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Dive to the Heart

Artwork of Dive to the Heart
Japanese ダイブ・トゥ・ハート

Romaji Daibu tu Hāto
Games Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts coded
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory

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KH tracks
Field theme - Dive into the Heart -Destati-
Battle theme - Dive into the Heart -Destati-
KHII tracks
Field theme - Dive into the Heart -Destati-
Battle theme - Fragments of Sorrow
KHREC tracks
Field theme - Dive into the Heart -Destati-
Battle theme - Fragments of Sorrow
KHIII tracks
Field theme - Dive into the Heart -Destati- Third Inception
Battle theme - Dive into the Heart -Destati- Third Inception
Battle theme - Dive into the Heart -Destati- Third Revival
Other worlds
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts
Dive to the Heart | Destiny Islands | Disney Castle
Traverse Town | Wonderland | Olympus Coliseum
Deep Jungle | Agrabah | Monstro
Atlantica | Halloween Town | Neverland
100 Acre Wood | Hollow Bastion
End of the World | Realm of Darkness
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts II
Mysterious Tower | Radiant Garden
The Land of Dragons | Beast's Castle | Timeless River
Port Royal | Pride Lands | Space Paranoids
The World That Never Was | End of Sea | Keyblade Graveyard
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts coded
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Land of Departure | Mirage Arena
Dwarf Woodlands | Enchanted Dominion | Castle of Dreams
Disney Town | Deep Space
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
La Cité des Cloches | The Grid | Symphony of Sorcery
Country of the Musketeers | Prankster's Paradise
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]
Daybreak Town
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]
Game Central Station | Niceland | Cy-Bug Sector | Candy Kingdom
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts III
The Final World | Secret Forest | Olympus
Toy Box | Kingdom of Corona | Monstropolis
Arendelle | The Caribbean | San Fransokyo
Scala ad Caelum | Quadratum

The Dive to the Heart is a location which appears in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts coded, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and Kingdom Hearts III. It is framed as a place within a dream[1], and its nature as the dreamer's heart is reinforced by the background music, the gameplay tutorial, and the strange way of speaking used by those within it (a manner also used by the remembered characters of Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories). However, the events which occur within it have a real effect on the waking world, and in two instances they are actually observed by outside forces.[2] In terms of gameplay, the purpose of the Dive to the Heart is to serve as a tutorial level, where the player will learn the controls of the game, choose how their character will grow, and fight their first boss. The player is guided through the Dive to the Heart by an inaudible, unseen "voice", whose identity is eventually revealed to be that of King Mickey for Sora's dive[3], and Sora for Ventus's.

To reinforce the dreamlike setting of the Dive to the Heart, Sora, Roxas, and Ventus each reach it by falling into an ocean. However, instead of drowning, they find that they can breathe, and land upon an ocean floor which erupts into doves, revealing the Dive to the Heart. In Roxas's case, this first Dive to the Heart is merely a memory of Sora's, and he enters his true dive three days later. The Dive to the Heart is composed of several enormous, illuminated stained-glass pillars known as "Stations", rising from unseen depths. Each Station has a unique shade, depicts a specific set of characters, and has its own specific part in the tutorial. In Kingdom Hearts, there is an additional area of the Dive to the Heart based on Destiny Islands. The background music, "Dive Into the Heart (Destati)", initially begins quietly and hard to hear, but grows in intensity as Sora or Roxas approaches the final pillar, where they fight a manifestation of the darkness within them. At the end of their battle with the creature, the Dive to the Heart is consumed by the darkness emanating from it, dragging Sora or Roxas with it, but they either wake up or are rescued.


Early screenshot of Sora's Dive to the Heart in Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories.

Sora's Dive to the Heart appeared in a screenshot seen in early promotional materials for Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, but it does not appear in the final game.

When Roxas is in his Dive to the Heart, the command menu is styled after the original Kingdom Hearts.


Kingdom Hearts χ[chi][edit]

Union Station KHX.pngthe Station of Awakening from every background of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
This information is based on alternate scenes or materials and is not considered canon within the overall plot of the series.
At the beginning of the game, the player finds themselves on a station where one of the Unions – Unicornis, Leopardus, Anguis, Ursus or Vulpeus – has to be selected. After the decision is made, the station is engulfed into darkness that is quickly repelled by a light which turns out to be the Starlight Keyblade.

The menu backdrops for Kingdom Hearts Union χ feature a unique station which only depicts the emblem of the Book of Prophecies.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

The tutorial Dive to the Heart.Ventus's MindThe original Soul WorldThe final Soul WorldSora's Mind
This information is based on alternate scenes or materials and is not considered canon within the overall plot of the series.
After the tutorial chapter, the player enters another Dive to the Heart, where they can choose whether to continue the story with Terra, Ventus, or Aqua. This Station displays the trio's Wayfinders, but is purely a gameplay mechanic.
Ventus's blank and collapsing Station.

Chronologically, Ventus's Dive to the Heart, called "Ventus's Mind",[4] is the first to be seen, and appears in an incomplete state due to his broken heart. It is here that Ventus comes in contact with the newborn Sora's heart, and his Station is restored. Ventus does not return to the Dive to the Heart until he involuntarily fuses with Vanitas, his pillar changing appearance with the sudden presence of darkness in his heart, and is renamed "Soul World" (精神世界 Seishin Sekai?).

Ventus's Station is quite similar to Roxas's, but features a sleeping Ventus without his Wayward Wind at the Keyblade Graveyard, rather than Sora with his Kingdom Key at Destiny Islands. The inner circle of emblems, which usually contains images of the sleeper's loved ones, only contains a stylized fleur-de-lis, which also appears on the edges of the pillar. When Ventus is fused with Vanitas, Ventus's Station is modified—Vanitas himself now appears opposite Ventus, and both have their Keyblades. Half of the outer ring of symbols is replaced with the Unversed emblem representing darkness, while the other half is replaced with the Terra's Mark emblem representing light. The two symbols meet in the middle representing the twilight. The field of the Keyblade Graveyard is now filled with the abandoned Keyblades. The inner circle of emblems is replaced with silhouettes of Keychains for the χ-blade, the Wayward Wind, and the Void Gear. After Ven defeats Vanitas, his station changes to a form similar to its original appearance, with some modifications. Ventus is now holding the Wayward Wind and wearing both his Keyblade Armor pauldron and his silver Terra's Mark charm, while the outer circle of emblems is filled with the Terra's Mark emblem and the inner circle of emblems is filled with his friends' Wayfinders, possibly signifying that he has regained control of his completed heart.

After Ventus's body is placed within the Chamber of Waking, his heart reconnects with that of a young Sora, who appears in his own Dive to the Heart, named "Sora's Mind". His Station displays the landscape of Destiny Islands on the bottom, with paopu fruits and different elements found on or around the island encircled separately on the top.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Station Snow White KH.pngStation Cinderella KH.pngStation Three Princesses KH.pngStation Aurora KH.pngStation Belle KH.png
Sora at Snow White’s station in Kingdom Hearts.

In Sora's dream, he falls from the sky into the sea below with his eyes closed and slowly descends onto the ground with abyss surrounding him. As he steps into the ground, the darkness below his feet starts to transform into birds and fly away, showing a radiant light that slowly forms into a circle. Each of the Stations in his later Dive to the Heart illustrates one or more of the Princesses of Heart, as well as the characters related to them. Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle are asleep, perhaps signifying their comatose state in Hollow Bastion.

  • The first pillar, shaded green, depicts Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, the forest animals, and The Queen in her hag form. While Snow White is asleep, all the other characters are depicted as awake.
  • The second pillar, shaded violet, depicts a sleeping Cinderella.
  • The third pillar, shaded pink, depicts three princess silhouettes, representing the three free Princesses of Heart, Alice, Jasmine, and Kairi.
  • The fourth pillar, shaded red, depicts a sleeping Aurora and silhouettes of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, and the silhouette Maleficent makes when vanishing into green fire.
  • The final pillar, shaded yellow, depicts Belle, Beast, and his servants Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip. While Belle and the servants are asleep, the Beast is depicted as awake, signifying his freedom.

All five pillars are known as Awakening (めざめの園 Mezame no Sono?, lit. "Station of Awakening"). On the first pillar, Sora is asked to walk, then is shown three weapons, the Dream Sword, the Dream Shield, and the Dream Rod. He is directed to choose one and discard another, and his choice determines his specialty, initial stats, and ability growth throughout the game. After choosing, the Station shatters and Sora falls to the second pillar, where he first encounters Shadows, and is taught about battling and its rewards. The Station then sinks into darkness, and Sora awakens on the third pillar, where he is taught how to examine and interact with objects. By opening a treasure chest, moving a crate, and destroying a barrel, he materializes a door that leads to a dream version of Destiny Islands, where Sora meets facsimiles of his friends, Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie, which ask him enigmatic questions that determine how he gains experience throughout the game.

On the fourth pillar, Sora is again attacked by Shadows, but after defeating them the first Save Point is revealed, as well as floating steps to the final pillar. However, the steps vanish as he climbs them, trapping him on the fifth pillar. As he approaches a strange light, his shadow grows and becomes his Darkside; though he fights it, its darkness swallows him, and he reawakens on the Destiny Islands.

The door reappears on Destiny Islands when the island is attacked by the Heartless, this time leading to the Secret Place containing the world's Keyhole. It reappears a final time at the Final Rest within End of the World, leading to the remains of the Destiny Islands and the final confrontation with Ansem, Seeker of Darkness.

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

The Station of SerenityThe first Station of CallingThe second Station of CallingThe third Station of CallingThe Station of Awakening
Roxas in his Dive to the Heart in the opening of Kingdom Hearts II.

Roxas's Dive to the Heart appears in his dreams as he processes Sora's memories. As Roxas steps onto a Station, it is formed from a swirling flock of birds.

On the third day of his story, Roxas encounters a Dusk in the Sandlot and is sucked into his Dive to the Heart. Like Sora's, Roxas's Dive to the Heart consists of five stained glass pillars, but each of these depict the same image of Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald Duck, and Goofy at the Destiny Islands, and the pillars are divided between only three Stations. Sora's eyes are closed, showing that he is asleep, while Kairi and Riku's are open, showing that they are awake; strangely, Donald and Goofy's eyes are still open, even though they are asleep as well.

Roxas awakens on the Station of Serenity (やすらぎの園 Yasuragi no Sono?), where he chooses between the Dream Sword, Dream Shield, and Dream Rod. While this choice determines the order in which he learns abilities as before, the weapon he chooses is immediately transformed into the Kingdom Key, and unlike the original Kingdom Hearts Dive to the Heart, he does not have to give up anything in exchange for his weapon. He goes through a door to the Station of Calling (いざないの園 Izanai no Sono?), consisting of three pillars shaded blue, green, and red and connected by floating stairs. Here, he encounters Dusks and learns about Reaction Commands and treasures. Going through another door, he enters the Station of Awakening (めざめの園 Mezame no Sono?), and finds an apparition of himself in his black coat which soon becomes the Twilight Thorn. Similar to Sora's Dive to the Heart, after defeating the Twilight Thorn, Roxas and his Dive to the Heart are consumed by darkness, but unlike Sora, Roxas is rescued by Naminé at the last minute.

Much later, as Sora approaches Memory's Skyscraper, Roxas reawakens inside him and takes him to the Station of Awakening, where they battle and come to peace with each other. This arena is replicated in the Garden of Assemblage for the fight against Roxas's Replica Data.

Kingdom Hearts coded[edit]

Station Snow White KH.pngStation Three Princesses KH.png
Sora encounters a hooded figure in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.

Data-Sora manifests in a digital version of the Dive to the Heart that is virtually the same as the real Sora's dive. He spots Data-Roxas, but does not recognize him before he disappears, and later mistakes him for Data-Riku. As with the real Sora's first dive, Data-Sora is presented with the Dream Sword, Dream Shield, and Dream Rod and has to choose one discard another, with his decisions influencing his starting commands. However, due to Chip and Dale's reprogramming, the Dream weapons immediately change into the Keyblade, as in Roxas's dive. After fighting off an ambush by a swarm of Shadows, Data-Sora enters the same door that Sora did in his own dive, but this door leads directly to the "real" Destiny Islands, rather than a dream version.

Area Map


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Station of AwakeningStation of AwakeningStation of Awakening

After bringing the comatose Sora back to the Mysterious Tower, Riku uses the power of waking to dive into "Sora's Soul World" (ソラの精神世界 Sora no Seishin Sekai?), drifting past memories and various floating Soras. Upon landing, he finds the stained glass window floor consumed by inky darkness, from which emerges the Armored Ventus Nightmare—Sora trapped inside Ventus's Nightmare-possessed Keyblade Armor. When Riku defeats the Nightmare, the armor shatters, releasing Sora. The darkness envelopes Sora as it dissipates. Riku picks up Sora's dropped Keyblade and uses it to unlock the Sleeping Keyhole of Sora's heart.

In a flash of light, he suddenly finds himself on a facsimile of the dock at Destiny Islands, at sunset. Walking around on the beach, Riku encounters Roxas, Ventus, and Xion, each asking him a different question: "What are you so afraid of?", "What do you value more than anything else?", and "What do you wish?". After Riku answers each of their questions, there is another bright flash of light, and Riku finds himself back on the beach, where he sees a message in a bottle drifting ashore. When Riku picks it up, a digitized version of Ansem the Wise appears, placed inside Sora's heart along with his research data Ansem's Code. Ansem the Wise reflects upon the strength of Sora's heart and theorizes that Sora may have the power to recreate people long thought lost forever. All Sora needs to do is be himself and follow wherever it is that his heart takes him. The rest is in the data in that bottle Riku just found.

Ansem the Wise then reveals that Sora has already awoken. Defeating the Armored Ventus Nightmare freed Sora, and answering the questions of Roxas, Ventus, and Xion woke him up. Thanking Ansem the Wise, Riku summons Sora's Keyblade and prepares to leave, but Ansem the Wise stops him, asking for his name. Chuckling, Riku recalls the last time the man had asked him that. After answering his question, Riku departs for the outside world.

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

Station Roxas (blue).pngStation Ventus 3 KHBBS.png
A collection of Sora's memories
Sora's Dive to the Heart displays his memories.

Sora falls into the Dive to the Heart in his attire and body from when he first left Destiny Islands. A mirror appears and Sora sees himself as he is in the current day. Sora walks through the looking glass and becomes his present self. The mirror disappears and a series of screens begin to float around the platform depicting Sora's memories. Three screens in particular float in front of Sora: one of his battle with the possessed Riku, another of the King's appearance at the Door to Darkness, and one more of Sora's first meeting with Donald and Goofy. A voice asks Sora which he desires, with the screens respectively representing vitality, wisdom, and balance. After Sora chooses one, three more screens appear depicting Sora's battle with Roxas, his promise to Naminé, and his reunion with the Dream Eaters. The voice asks Sora what power he seeks, the screens respectively representing that of the warrior, the guardian, and the mystic.

This information is based on alternate scenes or materials and is not considered canon within the overall plot of the series.
In Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind, after choosing a power, three more screens appear depicting Sora's tea party after Riku returns from his dreams, his pursuit of Pluto towards Castle Oblivion, and the Battle of the 1000 Heartless, and the voice asks Sora what kind of adventure he seeks. The three screens correspond to the Premium Menu, under the headers of "Easy Adventure", "Usual Adventure", and "Challenging Adventure", respectively.
  • The "Usual Adventure" locks the Premium Menu.
  • The "Easy Adventure" unlocks the EZ Codes in the Premium Menu.
  • The "Challenging Adventure" unlocks the PRO Codes in the Premium Menu.

After making his choice, Sora sees all the screens vanish. Sora looks down and notices that the platform has been covered in water, which seems to be coming from a light beyond the Dive to the Heart. Sora runs to the light as a tidal wave washes him away, taking him to The Final World.

Sora enters the Dive to the Heart to wake up Ventus and save Aqua when she is defeated by Vanitas. With the power of waking, Sora is able to transform the image on the pillar from his own into Ventus's, signaling that Ventus's heart has been reunited with his body and he has awakened from his comatose state.

The Olympus Station of AwakeningThe Toy Box Station of AwakeningThe (unfinished) Kingdom of Corona Station of AwakeningThe Monstropolis Station of AwakeningThe Arendelle Station of AwakeningThe Caribbean Station of AwakeningThe San Fransokyo Station of Awakening

After the events at the Keyblade Graveyard, Sora enters a different dive using the power of waking within The Final World. Stations covered in darkness serve as portals leading to facsimiles of the worlds, where the Lich is holding the hearts of Sora's friends captive.

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind[edit]

Station Ventus 3 KHBBS.pngClock pieceStation Roxas (blue).pngThe Station of Awakening for the Square-Enix cafe coasters, that replaced the 7 o'clock piece.Station Roxas (blue).pngClock pieceRoxas's station without Xion from KH3 Re Mind.Station Roxas (blue).pngClock piece

Following Xehanort's defeat, Sora uses the power of waking one more time to go back in time and try to save Kairi. During this journey, he travels through the Dives to the Heart of Ventus, Aqua, Terra, Roxas, and Riku, using the connections in the hearts of his friends to lead himself to Kairi's heart.

When Yozora confronts Sora, the image of Sora's station appears during the transition between The Final World and Quadratum, briefly replacing the roof of the 104 building.

Other appearances[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Transparent version of the Square-Enix cafe coaster.Alternative 2 o'clock piece.Clock pieceClock pieceThe Station of Awakening for the Square-Enix cafe coasters, that replaced the 7 o'clock piece.Clock pieceStation Ventus 3 KHBBS.png

Dive to the Heart appears as part of the Hollow Bastion downloadable stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When time, stocks, or health are running low, Hollow Bastion transforms into Dive to the Heart, with the Station of Sora, Riku, Roxas, Xion, Terra, Aqua, or Ventus appearing in the background.

Sora, Riku, and Terra's stations are from the Square Enix Cafe's coaster design. Roxas, Xion, and Aqua's stations are from the Memorial Stained Glass Clock event. Ventus's station is from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

Each station has had any references to Disney characters (such as Hidden Mickeys) replaced with original Kingdom Hearts content.








  • When Ventus lends his Keyblade armor to Sora for protection as he falls into darkness in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sora's sleeping body lies down on a new variation of his Station, original to the game. However, during the dive segment before the final battle, the second blue Station from Kingdom Hearts II can be seen in the background instead. After the Armored Ventus Nightmare's defeat, the Station changes back to the new version.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kingdom_Hearts_III_Ultimania, While answering a question about the Final World, Nomura says that the Station of Waking is reached via a "state of sleep". Translation via Lunesacree.
  2. ^ In Kingdom Hearts II, the Organization observes and comments upon Sora's battle with Roxas on the Station of Awakening. In Kingdom Hearts coded, Data-Roxas appears before Data-Sora on the Station of Awakening.
  3. ^ Kingdom Hearts Series Ultimania Alpha, p. 087
  4. ^ In the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX re-release of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, the image on the first station is changed to that of Ventus's final Soul World station.

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