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Lord of Vermilion (ロード・オブ・ヴァーミリオン, Rōdo obu Vāmirion) is an arcade-based fantasy collectible card game developed by Think Garage and distributed by Square Enix[2] in which players control combat cards on an arcade play surface. The objective of the game is to destroy the enemy team's Arcana Stones and eliminate their servants in order to win the game. Players design and develop avatars, increasing their statistics and obtaining equipment, then compete with each other locally, or online, or play the single player story mode.

Lord of Vermilion
Developer(s)Think Garage[1]
Publisher(s)Square Enix
Composer(s)Nobuo Uematsu, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Tachytelic
  • JP: June 17, 2008
Genre(s)Fantasy collectible card game
Arcade systemTaito Type X2 Satellite Terminal
CPULGA 775-based
GPU: PCI Express ×16-based
SoundRealtek HD 7.1-channel

As of November 7, 2008, Lord of Vermilion has contributed over ¥4 billion in earnings for Square Enix.[3]

A sequel, Lord of Vermilion II, was released in Japan on October 27, 2009, and was followed up by Lord of Vermilion Re:2 on July 26, 2011. The sequels prominently featured collaborations with a number of other franchises and game series, including the Final Fantasy, Romancing SaGa, Magic: The Gathering, The King of Fighters, Touhou and BlazBlue.[4]

It has also spawned a spinoff franchise of action RPG titles for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita, including Lord of Arcana and Lord of Apocalypse.

Another sequel, Lord of Vermilion III, was released on August 22, 2013.[5][6]

A free-to-play third person action multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), Lord of Vermilion Arena, was officially launched on June 17, 2015.[7] The servers were closed on June 30, 2016 [8]

In Final Fantasy XIV a parody real-time strategy (RTS) game using in-game minions called Lord of Verminion was made in reference and parody to Lord of Vermilion on November 10, 2015.[9]

On January 26, 2017, Square Enix announced the development of Lord of Vermilion IV.[10] Another arcade release for up to eight players, it will feature music by Taku Iwasaki.[11]



The player controls up to 4 units on the field at one time including the player's avatar and up to 90 total cost of units at one time. When a unit dies it must be returned to the inactive area and after a set amount of time it can be used again. Active units can only be switched in and out while the players units are in the gate area. Players can damage enemy arcane crystals, the search eye, the crystal shield or gates by putting their units in the associated area as long as no enemies are present. Players can also damage the arcane crystals by destroying all of the opponents units that are on the field.


In ancient times, before the creation of the worlds, there lived a God. He opened his heart and brought forth a vermilion stone in order to create seven different worlds. Whosoever held the vermilion stone held the power to create worlds, and would reign over the seven worlds as a god, the "Lord of Vermilion". The seven worlds existed side by side in harmony for millennia, their inhabitants separated by boundaries and unable to interfere with one another... until the "Great Collapse".

The lord of the human world, consumed by ambition, sought to use the forbidden magic of the vermilion stone, called the "Arcana", in order to become a god. However, he was unable to wield the power and the Arcana was shattered into seven pieces and scattered amongst the seven worlds, destroying their boundaries. The six worlds were drawn into the human world and they merged. With the six races of the six worlds thrust into the human world, chaos and war broke out.

Ages later, the world, called the "Land of Acheron", is still in turmoil. The six "Lords" of the six races sow strife across the land, warring for each other's Arcana. The player takes the role of a legendary warrior who holds the seventh Arcana and seeks to obtain the Arcana and upset the balance of the world, gathering an army of "Familiars" who hold faith in the legend of the "Lord of Vermilion".


A gamer plays Lord of Vermilion video game on arcade. (Shibuya – Tokyo, Taito Station)
  • Player Character: The player character is one of the few humans to survive the Great Collapse, and can be customized by the player. A legendary warrior with mysterious origins, the player seeks to use the power of Arcana, "Miracle", to reshape the world and return harmony to the land, and as such gathers an army of faithful followers in order to wage war on the six "Lords" and become the "Lord of Vermilion". There are two characters which the player may select from: the male Nido (ニド), or the female Rishia (リシア). They each have similar backstories and roles within the story mode.
  • Dux: A mysterious knight completely clad in heavy armor, which completely conceals their identity and gender, who first appears in the tutorial and holds extensive knowledge on Arcana and the world. Dux is later revealed to be a former friend of the player's deceased father who agreed to watch over the player several years earlier.

Expansion setsEdit

Lord of VermilionEdit

  • Version 1.1: Rebellion of the Gods (神々への離反, Kamigami he no Rihan)
  • Version 1.2: A New Omen (新たなる胎動, Arata naru Taidou)
  • Version 1.3: Invitation to Purgatory (煉獄からの誘い, Rengoku kara no Sasoi)
  • Version 1.4: Return to Chaos (混沌への回帰, Konton he no Kaiki)

Lord of Vermilion IIEdit

  • Version 2.1: That Which was Summoned from the Void (深淵ヨリ招かれしモノ, Shin'en yori Manekareshi Mono)
  • Version 2.5: Ultimate Version (アルティメットバージョン, Arutimetto Bājyon)
  • Version 2.6: Samsara of Madness (狂気ノ輪廻, Kyōki no Rinne)

Contributing artistsEdit

To date, contributing guest artists include:

  • Ittoku
  • Kou
  • Takashi Kojo
  • Kinu Komada
  • Yamamune
  • Yoshio Sugiura
  • Satoru Senda
  • Hideaki Takamura
  • Yoko Tsukamoto
  • Miho Midorikawa

Other mediaEdit


  1. ^ "Think Garage Works History". Archived from the original on 2011-08-16.
  2. ^ "Lord of Vermilion: Coin-based card combat," Electronic Gaming Monthly 225 (February 2008): 24.
  3. ^ "Outline of Results Briefing by SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS held on November 7, 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  4. ^ "Lord of Vermilion Re:2 Official Site: Collaboration". Archived from the original on 2012-03-28.
  5. ^ "Square Enix Has Lord Of Vermilion III Set For Summer". Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  6. ^ "Lord of Vermilion III".
  7. ^ "Lord of Vermilion Arena".
  8. ^
  9. ^ Inc., SQUARE ENIX. "Lord of Verminion | FINAL FANTASY XIV, The Lodestone". FINAL FANTASY XIV, The Lodestone. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  10. ^ "Square Enix Teases 'Exciting Announcement'". Gamespot. Gamespot. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Lord of Vermilion IV". Lord of Vermilion IV official site. Retrieved 26 January 2017.

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