The Dream Rod is a weapon which appears in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. It appears within both Sora, Roxas, and Data-Sora's Dive to the Heart, alongside the Dream Shield and Dream Sword. These three weapons represent the paths that Sora and Roxas can take — the path of the warrior, the guardian, or the mystic. As the weapon of the mystic, the Dream Rod focuses on MP and avoids AP, and if Sora or Roxas choose it, they will learn their magical abilities at lower levels. Data-Sora will gain a Fire command if he chooses the Dream Rod, and a Rising Strike command if he gives it up.
If Sora chooses the Dream Rod in Kingdom Hearts, he will use it as a weapon throughout his Dive to the Heart. Like the Dream Sword and Dream Shield it will disappear at the end of the dream. In contrast, if Roxas or Data-Sora chooses the Dream Rod in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, it will immediately transform into his Kingdom Key.
In Kingdom Hearts, after obtaining each of the seven third-level spells, Merlin will reward Donald's progress with the Dream Rod. Donald can also equip this staff within Mission Mode in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
Both ends of the Dream Rod's handle are tan, while the handle itself is predominantly green. There is a wide, brown disk on the tip of the handle, which the head of the staff is connected to. The staff's head is a blue Hidden Mickey.
Having the Zero Gear equipped in Mission Mode while playing as Donald in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days will grant the player the ability to wield the Dream Staff. Donald holds the weapon about a hands height above the bottom of the hilt. The ground combo for the weapon begins with Donald taking a step forward and swinging the staff downward followed by a horizontal slash to the left, a horizontal slash to the right, and finishes with another horizontal slash to the left. The aerial combo consists of a vertical upward slash and is followed by the same three slashes as the ground combo.