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Alba & Ater

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Side view of the Alba & Ater replica set.
Alba & Ater replica set.

Alba & Ater (アルバ&アーテル Aruba & Āteru?) (Latin for "White" and "Black", respectively) is a chess-like board game seen in Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts Dark Road.[1] Xehanort and Eraqus would often play this game in their youth.


Kingdom Hearts Dark Road[edit]

Between Kingdom Hearts Dark Road and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

One day in Scala ad Caelum, Xehanort questions Eraqus about his knowledge of the Keyblade War and the "Lost Masters" during a game of Alba & Ater. After the game, the two offer each other their support and begin a new game with Xehanort's new seven dark pieces and Eraqus placing a white piece on the board.


The main board that Xehanort and Eraqus play on has 32 pieces: 16 silver and white pieces, and 16 gold and black pieces. Each piece is adorned with a symbol on top and named after a character in the Kingdom Hearts series or a Keyblade. Eraqus introduces a variant of the game with seven new black and gold pieces against one of the existing silver and white pieces.



  • Despite not being a member of the real Organization XIII, Xaldin has a dark Alba & Ater game piece, both in the concept art of the board game and in the actual replica set for sale.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kingdom Hearts Dark Road, Episode 4, Quest 75, Eraqus: "I want to know how to beat Xehanort in chess! / It's a game with black and white pieces called Alba and Ater and—"
  2. ^ KINGDOM HEARTS III ALBA & ATER SET (Additional Information)