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[[Xaldin]] the ''Whirlwind Lancer'', is Number 3 in [[Organization XIII]], and a senior member. He appears in ''[[Kingdom Hearts II]]'' as a villain in [[Beast's Castle]], and spends his time in the game attempting to plunge [[Beast]] into despair in the hopes of separating his [[heart]] from his body. Xaldin wields six lances and the attribute of wind, and is one of only four Organization members whose names start with an "X". Xaldin will be a playable character in the multiplayer gameplay of [[Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days]] but is also seen being teamed up with Roxas in the single player.
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[[Xaldin]], the ''Whirlwind Lancer'' (旋風の六槍 ''Senpū no Rokusō'', lit. ''Six Lances of the Whirwind''), is Number 3 in [[Organization XIII]], and a senior member. He appears in ''[[Kingdom Hearts II]]'' as a villain in [[Beast's Castle]], and spends his time in the game attempting to plunge [[Beast]] into despair in the hopes of separating his [[heart]] from his body. Xaldin wields six lances and the attribute of wind, and is one of only four Organization members whose names start with an "X". Xaldin will be a playable character in the multiplayer gameplay of [[Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days]] but is also seen being teamed up with Roxas in the single player.
   
 
==Journal Entries==
 
==Journal Entries==

Revision as of 23:06, February 14, 2009

Template:InfoboxOrg13 Template:Q Xaldin, the Whirlwind Lancer (旋風の六槍 Senpū no Rokusō, lit. Six Lances of the Whirwind), is Number 3 in Organization XIII, and a senior member. He appears in Kingdom Hearts II as a villain in Beast's Castle, and spends his time in the game attempting to plunge Beast into despair in the hopes of separating his heart from his body. Xaldin wields six lances and the attribute of wind, and is one of only four Organization members whose names start with an "X". Xaldin will be a playable character in the multiplayer gameplay of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days but is also seen being teamed up with Roxas in the single player.

Journal Entries

Kingdom Hearts II

  • First Entry

Organization XIII's Number III. His wiles have clouded the Beast's heart.

The Organization's motives are a string of mysteries--what could their true goal be?

  • Second Entry

Organization XIII's Number III. He wanted the Beast's Heartless and Nobody in order to acquire Kingdom Hearts.

In the end, however, Sora and his friends destroyed Xaldin.

  • Third Entry

Organization XIII's Number III. He sought the Beast's Heartless and Nobody in order to acquire Kingdom Hearts.

He was a master of wind who wielded six lances--but he met his end at the hands of Sora.

  • Organization XIII

Organization XIII's Number III.

Nobodies like him are made whenever people strong of heart and mind become Heartless. The empty shell they leave behind acts of its own will.

Are they empty vessels devoid of hearts? Are they roaming spirits? Or are they simply nothing at all?

Story

First Attempt

Xaldin's first major appearance in the game is as a cloaked and hooded figure during Sora's first visit to Beast's Castle. At this time, Xaldin has already drained Beast of much of his hope and kindness by convincing him that Belle is plotting against him. Beast is unresponsive to Sora, Donald and Goofy when they first greet him, despite having met them before in Kingdom Hearts at Hollow Bastion. Xaldin's slippery words cause Beast to lock himself in his chambers and refuse contact with them or Belle.

Sora, fighting his way through the Heartless that have settled into the castle, eventually reaches Beast's bedroom. Xaldin tells Beast that Sora and his party are only there to help Belle against Beast, and that she has sent them to steal the rose symbolizing his curse from him with the intention of eventually taking his life. Beast, still under Xaldin's influence, attacks Sora as Xaldin flees, but Sora is able to bring Beast back to his senses.

When Sora and Beast head downstairs into the ballroom, they encounter the Shadow Stalker Heartless, which attacks them. After being defeated, it evolves into the large Dark Thorn, but that too is no match for Sora, and is destroyed. Xaldin leaves the area without actually fighting himself, but continues to lurk in the world until Sora returns.

Second attempt

Xaldin strikes again when Sora returns to Beast's Castle to find Belle and Beast having a private dance party. He captures Beast's rose and flaunts it in front of Beast, who goes into a rage and pursues Xaldin around his castle. Before Xaldin seems to disappear from the world entirely, he mocks Beast, taking off his hood and resolving to separate Beast's heart from him and take control of his Heartless and his Nobody. In Beast's anger, he rages at Belle for insisting on having the party. Despaired over the loss of his rose and his own beastly state, Beast orders Belle to leave the castle.

Belle shuts herself in her room, confining herself to looking out on the balcony. There she finds Beast's rose, and gladly signals to Sora from the balcony. The rose is just a trap, however, and Xaldin appears behind her, kidnapping her as well as retaking the rose. Xaldin flies down in front of Beast in his courtyard, taunting him by saying he can only carry either the rose or Belle along with him, and forcing Beast to choose which one he wants him to leave behind. Before Beast has to choose, however, Belle elbows Xaldin in the side and grabs the rose, taking the time from Xaldin's surprise to escape his grasp. Beast then attacks Xaldin, who leaps aside and conjures six long spears using his powers over wind. He battles Sora and Beast in the courtyard, but is eventually defeated, and fades back into the darkness.

Personality

Xaldin is a high-ranking and independent Organization member, working alone for the entirety of his presence in Kingdom Hearts II. Xaldin is sadistic and revels in despair, attempting to cause hopelessness for Beast both in the castle and by taunting him and Sora during their fight. He is tall, strongly built, and very acrobatic, and his physical capabilities are greatly enhanced by his control of the attribute of wind, which he can use to move himself into a variety of attacks. Interestingly enough some of Xaldin's in battle quotes and the delivery of his lines seem to give him a sense of meaninglessness (emphasized by the fact that he will hold his arms behind his back in scenes, and even in battle).

Fighting Style

Xaldin fights using six lances conjured from the wind. He can carry at least three at a time, and controls any of the lances he is not carrying by using the air around him, while at the same time floating through the air without much effort. He attacks rapidly, using the wind to hasten the speed of his strikes, and can use the Jump command his Dragoon Nobodies use, although Xaldin tends to jump multiple times and does more damage.

Although Xaldin is only the third Organization XIII member battled in Kingdom Hearts II, the fight against him was considered difficult enough that it was one of the ten battles in the game where King Mickey can rescue Sora if he is defeated (the other nine including the fight against Shadow Stalker/Dark Thorn, Xemnas (first armored form) and Cerberus).

Additional Final Mix cutscenes

Xaldin appears in some of the additional Organization XIII cutscenes included in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+. He is present when Axel is ordered to eliminate Roxas after it is clear that Roxas has no intention of returning to the Organization, driving the order home by threatening Axel, sending one of his lances into Axel's chair inches from his head. He is also present at an Organization meeting, and breaks up an argument between Xigbar and Demyx.


Trivia

  • In the North American version of Kingdom Hearts II, a Secret Ansem Report misspells his original name as Dilin.
  • In the manga of Kingdom Hearts II, Xaldin is defeated, and retreats to The World That Never Was. While walking back to headquarters he is confronted by a Vexen clone, and after a brief conversation, is killed by him, most likely on the ground that he failed as such an important task (It is possible that Xaldin was killed in self defense since he attacked the Vexen clone first). He is never shown holding his lances but instead, all six float around him.
  • Based on recently revealed scans of 358/2 Days, it appears Xaldin has been tormenting the Beast for more than a year. It is likely the Organization immediately sent Xaldin after the Beast upon discovering that he managed to travel to Hollow Bastion in search of Belle with only the strength of his heart. Such a strength, they realized, would wield an incredibly powerful Heartless and Nobody.

Video

Xaldin - Kingdom Hearts II Xaldin (Data Replica) - Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+
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