The Dark Prince wielding the Daggertail
|Origin||The Prince's mind|
|Occupation||The Prince's alter-ego|
|Relatives||The Prince (alter-ego)|
|Appearance(s)||Warrior Within, The Two Thrones|
- "All that is yours is rightfully mine, and mine it will be!"
- ―The Dark Prince
Dark Side was known for his burnt blackened body that seemed to flow with ghastly smoke, yellow eyes burning, its torso cast in crazed burning designs of yellow Sand.It left a demonic figure in the Prince's place: a burnt blackened body that seemed to flow with ghastly smoke, yellow eyes burning, its torso cast in crazed burning designs, hair flowing upward like smoke and cinders, arms and back pocked with black scaly horns.
The Dark Prince made his first appearance in the true ending of Warrior Within as a hooded figure who picks up Sharaman's crown and proclaims 'All that is yours is rightfully mine, and mine it will be!'
Not far into the story, the Prince becomes tainted by the newly unleashed Sands of Time, awakening in him a different entity, the Dark Prince, who can be assumed to be the tainted "soul" of the Prince in Warrior Within. He embodies every negative aspect of the Prince, stating, "Your rage, your pride, your selfish ways, they give me form and substance!". He also shares all the fighting skills as the normal Prince (Mastery of weapons, and usage of the Sands of Time), and even shows newer skills that the Prince has not demonstrated previously (Usage of the Daggertail).
The Two ThronesEdit
- "When the Prince was struck by the sands of time something was woken within, something strange and cunning, something dark"
The Inner StruggleEditAt first the Prince accepts the voice's help without question, but with his increasing interaction with Princess Farah, it leads him to question his other side. Eventually, he realizes that the Dark Prince is only looking out for his own selfish avarice, and that vengeance, conquest, and subjugation, rather than constructive goals, are topping his to-do list. The Prince rejects this malevolent presence and finishes his journey without the Dark Prince's help.
The Final BattleEdit
- "How many times did I unblock your path? Cut down your enemies? Remind you of your mission?"
- ―The Dark Prince[src]
However, after slaying the Vizier and apparently losing the Sands' taint, the Prince encounters the Dark Prince once more as the hooded figure he had seen in Kaileena's vision, who pulls him into a strange dream-like realm. The Prince chases his dark counterpart down as the shifting landscape changes (shifting to various locations from the past games, such as the magic fountain room from Sands of Time and the ship from Warrior Within). As the Prince chases him, the Dark Prince reveals indirectly that he is the embodiment of the dark traits the Prince has, manifested by the Sands when he resisted direct infection. Concordantly, everything that the Dark Prince is was already present in the Prince before the transformation. In effect, the Prince has two souls inhabiting his body. The Dark Prince intends on distracting the Prince, but he is thwarted again by Farah, who urges the Prince to let go of his hatred and turn away. The Prince ascends a staircase leading into a bright light and the Dark Prince is left behind once and for all, forever alone, afraid, and shouting into oblivion, as the Prince awakens, finally free.
While the Prince was in his dark form, he could still think, act, and reason like his normal self. The Dark Prince's voice in his physical form is a coarser, rougher version of the actual Prince's (mirroring the effects on his body); the Dark Prince's real voice is inside the Prince's head, a soft, cunning, wily voice.
In this corrupted form, the Prince continually loses health until he dies, unlike the Sand Wraith, whence it stops at a quarter of the original health. In order to regain health, one must collect Sands of Time, upon which the Dark Prince's health will become full. Also unlike the Sand Wraith is that the sand slots do not get refilled when in the Dark Prince form, but as almost every container you can crack open will have Sands, this is not too much of a problem.
With the introduction of the Daggertail, the Dark Prince can perform significantly greater feats of acrobatics and attacking combinations in comparison to the normal Prince.
The Dark Prince can now wall-run for a dramatically longer time after hooking the Daggertail into a lamp jutting out of the wall. A similar tactic is used in Warrior Within, except with a rope which is already hanging from the wall. Another use is hooking the Daggertail to an out-of-reach pole while jumping to extend the jump's length.
The Dark Prince can now form new combos against his enemies, which are far more lethal with the Daggertail than they ever could be without. Many of the most dangerous attacks include a good mix of the Dagger of Time and the Daggertail, while an especially useful one is the Hurricane, which makes the Dark Prince spin his Daggertail high above his head very fast: this 360-degree attack actually covers the left side a lot more than the right, so it does not quite cover ALL directions. it may knock weaker enemies to the ground, where they will be easy to finish off. It should be noted that the brutality present in the combat techniques of the Dark Prince are similar in intensity to those of the Prince in Warrior Within. This could be interpreted as the Prince in The Two Thrones is a combination of his incarnations in the first two games, the good-hearted "original" prince of The Sands of Time, and the coarser (and darker) prince of Warrior Within.