The Dark Prince is one of the three main villains from Seiken Densetsu 3, along with the Masked Mage and the Dragon Emperor. He serves as the main villain and final boss in Hawk and Riesz's storylines. He has the same goal as the other two main villains: steal the power of the Sword of Mana, release the eight God-Beasts, and take their powers as well to become a god. His intent afterwards is to merge the world with Mavolia (the Underworld) and rule over it, forcing humanity to worship the Mavole.
The Dark Prince was once a human that was the heir and king of the Castle of Light. For unexplained reasons, he was hated and feared by his subjects. The creatures of Mavolia took advantage of this and made him an offer. In exchange for destroying his own kingdom, he would become their leader. He accepted the offer, and within the Mana Tree died at the hands of his brother while attempting to release the seal on the Mana Gate and fully open the door to Mavolia. Before his death he would betray and "kill" the Archdemon who so graciously took him in and thus, became the new Archdemon (though unbeknownst to him Anise survived his attempt long enough to be killed by the same person who killed him during his attempt to unseal the Mana Gate) attaining a new form in the process. After Zable Fahr escaped and then proceeded to destroy many nations - as well as plunge the world into a state of chaos for several centuries - he later drew the Mana Stone of Darkness and Zable Fahr itself to Mavolia.
Two of the Dark Prince's minions, a shape-shifting creature called Bigieu and vampire-like entity named Jagan, entered Fa'Diel to merge the Mavolia with Fa'Diel though he himself was dead, and could only exist in a spiritual form in Mavolia. They launched attacks on the Mana Stones. Over time, because of attacks that were also made by the minions of the Dragon Emperor and the Masked Mage, all of the Mana Stones were broken. At this point, the heroes had gathered the spirits of each element and attempted to use them to open a portal to the Mana Holyland. They prove unsuccessful, but because of the energy released by the Mana Stones, the portal still opens.
Bigieu and Jagan then went to the Mana Holyland in a silly looking airship. The events that happen next depend on whose the main character:
- If Duran or Angela is the main character, the parts of the Dark Prince's body needed for him to resurrect are destroyed by the Dragon Emperor.
- If Kevin or Carlie is the main character, the parts of the Dark Prince's body needed for him to resurrect are destroyed by the Masked Mage.
- If Hawk or Riesz is the main character, then Bigieu and Jagan kill the Dragon Emperor and the Masked Mage, then after Hawk or Riesz gains the Sword of Mana, the two demons kidnap Faerie and trade her for the sword, then they release the God Beasts.
Off-screen, the Sword of Mana is used to allow the Dark Prince to resurrect his body in Fa'Diel, who watches the events unfold for his base the Dark Castle. After the God Beasts are killed, the heroes break into the Dark Castle, kill Jagan and Bigieu, and meet the Dark Prince. He absorbs the Sword of Mana and the power of the God Beasts, and offers the heroes a chance to serve him, which they predictably decline with Riesz demanding her brother back with him refusing to give up the unconscious child. The Dark Prince prepares to kill them, but finds that the Goddess is restraining his power, and so he goes to the Mana Holyland to destroy the Tree of Mana to kill the Goddess. The heroes follow him, but he gets to the tree first and destroys it. Faerie attacks him, but he swats her away easily, turns into his true Archdemon form and devastates the heroes. They are, however, healed by Faerie, who tells the Archdemon that even if Mana fades away, as long as they have hope they will create a new world without it. The Archdemon scoffs hope as a "petty emotion" and the final battle begins. After a long fight, he's killed.
The Dark Prince only fights in the game using the power gained from the Sword of Mana and the God Beasts in his Archdemon form. He uses high level elemental spell for a variety of elements, as well as some of the desperation attacks of the God Beasts. The ones he uses mostly have state lower effects on the targets. He switches elemental strengths and vulnerabilities throughout the battle, though non-elemental spells always have the same effect on him. After taking enough damage, the Archdemon transforms into a second, more menacing form. This one doesn't use nearly as much magic as before; the spells he uses during this phase are a time Power Up and Defense Up. For the rest of the fight he relies on attacks of the God-Beasts he used during his first form, but two are replaced with his only unique moves, his attack-lowering Demon Scream, and his most powerful attack, Catastrophe.
He is an extremely strong enemy and is viewed by most fans as the most difficult of the three final bosses in Seiken Densetsu 3.
Magic - Part OneEdit
Earthquake - Level 2 Earth-based magic
Stone Cloud - Level 3 Earth-based magic
Dark Force - Level 2 Shadow-based magic
Black Curse - lowers all stats of target
Death Spell - Instantly kills one target if lower level than caster
Body Change - Pygmizes (shrinks) entire party
Half Vanish - Halves target's current HP
Stun Wind - Level 3 Wind-based magic, causes Silence
Thunderstorm - Level 2 Wind-based magic
Mega Splash - Level 2 Water-based magic
Cold Blaze - Level 3 Water-based magic, turns target into Snowman
Exploder - Level 2 Fire-based magic
Blaze Wall - Level 3 Fire-based magic
Special Attacks - Part OneEdit
Hypercannon (Earth) - hits party for heavy magical damage, lowers hit and evade rates
Hell Cross (Dark) - hits party for heavy magical damage
Spiral Moon (Moon) - lowers Maximum HP of party
Air Slasher (Wind) - Powerful Wind-based spell, lowers defense of party
Ice Cradle (Water) - Powerful Water-based spell, lowers attack power of party
Gigaburn (Fire) - Powerful Fire-based spell, lowers magic effectiveness/resistance of party
Magic - Part TwoEdit
Power Up - raises target's attack power
Protect Up - raises target's defense power
Black Curse - lowers all stats of target
Special Attacks - Part TwoEdit
Air Slasher - Powerful wind-based spell, lowers defense of party
Gigaburn - Powerful Fire-based spell, lowers magic effectiveness/resistance of party
Hypercannon - hits party for heavy magical damage
Demon Scream - hits one target for small magical damage, lowers target's attack power
Demon Breath - hits party for moderate Shadow-based damage, lowers party's magic effectiveness/resistance
Hell Cross - hits party for heavy magical damage
Catastrophe - Archdemon's strongest attack, hits party for massive magical damage
- Although Bigieu is strongly implied to have romantic feelings for the Dark Prince, he doesn't care about her and when he finds that she was killed, he dismisses her as an "acceptable loss."
- Unlike the other villains, the Dark Prince is met after the game's penultimate boss fight, as opposed to before.
- His Japanese name actually means Dark Lord, though since he is referred to as the heir of his kingdom it was assumed by the fan translation that he was a prince and not an ascendant king.
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