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Would you serve in Heaven, or rule in Hell?

Abaddon was the former leader of the Hellguard before he planned to break the seals and prematurely trigger the apocalypse; After falling in battle he was turned into The Destroyer by Lilith and commanded Hell's forces on Earth intending to conquer both Heaven and Hell.

He is the main antagonist of Darksiders and is the twenty-first/final boss of the game. He was eventually fought by War when the Horseman defeated his Chosen, reassembled the Armageddon blade and infiltrated his tower, which ended Abaddon and his reign once and for all.


The leader of the Hellguard, Abaddon bravely fought in the name of Heaven for many millennia. His hatred for Demonkind was fierce and he was less than content with the treaties of the Charred Council, a view that put him out of favor with the majority of the Angels. He is described as being the greatest warrior Heaven has ever produced.


Darksiders: Genesis[]

Abaddon, together with his second in command Astarte was the leader of the angelic garrison on Eden ever since the Nephilim tried to take the realm. One day however Lucifer released the Grinner onto the realm, a mass of Corruption given form who corrupted many of Abaddon's men including Astarte. Driven mad, the one-time angel was further twisted when she made a deal with Lucifer in an attempt to escape the realm and many of her subordinates followed in her footsteps.

Then while under siege by his own men Abaddon discovered the Horsemen Strife and War had entered Eden hoping to collect artifacts of power from it. Abaddon formed a temporary truce with the duo to eliminate his twisted and broken men and the monster that had broken them, and later on helped to track down the Storm Caller so that the Demon who meant to take Eden, Dagon, could be put down.

Abaddon was present when the Charred Council forged the pact of the Seven Seals, acting as a representative of the First Kingdom.

The Abomination Vault[]

When Belisatra's construct army attacked Eden in an attempt to recover Grand Abominations from the Nephilim's last battle, it was Abaddon that led the reinforcements for the Angel garrison there. During the battle, a construct using the long thought lost Nephilim sword Affliction attacked Abaddon and took his eye.

Death encountered Abaddon when he arrived at the angel encampment at Eden, where angelic healers were trying and failing to save Abaddon's sight. Were it not for his own innate power and the healer's efforts, the blade's poisoning effects would have claimed far more than his eye. Abaddon and Azrael negotiated with Death to share their knowledge regarding the incident, but Death left as soon as he saw Affliction, correctly guessing the Constructs' purpose in attacking Eden.

The Archangel later encountered Death and his brother War in the White City when the two fought an Angelic assassin on their way to research the Maker Belisatra in the Argent Spire. The Archangel confronted them with his guards, a young Uriel among them, and nearly attacked them out of fury for War's recent raid on a facility of his. But Death managed to blitz Abaddon and held him at blade-point, threatening him with both certain death and a declaration of war from the Charred Council. Though incensed, Abaddon relented and allowed them to proceed with their mission.

Death's Door[]

Several centuries prior to the Apocalypse, Abaddon asked Death to track a rogue demon on Earth that had killed several of his best warriors. Unbeknownst to him, the "Demon" was an Angel taken by Corruption.

When the Angel was dead and the Horseman confronted Abbadon, the Archangel told him that he had assumed the perpetrator was a Demon.

Darksiders Comic Book[]

Sometime before the apocalypse, Abaddon stood before a great crowd of Angels in the White City and attempted to convince them of the dangers posed by Demonkind. He was mocked, since the other Angels were unwilling to violate the truce in a preemptive strike. The Archangel gave voice to his frustrations in private with Uriel and she assured him that her allegiance would always lie with him.

However, Abaddon soon sent her away so that he could meet confidentially with his fellow conspirators, Ulthane and Azrael. The two angels and Maker conversed, Abaddon proposed that they break six out of the Seven Seals using the Armageddon Blade in order to call the leadership of Hell to Earth, then quickly assassinate them. Ulthane will repair the seals immediately and it will be made to look like the demons invaded unprovoked and only the Angel's intervention stopped the disaster.

Darksiders Prologue[]

As part of his plan, Abaddon led the Hellguard to Earth to fight against the Demons and found to his shock that the Demons were far more prepared than he had anticipated. He was distracted upon seeing War on the field. Shocked at the appearance of the Horseman, which was exactly what he had been trying to prevent by not breaking the seventh seal, Abaddon was taken by surprise and killed by Straga.

After his apparent death, Abaddon found himself in a dark, unknown location, alone except for a shadowy female presence, Lilith, who revealed herself to be responsible for some form of sabotage to Abaddon's plan. As Abaddon broke down in despair, Lilith then presented him with a choice: to "Serve in Heaven or rule in Hell," reminding him that if he chose the former, he would likely be tried and executed by the Charred Council for his defiance.

His spirit broken, Abaddon chose to become the Destroyer. He returned to Azrael, who, not knowing what had transpired, took him to Eden to commune with the Tree of Knowledge. It is not known what gift Abaddon received from the Tree, but it may have driven him mad. He also convinced the Archon Lucien to partially open the Well of Souls with the Angel Key, allowing him to tap into the power of the Well and he was reborn as a Demon and became the Destroyer of the Realms.

Darksiders III[]

Prior to Abaddon's return to Earth a demon named Abraxis sought to position himself as the Abaddon's right-hand man and towards this end would commission the building of the Black Throne to serve as the Angel turned Demon's home. Though Fury can kill the demon the Black throne is still completed anyway and still becomes the home of Abaddon. Later on, The Charred Council sponsors an attack on Haven by the Destroyer, The Horseman Strife fends his forces off while Fury evacuates the Humans.

Darksiders II[]

Death visited Earth during the Destroyer's reign, where he found that the Fallen Angel's forces were using pieces of the Rod of Arafel, an Angelic relic, to fuel his army and summon monstrosities from the Abyss to serve him like the Chosen and the Suffering. The Horseman reclaimed the relic and left the Earth for Lostlight. Also based on the state of Shadow's Edge, Samael has also been imprisoned by this point in time.

Also, in Lostlight, the Archangel Nathaniel asked Death to uncover the fate of Abaddon's Soul after his fall on Earth during the Apocalypse, giving him a scroll to deliver to the Eternal Throne. He did not tell Death who it was he sought but intended no deception as the name of the Soul sought was on the scroll, unrecognized by Death. He journeyed to the Kingdom of the Dead to inquire of the Chancellor if the Soul had passed through the City of the Dead.

When he learned that it had not, he returned to Nathaniel, who was overjoyed to learn that Abaddon may have lived but cautious, keeping the information to himself until learning the details of Abaddon's survival. Death later learned from Muria that the individual Nathaniel sought was now called Vovin, which translates to Dragon in the Angel's language. He was also informed that the individual was a traitorous Hellguard member. Nathaniel was greatly distraught upon realizing that Abaddon was the Destroyer and revealed to Death the identity of the Soul upon Death's inquiry.


Heaven hunts you... Hell hates you. All of creation cares not whether you live or die. Join me War. Like a great sword, I will raise you up and our enemies will shatter against us. The spoils of a thousand victories will be yours. Or serve the justice of a corrupt Council. And a Creator who abandons his most faithful. I offer you this choice Horseman. Would you serve in Heaven or rule in Hell?
— Abaddon tries to convince War to join him.

Abaddon after his rebirth as a demon

As the Destroyer, and empowered by the vast energies of the Well, he took control of Hell's armies on Earth, appointed five powerful creatures of The Abyss as his Chosen and annihilated all of Humanity as well as most of the Hellguard's forces, now led by Uriel. When Samael spoke out against his rule, he split the Blood Prince's power amongst his Chosen and imprisoned Samael in the Scalding Gallow. At some point after tricking the Archon and Azrael into aiding him, he sent Straga, his most powerful minion, to capture Azrael and imprison him in the Black Throne, the seat of Hell's power on Earth. The Destroyer also employed lesser Demon lords such as Belial in his forces. He retained his militant ruthless personality through his transformation, though referred to his previous identity in the third person and became significantly more malicious.

After War returned to Earth, he killed the four Chosen and defeated Straga in relatively short order. Killing Straga destroyed the enormous spire which the Destroyer used to channel energy from the Well of Souls, and immediately thereafter War journeyed with Azrael to Eden. There, he received a vision from the Tree of Knowledge which allowed him to learn of Abaddon's fall and the Charred Council's duplicity in framing him for the premature apocalypse. After receiving his vision, War came to the conclusion that Abaddon had been betrayed by someone who knew of his plans. However, the identity of this traitor is never revealed or even speculated upon by War, Azrael, or the Watcher.

At the Tree of Knowledge, War also received the hilt of the Armageddon Blade, and decided that the blade needed to be remade in order to kill the Destroyer. After gathering its pieces, War took the broken blade to Ulthane, who reforged it. War then finally confronted Abaddon with the Hellguard. The Demon tried to persuade War to join him (even using the same words Lilith used on him) but engaged the Horseman in battle in his Dragonic Demon form when he refused and called him a coward. However, War proved too strong for Abaddon, and he shifted back into his Angelic form, which had been corrupted and now resembled a Dark Angel. He was ultimately defeated by War and the Horseman tore his wings off. He murmured to Uriel for help, but she only told him to "Reap what he had sown,". Abaddon was then impaled by War with the Armageddon Blade and died for good finally ending his rule of earth.


Before his fall, Abaddon was fiercely dedicated to Heaven and his fellow Angels, gaining the respect, loyalty and admiration of the Angels who served under him, namely Uriel and the Hellguard. The Hellguard in particular were hyperbolically stated to have worshiped Abaddon by Samael. He greatly valued the lives of those who served under him, refusing to sacrifice them to reach a personal goal, and was somewhat vindictive when they were harmed in any way, as when he called upon Death to slay a Demon that had killed ten of his best warriors (which later turned out to be an Angel named Makhala). Despite this, his intense hatred for Demonkind outweighed his respect and duty to the treaties imposed by the Charred Council, as he greatly desired Hell's defeat along with its ruler, the Dark Prince. This unfortunately put him out of favor of the elder Angels above him and even his old friend Azrael at the time of the premature apocalypse. However, when he announced his plans to ambush the Dark Prince and his closest followers, he had hoped to end it and prevent any Humans from getting caught in the fighting, therefore preventing an actual war.

After the Apocalypse and his betrayal in becoming the Destroyer, Abaddon became a shadow of his former self, even refusing to answer to his original name. He abandoned his beliefs in the Creator, believing He abandons His most faithful. Abaddon's derision towards the Council turned to full blown disillusionment, holding the Law in contempt and considering the Council itself corrupt.

Despite his corruption, Abaddon still had some lingering feelings for Uriel, as she was his most loyal and fierce follower, and didn't kill her immediately when she confronted him at the Black Throne. He begged her for help when he was finally beaten by War, though he did not receive it. After his corruption, Abaddon noted Uriel's feelings for him and recalled feeling the same way towards her.

Abilities and Power[]

Abaddon is an exceptionally powerful and revered Archangel, revered as the leader of the Hellguard and worshiped by his subordinates for his power. In The Abomination Vault, Abaddon was described as the greatest warrior Heaven has ever produced, and most certainly the strongest alive in Heaven's military, speaking volumes of his prowess. As such he had a vast array of holy powers at his disposal:

  • Master Swordsman - Abaddon is a master of sword fighting and is not inferior to a swordsman such as War, one of the Riders and the last of the Nephilim. His sword is very long, and perhaps uncomfortable for an ordinary soldier, but for thousands of years, the Archangel learned some powerful and frightening forms of sword fighting. He easily wielded his sword, and can strike from anywhere, as he very easily blocks most attacks, showing that he can defend via his blade perfectly. Despite the size of the sword, Abaddon's style is more quick and rapid, than directed by brute force.
  • Sword Magic - he can fuse his magic with his sword, creating flying blades, reinforce it with magic strikes, magical turns, and sudden attacks from above.
    • Light Blades - Abaddon can create several flying strips of light that can wound the enemy and cause a high amount of damage.
    • Light Rotation - Abaddon forces his sword in a rotation, thereby creating an aura of light around himself. In this case, the enemy takes damage and is sent back from Abaddon.
    • Heaven Fall - Abaddon shoots up into the air, stores energy and falls sharply, then slams the sword on the ground while creating a shock wave in the process. From his body, there is a flash of light, which ends up becoming five long rays of light, thus injuring the enemy.
    • Flash of speed - After teleporting, Abaddon surrounds himself with light and at high speeds attack with his sword. While the attack cannot be blocked, it can be dodged.
  • Immense Strength - As an Archangel and one of the Fallen, Abaddon has a large amount of strength, sufficient enough to fight the Horseman of the Apocalypse on equal terms for a long amount of time. In one stroke, he could force the Horseman out of his Chaos Form.
  • Immense Speed - Abaddon has great speed, like other Angels. In battle, he is much faster than War. Despite his size, he can go from one part of the area to the next in mere seconds without resorting to teleportation.
  • Immense Durability - Abaddon has an excellent defense and was able to block almost all of the blows that the Red Rider gave. After his fall, he could only be harmed by the Armageddon Blade, one of the most powerful weapons in Creation. Even in The Abomination Vault, he's the only person aside from Death able to endure a strike from Affliction without dying.
  • Flight - Since Abaddon is an Angel, he can fly with his wings for an unlimited amount of time, using this as an advantage in battle. This ability remains even in his draconic Demon form and his Fallen Angel form.
  • Telekinesis - Abaddon can affect the objects around him without touching them. In his battle with War, with the power of thought, he lifted heavy stones and launched them at War.
    • Avalanche of Flying Rocks - Abaddon raises huge stones from any surface and throws them with great speed into the enemy over and over again, thereby allowing Abaddon to pin down his enemy.

After becoming the Destroyer, Abaddon's power was raised to near incalculable levels to the point he was chosen as the leader of all Demons on Earth strictly under Lucifer Himself. The only way he could be beaten is by destroying his Generals, cutting him off from the Well of Souls, and attacking him with the specially forged Armageddon Blade. He also gained a new array of powers from Lucifer:

  • Immense Magic Power - As the Destroyer, Abaddon had immense dark and corrupt power, able to summon powerful creatures from the Abyss, shroud an area making it nearly impenetrable and empower those who serve him, with only beings like Samael and Lucifer to equal or surpass him. He also used magic in his sword style, projecting energy through his blade in various forms.
  • Evil Summoning - Abaddon can summon Demons and other monsters from the Abyss of any point on Earth, Hell or the Black Tower.
  • Teleportation - The former Angel can teleport himself small distances for quick attacks.
  • Transformation - After his fall, Abaddon is able to transform into a giant dragon and back into his Angel form.
  • Fire Magic - After his transformation into the Destroyer, Abaddon can use in-fight fire-based spells.
    • Fireball - in the form of a Demon, Abaddon can spit fireballs from his mouth to burn the enemy from afar.
    • Fireball Storm - While soaring, Abaddon can create multiple fireballs flying at the enemy from the sky.
  • Expert of hand-to-hand combat - Abaddon uses melee in the form of a Demon, and though the style is not the most used weapon in his arsenal after becoming a Demon, Abaddon has excellent melee skills. His great strength and speed allow him to apply possible and fast strokes; although his Demonic form slightly reduced his speed, his punches were fatal.


Phase 1[]

In the first phase, the Destroyer is in Dragon form, it is preferable to mount Ruin for better survival chances, although it is doable on foot as well. As the Destroyer charges around the arena, position yourself so that you are jousting him head-on. Shortly before you collide, one of his arms will glow. If you pass on the glowing side, he will strike you with a claw strike. Pass by on his other side and slash his legs, tripping him. Turn quickly and dismount to slash his vulnerable belly as many times as you can before he gets up, then remount and repeat the process. Sometimes he instead flies off-screen and becomes untargetable. After a short delay he will roar and crash into the ground. When you hear the roar, activate Ruin's boost to dodge. Eventually, you should be able to see the finishing move icon. Once you have pressed the finishing move, War will jump on his back and the Destroyer will fly high in the air. When the icon comes up, press the allocated button repeatedly to end the first stage.

If attempting to complete the battle without using Ruin, it will be necessary to remain very close to the periphery of the battleground while he charges you on foot. He will charge at you with one of his forepaws glowing; dodge to one side or the other (it doesn't matter most of the time) to avoid his strike. If close to the perimeter of the battleground, Abaddon will get to the wall, briefly pause, and prepare to run away again like he typically would. Ordinarily, it would be impossible to reach him on foot during this pause because he will be too far away to engage before he starts running again. However, because of the wall, he will usually have stopped close enough to War that it will be possible to attack him. During his flight phase, it is also possible to fight him on foot. When he takes to the sky, simply stand in one place and wait for him to fall. If a block counter is activated at the precise moment he lands on War, War will take no damage and counter just as he normally would. It is also possible, with the right items and Wrath powers, to tank the hits without countering and simply wait for the flight phase to end.

Phase 2[]

In the second phase, the Destroyer has turned into a black winged version of his former self, Abaddon. In this battle, it's a simple slash and hack (just attack him as much as you can), however there are obstacles. Abaddon will block most of your melee hits, so it is usually necessary to engage him immediately after he finished an attack sequence. For some unknown reason it is impossible to use Chaos Form during this phase of battle - Abaddon will immediately break any attempt to use it and War will return to his normal form. At times, he will teleport in the air out of reach and levitate and throw three huge rocks one by one, which you must dodge quickly. He will also charge at you quickly, similar to Tiamat's combat tactics. If War is too far from Abaddon, Adaddon will use his sword to launch out a series of three ground energy blades at War. Fortunately, most of his melee attacks are able to be countered, which staggers Abaddon and mostly alleviates the problem of War having his attacks blocked. Timed correctly, block counters can take down Abaddon remarkably quickly. Throughout the fight, there will also be times where War and Abaddon will bladelock after a short fencing animation, during which you must press the allocated button repeatedly and quickly. After this process has been repeated three times, the final bladelock will result in War disarming and critically wounding Abaddon, after which a cutscene plays during which War rips off Abaddon's wings and impales him on the Armageddon blade.


  • He is one of the few angels with feathered wings.
  • Abaddon is the Hebrew term for destruction or doom (spelled ava-don).
  • Abbadon is Egyptian for the Destroyer (spelled ava-ton).
  • Adaddon is the first and (so far) only Final Boss in the Darksiders series to have two stages.
  • In the Apocalypse of John, Abaddon is equated with Apollyon, which is the Greek term for "The Destroyer".
  • The angel Abaddon is only mentioned once in the Bible being The Angel of the Pit, in connection to the apocalypse: "And they had a king over them [the locusts], which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." (Book of Revelation 9:11)
  • During the final portion of the boss fight, Abaddon's black wings, his long katana, and his meteor-throwing attack are very similar to Sephiroth of the Final Fantasy series.
  • Because Darksiders II, Darksiders III are mid-quell games, and Darksiders Genesis is the prequel to both Darksiders II and Darksiders III, chronologically, Abaddon is (so far) the final boss of the entire Darksiders series. Which can be considered a fitting ending for him, Abaddon, because he is the one who plotted to trigger the End War prematuraly.
  • The term "Would you serve in Heaven, or rule in Hell?" is a direct quote from the first chapter of John Milton's Paradise Lost. In the first game Lilith says this to Abaddon before turning him into the Destroyer, and Abaddon then asks the same question to War before being struck down.
  • In Darksiders II, Muria reveals that one of his proper names before becoming the Destroyer was Vovin, which means "dragon" in the angelic language.
  • What's interesting to note that even though Abaddon in his dragon form is capable of spiting fireballs from his mouth and launching fireballs while flying, he never uses it in the actual boss fight, only using claw swipes and a dive bomb attacks.
  • His story shares similarities with Deathwing of World of Warcraft, both being at first very powerful forces of good and later being corrupted into fiery Dragons. They also share a title: The Destroyer.
  • When Abaddon teleports away to launch giant rocks at War, during the second phase, it is possible to remain in Chaos Form. However, Abaddon will turn War back to normal when he comes back.