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Hot Rod

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Hot Rod

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Katakana ホットロッド Heartless Emblem.png
Rōmaji Hotto Roddo

Type Emblem Heartless
Game Kingdom Hearts II
Mad Ride
Hot Rod

Kingdom Hearts II
It attacks and withdraws quickly, making it hard to hit. Use magic to defeat this enemy.

When its HP gets low, it moves around even quicker, so be sure to defeat it as soon as possible.
Location Level HP EXP Strength Defense
Timeless River 19 120 113 19 10
Timeless River 34 188 398 32 18
Weapon Fire Blizzard Thunder Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0

(5) HP Ball x2
(3) Drive Ball x4[KH II], (3) Drive Ball x2[KH II FM]
Frost Stone (12%), Hi-Potion (10%), Serenity Shard (4%)
Timeless River
Cup Level HP EXP Strength Defense
Pain and Panic Cup

Match 4: 2 Hot Rod

20 128 21 11
Goddess of Fate Cup

Match 9: 2 Hot Rod

53 263 48 28
Pain and Panic Paradox Cup

Match 4: 2 Hot Rod

60 293 54 31
Hades Paradox Cup

Match 46: 2 Hot Rod

99 453 87 51
Weapon Fire Blizzard Thunder Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0

The Hot Rod (ホットロッド Hotto Roddo?) is an Emblem Heartless that is found in Kingdom Hearts II. Hot Rods are Heartless resembling cartoonish cars that appear in the Timeless River.


The Hot Rod resembles a cartoonish version of a real-world car. Its body is primarily blue, and its roof is sky blue with a bent, navy blue antenna on its top. Its four black tires are set rather close together and have grey hubcaps, and its fenders are silver. The silver grill of the car acts as the Heartless's sharp-toothed mouth. It also has two headlights with yellow tips that act as its "eyes", though it has actual, glowing yellow eyes set in its black windshield. Its Heartless emblem is actually its hood ornament. Like all Heartless, it takes on a monochromatic coloration in the Timeless River.

In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, the Hot Rod's body, roof, and antenna are all black, its fender, underside, and headlights are white, and its tires are dark grey with white hubcaps. This makes it strongly resemble its form in the Timeless River, the only difference being that its Heartless emblem is still in color.

A "hot rod" is a car modified to run faster, particularly pre-1960s models. This references the Hot Rod's resemblance to a car, its tendency to damage opponents by driving at high speeds, as well as the early 1900s theme of the Timeless River, the only world it normally appears in.


  • Bite: Mouth-grill bites forward
  • One-Two Punch: Two quick punches
  • Flip Dash: Three quick charges while taking no weapon damage during attack

Hot Rods attack with their tires until a good fraction of their HP is depleted. Afterwards, they go berserk and attempt to repeatedly and rapidly mow down Sora (paying little attention to Donald Duck and Goofy). Hot Rods are invincible to all physical attacks while charging, except for Counterattack. In all cases, immediately Guard when it attacks, then follow with Counterattack to stagger it. Alternatively, it is vulnerable to magic, especially Thunder and Reflect magic. A well-timed Reflega can also be useful.