Exdeath is one of the villains fighting for the side of Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. Once a tree living within the sentient Great Forest of Moore, he is a warlock who controls the power of the "Void", a nothingness that can swallow space in seconds. His movements are slow, but he can use his teleportation ability to instantly close in on his enemies. Exdeath is allied with Kefka, Kuja, and the Cloud of Darkness, and the four work together to destroy the world. With Kuja's assistance, he seeks to trap and combat his rival, Bartz, who often flees from him.
While Bartz is his rival in the original Dissidia, his main rival in the 012 storyline is Kain.
Exdeath's appearance in Dissidia is virtually unchanged from his Amano artwork and in-game battle sprite in Final Fantasy V. Exdeath wears a sky blue suit of armor with a horned helmet, spiked shoulders, and a long blue cape. His helmet is topped with a two-ended plume and has a thin opening. His armor is decorated with jewels, gold trim, and beads. Although he is a warlock, Exdeath also carries a sword with him.
In his first alternate costume "Santalum Robe", Exdeath's armor is colored a lighter blue-green shade, based on the sprite of Exdeath's Soul, a palette swap of him faced in Final Fantasy V.
Exdeath's second alternate outfit "Ebony Robe" is based on Yoshitaka Amano's artwork of Neo Exdeath. He has a yellow and blue cape and white skin, revealing gold-lined black armour with yellow sashes around his waist connected to a blue gemstone. Exdeath has a demonic face, gray hair, and curved yellow horns with fin-like appendages emerging from their bases. His EX Mode is based on the front, humanoid portion of Neo Exdeath's sprite. The gold colorings on his armour turn brown, his hair is brown and styled differently, his cape is purple, and his horns turn red and grow larger.
Exdeath's manikin version, Fallacious Tree, is cyan.
In battle, Exdeath is described as an Entropic Adversary. Exdeath's offensive Bravery attacks are slow and weak, but rather than be aggressive, Exdeath uses several powerful guards to block opposing attacks and launch swift, powerful counterattacks. Exdeath's guard attacks vary in effectiveness, but overall he can block almost any attack. Exdeath is also able to teleport, which somewhat compensates for his slow movement. His HP attack Delta Attack doubles as another blocking attack, and his other two HP attacks are usable as counterattacks.
All of Exdeath's guard attacks have the same counterattacks, and he is able to use any of his counterattacks when guarding regardless of if he has them equipped as normal attacks or not. When using any of the following counterattacks, Exdeath attacks much quicker than if he used them as normal attacks.
O - Hurricane
Towards Opponent + O - Sword Dance (Can be used twice)
Away from Opponent + O - Vacuum Wave (Can be used twice)
[Square] - Almagest
Away from Opponent + [Square] - Grand Cross
Towards Opponent + [Square] - Maelstrom
Summons a black hole that pulls the enemy into it. Has a slight absorbing effect
Send out a circle of energy that you teleport to when you release O
Guard that defends against magical Bravery attacks. Can deflect some magical HP attacks as well.
Guard that defends against physical Bravery attacks. Can deflect some physical HP attacks as well.
Guard that is effective against almost all frontal brave attacks as long as O is held down. Turns to face opponent when blocking.
Surrounding guard that is effective against all brave attacks and almost all HP attacks. Exdeath cannot move or turn while Block is in effect.
Summon a hurricane around Exdeath. Has an absorbing effect. If you press O after blocking, Exdeath will counter with Hurricane
Swoop towards enemy and swing sword, can Wall Rush for additional damage
If you press UP+O after blocking, Exdeath will counter with Sword Dance (Can attack twice normally and four times in EX Mode)
Throws a ball of light at the enemy, can initiate a chase. If you press DOWN+O after blocking, Exdeath will counter with Vacuum Wave(Can be used twice normally and four times in EX Mode)
Create a field of energy that fires a blast of magic straight forward Has a blocking effect when creating the field
Surround yourself in dark energy and move towards enemy, and then explode. Can Wall Rush for additional damage. If you press [Square] after blocking, Exdeath will counter with Almagest
Summon orbs that circle enemy and converge on them. If you press DOWN+[Square] after blocking, Exdeath will counter with Grand Cross
Summons a powerful whirlwind around the opponent. Can be charged. If you press UP+[Square] after blocking, Exdeath will counter with Maelstrom
EX Mode - Power of the Void
Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.
Doubles Critical Hit Rate while in EX Mode
His guard attacks become faster to recover, and the speed of counter attacks he can perform increases.
The laws of the universe mean nothing!
The player must hold O to reduce a bar, working in reverse way as Cloud of Darkness's EX Burst. In case the bar isn't completely emptied, Exdeath will cast a more powerful version of Grand Cross, but, in case the player has executed it perfectly, Exdeath will cast Neo Almagest, in which Exdeath engulfs the opponent in the Void and then seals the entrance by crushing it in his hands.