During the Crusades, the nation of Japan was destroyed by the Gears. Following this, those of Japanese descent who still lived were declared cultural treasures and placed in special colonies. When Baiken was a child, the Gears attacked the Japanese Institute she was living in at the time. During the invasion, she witnessed the bloody death of her parents and other people, her right arm was severed and her left eye gouged out. Amidst the flames, she could only see the silhouette of That Man, and swore revenge on him (and presumably the Gears as well) for what they had done. She trained herself in the use of the katana, and dedicated herself to hunting That Man down. 

Baiken was a hidden boss and secret character in the first Guilty Gear. Presumably, she entered the tournament seeking revenge on the Gears, specifically Justice. In Guilty Gear X, Baiken is still seeking her revenge, hunting down "monsters," including Gears such as Sol Badguy and others she considers to be demons, including Potemkin and Faust. Her first ending has her nearly killing Testament and Dizzy, but then letting them go; her stated reason being that she can't find That Man. Her other ending has her accompanying Johnny for a drink.

Baiken's design was heavily inspired by Himura Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin. Character designer Daisuke Ishiwatari stated that he got the idea when he saw a picture of Kenshin and mistook him for a woman. The name "Baiken" is likely named after Baiken Shishido, an Edo period samurai.
baiken-x2-reload-artwork.jpg (144591 bytes)                                                   

Guilty Gear



Guilty Gear X, Guilty Gear XX, Guilty Gear X Advance, Guilty Gear X2 #Reload, Guilty Gear XX Slash, Guilty Gear Judgment, Guilty Gear: Isuka, Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core, Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, Samurai Shodown (2019)


Page Updated:  Jan. 25th, 2022

Every great weapon-based fighting game series needs a proper samurai character. In my opinion, it helps if said samurai character has a "serious" vibe about them and actually behaves and fights like a samurai. In Baiken's case, she fits the role pretty nicely. Her earliest design was cool and to-the-point, but she was fleshed out beautifully in the sequels. It's also pretty cool that she's missing an arm... but clearly has no trouble making sashimi of her opponents.

I think Baiken's visual appearance is awesome. Baiken is badass. Her moveset and overall fighting style has its weird moments, but is also very original. In my opinion, her bright-ass pink hair was always a bit much, and gives her a more "anime" appeal... (I personality was never a huge fan of pink-haired anime girls - since there are 100s of them, but that's just me.) On the bright side, at least Baiken has a ton of different color options (natural colored hair ftw). ;) I'd say Baiken is one of the coolest and most likeable designs of the Guilty Gear series. Her Xrd incarnation / updated moveset is superb. She's also perfect as a Samurai Shodown guest character!

Fighting  Style  /  Moveset
Personality  /  Charisma
Outfit(s)  /  Appearance
Effectiveness  in  series
Overall Score

Click Here for more Baiken artwork!