Zaruba (ザルバ, Zaruba) is a Madō Ring (魔導輪, Madōrinin) the Original Series, Ryūga-verse, and Anime Series.


A sentient magical ring with attitude, he's the partner and confidant to Makai Knight Taiga Saejima. Acting as his adviser, Horror detector, darkness tracker, and friend, Zaruba served within the Saejima Clan for at least three generations. After Taiga's death, he was transferred to Taiga's son, Kouga Saejima, and later to his grandson Raiga Saejima. A blunt and direct type, Zaruba has a smart mouth, often has a dark sense of humor and mock others for their bad decisions. He always likes the point out the unpleasant side of things as a reminder of their duty as protectors and rubs it in when he's right.



Zaruba was once a Makai Beast of the same name who is intrigued by humanity and sought to understand them. For that, he traveled to Human Realm leading to a fateful encounter with a Makai Knight who momentarily considered to cut him down only to change his mind upon noticing the Makai Beast wasn't driven by Inga like Horrors. After being acquainted with one another, Zaruba chose to join Makai Order and subsequently assigned to guide bearers of Garo title and armor. As the proof of his allegiance to the Order, he had his consciousness along with some of his powers transferred into a Madō Ring themed after his visage designed by either Amon or an associate/predecessor of his considering the former being no stranger to his new form's inner workings thus able to fix it if ever damaged. [1][2]


By this point in time, Zaruba belonged to Taiga Saejima. After Taiga was killed, Kouga wore his father's ring. Amon continued his duty as Zaruba's technician and Kouga's support until his death at hands of either Barago or Kodama.

During Garo's final fight against Kiba, Kouga could not summon his armor due to a magic seal placed by Kiba. Zaruba told Kouga to throw him into the dimensional rip in an attempt to bring his armor. After a long exaggerated battle with Kiba, Kouga tried to summon Garo again and this time Kouga's armor was brought out by cherubs to help him gear up, signfying that this was a different, more powerful summon of the armor. The armor was slightly different this time, and included a cape unlike previous transformations. Zaruba apparently used all of his energy to merge the power of all the past Garo knights into the armor temporarily and bring it to Kouga, and after his victory, he was too weak and disintegrated. Before parting ways, Rei gave Kouga a re-forged Zaruba as a token of appreciation from the new East Watchdog, but he did not have any of his previous memories and didn't like his name.

Zaruba would return as Kouga's Madou Ring in Garo Special: Beast of the Midnight Sun. He didn't display any of his additional capabilities besides detecting Horrors. Zaruba seemed to dislike "old man" Goruba. Legules tried to convert him into the Legules family, but he resisted. Zaruba is seen with Kouga in happier times as they are with Kaoru.

GARO: Makai Flash Knight[]

GARO: Lament of the Dark Dragon[]

During Kouga's journey to The Promised Land, Zaruba fell off Kouga's hand when he entered the portal to the Forest of Chaos. Due to a time displacement and the effect of The Promised Land on objects, Zaruba became the Guardian of Wisdom and remained in the Temple of Wisdom for centuries. When Kouga arrived to consult the Guardian of Wisdom, he was surprised to see his friend, but Zaruba had no memory of Kouga. He then fought Kouga as a humanoid version of himself and nearly killed him until some of Kouga's blood stained his forehead, this apparently triggered his memories of his time with him and Zaruba shielded Kouga from an oncoming boulder before reverting back to a Madou Ring. During their attempt to retrieve the Garoken, Taiga's spirit appeared and Zaruba said while he had lost his memories of his time with his former owner, he felt nostalgic seeing him again.

GARO: The Makai Flower[]

After Kouga passed down the title of Garo to his son Raiga, Zaruba became his guide and aided him in locating Horrors.


The full strength of Zaruba is unknown; throughout the series, he's able to help dispel confusion, detect various spiritual energies, summon the Garoken, speak for the dead, temporary flight, breathes Madou Fire (in the Crimson Forest and Ilgishin's horror film dimension), detect Horrors, create parts of himself into a ring to help locate and detect Horrors, see through illusions, telepathically converse with others, act as a temporary storage for miniature items, and gauge power of items. His aid is not limited to Makai Knights, as Kaoru once used Zaruba to guide her through the Crimson Forest back to the human world.

As a training partner, Zaruba can put a Makai Knight trainee into realistic illusions as the simulation for the trainee in question to train with; when assisting the young Kouga in mastering basics of becoming a Makai Knight, he has the boy facing several cherub-like constructs that bear his face all at once. When Kouga got knocked by one of the constructs, he also fell in the real world, showing that his body reacts as though said illusion was real. Zaruba also subjects Kouga with his illusive power while forming a pact between them to show the extent of horrifying things he would possibly face as a Makai Knight.

In Moonbow Traveler, Zaruba, through unknown means, can create replicas of himself to aid his active previous heirs. Not only these replicas share similar attributes as the original, but also linked through one another judging from their ability to finish each other's sentences. The difference is the replicas flicker in and out of existence as if they are illusions. At least 2 Zaruba replicas exist; one in the hands of Taiga who temporarily regained his physical form before it presumably faded once he no longer needed it and another kept by Kouga to help him in both finding Kaoru Mitsuki who got sucked sucked into one of Legendary Horror Eyrith's vortexes and subsequently mending space-time cracks the same Horror left behind.






Zaruba Appearances



  • Zaruba's name is old Makai word for "friend", playing with his role as the most trusted ally of the user of the Garo armor.