Dark Area

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The Dark Area (ダークエリア, Dāku Eria), also known as Hell[1] (地獄, Jigoku) and the Underworld[2] (冥界, Meikai), is a jet-black, abyssal "graveyard of deleted data"[3] that is governed by Plutomon[4] and located within a spatial distortion of the Digital World[5], below the Dark Web, the deepest part of the Net Ocean, the place where Leviamon sleeps[6], with each Digital World having its own Dark Area.[7] How it came to be within the Digital World is a mystery whose secrets are known to be held by Grand Dracumon.[8] It is also serves as the place to which Digimon are ultimately transmitted when their life span finishes or they are defeated in battle, and is guarded and supervised by Anubimon, who constantly surveys the arriving data; if their data is good, it will reset them back to a Digitama, but if they are evil, it imprisons them within the eternal darkness.[9] It is connected to the Cocytus.

The crimson flames of the underworld known as "El Evangelio" are sentient flames, capable of changing their form at will, that are used to impose judgment upon and offer salvation to the souls of the sinners that fall into the Dark Area. Under normal circumstances, a Demon Lord type Digimon would be completely eradicated by the flames[10], however, the Seven Great Demon Lords seem to have the ability to summon and control these flames with varying levels of proficiency.[11] Cerberusmon, the "Watchdog of Hell", had been entrusted with protecting the gates of Hell.[12][13] The "Grudgeful Hand" is a mysterious entitie born from the malice data that overflows the Dark Area. It served as the source of evil that forced Piemon to absorb Vamdemon and become Voltobautamon. This digimon has neither Piemon's nor Vamdemon's sense of self, and acts according to the "Grudgeful Hand"'s will.[14]

Areas within the Dark Area[edit]

The Dark Area is one of the many Layers (Dimensions) of the Digital World, but this place is also divided into many sub-layers. The "Evil Forest" spreads vast across the Dark Area and is inhabited by Phascomon.[15] Yatagaramon and Yatagaramon (2006 Anime Version) both have the ability to send their opponents to the Dark Area by summoning "Haguro" with their attacks.[16][17] Somewhere unknown also lies the Gate of Deadly Sins. The lowest layer of the Dark Area bears many names, but it is formally known as the Cocytus. This place is connected to all Dark Areas from all Digital Worlds and is the stronghold of the Seven Great Demon Lords, Gulfmon and Grand Dracumon.[7]



Digimon Frontier[edit]

The Dark Area depicted in Digimon Frontier.

The Dark Area is a dark orb of energy at the center of the Digital World, where Lucemon was banished after being defeated by the Warrior Ten. From within it, Lucemon was still able to recreate the Royal Knights to gather the energy necessary to free him. After becoming Lucemon Falldown Mode, he returns to it briefly to recruit the “corrupted souls”, who were also imprisoned there, to open a gateway to the real world. The Chosen Children arrive and battle Lucemon Falldown Mode before he enters the portal and defeats him. However, when he is scanned, he leaves behind a black Digitama that assimilates the Dark Area as it evolves into Lucemon Satan Mode. Lucemon Satan Mode carried the Dark Area in its arms, while inside the Dark Area was Lucemon Larva, who controlled Lucemon Satan Mode's movements. On his second attempt Susanoomon breaks into the Dark Area and knocks Lucemon Larva out of it causing the Dark Area to fall apart.


Digimon Next[edit]

"Haguro" as seen in Digimon Next.

The Dark Area is the Digital World's hell, and once one falls in, they can't come back alive. "Haguro" (羽黒 lit. "Feather-black") is one of its districts and can be summoned by Yatagaramon. "Haguro" is described as one of the Hell Blocks of the Dark Area, if you touch the darkness covering this area, you will be sucked into the deepest layer of the Dark Area. When Kahara Shou and Yatagaramon confront Tatsuno Tsurugi, Geo Greymon, Kitajima Ami, and Pitchmon in Light City's underground warehouse, Yatagaramon uses his Haguro attack, which is immediately detected by Andromon's computers. Geo Greymon attempts to attack Yatagaramon with Mega Flame, but the attack is sucked by the Haguro's darkness. Eventually, Geo Greymon starts being sucked to the Dark Area. Although Geo Greymon tells Tsurugi to stay away, the boy refuses to let Geo Greymon fall into the Dark Area alone and jumps with him, both being completely sucked by the jet-black abyss. Geo Greymon then evolves to Rize Greymon and emits a light that breaks Haguro, allowing both to come out.

Digimon Xros Wars[edit]

The Dark Area is indirectly referenced as the primary source of the residual vital data from which Bagramon created his Troopmon soldiers and Tactimon.

Digimon Chronicle X[edit]

The Dark Area exists on a separate layer to the Digital World, which meant that it was unaffected by the Project Ark used by Yggdrasill in its attempt to kill most of the existing Digimon, due to overpopulation. The Dark Area was created by Grand Dracumon, who plans to go to the old Digital World, defeat Digimon, force them to undergo Death-X Evolution, and then send them to the Dark Area. Anubimon judges the Digimon that are transferred to the Dark Area, deciding whether they are good or evil. If they are good, Anubismon allows them to be reborn as Digitamas, but if they're evil, Anubimon seals them in the Dark Area. Eventually, the sealed Digimon attempt to break out of the Dark Area, leading Anubimon to ask the Royal Knight Examon for help. Despite managing to kill a large amount of the evil Digimon, Examon is defeated by Lilithmon (X-Antibody), and the remaining evil Digimon escape the Dark Area.

Video Games[edit]

Digimon Savers: Another Mission[edit]

The Dark Area is a mysterious area that hasn't been analyzed yet, and it's possibly behind the strange events that occur between the Digital World and Real World. Kagura Tsukasa first warns the DATS members while they are in Rage Caverns that their Digimon may not evolve into the same Digimon due to the activity in the Dark Area, hence being responsible for the multiple evolution routes the Digimon can take. Somewhere else, Demon is standing next to what appears to be a seal on the door to the Dark Area. Subsequently, Kagura explains that all the malice, sadness and twisted feelings in the world have gathered in the Dark Area, thus theorizing the negative feelings of the children who were captured may be connected with the Dark Area and must have created the Demon Lord Digimon with the help of the Code Keys. It is later on unveiled that Kagura's actual agenda was collecting 6 of the Code Keys in order to unlock the last seal in the Dark Area, where the Lord of Darkness was sealed. After Lucemon is defeated, he absorbs Kagura, revealing Kagura himself as the final Code Key of Pride, considering that the first six were necessary to free him from his physical imprisonment in the Dark Area itself and the Code Key of Pride was necessary for Lucemon to leave the boundaries of the Dark Area as well as send his power out beyond.

Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode[edit]

The Dark Area is a world of darkness that can be accessed through a trolley in the Train Garage. In the Dark Area, time doesn't pass and the autopilot can't be used. Leviamon lives in the Dark Area, and a Chaosmon is in the train station. At some point, it is revealed that Re:Digitize Decode's Digital World had their unique distortions that lead to the Dark Area and their own unique guardians to this universe.

Digimon Fortune[edit]

Noah is an orbital elevator that connects the Digital World to the Dark Area.

Digimon World -next 0rder- International Edition[edit]

The Seven Great Demon Lords lived in the Dark Area and after agreeing a pack of non-aggression towards each other grew bored and each created a Tower. However, the Grudgeful Hand absorbed the Towers and destroyed the Dark Area, causing the Demons to flee to the Dimensional Sea, which then lead them to the -next 0rder- Digital World.

Digimon ReArise[edit]

The Dark Area from Digimon ReArise.

In the past, when a large amount of Digital Points opened up in the Digital World, bringing a large amount of Spiral, the Deva and Four Holy Beasts used the power of the Four Holy Beasts DigiCores to open a distortion to attract all the Spiral into the same place so that they could deal with them all at the same time. Once all the Spiral arrived in the same place, they used the distortion to send them all to the Dark Area, which was enough to get rid of all the Spiral for a long period of time. When Spirals once again flood the Digital World, Caturamon tries this plan again, though Sinduramon was against the idea as creating such distortions causes harm to the Digital World as the Holy Beasts were no longer around to mitigate the effect the distortion would have on the Worlds. Caturamon enlists the help of Ofanimon of the Three Archangels, but they are unable to execute the plan due to Ofanimon not having enough power to mitigate the effects of the distortion.

Digimon New Century[edit]

Lord Knightmon and Dynasmon are told by Omegamon to go to the Dark Area on a mission given by Yggdrasill, in order to search for the "Immortal King" of the Dark Area, someone who is no less dangerous than the Seven Great Demon Lords, but they don't work well together. Each one of them attempted a different way to reach the Dark Area and search for it. Lord Knightmon looked for a Cerberumon to use Hell's Gate, but Dynasmon looked for a Yatagaramon and failed the "Threefold Trials" to be sent there. In the Dark Area, Lord Knightmon finds Anubimon that says it can't judge if Lord Knightmon's soul is good or bad, it's too much data, maybe an existence comparable to the Demon Lords who reside in the Cocytus.

The Dark Area from Digimon New Century.

The Cocytus is the world of the Demon Lords, the deepest layer of the Dark Area that not even Anubimon can reach. Only the Demon Lords and their subordinates can come and go freely. So, they need to go to the "Evil Forest" to look for Nightmare Soldiers. The Royal Knights cause massive destruction in the Dark Area and fight an Astamon to enter the Cocytus, they put fear in them with the idea that if you are killed in the Dark Area, there's no further afterlife, there's no concept of death there after all. Now in the Cocytus they look for the Demon Lords. But choosing the one that might help them is hard.

Leviamon's domain is the Net Ocean and they aren't able to pass through it. They don't want to deal with either Lilithmon or Barbamon, so they look for Demon and Beelzebumon. Lord Knightmon looks for Beelzebumon, he says that looking for someone immortal doesn't mean they are really powerful. In the Dark Area, there are Digimon that predate even his existence as Demon Lord, Digimon who live forever eating Digicores and have lost their sanity. Their bodies have decayed to the point of being unrecognizable, but although they live forever and eat Digicore, they have lost their potential to evolve and no longer grow. There's a Virus in the Digital World and Lord Knightmon wonders if such power can save them. Demon doesn't explain things, but Dynasmon can deduce certain key aspects from his encounter. The Cocytus predated the Dark Area being formed and is the source of darkness that created many Digimon, including the source that triggered the "Fall of Heaven" that led to the birth of the Demon Lords.

Digimon that the Seven Great Demon Lords kill become data they absorb, with no reincarnation for them, but there are Digimon that are immune to this. The ones who truly are immortal can bypass this and the "Immortal King" might be one of them, and that is why it's difficult for them to deal with it. When they finally find the "Immortal King", it's Grand Dracumon, but that is a name he hasn't heard for a long time. Most Digimon that know about that predated the very formation of the Dark Area. Lord Knightmon says that Yggdrasill wants to incorporate the Dark Area under its rule and create an army of undead Digimon, but Grand Dracumon would have the assistance of the Royal Knights to defeat the Demon Lords and finally unify the Dark Area ending the division. However, Grand Dracumon says that was Yggdrasill who created the secrets of Immortality, but he wasn't sure. But since Yggdrasill sent the Royal Knights because of the isolation of the Dark Area, he was now sure of that theory.

As part of his study to uncover the secrets of immortality, Grand Dracumon created an army of Digimon using the data leftover from Yggdrasill, those are the Vamdemon-species of Digimon, but they are still flawed and aren't the true manifestation of that power. Overwhelmed by the army of Vamdemons, Lord Knightmon uses the last safeguard given by Yggdrasill, the X-Antibody, and completely destroys the army of undead Digimon and even asks if there's more. Grand Dracumon is surprised by this, the "X-Antibody" far surpasses the power of the "Death-X" he was researching and is now what he truly wants, but now that Lord Knightmon has X-Evolved, they aren't on the same level of power anymore. Together with Dynasmon (X-Antibody), the two defeat Grand Dracumon, they think his title as the "Immortal King" was false.

Dynasmon researched in the castle and found residual data from some not-normal Digimon, they were the source of the "immortality" that Grand Dracumon wanted so much. Death-X was originally something created by Yggdrasill but was abandoned by it due to its failures. Grand Dracumon found the leftovers and studied them in an attempt to uncover the secrets of immortality, but failed in his attempts to really unlock the power of Death-X. They are still unsure about everything since they still can't understand the intentions of God. They want to return and give the damaged data and report on the mission, but they still need to find a way out of the Dark Area. And so ends the search for the "Immortal King".



Digimon Twin[edit]


Digital Monster Card Game[edit]

The Unknown Island that surfaced in the middle of the Digital World.

Digimon Battle Terminal 02[edit]

The “Unknown Island” once appeared in the surface layer of the Digital World. This place seems to be a physical manifestation of the Dark Area which surfaced in the middle of the Digital World. Within the island there are two main areas: The Trash Hole, a hole so deep that goes to the center of the world, in which Huanglongmon can be found, and the “Demon's Valley”, some kind of giant crack in the ground from which Ogudomon surfaced during the L&R Wars.


Hyper Colosseum



Hell's Field in Digimon Xros Wars.
  • In Digimon Xros Wars, there's an area called “Hell's Field”, a pocket dimension underneath Bright Land, in which evil Digimon are actually empowered, while good Digimon are weakened. Although no official connection has been established between the two, it presents many similarities that may suggest it could be directly based on the traditional depiction of the Dark Area.
  • There's a dark forest called “Evil Forest” spread by the Dark Area.[15]
  • Astamon is denominated a prince of the Dark Area.[18]
  • Some Digimon who committed evil deeds are sent to the Dark Area while still alive, and may transform into Fallen Angels or Demon Lord Digimon.
  • The Seven Great Demon Lords inhabit the Dark Area[19], and with the exception of Beelzebumon, Lilithmon and Leviamon (who only slept nearby), all members of the group were once sealed there.
  • The "Gehenna" that Lucemon: Satan Mode carries act like a miniature of the Dark Area.
  • The Dark Area is responsible for the multiple evolution routes the Digimon can take in the continuity of Digimon Savers: Another Mission.
  • In the Digimon Xros Loader, the Twelfth Zone of the Quest Mode takes inspiration from the core concept of the Dark Area.
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