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This article is about the main character of Ōkami; for the Japanese goddess, see Amaterasu (Shinto deity).

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Ōkami Amaterasu
Gender Female
Race Celestial Brush god (sun goddess)
Location Traveling Nippon (Ōkami)
Celestial Plain (Ōkamiden)
Family Chibiterasu (son)
Shiranui (parent/previous incarnation)
Appearances Ōkami
Amaterasu, now is the time. We have never needed your power more. Shine your divine light upon this broken and polluted world. Let your heavenly rays become our hope as you guide us all!


Amaterasu (「天照」?; lit. "heaven's illumination") is the main protagonist of Ōkami. She is also known by villagers of Kamiki Village in her past life as the dreaded Shiranui. She is nicknamed as Ammako by Ishaku and later Issun in the original Japanese version of Ōkami[1], or Ammy in the localized game[1]. Amaterasu is the Sun Goddess to all of Nippon and mother to Chibiterasu.


Amaterasu is known for being quiet, mature, kind, and gentle always aiding those in need, but also unafraid to show her opinion. For example, when Mr. Orange talks to her after drinking his sake, Amaterasu looks away and breathes, implying he has bad breath. She is also very intelligent, as when she encounters Rao at Queen Himiko's throne room, she figures out she is the demon lord Ninetails. Amaterasu is apparently offended quite easily, shown when Mr. Orange says she doesn't look very smart, as well as Issun saying that "Ammy gets kinda sensitive about her flaws!". According to Mrs. Orange, Amaterasu is quite fond of her cherry cakes. She also has a low attention span, which results in her falling asleep if someone explains something for too long or if she already knows what is being explained.

Like Issun, she is not very keen on bathing, showing her dismay with the activity when offered free bathing at the Sasa Hot Springs.



The in-game depiction of Amaterasu.

In the game, Amaterasu takes the shape of a white wolf with crimson markings across her body, a tail shaped like a calligraphy brush (which is how the Celestial Brush is used) and a Divine Instrument floating above her back. Only particular beings, such as Issun, all other Gods and spirits, and presumably most animals and demons can see her true form. Also, humans with a strong belief in the gods can see her markings and instrument. When Amaterasu's ink pots are empty, she will temporarily revert to a plain white wolf. This is how most people see Amaterasu.


Amaterasu without any ink.

As Shiranui, her red markings were more pronounced and she had a long mane of white fur. These features are absent for the duration of the game due to Amaterasu's weakened state, but are restored for the final battle against Yami after Issun creates a swell of faith in the people of Nippon with his painting.

Strangely, whenever Amaterasu absorbs a new Celestial Brush Technique the mane of fur briefly appears around her. It also appears briefly when she gains new Divine Instruments (but only if they are gained after beating bosses) except with a gold-orange coloration. This could represent Amaterasu's powers returning to their former strength.

In Ōkamiden, Amaterasu is confirmed to be female, as multiple characters, such as Issun, refer to Amaterasu as Chibiterasu's "mother". In the multiple history scrolls located throughout the game, Issun, who primarily wrote them, also explicitly refers to Amaterasu as a female. It also confirms that she uses her tail to wield Celestial Brush powers (mentioned once by Issun in dialogue with Chibiterasu).


Amaterasu can swim but only for a short amount of time. This was most apparent when she tried to escape the Water Dragon's attack after exploring the Sunken Ship.


Amaterasu's original ability, Sunrise brings out the sun when a circle is drawn in the sky, changing night into day. It is also used in the final battle with Yami, breaking his darkness and power.



The Attributes sub-menu.

Several statistics are commonly displayed on the game screen in different situations, such as Solar Energy, Astral Pouch, Ink Pots, Yen, and Godhood. Aside from Godhood, these attributes can be upgraded on a sub-menu of the Fan Menu. The number or capacity of these attributes can be increased by injecting them with Praise. If the appropriate amount of Praise is injected the attribute will move up a level, the amount of Praise required to level-up increases each time. Once all Amaterasu's attributes are at their highest level, Praise can no longer be injected and will instead be converted to Yen.

Solar Energy

Solar Energy

Solar Energy.

Amaterasu's state of health. She can increase her potential amount of Solar Energy based on the amount of Praise she has received, or by finding Sun Fragments. After being injured, she will slowly heal by herself; this can be accelerated by consuming Holy Bones or by using the Wood Mat or walking into certain springs. If she completely runs out of Solar Energy, she will die, although a full Astral Pouch can bring her back to life.

Astral Pouch

Astral Pouch

Astral Pouch.

Amaterasu's relative immortality. Each Astral Pouch, if full, can automatically return Amaterasu to life with her full complement of Solar Energy. She can obtain additional pouches if she has received sufficient Praise. Pouches can be gradually filled up by Amaterasu eating food, or instantly and completely filled by using a Golden Peach. However, unlike the Astral Pouch itself, the Golden Peach does not automatically activate and must be specifically selected and used from her inventory to refill the pouch. Otherwise, she can easily die with an empty Astral Pouch even if she has multiple Golden Peaches in her possession. 4 is the maximum number of Astral Pouches available.

Ink Pots

Ink Pot

Ink Pot.

Amaterasu's overall strength for using Celestial Brush techniques. Each technique uses a certain amount of ink; if she completely runs out of ink, not only does she lose her ability to use the Celestial Brush, but her normal weapon use is also compromised. She can increase her potential number of Ink Pots with sufficient Praise. A Golden Ink Pot speeds up her rate of ink regeneration. An Inkfinity Stone makes it impossible for her to run out of ink while its effects last.


Money Pouch

Money Pouch.

Amaterasu's available money to pay for items or learning Dojo Techniques. While the yen themselves are gradually accumulated from various sources, her money pouch has a limited capacity; once it is filled, any additional yen simply disappear. She can increase the capacity of the money pouch with sufficient Praise, up to ten digits in money stored.


Amaterasu's defensive strength. Allows her to absorb a certain number of attacks without suffering real damage. It is gained or lost by her powers in battle and skill in avoiding accidents.


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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Main article: Amaterasu

Amaterasu is one of the playable characters of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, alongside many other characters of Capcom's roster of fighters. She is one of the most versatile fighters in the game; with her playstyle in any situation: rushdown, keepaway, runaway, beatdown; she also has one of the best assists in the game. Much of the game's keepaway doesn't work on her, because she can simply crouch underneath any threat. Players looking for a jack of all trades, or a master of all trades character will be at home with Amaterasu, so long as they can handle having a very low amount of health (800,000 HP). When used as a rushdown character, Amaterasu can use her high speed and small hit-box to close with the opponent and unleash fast combos. She also works well at range with her Devout Beads, as they give her long reach, quick, low-damage combinations, and lock the opponent into a standstill, allowing one to chain into a with other attacks. Using her Tundra Beads also provides some lockdown and anti-air game.



Concept art

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3



  • Amaterasu is based on the Shinto goddess of the same name.
  • Amaterasu is the only character to have a 100-year-old form that comes to the present for combat purposes, and is the only past form to time travel at all (the only known past form to possess better fighting skills than the present character, as well).
  • Early concepts for Amaterasu included her transforming into a dolphin when swimming, and a falcon when jumping off of high places, but were both scrapped before completion.
  • Amaterasu (with Issun, who speaks for her) also appears in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds as well as the remake Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. She has a respectful rivalry with Thor, who is also the physical incarnation of a deity, in this case the Norse God of Thunder. Her ending depicts her venturing through Savage Land alongside Marvel characters Ka-Zar, Shanna and their pet Smilodon, Zabu.
  • Amaterasu can understand human speech, this is shown when she growls at Mr. Orange when he insults her without knowing that she can understand him and when Susano mentioned that a cave was a good place to hide, Amaterasu made a sound that roughly translated to "Huh?!", he corrected himself when he noticed this.
  • In Ōkamiden, Amaterasu has a son Chibiterasu who is also a white wolf and has the same crimson markings as her, but weaker in strength (as he's not at his full potential).
  • In the first battle with Yami, one may notice that Amaterasu gains back all the Brush Techniques except her own.
  • The Hyper Combo Veil of Mist in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is mistakenly labelled as Vale of Mist
  • In the game Amaterasu is supposed to be genderless, like all of the other gods including Shiranui. But most people refer to Amaterasu as female, because she is based upon the Japanese goddess of the sun. Instances of the game where Amaterasu is considered female:
    • Several of the Celestial Brush gods refer to Amaterasu as "mother of us all" or similar locutions.
    • Waka addresses Amaterasu with the explicitly feminine French terms "ma chérie" (my dear) and "mon amie" (my friend). (The masculine/neutral equivalents would be mon chéri and mon ami.)
    • Yatsu, the ghost that guards the entrance of the Gale Shrine, sees Amaterasu's inner being as a "beautiful maiden".
    • After Rao abandons Amaterasu and Issun from the Water Dragon chase, Issun has some choice words with Rao. Rao states that Amaterasu is a slow swimmer and Issun quickly says that "Ammy gets kinda sensitive about her flaws."
    • Ōkamiden's scrolls explicitly refers to Amaterasu as female.
  • If Amaterasu runs out of ink during combat she will use an alternate fighting style comprised of bites, charges, and kicks.
  • Two grey wolf subspecies or endemic canidae species: the Honshū wolf (「日本狼」?; Nihon Ōkami) and the Hokkaidō wolf (「蝦夷狼」?; Ezo Ōkami) became extinct in 1905 and 1889 respectively, thus nowadays there are no native or wild wolves in Japan (with many reports of unofficial sightings in recent years[2]). There are opinions claiming that there had or have been more of unconfirmed subspecies of Japanese wolves with interdigital webbings on each leg (referred as the O'ho'kami), and unknown type of wild, endemic, non-wolf canine animals with lateral stripes on body exist. This unknown wild canidae is called the 山犬? (Yamainu; mountain dog). Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold might have kept a specimen along with a "wolf". However, nominal of Yamainu and Ōkami had been confounded for very long period and majority of publics and researchers once had considered these two nominal the same, like that of mujina and tanuki (there have been claims that this mujina is also a different animal from known raccoon dogs).
  • In Kamui near Wali's house, in the snowy section between the frozen streams, there is a large pile of snow. Power Slash it three times and a statue of Amaterasu will appear, similar to the statue in Kamiki Village at the beginning of the game, except larger and made entirely of snow.
  • She makes a cameo during the prologue of episode 11 of Asura's Wrath.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mielke, James (17 August 2006). "The Wolf Whisperer". 1UP. Retrieved 22 April 2008. 
  2. 1996年10月秩父山中で撮影された犬科動物 by HIROSHI YAGI of ニホンオオカミを探す会. retrieved on 31 May 2014