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I am reborn, from the realm of chaos. Through all the time that has passed, my hatred has raged on! All living things on this earth will be burned by the flames of Hell!
~ Arem

Arem is the final boss in the non-canon game Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys.


Referred as the original leader of the Clan of Darkness, Arem had conquered the land of Celceta in the past using his military might, plunging the land into a age of darkness, which earned him the title of "Lord of Slaughter". The hero Lefance, along with his five disciples fought against Arem's forces and eventually killed him in battle.

In this version of the game, Gruda's schemes revolve around using the power of the Mask of the Sun to revive Arem, which he accomplishes after he backstabs and kills Eldeel. The hero Adol fights Arem at the center of the Temple of the Sun, where he ends defeated for good.


The fight against Arem is a multi-stage battle in a wide arena. He will fight first in his human form, hovering around the arena while shooting multiple energy blasts. On his second form he will turn into a large armored knight, using sword slashes and spells which cover a large portion of the arena. On his final form he will morph into a grotesque, flesh-melting monster, using only a mouth laser while remaining stationary.


Arem values power above anything else, amassing and using it in order to force others into servitude and ruling over the lands through sheer strength. He believes might makes right and cares not for justice of any kind. He's also pragmatic and has no qualms over using underhanded tactics, as he conquered Celceta through schemes and trickery. He relishes on the power and fear he produces through his barbaric rule, using his military to instill fear into the populace and even gain the title of "Lord of Slaughter".

Following his resurrection, Arem returns to the world filled with rage over his initial defeat and the centuries he spent in the realm of chaos, now wishing to exterminate all forms of life. He believes himself superior to others and is particularly dismissive of humans, showing surprise that the human Adol possessed enough power to fight him. He doesn't take losing easily and refuses to let himself be defeated, proclaiming he'll drag Adol along with him if he was to be banished and being unable to accept that he was defeated by light a second time.


External links

  • Arem on the Pure Evil Wiki.


Ys series.png Villains

Ys Origin and Ancient Ys Vanished
Epona - Kishgal - Zava - Jenocres - Dark Fact (OVA ver.) - Velagunder - Tyalmath - Dalles (OVA ver.) - Darm
Ys III: Wanderers From Ys and The Oath in Felghana
Dularn - Chester Stoddart - Count McGuire - Nikolas Garland (Original) - Galbalan (Original)
Ys IV: Mask of the Sun, Dawn of Ys and Memories of Celceta
Commander Leo - Bami - Gadis - Dark Knight - Eldeel - Gruda (SNES ver. - PC-En ver. - PS2 ver.) - Arem
Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand
Dorman - Ibur Gang - Karion - Baruk - Abyss - Rizze - Jabir
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim
Jue - Xisa - Sera - Admiral Agares - Ernst
Scias - Tialuna Rem Iskalia - Rul-Ende
Romun Empire - Clan of Darkness