Ardyn Izunia (Formerly known as Ardyn Lucis Caelum) is the main antagonist of Final Fantasy XV. Over two thousand years before the game, Ardyn was a King of Lucis who sought to purge the world of the monstrous creatures known as daemons. In doing so, he absorbed a vast quantity of their energy, giving him immortality but causing the Crystal’s light to reject him, forcing Ardyn to wander the world, unable to die. Adopting the surname "Izunia", Ardyn swore revenge and decided to await the day on which he would destroy the True King and Crystal.
At some point in the future, Ardyn became the Chancellor of the Niflheim Empire, but despite his rank, he seemed to hold more authority than Emperor Iedolas Aldercapt himself. When the game begins, Ardyn appears at random points in Noctis' journey to offer the prince and his allies advice and even assistance, to bring Noctis closer to the Crystal.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 5-A, likely higher
Name: Ardyn Izunia, Ardyn Lucis Caelum
Origin: Final Fantasy XV
Age: Over 2,000 years old
Classification: Human infused with Daemonic Energy, Former King of Lucis, Former Chancellor of Niflheim
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Teleportation, Intangibility, Time Stop, Time Manipulation/Illusion Creation (Capable of projecting images of possible futures and make his enemies see them as reality), Fire Manipulation, Ice Manipulation, Electricity Manipulation, Immortality (Types 1 and 3), Regeneration (At least High-Mid; casually regenerated from being frozen solid and shattered, likely Low-Godly; implied to not need his original physical form to live, and that no damage to it would matter in the long run, including the total destruction of it), Can summon various weapons in battle as well as Ifrit to aid him, Telekinesis
Lifting Strength: At least Class T, likely higher (Far superior to Ravus Nox Flueret, who casually overpowered Gladiolus)
Striking Strength: At least Large Planet Class, likely higher (Traded blows with King of Light Noctis)
Durability: At least Large Planet level, likely higher (Tanked attacks from Noctis, survived a full power blast from Noctis’ Armiger Arsenal, only finally going down after being struck by all 13 of his Royal Arms in succession after the fact)
Stamina: Extremely high
Range: Extended melee range with various weapons. Hundreds of meters with magic. Tens of kilometers with warping and Armiger Arsenal.
Standard Equipment: Thirteen Royal Arms
Intelligence: In spite of his silly demeanor, Ardyn is incredibly intelligent. Being the Chancellor of Niflheim, Ardyn is incredibly skilled in the arts of negotiation and deception, effectively ruling the empire despite his lack of royal title, convincing Lucis to sign a false peace treaty with Niflheim, and tricking the entire party into believing that he was simply an ordinary traveler, something they never figured out until he told them himself. He also invented the process for converting humans into completely inorganic Magitek Infantry, a deed that fueled his rise to his position as Chancellor and paved the way for the rest of his plans. In combat, Ardyn fights almost identically to his descendant, Noctis, summoning a wide variety of different weapons in combat and swapping between them on a whim. To this end, his long life has granted him thousands of years of experience dealing with Daemons and any other enemies in his path, allowing him to evenly duel Noctis despite the latter’s awakening as the King of Light.
Weaknesses: Ardyn is somewhat arrogant and likes to taunt his enemies
- Armiger Arsenal: Much like his descendant, Ardyn is capable of channeling the power of the previous Kings of Lucis and manifest their weapons around him, granting him flight and far greater power and speed.
- Astrals: Manifestations of the power of the stars, Astrals function as the creatures Ardyn can summon after he forges a pact with them. Unlike Noctis, Ardyn only has one Astral available to him:
- Ifrit, the Infernian: An Astral with an intense dislike for humanity, Ifrit appears as an immensely tall man with red skin and horns, resembling more typical interpretations of the demonic figure known as Satan. True to his title, Ifrit specializes in fire attacks, his entire body wreathed in flames to cause harm to all who touch him. He also has the capacity to turn himself into flames in order to evade enemy attacks.