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The Tree of Qliphoth 「クリフォトの樹 Kurifoto No Ki」 is a magic channel that connects to the underworld and allows devils to enter the living world. One of the Dark Triad's objectives is the recreation of this channel.[1]


Levels and devils of Qliphoth

The levels and devils of the magic channel

The magic channel branches out like the roots of a tree and descends to the seventh and lowest level of the underworld. At each level is a gate that normally prevents devils from moving between levels. Ten devils are set along the depth of the channel and are released as the gate to their level opens. Of these ten devils, the ones on the lower levels are stronger than the ones on the upper levels.

The ritual for opening this channel, known as the Qliphoth Advent Ritual 「クリフォト降臨の儀 Kurifoto Kōrin no Gi」,[2] has two parts. The first part is a magic circle that combines the World Tree Magic and the Dark Magic of two mages.[3] Dark Magic, which carries the power of the underworld, dyes the world tree black and enables it to connect the living world and the underworld.[4] The second part is a larger magic circle with three mages standing in positions along the perimeter and serving as activators for the ritual. If these three are defeated, the ritual will be halted.[5] The ritual takes seven days to complete, at which point the World Tree and Dark Magic users will die.[6]


Within the inherited knowledge of the Heart Kingdom's princesses, Lolopechka finds memories of a previous opening of the channel and the devastation it caused. The resulting destruction would devastate the entire continent and result in the massacre of 90% of the human population, bringing humanity close to extinction.[7]

Magic circles of Qliphoth Advent Ritual

The magic circles within the Spade Kingdom's castle

The Dark Triad of the Spade Kingdom plan to recreate the channel,[1] so Zenon Zogratis leads an attack on the Golden Dawn squad in order to capture William Vangeance, while Dante Zogratis attacks the Black Bull squad to capture Yami Sukehiro.[8][9] The two captains are brought to the Spade Kingdom, imprisoned in coffins, and placed in the center of a series of magic circles.[10] As the ritual begins, the Dark Triad take their positions as the activators. An invading squad from the Clover Kingdom splits into teams that attack each of the Dark Triad with the intention of stopping the ritual.[11]

Moris Libardirt uses the information he extracted from Lolopechka to develop a method for accelerating the growth of the tree. While the Dark Triad are fighting the Magic Knights, the first gate opens and two devils—Nahamah and Lilith—emerge, appearing in Dante's chamber.[12] The roots of the tree stretch up into the sky and begin absorbing the mana from the world, while a horde of lower-ranked devils breaks out of the castle. With the gate to the underworld open, the Dark Triad members are able to access 100% of their devils' powers.[13]

Part of Qliphoth circle disappears

Part of the circle disappears after Dante's defeat.

After Dante is defeated and knocked unconscious, part of the ritual's magic circle disappears, and the progression is slowed.[14]

Lucifero manifests in Spade Castle

Lucifero manifests after the second gate opens.

After all the members of the Dark Triad are defeated, all of the magic circles disappear. However, the ritual continues because Moris has used his Modification Magic to alter the tree so that it only needs one magic circle fueled by the magic and lives of Yami and William.[15] Shortly after, the next gate opens[16] since Lucifero has accelerated the opening with Moris's life. As the horde of devils pour out from the second level, Lucifero seizes control of all the lower-ranked devils and pulls them into a large mass, along with the lower-ranked devils from the first level and the coffins holding Yami and William. Lucifero then shapes the mass into a giant creature into which he can manifest himself.[17]

Asta and Liebe Unite and their Infinite Slash Equinox destroys the coffins and magic circle, stopping the Ritual entirely.[18] However, Lucifero condenses the monster's leftover flesh and manifests himself in an incomplete form.[19]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 246 (p. 7-9) and Episode 164.
  2. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 263 (p. 8-11) and Episode 168.
  3. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 273 (p. 5).
  4. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 313 (p. 9).
  5. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 275 (p. 1-2).
  6. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 263 (p. 9, 11) and Episode 168.
  7. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 252 (p. 9-10) and Episode 165.
  8. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 235 (p. 12-13) and Episode 160.
  9. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 239 (p. 15) and Episode 162.
  10. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 273 (p. 5).
  11. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 275 (p. 1, 16-17).
  12. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 279 (p. 5-15).
  13. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 280 (p. 3-9).
  14. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 294 (p. 5).
  15. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 311 (p. 4-5, 11).
  16. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 313 (p. 15).
  17. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 314 (p. 5-11).
  18. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 316 (p. 10-13).
  19. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 317 (p. 9-10).
  20. Issue 44, 2020 Author Comments


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