Dark Aura

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Riku performing Dark Aura in Dream Drop Distance.

Dark Aura (ダークオーラ Dāku Ōra?) is technique introduced in Kingdom Hearts. It is a signature move of Riku, and it appears repeatedly throughout the Kingdom Hearts series. It typically allows the user to rush enemies repeatedly from all directions, finishing by plunging their weapon into the ground, releasing columns of energy radially. The attack often deals dark damage.

There is a variation of Dark Aura exclusive to Kingdom Hearts II in which Riku launches spheres of dark flame at the opponent, a technique similar to Dark Firaga.

Mechanics[edit]


Riku performing Dark Aura in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories.

In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Dark Aura is an attack sleight that Riku can use while in Dark Mode. The columns of flame that conclude the attack may confuse enemies when hit. The card combination for Dark Aura is:

Soul Eater (card).png + Soul Eater (card).png + Soul Eater (card).png (27)
Riku performing Dark Aura in Kingdom Hearts II.

In Kingdom Hearts II, Dark Aura is an action ability that can be equipped to Riku once he joins the party in The World That Never Was. So long as Riku is in the active party, whenever Sora concludes one of his physical combos, the player can press Triangle to execute the Dark Aura Reaction Command, in which Riku fires spheres of dark flame at the opponent. Dark Aura can stop enemies on contact, and it costs two AP to equip and ten MP to use. During the final battle with Xemnas when the player is forced to play as Riku, Dark Aura can be used by pressing Square.

In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Dark Aura is an attack command exclusive to Riku that uses two slots and has a reload time of 42 seconds. It grants +4 to Strength and +10 to Dark Resistance when attached to a Dream Eater recipe.

Learning Dark Aura[edit]

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories[edit]

  • Riku learns Dark Aura once he obtains the ability to enter Dark Mode.

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

  • Riku has Dark Aura as a default ability.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

Riku is fought several times as a boss throughout the Kingdom Hearts series. Dark Aura serves as one of his desperation attacks in each of these encounters.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Riku performing Dark Aura in Kingdom Hearts.

When Sora faces Riku for the second time while Riku is under the possession of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness in Hollow Bastion, Dark Aura serves as Riku's strongest attack. It is used when he is low on HP and his hand is glowing in a sphere of dark energy.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories[edit]

Riku Replica - A4 (card).png + Riku Replica - A2 (card).png + Riku Replica - A2 (card).png
As a Replica created from the real Riku's combat data, the Riku Replica can utilize all of Riku's abilities which are exclusive to Dark Mode. Unlike Riku, who needs a card value of 27 to execute Dark Aura, the Riku Replica can use it with any value, granted he only gains access to the Sleight during his final battle with Sora in the main story and Riku in Reverse/Rebirth.

The finale attack of Riku Replica's Dark Aura is about twice the range of what the real Dark Riku can actually use.[citation needed]

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

During his battle with Roxas in The World That Never Was, Riku is able to use Dark Aura once he is low on HP. In Mission Mode, Anti-Riku can use Dark Aura as well.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

Data-Riku can use Dark Aura at any time during the final phase of his battle against Data-Sora in Hollow Bastion.

Trivia[edit]

  • In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, if Riku is caught in a Kooma Panda's Tea Table Flip during the initial start-up of Dark Aura, a glitch will occur that causes him to pass through the floor and remain in the animation until the player resets the game.