- "I am the immortal one! Humans, lament for me! Lament for Beldr...!"
- —Beldr, Devil Survivor
Baldr is a god from Norse myth. In the legend, Baldr and his mother had a dream of his death. Since dreams were said to be prophetic, this depressed him, so his mother Frigg made every object on Earth vow never to hurt Baldr. All objects made this vow except mistletoe. Frigg had thought it too unimportant and nonthreatening to bother asking it to make the vow (alternatively, it seemed too young to swear).
When Loki, the mischief-maker, heard of this, he made a magical spear from this plant (in some later versions, an arrow). He hurried to the place where the gods were indulging in their new pastime of hurling objects at Baldr, which would bounce off without harming him. Loki gave the spear to Baldr's brother, the blind god Höðr, who then inadvertently killed his brother with it. Later, after Ragnarok, he would return from Hel, along with Höðr, and live happily together.
Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit
- "The god of light in Norse lore and son of Odin and Frigg. He is married to Nanna and has two brothers, Hod and Hermod, and a son named Forseti. He was loved by all the gods, but after having a nightmare of his death, Frigg made all the plants and animals swear not to harm Baldur. Only the mistletoe was passed over as it was too young. Hearing this, Loki tricked Hod into shooting a mistletoe at Baldur, which killed him. Hel promised to revive Baldur if every living thing cried for him, but the giantess Thokk refused to weep. When it was found that Thokk was Loki in disguise, the gods punished him. With the world's light gone, it took its first steps toward Ragnarok."
- —Shin Megami Tensei IV Profile
Known as Baldur. He is required for the Challenge Quest, "The Malevolent Star Falls", where a client requests a invincible demon to face off against another invincible demon.
Beldr first appears on Day 3, when the party attempts to save Keisuke and Midori from a group of demons. After the battle is won and they all think they're safe, Beldr appears and the party must then escape. Trying to attack him is useless.
On the beginning of the same day, the Laplace Mail predicts Beldr's coming at 18:00, with hundreds of victims to die, including the party. After hearing this, the protagonist and his party desperately try to find a way to defeat Beldr, even though he is said to be immortal. Someone tells them of an item called "Devil's Fuge", which is apparently the only thing that can hurt him. The party take the Devil's Fuge from three demon tamers by force shortly before the appointed time.
During the fight, the party must fight not only Beldr, but several demons such as Pyro Jacks and Cait Siths that have been summoned by him, and will be summoned again if they are defeated. As a result of defeating Beldr, the protagonist then unwillingly becomes a part of the War of Bel. Upon defeat, Beldr realizes that Loki aided the party in obtaining the devil's fuge.
During Amane Kuzuryu's and Naoya's endings, Babel will resummon all the Bels which the protagonist has defeated, including Beldr. Beldr retains his immortailty from when he was first fought, but the protagonist still has the Devil's Fuge and thus is the only one who can damage him.
It is to be noted that Almighty skills and Physical skills enhanced by Pierce cannot damage Beldr.
Devil Survivor: OverclockedEdit
Beldr's role is the same as in the original game, but he appears in both 8th Days of the Overlord Route, where he is summoned by the Overlord to attack Metatron alongside fellow Bel Belial and two minor demons.
Beldr is immune to any and all attacks sans Devil's Fuge. Even Almighty attacks have no effect on Beldr. Devil's Fuge is affected by the user's strength so if your strength is too low then defeating Beldr will be harder since only the protagonist with Devil's Fuge can damage him. Besides being Beldr's weakness, Devil's Fuge can also strengthened by other means and can land critical hits.
Beldr has a map attack, Vampire Mist, which is Curse/Mystic element that drains all enemies of some health (~25% HP) and transfers that health to Beldr. This skill activates upon Beldr's turn and doesn't incur delay. On Day 3, if the player doesn't kill the enemy leaders, Beldr will remain at Speed 32. When player kills off enemy teams, Beldr adds +3 Speed for every team killed, until he reaches Speed 50.
Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil SurvivorEdit
- Beldr is contained as leftover compendium data in Devil Survivor 2. He lacks an image for the status screen, but retains most of his data from the first game. His Immortal Racial Skill still functions as normal, and his compendium entry is identical to the one that would be used in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Belial and Beelzebub return as bonus bosses, and it may have been planned to have all Bel demons reappear in this way.
- When encountering the party for the second time, Beldr says "you will all shed your tears for me". This refers to a part of his myth in which Hel promised to return Baldr to life, but only if everything in the world cried for Baldr. This was almost accomplished, but Þökk, a giantess, refused to cry for him, thus voiding the agreement. Þökk was believed to have been Loki in disguise.