The story of Black Clover has taken an unexpected turn as the identity of Astaroth, the Time Devil, is revealed in chapter 331. This revelation has shown that Astaroth had been manipulating the plot of the series right from the start, leaving readers with much to contemplate. Lucius had control over Julius from the start of the story and maintained that control.
In less than a minute, the entire climax of the battle with Lucifero, the reunion of Yuno with his mother, and the revelry following Lucifero’s defeat unfolded, thanks to Lucius harnessing Astroth’s power to enable Asta to engage in combat repeatedly.
This article will examine the potency of Astaroth in Black Clover, whose clandestine motives for the Final Crusade have impacted the narrative from its inception.
Who is Astaroth In Black Clover?
Astaroth, possessing Time Magic, is recognized as one of the Supreme Devils of the Underworld. However, Lucius Zogratis employed deceit to keep the identity of the third and last Highest Ranking Demon a secret. Alongside Lucifero, who wields Gravity Magic, and Beelzebub, who uses Spatial Magic, Astaroth is the ultimate Devil King.
Lucius remained concealed within Julius throughout this period, biding his time for the opportune moment. Utilizing Astaroth’s prescience and temporal control abilities remarkably, Lucius exhibited exceptional proficiency.
With his ability to manipulate time at will, Astaroth wields total control over its passage and can even traverse it, continually altering the timelines to his advantage. Combined with Lucius’ mastery of Soul Magic, this renders them an immensely destructive force.
Astaroth’s Magic And Abilities
Throughout this period, Lucius or Julius has been sharing a grimoire that features two spades carrying symbols representing all four nations. Astaroth, known for possessing immense mana and exceptional intellect, rules the Underworld. Lucius Zogratis formed a contract with Astaroth, gaining access to his powers, magic, and abilities.
Soul Magic -Lucius possesses Soul Magic, which grants him the ability to manipulate the soul and nature of human beings entirely.
Total Body Transformation – Lucius and Julius can completely alter their physical appearance to conceal their true identities.
Chrono Stasis – Lucius and Julius possess a spell that enables them to freeze time for anyone they desire, causing their opponent to be trapped in a sphere of frozen time. Astaroth exploits this power by completely freezing Lucifero and extracting his heart.
Time Loop Spell – The spell used by Astaroth to grant Asta the ability to maintain his Devil transformation three times has yet to be disclosed. Astaroth employed this power to enable Asta to triumph over Nama, Lilith, Lucifer, and the summoned devil following the Tree of Qliphoth’s manifestation. Additionally, Julius and Lucius can seize time from their adversaries.
Total Control – Astaroth’s Time Magic grants Lucius and Julius the ability to perform various actions on time, such as stealing, accelerating, decelerating, manipulating, looping, stopping, or reversing its flow.
How Powerful is Astaroth in Black Clover? (Compared to other Kings of Underworlds)
From the very first chapter of Black Clover, Astaroth has been altering the timeline with the aid of Lucius/Julius, taking control of time by taking it, saving it, and employing it at his discretion. Julius or Lucius can read other grimoires, a gift bestowed upon them by Astaroth. The Underworld was governed by three individuals, Lucifero, Astaroth, and Beelzebub, who was regarded as the supreme overlords of Hell.
Everything was altered when Lucius visited Astaroth in search of answers and made an agreement with him, granting him the ability to control the storyline of Black Clover, as well as Lucifero, Beelzebub, and the cherished Wizard King, Julius Novachrono.
After transforming, Astaroth has reached his most refined state, and Lucius has ascended to become the Devil King. We can observe how his newfound strength compares to that of the previous rulers by posting the contract.
By acquiring Lucifero’s heart, Astaroth has gained access to his power, providing him a lasting advantage over Lucifero. Although they were once evenly matched as rulers of Hell, Astaroth has now been purified and reborn as Lucius. With the consumption of Lucifero’s heart, he has become the absolute Devil King with unmatched power.
With just half his full strength, Lucifero managed to overpower all living beings in Black Clover simply through his presence, which is truly impressive. However, Astaroth defeated Lucifero by utilizing Asta, making it effortless for him to seize Lucifero’s power.
Currently, Astaroth has complete dominion over Beelzebub when compared to the past. This was made possible through Lucius’ use of Soul Magic and Astaroth’s abilities to manipulate and govern Beelzebub. As a result, Lucius purified and imbued Beelzebub’s soul into Sister Lily, creating the initial group of cleansed devils known as the “Paladins.”
Lucius transformed Sister Lily into the inaugural Paladin by imbuing her with the pure essence of Beelzebub, the ruler of Hell. This transformation drastically altered her being, as Beelzebub now possesses complete control over Lucius (now known as Astaroth) and functions as the Devil King. Sister Lily (now known as Beelzebub) reveres Astaroth as the genuine harbinger of peace, despite our perception of him as a deceitful savior or a False Messiah.
In brief, the article highlights Astaroth’s ascension as the Ultimate Wizard Emperor and Devil King in the Black Clover universe. Tabata Sensei’s consistent foreshadowing of Heaven has sparked anticipation among fans, especially with Asta’s recent demise. This makes it apparent just how formidable Astaroth is in Black Clover.
If you enjoyed reading this piece, check out the manga on the official Shonen Jump website for more. Tabata Sensei has recently declared the conclusion of Lucius’s Final Crusade. What lies ahead in the story? Can Yuno seek justice for Asta? Will Asta come back? How will Tabata unveil the secrets of Heaven? To get answers to these questions, stay updated with the latest manga chapter, available exclusively on the official Shonen Jump website.