|Voice actor(s)||Miki Nagasawa|
|Voice actor(s)||Kari Wahlgren*|
|Special Arts||Sword Arts|
An officer in the German army and descendant of a long line of Bavarian nobility from Munich, Karin first encounters Yuri at the church in Domremy, when he saves her from an errant grenade. After accompanying Nicolai to obtain the Mistletoe and watching the ensuing events, Karin joins Yuri's side. She uses swords, especially rapiers, in battle and obtains Sword Art power-ups through the score of the Wagner opera Der Ring der Nibelungen. Karin doesn't really have a weakness or strength.
Fiercely independent and well-mannered, she harbors a crush and later deep love for Yuri, and sticks by him in any situation.
Karin wears a dark brown shirt with no sleeves held up by a black marble necklace circlet decorated with small silver sleeves. On her left arm is a dark brown glove starting at the middle in between her shoulder and elbow, and on her right arm is a gold bracelet in between her shoulder and elbow, and on both hands are large black and bronze bracelets. Her shirt hem also has a black belt hem attached shaped like a V. She has an orange and black skirt which goes up to the middle of her thighs, and on her legs are high heel black boots which can be tied by many strings by the side decorated with orange ribbons at the top which are two inches down from her skirt. She also has a steel sword hanging on a scabbard on her skirt.
As proficient at using magic as well as her swords, Karin is a balanced fighter, but leans more towards physical attacks.
A very versatile character, she can have up to four strike areas on the Judgement Ring and deal fairly moderate damage as either an attacker or mage, or provide assistance as a support character.
Karin uses fire-enhanced sword techniques learnt from reading Nibelung Manuscripts.
She gains more skills as finds the Nibelung acts, and in addition, the more she finds, the more powerful her existing skills become.
"Here I go!" (Crest Magic Attack)
"Give me power!" (Arc Crest)
"You're finished!" (Geuschbenst Level 1+2)
"Now, die!" (Geuschbenst Level 3)
"I summon you... Phoenix!" (Sonnenstark)
"Don't mess my clothes up." (victory)
"Don't underestimate me because I'm a woman."(victory)
"I can still fight." (victory)
"Keep your eyes where they belong." (victory)
"Maybe you just wanted to hold hands with the old man?" (before entering Yuri's heart to face Amon)
This article contains additional images to further illustrate its subject. To view them, go to Karin Koenig's Gallery.
Appearances outside Shadow HeartsEdit
Karin has also appeared in Chaos Wars as one on the many cross-over characters from the Shadow Hearts series.
Her ultimate skill is "Sonnestark", the same as in Shadow Hearts: Covenant.
She also wields her Durandal weapon.
- There is an engraving on the gold plate of Karin's necklace which reads "Ducunt Volentem Fata Nolentem Trahunt", which roughly translates into "Fate leads the willing soul, but drags along the unwilling one."
- Karin's Sword Arts did not translate well. The most likely intended titles are as follows: Feuerwerk (fireworks), Brennvögel (literally, "burn bird," possibly a Phoenix reference), Gespenst (ghost), and Sonnenstark (as strong as the sun).