The Arbiter of Time serves the goddess of death in all her merciless splendor. All mortal beings stand as equals when they receive their ultimate judgement. Only the most powerful is chosen to pass the sentence.
- —The Arbiter of Time as he transforms into Valfodr.
Valfodr (ヴァルファズル, Varufazuru?), or the Arbiter of Time (時の審判, Toki no Shinpan?), is a character from Final Fantasy XIII-2. Originally a knight of Valhalla and the most powerful of the realm, he is tasked as the keeper of the Coliseum.
As the Arbiter of Time, Valfodr handles the downloadable content fights in the Coliseum, gives a background story to each enemy, and is a downloadable boss himself.
The Arbiter of Time is voiced by Steven Jay Blum in the English version and Tomomichi Nishimura in the Japanese version.
- See also: Fragment/Great Mog Wisdom
Valhalla is a world where only the strongest survive. Those who are born weak must hone their strength and skills in battle against more powerful foes. Mog heard that one of the strongest monsters around was the Knight Valfodr, so he decided to issue a challenge.
Valfodr was not the kind of monster to show mercy, even when battling the puniest of foes. Despite his total, crushing defeat, Mog was pleased with the outcome. Now, he thought, he was ready to serve the mighty.
But instead, Valfodr rejected him, saying, 'I have no use for one so weak'. Still, he left Mog alive and without a scratch. Maybe Valfodr wasn't so bad, after all?
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
As the Arbiter of Time, Valfodr dons a golden chestplate and golden gauntlets, covering his forearms and hands. He wears a stylized helmet, fully covering his head, including his face, and the helmet has a flayed back extension. He also wears a blood red cape which hangs from the neckline above his chestplate. Below his chestplate is a full length black and crimson red robe, which he wears to cover the lower half of his body. He carries a long, golden judicial staff with a intricate design at the tip of the staff in his right hand. Overall, his general appearance is reminiscent to that of an ancient Roman centurion, an possible allusion to his role as the Arbiter of Time.
In his true form as the armored knight Valfodr, he takes the appearance of a mechanical centaur. He still wears his chestplate, although it is integrated into the rest of his body. He exposes his right arm and brandishes a mighty axe in it. His other hand becomes a powerful blasting gun. At the bottom of his chestplate and on his back, he has a swaying white sash. He still wears his helmet although there is no extension to it and his lower half is transformed into four mechanical legs; the front two of which seem to have two claws, while the back two seem to be far more stumpier - almost like supporting sticks. He has loose wires coming out from him and a long, swaying tail. His general color seems to have shifted from bright, polished gold to having a greenish tint.
Valfodr seems to enjoy battling and has a strong bloodlust. He enjoys witnessing the battles in the Coliseum and often speaks in a foreboding manner. On the occasion the player refuses a fight, he may tease them with taunts of cowardice. Valfodr is, however, a committed knight and is keeping a guard of the Coliseum for Etro and is even prepared to battle the player for he believes it is right. Despite his evident power and unnerving mannerisms, Valfodr does seem to have a softer side, for he left Mog unharmed after his encounter with him, despite the fact he could easily have harmed the moogle, if he wished to - although leaving Mog and not taking him with him in the first place could be frowned upon.
When Mog was traveling through the Historia Crux he once stumbled upon Valfodr who defeated the moogle and left him alive even though the law of Valhalla states the "the weak serve the strong".
When Serah Farron, Mog, and Noel Kreiss travel through time searching for the way to resolve the paradox in the Sunleth Waterscape at 300 AF, they come across the Arbiter of Time within the Coliseum, who demands them to leave his domain as it is not meant for living beings to dwell in until the end of time itself. When the Arbiter mentions that he is housing a time-shattering omen, Noel believes the omen to be an artefact and offers to take it off his hands, which Valfodr hands over but requests the travelers leave his domain. Soon after, the entity assumes the more human-like form of the Arbiter of Time whenever matches occur among those meant to fight in the Coliseum.
When Serah and Noel later return upon learning of Snow Villiers being in the domain, Valfodr reveals his true form to deliver judgment for their arrogance. However, defeated in battle, the knight recognizes the two to be superior fighters to himself as he allows them to enter and leave of their own free will.
- Main article: Valfodr (Boss)
In his true form, Valfodr has the ability to use physical and magical attacks and can summon the hidden one-of-a-kind Paradigm Pack monsters in the game; his summons vary depending on what level he's fought at (Leyak, Golden Chocobo, Cactuarama, and Chichu respectively). He can also drop the other one of a kind monsters as common/rare drops. Valfodr can be fought at different levels, first level 1, then later 15, 45, 70, and finally 99. The higher the level, the more challenging the battle. His recruit chance will vary depending on what level he is fought at, with a 100% recruit chance when fought at level 99.
Arbiter of Time has an ice-elemental card on Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
"Valfodr" is in Norse mythology one of Odin's many names and it roughly translates as "The fallen's father" or "Father of the slain", which is somewhat related to his role as keeper of the Coliseum, while also linked to Valhalla the realm where warriors were destined to fight for eternity. His strongest attack Gagnrath is also one many names used to refer to Odin and roughly translates into "Advantage Counsel".
- The Arbiter of Time shares his English voice actor, Steven Jay Blum, with Vincent Valentine from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and Ba'Gamnan from Final Fantasy XII.
- Valfodr has the highest maximum HP in Final Fantasy XIII-2, totaling 15,500,000 in his level 99 fight.
- Arbiter of Time's true form resembles Omega Weapon from Final Fantasy VIII.