|English Voice Artist||Cam Clarke|
|Japanese Voice Artist||Showtaro Morikubo|
|Grandia II Character|
- "We ... will depend on gods and miracles no longer. We will rely on none but ourselves. This I believe."
Ryudo is the main character of Grandia II. He is a Geohound, a person hired to complete a job regardless of what they think or what their moral judgement is. He is cynical and pessimistic; he only focuses on completing any job he is hired for. His travelling companion is a falcon, Skye, whom he playfully picks on. Regardless of their somewhat harsh behaviour towards each other, they are the best of friends.
Ryudo was brought up on Garlan, the Isle of Swordsmen, with his elder brother Melfice, by the Village Chief following the death of their parents. Both began combat training and showed incredible progess, Melfice in particular, becoming a role model for him and the entire village. Ryudo would often train with Gatta in hope of becoming like his brother, while also enjoying the company of Reena, who is like a sister to him.
One day the sword upon which the town was built began to create earthquakes, and in investigating the disturbance, Melfice's fiancé Reena found a Piece of Valmar sealed near the sword. When she failed to return, Melfice went after her. The young Ryudo, having secretly followed him, then witnessed Melfice, armed with the sword, murder his fiancé in front of him and leave without explanation. Laying alongside Reena's impaled body, he weeps and screams in agony. The villagers are all horrified, and they banish Ryudo by association. Eventually Ryudo, alone and with a great weight of guilt, puts his skills to use by becoming a Geohound.
Three years later, Ryudo is given the task to guide the songstress Elena to Garmia Tower to perform an excorcism ceremony. When they reach the tower, things begin to go wrong. The ceremony fails and Elena becomes possessed by the Wings of Valmar (Ryudo pulls her out of the cloud before it can finish). When they return back to Elena's village Carbo, the priest tells Ryudo he must take Elena to see Pope Zera for his help about Elena's possession (of course, offering Ryudo a hefty fee for his trouble). That night, Carbo's church is attacked by a strange woman who defeats Ryudo in a duel and then disappears. The next day, Ryudo and Elena begin their journey to the cathedral in St. Heim.
From this point on, Ryudo gets more and more drawn in the upcoming revival of the Great Devil Valmar and what his single body parts cause to the world he travels.
It takes him a long time and two major battles to understand that his brother is no longer truly himself, being instead little more than a host for the Horns of Valmar. His fiancé had been possessed, and when he killed her, the horns jumped into Melfice.
Following Melfice's defeat, Ryudo himself is possessed by the Horns of Valmar, and falls into a coma. Elena prays and begs Millenia to save him, who manages to do so by sealing the Horns inside Ryudo (to avoid Shattering his Soul).
The betrayal of Melfice, the person he trusted the most, leads to his initial loss of trust in anyone. He is somewhat shy, so he sometimes has difficulty explaining his feelings. He develops loving feelings for both Elena and Millenia as the story proceeds. For a good part of the game, he's a bit of a smartmouth, constantly insulting and belittling everyone he comes across, though this may be due to his wanting to cover up his negativity towards trusting others rather than immaturity.
For all intents and purposes, Ryudo is a physical fighter. Early on, he is the primary melee fighter who consistently deals the most damage, at least until Mareg shows up. His weapon of choice is, of course, the sword which he wields with expertise. He has a decent amount of MP, but only a fair amount of MAG to back it up. Because of this, it is best to consider equipping him with a Mana Egg that consists mainly of support spells like Diggin' and WOW!. In an emergency, he can be used as a backup healer, but only just. He should also be equipped with skill books that raise his physical parameters such as HP, STR, and VIT. However, through character, skill book, and egg leveling, he can be equipped with the more offensive based eggs such as the Chaos or Dragon Eggs, which proves handy for more difficult battles along the story if the player is willing to grind. Though Ryudo isn't a mage, he deals roughly the second highest MAG ATK power. Any perks that the player particularly enjoys can be given to Ryudo as well such the item speed skill. One of his attack skills are lightning-based, so it's best to use it accordingly. Despite his dominance in strength and defense, Ryudo is not a designated tank. His overall average attributes make him versatile for most situations, typical of a lead protagonist.
- In Wild Arms 3, the character Jet Enduro's wanted poster when the game was first shown said he was wanted for killing his partner in cold blood over treasure; his partner was depicted in the background and the silhouette was exactly the same as Ryudo's.
- Ryudo is voiced by Cam Clarke, who also voiced Liquid Snake in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes and Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 2 (not to be confused with Liquid Snake in Metal Gear Solid or Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid). By itself a rather useless piece of trivia, however Grandia II also shares many other voice actors with Metal Gear Solid: Kim Mai Guest (Tio in Grandia II, Mei Ling in MGS), Jennifer Hale (Elena in Grandia II, Emma Emmerich in MGS2), John Cygan (Melfice in Grandia II, Solidus Snake in MGS2), Peter Lurie (Mareg in Grandia II, Vulcan Raven in MGS), Paul Eiding (Skye in Grandia II, Colonel Roy Campbell in the MGS series), and Richard Doyle (Pope Zera in Grandia II, The Fury in MGS3 and Big Boss in MGS4).
- Cam Clarke voices Ryudo and Liquid Snake, and John Cygan voices Melfice and Solidus Snake. Ryudo and Melfice are brothers, while Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake are also considered brothers.
- He resembles Heero Yuy from the anime, Gundam Wing.
|Playable Characters||Ryudo - Elena - Millenia - Roan - Mareg - Tio|
|Non-Playable Characters||Skye - Melfice - Selene - Zera Innocentius - Reena - Aira - Father Carius - Gadan - Garlan Village Chief - Gatta - Menory - Nanan Village Chief - Sandra - Tessa - Elmo - Carro - Granas - Valmar|
|Towns||Carbo - Agear - Liligue - St. Heim Papal State - Cyrum - Mirumu - Garlan - Nanan|
|Dungeons||Witt Forest Path - Black Forest - Garmia Tower - Inor Mountains - Durham Cave - Baked Plains - Liligue Cave - Lumir Forest - Mysterious Fissure - Aira's Space - St. Heim Mountains - Raul Hills - Cyrum Castle - Underground Plant - Cecile Reef - Grail Mountain - Ghoss Forest - The Great Rift - Demon's Law - Valmar's Body - Valmar's Moon - Birthplace of the Gods - New Valmar|
|Archives||Weapons - Armor - Helmets - Shoes - Accessories - Items - Key Items|