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Lily White

More Alternative Spellings
Illustration of Lily White in Strange Creators of Outer World
Fairy Herald of Spring
More Character Titles



Announcing that spring has come


Herald of spring


Wherever spring is starting to arrive, unknown

Official Games
Print Works

Lily White (リリーホワイト Rirī Howaito) is a fairy who heralds the coming of spring. She first appeared as the 4th stage midboss of Perfect Cherry Blossom, then as a special generic enemy in Phantasmagoria of Flower View and a common midboss in Great Fairy Wars, each time announcing spring has arrived. She returned as the stage 3 midboss of Hidden Star in Four Seasons.

General Information


Lily White is described as a cheerful fairy that appears to announce the spring. She is not aggressive and even if she is bumped into, her danger level is low. She can still attack with said ability, but it's mostly due to excitement about the spring as she's not very aggressive. While it's advised not to stay around when she attacks, she has a good relation with humans. She doesn't seem willing to attack even if they catch her. Likewise, humans don't see her as a threat, but rather as a symbol of good luck.[1]


Announcing that spring has come

Lily is able to announce that spring has come. Although it's unclear what this ability entails concretely, Gensokyo's residents are made to feel the actual feeling of spring's arrival which makes her very popular with florists. It seems like she is able to provide impetus for flowers and other plants to bloom. [1] In chapter 8 of Strange and Bright Nature Deity, there was a depiction of the place she passed by instantly becoming spring.

Background Information

Lily White depicted in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense


In Perfect Cherry Blossom, Phantasmagoria of Flower View and Great Fairy Wars, Lily's sprite has black eyes, long blonde hair and a pair of white feathered wings. In most stages, her hat and dress are white, with a red wave pattern outlining the edges.

A full portrait of Lily can be seen in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. There, it's shown that she wears a caplet.

In the stage of Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu of Phantasmagoria of Flower View, her hat and dress are black, with a red wave pattern outlining the edges. The wave pattern is yellow in Great Fairy Wars.

In Hidden Star in Four Seasons, Lily's hat, capelet and sleeves are now plain white, lacking the red wave pattern seen before. The wave pattern on her skirt has been replaced by a pink cherry blossom design, and her skirt now has a pink trim on the bottom. Her wings are bright purple in color.

Lily's Appearances


Perfect Cherry Blossom

In the middle of stage 4 in Perfect Cherry Blossom, Lily only wanted to announce spring with danmaku.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Lily in PoFV

During Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Lily reappears many times to announce spring, being a special type of general enemy. She'll randomly appear on the screen if a fight has gone on for a long time, appearing on both players' fields simultaneously. It seems her idea of announcing spring is via a dense cloud of danmaku thrown at the player at exactly the worst moment before she leaves, but at least she's trying to do her job the best she can think of. An EX Attacks appears if she's defeated and she will re-appear. Even ZUN says this is "annoying".

Hidden Star in Four Seasons
Lily in HSiFS

Lily appears as a Stage 3 midboss in Hidden Star in Four Seasons.

Unconnected Marketeers

Lily appears (in black outfit) after the player activates Item Season ability card. She will drop either a life fragment or a bomb fragment after the player defeats her. However, she will shoot the player and gets stronger each time the player uses the card.


Lily in GFW
Lily in HM
Great Fairy Wars

Other than announcing spring as a common midboss shooting danmaku at Cirno, Lily White doesn't have much to tell or do. She will also dress in black.

Hopeless Masquerade

Lily made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum and Youkai Tanuki Forest stage. On all stages, she is seen floating and cheering.


Silent Sinner in Blue

Lily White can be seen talking with Aya Shameimaru during the rocket inauguration.

Strange and Bright Nature Deity

In Strange and Bright Nature Deity, she's credited with the power to bring spring to an area the instant she passes by.

Visionary Fairies in Shrine

In Visionary Fairies in Shrine, she was among the fairies that were turned into Stone Cherries. Marisa found her Stone Cherry on a branch of the Great Tree behind the Hakurei Shrine.

"Lily Black"

Lily Black in PoFV
Lily Black in GFW
Lily cosplaying in PoFV (L) and GFW (R)

In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Lily White appeared in the stage of Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu wearing a black costume instead of her usual white. Fans thought of this as a potentially different character and named her "Lily Black". Later on however, ZUN stated in a Kare Radio livestream (August 21, 2010) that the fairies and Lily White in Eiki's stage in Phantasmagoria of Flower View are all simply cosplaying as the yama, and specifically states that there was never an individual "Lily Black" to start with. This falls in line with other cosplaying fairies throughout the series, such as rabbit fairies in Imperishable Night and frog hat fairies in Mountain of Faith. This black costume also reappeared in Great Fairy Wars.

In Chapter 9 of Silent Sinner in Blue, both Lily White and "Lily Black" appeared in the same image. As the chapter was released before the above livestream (February 9, 2008), it's likely that Aki★Eda didn't know that those two were meant to be the same characters, and ZUN perhaps didn't notice that particular appearance, or let it pass because it was too late to make changes.





Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 1
春苻「サプライズスプリング」 Spring Sign "Surprise Spring" HSiFS
St. 3: H/L

Additional Information


Official Profiles

Perfect Cherry Blossom - キャラ設定.txt
Lily White PCB  ○春を運ぶ妖精






Fairy Herald of Spring

Lily White

Stage 4 midboss. She's a fairy who appears when the spring is approaching.

Mainly, she possesses the ability of announcing that spring has come.

Within the game, she uses neither words nor Spell Cards.
Her ability is only a little stronger than minor enemies'.

She checked above the clouds since spring did not come no matter how much she waited. When she did so, spring had already arrived there. She only wanted to announce that spring had finally arrived above the clouds to humans in front of her, but to Reimu and her companions, it unfortunately appeared as a hostile attack to them.

Lily White PoFV
Lily "Black" PoFV

  長期戦になったり試合に変化がなくなってくると、自分、相手フィール ド両方に、

  リリーホワイトは大型弾+白弾を、ばらまくだけばらまいて去っていき ます。迷惑

  ショットで撃ち落とす事も可能で、撃ち落としに成功すれば大量にEX 攻撃を相手


6. Lily the Fairy Appears!

When a fight has gone on for a long time, or has been stalemated, "Lily White" the fairy herald of spring appears on both players' fields at the same time.

She will release a large number of large bullets and white bullets before she leaves. Annoying.

She can be shot down, and if you do, a large number of EX Attacks will be sent to your opponent.

Even after leaving or being shot down many times, that annoying special fairy continues to re-appear.

Official Sources

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