Ancient Enma (Japanese: 先代閻魔大王 Sendai Enma Daiō) is a Rank S, Fire-attribute, Kami Yo-kai from the Enma tribe and was the previous ruler of the Yo-kai World.

In Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble, he is a Rank SS Yo-kai of the Enma Tribe.



Ancient Enma is a huge, bulky humanoid Yo-kai with pinkish skin blemished with age, with white mustache and beard, a set of thick brows, and golden eyes. He wears a royal traditional attire red in color with the end of the sleeves maroon in color, and attired with maroon-colored shoulder pads finely crafted with gold pieces, which are connected at the chest by a golden ornament, as well of a dark blue pad sported on the waist and crafted with gold, fastened with a maroon sash. He wore a modified gold and dull blue longhand crown, sporting the kanji for the word king.

Ancient Enma has the power to judge the souls of the dead, sending to them either heaven or hell. He is also shown to have the ability to banish or seal Yo-kai in other ways, like within objects.

Long ago, Ancient Enma sought to unite the worlds of humans and Yo-kai, a world-view that inspires many Yo-kai to this day, especially in Springdale. Among them is the Oni that served as the Yo-kai World's Gatekeepers, who swore their loyalty to him even after his death.

Many years before the events of the series, Ancient Enma sealed away the twin Yo-kai Noruka and Soruka within a special book, as their constant fighting had started to have negative effects on the worlds.

555 years before the events of Yo-kai Watch 3, King Enma banished a Yo-kai known as the The Ghoulfather into space for his crimes.

Ancient Enma had many daughters, but for the longest time, he failed to produce a male heir, who would be needed to inherit the power of Enma from him. It came to pass that his grandson was born before he had a son of his own, and therefore, his grandson was the one to inherit his power instead. Eventually, a son did end up being born to Ancient Enma, but it seems that because his grandson had already inherited the power, his actual son's power remained dormant.

At some point in his lifetime, witnessing the constant wars and conflicts among humans, and how it influenced the Yo-kai, Ancient Enma decided he would have to change his approach to human and Yo-kai relations. He planned to separate the two worlds, in order to keep the negative influence they had on one another to a minimum. Ultimately, he died before he could put this plan into motions, but made his intentions known to his loyal servant Zazel. Many Yo-kai never learned of the late Ancient Enma's change of mind.

After his death, his grandson became his successor to the throne.


Yo-kai Watch

While Ancient Enma does not physically appear in the game, his death is important to its plot. He is first mentioned when Whisper wonders how so many bad Yo-kai can enter the human world since they're supposed to get Ancient Enma's permission, and Venoct explains that Ancient Enma has already passed away.

It was his death that enabled McKraken to take over with his political party and name himself Chairman.

Venoct also reveals that Lucas is in fact, the son of the late Ancient Enma, and thus a source of hope for all Yo-kai that suffer under McKraken's regime.

Yo-kai Watch 2

While Ancient Enma does not physically appear in the game, he plays a minor role in its plot.

It was an argument between Arachnus and Toadal Dude over whether cream- or custard-filled donuts would make for an adequate gift to the Yo-kai king that ended up causing the split into and warring between Fleshy and Bony Yo-kai.

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Yo-kai Watch Blasters

While Ancient Enma does not physically appear in the game, he plays a minor role in its plot.

Just like in Yo-kai Watch the Movie: Lord Enma and the Five Tales, Nyan!, Ancient Enma is said to be the one whose worldviews inspired Zazel to try and cut all ties the Yo-kai World has with the human world.

Yo-kai Sangokushi

While Ancient Enma does not physically appear in the game, he plays a minor role in its plot.

It was Ancient Enma who created the book that the game takes place in, and he was the one who sealed the game's main antagonists, Noruka and Soruka, within it.

Yo-kai Watch 3

During the request "Enma Note Part 2", Lord Enma has to face the power of Ancient Enma, his grandfather and predecessor, to prove that he is worthy of using the Enma Blade.

Ancient Enma can be encountered and befriended in the Blasters T. Mode, inside the Mountain of Gods (Japanese: 神の山 Kami no Yama) dungeon.

Game data


Stats Calculation
This shows Ancient Enma's stat on level: 99.


Type Name Power Attribute Range
Attack Bone Crusher (Japanese: 骨くだき Hone Kudake) 50-150 - Single enemy
No description.
Technique Incinerate (Japanese: れんごくの術 Rengoku no Jutsu) 70 Fire Single
No description.
Inspirit Great King's Might (Japanese: 大王の力 Daiō no Chikara) - Single ally
The Inspirited Yo-kai is engulfed by the king's power, raising ATK up.
Soultimate Move Judgement of Going to Hell (Japanese: 地獄行きの審判 Jigoku-iki no Shinpan) 190 - two columns
Unleashes a descending cruel fist that sends all sinners to hell.
Skill God's Judgement (Japanese: 神の裁き Kami no Sabaki) -
Finishes off enemies on the verge of defeat.


"Sendai Enma Daiō" translates to "Previous Great King Enma", or "Great King Enma of the Previous Generation."


Ancient Enma is based on Yama, who is a deity of Hindu origin introduced into Japan by Buddhist monks, with the Buddhist version has Yama being is a dharmapala (wrathful god) said to judge the dead and preside over the Narakas ("Hells" or "Purgatories") and the cycle of saṃsāra.


  • While Ancient Enma didn't make a true debut until Yo-kai Watch 3, he has played some role in every other game that came before it.
  • Ancient Enma has also appeared in the collectable Yo-kai Watch Seal Collection series.
  • When saying his name in the Yo-kai Medallium, he simply refers to himself as "Enma Daiō" (Japanese: 閻魔大王 "Great King Enma") instead of "Sendai Enma Daiō" (Japanese: 先代閻魔大王 "Previous Great King Enma").

In other languages

  • Italian: Enma l'Antico

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