|“||Trust no one. Feed your anger! Only anger will keep you strong.||„|
|~ Xaldin to the Beast|
Xaldin, also known as the Whirlwind Lancer, is the third member of Organization XIII and a major antagonist in the Kingdom Hearts series. He is a silver-tongued Nobody who controls the wind. He wields six lances named Lindworm and uses his powers over wind to manipulate all six at once, for both offensive and defensive purpose.
Xaldin's lances can transform into a dragon-shaped contraption to attack opponents with whirlwinds. He controls the lance-wielding Dragoon Nobodies.
He is the main antagonist of the Beast's Castle arcs in Kingdom Hearts II and a minor ally and playable character in 358/2 Days.
He was voiced by David Dayan Fisher in the English dubbed version, and Yōsuke Akimoto in the Japanese version.
Xaldin was once Dilan, a castle guard working under Ansem the Wise, benign lord of the Radiant Garden kingdom, who met Ventus and later took Aqua's armor and Keyblade into the castle. Becoming a Nobody to be free of feelings, Xaldin understood the setbacks of lacking a heart, but kept a clear disdain towards people who follow their hearts, especially towards the Beast.
Xaldin secretly begins his attempt to manipulate the Beast's rage to create a powerful Nobody and Heartless. He then kidnaps Belle, forcing the Beast to choose whether Belle or the rose is more important to him. The plan fails when Belle gets away with the rose and Xaldin falls against Sora and the Beast, fading into nothingness.
However, in Dream Drop Distance, it's revealed that he was revived as Dilan along with Even, Aeleus, Ienzo and Lea.
|“||With pleasure, but I'd rather travel light... What shall I leave behind? Belle? Or the rose?||„|
|~ Xaldin after the Beast orders him to leave his castle.|
|“||When Kingdom Hearts is ours, we can exist fully and completely. So you see, Beast---that's why we need your Heartless AND your Nobody!||„|
|~ Xaldin, talking about his plans.|
|“||You act as though you have a conscience. When was the last time any one of us felt anything?||„|
|~ Xaldin, mocking Demyx's display of emotion.|
- Xaldin is very similar towards Forte, seeing how they both did not want the Beast to fall in love with Belle for their own selfish reasons.
- Fan works depict Xaldin as the Organization's chef and having an obsession with stabbing anyone and anything.
- Xaldin is rather infamous for being an extremely difficult boss. In fact, he's so hard that he is one of the ten bosses in which King Mickey can save Sora.