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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.


There are 39 total pieces in the game with 16 silver and white and 23 gold and black pieces that each player has control of on their side. Each piece is adorned with a symbol on top and is named after a character in the Kingdom Hearts series or a Keyblade.



  • 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)