Cardinal Virtue

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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Cardinal Virtue
Cardinal Virtue
"A formidable weapon with exceptional capabilities."
Katakana 風林火山
Japanese Fūrinkazan
Stats
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+92 +5 +15 +0 +5
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+30 +5 +10 +5 +11 +5
Abilities
1: Vitality Surge
2: Vitality Barrier
3: Alive 'n' Kicking
Obtained
Pandora's Gear ⑤ (Lexaeus)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Cardinal Virtue+
Cardinal Virtue
"An upgraded Cardinal Virtue.
Possesses formidable power and
exceptional capabilities."
Katakana 風林火山+
Japanese Fūrinkazan+
Stats
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+125 +1 +15 +0 +1
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+34 +1 +10 +1 +12 +1
Abilities
1: Vitality Surge
2: Vitality Barrier
3: Alive 'n' Kicking
Obtained
Pandora's Gear+ ⑤ (Lexaeus)

The Cardinal Virtue (風林火山 Fūrinkazan?, lit. "Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain") is an Axe Sword that can be wielded by Lexaeus in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. It can be upgraded to the Cardinal Virtue+.

Design[edit]

The Cardinal Virtue has a han blue color and has a black and gold semi-circle set in its pommel. The counterweight and blade are separated by a gold cross with a silver border and a red diamond in each of its side arms. The counterweight and blade, when viewed together, resemble a misshapen “X”. The counterweight is quite long and has an indentation halfway down its length. It is black with gold edges, a flat tip, two red semi-circles decorating its lower edge, and a thin red line decorating the upper half. The blade is even longer and has an indentation roughly three-fourths of the way down its length. It too is mostly black with gold edges. It also shares the thin, red line decorating its top half. Its upper edge sports two semi-circular notches, while the tip is flat and flares outward.

The weapon's English name refers to the cardinal virtues of Christianity: Justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.

Its Japanese name is a reference to a quote from Sun Tzu's The Art of War which was used as a battle standard by the Sengoku period daimyo, Takeda Shingen. In the original passage, the quote reads:

"Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest.
In raiding and plundering be like fire, be immovable like a mountain."

Gameplay[edit]

The Cardinal Virtue's normal ground combo starts with a one-handed upward diagonal slash and ends with a powerful, two-handed downward slam. The Y-Combo can be activated after the first upward slash, and consists of two one-handed upward slashes, the second slower and more powerful than the first, followed by Lexaeus performing a leap and a one-handed downward slam.

The aerial combo consists of a two-handed upward slash followed by a powerful, one-handed downward slam.

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