Defeating Neo Shinryu in the iOS version earns the player the "Neo Demon Dragon" achievement.
Stats[edit | edit source]
Battle[edit | edit source]
Neo Shinryu starts off with Mighty Guard. After that, he will use Ice Storm, Tidal Wave, Curse (inflicts several negative status effects), Lightning, Breath Wing (the last two of which remove 25% of everyone's max HP), Earthquake, Blaze, Poison Breath (inflicts Poison), Zombie Powder (inflicts Zombie), White Hole (inflicts Death and Petrify), Doom, and Almagest. Almagest is Holy-elemental, making it difficult to nullify.
Neo Shinryu has two hidden targets, responsible for his so-called "high miss rate". These absorb multitarget attacks as well as Rapid Fire, and cannot be killed.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
The effects from Neo Shinryu's Mighty Guard can be dispelled, but it's best not to do this. The Force Shield dropped by Omega Mk.II works to nullify Amalgest's Holy element, as does an occasional Aegis Shield block (33% chance).
The party should use single target attacks, preferably magical in nature. Level 3 Flare always hits if the player has adjusted Neo Shinryu's level to a number divisible by three, and deals high damage for a low MP cost. Single target magic attacks without a hit rate (Firaga/Blizzaga/Thundaga/Flare etc.) will hit regardless, as long as they are not multitargeted.
A cheap method to beating Neo Shinryu is to have a party of master Dragoons dual wielding Dragon Lances, and have everyone Jump constantly. The dragon should go down in four jumps if they all hit. An alternative is to use the Apollo's Harp, which will do 9,999 to Neo Shinryu if it hits.
If his level is adjusted to a level that is divisible by 2, Level 2 Old will hit in the first try.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
Neo is a prefix from the ancient Greek word for "new" or "young".
Shinryu is the Japanese on'yomi name for Shénlóng, literally "god/divine dragon", an important ancient dragon in Chinese mythology. It is said to preside over storms and rain, and can bring disastrous drought, thunderstorms and general bad weather if it feels neglected and/or angered.
A notable difference between common Chinese dragons and a Shenlong/Shinryu is their fingers; the latter have five on each hand as opposed to four, and they are said to share the same green-blue-ish color as another mythological dragon, the Qinglong/Seiryu (lit. Azure/Blue Dragon).
While the most common Final Fantasy interpretations have four fingers on each hand, other versions also possess five-fingered hands like with the original Shenlong/Shinryu, which mainly apply to the stronger ones.