Chancellor of Niflheim. Rose to power through introducing magitek to Niflheim military. His nonchalance puts others at ease, allowing him to guide them as he sees fit. Elusive, his cunning is reminiscent of political leaders of the past.

Description

Ardyn is a playable character in Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia who can be recruited during Act 2, Final Chapter Part 1 of the main storyline.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Ardyn dresses in a black trench coat and pinstripe trousers, and wears a red scarf and a hooded, gray and white flower-print mantle. He wears a black fedora and sometimes wears a black winglike accessory on his left arm Ardyn's wing accessory in FFXV Episode Ardyn.

His alternate costume, Devotee's Raiment, is an updated version of his appearance in the anime Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn – Prologue.

Personality[edit | edit source]

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Story[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The effective use of Ardyn's kit (all abilities, 15CP/35CP/EX+ 3/3/LD) is grounded on inducing BRV breaks on enemies. Breaking an enemy's BRV will generally grant an immediate additional turn, similar to Lightning. His Warp Strike refunds BRV based on the amount of BRV stolen from an enemy. Breaking an enemy drastically multiplies Ardyn's damage output on the target when he performs his additional attack, Spectral Charge. The bloom ability, Break Slash Reset, offers flexibility in situations where targeted enemies have already been broken by Ardyn or other party members. Ardyn's EX ability, Rising Phantom, cancels break statuses on all enemies. If used after Ardyn has accumulated 5 stacks of Spectral Charge (represented by a hat icon above his sprite), Rising Phantom grants an additional attack and a free ability use. Ardyn's kit focusing on BRV breaking is indirectly accompanied by an enemy turn delay effect.

Ardyn's kit is uniquely characterized by his LD ability, Dark Tornado, which grants the Overkill buff at the expense of all of Ardyn's HP. Ardyn can sustain an unlimited amount of HP damage as long as Overkill is active. Because his HP is reduced to zero after using Dark Tornado, Ardyn acts as a de facto tank since enemies are more likely to attack party members with low HP. (This effect is inconsistent because Ardyn does not impart a formal Lock debuff like Celes or Prompto.) Ardyn regains 1 HP when the Overkill buff expires. Ardyn thus pairs well with Odin as a battle summon, as a maximally-leveled Odin confers a 30% ATK bonus to characters with a low HP. Because Dark Tornado has only 3 uses, Ardyn's Burst Mode (which contains an additional Dark Tornado use) in CHAOS battles can be timed to ensure that his Overkill buff persists through the battle.

Ardyn's abilities seldom incur BRV stealing or refunds which overflow his Maximum BRV. His damage output can be augmented by pairing him with characters that serve as BRV batteries (e.g., Garnet or Rem).

Ardyn's BURST ability is best performed after 5 stacks of Spectral Charge (by the use of Dark Tornado, Warp Strike, or Rising Phantom). This results in the EX ability Rising Phantom++, which not only includes an additional BRV and HP attack, but offers a free ability use for either Warp Strike or Aura of Darkness within the BURST Mode.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Weapons
Image Name Grade CP Effect
DFFOO Blade of Ruin (XV).png Blade of Ruin (XV)
ルインブレード【XV】
BT 130
2000-Year Ardent Wish:
  • Grants access to BT Ability Royal Retribution.
DFFOO Sword of the Infernian (XV)+.png Ifrit's Sword (XV)+
イフリートソード【XV】+
6★ (EX+) 100
Succor's Price Extension:
  • Improves EX Ability Rising Phantom.
DFFOO Katana of the Warrior (XV).png Katana of the Warrior (XV)
闘王の刀【XV】
5★ (LD) 90
Royal Vendetta:
  • Grants access to LD Ability Dark Tornado.
DFFOO Sword of the Infernian (XV).png Ifrit's Sword (XV)
イフリートソード【XV】
5★ (EX) 70
Succor's Price:
  • Grants access to EX Ability Rising Phantom.
DFFOO Allegorical Blade (XV).png Divine Blade (XV)
神詞の剣【XV】
5★ 35
Saint of Antiquity:
  • When using [Dark Aura]:
    • Raises BRV potency
    • Moderately raises BRV damage dealt when attacking single target
    • Extends duration of [Shadowstep]
DFFOO Rakshasa Blade (XV).png Rakshasa Blade (XV)
羅刹の剣【XV】
5★ 15
Manipulative Chancellor:
  • When using [Warp-Strike]:
    • Raises BRV potency
    • Raises BRV based on 20% of HP damage dealt
    • Extends duration of [Spectral Charge]
Armor
Image Name Grade CP Effect
DFFOO Ardyn's Hat (XV)+.png Ardyn's Hat (XV)+
アーデンの帽子【XV】+
6★ 130
Domination:
  • Raises MAX BRV by 220
  • Raises DEF by 84
DFFOO Ardyn's Hat (XV).png Ardyn's Hat (XV)
アーデンの帽子【XV】
5★ 90
Enlightenment:
  • Raises HP by 680
  • Raises INT BRV by 110
Based on Ardyn's hat in his official appearance.
DFFOO Ardyn's Coat (XV).png Ardyn's Coat (XV)
アーデンのコート【XV】
5★ 35
Destruction:
  • Raises MAX BRV by 220
  • Raises ATK by 72
Based on Ardyn's coat in his official appearance.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Command abilities
Move Type Attributes Obtained Image
BRV Attack
ブレイブ攻撃
BRV, Melee Default 150px
Steals enemy's BRV.
HP Attack
HP攻撃
HP, Melee Default 150px
Expends BRV to deal HP damage.
Warp-strike
HP, Melee Default 150px
Aura of Darkness
HP Crystal STR 20 150px
Break Reset Slash
BRV, Melee Crystal STR 65 150px
Rising Phantom
HP, Melee EX Ability 150px
Dark Tornado
LD Ability 150px
Royal Retribution
ファントム・ディストラクション
BT Ability 150px
Passive abilities

Unlockables[edit | edit source]

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Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • In one of the graphical images for Opera Omnia, Noctis and Ardyn face one another in poses mirroring that of Regis and Ardyn's confrontation Episode-Ardyn-Armiger nearing the end of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn, which was itself derived from a pre-development screencap Versus XIII Noctis VS Robe Man involving Noctis and the white hooded figure in Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the original plan for Final Fantasy XV.
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