Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island online features detailed

Update (January 8, 2024)

Spike Chunsoft has released an English-language version of the press release detailing online features and new characters in Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil IslandYou can find the new English language press release below, followed by our coverage of the Japanese press release from last month.

Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island is set to release as a Nintendo Switch exclusive in Japan on January 25, 2024, followed by a western release on February 27, 2024.

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Spike Chunsoft, Inc. today released details about online features Rescue, and Parallel Play, as well as character descriptions for its upcoming Nintendo Switch Roguelike RPG Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island. 

Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island for Nintendo Switch comes to North America and Europe on February 27, 2024.

New Rescue Options: Aid and Rescue Self

The game's Rescue feature allows players to save other players who have collapsed in a dungeon, or to be rescued by others when they themselves have collapsed. If the rescue is successful, the fallen player can resume play without losing any belongings or Gitan (money). On a single dungeon challenge, players can issue up to three rescue requests. Additionally, the room where the rescued player is found will be turned into a monster house, where a number of monsters will appear.*

In a rescue, the rescuer cannot bring back Gitan or items they find along the way, but they can earn Aid Points at the end of a rescue. Aid Points can be used to set up Rescue Aids which can be advantageous when performing a rescue. For example, a Level 10 Aid allows the rescuer to start at level 10. With a Health Aid, the rescuer starts with HP and Fullness increased by 30.

If a rescuer succeeds, they will be rewarded with bonus Aid Points. In the event of a failed rescue, a rescuer will still earn Aid Points as determined by the items and Gitan they acquired during the attempt, as well as the floor reached.

If there is no Internet connection available, players can use Rescue Self. You will not earn Aid Points when using Rescue Self, but it is recommended if you think you can resolve the situation on your own, or are playing offline.

Share Data with Other Players Using Parallel Play

Parallel Play is a feature that allows players to upload saved data (parallel data) created at any point during a dungeon adventure to the server, enabling other players to continue the challenge.

By uploading the created parallel data to the server and sharing the issued Parallel ID, other players can challenge the dungeon under the same circumstances and conditions, providing a fairer way to compete. In addition, since parallel data can be created and shared even in the middle of Parallel Play, multiple players can enjoy a relay-style dungeon adventure.

Please note that even if you clear a dungeon in Parallel Play, you cannot bring back the items and Gitan obtained.*

*There are dungeons where rescue requests cannot be issued. For more details about Rescue and Parallel Play features, visit the official Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island site at:

Characters and Monsters


Leader of the Recluse Monks that reside on Serpentcoil Island. He claims that the island will be destroyed if Jakaku, a monster said to dwell deep within the island, is defeated. He is hostile towards those who come seeking the rumored treasure.

Death Reaper

A creepy-looking monster with a huge scythe. It moves at double speed and is challenging to shake off since it floats through the air and over water. Because it is a Ghost-type monster, players can damage it by throwing Herbs and other items that restore HP at it.

Ghost Radish

A monster that throws Grass causing status ailments. Level 1 Ghost Radishes throw Poison Grass, which lowers Shiren's strength and slows him down, while higher-level versions throw Grass such as Confusion Grass and Sedating Grass.

Hat Urchin

A mischievous monster that takes Shiren's belongings and throws them around. The Hat Urchin targets only Shiren's Stave, but the level 2 Hat Prankster targets both Staves and Grass. As the level increases, the types of items targeted become more varied.

Original (December 18, 2023)

Spike Chunsoft has updated the Japanese official website for Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island with new details about the online features. In the series' latest sixth mainline entry, players will be able to upload dungeon IDs to request a rescue mission or trigger a Parallel Play mode.

Concurrently, Spike Chunsoft has also released an English-narrated trailer that also details many components of the game, including rescue missions, parallel play, the previously-detailed monster dojo, and more/

When your character gets knocked out by running out of HP, you will be given up to 3 chances to request a Rescue Mission and be revived without having to start over and lose all items. Other players from all around the world will be able to input the Rescue ID or view the Rescue Board to access the mission. However, you don't have to rely on online rescuers all the time, as the game will also have a Self-Rescue feature where you can attempt a rescue mission on your own.

The rescuer will enter the exact same dungeon, but the room where the original player gets incapacitated will be turned into a Monster House where a lot of enemies roam inside. After killing all enemy monsters in the room, they can revive the original player and the mission ends right there. Any items and money the rescuer obtains during the mission will be converted to bonus points that can be spent to unlock equipable advantages that will apply to future Rescue Missions, such as starting with a higher character level, HP, or stomach fullness.

Shiren the Wanderer 6 - Rescue system

The company also revealed more details about the previously teased Parallel Play mode. A player can generate a Parallel ID at any point inside a dungeon floor. This will completely replicate the current playthrough's data, from dungeon structure and enemy placements to the player's position and equipment. The other player who inputs the ID will start the stage at the exact same moment it was made.

Spike Chunsoft mentioned several possible use cases for Parallel Play, such as challenging other players to solve a difficult dungeon or enter a time-attack competition, or planning a relay playthrough with other fellow streamers. However, this mode seems to be only intended for fun as items and money obtained in this playthrough will not be retained nor converted to bonus points. And unlike the global rescue missions, Parallel dungeon IDs can only work on clients with the same language setting.

Shiren the Wanderer 6 - Parallel play

Finally, Spike Chunsoft also shared more artwork of enemies that you will encounter in the game, which you can find right below. Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island will be available on Nintendo Switch in Japan and East Asia on January 25, and in North America and Europe on February 27.

Shiren the Wanderer 6 - Enemy artworks