Dark Riku

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Dark Riku

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Rōmaji Dāku Riku

Type Replica
Voice actors (Ja:) Mamoru Miyano
(En:) David Gallagher
Games Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts III
Dark Riku

Kingdom Hearts III
A member of the real Organization XIII.

He looks exactly like Riku, except a year younger, and he wears the Organization's black coat.
Location HP Strength Defense EXP
Keyblade Graveyard 1800 59 30 0
Physical Fire Blizzard Thunder Water
×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0
Aero Dark Neutral Rapid-fire
×1.0 ×0.2 ×1.0 ×0.5
Freeze Electrify Stun Hunny
0 6.5 ×0.5 24

Sora: Max MP +5[1]
Keyblade Graveyard
"You're not... real... I'm... the real one..."
—Dark Riku to Riku

Dark Riku is Riku Replica's time-traveling heart in a new, replica body, and was originally believed to be the real Riku from back when he was possessed by Ansem, Seeker of Darkness. He is a member of the real Organization XIII, infused with a fragment of Xehanort's heart. After Dark Riku is defeated in Keyblade Graveyard, his body is used to resurrect Naminé.


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Dark Riku reveals himself to the real Riku inside Monstro. He quickly vanishes inside a corridor of darkness, but his appearance prompts Riku to recall the original Riku Replica.

Later, Dark Riku joins the other members of the real Organization XIII in Where Nothing Gathers at The World That Never Was. His time soon runs out after the Organization's attempt to induct Sora is stymied, however, and he is returned to his proper place in history.

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

Dark Riku fights Riku.

In San Fransokyo, Dark Riku conducts an experiment to see if a heart can be recreated from data. He uses a chip designed by Hiro Hamada to forge a heart born from conflict, and with it, he is able to unleash Dark Baymax upon Sora and company.

At the Keyblade Graveyard, Dark Riku confronts the seven guardians of light and demonstrates his superior strength for them after mocking the real Riku. Dark Riku is ultimately defeated after a clash with Sora; his heart is extracted by the current version of himself who had been coexisting within Riku's heart, Riku Replica, leaving behind an empty replica vessel.

After Master Xehanort's defeat, the empty vessel is used to restore Naminé to life.


Dark Riku is a replica of the real Riku's younger self, and is thus physically identical to him. His eyes are initially aquamarine, later turning yellow after Xehanort places his heart inside him. Dark Riku primarily wears a black coat, entering Dark Mode to challenge the seven guardians of light.



As in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, this version of the Riku Replica considers himself to be the "real" Riku, superior to the actual one in every way. He acts just as his counterpart did when possessed by Ansem: arrogant, cruel, and remorseless. For much of Kingdom Hearts III, Dark Riku allows Sora and his friends to believe he is the real Riku's possessed self from the past.


Like his other self, Dark Riku has all the real Riku's powers. He fully embraces the darkness in battle, and he wields a version of the Soul Eater.


Dark Riku is fought as one of the bosses at the Keyblade Graveyard, fought alongside Xigbar. Sora has Riku as an ally during this fight.

Dark Riku's fighting style is much like the Riku Replica's. He often attacks with multiple combos: either generating a sword beam from his Soul Eater before lunging forward, or a devastating three-hit combo that generates shockwaves in its wake. Much like Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, Dark Riku occasionally employs mines of darkness that explode after a short period of time, and can send out a pool of darkness that generates claws; Dark Riku's versions of the attacks are purple to match his Dark Mode suit. His ultimate attack is a hybrid of Dark Aura and the Riku Replica's Helm Splitter technique. When using this attack, he crashes down on Sora and Riku seven times before one final crash that leaves shockwaves of darkness.


Dark Riku – Kingdom Hearts III

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Shared with Xigbar