Yeouiju (or Yeo for short) is the ancient dragon spirit that guides and protects Kim Wu in Killer Instinct (2013). He is a minor character of the Killer Instinct lore who was first introduced in the 3rd chapter of the Killer Instinct Novella, titled "Dragon's Choice".

Story Edit

Yeouiju is among the mightiest of celestial spirits that once dwelled in the same Astral Plane where Gargos now holds dominion. Finding a refuge on Earth, he has acted as an ancestral guardian to Kim Wu's maternal Korean family for over two thousand years. Residing at first within Kim's Korean uncle, Philip Yong, Yeouiju was transferred to Kim Wu at the moment of her uncle's sudden death. Yeo soon after revealed himself to Kim in a vision, in which he took the guise of a modest and dignified Korean male with cat-like golden eyes, before appearing to her in his dragon form. Upon bonding with the fiery young martial artist, Yeouiju emblazoned a beautiful tattoo on Kim Wu's right arm, marking her as the dragon's chosen in the coming war with Gargos.

Appearance Edit


Yeouiju circling around Kim Wu in Killer Instinct (2013)

Yeouiju resembles a small, translucent Chinese dragon with two antlers, and no visible arms or legs. He is golden in color, and is bathed in an azure aura which alternates between a heavenly bright and a more subtle hue. Yeo can manifest as up to three different projections of himself, and visibly floats around Kim Wu when she has Dragon Charges available in combat. He himself acts as a powerful projectile when Kim uses her Dragon Cannon ability.

In the Killer Instinct Novella, Yeouiju's human appearance is described as "a lithe and muscular Korean man of indeterminate age, dressed in silk robes", who has "a long salt and pepper colored mustache and goatee" and "eyes like molten gold orbs with a cat's vertical pupils", and who displays "the dignified yet modest bearing of a Kung Fu master."

Quotes Edit

We're in danger. The evil is coming. It is reborn. You must find the Watchman of the Gods. Together you can defeat Gargos.

—Yeouiju's first words to Kim Wu, spoken in Korean

But for now, know that I am Yeouiju. You can call me Yeo. And I choose you.

—Yeouiju's words as he enters into Kim Wu's heart, bonding with her

This is where the girl Chiharu was buried. Her spirit rose again as the vengeful ghost that the locals call Hisako. For hundreds of years she guarded the people of this village. And then the assassin Sadira came to disturb her peace...

—Yeo telling Kim of Hisako's tragic legend during Shadow Lords

Trivia Edit

Killer Instinct Gold - Training

Killer Instinct Gold - Training

  • The Novella's description of Yeouiju's human form closely matches the appearance of the unnamed "dojo master" seen in Killer Instinct Gold 's training mode, who is located within Kim Wu's stage.
  • Yeouiju shares many characteristics with the Tianlong, the heavenly or holy dragons from Chinese mythology.
  • In Korean mythology, the "Yeouiju" are mystical orbs that certain Korean dragons are depicted as holding in their claws. It was said that dragons who wielded the Yeouiju were blessed with omnipotence and had the ability to create at will.
    • "Yeouiju" is the Korean word for "Cintamani", one of the wish-fulfilling jewels mentioned in Buddhist scripture.

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Killer Instinct (2013)

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Killer Instinct Universe
Playable Characters
Killer Instinct Logo HD Jago ·Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sabrewulf

 ·Spinal ·Riptor ·Cinder ·Fulgore ·Eyedol

Killer Instinct 2 Kim Wu ·Maya ·Tusk ·Gargos
Killer Logo copy Season 1 Sadira ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 Kan-Ra ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·ARIA
Season 3 Mira ·Rash ·Arbiter ·General RAAM
Season 3+ Kilgore ·Shin Hisako ·Eagle
Non-Playable Characters and Organizations
Minor Characters The Chairman ·Ryat Adams ·Babylonian King ·The Master ·Yeouiju ·True Tsar
Enemies Mimics
Organizations Ultratech ·Red Eyes of Rylai ·Disavowed ·Night Guard ·The Coven ·The Alliance
Extended Stories The Secrets of the Tiger ·The Lycanthrope's Tale ·The Ice-man Cometh ·Murder of Crows ·The Widow's Bite ·The Firecat's Summoning ·The Quest of the Searing Skull ·Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L ·Glory Days ·Temperance and Vengeance ·Death is no Obstacle ·You and Your Riptor Unit ·The Herald of Gargos ·Peacemaker ·The Everlasting Child ·The Third Degree ·Evolve or Die ·The Dragon Spirit ·The Watchman Of The Gods ·Blood For My Blood ·Flayer Of Souls ·The Reawakened ·Rash's Extended Story ·Arbiter's Extended Story ·For The Queen
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg ·The Watchman Awakes ·Dragon's Choice ·Conflux ·ARIA for Noömorph ·Shadows at Dawn
Gameplay Combo & Counter Breaker ·Ultra Combo ·Ultimate Combo ·Humiliation ·Combo System ·Instinct Mode ·Shadow Meter ·Shadow Moves ·Shadow Counter ·Knockdown Value ·Lock out ·Frame Data ·Character Accessories ·Arcade Mode ·Rivals Mode ·Shadow Lords Mode
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