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Kingdom Hearts
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Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
"The key chain attached draws out the Keyblade's true form and power."
Katakana キングダムチェーン
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn
Japanese Kingdom Chain
Stats
Strength MP
+3 +0
Crit Rate Crit Bonus
x1 0
Recoil
30
Obtained
Speak to Riku after the Heartless attack Destiny Islands.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
"The default weapon. Not very powerful, but reliable and easy to handle."
Katakana キングダムチェーン
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn
Japanese Kingdom Chain
Stats
Strike Thrust
D+ D+
Combo Finish Swing Speed
D+ B
Break Recovery Required CP
B
Element
Physical
Obtained
Default
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Kingdom Hearts II
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Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key


"A keychain attached to the Keyblade. Increases defense at critical moments."

Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key


"A keychain attached to the Keyblade. Halves damage taken in critical situations."

Katakana キングダムチェーン
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn
Japanese Kingdom Chain
Stats
Strength Magic
+3 +1
Length
100
Ability
Defender[KH II]
Damage Control[KH II FM]
Obtained
Fight the "Mysterious Enemy" at The Old Mansion.
Kingdom Key Keychain KHD.png
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
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Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
"The most basic of Keyblades.
Install a weapon panel to transform it."
Katakana キングダムチェーン
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn
Japanese Kingdom Chain
Stats
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+15 +85 +0
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+0 +0 +2
Abilities
Obtained
No Gear (Roxas/Xion)
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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
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Kingdom Key+
Kingdom Key
"An upgraded Kingdom Key."
Katakana キングダムチェーン+
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn+
Japanese Kingdom Chain+
Stats
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+124 +4 +15 +0 +4
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+30 +4 +10 +4 +19 +4
Abilities
1: Defender
2: Damage Control
3: Second Chance
Obtained
Zero Gear (Roxas/Xion)
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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
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Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key
"The most basic of Keyblades."
Katakana キングダムチェーン
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn
Japanese Kingdom Chain
Stats
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+100 +1/
+2/
+3
+15 +0 +1/
+2/
+3
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+0 +1/
+2/
+3
+7 +1/
+2/
+3
+7 +1/
+2/
+3
Abilities
1: Defender
2: Damage Control
3: Second Chance
Obtained
No Gear, Skill Gear, Skill Gear+, Technical Gear, Technical Gear+, Duel Gear, Duel Gear+, Loaded Gear, Loaded Gear+, Chrono Gear, Chrono Gear+, Phantom Gear, Phantom Gear+, Phantom Gear++, Lift Gear, Lift Gear+, Nimble Gear, Nimble Gear+, Wild Gear, Wild Gear+, Ominous Gear, Ominous Gear+, Valor Gear, Valor Gear+, Fearless Gear, Fearless Gear+, Prestige Gear, Prestige Gear+, Hazard Gear, Hazard Gear+, Casual Gear, Mystery Gear (Sora)
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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
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Kingdom Key+
Kingdom Key
"An upgraded Kingdom Key."
Katakana キングダムチェーン+
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn+
Japanese Kingdom Chain+
Stats
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+115 +3 +15 +0 +3
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+25 +3 +10 +3 +10 +3
Abilities
1: Defender
2: Damage Control
3: Second Chance
Obtained
Duel Gear++, Crisis Gear, Crisis Gear+, Rage Gear, Rage Gear+ (Sora)
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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
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Kingdom Key++
Kingdom Key
"The ultimate Kingdom Key."
Katakana キングダムチェーン++
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn++
Japanese Kingdom Chain++
Stats
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+120 +3 +15 +5 +3
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+30 +3 +12 +3 +15 +3
Abilities
1: Defender
2: Damage Control
3: Second Chance
Obtained
Omega Gear, Omega Gear+, Champion Gear, Champion Gear+, Ultimate Gear, Ultimate Gear+ (Sora)
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Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
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Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Katakana キングダムチェーン
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn
Japanese Kingdom Chain
Stats
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO.png
Obtained
Select one Dream weapon and discard another in the Dive to the Heart.
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Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
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Kingdom Key 1.5
Kingdom Key

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Katakana キングダムチェーン1.5
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn 1.5
Japanese Kingdom Chain 1.5
Stats
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO.png
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO.png
Obtained
Slay 30 enemies with the Kingdom Key.
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Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key Keychain KHREC.png

Kingdom Key 2.0
Kingdom Key

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Katakana キングダムチェーン2.0
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn 2.0
Japanese Kingdom Chain 2.0
Stats
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
Shell
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO.png
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO.png
Obtained
Slay 60 enemies with the Kingdom Key 1.5.
Kingdom Key Keychain KHREC.png
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key Keychain KHREC.png

Kingdom Key 2.5
Kingdom Key

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Katakana キングダムチェーン2.5
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn 2.5
Japanese Kingdom Chain 2.5
Stats
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
Shell
Protect
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO.png
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO.png
Obtained
Slay 90 enemies with the Kingdom Key 2.0.
Kingdom Key Keychain KHREC.png
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key Keychain KHREC.png

Kingdom Key 3.0
Kingdom Key

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Katakana キングダムチェーン3.0
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn 3.0
Japanese Kingdom Chain 3.0
Stats
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
Shell
Protect
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO.png
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO.png
Brick Wall OFinish1RCO.png
Obtained
Slay 120 enemies with the Kingdom Key 2.5.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
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Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key Keychain KH3D.png
Kingdom Key
Kingdom Key

"The Keyblade Sora began his journey with. It provides a balanced boost in Strength and Magic."
Katakana キングダムチェーン
Rōmaji Kingudamu Chēn
Japanese Kingdom Chain
Stats
Strength Magic Length
5 4 75
Rates Critical Shift
20% 5%
Obtained
Sora's default weapon

The Kingdom Key is the most iconic Keyblade in the Kingdom Hearts series, as it appears within each game of the series, and frequently serves as the default Keychain for cutscenes. In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, it is the only Keychain that Sora can visibly use, while in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, it is the only Keychain of Xion's to appear in Story Mode, and excluding the final Mission, the only Keychain of Roxas's to appear in any cutscene. Furthermore, while Kingdom Hearts II normally depicts the equipped Keyblade within cutscenes, the Kingdom Key appears by default in the cutscene leading up to the Battle of the 1000 Heartless, and within the Album pictures of Jiminy's Journal. In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, it can be upgraded to the Kingdom Key+ and the Kingdom Key++.

The Kingdom Key draws out the true power of Sora's Keyblade, even though it is not the strongest Keychain. As such, it is the true form of his Keyblade, which means that it is also the default form of Roxas's and Xion's Keyblades. The Kingdom Key is not wielded by Sora exclusively; Riku, Roxas, and Xion have also used it, and King Mickey is often seen wielding the Kingdom Key D, a color-inverted version of the weapon.

For Roxas and Xion, the Keyblade they wield is in fact Sora's Keyblade, existing in multiple places at once.[1] Roxas also obtains a second Kingdom Key after absorbing Xion; however, this is in fact Ventus's Keyblade, not Xion's.[2]

The Kingdom Key D, a color-inverted Kingdom Key which King Mickey wields, is the Keyblade from the Realm of Darkness, which he obtained to mirror Sora's Keyblade from the Realm of Light.[3]

Story[edit]

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

When Riku opens the door in the Secret Place, allowing the Heartless to invade, the Kingdom Key appears for him on one of the islets. However, because Riku had let his heart be swallowed by darkness, he lost the weapon to Sora, who was also a potential Keyblade wielder.

Riku, as the intended wielder, is able to hold it briefly when he meets up with Sora in Traverse Town, but returns it to Sora.

When Sora arrives in Hollow Bastion to rescue Kairi, Riku reveals to Sora that Sora's Keyblade is meant to be his own and summons it to his hand, where it takes on its original form as the Kingdom Key. However, when Sora later confronts Riku again, the strength of his heart allows him to make the Keyblade his own.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories[edit]

Due to the castle's rules, Sora cannot switch Keychains while in Castle Oblivion and is stuck with using the Kingdom Key, although he is able to channel the abilities of his past Keychains by using Attack Cards.

When Zexion disguises himself as Sora, he wields a fake Kingdom Key Keyblade.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

Roxas originally used the Kingdom Key form of his Keyblade when he was a member of Organization XIII, and when he loaned the Keyblade to Xion, she used this form exclusively.

When Roxas first uses Synch Blade, he summons two Kingdom Keys, then transforms them into the Oathkeeper and Oblivion.

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

When Roxas is attacked by a lone Dusk outside the Old Mansion, he attempts to use his Struggle Bat to ward it off, but it fails to touch the monster. At that moment, however, the Kingdom Key replaces the Struggle Bat in a haze of data, and Roxas is able to defeat the Dusk. The Kingdom Key continues to materialize whenever Roxas needs to fight off Nobodies, until he is attacked by Axel within the Old Mansion's Basement Corridor. There, Roxas instead summons the Oathkeeper and Oblivion, but after defeating Axel and proceeding to the chamber in which Sora slumbers, he uses the Kingdom Key one final time in an attempt to strike down DiZ.

Kingdom Hearts coded[edit]

Data-Sora gains a data-version of the Kingdom Key in his Dive to the Heart. Episode 1 It is destroyed by Maleficent at Agrabah Episode 5, but he gains a new Keyblade at Hollow Bastion. Episode 6 According to King Mickey, this Keyblade is closely connected to the power of the Heart.[4]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

The Kingdom Key is Sora's initial Keyblade. The Armored Ventus Nightmare which appears within Sora's Soul World wields a now-blackened Kingdom Key, but wields it in a reverse grip like Ventus. When Riku defeats the Nightmare, the black Kingdom Key changes back to its true form and Riku uses it to lock Sora's heart, then to open a portal back to the outside world.

Design[edit]

The Kingdom Key is depicted as a classic skeleton key approximately 3.5' long, with a long silver Keychain extending from the hilt, and a Hidden Mickey token on the end of the Keychain. In Kingdom Hearts, the token is formed from three spheres, while in other games the token is flat and seemingly cut from sheet metal. The blade and teeth of the Keyblade are silver, the rainguard is blue, and the guard is bright gold. The teeth of the Keyblade form the outline of a crown which matches the crown charm Sora wears.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay with the Kingdom Key varies, as its combo is normally influenced by the amount of Combo Boosts and other Combo influencing abilities the player has equipped. The weapon's base combo in nearly every game is a basic three hit attack: A downward swing, a forward thrust, and a turning sweep slash, while its aerial combo is a downward, then upward slash, finished with a mid-air spinning slash.

In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Roxas, Xion, and Sora have the opportunity to wield this weapon: Roxas and Xion, with no gears or the Zero gear equipped, and Sora, with any gear save for the Zero and Pandora gears.

Roxas and Xion have identical combos with both no gears and Zero gear. Their combo without any gears is the basic three hit combo, while his Zero gear combo is slightly different. It begins with a downward slash, followed by an upward swing with the capability of knocking the enemy in the air. From here, a Y-Combo is prompted, in which Roxas or Xion will perform a jump accompanied by a downward slash if executed. With another hit of the Y button, Roxas or Xion's Y-Combo concludes with a sliding swing of the Keyblade. If continued normally, combo concludes with a basic turning slash. The aerial combo for Roxas's Zero Gear is noticeably shorter, with only two hits. It begins with a basic downward slash and finishes with a spinning slash.

Sora's combos with the Kingdom Key, meanwhile, never change no matter what gear is equipped. It will always be the same, default, three-hit combo: a sideways swing, a forward thrust, and a turning slash. No Y-Combo opportunities are ever prompted. His swing speed, however, is noticeably faster than Roxas's.

Other appearances[edit]

Most Kingdom Hearts merchandise features the Kingdom Key as Sora's weapon, including the Volume One and Volume Three Sora figures that appear in the Formation Arts Figures. Along with being the Keyblade packaged with "normal" Sora in the Series 1 Play Arts Figures, it is also seen with Roxas' figure and the Sora Limit Form figure.

Another side, Another story...[edit]

The Kingdom Key appears in the secret movie Another side, Another story..., where it is wielded by Roxas briefly dual wields it along with Oathkeeper after tossing his Oblivion to a falling Riku in The World That Never Was.

The Gathering[edit]

The Kingdom Key also appears in the secret movie The Gathering, where it is pulled from the ground by Terra at the Keyblade Graveyard.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

In the opening video for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the Kingdom Key is briefly shown after Terra and Aqua, surrounded by many other Keyblades, are seen falling towards Ventus’s Dive to the Heart station. The Kingdom Key and the Soul Eater land blade first into the station, shattering it into glass like pieces and revealing Ventus amongst them.

The logo sequence for the Keyblade Graveyard also depicts the Kingdom Key being thrust into the background, summoning the text.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

On the Japanese version of the Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance website, the Kingdom Key acts as a cursor for Sora's version of the website.

Disney Infinity 3.0[edit]

The Kingdom Key is featured in the action-adventure sandbox game Disney Infinity 3.0 as the game's "ultimate unlock," and can be used if the player owns every available figurine for the game.

The Simpsons Game[edit]

The Kingdom Key can be seen in the "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game" level of The Simpsons Game, where a statue of Santa's Little Helper holds it in his mouth.[5][please confirm]

Gallery[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. Director's Secret Report XIII, p. 29; Tetsuya Nomura: "The Keyblade that Roxas used and the Keyblade that Sora once lost in Castle Oblivion are the same thing. Furthermore, these two both used the Keyblade at the same time. This can be explained by the relationship between Roxas and Sora. Thus, they both can wield two Keyblades, which, in fact, has an important meaning. This is also related to Xehanort’s memories, but this point can’t be touched on just yet."
  2. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ultimania, interview; Tetsuya Nomura: " Because he can use both Sora’s and Ventus’ Keyblades. Sora can wield two Keyblades at once because he has Ventus’s as well as his own. As Roxas is a part of Sora, he also can use two. In Days, Roxas awakened his ability to dual-wield after fighting Xion. In KHII, once Sora absorbs him, he can also dual-wield. Roxas awakens his ability to dual-wield with his will to not forget Xion who also wielded a Keyblade."
  3. Director's Secret Report XIII, p. 28; Tetsuya Nomura: "In order to work, the door needs to be closed from both the Dark side and the Light side and both a Dark and Light realm Keyblade are needed. The King needed a Keyblade opposite from the realm of Light Keyblade that Sora had, so he went to the realm of Darkness to obtain one."
  4. Hollow Bastion, first visit; King Mickey: "The Keyblade takes its power from the wielder's strength of heart. I gave you the Keyblade as data, and never expected it to match the real Keyblade's power. But during your journey, you made a connection...with us. You've risen above the system, Sora, and gained power unlike anybody else's. And THAT's what brought your Keyblade back."
  5. http://www.flickriver.com/photos/jameswong/1974104406/

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