- "Only one can be the best!"
- — Olcadan
Olcadan is an incredibly skilled fighter, having mastered all of the fighting disciplines in the Soul series, his skill apparently allowed him to fight Edge Master to a draw once.
Once, in an age now found only in myth, there was a man known by the name of Olcadan who was skilled in every kind of fighting art.
With one single exception that had ended in a draw, he could boast that he had been completely undefeated in innumerable duels he had fought. He then turned his eyes to the gods. He fought and defeated a great owl that was a messenger of the god of war. The angry god cursed Olcadan, turning his head into that of an owl. Upon seeing this curse, the people tried to obtain the gods' forgiveness by capturing Olcadan. Sorcerers known as the "sages of the oak" were sent after him. They took advantage of the vow he had made in order to become strong and captured him.
The god of war appeared in the form of a headless great owl, and sent Olcadan down into an ancient ruin that sprawled deep beneath the earth.
Unable to find an exit, he gave up and resigned himself to his fate, falling into a deep slumber.
The power of the Evil Seed, however, broke the seal of the labyrinth and Olcadan managed to escape. Stepping out from the labyrinth for the first time in an eternity, he learned that the world outside had changed greatly since his era. However, he was not particularly troubled by this fact. Those waves of power that had interrupted his sleep were undoubtedly the greatest power of the era.
He learned to survive in the new world by teaching people the fighting techniques that he had developed by himself. Over the course of several years, Olcadan gradually learned about the new era into which he had awoken. He then decided, in order to restore his combat senses that had dulled over the course of his long sleep, to cut off contact with the world by confining himself inside the labyrinth once more. His goal became to challenge the most powerful opponent of the current era. The opponent is a pair of cursed swords that had been young and weak in his own era, but these weapons, crafted by the hands of man, now rivaled the powers of the gods.
According to the second artbook of the game he is still alive and apparently in the Mughal Empire, still training his apprentice, Boris.
Tales of Souls Mode
In any character's story, Olcadan can be battled. To do this, the player must go to a path that avoids fighting Tira at Ostrheinsburg, and defeating Zasalamel at the Clock Tower. Then follow a specific story path that differs from each character (See here). If they do this without being defeated in a battle (at all), they will travel to the labyrinth where they will fight their "Destined" character (complete with the usual music playing, but without the scripted scene before the battle), a shadow version of a bonus character (Either Hwang, Li Long, or (possibly) Arthur, due to the voice, fighting style (which is that of a Samurai) and the outline of the "Unknown Soul"), and Olcadan himself. Since Olcadan knows all the Soulcalibur III's original characters' fighting styles, he will be a very tough challenge to defeat him, but if he is defeated, the player's character's "The Ancient" weapon will be unlocked, and Olcadan will be unlocked as a playable character in all game modes (except Chronicles of the Sword). The player will also go to the Lost Cathedral. If they are defeated in any part of the labyrinth, they will go to the Lost Cathedral, without fighting Olcadan, and they will face Zasalamel, and (if they weren't defeated at all) Night Terror. If the player was defeated before this, they will face Abyss, as normal. If the player has selected Olcadan himself, then the opponent will be a Doppelganger. Olcadan will not obtain an Ancient because he already has them.
Soulcalibur III Ending
Olcadan swings his arm to destroy Soul Edge...
No-Input Ending: He breaks Soul Edge. The scene changes to Olcadan in a weapons shop easily defeating some warriors. He decides that if there are none stronger, he would just have to train one himself. He drags one swordsman away, essentially kidnapping him, and the scene shifts again to two men training while Olcadan wanders around, seemingly observing their progress. While he is looking away, they silently agree to attempt a surprise attack on him. They charge at him, but he then defeats them off-screen. The sign in the background snaps off its hinges. This ending suggests how he became the teacher for the Tutorial levels.
To utilize Olcadan properly, the player must master other fighting styles as Olcadan mastered every single one of them. His fighting style changes each round. But he can be a difficult AI opponent especially for those who are veterans in a specific fighting style as he can be faced with a similar fighting style from the player's when he faces Olcadan in Tales of Souls mode, if certain conditions are met and followed a specific path.
- Grand Labyrinth (SC3)
- Fought Edge Master to a draw many years ago.
- Defeated a messenger of Ares, and was then cursed by the god.
- Defeated Dragon.
- Boris is his student.
- "Hurry up and attack me!"
- "Those who get in my way... will die!"
- "So, you want to see my true power? You fool!"
- "All right then... let's have some fun!"
- "On my honor, I will defeat you!"
- "Let's just see how long you last."
- "It's been a long time since my blood has stirred."
- "You think your size will lead you to victory"
- "Control your weapon. Don't let the weapon control you."
- "You underestimated my powers!"
- "Hm? I have yet to show you my true powers."
- "Whoops, perhaps I took it too easy on you." - Scoring a victory with low health
- "Your skills are not that bad."
- "You're absolutely hopeless! Leave!"
- "Absolutely worthless. What a boring age I've awoken into."
- "What's the matter? Are you going to disappoint me?"
- "I can't believe what a pathetic age this is."
- "This age should prove to be most interesting"
- "Raise your weapon! You cannot possibly be done yet!"
- "This is the best you can do? I'm disappointed."
- "Ha! I wonder why I'm so powerful?" - Scoring a perfect victory
- "Only one can be the best!"
- "Try this!"
- "Take this!"
- "You fool!"
- "Settle down!"
- "How's this!"
- "You're not worthy!"
- "That's it!"
- "Won't work!"
- "Give it up!"
- "Such a nuisance!"
- "Too slow!"
- "How's... THIS?!"
- "I'm so bored" - Taunting while health is above 50%
- "I don't even feel like playing." - Taunting while health is below 50%
- "I did not realize such warriors existed."
- "Humph! I will not accept this!"
- "How curious... my body is yearning for a fight." - Destined battle against Kilik
- "Your moves are similar to his."
- "I don't know who you are but I suggest you stay away for your own good!"
- "So, you're getting in my way? You better be prepared for the consequences!"
- "Little girl, you really think you can face me?" - Spoken to Tira during his "Encounter" cutscene
- Olcadan is one of 2 mimic characters in the series who does not have a known preferable weapon, the other being Charade. Other mimic characters' preferred weapons include: Dual Longswords/Zweihander, Longsword, Sword & Shield, and Staff, which are the favored weapons of Inferno, Edge Master, Elysium, and Kilik respectively.
- His Destined Battle is Kilik.
- Olcadan is the only character to interact with the shopkeepers in an ending video.
- He was most likely based on Edge Master. It is also hinted that Edge Master was the only person to ever fight Olcadan to a draw, although this is only speculation. However, this theory can be supported by the fact that his Destined Battle is against Kilik - a student of Edge Master. Further more, if Olcadan fights Kilik he will say that he is "similar" to someone, most probably Edge Master.
- It is interesting to note that in Olcadan's Tales of Souls mode that if he fights Mitsurugi, it is the only fight after which the text mentions him have a measure of respect for his opponent and is the closest he comes to finding a 'real challenge' without facing the bosses in the Lost Cathedral.
- In Maxi and Rock's alternate ending, Olcadan appears in a cage.
- Olcadan will always use Kilik's moveset during the Destined Battle, and will never change even if he is defeated.
- Olcadan is also the "mentor" of the Training mode. If you complete all the tasks for a specific character, you unlock The Ancient for that character.
- Olcadan's feathers are replaced with long fur in his render.
- Olcadan is the only character that is playable in Tales Of Souls mode that will not be encountered during Chronicles of the Sword.
- Quick match mode features a character named Olcadan, but he is just the standard version of Algol with a nickname. It is possible it was originally intended to be able to create Olcadan (as was also done with Li Long) but it was never implemented.
- Soulcalibur III (unlockable character)