I found reference to the "Treasures of the Dragon Kings" whilst in this wiki article on mythological objects.

Ǒusībùyúnlǚ (Cloud-stepping Boots or Cloud-stepping Shoes), made of lotus fiber, these are one of the treasures of the Dragon Kings; Ào Ming gives them to Sun Wukong in order to get rid of him when he acquires the Ruyi Jingu Bang. (Chinese mythology)

What are the remaining treasures?

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This comes from the Journey to the West, when the monkey king Sun Wukong "visited" the Dragon King of the East Seas for a weapon. Each of the dragon kings produced a treasure to appease him into leaving in a full set of armaments. Theses were:

  1. The According-To-Your-Wishes Gold-Banded Rod, from the Dragon King of the East Seas.
  2. The Lotus-Threaded Cloud-Stepping Treads, from the Dragon King of the North Seas.
  3. The Golden Chainmail, from the Dragon King of the West Seas.
  4. The Phoenix-Winged Rose-Golden Crown, from the Dragon King of the South Seas.

(These are my own translation, and I tried to be as literal as possible. Published translations of the Journey presumably have different names for these items.)

I wrote up a fuller post with the original text, but apparently the CJK ban is in effect again so I'm unable to post it. I'll amend this post with the item's proper names and the source text if/when the restriction gets rescinded.

  • Could I also get some details about the properties of the items? I'm assuming the Treads are the boots I found reference to and that the banded rod is probably the famous Monkey King rod that can be any length. Otherwise great answer and thanks! Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 6:00
  • Yes, that's the magic rod in question. The rest are literally just random scraps of luxury clothing the dragon kings scraped together for the Monkey King, though. The is no word on them possessing any special qualities - the only other time they were ever mentioned was when Sun Wukong's attire was being described.
    – Semaphore
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 6:14
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    That's unfortunate, but alas good answer! Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 6:28

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