This is a list of all of the Stars of Destiny (recruitable characters) in Suikoden Tierkreis. It details where they are found and how to get them.
This list is prepared in a chronological order, and hence necessitates a certain amount of spoilers. To be safe and avoid reading too far ahead, please use the auto-joining characters as markers to compare where you are in the story with this list.
If you managed to get any specific character earlier, please post here and share with us the exact story event preceding your recruitment, so we can update the list accordingly.
Hero - Joins automatically at the beginning of the story. You get to name him.
Jale, Marica - Joins automatically during the opening sequence in Citro Village
Hotupa, Moana - Joins automatically after the event when you first arrive at the Fortress Ruins. Officially joins at Fortress Ruins later
Erin - Joins automatically in Grayridge Inn, before going to Cynas. Officially joins at Fortress Ruins later
Logan - Joins automatically in Grayridge Inn, after returning from Cynas. Officially joins at Fortress Ruins later
Liu - Joins automatically with Citro Village reinforcement at Fortress Ruins
Anya - After the first meeting with Atrie, talk to her in Grayridge mine
Selen - Defeat her in the duel she initiates against Jale when she appears at the HQ. You get one chance per every Flower season. You may need to enter your HQ at least once per season leading up to the Flower season. Just enter it from the world map and exit, nothing else is required.
Wahie - Joins automatically during an event sequence in the Corridor
Zahra, Eunice - Joins automatically when following through with the leader quest, "First Empress Consort Shairah".
Sisuca - After recruiting Zahra and Eunice, and once you have recruited a minimum total of 10 characters, an event will be triggered as you leave the HQ. Talk to her at the Elder's House in Citro Village, and once more in the Tavern at your HQ
Tongatihi - Move between the screens in the "Corridor" and speak to him. Complete both his party quests; "Window Information" and "Windows Beyond the Gateway". Talk to him in the Corridor again
Gadburg - After starting the mission to meet with the Porpos-kin, stand over the HQ on the world map. If you use the Gateway to teleport to Grayridge mine, return to the HQ via the world map to grab him.
Muro - After clearing Gineh Valley for the first time, complete the party quest, "Demon Hunting in Gineh". Agree to let him join you
Luvais - You may have run into him in Grayridge earlier. If not, go look for him there first. Return to HQ after Ch'olui Mountains becomes an available location on the world map and follow through the event triggered
Nimni, Nemne - Joins automatically upon returning to the HQ after completing the events in Naineneis
Wustum - First, trigger the stew tasting event in Tehah inn. Do not have Asad in your party and accept the party quest, "Find the Chef", and talk to Asad. Return to Tehah inn and talk to the innkeeper again. Go to Ch'olui Mountains and complete his solo battle. MISSABLE: Must be done before the desert appears
Semias - Trigger the event with him in Grayridge mine. Then talk to him in Naineneis inn after allying with the Porpos-kin, and once more in the tavern area of your HQ
Chrodechild, Meruvis, Roberto, Asad - Joins automatically after the lake appears
Manaril, Mubal - Joins automatically after taking Manaril to meet Mubal in the Chronicle Room
Zenoa - Joins automatically in a scene that is triggered when you re-enter the HQ from the world map after the lake appears
Nomno - Once the lake appears, he will be asleep in the dining area of your HQ. Talk to Nomno, then Nemne, and then trigger a scene with Wustum
Geschutz, Minen, Buchse - Complete Geshutz' two leader quests. The first, "Arcane Academy Tour", should open up some time after helping out Rizwan at the Arcane Academy and reporting to Shams. Rejecting their proposal here is OK. And, after the lake appears, complete "Special Proposal". The trio may be missable, as the deadline to complete their quests may be much earlier than the "point of no-return". Which would result in you missing Khemia and Tsaubern, and possibly Yomi and Chihaya as well. So, please complete these quests asap.
Khemia - Take Geschutz or Minen to the square in Citro Village and talk to him.
Icas, Morrin, Yovel - Complete Morrin's three quests; "Find Somebody", "Find Icas" and "Bring Icas to Me". Note that you need to send an all-female party for the party quest, "Find Icas".
Sotah - Ask to see the information in Tehah residence a few times until the option comes up
Nhazu - Talk to him in Tehah square. Explore what used to be the top of Ch'olui Mountains for Hero's comments. Speak to him for a second time to trigger an event. Then complete the leader quest, "Search for Nhazu!"
Dogha - Recruit Nhazu, and this guy will be standing out at the eastern exit of the HQ. Talk to him
Sphiel - After Dogha is recruited, accept the leader quest, "Get Rid of the Snow Fairy". Do not bring Dogha and meet her near Dogha's hut on Ch'olui Mountains, and lose the battle. Talk to Dogha at HQ, and return to tell her that you are full
Maybelle - After Hero commented about the lost western half of Ch'olui Mountains, exit the mountains and return to the monument-like structure in that same screen. An event will be triggered with Maybelle. Accept her leader quest, "Find My Fated Lover <3", and go to the your room without a female party member. Attempt to leave the HQ with a female character in your party, and choose not to ignore her. After the event, reenter your room
Yadima - Talk him at the lone house in Citro Plains, and later by the fields at the HQ. Complete his party quest, "Plowin' the Field"
Hafin - After you begin your journey to the west, take Asad to Mislato River. An event will trigger. May be season-dependent MISSABLE: Must be done before the desert appears
Neira - Joins automatically after the events in Cragbark
Numnu - Trigger the event with him at Naineneis entrance. Complete the leader quest, "Porpos Abducted"
Dromon, Felecca, Xebec - After recruiting Numnu, return to the deepest part of the Coastal Cave. Defeat these pirates
Rekareka, Tuhululu - Talk to them in Naineneis trading post. Complete their quests; "Make My Son a Man" and "I Need Laggart Pelts"
Balsam, Yod - First, talk to these two in Grayridge mine. After the lake appeared, visit the rooftop for a comment from the Hero. Talk to these two again and follow through with their events. Grab the "pump" from Naineneis trading post when prompted. Waste 10 days, and talk to them in order to activate the HQ lift
Gorno - Once Balsam is recruited, take Muro with you and enter Grayridge mine. You will get access to a new lowest level. Go through the straightforward dungeon until you enter Mount Svatgol. Go further in towards a lone "room" to trigger the event with Gorno. Beware the slightly higher level enemies around here. (Alternatively, you can do this when Mount Svatgol becomes an open location on the world map. Bring Muro or possibly other male Auster Folk tribesmen and take two left turns from the southern entrance to reach his spot)
Nuzhat - Visit the HQ cellar once the lift becomes available. Take Mubal to the house in Salsabil and talk to her
Nakil - Put Asad in your party and trigger an event in the HQ (possibly during Bud season). Asad leaves for some time, so exit and re-enter the HQ a few times to get them back MISSABLE: Must be done before the desert appears
Diulf, Servillah, Lycia - Joins automatically after joining the defense of Cragbark
Chein - After defending Cragbark, take Lycia. From Cragbark's direction, enter the Marsinah Plains. Explore the area directly north of Cragbark to run into her. Follow through the event, which will take you to the King's House
Autar - After defending Cragbark, talk to him in Cragbark town square. Complete his party quest, "Gather Animals!", by sending characters with no less than 80+ in their Speed and Luck stats. Then talk to him again at Cragbark square
Fredegund, Guntram - Joins automatically after the duel in Pharamond
Ouragan - You must have first met him as part of Icas' recruitment. You will run into him a few more times at the following locations (in order): HQ, Naineneis, HQ, Cragbark general store and finally HQ. You can start his events earlier, but the last encounter will only take place after the events in Pharamond
Luo-Tao, Len-Lien - Joins automatically after events in Woodland Village
Yula - After defending Pharamond, take Chrodechild and go to Pharamond castle. Yula will show up in the first screen. Talk to her, and win the duel.
Amaralicht, Quillard - After defending Pharamond, take Chrodechild and Fredegund to Pharamond castle. Speak to them, go through the Wilds of Veile, and win the fight at the end.
Bosche, Lathilda - After defending Pharamond, speak to Guntram in Pharamond castle. Remove any Scribes from your party, and instead take either Chrodechild, Fredegund or Guntram to Noslaw Woods. Enter from Naineneis side. Continue walking until you meet up with Bosche, then walk further in as told for another event
Mourgent - After defending Pharamond, make sure you do not have Chrodechild, Fredegund or Yula in your party. Enter the Night's Veil residence in the HQ for an event mentioning Mourgent. Still without any of those people in your army, speak to Moana and complete the leader quest, "Request from Gadburg". Losing the duel is OK
Rajim - Joins automatically during the events after defending Pharamond
Savina - First, recruit Icas. Then speak to him in the HQ, until he reminds the Hero of the encounter with Darrow and Savina back in Cynas early in the game. After the plot made you go and ask Zenoa the three questions, go to Pharamond inn and agree to help out Savina
Lubberkin - After the plot made you go and ask Zenoa the three questions, complete the party quest, "The Other Marica's World". Upon reporting to Moana, an event will be triggered. Take Logan with you, and talk to Lubberkin in Grayridge alley.
Hina - Recruit the Dromon Pirates, then speak to Xebec in the HQ until he mentions his old days studying in the academy in Lonomakua. After the plot made you go and ask Zenoa the three questions, complete the party quest, "Letter from Lonomakua". Upon reporting to Moana, an event will be triggered, so agree to let her join you
Megion, Nictis, Eusmel - After defending Cragbark, explore the western part of what used to be the top of Ch'olui Mountains to discover a rope connecting to an enclosed portion of Marsinah Plains and walk towards the Mysterious Ruins there to trigger an event with a dark-furred Roar. After the plot made you go and ask Zenoa the three questions, complete the party quest, "The Return of Megion". Win the battle
Namna - After Neira officially joins you, make sure to take your time to visit the Porpos-kin's room on the HQ third floor and speak to him during either Sprout or Bud seasons after completion of story missions. After recovering three of the stolen Chronicles, visit the room again during Bud season and speak to him. Ask him to stay when given the option (Alternatively, you can wait until later events and he would readily give you the option. He may reject your offer for the first few tries, so keep returning every Bud season to trigger the event where Ninunelda forces him to join you)
Shams - Joins automatically when visiting Salsabil after the desert appears.
Taj - Upon returning to HQ after the sequence of events that led to Shams' recruitment, go to the Magedom of Janam room on the HQ third floor and talk to him.
Tsaubern - After triggering the mission to search for the desert Chronicle return to Salsabil to run into him. Complete the leader quest, "The Promised Visit", and let him touch the Chronicle
Ramin - After triggering the mission to search for the desert Chronicle, view his event in Salsabil port. Complete the leader quest, "Discordant Countermeasures", involving a visit to Naineneis main street. Then go to Cragbark square to trigger another event. Win the event battle
Diadora - Joins automatically upon returning from the search for the desert Chronicle and taking Liu to the infirmary
Nofret - After recovering the Chronicle of Endless Travels, remove Shams and Manaril from your party and go to the newly opened room on the second lowest floor in Janam arcane academy cellar and view the event there. Next, bring the royals along as requested, and talk to them again. Send your strongest physical attackers to complete Nofret's "Help Them Dig" party quest. Return with the royals and talk to them once more.
Misrach - You will first run into him during Kureyah's leader quest earlier. After recovering the Chronicle of Endless Travels, go to Masrur and Furat's place in Salsabil. Talk to him.
Nova - Joins automatically once you begin the preparation for the siege of Fort Arc
Gilliam - After the appearance of sands at Fort Arc, talk to him in Grayridge. Successfully complete the party quest, "Defend Grayridge", by sending characters with +110 in Strength stats. Talk to him again.
Vaslof, Resno - Joins automatically once you agree to visit Lugenik
Ordovic - Joins automatically after you witnessed the Ancestor's Judgment
Kashgar - Joins automatically after gaining the support from the Auster Folk
Indrik, Diiwica - Joins automatically after you show them the Chronicle of Noble Steel
Yomi, Chihaya - Recruit Tsaubern and complete his leader quest, "One More Mission". Then after the siege of Fort Arc, trigger the dance performance event in Ligenik. Next, take Tsaubern with you there and talk to them. After securing Fort Arc, find them outside of Grayridge chapter hall
Darrow - After securing Fort Arc, take Savina and explore Fort Arc to find him. Entering the main street from the north direction, the first pair of sideway path should take you directly to where he is
Sophia - Joins automatically before heading to Rarohenga
Keflen, Belemuel - After triggering the mission to search for the desert Chronicle, visit the Mysterious Ruins at the desert to meet Keflen. Explore the ruins with him, and when prompted, return to HQ. After securing the Chronicle of Boundless Amber, talk to him in the HQ. Go to the desert ruins and return to the spot that you explored earlier
Tigre - Must have recruit Chein. After recovering the Chronicle of Furious Roar, take Diulf to talk to him in Cragbark town square
Mun Tsang - Upon returning from Woodland Village, do not take Liu and meet her in Gineh Valley. After retrieving three of the stolen Chronicles, complete the Scribes' quest "I Want to See the Elder". After After recovering the Chronicle of Furious Roar, bring Liu to pick her up at the north gate of Fort Arc
Hao-Shi - After gaining the Scribes' support, bring Liu and talk to him in Woodland Village. After the desert appears, do it again. And, one final talk with him after Rarohenga appears. (Alternatively you can wait and do all the talks at this point, so simply keep talking until you complete all three). Then complete the leader quest, "Clean Up the Woodlands", that the Porpos Granny puts up. Win all three battles
Zayin - After Rarohenga appears, take Balsam and Yod with you, and explore the Mysterious Ruins in Rarohenga
Kow-Low, Rufa - After gaining the Scribes' support, talk to the leftmost male Scribe in the Woodland Village path. After the battle at Rarohenga crater, complete the leader quest, "Find Somebody in Rarohenga", put up by a Scribe. Go to Rarohenga mysterious ruins and complete the quest
Enumclaw - When it becomes available, complete the leader quest, "Get Rid of Citro Monster". After triggering the mission to search for the desert Chronicle, complete the leader quest, "Get Rid of Mislato Monster". After the battle at Rarogenga crater, complete his final leader quest, "Get Rid of Woodland Monster"
- While this guide is aimed at enabling you to recruit the characters as soon as possible, you may experience slight difference if you decide to recruit them much later: Namna, Gilliam, Wustum, Gorno, etc. May need to have a separate slow-recruitment replay...
- The formal point-of-no-return for recruitment is when you agree to lead the Company attack the Order's capital. Nearly all optional characters have this as a baseline prerequisite, but there are those with earlier deadlines: Wustum, Nakil, Hafin, Geschutz and friends, etc. May need to have a separate slow-recruitment replay...
- The general rule of thumb is that if you can't get a Quest to show up for any specific character, try to talk to them or people who may have connection to them first. This is applicable to the likes of: Yadima, Autar, Hina, etc.