This character does not protect anyone
Protected By This character is not protected by anyone
Unite Attack
1 Fancy Lad Attack w/ Alen, Flik


Starting Equipment
Head --
Body Leather Armor
Shield Iron Shield
Other --
Rune Thunder
Equipment Type
Head Helmets
Body Light armor
Shield Can equip
Other Male


State Grades
Stat Growth Rate
1 20 13 12 13 13 13 12
20 150 68 60 68 68 75 51
60 530 146 128 146 146 163 108
90 700 170 150 170 170 190 130


War Stats
Name Type Soldiers Lead ATK Sub ATK
Humphrey's Team Charge 150 13 4


LV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
ATK 5 7 9 12 16 20 33 40 48 59 70 80 102 115 134 150
Name Flashing Sword Lightning Sword True Lightning Sword
W Type W Level Element
One-handed sword N/A Lightning

Genso Suikoden Card Stories TCG

Card # Name Type Release
198 Grenseal Booster Pack Vol.2
CS2-272 Alen & Grenseal CS2 Booster Pack Vol.3
CS2-413/R198 Grenseal Remake Booster



  • Alen and Grenseal have the exact same endings, to the very word, in the English language releases, but the Japanese release gives them two distinct - if similar - endings.
  • Grenseal is the only character in Suikoden to come equipped with a Thunder Rune.

Other languages and releases

Japanese (katakana) グレンシール
Japanese (romaji) Gurenshīru
Chinese simplified (HDR) 格伦希尔
Chinese traditional (HDR) 格倫希爾
Chinese pinyin Gélúnxīěr
English (PS1) Grenseal
English (HDR) Glenshiel
French (HDR) Glenshiel
German (HDR) Glenshiel
Italian (HDR) Glenshiel
Spanish (HDR) Glenshiel


  1. Genso Suikoden II 108 Stars Character Guide (ISBN 4-88317-769-6), page 235
  2. Genso Suikoden Short Story Collection 1 (ISBN 4-8402-1494-8), pages 107-48
  3. Genso Suikoden Encyclopaedia (ISBN 4-575-16297-3), pages 91, 296
  4. Genso Suikoden 108 Stars Character Guide (ISBN 4-7753-0050-4), page 58
  5. Genso Suikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 47, 110, 148
Characters - Enemies - Equipment - Items - Locations - Runes
108 Stars (Battle) Hero IAlenAnjiAntonioBlackmanCamilleCleoCliveCrowleyEikeiEileenFlikFu Su LuFukienFumaFutchGenGonGremioGrensealGriffithHellionHixHumphrey MintzJuppoKageKaiKamandolKanakKasim HazilKasumiKesslerKimberlyKirkeKirkisKreutzKrinKuromimiKwanda RosmanLeonardoLepantLesterLiukanLorelaiLotteLucMaasMaceMeeseMegMiliaMilich OppenheimerMinaMooseMorganMosePahnPesmergaQuincyRonnie BellRubiSansukeSarahSergeiSheenaSonya ShulenStallionSydoniaSylvinaTai HoTengaarValeriaVarkasViktorWarrenYam Koo
108 Stars (Support) AppleChandlerChapmanEsmeraldaGasparGeorgesGiovanniHugoIvanovJabbaJeaneJoshua LevenheitKasiosKun ToLedonLeon SilverbergMarcoMarieMathiu SilverbergMaximillianMelodyeOnilQlonRockSanchoTaggartTempletonTeslaVikiVincent de BouleWindowZen
Other playable characters Odessa SilverbergTed
Non-player characters Ain GideBarbarosa RugnerBlackChief of the DwarvesChief of the ElvesClaudiaGeil RugnerGradyHanzoKanaanKraze MilesLeknaatMina (cat)MinisterNeclordRoshSanchezStar Dragon SwordTeo McDohlThrashVillage ChiefWindyYuberZorak
Scarlet Moon Empire
Arus Banner MountainsFortress of KwabaFloating Fortress of ShasarazadeGregminster (Floating GardenGregminster PalaceScarlet Moon Inn) • Lenankamp (Keyaki Inn) • Magician's IslandMt. SeifuMt. TigerwolfRocklandSaradyTolna Canal
Dana Banner MinesBanner MountainsKalekkaKirovRokkaku HamletSecret Factory
Dragon Knight's Domain Dragon Knights' FortressDragon's DenSeek Valley
Gouran Fortress of GaranGreat Forest VillageKakuKouanSeika
Great Forest Dwarf TrailDwarves' Vault (Dwarf Mines) • Forest of IllusionKobold VillageLukie Ende TowayoPannu Yakuta CastleVillage of the DwarvesVillage of the Elves
Kunan AnteiRikonScarleticia CastleSoniere PrisonTeien
Lorimar Fortress of LorimarLiukan's HermitageNeclord's CastleQlon Temple (Cave of the Past) • Warriors' Village
Senan Fortress of DuhaFortress of RakanMoraviaNorthern CheckpointPirate's Fortress
Events Gate Rune War (Battle at Pannu Yakuta CastleBattle at Fortress of GaranFirst Battle at Scarleticia CastleSecond Battle at Scarleticia CastleFirst Battle with TeoSecond Battle with TeoBattle at the Northern CheckpointBattle at Floating Fortress ShasarazadeThe Last Battle) • Kalekka IncidentNew Liberation Army's Founding DayWar of Succession
Races DwarfElfGulhorseHumanKobold
True Runes Dragon RuneGate RuneNight RuneRune of Life and DeathSovereign RuneTrue Wind Rune
Terms Astral PredicationsBinocularsBlueprintsBronze AxeCliftDragon King SwordEarringEngineFake OrdersFinal BattleFire SpearFlowing Water CaneGreat ContractHikusaakKarakKilauea ShulenKirinjiLake ToranMathiu's LetterMoonlight HerbPrakkQlon (priest)Rokkaku HamletSadhna StreamTolna CanalToran (region)Village of the Hidden Rune
Suikoden II
Characters - Enemies - Equipment - Items - Locations - Runes
108 Stars (Battle) Hero IIAbizboahAmadaAnitaAydaBadeauxBobBolganCamusChacoCliveEilieFeatherFlikFreed YamamotoFutchGabochaGadgetGantetsuGengenGenshuGeorg PrimeGijimuHai YoHannaHauserHixHoiHumphrey MintzKahn MarleyKarenKasumiKilleyKinnisonKoyuLo WenLong Chan-ChanLorelaiLucMazusMegMiklotovMillieMondoMukumukuNanamiNinaOulanPesmergaRikimaruRinaSasukeSheenaShiloShinShiroSidSierra MikainSigfriedSimone VerdricciStallionTai HoTengaarTomoTsaiTutaValeriaVikiViktorVincent de BouleWakabaYoshino YamamotoZamza
108 Stars (Support) AdlaiAlbertoAlexAnnalleeAppleBarbaraBoris WizenConnellEmiliaFitcherGilbertGordonHansHildaHuanJeaneJessJudeKiba WindamierKlaus WindamierLebranteLeonaMarlowe CodyMaximillianPicoRauraRichmondRidley WizenShuTakiTempletonTenkouTeresa WisemailTessaiTetsuTonyYam KooYuzu
Other playable characters Hero IChucharaJowy AtreidesMakumakuMekumekuMikumikuMokumokuRulodia
City-State characters AnabelleDarellGorudoGranmeyerGustav PendragonLilly PendragonMakaiRevier
Highland characters Agares BlightBeechumCulganHan CunninghamJillia BlightLeon SilverbergLuca BlightLuciaRobert BlightRowdSara BlightSasaraiSeedSolon JheeYuber
Other non-playable characters BonaparteDaisyEllieElzaFu Tan ChenGoetsuGremioGyokuranJinkaiKageKelleyKentKoLeknaatLepantMei MiMillianMina (cat)PilikaPohlRetsoRyukiShikiShun MinSusuYuriZenith
City-State of JowstonHighland KingdomToran Republic
Greenhill Principality Erud ForestForest Village (Deep Forest) • Greenhill City (New Leaf Academy) • Greenhill Forest
Matilda Knightdom Highway VillageMt. RakuteiRockaxe (Rockaxe Castle)
Muse Principality Coronet TownMercenary FortressMuse City (Jowston Hill) • North Sparrow PassRyube VillageSindar RuinsToto VillageWhite Deer Inn
South Window Principality Cave of the WindKuskus TownNew State Army HeadquartersNorth WindowRadat TownSouth Window City
Tinto Principality Crom VillageLampdragon MountainTigermouth VillageTinto CityTinto Mines
Two River Principality Drakemouth VillageKobold VillageLakewestLana RiverTwo River City
Highland Kingdom Kyaro TownL'Renouille (L'Renouille Palace) • Sajah VillageTenzan Pass
Toran Republic Banner ForestBanner MountainsBanner PassBanner VillageGregminster (Gregminster PalaceScarlet Moon Inn) • Rokkaku Hamlet
Events Dragon PlanDunan Unification War (Battle of RockaxeBattle of L'RenouilleThe Last Battle)
Races HumanElfFlying squirrelGriffinKoboldWinged HordeUnicorn
True Runes Beast RuneBlack Sword RuneBright Shield RuneEight Section RuneMoon RuneNight RuneRune of BeginningRune of Life and Death
Terms Black Dragon GroupBlue Drop RuneBlue Moon VillageBorder GuardCircle RuneDunan (region)Dunan MonarchyDunan RepublicDunan RiverFire SpearFree Knights of CamaroGolden Bird Holy Flower Dragon Tooth Glory PunchGordon's MercentileGreenhill PrincipalityGuardian Deity statueHigheastHighland ArmyHikusaakHoly Kingdom of HarmoniaKage (group)KanakanKarakas DesertKaraya ClanKeepers of the FlameLake DunanListening OrbMatilda KnightdomMatilda KnightsMoon Bird RecipeMuse PrincipalityNameless LandsNerekNew State ArmyQueendom of FalenaRoundia HaiaScarlet Moon EmpireSindarinSouth Window PrincipalityTinto PrincipalityTwo River PrincipalityUnicorn BrigadeZexen Federation