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SMTII-Alder

Ardha, as seen in Shin Megami Tensei II.

Ardha (アルダー?), also known as Ardhanari, Alder, or Ardhanarishvara, is a demon in the series.

HistoryEdit

The term 'Ardhanarishvara' is a combination of three words- 'ardha', 'nari' and 'ishvara', meaning respectively, 'half', 'woman' and 'Lord' or 'God', that is, Ardhanarishvara is the Lord Who is Half Woman. The god is male on one side and female on the other, depicted with the male half bearing aspects of Shiva and the female half bearing aspects of Parvati. It is one of the most common forms of the Divine in Indian art and the figure itself is likely older than the many stories and myths that have formed around it. In some texts, Ardhanarishvara is an androgynous incarnation of Shiva, in others it is the form of Shiva and Parvati, who loved each other so deeply that they joined as one being rather than stay apart.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Shin Megami Tensei IIEdit

Ardha, known as Alder, can only be created by fusing Shiva and Parvati.

Persona 3Edit

Ardha is not personally in the game, but is represented instead as a Fusion Spell of the same name (as Ardhanari) using Shiva and Parvati. Upon execution, the Ardha Fusion Spell inflicts severe Fire damage upon all enemies.

Persona 4Edit

Ardha appears as a Persona of the Judgement Arcana. He can be summoned once the Protagonist reaches Lv. 90 or above. Furthermore, the Protagonist must complete the Tower Arcana Social Link, as Ardha's fusion prerequisites requires the special fusion of Shiva and Parvati, with the former being the Ultimate Persona of the Tower Arcana.

This game marks the first appearance of a 3D model for Ardha based on its Shin Megami Tensei II design.

Persona 4 Arena UltimaxEdit

Ardha is one of the Personas used by Margaret.

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

"A dual-gendered god whose appearance is half that of the destroyer Shiva and half his wife, Parvati. Ardha is the ideal figure of Shaktism, the perfect god."
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Compendium

Ardha can only be created through Special fusion, by combining Shiva and Parvati.

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2Edit

Ardha is the Atma Avatar of Seraph. Just as Seraph is a being composed of the combined data of Serph and Sera, Ardha holds the perfect balance of masculine and feminine energies. It has no elemental weaknesses or resistances. The manifestation of Seraph is likely another reference to Ardha, as Seraph is created when Sera and Serph are immolated in their attempt to reach the Sun, similar to how the god Ardhanarishvara was created after the rebirth of Parvati, who in her previous life died of self-immolation and joined with Shiva when reincarnated.

Ardha inherits the Mantra boards of both Serph and Sera, along with their mastered skills. While Seraph's personality is similar to Sera's, players are given the freedom of customizing Ardha's stats, leading to a well-balanced character. Depending on Serph's decisions towards Margot Cuvier's plans of creating a world of Tuners earlier, Ardha may also inherit Hari-Hara's special skill from Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, Reincarnation, which deals massive Almighty damage to all enemies and costs 99 MP.

In a second cycle save, Serph will inherit the Mantra board and the mastered skills of Ardha, but none of Ardha's elemental affinities, nor Reincarnation, which must be acquired the same way in every playthrough.

StatsEdit

Shin Megami Tensei IIEdit

Ardha SMT2
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Deity Light-Neutral 67 999 393
CP NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
121 2 186 129 160 126 23 20
St 25
In 15
Ma 10
Vi 13
Ag 18
Lu 20
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Maragion 9 MP Medium fire damage to a group of foes.
Megidolaon 30 MP Heavy Almighty damage to all foes.
Mudoon 9 MP Chance to inflict instant Darkness death, 3-5 foes.
Sexy Dance 6 MP Inflicts Charm ailment to all foes. (Magic-type)
Berserk 15% HP Light Rush damage to all foes.


Shin Megami Tensei: if...Edit

Ardha if
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Deity Light-Neutral 85 999 542
CP NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
121 2 230 157 200 154 24 22
St 30
In 17
Ma 20
Vi 15
Ag 18
Lu 20
Resistances Nulls Light. Resists everything else but Almighty.
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Mudoon 9 MP Chance of inflicting instant death, 3-5 foes.
Megidola 30 MP Heavy Almighty damage to all foes.
Maragidyne 20 MP Heavy Fire damage to all foes.
Sexy Dance 6 MP Inflicts Charm ailment to all foes. (Mind-type)
Berserk 15% HP Light Rush damage to all foes.


Persona 4Edit

Arcana Level
Strength 62
Magic 52
Endurance 64
Agility 41
Luck 58
Judgement 90
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Almighty - - Electricity, Ice Physical -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Primal Force 20% HP Deals severe Phys damage to 1 foe. Innate
God's Hand 22% HP Deals severe Phys damage to 1 foe. Innate
Megidolaon 60 SP Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes. 91
Null Dizzy Passive Cannot become Dizzy after being knocked down. 92
Auto-Rakukaja Passive Automatic Rakukaja at the start of battle. 93
Mediarahan 30 SP Fully restores party's HP. 94
Angelic Grace Passive Doubles evasion rate against all attacks but Light/Darkness/Almighty. 95
Null Physical Passive Become immune to Phys attacks. 96


Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Arcana Level HP + SP + Inherit Extract Fragment
Judgement 89 200 78 - Golden Link -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Gale Link 48 HP A light Cut + Wind attack. (1 enemy) [Link damage with allies' attacks] Innate
Megidolaon 82 SP A severe Almighty attack, with medium chance of knockdown. (All enemies) Innate
Prana 188 HP A severe Almighty attack. (All enemies) 90
Quadruple Link Passive Raise damage dealt with first hit and number of Links. 91
Golden Link Passive Link damage raises with Link number. [No effect if only 1 Link] 92
Absorb Wind Passive Absorb damage from Wind attacks. 93
Wind Amp Passive Raise Wind attack strength. 94
Absorb Elec Passive Absorb damage from Elec attacks. 95


GalleryEdit

 
Ardha Concept
Ardha's concept art from Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2
 
DDS2-Ardha
Portrayal of Ardha in Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2.
 
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Seraph and Ardha

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