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Digimon Sovereigns
(四聖獣 Four Holy Beasts)
Holy Beasts Taiji Formation Bo-1019 (DM)
General information
Leader: Fanglongmon
Intentions: To protect the four quarters of the Digital World
Appearances: Digimon Adventure 02
Digimon Tamers

The Digimon Sovereigns (四聖獣 Shiseijū?, lit. "Four Holy Beasts"), known as the "Harmonious Ones" in the Digimon Adventure series, are a group of four Mega-level Holy Beast Digimon that are derived from the Japanese myth of the Four Guardian Spirits of Kyoto, itself derived from the Chinese myth of the Four Symbols. Like the Guardian Spirits, they represent and rule over the cardinal points of the compass — Ebonwumon for the north, Zhuqiaomon for the south, Azulongmon for the east, and Baihumon for the west. There is also a fifth member, Fanglongmon, who represents and is enshrined in the "Center", from which he supervises the others. In turn, each of the four main Sovereigns has three Deva as subordinates.

Due to Lucemon, Fanglongmon was sealed in the deepest, darkest place within the earth. This caused the Sovereigns to lose their rule and struggle for hegemony, but an equilibrium was established that is still maintained.[1] The Sovereigns have reigned over the Digital World and protected it since the age of myth, and they have become legendary beings which are extremely difficult to track down.[2] They are powerful to the point that ordinary Mega Digimon are unable to compete with them, so they have become the highest authorities of the Digital World, said to in fact be gods due to their extreme power.[3] Unlike normal Digimon which only have one DigiCore per body, each of the Sovereigns has twelve DigiCores which float outside their body and channel their immortality and tremendous power.[4] Except for Fanglongmon, who has eight, each of the Sovereigns also has four red, shining eyes.[5]

While the Chinese names for the guardian spirits were used for the Digimon themselves, as well as in Digimon World 3 for the four cities at the cardinal points of the map of the Amaterasu Server, their Japanese names were used for the respective four cities of the Asuka Server.


Members

Digimon Symbol Element Subordinates
Ebonwumon b
Ebonwumon
Black Tortoise of the North Phantasmagoric water Vikaralamon
Kumbhiramon
Vajramon
Zhuqiaomon b
Zhuqiaomon
Vermilion Bird of the South Incandescent flames Sandiramon
Indramon
Pajiramon
Azulongmon b
Azulongmon
Azure Dragon of the East Intense lightning Mihiramon
Antylamon
Majiramon
Baihumon b
Baihumon
White Tiger of the West Steel attribute Makuramon
Sinduramon
Caturamon
Fanglongmon b
Fanglongmon
Yellow Dragon of the Center Taiji of light and darkness Ebonwumon
Zhuqiaomon
Azulongmon
Baihumon

Fiction

Digimon Adventure 02

The Harmonious Ones are the guardians of the four compass points of the Digital World, and preserve its balance. Kyoto Dragon Azulongmon is the guardian of the Eastern region, where the Japanese DigiDestined's adventures take place (corresponding to the Real World location of the human partners).

Before the DigiDestined arrived in the Digital World, the four Harmonious Ones were defeated and sealed away by each of the Dark Masters. Following the defeat of the Dark Masters at the hands of the DigiDestined, the Sovereigns were still trapped beneath the seal. In order to break the seal, they took the power from the DigiDestined's Crests. The Crest of Light and Hope respectively broke Azulongmon's seal, Courage and Friendship unsealed one of the four seals, Sincerity and Love released another seal, and finally Knowledge and Reliability broke the last seal. However, using the Crests in this way meant that the eight children's Digimon could no longer Digivolve to Ultimate or Mega.

Shortly afterward, the Four Harmonious Ones organize the "D-1 Tournament", and one of them, determined by how he answers the entry quiz, draws Ryo Akiyama into the Digital World. The tournament's stated goal was to choose a Tamer to take down the other three Harmonious Ones, who are claimed to have gone rogue, but Ryo and the other DigiDestined eventually discover that this was merely a ruse to train Ryo for a battle against Moon=Millenniummon, revived from Millenniummon. Digimon Adventure 02: D-1 Tamers

Despite participating in the D-1 Tournament, and even speaking personally with the Four Harmonious Ones, Gennai later claims that the only member he is aware of is Azulongmon.[citation needed]

Due to the Digimon Emperor's Control Spires, the Harmonious Ones were imprisoned once again because of the influence of the Control Spires. When Ken Ichijouji brings his Dark D-3 Digivice into the Digital World, they are able to find new Digimon who have the ancient power to armor digivolve, thus bypassing the evil powers of the Control Spires that prevent Digimon from using regular Digivolution. The Sovereigns then create the D-3s for three new DigiDestined and select Digimon which have the power to Armor Digivolve, who they seal underneath the Digi-Eggs; Gatomon and Patamon, already partnered to a DigiDestined are also found to be capable of Armor Digivolution, although Gatomon is required to lose her Holy Ring first. The Crest of Kindness is hidden from Ken by the powers of darkness, so it is necessary for the Harmonious Ones to rebuild it into the Digi-Egg of Miracles.

Ebonwumon

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Along with his compatriots, Ebonuwmon was defeated and imprisoned by the Dark Masters, then released when the DigiDestined use the powers of their Crests. Ebonwumon then helps set up the rigged D-1 Tournament to train Ryo to fight Moon=Millenniummon, but is re-imprisoned when Ken Ichijouji becomes the Digimon Emperor. They then create the D-3 Digivice and gave it to the new DigiDestined to fight against Ken.

Zhuqiaomon

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Along with his compatriots, Zhuqiaomon was defeated and imprisoned by the Dark Masters, then released when the DigiDestined use the powers of their Crests. Zhuqiaomon then helps set up the rigged D-1 Tournament to train Ryo to fight Moon=Millenniummon, but is re-imprisoned when Ken Ichijouji becomes the Digimon Emperor. They then create the D-3 Digivice and gave it to the new DigiDestined to fight against Ken.

Azulongmon

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Along with his compatriots, Azulongmon was defeated and imprisoned by the Dark Masters, then released when the DigiDestined use the powers of their Crests. Azulongmon himself was freed by the Crests of Hope and Light, as he would later reveal to BlackWarGreymon and the DigiDestined. Azulongmon then helps set up the rigged D-1 Tournament to train Ryo to fight Moon=Millenniummon, but is re-imprisoned when Ken Ichijouji becomes the Digimon Emperor. They then create the D-3 Digivice and gave it to the new DigiDestined to fight against Ken.

After rejecting Arukenimon's control, BlackWarGreymon becomes driven to destroy the Destiny Stones that preserve balance in the Digital World, as each time a Stone is destroyed an apparition of Azulongmon appears, writhing in pain. After BlackWarGreymon sees Azulongmon appear, he decides that he is a worthy opponent and that he will continue to destroy the stones in search of him. Ultimately, Azulongmon is freed when the DigiDestined uses their D-3s to move the final Destiny Stone, causing him to appear. After Azulongmon dispatches BlackWarGreymon, he passes on his knowledge of the past to the DigiDestined, plants his Seeds of Light (seeds that will sprout and take on the same purpose as the Destiny Stones) in place of the destroyed Destiny Stones, and leaves. Kyoto Dragon

Later, Azulongmon gives the DigiDestined one of his twelve DigiCores through Gennai. The power of the DigiCore allows the original DigiDestined's Digimon to digivolve into their Ultimate forms again, and for Paildramon to mega digivolve into Imperialdramon. Dramon Power Azulongmon later gives Tai Kamiya and Agumon more power, allowing Agumon to become WarGreymon once again so that he can fend off BlackWarGreymon. Duel of the WarGreymon

Another DigiCore is used in New York, America to let Palmon digivolve to Lillymon. It also gives Veemon and Betamon energy to digivolve into ExVeemon and Seadramon respectively. Whether it is the same DigiCore or a different one is unknown. Digimon World Tour, Pt. 1

It is also suggested that BlackWarGreymon got to the human world inadvertently because of Azulongmon. Agumon explains that, when Azulongmon gave the DigiDestined the power to fight in the Real World by use of the DigiCore, the Digital World's defenses were weakened, meaning that not much was able to stand in the way of BlackWarGreymon. Duel of the WarGreymon

Azulongmon has a witty personality in the English dub, while in the original Japanese he is depicted as very serious and no-nonsense.

Baihumon

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Along with his compatriots, Baihumon was defeated and imprisoned by the Dark Masters, then released when the DigiDestined use the powers of their Crests. Baihumon then helps set up the rigged D-1 Tournament to train Ryo to fight Moon=Millenniummon, but is re-imprisoned when Ken Ichijouji becomes the Digimon Emperor. They then create the D-3 Digivice and gave it to the new DigiDestined to fight against Ken.

Digimon Tamers

The Digimon Sovereigns live on the sixth, deepest plain of the Digital World, along with the Catalyst, or Shining Digivolution. They were some of the first Digimon to reach their highest form, and in an attempt to distance themselves from humans, they ironically took the appearance of the humans' gods.

When the D-Reaper begins to re-emerge, the four Sovereigns cannot agree on a strategy. Zhuqiaomon believes that they should use the Shining Digivolution to allow Digimon to digivolve and fight back, while Azulongmon believes that it is the Digimon's ability to grow in strength that brought the D-Reaper out in the first place. He has the DigiGnomes transform the Shining Digivolution into Calumon. Azulongmon Explains It All

With the loss of the power to Digivolve, Zhuqiaomon, thinking that the Digimon can instead grow stronger by defeating humanity, send his Deva into the Real World. Soon, his servant Makuramon discovers Calumon and attempts to return him to Zhuqiaomon, causing the Tamers to follow him in an attempt to rescue their friend. A World Apart Makuramon, however, loses Calumon, and the Tamers find him, but Caturamon recaptures him. The Imperfect Storm

After being separated, and a long, difficult trek across the Digital World, the Tamers arrive at Zhuqiaomon's domain. As they battle him, Azulongmon makes his appearance. Azulongmon Explains It All Meanwhile, Ryo Akiyama encounters Ebonwumon and Baihumon in the latter's domain, Song of Sakuyamon and soon, they all gather in Zhuqiaomon's area, just as the D-Reaper begins to make its appearance.

Here, a compromise is made, and the Sovereigns implore Calumon to release his power so Digimon can digivolve and fight back. Thus, it is Zhuqiaomon's plan that prevails in the end, even though that does not excuse his methods in attacking the Tamers. The Sovereigns lead their new army of Mega Digimon (made up of MetalSeadramon, Machinedramon, three Diaboromon, a Digimon that might be Pukumon, Gryphonmon, Hououmon, Boltmon, Plesiomon, GranKuwagamon, Jijimon, and Babamon) to fight the D-Reaper in the Digital World. Janyu's Ark Later, they travel to the Real World and help the Tamers by removing the Cable Reaper from the battle. Such Sweet Sorrow

One of the Sovereigns is the final boss of Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley, where a defeated Impmon is captured by him. The Tamers must defeat the Sovereign to rescue Impmon, and the Sovereign leaves with cryptic advice after the Tamers' victory.

Ebonwumon

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Ryo Akiyama and Cyberdramon encounter Ebonwumon in Baihumon's territory, which he guards while Baihumon fights the D-Reaper, but then Baihumon reappears wounded. Song of Sakuyamon Later on, Baihumon and Ebonwumon meet with Azulongmon and Zhuqiaomon on how to handle the D-Reaper situation and helps Calumon release the Shining Digivolution, which digivolves every Digimon in the Digital World to their Mega forms to help the Sovereigns. Janyu's Ark In the final battle against the D-Reaper, Ebonwumon assists Azulongmon, Baihumon and Zhuqiaomon into dragging the Cable Reaper back into the Digital World during Operation: Doodlebug, thus saving the Tamers from having to defeat it all over again. Such Sweet Sorrow

Zhuqiaomon

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Zhuqiaomon sends his servants, the Deva, to find and capture Calumon. Makuramon captures him and attempts but fails to bring him to Zhuqiaomon. Zhuqiaomon is also behind Impmon's digivolution to Beelzemon. Motorcycle Madness Caturamon later brings Calumon to Zhuqiaomon, and he places Calumon in a pit. Kazu's Upgrade When Antylamon becomes Suzie Wong's partner, Zhuqiaomon's power dedigivolves her into Lopmon. Rabbit Transit During the battle between Beelzemon and Gallantmon, he sends Caturamon to destroy Lopmon. Gallantmon destroys Caturamon, whose data Beelzemon absorbs. The Battle Within

When the Tamers finally confront Zhuqiaomon, he does a lot of damage to Rapidmon before Henry Wong and Terriermon biomerge to MegaGargomon and defeat him. No Mon Is an Island Zhuqiaomon, who the Tamers think is destroyed, emerges and then battles Gallantmon until the Eastern Guardian Azulongmon appears and stops the battle. During Azulongmon's story, Zhuqiaomon reveals the Catalyst where Calumon's power comes from. Azulongmon Explains It All He takes the Tamers to the pit where Calumon is, and Calumon is rescued. Baihumon and Ebonwumon meets with them to talk about the D-Reaper problem, and Zhuqiaomon helps to release Calumon's Shining Digivolution power that digivolves every Digimon to its Mega Form. Janyu's Ark When the Tamers start to fight the D-Reaper in the Real World, Zhuqiaomon sends a Dobermon with a gift: the ability to biomerge in the Real World. The Messenger In the final battle against the D-Reaper, Zhuqiaomon assists Azulongmon, Baihumon, and Ebonwumon into dragging the Cable Reaper back into the Digital World during Operation: Doodlebug, thus saving the Tamers. Such Sweet Sorrow

Azulongmon

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Azulongmon first appears when Zhuqiaomon attacks the Tamers. He saves the humans and their partner Digimon before fighting against Zhuqiaomon. He finally convinces Zhuqiaomon to not attack the Tamers so that they can focus on the true enemy, the D-Reaper. He tells the Tamers the history of the Digital World and each of its layers. Azulongmon Explains It All He and Zhuqiaomon later meet with Baihumon and Ebonwumon to discuss the D-Reaper situation and helps to release Calumon's Shining Digivolution power, which digivolves every Digimon to their Mega forms. Janyu's Ark In the final battle against the D-Reaper, Azulongmon assists Zhuqiaomon, Ebonwumon, and Baihumon into dragging the D-Reaper back into the Digital World during Operation: Doodlebug, thus saving the Tamers. Such Sweet Sorrow

Baihumon

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Baihumon lives in the White Tower at the highest plain in the Digital World. When Ryo Akiyama and Cyberdramon arrive in his part of the domain, they find the Northern guardian Ebonwumon watching over his place as he fights the D-Reaper. Shortly after, Baihumon appears and collapses from exhaustion. Song of Sakuyamon Later on, Baihumon and Ebonwumon meet with Azulongmon and Zhuqiaomon on how to handle the D-Reaper situation and help Calumon release the Shining Digivolution which digivolves every Digimon in the Digital World to their Mega forms to help the Sovereigns. Janyu's Ark In the final battle against the D-Reaper, Baihumon assisted Azulongmon, Ebonwumon, and Zhuqiaomon into dragging the Cable Reaper back into the Digital World during Operation: Doodlebug, thus saving the Tamers. Such Sweet Sorrow

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