Bathalang Arde is an antagonist in the Philippine fantasy series Encantadia produced by GMA Network.
2005 - 2006
Arde is one of the triumvirate gods of Encantadia. He is punished by Emre to reside in Balaak where the souls of the evil denizens of Encantadia are being sent and be its guardian.
Arde is the Bathala, alongside Emre, Ether, Keros, and Haliya who created the realm of Encantadia and all who live in it. He and Ether became jealous of Emre because he is the one who was credited of creating life in Encantadia and is worshipped by every Encantado, so Arde and Ether teamed up and plotted to kill Emre. However, Emre could see through their plan, thus, cursing the both of them, changing their appearances so they could never forget their treachery. (Arde was turned into a dragon and was sent to guard Balaak, while Ether was turned into a serpent and was forced to lurk around Encantadia since she has no home after the kingdom of Etheria was destroyed.)
- Revival - Bathalang Arde can revive the deceased (like the ones who are in Balaak).
- Pyrokinesis - Arde can manipulate and control fire with it he can create powerful fire blast or protect himself with a fire sheild or even bind his enemies using fire as chain.
- Teleportation - Arde can freely teleport to any places he want.
- Black magic - as Emre stated, Arde has knowledge and capability in using black magic. He can grant curses to his enemies that can kill or cause immeasurable suffering.
- Seeing past events
- Arde is not Emre's brother, unlike in the original series.
- Arde is not the guardian of Limbo he is the guardian of Balaak, unlike in the original series
- Hathors also worship Arde, since Arde resembles the element of Fire. But during Pirena's reign, she changed Hathoria's religion and belief in Arde (thus making them worship Emre) however, they still keep Hathoria's dragon emblem which is also believed to be Arde.
- Arde's weakness is his true love, Ether, as stated by Emre; a weakness Cassiopea used against Arde.
Lira made up nicknames for Arde just like how she made up some for the antagonists of the series, they are listed hereunder:
- Higanteng Tukok
- Panginoon ng mga pa-epal at trolls
- Kontrabidang Bathalumang Dragon
- Sira-ulong Dragon na kokak
- Mascot ng Chinese restaurant