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Chapter 25: Let the Games Begin! The Hades Cup

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Chapter 25: Let the Games Begin! The Hades Cup
Chapter 25 - Let the Games Begin! The Hades Cup (Front) KHII Manga.png
Japanese 第25話 開幕! ハデス杯
Rōmaji Dai 25-wa Kaimaku! Hadesu Kappu
Translation Chapter 25: Opening! Hades Cup

Chapter 25: Let the Games Begin! The Hades Cup is the twenty-fifth chapter in the Kingdom Hearts II manga.


Hades announces the Hades Cup, forcing Hercules to join by threatening Megara. Despite his exhaustion, Hercules is determined to save Megara, and he and Sora enter the tournament. Pete and Hades discuss Auron's obedience after his initial refusal, but Hades shows him Auron's Statue, and assures him he'll do what they ask. Sora, Donald, and Goofy watch how Auron takes down Cerberus, and compliment him on his strength. Watching Hercules take out the Rock Titan, Auron questions his task of defeating him when he's already weakened. Overhearing Auron saying he'll get to return to life by beating Hercules, Sora asks him about his death. Auron explains he failed to protect his friends, and Sora says he hopes he gets to see them again. At that moment, Sora's match begins, though he quickly loses against the Ice Titan.

As the final match between Auron and Hercules begins, Pete notices Auron's Statue is missing. Megara approaches Sora and shows him the statue. Seeing how Hercules is struggling, Megara throws in the towel for him, despite Sora's protests. Annoyed by the unfinished match, Hades reclaims the statue and orders Auron to finish off Hercules. Pete tries to protest, saying he'll need Hercules alive to turn him into a Heartless, but Hades ignores him. Auron prepares to strike Hercules down, but Pete grabs the statue out of Hades's hand, and it breaks.

Worlds and characters[edit]

Story changes[edit]

  • Sora, Donald, and Goofy meet Auron during the tournament, instead of when fleeing from Hades's chamber.
  • Sora and Hercules enter the tournament separately, rather than teaming up.
  • Sora is defeated in the tournament by the Ice Titan, instead of Hercules asking him to find Auron's Statue.
  • Auron is stopped by Pete accidentally breaking the statue, instead of Sora returning to statue to Auron.