It's a Shenlong. A Chinese Storm Dragon. I didn't realize they actually existed.
Rupert Giles to Willow Rosenberg[src]

Shenlong was a storm dragon that attacked San Francisco, causing the creation of the Supernatural Crisis Act.


The Shenlong suddenly appeared from the sea leading a storm and tsunami against San Francisco. The Scoobies battled the dragon and defeated it, not before it made several victims in the city.[1]

After it, the Shenlong was nowhere to be found, despite being searched by the military. As the latest recorded sighting of it had been in the late thirteenth century, and the mystic energy infusing the storm suggested a deliberate act, the Scoobies concluded the dragon was woken up from wherever it had been hiding as an act of war.[2]

Despite its unknown origins at the time, the incident led a national crisis against supernatural being (demons, witches, vampires, werewolves), and the United States government creating the Supernatural Crisis Act.

It was then revealed that the Shenlong was summoned by Joanna Wise, in order to enable the development of the Pandora Project.[3] While battling against Buffy Summers, Joanna summoned the dragon again and began to absorb its magic. However, with the help of the Slayer, the Shenlong was able to devour Joanna before she caused any more damage. The dragon then disappeared in the sky.[4]

Behind the Scenes

  • In Chinese mythology, the Shenlong is a spiritual azure dragon who governs the wind, clouds, and rain.


  1. The Spread of Their Evil
  2. In Time of Crisis
  3. Revelations
  4. One Girl in All the World