Guan Yu in Video Games

Guan Yu was a general who served under the warlord Liu Bei in the late eastern han dynasty and helped him to establish the Shu Han state. He is a popular figure in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to Guan are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants until today. His horse is called the Red Hare and is described as a Horse that stands out among Horses.

Guan Yu is worshipped as a hero and called a God of War sometimes. He is one of the protagonist often in the Romance of the three Kingdoms novel and became a video game character that has usually superhuman abilities or is even a deity like in SMITE (2012-2016) and Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (2015). Guan Yu was one of the first characters that were shown for Dynasty Warriors 9 (2017).

Guan Yu’s video game debut was in Sangokushi: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (1985). He is a playable character in over 25 games today and appeared in over 50 games. Some of his most popular appearances are in the Dynasty Warriors games that tell the story of the Three Kingdoms.  He is also a part of the Romance of the three Kingdoms series that has over 20 games until today. 


Guan Yu from the Dynasty Warriors Games: an Overview

Charactername: Guan Yu / Taoist God of War   Developed /Created by Tecmo Koei, Capcom and other Developers
Gameseries: Multiple including Dynasty Warriors and SMITE   First seen on: PC 
First Game: Sangokushi: Romance of the Three Kingdoms    Year first seen: 1985 
Last Game: Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires (2021)   Birthplace: China 
Role(s) and Characteristics: Protagonist, Boss, Fighting Game Character , MOBA Champion   Weapons: Halberds 
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to: Liu Bei, Guan Ping,    See also:  



Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Guan Yu from Dynasty Warriors


Dynasty Warriors 9 (2017) 

Guan Yu DW8 Dynasty Warriors 8 Render

Guan Yu DW8 Render

Guan Yu DW8 Dynasty Warriors 8 Artwork

Guan Yu DW8 Artwork

Guan Yu DW8 Dynasty Warriors 8 Wallpaper Art

Guan Yu DW8 Wallpaper

Guan Yu DW8 DW1 Costume DLC Promo Art

DW1 Costume

Guan YU DW8 Art Book 1  Guan YU DW8 Art Book 2  Guan YU DW8 Art Book 3

Guan Yu DW8 Art Book Scans 

 Dynasty Warriors 8 (2013)


Guan Yu SMITE Default Skin Art

Guan Yu Default Skin

Guan Yu Unstoppable Blade Skin SMITE Art

Guan Yu Unstoppable Blade Skin

Master Guan Yu Skin Art from SMITE

Master Guan Yu Skin

Guan Yu SMITE Convention 2014 Skin Artwork

Guan Yu 2014 Convention Skin

Guan Yu SMITE Golden Skin Art

Guan Yu Golden Skin 

 SMITE (2012-Present)

Guan Yu WO3 DW7 Wallpaper Guan Yu Warriors Orochi 3 Wallpaper 1
Guan Yu WO3 Wallpaper Art Guan Yu Warriors Orochi Wallpaper Art 2

Guan Yu Warriors Orochi 3 Wallpaper

Guan Yu Wallpapers from Warriors Orochi 3 (2011)

Guan Yu DW7 Dynasty Warriors 7 Official Render Art

Dynasty Warriors 7 (2011)

Guan Yu Dynasty Warriors 6 Render Art

Dynasty Warriors 6 (2007)

Guan Yu DW5 Dynasty Warriors 5 Art Render

Dynasty Warriors 5 (2005)

Guan Yu Dynasty Warriors 4 Official Art

Dynasty Warriors 4 (2003)

Guan Yu Dynasty Warriors 3 Official Render Art

Dynasty Warriors 3 (2001)




Guan Yu in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects


Guan Yu is not yet a part of a Game-Art-HQ Community Art Collaboration


Selected Fan Art of Guan Yu

Guan Yu and Red Hare by Fadly Romdhani

Guan Yu and Red Hare

by Fadly Romdhany

Guan Yu from Dynasty Warriors Fan Art

Guan Yu Dynasty Warriors

by B03DI



Official Bio /Lore of Guan Yu

In Dynasty Warriors 9:

Honoring an oath of brotherhood with Liu Bei and Zhang Fei, he was an essential figure in the establishment of the Kingdom of Shu as the leader of the Five Tiger Generals of Shu. A heroic and skilled warrior with a strong dedication to what is right, he earned the respect of both friend and foe alike while at the same time, acquring the nickname “Lord of the Magnficent Beard” from the Emperor.



Updates and Additions in Guan Yu’s Game Art Gallery and Character Overview

11.05.2017 – Dynasty Warriors 9 art of Guan Yu added / character overview updated