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The Sky Scraper Reaction Command as it appears in the Xemnas (Dragon) boss battle.

Reaction Commands are a feature introduced in Kingdom Hearts II, intended to extend the level of combat. By pressing Triangle in specific contexts, the player avatar will perform a specific action indicated by the title of the command. These reactions are generally combat maneuvers used to gain the upper hand against enemies, though they are also used for more mundane actions such as talking to other characters and opening chests. Occasionally, some Reaction Commands must be completed in order to end a battle. Only a select few Reaction Commands require the player to press Triangle the moment it appears; in Kingdom Hearts II, one can press Triangle until the command is initiated, suffering no penalty if Triangle is not pressed at the right moment. Only three Reaction Commands in the entirety of Kingdom Hearts II penalize such an action. In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, pressing Triangle too early during the execution of a Sleight prevents the attack from being completed.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Note: Reaction commands only appear within the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX version of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, and overlap with the party member command button.

General reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Talk (はなす Hanasu?) Speak with a non-playable character. (Replaces Attack command in the PS2 version of the game.) When near a non-playable character.
Open (あける Akeru?) Open a Treasure Chest. When near a Treasure Chest.
Open a window. When near the window inside Pooh's House
Examine (しらべる Shiraberu?) Interact with an object in the field. Sometimes triggers a cutscene. When near an interactive object.
Save (セーブ Sēbu?) Open the save menu. When standing on a Save Point.
Lift (もちあげる Mochiageru?) Lift a barrel, a pot, a pumpkin, or a crate. When near a barrel, a pot, a pumpkin, or a crate.
Throw (なげる Nageru?) Throw a barrel, a pot, a pumpkin, or a crate. (Replaces Attack command in all versions of the game.) When carrying a barrel, a pot, a pumpkin, or a crate.
Trinity (トリニティ Toriniti?) Use a Trinity Mark if Donald and Goofy are in the party. When standing in front of a Trinity Mark.
Mail Card (ハガキをだす Hagaki wo dasu?) Mail a Postcard to receive a prize. When near the Mailbox in the First District.
Drink (のむ Nomu?) Drink from a bottle. Results in growth or shrinkage. When near a bottle on the table in the Bizarre Room.
Move (おす Osu?, lit. "Push") Move a piece of furniture aside. When large and near a bed in the Bizarre Room.
Move (うごかす Ugokasu?) Move the Teddy Bear from one chair to another. When large and near the Teddy Bear in the Bizarre Room.
Move a piece of furniture aside. When large and near a clock in the Bizarre Room.
When near a dresser in Aladdin's House. Can only be moved once.
Read (よむ Yomu?) Open a book and view its contents. When near a book in the Bizarre Room.
Go to a specific area in the 100 Acre Wood. In the hub of 100 Acre Wood.
Take (とる Toru?) Pick a fruit from a tree. When large and near the branch with an edible fruit in Lotus Forest.
Take a book from a shelf. When near an out-of-place book on a bookshelf in the Library in Hollow Bastion.
Eat (たべる Taberu?) Eat the fruit you picked. Results in shrinkage. When near an edible fruit in Lotus Forest.
Turn (まわす Mawasu?) Turn on a faucet. A vase grows from the floor as a result. When near a faucet on a wall in the Bizarre Room.
Spin the revolving plate inside one of the pillars. With luck, the prize is a Treasure Chest. When near a revolving plate in the Library in Hollow Bastion.
Touch (ふれる Fureru?) Touch a lamp with the Keyblade. The lamp lights up and an additional effect takes place. When near a lamp on a wall or on the ceiling in the Bizarre Room.
Touch an Ape Statue with the Keyblade. The crystal it holds lights up and a pathway is revealed. When near an Ape Statue in the Cave of Wonders.
Call (たのむ Tanomu?) If Aladdin is in the party, Abu will touch an Ape Statue out of Sora's reach. The crystal it holds lights up and a pathway is revealed. When facing an unreachable Ape Statue in the Cave of Wonders.
If Beast is in the party, he will smash through a damaged wall to reveal a pathway. When near a damaged wall in Hollow Bastion.
Sit (すわる Suwaru?) Sit in a chair. Depending on the chair you sit in, you will either receive prizes or encounter Heartless. When near a chair in the Tea Party Garden.
Release (かいじょする Kaijosuru?) Unlatch a door to open it. When near the door on the ceiling in the Bizarre Room.
Insert the Keyblade into a lock to open it. When near a lock in Agrabah.
Activates certain mechanisms. When near an ice switch in Hollow Bastion.
Jump On (とびつく Tobitsuku?) Jump onto a swinging vine. When near a swinging vine in the Vines or Vines 2.
Jump Next (とびうつる Tobiutsuru?) Jump from one swinging vine to another swinging vine. (Replaces Attack command in all versions of the game.) When on a swinging vine in the Vines or Vines 2.
Jump Off (とびおりる Tobioriru?) Jump from a swinging vine to a leafy branch. (Replaces Attack command in all versions of the game.) When on the last sequential swinging vine in the Vines or Vines 2.
Pull (ひっぱる Hipparu?) Ring a bell. When near the rope in the bell tower above the Gizmo Shop.
When near Jack's doorbell in Guillotine Square.
When near Pooh's doorbell in front of Pooh's House.
Pull Out (ぬく Nuku?, lit. "Extract") Pull a vegetable from the ground. A Potion or Elixir may be buried underneath. When near a Cabbage or Pumpkin in the garden in front of Rabbit's House.
Grab On (つかまる Tsukamaru?) Grab the dolphin's dorsal fin to gain fast transportation, powerful enough to swim against currents. When near the dolphin in Atlantica.
Get In (のる Noru?) Hop into the bathtub to return to Oogie's manor entrance without having to go through the sewer. When near the bathtub in Oogie's Manor.
Push (おす Osu?) Press the button on the wall. When near the button on the wall in the library in Hollow Bastion.

Battle reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Sonic (ソニック Sonikku?) Begin a Sonic Blade attack. Up to a small distance from an enemy.
Rave (レイヴ Reivu?) Continue a Sonic Blade attack for up to five additional hits. After the Sonic command is selected.
Blast (フィニッシュ Finisshu?, lit. "Finish") Finish a Sonic Blade attack with an even more powerful finisher. After the fifth Rave command is selected.
Arcanum (アルカナム Arukanamu?) Begin an Ars Arcanum attack. Close to an enemy.
Bash (ブレイク Bureiku?, lit. "Break") Continue an Ars Arcanum attack for up to five additional hits. Each hit is different, with the fifth one providing a more powerful blow. After the Arcanum command is selected.
Finis (ジ・エンド Ji Endo?, lit. "The End") Finish an Ars Arcanum attack with an even more powerful finisher. After the fifth Bash command is selected.
Strike (ストライク Sutoraiku?) Begin a Strike Raid attack. Up to a long distance from an enemy.
Raid (レイド Reido?) Continue a Strike Raid attack for up to three additional hits. After the Strike command is selected.
Judgment (ジャッジメント Jajjimento?) Finish a Strike Raid attack with an even more powerful finisher. After the third Raid command is selected.
Ragnarok (ラグナロク Ragunaroku?) Begin a Ragnarok attack. Beneath an enemy.
Impact (インパクト Inpakuto?) Finish a Ragnarok attack with a salvo of beams that attack the target. After the Ragnarok command is selected.
Trinity (トリニティ Toriniti?) Begin a Trinity Limit attack. Near your Party Members.
Charge Up (チャージ Chaaji?, lit. "Charge") Hold the button down to begin a Proud Roar attack. Near Simba.
Proud Roar (プラウドロア Puraudo Roa?) Execute a Proud Roar attack. Power is dependent on the amount of time the Charge Up command is depressed. While holding down the Charge Up command.
Showtime (ショータイム Shōtaimu?) Execute a Showtime attack. Near Genie.
Splash (スプラッシュ Supurasshu?) Hold the button down to execute a Splash attack. While riding on Dumbo's back.
Fire Breath (フレアブレス Furea Buresu?, lit. "Flare Breath") Hold the button down to execute a Fire Breath attack. With Mushu on Sora's head.

Event-specific reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Cancel (やめる Yameru?) End the current Magic Training session. When next to Merlin in his attic.
Rush (かけつける Kaketsukeru?) Move quickly to the location of Pooh or Tigger. When next to the large tree root in the Pooh's Hunny Hunt Mini-Game in the 100 Acre Wood.
When next to an un-buried carrot in the Block Tigger Mini-Game in the 100 Acre Wood.

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit]

Note: Reaction commands only appear within the Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories version. Unlike in other games, the names of most of these commands do not show up when the command is available.

General reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Talk (はなす
Hanasu
?)
Speak with a non-playable character. When near a non-playable character. Certain rooms in each world will also lock battle commands and treat party members as non-playable characters.
Open (あける
Akeru
?)
Open a Treasure Chest. When near a Treasure Chest.
Save (セーブ
Sēbu
?)
Open the save menu. When standing on a Save Point.
Shop (かいもの
Kaimono
?)
Open the shop menu. When near a Moogle.

Battle reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Stock (ストック Sutokku?) Stock a card to use in a sleight. When there are less than three cards stocked up.
Combo (コンボ Konbo?) Use your stocked cards to perform a combo. When there are three cards stocked up that don't result in a sleight.
Sleight (ストック技 Sutokku Gi?, lit. "Stock Technique") Use your stocked cards to perform a sleight. The sleight used depends on the combination of the stocked cards. When there are three cards stocked up that result in a sleight.
Press! Continue a Sleight that uses more than one hit. After a multi-step sleight has been activated.
Finish! Finish a Sleight that uses more than one hit. After all other "Press!" commands in the sleight have been used.

Event-specific reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Press! Execute Strike Raid when a large pumpkin approaches. In the Veggie Panic minigame.
Catch Pooh's hand again. In the Whirlwind Plunge minigame.

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

General reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Talk (はなす
Hanasu
?)
Speak with a non-playable character. When near a non-playable character. Certain rooms in each world will also lock battle commands and treat party members as non-playable characters.
Open (あける
Akeru
?)
Open a Treasure Chest. When near a Treasure Chest.
Examine (しらべる
Shiraberu
?)
Interact with an object in the field. Sometimes triggers a cutscene. When near an interactive object.
Save (セーブ
Sēbu
?)
Open the save menu. When standing on a Save Point.
Shop (かいもの
Kaimono
?)
Open the shop menu. When near a Moogle.

Enemy-specific reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Reversal Sora or Roxas quickly dashes behind the enemy, confusing all Dusks and Creepers in the immediate area for a short time. Can also be used against Twilight Thorn's and Xemnas's thorn attacks. In this case, Sora or Roxas will dash around his foe's attacks and bring him within attack range of Xemnas or Twilight Thorn. When fighting against certain Nobodies such as Dusks or when avoiding certain attacks.
Fail-Safe Sora grabs an Assassin that is about to self-destruct and throws it towards the ground. This destroys the Assassin while dealing damage to nearby enemies and forcing other Assassins to emerge from the ground. Used before an Assassin self-destructs.
Duel Stance (デュエルバウト Dyueru Bauto?, lit. "Duel Bout") Sora must select "The End" (ジ・エンド Ji Endo?) in the menu bar before time is up to slash through the Samurai, but if too much time passes, Sora will lose the duel and be slashed. In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, the player has to hit the "O" in the menu bar to slash through the Samurai; hitting any one of the three "X's" or not hitting at all will result otherwise. A similar, non-reaction command version is used against Roxas in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. Used against Samurai when they kneel.
Stop Dice Begins game in which the player has to hit the menu command O. Three commands change to X and one to O, and they rotate through the menu. If you fail, Sora is turned into a die. Success, however earns you munny and stuns any nearby Gamblers. Used against Gamblers. The Reaction Command can be triggered once a Gambler stands in one spot and makes its dice hover (there will be a dark aura surrounding it.).
Begin Game (ゲームスタート Gēmu Sutāto?, lit. "Game Start") Begins game where player has to hit Triangle at the right timing (when the reaction command says O. It will toggle between O and X.). If you fail, Sora is turned into a card by the Gambler. Success, however earns you munny and stuns any nearby Gamblers. Used against Gamblers and Luxord. The Reaction Command can be triggered if a Gambler stops and twirls the cards around.
Berserk (バーサク Bāsaku?) Sora grabs a Berserker's Weapon (or Saïx's Claymore) and ride above it while his head is covered in a black and red aura, indicating a berserk state. The player can control the weapon's movement with Sora riding in it. Any nearby enemy will be pulled by the weapon like the Magnet magic. Used against a Berserker or Saix when their weapon/Claymore is dropped.
Eclipse (ストライド Sutoraido?, lit. "Stride") Sora, holding a Berserker or Saïx's claymore, flips backwards and hits the enemy. The combo can be continued for two more attacks. Each attack deals half the normal attack damage. Used against Saix or Berserkers.
Magna Storm (マグナストーム Maguna Sutōmu?) A follow-up command after the use of Berserk reaction command. Sora does a combo starting from the ground until mid-air, hitting the enemies nearby and the ones that got pulled by the weapon. This command is also used to neutralize Saïx's berserk state. Used against a Berserker or Saix after the Berserk command.
Dispel (デスペル Desuperu?) When trapped in the lexicon, Sora strikes the lexicon Zexion is hiding in, freeing himself from the illusionary arena inside the book. Causes damage. Used against Zexion as Absent Silhouette in the Underworld - Cave of the Dead (Inner Chamber) and his Data Battle.
Struggle (あがく Agaku?) When trapped by Vexen in a block of ice, Sora can weaken the ice by repeatedly using Struggle. Used against Zexion's Absent Silhouette, Zexion's Data Replica, Vexen's Absent Silhouette, and Vexen's Data Replica.
Reset (リセット Risetto?) [please confirm] Used against Zexion as Absent Silhouette in the Underworld - Cave of the Dead (Inner Chamber) and his Data Battle.
Merge (アザーブレイク Azā Bureiku?, lit. "Other Break") Sora grabs Larxene by the wrist and throws her into the air. Then he grabs her clone, also by the wrist, and spins her around, lifting her up off the floor. He then hurls the clone at her original self as she falls back down, causing them to forcibly merge and stunning Larxene for a short time. Used against Larxene as Absent Silhouette in Port Royal - Isla de Muerta: Rock Face and her Data Battle.
Mega Impact (メガインパクト Mega Inpakuto?) Sora jumps back as his "power meter" increases to an amount 100 points more than Lexaeus's (equal if Lexaeus's power is 99999, the maximum), Sora then slides quickly into Lexaeus, slamming him with a massive uppercut, stunning Lexaeus for awhile. Used against Lexaeus as Absent Silhouette in Twilight Town - Sandlot and his Data Battle.
Restore Count (ロブカウント Robu Kaunto?, lit. "Rob Count") Sora evades Marluxia's slash and knocks his scythe out of his hands with the Keyblade. After grabbing the scythe, Sora slices Marluxia a few times, knocking him away. Sora then throws the scythe towards Marluxia, damaging him and earning back thirteen countdown numerals. In the Data Battle, the number of countdown numerals is cut in half for each successive use. Used against Marluxia as Absent Silhouette in Beast's Castle - Beast's Room and his Data Battle.
Aerial Strike (エアトランプル Ea Toranpuru?, lit. "Air Trample") Sora jumps over Marluxia's downward slash, knocks him into the air and across the arena. This attack deals heavy damage (2 to 4 bars of Marluxia's health, depending on the Keyblade used). Note that this attack does not increase the counter. Used against Marluxia as Absent Silhouette in Beast's Castle - Beast's Room and his Data Battle.
Overtaker (ランアップ Ran Appu?, lit. "Run Up") Roxas/Sora leaps at Axel, repeatedly attacking him with his Keyblade(s). Used against Axel in the basement of the Simulated Twilight Town and his Data Battle.
Clear Light (クリア Kuria?, lit. "Clear") Roxas/Sora throws Axel to the ground, causing multiple pillars of light to form and forcing Axel to turn the lava-flooded floor back to normal. Used against Axel in the basement of the Simulated Twilight Town and his Data Battle.
Burst Edge (バーストエッジ Bāsuto Ejji?) Roxas or Sora throws his Keyblades at Axel, forcing him out of the wall of flame. Used against Axel in the basement of the Simulated Twilight Town and his Data Battle.
Key Counter When the Twilight Thorn tries to punch him, Roxas jumps over the Twilight Thorn's hand, and then slashes its face. Used against the Twilight Thorn.
Lunarsault After being thrown into the air by the Twilight Thorn, Roxas slashes it in the head while coming down. Used against the Twilight Thorn.
Break Raid After tipping Roxas off the pillar, the Twilight Thorn creates a giant orb. Roxas throws the Keyblade into the orb, causing it to explode. This leaves the Twilight Thorn stunned and allows Roxas to attack freely. Used against the Twilight Thorn.
Show Stealer (ライブジャック Raibu Jakku?, lit. "Live Jack") Show Stealer is available during the second battle against Demyx in Hollow Bastion. The Command appears when Demyx jumps towards Sora and attempts to launch him into the air. If Show Stealer is activated, Sora stands behind Demyx and holds his Keyblade atilt, similar to a mic and singing before dodging Demyx's sitar swipe and batting him into the air, interrupting his attacks and forcing him away.

However, if Sora is in Anti Form when Demyx does this, the Reaction Command is activated automatically. Anti Form Sora takes a higher amount of damage than Sora would if Sora doesn't activate the command nor when Sora is not activating a Drive Form.

Used against Demyx in Hollow Bastion.
Wild Dance (ワイルドダンス Wairudo Dansu?) Sora grabs a Water Form and swings it around his head, attacking the other water forms in the area. Also used against Armored Xemnas, where it is called "Water Dance". Used against water forms in the fights with Demyx.
Learn (ラーニング Rāningu?, lit. "Learning") Sora snatches up to nine attacks from either Xaldin or a Dragoon by rapidly using "Learn". Afterward, he can use "Jump" (ジャンプ Janpu?) with the attack button to leap into the air and stab the Keyblade onto the enemy, consuming one of the stocked attacks. Note that Magic can still be used freely. Used against Xaldin or Dragoons.
Break (ブレイク Bureiku?) Block Xigbar's "Sniper" attack and deflects the bullets towards him. Used against Xigbar.
Warp Snipe (ワープスナイプ Wāpu Sunaipu?) Sora warps in front of an arrowgun bolt and deflects it back at the shooter. Can be used multiple times in succession. Used against Xigbar or Snipers.
Flip/Turn (めくる Mekuru?, lit. "Turn Over") During the battle with Luxord, "Flip" flips cards to reveal the other side of the card. During the battle with Zexion, "Turn"...[please confirm] Used against Luxord, Zexion's Absent Silhouette, and Zexion's Replica Data.
Facedown (たちむかう Tachimukau?) Sora forcefully breaks the curse Xemnas laid on him, then rushes up the side of the tower while Xemnas jumps down from the top. (The next action command is determined by how far apart Sora and Xemnas are when the player activates it. If nothing is pressed, Xemnas will deal heavy damage to Sora.) Used against Xemnas at Memory's Skyscraper.
Clash (しりぞける Shirizokeru?, lit. "Repel") Sora and Xemnas pass by each other without attacking. Used against Xemnas at Memory's Skyscraper.
Break Through/Smash (うちやぶる Uchiyaburu?) After using Facedown against Xemnas, Sora strikes him, doing minor damage.
After repeatedly using Struggle to weaken Vexen's ice, Sora can break free.
Used against Xemnas at Memory's Skyscraper, Vexen's Absent Silhouette, and Vexen's Replica Data.
Finish (とどめ Todome?) When in close contact with Xemnas, Sora blocks and counters Xemnas's attack, slamming him into the tower. (In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, successfully activating this Reaction Command will leave Xemnas with 1 HP.) Used against Xemnas at Memory's Skyscraper.
Defend (ふせぐ Fusegu?) When Xemnas knocks Sora's Keyblade away, Riku grabs it and throws it back. Used against Xemnas in the final battle.
Rescue (すくいだす Sukuidasu?) Riku leaps up and frees Sora from Xemnas's grip. Used against Xemnas in the final battle.
Reflect (リフレクト Rifurekuto?) Sora and Riku rapidly deflect the barrage of Ethereal Blades shot by Xemnas. In order to survive the attack, both Triangle and X must be rapidly pressed. Used against Xemnas in the final battle.
Rapid Blow Sora rushes in and attacks multiple times. Used against Aerial Knockers in Pride Lands.
Air Twister Sora grabs an Air Pirate and swings it around. Used against Air Pirates.
Rising Sun After Sora attacks an Armored Knight, shoulder tackles the enemy up to 5 times, hitting any nearby enemies in his way. Used against Armored Knights (after attacking it).
Bolt Reversal Sora reflects the bolt laser of a Bolt Tower by tapping the triangle button repeatedly. Used against Bolt Towers after being caught in its laser.
Capsule Prize Sora cranks a prize out of a Bulky Vendor. Can only be used when a Bulky Vendor has 100-75% HP left.
Rare Capsule Sora cranks a normal prize out of a Bulky Vendor. Can only be used when a Bulky Vendor has 74-50% HP left.
Limited Capsule Sora cranks a rare prize out of a Bulky Vendor. Can only be used when a Bulky Vendor has 49-25% HP left.
Prime Capsule Sora cranks a very rare prize out of a Bulky Vendor. Can only be used when a Bulky Vendor has 24-1% HP left.
Root Ravager Sora uproots a Creeper Plant, creating a shockwave that damages surrounding enemies. Used against Creeper Plants.
Heal Stomp Sora stomps a Crescendo, healing the party. (power = Sora's magic x30) Can only be used when a Crescendo is trying to heal nearby enemies.
Clear Shot Sora reflects ice blast back at Fortuneteller when the timer on the ice hits 1. Used against Fortunetellers.
Bat Cry Sora latches the Keyblade onto one Hook Bat's hook. Sora then spins through midair, hitting airborne enemies with the captured Hook Bat. Can only be used against Hook Bats.
Lance Tug Sora grabs onto the lance from the Lance Soldier and flies around with the berserk lance, hitting multiple enemies. Can only be used against Lance Soldiers.
Full Swing Sora hits a midair Large Body or Fat Bandit with a powerful attack. This is activated when a Large Body or Fat Bandit attempt to use Body Slam, after a combo finisher hits, or after Kickback. Can only be used against a Large Body or Fat Bandits.
Guard Blocks Large Body's toboggan attack. Can only be used against a Large Body.
Kickback After Guard, Sora hits Large Body 6 times. Can only be used against a Large Body.
Rodeo Ride on Living Bone's back, causing shock waves. Can only be used against a Living Bone.
Grand Cross After Rodeo, Sora flips the Living Bone and ram it into the ground, headfirst, smashing its head. Can only be used against a Living Bone.
Quick Blade Dash and attack Magnum Loader quickly from behind. Can only be used against a Magnum Loader.
Dodge Roll Roll out of harm's way before Minute Bomb self-destructs. Can only be used against a Minute Bomb that is about to explode.
Bump Sora knocks a Morning Star into the air. Can only be used against a Morning Star.
Meteor Strike After Bump, slam Morning Star into the ground repeatedly until it dies. Can only be used against a Morning Star, after Bump.
Wind Dance Sora leaps into the air and attacks Neoshadows. Can only be used against a Neoshadow.
Speed Trap Gather in any nearby Rapid Thrusters. Can only be used against Rapid Thrusters.
Aero Blade After Speed Trap, Sora performs a spinning attack that damages nearby enemies. Can only be used against a Rapid Thruster, after Speed Trap.
Dispel Sora can only use this in the Pride Lands. The Command appears when a series of blue flames attack and encircle Sora, and Dispel allows Sora to use them against his enemies. Can only be used against a Shaman in the Pride Lands.
Shift Shot Sora grabs then tosses a Silver Rock whilst it's in a ball of light, causing a small explosion. Can only be used against a Silver Rock.
Cyclone Sora performs an aerial diving attack against a Soldier. Can only be used against a Soldier.
Snag Sora jumps up to grab a Surveillance Robot. Can only be used against a Surveillance Robot.
Sparkle Ray After Snag, Sora spins in a circle as the Surveillance Robot fires its laser, effectively destroying or severely injuring all surrounding enemies. Can only be used against a Surveillance Robot, after Snag.
Tornado Ride Ride a Tornado Step, using the Analog Stick to spin around and damage enemies. Can only be used against a Tornado Step.
Backshuffle Sora leaps backward repeatedly to dodge Undead Pirate A's axe slashes. Can only be used against Undead Pirate A.
High Counter After Backshuffle, Sora counterattacks Undead Pirate A. Can only be used against Undead Pirate A, after Backshuffle.
Return Fire Sora blocks crossbow bolts back at Undead Pirate C. Can only be used against Undead Pirate C.
Release Sora automatically defeats a Gargoyle Warrior or a Gargoyle Knight. Also used against Thresholder to draw out the real target, Possessor, and against Shadow Stalker to drive it out of the columns and chandelier. Used against: Gargoyle Warrior, Gargoyle Knight, Thresholder, or Shadow Stalker.
Firagun Sora stabs his keyblade into the Volcanic Lord and throws it at the Blizzard Lord Can only be used against the Volcanic Lord.
Blizzagun Sora grabs the nose of the Blizzard Lord, and throws him into the Volcanic Lord. Can only be used against the Blizzard Lord.
Inside Combo When Prison Keeper is about to "swallow" Lock, Shock, or Barrel, leap inside to attack. Used against the Prison Keeper.
Call Call Pumbaa away from Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, causing the hyenas to collide. Used against the hyenas in Pride Lands.
Freeze When the Cluster Bar is full, halt Hostile Program's movements. Used against the Hostile Program.
Capture After depleting Lock, Shock, or Barrel's HP, knock a toy box at them to capture them. Used against Lock, Shock and Barrel in Christmas Town.
Press Lock swords with Shan-Yu, tap Triangle repeatedly. Used against Shan-Yu. This then leads to Takedown if performed successfully.
Takedown After "Press", Sora pushes Shan-Yu away as Mulan deals some damage. Used against Shan-Yu.
Wake Up! Cogsworth stuns Beast with a bell. Used in the fight with Beast.
Charge When Beast's HP gets low, repeatedly tap Triangle to fill gauge. Used in the fight with Beast.
Get Up! If Charge is successful, wake up Beast, finishing the battle. Used in the fight with Beast.
Step Vault Use Dark Thorn's back to leap onto the chandelier. Used in the fight with Dark Thorn.
Catch Drop chandelier onto Dark Thorn after Step Vault. Used in the fight with Dark Thorn.
Pendulum Round After Catch, swing chandelier around, hurling Dark Thorn away making it clearly visible. Used in the fight with Dark Thorn.
Slingshot After Dark Thorn throws Sora towards a pillar, Sora uses the momentum to grab the pillar and launch himself back at the Dark Thorn. Used in the fight with Dark Thorn.
Evade Avoids Cerberus's "Trap" attack. Used in the fight with Cerberus.
Jump! After Evade, leap high into the air. Used in the fight with Cerberus.
Dog Paddle After Jump!, slams down, stunning Cerberus. Used in the fight with Cerberus.
Pinball When Pete activates his shield, swing Keyblade at him, knocking him across the room, breaking his shield. (Requires Hercules) Used in the fight with Pete in Olympus Coliseum .
About-Face When Pete runs crazy, turn him around with the Keyblade. Used in the fight with Pete in Timeless River .
Air Slash When fighting Pete in the Timeless River, when the Building Site scaffolding becomes unstable, makes Sora swing Keyblade like a propeller. Used in the final fight with Pete in Timeless River .
Phil One-Two Makes Phil toss an urn into the air while Sora is on Hydra's back. Used in the fight with the Hydra.
Urninator Slam urn onto Hydra's back, stunning heads. Used in the fight with the Hydra.
Pegasus Run Fly on Pegasus's back past Hydra's many heads. Used in the fight with the Hydra.
Attack After Pegasus Run, while on Pegasus, slash at Hydra heads. Used in the fight with the Hydra.
Vanquish Slashes off a Hydra head, once its HP has been depleted. Used in the fight with the Hydra.
Twin Counter After Barbossa attacks Jack Sparrow, help Jack get back to his senses. Used in the fight with Barbossa.
Sonic Dive After Twin Counter, attack Barbossa. Used in the fight with Barbossa.
Land Step on Barbossa's sword. Used in the fight with Barbossa.
Reverse Blade After Land, attack Captain Barbossa. Used in the fight with Barbossa.
Fore! Swing the Keyblade golfer-style to knock presents up onto Oogie Boogie's platform to shatter the glass floor. Used in the fight with Oogie Boogie.
Counter When Scar pounces on Sora, hurl him away. Used in the fight with Scar.
Slide When the Storm Rider dives in towards the party, Sora slides underneath of it to dodge the attack. Used in the fight with Storm Rider.
Vertigo Toss After Sora has successfully performed the Slide Reaction command, he strikes the Storm Rider with his Keyblade to toss it high into the sky and fall to the ground, rendering it temporarily unconscious and prone to attacks. Used in the fight with Storm Rider.
Hang On Immediately at the start of the battle, and anytime Sora is on top of the Storm Rider, he can cling onto one of the spikes protruding from its' back to avoid falling to the ground. Used in the fight with Storm Rider.
Aura Shot Shoot one of Hercules's aura orbs at Hades, knocking him out of berserk mode. Used in the fight with Hades. Note that this Reaction Command requires Hercules.
Hinder Stop Grim Reaper from collecting medallions. Used in the second fight with Grim Reaper.
Loot Launch After Hinder, launch Grim Reaper skyward to collect medallions. Used in the second fight with Grim Reaper.
Return Return cursed medallions to chest during 2nd Grim Reaper battle. Used in the second fight with Grim Reaper.
Roll Up Grab Jafar (Genie)'s genie-tail and wrap him up. Used in the fight with Genie Jafar.
Spin Burst After Roll Up, spin Jafar around and around, dazing him. Used in the fight with Genie Jafar.
Kickspring Hurl The Experiment's body into the other parts. Used in the fight with The Experiment.
Jump Leap onto Groundshaker's back. Used in the fight with the Groundshaker.
Fend Deflect Groundshaker's giant foot from stomping Sora. Used in the fight with the Groundshaker.
High Climb Climb up the wall Sark summons. Used in the fight with Sark.
Needle Dive After High Climb, leaps from atop the wall, Keyblade-first straight into Sark's forehead, knocking him out. Used in the fight with Sark.
Zone Guard Block Sark's disc attack. Used in the fight with Sark.
Disc Strike After Zone Guard, send disc back at Sark. Used in the fight with Sark.
Delete Begins beam attack on MCP. (Requires Tron) Used in the fight with the MCP.
Charge Repeatedly tap Triangle to erase MCP's data, damaging it gradually. Used in the fight with the MCP.
Block Sora blocks all of Sephiroth's rapid sword slices in one go (only applies to Sephiroth's Flash combo). Used in the fight with Sephiroth.

Event-specific reaction commands[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

General reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context
Talk (はなす
Hanasu
?)
Speak with a non-playable character. When near a non-playable character.
Open (あける
Akeru
?)
Open a Treasure Chest. Large chests initiate an animation; Terra forcefully taps the chest, Ventus throws his Keyblade in the air before tapping the chest, and Aqua twirls her Keyblade like a baton before tapping the chest. When near a Treasure Chest.
Examine (しらべる
Shiraberu
?)
Interact with an object in the field. Sometimes triggers a cutscene. When near an interactive object.
Save (セーブ
Sēbu
?)
Open the save menu. When standing on a Save Point.
Shop (かいもの
Kaimono
?)
Open the shop menu. When near a Moogle.
Use Transporter ([citation needed]
[citation needed]
?)
Teleport between the two platforms in the Hub of the Mirage Arena. When standing on the circles at the edge of each platform.
Log In ([citation needed]
[citation needed]
?)
Open the menu to choose a Mirage Arena event. When near the machine in the Hub.
Start ([citation needed]
[citation needed]
?)
Begin a Mirage Arena event. When standing in the centre of the Hub after choosing a Mirage Arena event.
Proceed (先へすすむ
Saki e Susumu
?, lit. "Proceed Ahead")
Continue to the Foyer. When Terra is near Cinderella after escorting her to the end of the Corridor.
Goal (ゴール!
Gōru!
?)
End an escort sequence. When Ventus is near Snow White after escorting her to the small clearing in the Deep Woods or when Aqua is near Jaq after escorting him to the entrance of the mousehole in the Wardrobe Room.

Battle reaction commands[edit]

Command Description Context

Event-specific reaction commands[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance[edit]

General reaction commands[edit]

Enemy-specific reaction commands[edit]

Event-specific reaction commands[edit]