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Baran (바란) the Demon King, was the Dungeon Boss of the Demon Castle, residing on the 100th floor.

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He was the Monarch of White Flames and was considered the weakest of all Monarchs.

History

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Fearing the Shadow Monarch and the might of the ever-growing Shadow Army, Baran and the Monarch of Beastly Fangs betrayed Ashborn just as the war with the Rulers was drawing to a close[1].

While Ashborn was pushing back the tides of the Rulers' armies and it would seem victory is near, two gates opened behind his back and both Baran with his Demon Army and the Beast Army swarmed out to attack the Shadow Army. With the two Monarch armies at his back and the Rulers' armies in front, the flow of the battle changed once more.[2]

Towards the end, the Monarch armies suffered defeat and the Monarch of Beastly Fangs ran away. Baran had suffered grievous wounds and as he stood before the enraged Ashborn demanding to know the reason behind their betrayal, he cackled and spat out his dying words before paying the ultimate price at the hands of the Shadow Monarch.

Demon Castle Arc

Baran appeared before the protagonist Jin-Woo when the latter reached the abode of the Demon King[3][4] on the 100th floor of the Demon Castle (a Quest generated by the System: Collect Demon's Souls! (Part 2)).

He made his entrance on the Sky Dragon Kaisellin and summoned his Demon Army to engage in battle.

Items acquired when defeated[5][6]:

  • Baran's Soul
  • Demon Monarch's Ring
  • Demon King's Longsword
  • Demon King's Shortsword (x2)
  • Baran's Two Horns
  • Purified Blood of the Demon King
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{This Baran is most likely a Game Boss designed by the System, as the original Baran had already been defeated by Ashborn during the war between Rulers and Monarchs (see the previous section).}

Powers and Abilities

With his status as a Monarch and king at the top of the Demon Tower Baran is an immensely powerful opponent. His very aura was so immense he was capable of putting Esil in complete shock. Combined with his powerful wyvern Baran was easily able to measure up to S-ranks given his slightly superior stance against his battle against Sung Jin-Woo.

Immense Aura and Mana: Baran's Aura was described as overpowering and even evil. His mana is also incredibly powerful given he was able to fire off huge attacks without being interrupted.

Hell's Army: The Demon King can create portals to summon a variety of demons. He can summon over a thousand demons that all seem to be A-rank at least. We currently don't know if this method of summoning is on the same principle as the shadow soldiers or if he can simply summon his own independent soldiers.

Lightning Manipulation: Baran seems well versed in lightning manipulation as he was capable of firing high-density blasts of lightning and even fire lightning over a huge radius.

Immense Physical Prowess: Baran is as powerful enough to equal up to Sung Jin-Woo making him easily on the level of S-Ranks.

Gallery

References

  1. Solo Leveling novel: Chapter 219
  2. Solo Leveling Novel - Chapter 160
  3. Solo Leveling Webtoon - Chapter 85
  4. Solo Leveling Novel - Chapter 107
  5. Solo Leveling Novel - Chapter 108
  6. Solo Leveling Webtoon - Chapter 88
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