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Critical Hit

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A Critical Hit (クリティカルヒット Kuritikaru Hitto?), also called a Critical Attack or Crit, is a special kind of attack that appears Kingdom Hearts series. Critical Hits are more powerful attacks that can randomly occur during combat. Typically, only physical attacks executed by the player have the possibility of becoming Critical Hits. Critical Hits are usually accompanied by a visual indicator and, depending on the game, a special sound effect.

Mechanics[edit]

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

In Kingdom Hearts, combo finishers and certain combat abilities and special abilities can become Critical Hits. The probability of landing a Critical Hit is determined by the critical chance of the attack multiplied by the Critical Rate of the currently equipped Keyblade. Landing a Critical Hit will add the Keyblade's Critical Bonus to the damage of the attack. A ring of light will extend from the target when the player lands a Critical Hit. When an attack hits multiple targets, the Critical Hit chance is calculated for each target individually. Defeating a Sheltering Zone with a critical hit will prevent it from splitting into several Sea Neons.

Critical Plus can increase the probability of landing a Critical Hit, being twice as likely with one copy of the ability, three times as likely with two copies, and four times as likely with three copies.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, only certain attacks can become Critical Hits, typically combo finishers. Every weapon has a Critical Rate that determines the chance of landing a Critical Hit and a Critical Bonus that gets added to the damage of the attack. A white circle and flash of light will appear when the player lands a Critical Hit.

When Critical Boost is equipped, any attack has the possibility of becoming a Critical Hit, but attacks that would usually not be able to be Critical Hits will have a Critical Rate of one-fourth the normal amount and a Critical Bonus of half the normal amount. When Grand Slam is equipped, the Critical Rate increases by 30 when the player is at low HP. Additionally, when Fire Finish, Blizzard Finish, Thunder Finish, or Aero Finish is active, combo finishers will always apply a status effect on a Critical Hit.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, each technique has its own Critical Rate. The the chance of a Critical Hit is determined by the formula Critical Rate × (1 + Luck × 0.2). When a Critical Hit is landed, the following formula is added to the normal damage of the attack: Strength × Attack power multiplier × 0.16. A yellow flash of light will appear when the player lands a Critical Hit.

Several abilities augment the Critical Rate of attacks. Critical Boost will double the probability of a Critical Hit while Data-Sora's HP is below 25%, Full Swing will decrease the Critical Rate by x0.63, and All Critical will increase the Critical Rate to 100%. Full Swing will also double the added damage of a Critical Hit. Zantetsuken deals 50% more added damage and has a chance of instantly destroying common enemies on a Critical Hit if Zantetsu Prime is equipped.

In the Labyrinth, enemies are capable of landing Critical Hits, with each enemy attack being given a Critical Rate. When a Critical Hit is landed in the Labyrinth, a "CRITICAL!" marker will appear above the target.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, any technique that uses the Strength stat has a chance of being a Critical Hit. The chance of landing a Critical Hit and the damage multiplier are determined by the currently equipped Keyblade. A white ring of light will expand from the target when the player lands a Critical Hit.

If the player uses Confetti or Happy, the next attack has a 100% chance of being a Critical Hit. The Berserk ability of Zack's D-Link will double the probability of landing a Critical Hit.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Critical Hits deal x1.5 damage. The probability of landing a Critical Hit is determined by the currently equipped Keyblade, either 10%, 20%, or 30%. Magic commands and Reality Shifts cannot be Critical Hits. Sometimes, a ring of light will expand from the target when the player lands a Critical Hit.

Kingdom Hearts Union χ[edit]

There is no universal Critical Hit system in Kingdom Hearts Union χ, but a select few Special Attacks have a chance of being Critical Hits, with the probability depending on the medal. The damage from a Critical Hit varies per Special Attack, from around x1.15 damage up to x3 damage.

The Special Attacks that can become Critical Hits are Ancient Light EX, Blades of Illusion, Blossom of Thorns EX, Circle of Darkness, Dancing Deck, Dark Aura[1], Dive Bomb, Illusory Feat, Lesser Imitation II EX[2], Omnislash EX, Spark Dash[1], Timeworn Glass[3], and Wild Frenzy EX.

Other types of Critical Hits[edit]

Reality Critical Hits[edit]

Main article: Reality Shift

Attacks in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance have a chance of becoming Reality Critical Hits, determined by the Reality Shift rate of the equipped Keyblade. Reality Critical Hits increase the amount taken away from the enemy's Reality Endurance by 5 times the normal damage.

Attraction Critical Hits[edit]

Main article: Attractions

In Kingdom Hearts III, every attack lowers the enemy's Attraction Endurance; similar to Critical Hits, there is a 4% chance that the reduction will be 1.5 times the normal value.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b +7 only
  2. ^ SN++ - Illustrated Ansem only, when failing to copy a Medal
  3. ^ SN++ - Stained Glass #10 only