Please note: This article is about the Crab spell. For other uses of the term, please see Binding (disambiguation).

The Binding spell came in two versions, major and minor binding.

Minor Binding Edit

The minor binding was a Mastery 1 (Craft) Earth [1] spell capable of immobilizing any creature with the Shadowlands Taint, but nothing the size of oni or with the power of maho-tsukai. The spell was very complex and required much preparation, including learning the true name of the creature the shugenja wished to bind as well as writing that name on enchanted manacles and placing the manacles on the creature. [2]

Major Binding Edit

The major binding was more powerful, a Mastery 5 (Jade, Ward) spell, [3] and its application was almost identical to the minor binding. Major binding, however, was capable of binding oni or maho-tsukai. [2]


  1. Legend of the Five Rings; Fourth Edition, p. 174
  2. 2.0 2.1 Way of the Crab, p. 105
  3. Legend of the Five Rings; Fourth Edition, p. 179

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