The Dusk is a low-ranking Nobody that is found in Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts III. Dusks are the most common Nobodies. They are the only types of low Nobody known to be able to speak, and are used by Organization XIII for simple recon and courier operations. Higher-ranking Nobodies are sometimes threatened with being transformed into Dusks as an extreme form of punishment.
Kingdom Hearts II
Dusks are sent into the Simulated Twilight Town to bring back Roxas, but due to DiZ wiping his memory of his time in the Organization, Roxas instead fights them off along with several Creepers and Twilight Thorn. One Dusk poses as the virtual Vivi, summoning its comrades when the Struggle match freezes. Another one poses as a dog owned by a boy and hides inside a bag on Sunset Hill.
During the Battle of the 1000 Heartless, Dusks fight against Armored Knight Heartless. However, once Maleficent orders them to focus on Sora, Donald and Goofy, the Dusks team up with them. Saïx summons some Dusks to take out a small battalion of Soldiers summoned by Maleficent. They then pin Maleficent to the ground, forcing her to flee through a Corridor of Darkness.
Kingdom Hearts III
When Sora, Donald, and Goofy initially arrive in Twilight Town and discuss Roxas, several Dusks appear, asking if he seeks "[their] liege". Later, Xemnas summons several Dusks outside the Old Mansion in order to supplement the Neoshadows summoned by Ansem, Seeker of Darkness.
When Ansem the Wise is brought to Twilight Town, Hayner, Pence, and Olette attack the Seeker of Darkness. Vexen sends several Dusks to aid them, with one cushioning Hayner's fall when the Dark Figure throws him at the wall surrounding the Old Mansion.
A Dusk has a thin, sinuous body that is capable of dumbfounding feats of flexibility. It has a large, cylindrical head with a flat top that is emblazoned with the Nobody symbol. Its body seems to be covered in a light grey jumpsuit, and its "mouth" is actually a zipper that undoes itself to reveal its actual, grey, sharp-toothed mouth underneath. It appears to be fairly muscular, though its arms and legs are very thin. The sides of its body are lined by a black line, which pulses weakly with light. Its feet and hands are pointed and lack digits, and its hands each sport two black bands around them.
The Dusk's name refers to the period of time when the sun begins to set and twilight begins to set in. This emphasizes how Nobodies are beings of neither Light nor Darkness, but are closer to the Darkness.
Kingdom Hearts II
Dusks are fairly weak and require little strategy, but can be a bit troublesome in large groups at the beginning of the game, especially when paired with the Creeper Nobody. The Reversal Reaction Command can help as it stuns the Dusk and any surrounding Dusks and Creepers. However, although this strategy works well playing as Roxas (because of the shorter combos), when at high levels, they can be eliminated with ease. Reversal can also be used to avoid other Nobodies as they normally appear with others. Also, Fire magic and Thunder magic can help greatly when playing as Sora in case they surround him.
Dusks counter with any of their attacks when damaged, though they can be prevented from triggering the counterattack through the repeated use of Reversal.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Dusks can be battled in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days during several missions located in The World That Never Was. They can easily be dispatched by staying at a distance and using Blizzard magic, which they are weak to, and blocking their spinning charge attack which is generally easy to react to.
Kingdom Hearts III
Dusks have a similar attack pattern as in Kingdom Hearts II, except Reversal is unavailable. They can be very easily dealt with using Formchanges like Blizzard Claws and Blizzard Blades, which exclusively deal Blizzard damage (which Dusks are weak to) and bypass their Revenge Value, which only increases when being attacked by Physical attacks.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days manga
Dusks appear to be very mischievous, drawing on Roxas's face with markers during his early days in Organization XIII, and when he fell into a coma, making him look like Groucho Marx on Day 29, and Xigbar on Day 30. Afterwards, Xion would clean his face daily, but this only prompted them to draw in permanent marker. They also seem to perform servitude roles for the other members of the Organization, such as giving Xaldin a shave.
One particular Dusk develops a fascination with Xion, as she was the only member to treat it with kindness. It later perishes after trying to "slow down" Riku under Saïx's orders before leaving behind Aster tataricus flowers for Xion, a reference to the meaning of her name.[?]
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