Dehuai is the primary villain for the first half of Shadow Hearts. He trained as an adept but now uses his powers for black magic. His goal is to bring about the Demon’s Gate Invocation by using Alice as the key. His stronghold is Kuihai Tower.
In Shadow Hearts
15 years before the beginning of Shadow Hearts, Dehuai attempted to perform a Valorization. He wanted to use The Demon’s Gate Invocation to destroy Japan in order to send a message to the West.
His plans nearly came to fruit, however they were foiled by Colonel Hyuga with the help of Zhuzhen and Mr. Zhen. It is because of this incident that Dehuai became disfigured on his left side. Supposedly he lost his adept powers at the same time.
Because of Col. Hyuga’s interference with Dehuai’s plans, Dehuai is able to use some of Col. Hyuga’s neighbours as puppets to invade hi home and kill his wife.
Just before the beginning of Shadow Hearts, Dehuai has almost completed his plans for the Demon’s Gate Invocation. All he requires now is Alice. He sent Albert Simon to kidnap her on the The Trans-Siberian Express. Due to this failure, he has been tracking Alice ever since.
He first egages her in Fengtian where he possesses a puppy. He attempts to lead Alice to the clutches of the Japanese Army. However, the party are able to defeat the guards and engage Dehuai in combat as Beast Dog. They defeat him and flee.
After Albert Simon failing to capture Alice, Dehuai sends Wugui to do it instead. While the party is in Shanghai, Dehuai sends his forces to Wuhan to seal the White Tiger God.
When the party arrive in Wuhan, and Dehuai’s old teacher Xifa tries to give them the White Tiger Votive Plate, Dehuai takes over Xiaofang‘s body, causing a weakness in Wuhan’s defenses and enabling Dehuai to teleport in, taking both the plate and Alice. His actions kill Xiaofang, He causes an earthquake which threatens to destroy the Temple Ruins and result in Xifa’s death.
While the party makes their way to Kuihai Tower, Dehuai tests Alice’s power by attaching her to the spirit machine and torturing her. When the party do arrive, he lets her go because he is convinced that the spirit machine has taken enough of her energy for his ritual to take place.
Dehuai the reveals his true intentions – to summon the Seraphic Radiance by performing the Reverse Demon’s Gate Invocation. This is the most advanced taoist magic possible, and performing this ritual would make him almost like a God.
Before he can perform the ritual, the party battle him and he transforms into Yamaraja: Calamity. However, he is not strong enough to defeat them. The ritual still incomplete, he sacrifices the last of his energy to try to summon the Seraphic Radiance, but to no avail, and dies atop Kuihai Tower.
Dehuai is fought once in Shadow Hearts – once as himself, and again as Yamaraja: Calamity.
Before battle, be sure to buy Phoenix Tails from the vendor to cure Ring Abnormalities. If possible, equip characters with coral or jade lariats to increase the success rate of judgment ring attacks.
Dehuai’s special defense is quite high compared to his physical defense. Because of this is it advisable for Yuri to fuse into Inferno (for added fire defense) and for Margarete to use Aqua Edge on him, as Dehuai is weak against water moves. After this Margarete should concentrate on physically attacking Dehuai. Zhuzhen should be the primary healer and keep everyone’s HP topped up with Nourishing Potion. If he gets the chance to attack, using his highest level magic spells are the best idea.
See: Yamaraja: Calamity
An Adept who lives in Kuihai Tower and protects Shanghai from external attacks. He plans on ruling and turning Shanghai into a city of demons.