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Extreme Encounters

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Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Extreme Encounters
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Arranger Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 2:44

"Extreme Encounters" is a musical composition by Yoko Shimomura that appears in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts Union χ. It serves primarily as a boss theme.


"Extreme Encounters" appears in a few select boss battles.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Terra's Story[edit]

Aqua's Story[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Union χ[edit]

  • Castle of Dreams: "Good Luck", "If You Believe"


"Extreme Encounters" is approximately two minutes and forty-four seconds long. The instrumentation includes: a string ensemble- violins, cellos, and stringed bass, flutes, low brass, snare drum, suspended cymbal, timpani, and piano.

The lively and variety of parts and tones found throughout this piece creates a unique combination of emotions. An ominous mood is felt due to the constant underlying lower pitched drones played by the low brass and stringed instruments. Likewise, an intense atmosphere can also be felt due to the accompanying and persistent rhythmic accents played by the timpani and other percussive instruments. Adding to this pressured environment are independent ostinatos played by piano, violins, and then flutes throughout the piece, creating a sense of urgency. The melody follows a repeated rhythmic figure that is initially heard in the mid-string voices, with a group of woodwinds - primarily flutes - later borrowing this same melody.