The Cloud of Darkness is the antagonist and final boss of the game's final story Rhapsodies of Vana'diel. Also known as the Void, the residents of Tartarus know it as the Cloud of Darkness, and that it is a primordial being that resides in the space between worlds. It consumes light and darkness, ceasing all life in its path while leaving a lifeless realm called Escha in its wake.
The Cloud of Darkness began to seep into Vana'diel when Promathia's destruction weakened the winds of time, despite numerous adversaries that maintained the balance of light and darkness. In one future, the Cloud of Darkness would fully appear in Vana'diel once all five Mothercrystals have been shattered from the corrosion caused by it. The future version of the adventurer attempts to defeat the Cloud of Darkness by expelling his/her darkness to become a god, but the plan fails and his/her counterpart is turn into the cloud's thrall Volto Oscuro.
Volto Oscuro acts to invoke the Cloud's manifestation prematurely in present-day Vana'diel, before being freed by Sempurne. Though the adventurer and his/her counterpart restore the winds of time before rejoining, the Cloud enters the Reisenjima Mothercrystal to gather its strength with Iroha attempting to hold it off. The exposure to Phoenix's power consolidates the Cloud of Darkness into physical form so it can be destroyed. After the battle, the Cloud of Darkness implodes with only its mask remaining before it shatters.
The Cloud of Darkness appears as the antagonist of the Crystal Tower story arc, and the final boss the World of Darkness raid. She is a powerful Voidsent who made a pact with Xande to be brought into Eorzea.
Among the antagonists, the Cloud of Darkness plays a small role in the storyline. Along with Kefka, Kuja, and Exdeath, it desires to plunge the world into the Void and destroy everything. Under Kefka's instruction, it kidnaps Terra to use as a tool for their plan, and confronts the Onion Knight with his childish fears and bravado. After Terra is rescued and the Onion Knight claims his Crystal, the Cloud of Darkness takes a minor role.
The Cloud of Darkness's alternate outfit colors its cape blue, while its EX Mode is colored a mixture of light green and dark green with a dull red for the legs.
The Cloud of Darkness reappears as a Warrior of Chaos in the prequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy alongside all the other characters from the original. It attacks Laguna, but is intrigued by his attitude towards serving Cosmos and fighting the Warriors of Chaos. Cloud of Darkness tells Laguna about the portal the manikins are using to cross over into World B from the Void to see what he does with this information, as seeking out the portal would be a suicide mission. The Cloud of Darkness's actions result in Laguna and other Warriors of Cosmos finding and closing the portal, and as punishment for its treachery, Kefka kills the Cloud of Darkness in the twelfth cycle, costing it its memories in the thirteenth.
The Cloud of Darkness's second alternate outfit gives it a white cape with white, blue and lavender body coverings. Its EX Mode in its original alternate outfit is changed to an orange and blue form resembling its NES battle sprite.
When the balance between light and dark is lost, a perfect void will be born that goes beyond all else and puts a stop to time's march. This being of pure darkness desires such nothingness above all else.
Cloud of Darkness appears as a boss-type enemy during Battle Music Sequences.
Cloud of Darkness returns as a boss type enemy and makes its playable Theatrhythm debut, unlocked by collecting dark crystal shards.
Its Limit, Ultra Particle Beam, deals damage to boss type enemies in proportion to its Magic.
|Lv||Ability 1||Ability 2||Support|
|1||Blizzard||Gravity||Mana's Paean I|
|5||Blizzard||Gravity||Mana's Paean I|
|10||Blizzard||Gravity||Mana's Paean II|
|15||Blizzara||Gravity||Mana's Paean II|
|20||Blizzara||Gravira||Mana's Paean II|
|25||Blizzara||Gravira||Spirit's Hymn II|
|30||Drain II||Gravira||Spirit's Hymn II|
|35||Drain II||Gravira||Spirit's Hymn II|
|40||Drain II||Level 5 Flare||Spirit's Hymn II|
|45||Drain III||Level 5 Flare||Spirit's Hymn II|
|50||Drain III||Level 5 Flare||Spirit's Hymn III|
|55||Drain III||Graviga||Spirit's Hymn III|
|60||Blizzaga||Graviga||Spirit's Hymn III|
|65||Blizzaga||Graviga||Mana's Paean III|
|70||Blizzaga||Meteor||Mana's Paean III|
|75||Blizzaga||Meteor||Mana's Paean III|
|80||Blizzaga||Meteor||Mana's Paean III|
|85||Blizzaga||Meteor||Mana's Paean III|
|90||Ultra Particle Beam||Meteor||Mana's Paean III|
|95||Ultra Particle Beam||Meteor||Mana's Paean III|
|99||Ultra Particle Beam||Meteor||Mana's Paean III|
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
This being born of Xande's death sees all creation and it wants it painted black.
An entity that appears when the balance between light and darkness is broken. An incarnation of nihility, its only purpose is to return the worlds of light and darkness to the Void.
The Cloud of Darkness is a playable character who could be initially recruited during the Challenge Event Destroyer of Light and Dark as a First Time Reward for completing the event's Ancients' Maze stage on Classic difficulty.
The Cloud of Darkness is a Voidbringer, whose combat role is Offensive Magic.
The Cloud of Darkness possesses Magic that rivals the best in the game and their natural Resistance is also quite high. Despite having Sage-class skills, their Mind is fair at best. As any mage, it is advised to keep them in the rear line to offset their lack of defense, and keep a solid inventory of blasting magic to take advantage of all their power.
- Record Spheres
|Sphere||S.Lv 1||S.Lv 2||S.Lv 3||S.Lv 4||S.Lv 5|
|Black Mage||+1 MAG||+40 HP||+1 RES||+2 MAG||+3% Black Magic Damage|
|White Mage||+1 MND||+40 HP||+1 RES||+2 MND||+2 MND|
|Red Mage||+1 DEF||+1 MAG||+1 DEF||+60 HP||+2 MAG|
|Magus*Requires mastery of Black Mage's Record Sphere.||+3 MAG||+100 HP||+4 RES||+6 MAG||+3% Dark Damage|
|Sage*Requires mastery of Black Mage and White Mage's Record Spheres.||+3 MND||+3 MAG||+6 MND||+6 MAG||+6% Black Magic Damage|
|Warmage*Requires mastery of White Mage and Red Mage's Record Spheres.||+3 DEF||+4 DEF||+180 HP||+6 MAG||+6% Darkness Ability Damage|
Their default Soul Break is Tentacle of Pain, that at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals three magic non-elemental attacks to one target.
They can equip accessories.
A being of destruction, hailing from another world where tales are passed down of the Crystals and Warriors of Light. It lives in the hope of returning all the world to nothingness, and is said to appear when the balance between light and dark is upset. When an ancient civilization, far advanced for their time, exhausted the power of the light, the Cloud of Darkness came forth from the great flood of light as it ran amok. It attempted to fulfill its goal of returning the world to nothingness, but the Warriors of Light and the Warriors of Dark, both chosen by the Crystals, defeated it and returned the world to stability.
Cloud of Darkness appears as a vision obtainable through summoning. A 3-6★ Rare Summon, her job is listed as Ravager, and her roles in battle are Physical Damage and Support. Her Trust Master reward is the Auto-Limit passive ability, which increase the equipped unit's Limit gauge by 1 each turn. Her default attack is a delayed 1-hit blast of Void energy.
She has natural resistance to all status ailments (+10% at rarity 3-5★, +30% at rarity 6★), and all elements (+30%). Unlike the great majority of units, she is classified as other than Human: she is a Reaper, and as such she is vulnerable to Raise-type abilities at the Arena, resulting in an instant kill. In the party, however, she will not take any damage for healing magic and can be revived.
Her awakening materials are the following:
- 4★: Allure Powder x25, Esper Cryst x15, Book of Ruin x10, Farplane Dew x5, Sacred Crystal x5
- 5★: Book of Ruin x20, Farplane Dew x10, Sacred Crystal x10, Talmonite of Life x5, Holy Crystal x5
- 6★: Calamity Gem x20, Calamity Writ x10, Rainbow Bloom x10, Prismatic Horn x5, Divine Crystal x5
Cloud of Darkness' stats at her highest levels are as follows (with no passive abilities taken into account), along with the maximum amount of stat points that can be increased through pot-enhancements:
|Rarity||Level||HP||MP||ATK||DEF||MAG||SPR||Drop Check*Maximum LB crystals drop per hit|
|3★||40||1596 (+150)||70 (+25)||71 (+14)||63 (+10)||55 (+10)||48 (+10)||6|
|4★||60||2059 (+210)||90 (+35)||92 (+18)||82 (+14)||71 (+14)||61 (+14)||8|
|5★||80||2574 (+240)||113 (+40)||115 (+24)||102 (+16)||89 (+16)||77 (+16)||10|
|6★||100||3346 (+390)||146 (+65)||149 (+34)||132 (+26)||115 (+26)||100 (+26)||12|
|Traits (Special - Active)|
|Call of the Void||6★||100|
- Limit Bursts
|3★||Wave Cannon||Base (Level 1): Damage dealt (2.1x)|
Max (Level 10): Damage dealt (2.55x)
|4★||Particle Beam||Base (Level 1): Damage dealt (2.3x)|
Max (Level 15): Damage dealt (3x)
|5★||Perfect Void||Base (Level 1): Physical damage (2.5x)|
Max (Level 20): Damage dealt (3.45x)
|6★||Perfect Void||Base (Level 1): Damage dealt (2.7x); chance of inflicting Blind (40%)|
Max (Level 25): Damage dealt (3.9x); chance of inflicting Blind (64%)
She can equip accessories.
Cloud of Darkness's manikin and Cloud of Darkness in its Alt 2 EX Mode from Dissidia Final Fantasy appear. Its Alt 2 EX Mode card is able to use its Ultra Particle Beam EX Burst as its special ability. Another card depicts its Yoshitaka Amano artwork.
Cloud of Darkness appeared in Puzzle & Dragons as part of the Final Fantasy collaboration. The collaboration event happened in the North American version from 2 to 15 November, 2015.