Taro Persimmon Usage
- Giving the Taro Persimmon to the Divine Child of Rejuvenation after she becomes sick and specifically asks for a Persimmon triggers unique dialogue and progresses her questline. (It is also confirmed to consume the Taro Persimmon.)
- One may give the Child either a normal Persimmon or the Taro Persimmon in order to continue her unique questline, which culminates in unlocking the Return (Dragon's Homecoming) ending. (Refer to the Divine Child of Rejuvenation or Ending guide pages for specifics.)
How to Find the Taro Persimmon
- Use the Divine Abduction Prosthetic Tool on Kotaro after giving him the White Pinwheel, then find and speak with him again in the Halls of Illusion. (Note: this is the only known way of getting this particular item. Doing anything else with Kotaro will result in him NEVER giving you this item.)
Taro Persimmon Notes & Tips
- You will need at least one Persimmon, or the Taro Persimmon, in order to finish the Divine Child of Rejuvenation questline. If she becomes sick again after you have given her one or the other, simply give her another Persimmon to progress the quest, as it sometimes loops if you do things out of order or incorrectly. (Because both items are relatively "rare" however, take care to only use them for progressing the Divine Child's questline.)
- Diospyros - particularly Diospyros kaki - is the national fruit of Japan. Diospyros is found all over Mibu Village , which likely caused these trees to absorb great amounts of Rejuvenating Water. The trees produce a deep dark heartwood which makes for excellent firewood and can be polished to a glass-like shine. For this reason, Diospyros is also called "the ebony tree". The viscera of Great Serpents are, allegedly, a lot like persimmons The name of the genus means "divine fruit" and it's theorized to have inspired the mythological lotus tree, the fruit of which took away all worries. "Taro" is a Japanese name for boys, From Japanese 太 (ta) meaning "thick, big" and 郎 (rou) meaning "son".
- Lore theory: The line "Persimmons become blood, blood becomes rice," found in the item description for the Persimmonimplies that the reason why the Divine Child gets sick when you continue to ask her for Rice is because she is literally killing herself to create the rice she gives you.
- Lore Theory: The Taro Troop referenced by the item description all seem to be the huge, dim-witted enemies found in various places around the game. Because of their high Posture, and the line explaining the troop are "practically raised on these fruits," it can be assumed that a steady diet of Taro Persimmons mutates humans into hulking, but rather dumb, brutes.