Voldo first appeared in Soul Edge, offering the first insights of his unpredictable play style and mannerisms. Later, in the sequel, Soulcalibur, he gained many of his staple moves and traits that would later stay in his reappearance during following games Soul Calibur II, Soul Calibur III and Soul Calibur IV. He is one of the few characters to have been present in every version (either arcade or home) of almost all of the games in the series. Voldo remains one of the most known characters in the series because of his unique style and unpredictability. He also returned in Soulcalibur V.
What lies in his soul is Allegiance. In Soulcalibur V's promotional material he is referred to as He Who Is Bound By Blind Allegiance.
Due to his appearance, Voldo is considered as an oddity, even among the Soul series' cast. Following his debut appearance in Soul Edge, all of his costumes had a very direct approach to the sado-masochistic slave theme which is associated with him. Voldo almost always wears a leather harness, which resembles a head trainer, covering his eyes and mouth, possibly to indicate that he is blind and mute. Most of his costumes also include other fetish elements, such as spikes, strings tied tightly around his body, thongs revealing his buttocks and parts of his costumes are made from see-through fishnet. In Soul Calibur IV his initial concept even had a ball gag, but this wasn't included in the game, possibly due to its offensiveness or to avoid a higher rating. His final design in Soul Calibur IV includes an element from his 2P costume from Soul Edge - monoculars. However, in this costume, he has three of them, two where his eyes should be and one in the middle of his forehead.
Voldo's Soul Calibur V outfit is seemingly less bondage themed, however when he loses the colorful fur during battle, it's revealed that he's dressed in his usual way. Interestingly, Voldo is the only sexualized male character in the game.
Voldo's Edge Master Mode in the first game on the series, Soul Edge, revealed his past as the right-hand man of Italian weapons merchant Vercci, known as the Merchant of Death, due to his business with the Spanish Armada. Vercci desired Soul Edge to form part of his collection of rare weapons, and Voldo stood as the head of the expeditions in his search, even contracting the services of the feared Spanish Captain Cervantes de Leon, and later accompanied Vercci when he decided to take the search personally. When word came that the Italian Wars broke on Italy and that Vercci's possessions were the first targets, Vercci grew angry. He moved his fleet, his only remaining possession, on an uninhabited island off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea and dug a 50-mt deep shaft that would serve as his tomb and vault. Voldo would later be instructed to slay the sailors that helped in the construction to avoid the location of Vercci's Money Pit to be revealed, then later shut himself with his deceased master. The Money Pit would later become Voldo's staple stage, featuring in every game in different locations like the main vault (in Soul Edge) or the Top Tier (in Soulcalibur II). Voldo would remain sealed underground, turning himself into the guardian of the tomb and slaying those who ventured to steal, making rumors of the island, its treasures and its "ghost guardian" spread around the globe. Years later, Voldo would hear his master's voice commanding him to search Soul Edge once again, making him leave the tomb to do so.
In his second appearance in the sequel Soulcalibur, it is stated in his profile that Voldo's search of Soul Edge ended in failure, and he returned to the Money Pit to find it flooded by a storm. After saving what he could, Voldo remained inside for the 3 year span between both games, later to reemerge from the pit following a woman with the essence of Soul Edge, Ivy, who tried to find leads on the sword for herself.
The profile on his next appearance, in Soulcalibur II, states how Voldo returned to the Money Pit after taking Yoshimitsu's katana, mistaking it for Soul Edge due to its evil aura, only to find years later an intruder with Soul Edge fragments. Voldo realized the katana was not Soul Edge and set out on a new search, collecting fragments while seeking it.
His appearance in the fourth game, Soulcalibur III, states he, during one of his periodic visits to the Pit, found the tomb ransacked and the sword he mistook for Soul Edge stolen alongside the fragments he collected in his travels. Since the thieves were apparently interested in Soul Edge, he decided to track them down and force them to reveal any information of the sword they know. He also came to realize he was someday going to die and leave the pit unprotected, so he also started to search a worthy successor, which his ending states could be Lizardman (Aeon Calcos), though this is not canon.
In Soulcalibur IV, Voldo does find Soul Edge with Nightmare at Ostrheinsburg. As he picked up the sword, he heard Soul Edge's voice, in disguise of his master's, telling him that he has done well in finding Soul Edge and that now he must offer his soul. However, the true voice of Voldo's master spoke to him, warning Voldo of the Evil Sword's trickery. Whether this was a spirit, or simply Voldo's imagination remains a mystery. It seems Voldo took Soul Edge into his guardianship, protecting the sword from those that sought it, but in turn also protecting humanity from its malevolence by preventing it from ever being wielded.
According to Soulcalibur V, Soul Edge's illusion of Vercci was shattered from Voldo's mind by a purifying blow from Kilik's Kali-Yuga staff. He returned to Vercci's Money Pit with the intention to become its guardian once again, only to find it had been ransacked by theives in his absence. Voldo spent the next several years murdering the ones responsible and retrieving every piece of treasure stolen. Even after the collection was complete, Voldo continued to search, this time for the object his master had always desired and he had been so close to aquiring: Soul Edge.
In 1607, Voldo serves under of Graf Dumas, and battles Patroklos when he attempts to kill Dumas. Later, after Patroklos reunites with his sister, Pyrrha, they are ambushed by Voldo. Patroklos is wounded by him, and Pyrrha is forced to take up arms and fight him.
Voldo opens the door to Vercci's tomb. He approaches the throne, but begins to rub Soul Edge on his face.
Good Ending: He places the sword on the altar. Vercci's ghost appears and says to Voldo that he has done well. He asks Voldo to guard Soul Edge and sit on his throne.
- The player can switch the camera view from Voldo to Vercci's ghost while he talks by pressing the X button.
Bad Ending: By pressing left then right very quickly, Voldo begins to caress the blade faster and faster until it shatters and Voldo slumps downward looking at the pieces in despair, while he hears Vercci exclaiming his name.
The moment he grasped the evil sword, a flood of evil energy coursed through Voldo's body and made him writhe in agony.
"Entrust your soul to the sword..." A familiar voice echoed in his mind. As he gave into the power of the sword, the pain dissolved miraculously and his memory along with his youth returned.
The image of his dead master was reflected in his eyes, now wide open. His master's wish was finally fulfilled, as was his. In the empty solitary darkness of this place, he found eternal bliss.
In the familiar darkness, Voldo welcomed the moment of bliss. He carries the sacred sword to the alter. His master's wish was about to be fulfilled. At the very moment, their dearest wishes came true, and Voldo heard a familiar voice again. He would lurk in the shadows for eternity. To protect his master, even to this day.
Voldo is seen at the secret money pit, carrying Soul Edge in his hand. He puts a rattling barrel on the ground, steps forward, and offers Soul Edge to his master, who is speaking to him through a giant statue. The input command shows up as Voldo's master congratulates him for his success in retrieving Soul Edge.
Input Ending: Voldo turns around, remembering the barrel he placed on the ground, and knocks on the barrel. The barrel breaks open revealing Lizardman (Aeon Calcos) wearing Voldo's mask. Voldo and Lizardman bow to the master statue as the scene fades out.
No Input Ending: Voldo's master tells him that even though he did a good job in retrieving Soul Edge, it's still not enough. Voldo's master orders him to retrieve souls to appeal to Soul Edge. Voldo leaves to do this, but he has become possessed by Soul Edge.
As Voldo looks at Soul Edge, Vercci's voice can be heard saying "Now take this sword and give your soul to me." Before Voldo goes to grab the sword, he looks back at a Vercci, who is depicted as a bright, floating light. Vercci cries out, "Voldo! Don't be fooled!" The screen fades to black and then shows Voldo placing Soul Edge onto a throne. A group of thieves/soldiers then enter the room, but they don't make it far as Voldo takes out every one of them. He then bows to Soul Edge and walks away.
The text-only epilogue says that the cursed sword will never be held by mankind again as long as the guardian of the sword keeps his vigil.
Voldo is easily recognizable by his strange and unique style of play. His moveset is based on attacks that bend and twist his body in unnatural ways, making him an extremely unpredictable fighter. He also has many stances that compliment his odd style, like his Mantis Crawl in which he stands on his four limbs face-first. Also unique to Voldo is his ability to fight with his back towards his opponent. He uses a different set of attacks in this mode, though he returns to face-forward mode to execute grabs. Due to the nature of his weapons, Voldo has one of the shortest range in the game, which is considered a major flaw. Also, due to his lack of eyesight, Voldo will sometimes miss the opponent if they are quicker than him. Despite these difficulties, he is generally considered as a high tier character by the tournament community.
Great Gear of Madness: He attaches himself to his opponent from behind, who he sets on fire rolling around. Voldo then jumps up and slams the opponent to the ground.
Wheel of Madness: Voldo start his Critical Edge with a bow, and then attacks his opponent in a circular shape, in the end he will suprees his opponent and back to normal slightly hurts them.
- Manas & Ayus
- Cat Claws
- Tofana Scissors
- Shame & Blame
- Iron Ram
- Heavy Jur
- Karma & Mara
- Full Moon
- Soul Edge (Complete) Voldo
Deep in an unknown area where the Lord Vercci's tomb was hidden along with his treasure and rich with golds.
Money Pit (SC)
The Money Pit once proud of its impregnable status faced a humbling conquering at the hands of an act of god. A terrible storm flooded most of the treasure vaults and even the highest of the vaults could not escape. The highest among the stockyards bore the marble statue of the dead master Vercci, this was the final stand of the Money Pit and the place Voldo placed the coffin of the dead master and slowly gathered the remaining treasure into.
Money Pit - Top Tier (SC2)
This deep chasm is both the storehouse and the tomb of the Italian merchant of death, Vercci. This place, built on a nameless island in the Mediterranean Sea, is renowned to grave robbers as the Money Pit. Countless booby-traps, including a water trap based on the tides, line the pit, but the most feared deterrent is the enigmatic guardian that awaits within. None who have sought the treasures have ever returned. This platform is the top level of the Money Pit, located near the entrance opening. But grave robbers must be wary, for one missed step means certain death down the chasm. They may get to the treasure at the bottom, but it is meaningless if they are dead.
(Note: Voldo shares this stage with Yoshimitsu.)
Secret Money Pit (SC3)
There is an island with no known name that occasionally becomes the topic of rumors told at taverns. Beneath this island floating in the Mediterranean Sea is a giant vertical shaft at least 50 meters deep, which was dug in secrecy. There, along with countless traps to stop intruders, lies a great fortune.
The rumors say that this place belonged to Vercci, the wealthy Italian merchant. It is said that he disappeared into the sea along with his fleet of ships, and that he sleeps here now, together with his treasure... but no one has ever confirmed the truth.
Those who have foolishly ventured into the pit have paid for their overconfidence with their lives. Those who survived returned not with treasure, but with wounds carved into their bodies. As the wounds had obviously been made by a blade, the rumors eventually began to include tales of a mysterious guardian.
Phantom Pavilion (SC4)
Torture Chamber (SC5)
Theme MusicSoul Blade
- "The Gears of Madness"
- "Another Fanatic"
- "Sweet Illusion"
- "Ordinary Pain"
- "Blind Loyalty"
- "Amid the Pure Insanity"
Tower Of Lost Souls Skills & Details
Voldo appears in Tower of Lost Souls on the Ascend path under the floors, "Unfailing Tower" & "Worshipped Sacrifice."
TOLS Ascend Mode: Unfailing Tower & Worshipped Sacrifice
Shadow (Story Mode Stages 1-3 Only)
Skills On Unfailing Tower
1.HP Recovery A
2.Auto Grapple Break S
3.Nullify Ringout A
Skills On Worshiped Sacrifice
1.HP Recovery A
2.Shave Damage C
2.Nullify Counter A
3.Auto Counter C
- In Soulcalibur III, characters created with the Dancer class can use a discipline called "Soul of Voldo." Using this discipline removes nearly all spoken words from their dialogue. A select few attacks are still accompanied by a spoken phrase, though. (Caliostro Rush B+G, for example)
- Voldo's nickname in both Soul Edge and Soulcalibur is "Hell Guardian".
- Voldo's third costume in Soulcalibur II is reminiscent of the aliens from the Alien movies.
- Voldo's Destined Battle in Soulcalibur is Ivy. His Destined Battle in both Soulcalibur II and Soulcalibur III is Yoshimitsu.
- The North American Dreamcast Version of Soulcalibur removes one of Voldo's suggestive codpieces featuring a bull. However, the codpiece is present in the European and Japanese versions.
- Voldo bears similarities to Hellboy villain Karl Kroenen.
- Voldo's fighting style is similar to Sunny the Scorpion, the main villain in the 1991 kung-fu film ''Operation Scorpio''.
- In Soulcalibur II: Reloaded, Voldo has a costume that looks like Tira.
- The triple-lensed goggles Voldo wears in Soulcalibur IV look similar to the goggles worn by Splinter Cell series protagonist Sam Fisher.
- It isn't really made fully clear on whether Vercci really haunts the vault, or whether it is another sign of Voldo going insane. It is possible that Voldo only believes he can hear his master's orders, and is really guarding the vault and seeking Soul Edge due to his own insanity. However, in Voldo's Good Ending (although some argue that it's actually his Bad Ending) Vercci's Ghost seemingly appears in front of Voldo to thank him for returning Soul Edge, and to give him his next task of guarding it for life. Some believe that Voldo hallucinates Vercci and therefore "dooms himself" into remaining in the Vault for the rest of his life (hence why they consider this the "Bad" Ending) furthering the proof by stating that the player will only see the ghost if the ending is viewed from Voldo's perspective - however it is important to note that Voldo is blind, and therefore it would make no difference to him whether the ghost appeared or not, as he wouldn't see it. It can be assumed from this that Vercci really did return as a ghost, and Voldo simply heard his voice. However, Voldo's ending in Soul Calibur III seems to imply that hearing Vercci's voice was part of his madness, and Soul Edge simply took advantage of that.
- In Soulcalibur IV, when performing his "Jack in the cage" move on female characters, it will change to "Bloody drill".
- Because of his unusual appearance, some newcomers to the Soul Series (as well as regulars who don't pay attention to the storyline) don't realize Voldo is human.
- Although it is stated from the very beginning that Voldo can no longer talk, he apparently has dialogue in the Edgemaster book in Soul Edge.
- Voldo's design in Soul Calibur V has a spider theme.
- Voldo's 2P costume in Soul Calibur V is similar to one of a jester's in green, red and purple. It also shows the seasonal cycle (starting from the left side of his front and going clockwise, it shows Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter).
- During Story ~1607 A.D.~ in Soul Calibur V, Voldo is apparently killed by Pyrrha after they battle. Whether this is canonical or not remains to be seen, as legitimate storyline is very limited in Soul Calibur V.
- Voldo's main weapons have been changed throughout the Soul series. His first weapons were the Karma & Mara (Soul Edge/Soul Blade), then to Shame & Blame (Soulcalibur) and finally to Manas & Ayus (Soulcalibur II-onwards).
- Servant of Vercci.
- Viewed Rock as a kindred spirit.
- Stole Yoshimitsu's katana sometime before Soulcalibur II. Shares a Destined Battle with him in Soulcalibur II and in Soulcalibur III.
- Servant of Nightmare in Soulcalibur IV and V.
- Cured of his malfestation by Kilik during the events of Soul Calibur IV.
- Defeated by Patroklos and later by Pyrrha during the Soul Calibur V storymode.
Soulcalibur Manga Comic
- In Soulcalibur Manga Comic, Volume 2 (Act.8), Voldo appears and attacks Ivy by surprise during the trap. Voldo however stops his attack when Lord Vercci appears and commands him to do so.
- Soul Edge (playable from the start)
- Soulcalibur (playable from the start)
- Soulcalibur II (playable from the start)
- Soulcalibur III (playable from the start)
- Soulcalibur IV (playable from the start)
- Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny (playable from the start)
- Soulcalibur V (playable from the start)
Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny
Universal Fighting System
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