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Hydra

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Hydra

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Japanese ヒュドラ
Rōmaji Hyudora
Homeworld Olympus Coliseum
Game Kingdom Hearts II
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KHII tracks
Battle theme - Desire for All That Is Lost
Hydra

Kingdom Hearts II
Hercules (1997)

A legendary monster with many heads, sent by Hades to fight Hercules. If you cut off one of its heads, two more grow back.
Kingdom Hearts Union χ
Hercules (1997)
A legendary creature sent by Hades to destroy the Olympus Coliseum and Hercules.

Location HP Strength Defense EXP
Olympus Coliseum
Episode 1
462[1] 17 9 0
Physical Fire Blizzard
×1.0 ×0.5 ×0.5
Thunder Dark Neutral
×0.5 ×0.5 ×0.5

Rewards
Sora: Max HP +5, Thunder element, Hero's Crest
Donald: Armor slot
Goofy: Max HP +5

When a head is defeated with Vanquish
HP prize (5) ×5, Drive prize (3%) ×5

When an urn flung by Phil One-Two is broken
HP prize (5) ×3
World(s)
Olympus Coliseum
Location HP Strength Defense EXP
Olympus Coliseum
Episode 1
462[1] 17 9 0
Physical Fire Blizzard
×1.0 ×0.5 ×0.5
Thunder Dark Neutral
×0.5 ×0.5 ×1.0

Rewards
Sora: Max HP +5, Thunder element, Hero's Crest
Donald: Armor slot
Goofy: Max HP +5

When a head is defeated with Vanquish
HP prize (5) ×5, Drive prize (3%) ×5

When an urn flung by Phil One-Two is broken
HP prize (5) ×3
World(s)
Olympus Coliseum

The Hydra is a multi-headed serpentine monster that appears in Kingdom Hearts II. It is fought at Olympus Coliseum and originally appeared in Disney's 1997 animated film, Hercules.

Story[edit]

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Hades sends the Hydra to destroy Olympus Coliseum and kill Hercules. The hero battles and seems to defeat it, but the Hydra merely fakes its death and proceeds to destroy the Coliseum while Hercules is away. The Hydra meets its match when Sora, Donald, Goofy, Phil, Pegasus, and Megara team up to eliminate it once and for all.

Design[edit]

The Hydra is a massive, reptilian creature with dark purple skin. It has a bulky body, and it crawls using a pair of four-fingered hands with white claws. The Hydra's tail is long and thin, and each time one of its heads is cut off, two more grow back as a replacement. All of the Hydra's heads are identical; they sport long, serpentine necks, large mouths filled with white fangs, and orange eyes with slitted pupils. Spikes line each of the Hydra's heads and necks. In the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts II, the Hydra spews green blood when one of its heads is cut off. In other versions of the game, the blood is changed to purple smoke except in one cutscene.

Strategy[edit]

"Defeat the Hydra! Fight alongside various friends!"
—Battle hint

When fighting the Hydra, in addition to having Donald and Goofy in the party, Sora will have Phil, Megara, and Pegasus for support. Phil tosses urns that can stun the Hydra, Meg gives Sora much-needed HP, MP, and Drive orbs when he gets close to her, and Pegasus allows Sora to use the Pegasus Run reaction command.

Sora must first attack the Hydra's main head. When the head's HP is fully depleted, he must use the Vanquish reaction command to remove it. After this is done, the Hydra buries its head in the sand, causing three more heads to sprout out from underground in various locations. By teaming up with Phil, Sora can use the Phil One-Two and Urninator reaction commands to immobilize them. Sora must defeat each of these heads and use Vanquish on them before they awaken.

In the final phase of this battle, the Hydra pulls its neck out of the ground and reveals a set of seven heads. Sora can team up with Pegasus and use the Pegasus Run reaction command to strike each head. Once the Hydra's HP has been fully depleted, Sora need only use the Vanquish reaction command a final time to finish the monster off.

If the Hydra manages to defeat Sora, the option to revive him using King Mickey may become available. Victory grants Sora access to the Thunder spell, as well as the Hero's Crest Keyblade.

Technique Attribute Effects Power Guard?
Bite (かみつき
Kamitsuki
?)
Physical x2.0
Hit 2+: x0.25
Bites while swinging its heads wildly left and right. Used in the second phase.
Synchro Bite (一斉かみつき
Issei Kamitsuki
?)
Physical x1.5
Hit 2+: x0.25
All seven heads bite near-simultaneously. Used in the third phase.
Bite Combo (連続かみつき
Renzoku Kamitsuki
?)
(Bite) Physical x1.5
Hit 2+: x0.25

(Downswing) Physical x1.0
Hit 2+: x0.25
Bites repeatedly, then swings heads downward. Used in the third phase.
Tail Attack (シッポ攻撃
Shippo Kōgeki
?)
Physical x1.5
Hit 2+: x0.5
Sweeps wide with tails. Used in the first and third phases.
Dark Servant (暗黒のしもべ
Ankoku no Shimobe
?)
Dark x0.75
Brings forth demon-like orbs from the floor. Used in the first and third phases.
Hades Flame (冥界の炎
Meikai no Honō
?)
Fire x0.5 X
Generates pale, lightning-like flames among empty areas. Used in the first and third phases.
Guard: O = Can be blocked and interrupted/knocked back; △ = Can be blocked, but not interrupted/knocked back; X = Can't be blocked.
Reaction Commands
Reaction Command Attribute Power Description
Vanquish (バニッシュ
Banisshu
?)
Can be used when approaching the Hydra's body or head while it is stunned.
Destroy the Hydra's head. Ends the battle when used in its third phase.
Phil One-Two (フィルアタック
Firu Atakku
?, lit. "Phil Attack")
Can be used when on the Hydra's back during the second phase.
Phil throws an urn into the air.
Urninator (バレットプレス
Baretto Puresu
?, lit. "Bullet Press")
Can be used after using Phil One-Two.
Slam the urn into the Hydra's back, after which all heads will be temporarily incapacitated. This also greatly delays the restoration of the "main" head.
Pegasus Run (ペガサスライド
Pegasasu Raido
?, lit. "Pegasus Run")
Can be used when the Hydra uses Bite Combo during its third phase.
Hop on Pegasus's back and fly around the Hydra's heads.
Attack (たたかう
Tatakau
?)
Physical x2.0 Can be used when near the Hydra's heads after using Pegasus Run.
Slash at the Hydra's heads. Attack appears seven times.

Origin[edit]

The Hydra first appeared in Disney's 1997 animated film, Hercules. It is based on the Lernaean Hydra, a serpent-like water monster in Greek mythology. According to myth, the Hydra's defeat was one of the Labours of Hercules.

In the film, Hades ordered his minions, Pain and Panic, to disguise themselves as little boys and pretend to get trapped under a large boulder. He then used Megara to lure Hercules to their location. Hercules removed the boulder to save the "boys," but in doing so, he accidentally unleashed the Hydra. After a brief struggle, the monster managed to swallow Hercules whole. The hero escaped death, however, by cutting off the Hydra's head from the inside, which seemingly killed the beast.

Before Hercules could celebrate his victory over the Hydra, the creature's corpse came back to life and sprouted three more heads. Hercules resumed his battle with the Hydra, and as the fight continued, he came to realize the more heads he cut off, the more grew back to take their place. Eventually, the Hydra managed to pin Hercules against the side of a cliff. Faced again with elimination, the hero used his god-like strength to cause a rockslide, whereupon the Hydra is crushed to death by an avalanche of falling boulders.

Video[edit]

Hydra – Kingdom Hearts II

Gallery[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Individual heads have 71 HP each.