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Ars Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")
Ars Arcanum KH.gif
A formidable attack. After a combo, select followup attack again for a double combo. [Short-range attack. Cost: 3 MP.]
Attack Element Power Crit
Chance
Crit
Bonus
Deflect Recoil
Arcanum (hit 1-6) Weapon Strength 0%
Arcanum (hit 7) Weapon Strength +12[KH I]
Strength +10[KH I FM]
100% 0
Bash (hit 1-4) Weapon Strength 0%
Bash (hit 5) Weapon Strength +8[KH I]
Strength +6[KH I FM]
100% 0
Finis Weapon Strength +12[KH I]
Strength +10[KH I FM]
100% 0
AP Cost 4[1] MP Cost 3[2]
Ars Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")

Ars Arcanum KHCOM.gif

Ars Arcanum KHRECOM.gif

Rain a flurry of blows upon the enemy[KH CoM]
Rain a flurry of up to thirteen attacks upon the enemy.[KH Re:CoM]
Element Power Card Combination Enemy Card Boost
Neutral x2.5 per hit
7th hit: x3.0
13th hit: x5.0
Kingdom Key (card).png + Kingdom Key (card).png + Kingdom Key (card).png (1~6)
Three attack cards
Final Arcana
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")
Attack Element Power Drive Value Deflect Finishing
Blow
Arcana Magic icon Physical x0.01[KH II]
x0.2[KH II FM]
X
Bash Magic icon Neutral x0.01[KH II]
x0.2[KH II FM]
O
Summon Gauge Cost 1[KH II]
3[KH II FM]
Limit Gauge 1.0 seconds
Last Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?)
Last Arcanum KHIIFM.gif
A Limit Command that unleashes a powerful combo attack. Press Triangle for a consecutive combo. MP Cost: 75
Attack Element Power Form Value Deflect Finishing
Blow
Last Arcanum
(hit 1-6)
Attack icon Physical x1.0 1 X O
Last Arcanum
(hit 7)
Attack icon Physical x1.5 1.5 X O
Bash Attack icon Physical x1.5 1.5 X O
The End Attack icon Physical x2.5 2.5 X O
AP Cost MP Cost 75

Ars Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")
Ars Arcanum KHBBS.gif
Assail enemies with a ferocious string of blows. Press the Triangle button at the end to tack on a few extra hits for good measure.
LV CP Required Attack No. of Hits Power
LV1 Initial 7 1.2(x6) + 1.25
First input
Second input
Third input
Fourth input
Fifth input
Sixth input
1
2
2
2
2
3
1.2
1.2 + 1.25
1.5 + 1.5
2.05 + 2.05
1.2 + 1.25
3.0 + 3.0 + 3.1
LV2 750 Initial 7 1.2(x6) + 1.3
First input
Second input
Third input
Fourth input
Fifth input
Sixth input
1
2
2
2
2
3
1.2
1.2 + 1.3
1.5 + 1.5
2.1 + 2.1
1.2 + 1.3
3.0 + 3.0 + 3.2
LV3 850 Initial 7 1.2(x6) + 1.35
First input
Second input
Third input
Fourth input
Fifth input
Sixth input
1
2
2
2
2
3
1.2
1.2 + 1.35
1.5 + 1.5
2.15 + 2.15
1.2 + 1.35
3.0 + 3.0 + 3.3
LV4 950 Initial 7 1.2(x6) + 1.4
First input
Second input
Third input
Fourth input
Fifth input
Sixth input
1
2
2
2
2
3
1.2
1.2 + 1.4
1.5 + 1.5
2.2 + 2.2
1.2 + 1.4
3.0 + 3.0 + 3.4
LV5 1050 Initial 7 1.2(x6) + 1.45
First input
Second input
Third input
Fourth input
Fifth input
Sixth input
1
2
2
2
2
3
1.2
1.2 + 1.45
1.5 + 1.5
2.25 + 2.25
1.2 + 1.45
3.0 + 3.0 + 3.5
LV6 1150 Initial 7 1.2(x6) + 1.5
First input
Second input
Third input
Fourth input
Fifth input
Sixth input
1
2
2
2
2
3
1.2
1.2 + 1.5
1.5 + 1.5
2.3 + 2.3
1.2 + 1.5
3.0 + 3.0 + 3.6
Element Status Effect Reload Speed Command Gauge
Attack icon Physical 25 seconds +6
Buy Sell
Price Shop LV Base LV Bonus Ability Bonus
2000 500 1000
Ars Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")
Ars Arcanum KH3D.gif
Unleash a blinding flurry of attacks.
Attack Element Power Reaction
Value
Status Guard?
Ars Arcanum Attack icon Physical 0.5 1
Final hit Attack icon Physical 1.5 2
Reload Speed Dream Eater Bonus
36 seconds Strength +4
Buy Bargain Sell Shop LV
1200
Ars Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")
Ars Arcanum KHIII.gif
Ravage the enemy with a devastating flurry of attacks. Continue pressing X when prompted to perform additional attacks.
Attack Element Power Guard? Status
Form Value Reaction Value Revenge Value Repel LV
Ars Arcanum Attack icon Physical 0.8(x6) + 1.2 O
0 1(x7) 0
Bash Attack icon Physical 0.8 O
0 1 0
Finish Attack icon Physical 0.1(x6) + 1.5 O
0 1(x6) + 5 0
Ars Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")
The Ars Arcanum special attack animation.
Attributes Target Gauge Cost Damage
Power Upright Single 2 7★: x9.73 - 11.35
7★: Deals 13 hits. Inflicts more damage the higher your HP.
Ars Arcanum EX
(ラストアルカナム改 Rasuto Arukanamu Kai?, lit. "Last Arcanum Revision")
Attributes Target Gauge Cost Damage
Power Reversed Single 4 7★: x11.84 - 12.50
SN++: x14.80- 17.62
7★: Deals 13 hits. 1 turn: ↑ R-STR & P-STR by 3. Enemy countdown +1. Inflicts more damage the higher the slot number.
SN++: 13 hits that ignores target's attributes. 1 turn: P-Medal STR +10000, self [↑ R- & P-STR 15], target [↓ R-DEF 15], SAB +220%. Count +1. Damage+: Higher slot number. Pierces DEF Boost 30%.
Speed Reversed Single 4 7★: x11.84 - 12.50
7★: Deals 13 hits. 1 turn: ↑ R-STR & S-STR by 3. Enemy countdown +1. Inflicts more damage the higher the slot number.
Magic Reversed Single 4 7★: x11.84 - 12.50
7★: Deals 13 hits. 1 turn: ↑ R-STR & M-STR by 3. Enemy countdown +1. Inflicts more damage the higher the slot number.
Ars Arcanum
(ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum")
Ars Arcanum KHDR.gif
A powerful physical attack.
Color Type Element Power
Light Red Physical Non-element 20 - 60
Light Red Physical Non-element 20 - 70
Light Blue Physical Non-element 15 - 55

Ars Arcanum, translated as Final Arcana in Kingdom Hearts II and Last Arcanum in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, is a technique introduced in Kingdom Hearts. It allows the user to attack enemies with a flurry of powerful attacks, typically thirteen in number.

Mechanics[edit]

In Kingdom Hearts, Ars Arcanum is a Special Ability that Sora can use while on the ground against a target at close range. It lets Sora unleash a flurry of up to thirteen slashes. Sora is invulnerable during the technique. Selecting the Arcanum (アルカナム Arukanamu?) command from the last command bar executes the initial attack, an additional five attacks can be added by selecting the Bash (ブレイク Bureiku?, lit. "Break") command each time it becomes available, and the final, more powerful finishing strike is executed by selecting the Finis (ジ・エンド Ji Endo?, lit. "The End") command when it appears. The final hit of "Arcanum", as well as those of "Bash" and "Finis", can land critical hits. In the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX release of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, the initial Arcanum command, the Bash followups, and the Finis finisher are all implemented as Reaction Commands, but Bash and Finis do not provide invulnerability. Ars Arcanum costs 4 AP to equip and 3 MP to use.

In Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, Ars Arcanum is an attack sleight that delivers eight powerful blows, followed by a forward somersaulting slash. In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, it follows the original version more closely and is harder to interrupt, and five additional strikes can be added by pressing Triangle when prompted, but pressing the button at the wrong time cancels the combo.

In Kingdom Hearts II, Final Arcana is a limit that is exclusive to "Master" Genie. The limit begins with Arcana, in which Sora and Genie clutch arms and whirl around in large circles. Afterwards, Bash causes Genie to transform into a large head that spins around, while shooting magical bullets.

In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Last Arcanum is also an action ability exclusive to Limit Form. It is a limit that is equipped by default and costs 75 MP to use. It is automatically assigned to Triangle in the shortcuts menu. On activation, Sora performs the initial seven-hit combo, and up to five more strikes can be executed through the Bash Reaction Command. Afterwards, the Reaction Command is replaced with The End to perform the final attack. Sora is invulnerable during the initial seven-hit combo.

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Ars Arcanum is an Ultimate attack command exclusive to Ventus that takes up two slots, has a maximum level of 6, has a normal reload time of 25 seconds, and fills the Command Gauge by 6%. If used in midair, he will return to the ground before performing the combo.

In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Ars Arcanum is an attack command exclusive to Sora that uses two slots in the Command Deck and has a reload time of 36 seconds. It grants +4 to Strength when attached to a Dream Eater recipe. Unlike prior incarnations, this version of the attack no longer requires button prompts for the whole combo, and can also be used in midair. This version of Ars Arcanum deals the most hits of all its appearances.

In Kingdom Hearts Union χ, Ars Arcanum is a special attack that targets a single enemy. It costs 2 special attack gauges to perform. It inflicts more damage the higher Player's HP.

Special attack Rarity Base •• ••• •••• ••••• Hits
Ars Arcanum +2 3★ x1.55 - 2.89 x1.57 - 2.93 9
Ars Arcanum +3 4★ x1.57 - 2.93 x1.59 - 2.97 x1.64 - 3.06 9
Ars Arcanum +4 5★ x1.59 - 2.97 x1.64 - 3.06 x1.68 - 3.14 x1.73 - 3.23 13
Ars Arcanum +5 6★ x1.64 - 3.06 x1.68 - 3.14 x1.73 - 3.23 x1.78 - 3.32 x1.82 - 3.40 x1.87 - 3.49 13

Ars Arcanum EX is a special attack that targets a single enemy. It costs 4 special attack gauges to perform. It raises the target's countdown by 1, and inflicts more damage in a higher slot number. Ars Arcanum EX +7 ignores the target's attribute, and has a 30% chance to ignore the target's Defense Boost.

Special attack Rarity Base •• ••• •••• ••••• Hits
Ars Arcanum EX +5 6★ x3.58 - 4.24 x3.66 - 4.32 x3.74 - 4.40 x3.82 - 4.48 x3.90 - 4.56 x3.98 - 4.64 13
Ars Arcanum EX +6 7★ x11.84 - 12.5 13
Ars Arcanum EX +7 SN++ x14.80 - 17.62 13

Special attack Player Buff Target Debuff Duration
+5 +6 +7 +5-6 +7
Ars Arcanum EX (Power) Power-based strength +3 Power-based strength +3
Reversed-based strength +3
Power-Medal strength +10000
Power-based strength +15
Reversed-based strength +15
Special Attack Bonus +220%
Reversed-based defense -15 1 turn
Ars Arcanum EX (Speed) Speed-based strength +3 Speed-based strength +3
Reversed-based strength +3
1 turn
Ars Arcanum EX (Magic) Magic-based strength +3 Magic-based strength +3
Reversed-based strength +3
1 turn

In Kingdom Hearts III, Ars Arcanum is the third-level Finish command for Second Form. Similar to Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, this version of Ars Arcanum can be used in the air, but has animations reminiscent of its previous incarnations. Sora begins with the initial seven slashes before the Bash command appears allowing for five more hits. Upon pressing Finish, Sora performs a series of weaker hits bringing the enemy slightly higher into the air before following up with a final blow that slams his foe towards the ground. The last hit from Finish does greater damage when performed in the air due to the resulting shockwave. Sora remains invulnerable during the attack's duration.

In Kingdom Hearts Dark Road, Ars Arcanum is a physical ability that deals non-element damage.

In Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, Ars Arcanum is an Ability used by Sora. It is triggered when activating an Ability Crystal against a grounded foe, and consists of Sora performing multiple horizontal slashes before slashing upwards and slamming the Keyblade down on a foe, vanquishing it. During the final battle against Master Xehanort, Sora has Ars Arcanum as an Ability that may trigger when activating an Ability Crystal. As in Kingdom Hearts III, Sora performs multiple weak hits while rising into the air before finishing with a ground slam.

Learning Ars Arcanum[edit]

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit]

  • Sora can learn Ars Arcanum when he reaches level 37[KH CoM].
  • Sora can learn Ars Arcanum when he reaches level 42[KH Re:CoM].

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix[edit]

  • "Master" Genie has Final Arcana as his Limit.
  • Limit Form has Last Arcanum as a Limit ability.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Union χ[edit]

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

  • Second Form has Ars Arcanum as its third-level finisher.

Kingdom Hearts Dark Road[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory[edit]

  • Ars Arcanum can be triggered by activating an ability crystal as Team Classic.

Recipes[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Ars Arcanum is an Ultimate-class Attack Command that can be melded through nine different recipes, listed in the Giga Attack Recipe.

Character Command #1 Command #2 Success
rate
Abilities
Command LV Command LV Shimmering Fleeting Pulsing Wellspring Soothing Hungry Abounding
V Aerial Slam 4 Blitz 4 100% Blizzard Boost Reload Boost Second Chance Air Combo Plus Damage Syphon HP Prize Plus Lucky Strike
V Aerora 3 Fire Strike 3 10% Fire Screen Attack Haste Finish Boost Combo Plus HP Boost HP Prize Plus Link Prize Plus
V Quick Blitz 3 Slot Edge 3 10% Dark Screen Attack Haste Finish Boost Air Combo Plus Item Boost Treasure Magnet Lucky Strike
V Quick Blitz 2 Blizzard 2 5% Blizzard Screen Attack Haste Leaf Bracer Air Combo Plus Item Boost HP Prize Plus Lucky Strike
V Quick Blitz 2 Blizzara 2 5% Blizzard Screen Magic Haste Combo F Boost Air Combo Plus Item Boost HP Prize Plus EXP Walker
V Cura 2 Blizzard Edge 2 5% Blizzard Screen Attack Haste Leaf Bracer Air Combo Plus Item Boost HP Prize Plus Lucky Strike
V Cura 2 Poison Edge 2 5% Dark Screen Magic Haste Combo F Boost Air Combo Plus Item Boost Treasure Magnet EXP Walker
V Sliding Dash 2 Blizzard 2 5% Blizzard Boost Magic Haste Leaf Bracer Combo Plus Item Boost HP Prize Plus Lucky Strike
V Sliding Dash 2 Blizzara 2 5% Blizzard Screen Attack Haste Leaf Bracer Air Combo Plus Item Boost HP Prize Plus Lucky Strike

Other appearances[edit]

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

Although Ars Arcanum cannot be performed by any playable character, Xion can perform a modified version of Ars Arcanum in her third form.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit]

Soul Break icon from Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Ars Arcanum appears in Final Fantasy Record Keeper as one of Sora's Soul Breaks, learned through the Metal Chocobo (KH) Keyblade. It allows him to deliver eight physical fire, lightning, and ice attacks to an enemy, temporarily raise his Attack a moderate amount and Defense a small amount, and gain Haste and Burst Mode. While in Burst Mode, he gains access to the Arcanum and Break attacks.

Origin[edit]

Ars Arcanum gets its name from the Latin ars meaning 'technique', 'skill' or 'art' and arcanum meaning 'secret'. Its Japanese name is "Last Arcanum", meaning "Last Secret".

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 3 in the original Japanese version.
  2. ^ 2 in the original Japanese version.

See also[edit]