See? It was a learning experience, right? You want to dream about being heroes? Going on adventures? Fine. But there are some people in the cosmos that you just shouldn't mess with. Get the message?

—Drakken Joe, Chapter 83

Drakken Joe (ドラッケン・ジョー Dorakken Jō), better known as the "Dark Alchemist" (闇の錬金術師 Yami no Renkinjutsushi), is one of the Oración Seis Galáctica[1], the former owner of the Belial Gore, and the founder and CEO of his own criminal organization. He is also known as "Undead Joe" (不死者(アンデッド)ジョー Andeddo Jō) for his unaging body, and "DJ Zombie" (DJゾンビ DJ Zonbi) while he was operating on Norma.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Drakken is a tall and muscular man with dark red eyes with dark shadows, a curled beard and dark red spiky hair that resembles feathers. His main attire consists of a fur-collared, light-colored overcoat draped over his shoulders, a long-sleeved, high-collared jacket, and a turtleneck underneath with a dark-colored design that resembles flames.

After losing his youth, Drakken's body ages to the point of becoming a shriveled old man, gaining wrinkles, light-colored hair and losing his muscular physique.[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Drakken Joe is shown to be a violent and greedy person. He believes money is the most important thing in the cosmos and is only interested in making more of it at the expense of the people who are debt slaves to him. Joe has shown that he will go as far as torturing and maiming someone for not returning the money he has loaned to them. However, he is willing to let a person who can not pay him back live, solely so he can force them to earn more money for him by doing grueling types of jobs. Joe seems to be somewhat forgetful as he did not remember who Spider was despite telling him that they were brothers after he fixed his computer in the past. One thing Joe cannot stand is his reputation being dragged through the mud, as he makes his living off of it, and doing so enrages him to the point that he had Seth kill Spider on spot for using it after he lost to the Crew of Edens. Drakken Joe can be quite sadistic at times such as ordering Fie to cut off Weisz Steiner's arm and laughing as he screamed in pain.

In actuality, he is a scared man who is desperately obsessed with immortality. In the past, he was initially a kind child who wanted to make friends as Shiki once he got rid of his short lifespan effect, but his obsession and transformation into an Ether Gear user corrupted his humanity instead.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Drakken Joe was born prior to X292 on a planet where humans were bred as experimental guinea pigs with a maximum lifespan of fifteen years. During his childhood, Drakken learned about humans from other planets that could live for decades, which led him to question the purpose of his short lifespan and, ultimately, desire to grow into adulthood and make new friends. After being shunned by the other children for this line of thought, Drakken discovered a book about alchemy that inspired him to convert others' life force into his own, eventually learning the Alchemist form of Ether Gear.[3] Eventually, Drakken succeeded in acquiring a life-support device with such a function, extending his life for centuries;[4] however, he became disillusioned with his childhood desire for friendship,[5] and instead became purely obsessed with power and survival.[6] In time, people became so unnerved by Drakken's unchanging age that he gained the moniker "Drakken Joe Zombie".[7]

By X432, Drakken became a prominent figure on Norma under the alias "DJ Zombie", causing the deaths of dozens of people—including Weisz Steiner's mother—over the next ten years with his device, although none could point to him as the cause.[8] By X442, Drakken served as the fixer for countless small-time gangs on Norma, including one run by Weisz's friend Sibir. Following a falling out with Sibir, Weisz unknowingly stole a briefcase containing the money that belonged to Drakken, mistaking it for Sibir's. Upon discovering the theft, Drakken had Weisz's right arm amputated as punishment, which left a profound impact on Weisz and inspired him to abandon his life of crime.[9] Shortly afterwards, Drakken moved his business away from Norma and found greater success as a loan shark on the beautiful tourist planet Guilst, which fell into a state of complete depravity under his influence.[10][11]

Drakken Joe as one of the Oración Seis Galactica

Sometime prior to the year X477, Kurenai Kōgetsu became one of Drakken's debtors,[12] and was forced by him to pay off her debt through a certain line of work that utilized her beauty.[13] At another point, a tech employee from Drakken's company, Spider, became fixated on Drakken after receiving a passing compliment from him for repairing his computer, which Drakken promptly forgot.[14] By X492, the numerous planets ruined in Drakken's wake had earned him a spot among the Oración Seis Galáctica,[10][15] while his tendency to brutally retaliate against those who defied him solidified his reputation as the "Dark Alchemist", the most powerful and evil figure in the Sakura Cosmos's criminal underworld.[16][17]

Guilst arc[edit | edit source]

Drakken manages to escape the Chronophage's arrival to Guilst, having the Belial Gore detach from the lawless planet.[10]

Digitalis arc[edit | edit source]

On the Belial Gore, Drakken Joe is in the middle of a "meeting" with Murray Morrison, one of his debtors, when he is interrupted by the hacker Spider, whom he did not recognize despite the hacker's insistence that they knew each other as "brothers". Drakken continued with his interrogation of Murray who had not paid back the 2,000,000 Glee with the interest of 3,000,000 Glee he borrowed from him. He tortures Murray for a bit with a bottle he turns into Dramour Ore and silences Spider who tries to cheer for him to kill the debtor, explaining that it's not good business at all. Drakken then gives Murray a list of jobs to repay the debt and then orders his assistant to take Murray away.The Dark Alchemist asks Seth how much they lost in the disaster on Guilst who was unable to give an answer; he then brings his attention back to Spider and what he wants.[18]

Drakken Joe threatening Spider for tarnishing his reputation

At his office, Spider tells Drakken about the Edens Zero and it's crew, but when he finds out that Spider had dropped his name to the crew and was defeated by them, he was not happy. He told Spider that he did not like his reputation being tarnished and ordered Seth to shoot the hacker in the head, killing him seconds later. He claims that Spider did not smell like money anymore, but then claims that the Edens Zero does smell like money.[19]

Later, he contacted Noah Glenfield, the Guild Master of Shooting Starlight, for information about the ship.[20]

Sun Jewel arc[edit | edit source]

On the planet Sun Jewel, Drakken Joe is found in a room with Madame Kurenai, commenting about the Satellite Blaze, a machine that condemns every criminal on the planet. He then asked her to use her "divine retribution" to find the Edens Zero while saying he smells money coming from it.[21] Later, he is back on his ship and he hacks into Kurenai's Satellite Blaze, taking it as interest on her loan. Drakken Joe reminisces about the time Kurenai came to him begging for money, then calls her a tacky old hag.[22]

He then spots the Edens Zero and begins chasing it down. It is revealed much later, that the Edens Zero Drakken Joe was pursuing was a hologram. When asked what they will do next, Drakken claims that he knows where they are going.[23]

Belial Gore arc[edit | edit source]

World No. 29[edit | edit source]

The Belial Gore manages to catch up to the Edens Zero, and Drakken Joe smiles to himself when he listens in on the conversation between the Crew of Edens and Hermit, completely aware that they are on the Belial Gore.[24]

Drakken Joe demonstrating what True Overdrive is to Shiki and Jinn

Later, Drakken Joe initiates a ship-wide broadcast, telling the crew that he knows they're on his ship. He tells them he knows they sneaked in through the Guest Dock, and that he will be taking their ship.[25] Drakken the jams communications and locks down the Guest Dock, and tells the crew not to make a scene, saying that the lives of the people on the Edens Zero depend on them.[26] After Drakken finds out Maria, Seth and Diego, were beaten by the crew on the Edens Zero in their boarding attempt, he says they may run into some turbulence as he summons his special task force, the Element 4.[27]

Drakken initiates another ship-wide broadcast, addressing the citizens of Belial Gore. He shows the pictures of the intruders to the population and tells them that he wants them alive, and says anyone who captures them will have their debts erased as a reward. At his residence, Drakken's assistant questions the use of the population when he's mobilizing the Element 4, to which Drakken replies that he's just having some fun, and he has to throw the population a bone sometimes. He then claims the intruders won't stand a chance against the Element 4. He comments on the four elements and how they lay the foundation of alchemy. He says the Element 4 are a part of him and it's time to show the intruders what they can do.[28]

World No. 30[edit | edit source]

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Drakken Joe is a member of the Oración Seis Galáctica, noted to be the cosmos's strongest warriors, being renowned for crushing entire planets.[15] His Ether capabilities were compared to those of his fellow Oración Seis Galáctica member Elsie Crimson, the Overdrive-using Shiki Granbell, and Justice of the Oración Seis Interestelar.[29] To support his power, Drakken Joe required four Ether masters of each element in order to balance out his own Ether due to his advanced age. Once the Element 4 were defeated and his Life Support Device was destroyed, Drakken Joe became weak enough to point where Shiki Granbell could overcome him.[30]

Alchemist (アルケミスト Arukemisuto): Drakken Joe uses Ether Gear to perform alchemy that changes the material of objects, such as turning an Ether shield to gas or a space ship's metal hull into scrap paper.[31] He is also capable of imbuing weaponry with his alchemic powers, enabling others to use them to a degree.[32] Drakken can convert his own body into a different material for defensive purposes, such as converting his hand into Dramour Ore, or converting his opponents body into solid stone to petrify them.[33] Drakken can also convert matter into explosions.[34]

  • Ignition Floor (イグニッションフロア Igunisshon Furoa): Drakken creates a mark that branches away from him, proceeding to change the floor at the end of the mark into an explosion.[35]
  • Thunder Wall (サンダーウォール Sandā Wōru): By creating marks to the top of the walls Drakken can turn them into electricity, shocking anyone who makes contact with it.[36]

Drakken Joe's full Overdrive

Overdrive (オーバードライヴ Ōbadoraivu): As an experienced user of Ether Gear, Drakken possesses knowledge of Overdrive, a transformation that occurs when he pushes his Ether power beyond its limits. By doing so, the composition of his body changes, giving him more monstrous, crystalline features as Ether lines spread across his body.[37] When using Overdrive at its fullest, Drakken's physiology completely changes into that of a gargantuan dark-skinned beast with white ether markings all over his body, while his hair becomes white and more crystalline, and a reptilian tail.[38]

  • Shapeshifting: After activating his Overdrive, Drakken Joe's entire body becomes larger and more monstrous but he can alter his physical form further by transforming his entire arm into a bladed weapon.[39]
  • Augmented Durability: His body becomes even sturdier than before, being able to block Metallica Explosion from Arsenal with his bare hand.[40]
  • Mutated Form: After Drakken Joe's Life Support Machine was sent into reverse by Hermit, the accumulated life energy underwent a bizarre fusion with Drakken's Ether, causing him to undergo a drastic physical alteration despite being weakened.[41] In this form Drakken becomes an enormous monster with beastly features and sprouts multiple tentacle-like arms from his back which spread rapidly throughout the surrounding area.[42] Drakken Joe is still capable of using his Ether Gear in this form to send lightning through the air and zap his opponents[43] or shapeshift his body parts into weapons such as a handgun.[44]
    • Augmented Shapeshifting: Drakken's body undergoes even further changes with multiple rapidly growing tentacles spreading throughout the whole of the Belial Gore, capable of piercing through people with ease.[45] From these tentacles Drakken can manifest monstrous faces to see through and speak to others.[46]
    • Technology Assimiliation: Drakken's tentacles can merge with machinery allowing him to take over computers and remotely control the Satellite Blaze.[47]

Immense Strength: Drakken Joe proved strong enough to knock both Shiki and Kris to the ground while both were using an incomplete version of Overdrive.[48]

Immense Speed: Drakken Joe could intercept attacks from Shiki and Kris aimed at each other and knock them both to the ground before either could react to his presence.[48]

Immense Durability: Drakken Joe could withstand being pushed through several floors of his own spaceship by Shiki's gravity without taking notable damage.[49] He can augment his durability further through the use of his Ether Gear by changing his body into different substances.[50]

Longevity: Through the use of a machine aboard the Belial Gore, Drakken Joe can absorb the life force of people from a planet or from his spaceship which he uses to fuel his own lifespan giving him the appearance of being unaging.[51] He is rumored to have lived for more than two hundred years which is beyond what current medical technology can sustain.[52] After the Life Support Machine was sent into reverse by Hermit, Drakken Joe rapidly aged to his true appearance and became a withered, elderly man.[2]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Belial Gore (ベリアル・ゴア Beriaru Goa): Drakken Joe's personal giant space fortress.

Life Support Device: Drakken has a machine that he uses to rejuvenate his body and improve his vitality. Absorbing the life energy of the people around Drakken, both when he lived in Norma and in Guilst; and currently at the Belial Gore. Exactly how it works is unknown.

Satellite Blaze (サテライトブレイズ Sateraito Bureizu): Drakken Joe stole the Satellite Blaze from its former owner, Kurenai Kōgetsu. He attempted to use it to destroy Blue Garden, but before he could succeed the satellite was destroyed by the Edens Zero.[53]

Manga Appearances[edit | edit source]

Guilst arc
15. Warship of the Demon King Absent
16. Sister Absent
17. The Collection Absent
18. Wind Howls on the Highway Absent
19. Geniuses at Coming Up with Fun Ideas Absent
20. Planet Guilst Absent
21. Soul Blade Absent
22. The Great Naked Escape Absent
23. Million Bullets Absent
24. Sister Ivry Absent
25. Take Aim Absent
26. Two Sisters Absent
27. The Great Guilst Escape Absent
28. New Friends Debut
Digitalis arc
29. Iron Hill Absent
30. The Super Virtual Planet Absent
31. The People of Digitalis Absent
32. Mass Murderer Jamilov Mentioned
33. The Girl on the Hill Absent
34. Survive the Night Absent
35. The Girl and the Monster Mentioned
36. The G.I.A. Mentioned
37. Great Kaiju Shiki Absent
38. 22 Hits Absent
39. Spider the Genius Hacker Absent
40. Operation C7 Absent
41. Fireworks Absent
42. Pino's Dream Appears
43. Smells Like Money Appears
Sun Jewel arc
49. Captain Connor Absent
50. Madame Kurenai Appears
51. Stones Absent
52. Kurenai's Gauntlet Absent
53. Wibble Wobble Ruby Bobble Absent
54. The Truth Is in the Cube Absent
55. Black Rock Absent
56. Reset Absent
57. My Mother, the Machine Absent
58. A Silent Reunion Absent
59. I Know You Can Keep Pressing On Absent
60. Until the Day it Turns to Strength Appears
61. Enter Arsenal Appears
62. The Legend of Me Absent
63. Taking Up the Torch Absent
64. Leaper Absent
65. The Swordswoman Incapacitated Absent
66. Gravity's Gonna Crush You Absent
67. Someone to Love Absent
68. Valkyrie Appears
Belial Gore arc
69. Rebecca's Nightmare Appears
70. Belial Gore Appears
71. The Steel Sorceress Appears
72. The Element 4 Appears
73. Don't Shed a Tear Mentioned
74. Weisz vs. Laguna Absent
75. A Wind Blows Through the Sakura Cosmos Absent
76. Rebecca vs. Sylph Absent
77. The Winds that Bind Appears
78. No.29 Appears
79. That Which Obstructs and That Which Steals Appears
80. 60-Day Commemorative Coin Absent
81. Intercession Appears
82. Scolding Appears
83. The Shot Heard Round the Underworld Appears
84. A World Without Shiki Flashback
85. Our Future Mentioned
86. EZ-Attack!! Appears
87. 4 on 4 Appears
88. Eye of God Appears
89. Hermit vs. Fie Appears
90. Sister vs. Daichi Mentioned
91. Homura vs. Sylph Flashback
92. The Sword of Edens Appears
93. The Execution Site Appears
94. Shiki vs. Drakken Appears
95. Kris Rutherford Appears
96. A Young Man's Memories Appears
97. The Time Is Now Appears
98. Advent of the Demon King Appears
99. The Pendant Appears
Edens One arc
100. Edens One Mentioned
101. Singularity Absent
102. Time to Say Goodbye Absent
103. Clash of the Cosmos Absent
104. The Woman They Called Pirate Absent
Red Cave arc
105. Dragonfall Absent
106. Prayer Council Mentioned
107. A Planet Where Stars Fall Like Rain Absent
108. Nadia, Love of My Life Absent
109. Red Cave Absent
110. A Robot in Love Mentioned
111. The Sky of Days Long Past Absent
Foresta arc
112. When You Live Life on a Ship Mentioned
113. In the Doghouse Absent
114. Glue Absent
115. The Battle of Foresta Absent
116. The Sky Sweeper Absent
117. Shiki vs. Orc Absent
118. Star Drain Absent
119. Homura vs. Mora Absent
120. Rebecca vs. Britney Absent
121. Darling Little Piece of Junk Absent
122. Titanic Victory Absent
123. The Light of Justice Absent
124. Kiss & Die Absent
125. Heart of Gravity Absent
126. This Doctor, Armed and Dangerous Absent
127. The Doomsday System Absent
128. What's Important Absent
129. So We Can Smile Brighter Flashback
130. Oceans 6 Absent
131. VR-C Absent
132. Chrono Witch Absent
133. Following Ziggy's Path Absent

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Drakken's name comes from the video game title Drakkhen.[54]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 30, Pages 20 - 21
  2. 2.0 2.1 Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 99, Pages 2 - 3
  3. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 98, Pages 17 - 19
  4. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 95, Page 4
  5. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 82, Page 3
  6. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Pages 6 - 17
  7. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 91, Page 14
  8. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 96, Pages 4 - 9
  9. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 91, Pages 9 - 12
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 28, Page 20
  11. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 91, Page 12
  12. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 60, Page 19
  13. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 82, Page 17
  14. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 43, Pages 2 - 3
  15. 15.0 15.1 Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 32, Page 21
  16. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 28, Page 21
  17. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 37, Page 2
  18. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 43, Pages 2 - 9
  19. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 43, Pages 10 - 13
  20. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 43, Page 20
  21. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 50, Pages 20 - 21
  22. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 60, Pages 19 - 20
  23. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 68, Page 16
  24. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 69, Page 20
  25. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 70, Pages 19 - 21
  26. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 71, Pages 3 - 4
  27. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 71, Page 20
  28. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 72, Pages 7 - 11
  29. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 106, Pages 12-13
  30. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 110, Pages 11 - 12
  31. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 43, Page 5
  32. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 72, Page 4
  33. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 82
  34. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 94, Pages 8-9
  35. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 94, Pages 9 - 10
  36. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 94, Pages 11 - 12
  37. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 81, Pages 19 - 20
  38. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 95, Pages 17 - 19
  39. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 96, Pages 11 - 12
  40. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 96, Pages 9 - 10
  41. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Page 4
  42. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Pages 2 - 3
  43. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Page 15
  44. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Pages 17 - 18
  45. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Pages 6 - 7
  46. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Page 11
  47. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 97, Page 6
  48. 48.0 48.1 Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 81, Pages 17 - 18
  49. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 93, Pages 17 - 18
  50. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 82, Page 4
  51. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 95, Pages 5 - 6
  52. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 91, Pages 14 - 15
  53. Edens Zero Manga: Chapter 98, Pages 21 - 22
  54. Edens Zero Manga: Volume 9 Afterword

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