Zenos yae Galvus is a playable character in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and its arcade version. He is the second character and first villain to represent Final Fantasy XIV. He is a Specialist type character. Zenos is a new character who did not appear in the PlayStation Portable Dissidia Final Fantasy games.
Zenos' default player title is Nameless Resonant and his manikin, the Mirage of a Resonant, is aquamarine.
Zenos' default costume, "Imperial Crown Prince", is taken from his main appearance in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, excluding his helmet. He dons a full-plated armor colored in burgundy, with winged motifs on his shoulder pads. He wears two separately colored sashes; a red sash that also can be seen wrapped across his body and arms, and an orange sash wrapped around his waist. In battle, he carries around a "Sword Revolver", a large barrel-shaped holster in which he sheathes and switches between his three katana that he wields individually. The first alternate coloration of this costume recolors his armor dark navy with his sashes in blue and shades of turquoise. The second alternate coloration recolors his armor dark silver with his sashes in grey and shades of blue.
His first alternate costume is his "Imperial Court Attire", which is Zenos' main appearance from Patch 5.2. He no longer wears a full set of plated armor, but retains aspects of his default appearance coloration, wearing burgundy metal boots and an armored chest plate along with a red sash seen around his waist and tucked in his boots. He wears a pair of brown pants, fingerless gloves and shirt underneath his armor, and now has a large white overcoat with golden orientations and large shoulder pads that he wears over his shoulders as opposed to wearing it through his arms. His Sword Revolver is now more metallic, almost cybernetic akin to the Garlean Empire, with a primarily silver design with red markings. This first alternate coloration of this costume recolors his armor and coat black and his sash purple, while the second recolors his armor black, his coat olive green, and his sash blue.
His extra alternate costume is "Legatus of the XIIth", similar to his default appearance though now donning his helmet, as seen in promotional art and in-game throughout Stormblood. His helmet resembles a mask with four horns; two smaller horns extending from the crown, while the two larger ones extend from the side. The mouth and nose of the mask match the color of his burgundy armor, while the forehead and eyes are white with a skull-like motif and a large orb on the forehead, matching the same one on Zenos's forehead. His voice is also slightly modified to sound more metallic and muffled, as in the original game.
Zenos wields katanas. In battle, he switches between three different katanas as he did in Stormblood, though only one can be replaced through Weapon sets; his permanent katanas are called The Swell and The Storm. All weapons hail from the world of Final Fantasy XIV, but only The Swell, The Storm, and Ame-no-Habakiri are equipped by Zenos. Susano's Tachi, Shinryu's Katana and the Omega Samurai Blade are loot that can be dropped in high difficulty versions of the boss battles against Susano, Shinryu, and Omega respectively.
His default weapon is Ame-no-Habakiri, a red katana forged by the Kojin, one of the many beast tribes that inhabit Hydaelyn, and was acquired by Zenos during the events of Stormblood. His first alternate weapon is Susano's Tachi, the second is Shinryu's Katana, and the third is the Omega Samurai Blade.
- Type: Specialist - Zenos's unique EX skill gauge greatly increases when landing a bravery or HP attack.
- EX Skill: Art of the Swell / Art of the Storm / Art of the Sword - Unleash a powerful bravery attack. If each type hits, Aetherial Resonance activates and changes his unique EX skill to an HP attack called Storm, Swell, Sword.
- Zenos's unique EX skill gauge increases only when landing a bravery or HP attack, without any effects from remaining HP or Shiva.
- Using Art of the Swell, Art of the Storm, or Art of the Sword will switch out Zenos's current blade for the one appropriate for that skill.
- His stance will remain effective if the player holds only when using Art of the Swell, Art of the Storm, or Art of the Sword. Releasing , using a different ability, or passage of a set amount of time will end the stance.
- Hitting with Art of the Swell, Art of the Storm, or Art of the Sword at least one time each will activate the buff Aetherial Resonance. The unique EX skill changes to Storm, Swell, Sword while the buff is in effect, and will return to normal when the move hits or time passes. While in effect, interrupting and poise values become the same as those for Vanguard characters.
Creation and development
Prior to Zenos' reveal, producer of Final Fantasy XIV Naoki Yoshida expressed his approval for either Nael van Darnus, Alphinaud Leveilleur and Zenos to be added as the second playable representative for Final Fantasy XIV, with Zenos eventually chosen.
He was revealed as the seventh DLC character and the first to be separate from the Season Pass on March 24, 2019. He was added in the arcade version on March, 26th and in the console version on the April, 11th.
- Weapon Sets only modifying the appearance of one of Zenos's katanas alludes to his warmonger personality, since he only seeks the strongest of weapons to strike down the strongest of foes.
- Zenos is the second warrior to be from an expansion instead of a character from the original installment, Kam'lanaut being the first.
- Zenos is the first new character since the console release of Dissidia NT to be released without an alternate outfit, with the stated reason being that the proposed alternate would potentially be a spoiler to the unreleased Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, and was released at a later date (though still prior to the outfit's debut in Final Fantasy XIV).
- Zenos is the only newcomer not featured in his series' representative stage in his reveal trailer, instead being featured in the Final Battlefield.
- This refers to his role in Stormblood, where he fuses with Shinryu. The Final Battlefield stage acts as the arena of the final boss of Dissidia NT, which is also Shinryu.
- This would make him the third character thus far to not be featured during their debut trailer in their respective game's stage, after Kain Highwind and Ultimecia.