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Page 3 - The Ansem Reports

What's new in the Kingdom Hearts world? New games? New products? You'll find it all here!

Page 4 - Unlocking the Keyhole

Take a look at what's currently happening at The Keyhole!

Page 5 - The Door to Light

Check out what's going on at KHWiki.com!

Page 6 - The Coliseum

See who's clashing in The Underdrome and in the Mirage Arena!
Plus, TheFifteenthMember and Pea14733 discuss Dark Form VS Final Form.

Page 7 - The Keyblade Master

The Keyblade Master is written by a different user every month, and can be about almost anything!
In this issue, MateusinhoEX explains his theory on the 7 Lights and the 13 Darknesses.

Page 8 - Dive to the Heart

Having a hard time editing the wiki? Take a look at this issue's tutorial on the different types of links!
Also be sure to check out our guide to beating the Gummi ship level "Asteroid Sweep".

Page 9 - The Round Room

The Round Room is the Wiki's podcast! This issue, users Neumannz, Erry, Chainoffire, and UnknownChaser discuss the upcoming games and their expectations for the future of the franchise.

Page 10 - Mark of Mastery Exam

Interviews, reviews and more! Find out what makes our users tick!

Page 11 - Naminé's Sketchbook

Like to draw? See some cool and inspiring fan art here!

Page 12 - The Grid

Puzzles, riddles and more! Do you have what it takes to make it through this test of skill?

Page 13 - Flick Rush

More wiki and game challenges than you can shake a Keyblade at!
Cover image provided by KeybladeSpyMaster
Magazine edited by Chainoffire
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX at E3

Three weeks ago, in the beginning of June, the annual Electronics Entertainment Exposition (more commonly known as E3) was held in California. The future title Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX was present, surrounded by many announcements and lots of information about the long-awaited release. The information was pouring out even before the expo had begun!
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On June 5, Square Enix released a new trailer (which can be viewed below) for the game, along with an official release date for the HD remaster. A North American release of December 2, 2014 was announced, alongside a European release of December 5, 2014. An official soundtrack for the game was also revealed that same day. A Japanese release date of early October was given for the soundtrack, later specified as October 2, 2014.

Though the trailer was the highlight of Kingdom Hearts' presence at E3, the merchandise announcements were plentiful the following day. A Wayfinder pendant, a memorial Ultimania for the entire series, new Play Arts Figures, and a soundtrack for the first remaster, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX were all announced. Several bundles were announced for the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, in which the game will be available with the Ultimania, with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, with the soundtracks, and with several other combinations.

Our E3 news doesn't end there! On June 10, 2014, E3 2014 began, unveiling playable demos of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix at the Square Enix booth. The Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix demo included Beast's Castle, while the Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix demo teased Enchanted Dominion as viewed through Terra's story, Castle of Dreams as viewed through Ventus's story, and Radiant Garden as viewed through Aqua's story.

Later that same day, at 3:30 PDT, Tai Yasue, Co-Director of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, held an interview as part of a series of panels named Square Enix Presents. In this interview, Mr. Yasue confirmed that the game was nearing completion and, despite it being a long-hoped-for addition to Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, there would be no multiplayer capabilities as part of the remaster. He also stated that the cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts Re:coded had been extended to three hours, and two of those hours would be completely new.

Finally, Tai Yasue stated that they were considering releasing both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX onto next-generation platforms, though nothing was confirmed. Still, this is a welcome sign of hope for those hoping to see the older games on PlayStation 4 or XBOX One one day!

The series' presence at E3 gave much reason to be excited for the next release! Be sure to keep an eye out for the next chapter of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in December!


Kingdom Hearts III Teased in latest Trailer!

On June 5, Square Enix released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX! Along with the new trailer came a thirty-second teaser for the next big title in the series, Kingdom Hearts III. The teaser starts by flashing several scenes from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and then shares a conversation between two unknown characters. The conversation introduces the concept of Lost Masters. Later, during and after E3, Square Enix confirmed through several people that the teaser would be a central part to the plot of Kingdom Hearts III.

So, who are the Lost Masters? And who are these two people? All is expected to be answered when the final battle comes to us in Kingdom Hearts III. Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest news regarding the final episode of the Dark Seeker saga!


New renders for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX released

New renders for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX were released on June 20. The renders are higher-definition images of previous renders created for Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, and include updated views of Kairi, Mickey Mouse, Naminé, Roxas, and the Lingering Will. In addition, full new renders were released for Sora, Donald, and Goofy, sharing previously unseen poses for the three beloved characters. Check them out below!

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by FinalRest
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The biggest news for the last quarter is the revival of the Underdrome! Custodian Chainoffire is hard at work orchestrating the heated battles, and this year we're hoping to go bigger and better! For more information on the Underdrome, be sure to take a look at The Coliseum, which can be found on page 6!

Hard working editor EternalNothingnessXII has returned! He's been welcomed back into the folds of our staff with open arms, which means that he is now available for constant pestering! Go on, annoy him! The staff icon gives you permission to! Go for it!
DISCLAIMER: This publication does not endorse the willing annoyance of EternalNothingnessXIII.

We're also lucky enough to welcome two new affiliates to the Keyhole family! Please give a warm welcome to news sites KH13.com and DestinyIslands.com! Make sure you take a look at both sites and thank them for helping keep the Kingdom Hearts fans up to date!

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Deletion Log

  • The delete button has been hard at work, having eliminated a healthy number of recently uploaded .jpg images. Please remember that no matter their content, .jpg images are not allowed to be uploaded on the Keyhole, and they will be deleted! As outlined on our uploads page, "All files should have the .PNG extension, unless they are animated (these should be given .PNG or .GIF extensions) or music files (these should be given .ogg)."
  • A discussion from our March Tea Party also led to the deletion of multiple character images. Because we no longer have origin sections for most characters, we no longer have a use for images that illustrate what any characters looked like in non-KH related media. Please keep this in mind when uploading character images in the future.
  • The Welcomeip template is back! In mid-2013 wikia announced it would be disallowing anons to edit on wikis with children related content. Because Kingdom Hearts is a PG series, this meant that anons were no longer able to contribute to the Keyhole. The Welcomeip template was deleted, seeing as we didn't have a need to welcome anonymous users anymore. But, after recently discovering the amount of red links the template left behind, Welcomeip was resurrected! We would like our users to note that this restoration was purely in the name of red link prevention, and the Welcomeip template is still a retired template which should not be used.
  • Videos have been heavily featured in our deletion log, due to the Keyhole having a strict no video policy. Because of a recently implemented policy by wikia, videos are now automatically uploaded to the wiki if linked on any page. To prevent the unwanted uploads of videos to the Keyhole, users must use the video template. Any videos will be deleted upon upload.

Move Log

  • Hundreds of images are still being renamed thanks to the effort of those involved in the image cleanup project. To make these helpful users' jobs a little easier, please make sure that you are familiar with the Keyhole's Naming Policy before you upload images in the future. Failure to adhere to our naming policy will result in the deletion of your images.
  • A discussion was brought up at one of our Tea Parties when the Merman Form page was renamed Dolphin Form. This page move has led to the suggestion of a List of Forms page, but if you'd like to share your opinions on whether Sora is a merman or a dolphin, then feel free to drop in on the link provided earlier in this entry. What we would like users to remember is that you should always open a discussion before renaming an article. Moving pages without staff approval will result in an official warning.

Other Logs

  • Over on the protection log, we had to momentarily protect our main page to keep our little April Fools days joke safe. The first of April was filled with mixed up main pages, fake Kingdom Hearts III worlds and even a few staff-on-staff pranking! To take a look at all the madness, head on over to our April Fool's Day Joke 2014 page.
  • Unfortunately, some users have been banned from the Keyhole because of vandalism. We at the Keyhole have a very low tolerance for article vandalism and vandalizing an article will result in a block or, at the very least, an official warning. If you spot a vandal and would like to report it, let the staff know by visiting our Ban Requests page.
  • As always, the upload log is a popular place to be and we enjoy the steady influx of images we have added to our wiki every day. However, we would like our users to remember our categorization policy when uploading. Failure to upload files into the correct categories will result in deletion of your file.
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We've had a steady influx of users the last couple of months, so make sure you head over to the user creation log to check everyone out and give them a warm Keyhole welcome! All our new users are welcome to our wiki family, and here just a few of our newbies that we'd like to shine the spotlight on.
  • SixRockFire joined April 18th and is a big fan of Kingdom Hearts II! Are there any fellow Xigbar fans out there?
  • MasterAfrit, who joined on the 25th of April, already has an impressive list of KH stats posted on his userpage. Check them out and give him a round of applause!
  • Mikuhan, joined on the 26th of April. His userpage is home to an impressively designed OC article, and it's definitely worth a look!
  • Keyblademaster678, joined on the 8th of May and didn't waste any time in sharing a love for Sora and Roxas. If you share a similar affection, why not drop by and say hi?
  • AxelAndNamineForever, who joined on the 31st of May, has already made a name in our Recent Changes, by creating a fun set of blogs. AaNF shares opinions on various Kingdom Hearts characters and also sets some fun queries up for our users to answer. AxelAndNamineForever is just getting used to working on the wiki, so why not hop on by and offer a friendly show of support?
  • Lunaeric17, joined on the 20th of June to a fanfare of quick image uploads and a personal touch of a userpage. This one's a big fan of the Org 13, so make sure you don't get on Lunaeric17's bad side!

We offer a big hello to those users, as well as all the others we didn't have the time to mention! We hope you enjoy your stay in the Keyhole/KHWiki universe!

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Each month the Keyhole hosts a tea party for all users to get together and discuss wiki related issues. Below are important policies we have decided upon in our latest tea party forums.
April 2014
  • Updates have been made to our Betterpic and Badname templates. If you think any of our other maintenance templates are in need of revamping, let us know!
  • We're working on a List of Forms page! To help craft the page, or add creative input, head on over to the Merman or Dolphin section.
  • Chainoffire located some duplicated music files and made quick work of removing the unneeded files. If you find any duplicated files, please let a member of our Staff know or nominate the extra file for deletion on the appropriate page.
  • Welcome our newest affiliates KH13.com and DestinyIslands.com!
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by TheFifteenthMember
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Perhaps the most important piece of news is that our chief editor KrytenKoro is leaving the Wiki. We will miss him deeply, for the KHWiki wouldn't be the database it is if it weren't for him. In happier news, the KHWiki has formed affiliations with Kingdom Hearts Answers, sevengamer, and Hardyt3kyoyo's YouTube channel!

MegaProject: Arise, which intends to revive interest in the KHWiki and the Kingdom Hearts franchise, has been launched! There are several community projects that are included in this, such as:

  • The Traverse Town Revival: Traverse Town, our community portal, isn't as up-to-scratch as we'd like so we've decided to clean it up and update it with the most current and relevant information! Add your input at this forum post.
  • Home Page: The current main page is dated, text-heavy and in desperate need of a new coat of paint. We envision a new main page that is visually pleasing and engaging to visitors, so help out here!
  • Various other revamps have taken place too, such as the return of the Mirage Arena and Featured Users.

Additionally, our manga project is up and running but there are still summary sections to be filled out and images to be uploaded! Make sure to take a look at the Flick Rush page (page 13) for more wiki tasks you can help out with!

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With the increased activity from MegaProject: Arise, we were happy to see a gradual increase in users. We welcome all of them into our Wiki and hope to see them stick around! Here's a few newcomers that we'd like to mention:
  • SuperLuigiBros13 joined us in late April and has thus far created a stylish userpage that includes an infobox with much-appreciated roleplay elements and a mission he created for 358/2 Days.
  • Braviaggron came to us at the end of May. In his time so far, he has made a nice userpage, a sweet signature and has made various edits around the Wiki.
  • Joey the Nobody created his account in mid-May and has written a userpage that tells us a bit about himself.

We send warm greetings to all of you, including those who we did not have the space to mention!

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Care to join us in our next gathering?
Roundtables are meetings held on the #KHWiki-noticeboard IRC channel every 1st Friday of the month. Below are important policies we have decided upon at our latest roundtable meetings.
April 2014 (Part One)
  • .gifs will be tabbed together in the lead for ability articles with many gifs. Their maximum size will be 300px and file size should be restricted to make sure gifs run when resized.
  • Format for manga articles has been decided:
    • On chapter articles, images of the front and back cover will be added to the infobox, similar to what's done for enemy articles.
    • The "List of KH chapters" page will be re-done in the style of wikipedia.
    • The actual summary information will be added to the volume pages, under the "Overview" sections. Again, this is taken from wikipedia as an example.
    • Naming will mainly use the YenPress titles, but with redirects for the Tokyopop titles. On the volume pages, however, both publication names will be noted in the template.
    • KeybladeSpyMaster will handle all templates.
April 2014 (Part Two)
  • Furious Volley will be its own page for the sleight, and Furious Shout will be its own page for the differently named abilities.
  • All galleries pertaining to KH Wiki's images on DisneyWiki will have a template at the top to show that KH Wiki content has been used.
May 2014
  • Methods of how to incorporate KHInsider into our news feed will be looked into.
  • Affiliations with Disney Wiki will be reconsidered once they finish undergoing their reforms.
  • New Featured User medals and banners will be made.
June 2014
  • A retired staff page will be made.
  • Clean up of the Month will return as part of the Traverse Town Project.
  • Affiliating with Hardyt3kyoyo has been approved. Affiliates with KHMansion.net and Kingdom Hearts Media has been declined. TheFifteenthMember will ask the Kingdom Hearts Answers Wiki and Square Enix Answers whether they are still interested in affiliation. We will further discuss affiliation with Ratchetpedia with its founder.
  • The podcast and lets play are still scheduled for release.
  • The FM2+ icon will be changed to the proper FM2 icon.
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Visit the Mirage Arena to see

Mirage Arena - Light Seeker - Master Eraqus - Genie

and many more!
Visit The Underdrome to see

Kurt Zisa - Aladdin - Scar - Riku

and many more!
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Dark Mode VS Final Form
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Pea14733

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So what do you like about Final Form?



Let's see... supreme offensive abilities, a damage increase and *glide*.

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Dark Form is pretty jazzy too. You have incredibly strong combo attacks, sleights like Dark Aura, and insane jumping abilities in the original CoM.



Final Form also boosts magic. Mobile Action even lets you cast spells on the move!

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But Riku doesn't even have magic!



Yeah, Riku only has his Dark Firaga and even that's based on his attack points. Anyway, you can also heal in Final Form.

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But Riku isn't even able to heal! Aside from Mickey, anyway.



And Final Form has psychokinesis, which makes every action do damage.

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I guess that's nice, but have you seen Dark Form's dodge roll? You speed past an enemy, only leaving a blur behind. That's pretty cool.



But you know: psychokinesis + dual Keyblades = cool. Final Form even slides while walking!

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Riku doesn't need two Keyblades to be cool :3



Just one of Final Form's air combo finishers is cooler than your Dark Aura.

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I don't know about that... Sora may dual-wield Keyblades but can he make copies of himself whilst teleporting behind his enemies?



Actually, Final Form teleports a lot during the combo finishers and even during NORMAL reaction commands.

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Fine. I'll accept Final Form's coolness but Dark Form is more refreshing to play as, after crawling around to attack enemies one-by-one with normal Riku. Filling and maintaining the Dark Gauge is also quite strategic.



Well, Final Form would beat Dark Form in a fight.

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But Dark Mode is more fun to play as...



AND THE WINNER IS... You decide!
Head on over to the magazine talk page to let us know who you think should win!

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by MateusinhoEX

Hello guys, I am MateusinhoEX, also known as MEX! On the first ever Keyblade Master article, I will be talking about some of the theories that surround the members of the Real Organization XIII and the Seven Guardians of Light.
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First, let's have a little the history: in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, it was revealed that Organization XIII's true goal was to gather 13 nobodies, take them all to the artificially created Kingdom Hearts and then fill them up with the same heart: Xehanort's one. Why? Well, as we know, Master Xehanort is obsessed with his search for the X-Blade, which he hopes to use to open the door to Kingdom Hearts.

In the old fairy tale of the Keyblade War, it was told that the X-Blade was divided into 20 parts: 7 of light and 13 of darkness. So, Xehanort wants to gather those parts again to form it. He first attempted to join together two beings, one with a heart of pure light and one of pure darkness (Ventus and Vanitas, remember?). Didn't work. Then, he used Maleficent to gather the Seven Princesses of Heart, but, thanks to Sora, things didn't go well for him again.

His new plan was to divide his heart, one of pure darkness, into 13 vessels, to clash with 7 guardians of light. Thus, Organization XIII was created. However, not all members were strong enough to serve Xehanort's plan. Ansem, Seeker of Darkness – during a time frame we are still unsure of, since Young Xehanort states that he "saw Riku's experiences in Real Time", which indicates that it was sometime after he possessed Riku – casts away his body and is reduced to just a heart, allowing him to travel back in time and meet Young Xehanort, which, in turn, gives him the task to gather all of Xehanort's incarnations throughout time. This way, Master Xehanort formed the Real Organization XII, composed of 12 incarnations of himself, all with the same signature amber colored eyes. Sora was meant to be the 13th member.

And here we enter the interesting part of the history. After the final battle between Riku and Young Xehanort in Where Nothing Gathers, Master Xehanort himself appears to talk to him and King Mickey, while the comatose Sora was sitting in one of the chairs. He explains all his plans, and that the clash between the 13 darkness and 7 lights shall forge the X-Blade. Mickey counts: “Seven Guardians of Light? Well, for Keyblade wielders there's me, Riku and Sora... and my three missing friends.. and..." – he thinks on Lea, who he already knows is a Keyblade Wielder – "oh no!” Master Xehanort replies, “Very perceptive little King. But Sora, and another on your list belongs to me now. That puts you three guardians" – Master Xehanort doesn't count Lea – "short".

After this Lea appears, saves Sora, and Saix is revealed to be one of the Real Organization members. They clash, run out of time and each of the members goes back to their proper place in time. Riku saves Sora and becomes a Keyblade Master, Lea reveals he's a Keyblade Wielder and Riku takes Kairi to train. This is all we need to know to understand my theory.

Now pay attention to the bold quotes. For Guardians of Light, Mickey counts himself, Riku, Sora, Ventus, Aqua, Terra and Lea, making 7. But Xehanort says one belongs to him, which we can think means this one belongs to the True Organization XIII. This one can only be Terra, who was already possessed by him. Thus, introducing Kairi as the 7th can be true.

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Now for the Organization: confirmed we have Master Xehanort, Young Xehanort, Ansem, Xemnas, Xigbar and Saix as the characters we have seen with amber eyes for now. As per the previously cited facts, Terra-Xehanort can be another member. The same goes for Vanitas, who also has the amber eyes characteristic. Another member might be the other version of Xehanort shown in the Kingdom Hearts III portion of the E3 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX trailer (the trailer can be viewed in our Ansem Reports, on page 3). That gives us 9 members and no more of the original Organization members can be part of this formation, since none of them feature the characteristic amber colored eyes.

In summary we have...

  • Guardians of Light: Sora, Riku, Mickey, Ventus, Aqua, Lea and Kairi
  • Organization: Master Xehanort, Young Xehanort, Ansem, Xemnas, Xigbar, Saix, Terra-Xehanort, Vanitas, the Unknown Xehanort and 4 other members.

So that's it guys. What do you think? Did you like my theory? Have a better one? Have ideas to compliment mine? Give your opinions over on the magazine talk page!!!

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Three Tricks for using Links
by TheFifteenthMember
Everyone knows that sandwiching a word with square brackets turns it into a link, a Wiki's main method of connecting pages together. However, there are some extra bits that can be added into links to manipulate or alter them. This tutorial explains three special methods.
Let's begin!
  1. Disguising Links: Maybe you need to link to an article that has an awkward title and you don't want to make your own page look unattractive. We can fix that problem by disguising links. This can be done by adding a vertical bar | and then typing whatever you want to make visible on your page. The example demonstrates how this works and publishing that coding will make only Donald show up.
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  2. Linking to Sections: Perhaps you only want to link to a specific section of a lengthy article. This can be done by adding a # after your link and then the section's heading, as shown in the example. Be warned, however; the link's entire coding will be made visible on your page so you may also want to disguise the link (as taught above).
  3. Linking to Categories: You may find out that linking a category will cause the page to be added to the category instead. However, you may need to link to a category page and this can easily be done by adding a colon at the start of the link. For example, [[:Category:Kingdom Hearts II]] becomes Category:Kingdom Hearts II as demonstrated in the image above. The colon method also works with linking to files.
And that's all there is to it! Now go forth and link like crazy!
A Guide to Mission Three of Asteroid Sweep
by Xion4ever
"Possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field? Approximately 3,720 to 1"
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Whether you are a Keyblade master or an aspiring apprentice, completing everything Kingdom Hearts II has to offer is no easy feat. Perhaps one of the more difficult achievements is successfully completing everything pertaining to the Gummi Ship- specifically, the Gummi Missions. In this issue, I will focus solely on the third mission of the first Gummi Route: Asteroid Sweep.

Unlike the medal gathering or enemy high score requirements of the first two missions, the third mission is completely score based. In addition, this mission raises the levels of enemies and gives you free reign of the camera. The greatest challenge to this mission is being in charge of rotating the camera. Although moving the camera is rather simple thanks to Button L1.png and Button R1.png, not having the typical crutch of the camera on auto pilot takes getting used to. You're not truly alone, though, as you will receive a red alert beep hinting where you should position the camera. Your radar and laser/lock-on gummis are your best friend in this mission. Never take your finger off of Button Cross.png as it may just cost you the mission. There are plenty of enemy ships to be destroyed in order to rack up the points necessary for high scores.

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The goal and basic strategy of this mission is to slash-and-blast your way through as many enemies as possible, hoping to rack up enough points to earn an Icon Rank S.png rank. There are several larger enemies that will appear, such as the Spider, as well as red and gold enemies which yield higher points. While you should try to go after these types of enemies, it is important to note that a gathering of several smaller enemies should not be ignored in order to remove a single enemy. Regardless of how many points they release, the rule of thumb for this mission is quantity not quality.

Han might have had the Millennium Falcon, but you've got a Falcon of your own

A red Spider will appear twice in this level. However, unlike before, the enemy will not appear by itself. Instead, the Spider will either: show up by itself then be followed by a giant swarm of enemies, or spawn in the middle of a group of enemies. This makes destroying both the Spider and other enemies very difficult. Instead of focusing your forces on the Spider, shift the camera around when needed and blast the smaller enemies. However, if you can, take out the Spider to receive a hefty amount of points. When both the Spider and massive waves of enemies are flooding you, keep shooting them down, simultaneously using barrel rolls to avoid their attacks. It is during these moments that you can potentially fail the mission, either by a game over or losing mission points due to taking damage. If your ship gets surrounded, unleash Full Auto and rotate constantly. This increases your chances of eliminating key enemies that trigger the red and gold enemy ships.

This is a hard mission, even for stronger level ships. In order to get the higher rankings, you must use a higher leveled Gummi Ship with a hearty arsenal of weapon gummis. The use of Teeny Ships, while optional, could mean the difference of earning a rank. Another option is a custom Gummi Ship. While most would prefer a well rounded ship, an exception in this case will be rewarded. The bulk of your Gummi Ship should be a variety of projectile and lock-on gummis. With patience and a strong weapon-loaded Gummi Ship, you will eventually earn the set goal of one million points.

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Episode 1: Firey Hats and Key Lime Pie!
Erry, UnknownChaser, Chainoffire, and Neumannz gathered around an imaginary table for the first time to discuss the events of E3 2014, our hopes for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts games, and theories for Kingdom Hearts III.
Audio

Click to listen!
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Notes and Links
Below are links to the topics we discussed in this episode.

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TheFifteenthMember's Review of Another Guardian of Light

Another Guardian of Light is the secret ending for Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance so this review is bound to contain spoilers. The nearly-four minute video effectively sets up for Kingdom Hearts III, so let's take a look.
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The video starts with a few cryptic scenes with Xehanort in his youth, followed by Aqua in the Dark Margin, and continues onto a conversation between Donald and Goofy before concluding with a meeting between King Mickey and Yen Sid. Before we continue, why not take a look at the full ending below?

For me, the secret ending's main weakness is the fact that it consists entirely of dialogue. Although this helps build the tension for the revelation at the end, it makes Another Guardian of Light pale in comparison to the pizazz of previous secret endings, such as The Gathering.

However, the ending slightly redeems itself by leading on a strong plot. While the Xehanort scene seems to be there purely to start fan discussions among the Kingdom Hearts theorists, the conversation between Donald and Goofy neatly ties a few loose ends with the mention of Lea's return to Radiant Garden. The "meat" of the ending is the counsel with Yen Sid and it delivers a satisfying introduction to the intriguing concepts of the "Seven Guardians of Light" and "Thirteen Darknesses" (you can find more on the Seven Gaurdians and Thirteen Darknesses on page 7). The climax of the scene is the revelation that Kairi could wield the Keyblade, a topic that many had theorised beforehand.

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Final Opinion: Another Guardian of Light doesn't live up to previous secret endings but it introduces intriguing story concepts and, at the very least, sets up for Kingdom Hearts III.

TheFifteenthMember's Top Five Gameplay Mechanics

The Kingdom Hearts series has had time to experiment with many systems of gameplay throughout its seven, main instalments. This list shows my personal favourites.
Flowmotion in action!
  1. Icon Movement KHBBS.png Flowmotion: Introduced in the most recent Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Flowmotion indulges players with the freedom of locomotion and thrill of motion attacks. After soaring the landscape with Flowmotion, I began to look at walking pedestrians with pity.
  2. Heartless Emblem.png Dark Mode: Most disliked Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories' slow-paced card system, which made Dark Mode all the more refreshing. Not only did Dark Mode have powerful attacks, the increased mobility allowed players to break the mundane routine that battles could become. What's more, Dark Mode was a balanced system that didn't ruin the game's difficulty, like Drive Forms did.
  3. Drive Orb KHII.png Drive Forms: In my opinion, Kingdom Hearts II's combat isn't the most challenging. But with Drive Forms that doesn't matter, since the stylish costumes and Keyblade flair are enough to forgive any OPed aspects
  4. Icon Attack KHBBS.png Deck Command: With three games implementing them, Deck Commands have been well-established in the series. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded had their twists, but the initial Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep system remains the best, adding the deep strategy and precision that prevented the game from becoming a button masher.
  5. Slot Releaser KHD.png Panel System: Although it wasn't implemented perfectly, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days' panels were certainly innovative to say the least. They were an interesting spin on existing RPG elements and formed a subtle mini-game that required you to slot the panels together like a jig-saw puzzle.
A Chat with Chainoffire
Interview conducted by FinalRest

The youngest member of the Keyhole staff, Chainoffire has been active for three years, starting his editing career shortly before the beginning of the merge. FinalRest sat down with him to talk about the important things, such as Keyblades, editing and ice cream.
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FinalRest: So, you're the editor of this lovely publication, aren't you? How has the experience of creating our very first issue been?

Chainoffire: The experience? It was kinda fun. I don't get the chance to be in charge of many important things like this. Excluding the Underdrome [the Keyhole's weekly arena], image projects, being an admin at the Keyhole... Okay, maybe I do get the chance to be in charge a bit, but this felt... different somehow. But I can't quite call myself "the editor" because the magazine is made up of many editors. Many who did more work than me. I look forward to our future issues!

FR: You were also involved in the recording of our podcast! How was that?

Cof: That was fun as well! Those three [Erry, UnknownChaser and Neumannz] are a great bunch to work with. Even when we had experienced some techy difficulties, it didn't stop us!

FR: Technical difficulties? What happened?

Cof: Well, Neumannz was having trouble with audacity, and his audio stopped recording half way through the podcast. Then some of us had trouble saving our work. But it's all good!

FR: Ah, I suppose a few teething problems are expected. Glad it all worked out though! The podcast is over on page 9 and is a must see... or hear, if you prefer the audio version.
So, Chain, over on the Keyhole you're an admin. That's a lot of responsibility,
mister! Any tips for new editors that hope to achieve adminship one day?

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Cof: A certain song by Journey comes to mind... but try your hardest and don't be afraid to make mistakes. If someone cuts you down, keep going anyways and show them that you can do it! Also, make friends and brown nose the higher-ups.

FR: Great, guess what song is stuck in my head right now?
Of course, Kingdom Hearts is why we're all here, so let's talk about that. Over on page 13 is our Flick Rush page, on which we've got a poll asking readers to vote for their favourite game in the series. What game will you be voting for and why?

Cof: If the final mixes were an option, it would definitely be Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, but since the closest would be Kingdom Hearts II, my vote goes towards that one. It introduced the organization and gave them really fun battles. Plus, it gave you Axel!! Some of my favorite non-ORGXIII battles are in that game too, so that's where my vote is going!

FR: Speaking of new character additions, in the Kingdom Hearts fandom there's always room to dream about the surprise characters you'd like to see in future instalments of the series. So, if you could make absolutely any character, Disney/Enix or not, debut in Kingdom Hearts III, who would you choose and why?

Cof: Ooo, good question. I've never had this question presented to me before, so I'm not really sure about my answer, haha. Hmmm... I would like to see Balthier in Kingdom Hearts. I loved him in Final Fantasy XII, but then he would have to have Fran with him too, so I am cheating a bit. Or maybe Sazh [from Final Fantasy XIII]. Either one would do!

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FR: Three choices? And Sazh would have to have Chocobo Chick, so that makes a grand total of four characters. Did you just cheat on the interview?

Cof: *Chainoffire puts on sunglasses* Yup.

FR: *Punches Chainoffire on the nose*
Now the nose punches are magazine canon. Good job.
So what about worlds? Are there any new areas you'd love to see Sora run through?

Cof: *Rubs nose*
Well, I would love him to go TO Kingdom Hearts. Maybe have the final battle there? That would be awesome!

FR: Now let's get to know a little bit more about you with a quick-fire round! Quick questions = quick answers. Are you ready?

Cof: Haha, okay.

FR: Favourite Kingdom Hearts character?

Cof: Axel. Got it memorized?

FR: You do anime reviews over on the Keyhole, so... favorite anime?

Cof: Fate/Zero

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FR: Favourite thing to do on the wiki?

Cof: Edit. Vote on the Underdrome. Tell people what to do. Image related work.

FR: How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

Cof: *Punches FR in the nose*
Peter Piper picked as many pickled peppers as peter piper could pick. Which was 42.

FR: *Rubs nose*
Least favourite Keyblade?

Cof: Sweet Memories. Completely useless.

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FR: And, to close things off, let's ask the question all our readers are dying to hear:
What, Chainoffire, is your favourite ice cream flavour?

Cof: Ummm....
<10 minutes later>
The correct answer is sea salt. But in reality I enjoy a nice bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough.

FR: Okay, right now I'm extremely jealous that we don't have that flavour in my country.

Cof: WHAT!?!? SERIOUSLY!?! YOU ARE COMING TO AMERICA. JUST TO EAT ICE CREAM.

FR: I think it'd be worth it!

Cof: DOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!

FR: So thanks for the interview, Chain!
*Starts packing bags*
It's been fun talking to you!
*Sounds of an airport in the background*
I have to go now... to catch my flight.
*FR runs away frantically*

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For more information on Chainoffire, visit his userpage or head to the wiki doctor's office, where he can be found nursing a bruised nose five days of the week. FinalRest can also be found on her userpage or in America, where she has recently moved in search of the allusive "cookie dough ice-cream". Last we heard, she was in Alaska. She has not been seen for three weeks. We are all very concerned.

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by KeybladeSpyMaster
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by James SunRhodes
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by Steven Centeno

To request an image, please contact Chainoffire
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A mysterious curse has been wrought upon the world of Kingdom Hearts! All the wicked foes that stand in the way of our favorite protagonists have been gifted with the power of invisibility!
Thankfully, our quick wiki editors who are skilled in the ways of magic - as all good editors are - have managed to capture some monsters, but they need your help identifying what type of beast they have found, so their un-invisiblity spells work correctly. Help us out!

Do you know who this beast is?
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Hover here for the answer!

This issue's beast was captured by KeybladeSpyMaster.
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You first heard me in a trailer
Though I was later removed- sent to the abyss
Now I am hidden- a part of a layer
Don't submit or dismiss, for I still exist
Listen closely and you shall hear of the unknown's fate

Fate of the Unknown
Submitted by Xion4ever

Formed in flame but does not burn
Cannot strike but it can hurt
Opposes valor and turns time to speed
Tell me, what is it of which I speak?

Wisdom Form
Submitted by FinalRest

A power of many varieties.
Sometimes attacking and destroying.
Sometimes defending and protecting

Aero
Submitted by TheFifteenthMember

I am the original Grandstander
And quite the master, at that
I jump around from town to town
Do not expect to easily find me

Rare Truffle
Submitted by Xion4ever

Two sides of a deck
Clones? Duplicates? Or is that not the same?
Finding what is lost...
Can you guess this game?

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Submitted by FinalRest
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Across

3. A revitalizing drink
5. The rarest of all metals and matter
7. A form of great intellect

Down

1. An emotionless entity that lacks a heart
2. Electrical magic
4. A fighting memory of Riku
6. A King that has walked through darkness
8. The basic embodiment of negative emotion

Click here to see the answers!
Click here for a printable version! (and printable answers)
Submitted by MateusinhoEX
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Dear Chainoffire
What do you think will happen the future with Kingdom Hearts after Kingdom Hearts III?
—Anonymous

What happens with some series is that it starts to decline after a certain story line has finished. I hope this doesn't happen with Kingdom Hearts. But knowing Tetsuya Nomura, I think that we won't be disappointed. I choose to remain optimistic and wish for the best. I mean, we'll still have Sora as our protagonist, we just won't have Xehanort. I wonder who the next enemy will be...

Love from Chainoffire and everyone at the KHWiki and Keyhole!

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Dear FinalRest
Why is the Kingdom Hearts Wiki doing a magazine?
—Anonymous

Because we can!

*Fireworks explode in the sky and can-can dancers pour into the streets, kicking their legs to the beat of a large crowd chanting "BECAUSE WE CAN!"*

Really, though, this new magazine serves three purposes.

First, it's a great way to showcase all the amazing things our editors are capable of. Whether it's showcasing their artwork, their opinions or the simple fact that they are part of what makes our two sites tick, it's amazing to have a place where our editors are given pride of place.

Second, it's a way to reach out to all our editors from staff to newbies and bring them together. We also hope to grab the attention of passers-by and encourage them to sign up and get involved in our communities. We hope showcasing several of the amazing things both the series and our wikis are made up of will entice readers to pitch in and help our sites flourish and grow.

The third, most simple reason for making this magazine is fun. We have fun planning it. We have fun writing it. We have fun posting it. We'll have fun seeing what people think.

In releasing four issues each year (one in January, one in April, one in July and one in October) we hope to create an encouraging, fun spotlight on our joint community. And isn't that an awesome reason for this magazine to exist?

*Can-cans into the sunset*

Love from FinalRest and everyone at the KHWiki and Keyhole!

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Dear Chainoffire and FinalRest
Why are we here? What is the meaning to life?
—Anonymous

Chainoffire: 42. And bacon. And hakuna matata. Also, <xemnas voice> KINGDOM HEARTS!!!!!! </xemnas voice>

FinalRest: I agree. Kingdom Hearts is life.

*Ominous chanting echoes throughout the room*

Voices: KINGDOM HEARTS. KINGDOM HEARTS. KINGDOM HEARTS.

*FinalRest turns around and her eyes are spinning heart symbols*

*Sacred moon begins playing*

*Chainoffire and FinalRest start floating in the sky, bacon raining down from the heavens*

*A fire erupts, cooking the bacon to perfection*

*Suddenly, a sea monster tears out of the ocean and runs towards Chainoffire and FinalRest*

*Chainoffire and FinalRest lift their hands, which let forth streams of burning energy. The sea monster explodes into a thousand copies of Kingdom Hearts*

*The 1000 Kingdom Hearts games spin in a circle around Chainoffire and FinalRest*

*Chainoffire and FinalRest float down to the ground, resting their feet upon a bacon laden ground*

FinalRest: So, yes, Chainoffire and I are able to turn sea monsters into copies of Kingdom Hearts. Wait, what was the question again?

*Keyblades appear in Chainoffire and FinalRest's hands. They shoot magic beams at the Kingdom Hearts games, until only 42 copies remain. One game for every piece of bacon*

Chainoffire: What question?

Love from Chainoffire, FinalRest and everyone at the KHWiki and Keyhole!


If you have a question for our mailbox about anything related to the Kingdom Hearts games, KHWiki or the Keyhole, send it to kingdomheartswikibcrat@gmail.com and it might be in our next issue! Be sure to make "Magazine" your subject title or else we may not notice your question!

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by Chainoffire and FinalRest
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Challenge Sigil KHD.png Add a gameplay image for the side-scrolling page.
Challenge Sigil KHD.png Add a story section for an enemy. Information about this task can be found here.
Challenge Sigil KHD.png Head on over to the main page revamp forum and give your input on the main page change.
Challenge Sigil KHD.png Make a helpful edit to the Gift Wrapping page.
Challenge Sigil KHD.png Take on and complete one of the tasks listed for Project World.
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KH1 icon.png Complete Holo-Mission 93: Believe wearing the Extreme Ring and without the Auto-Life panel.
KH1 icon.png Bounce a Rare Truffle 150 times!
KH1 icon.png Beat the Ice Titan without using Guard.
KH1 icon.png Survive the Battle of 1000 Heartless without using reaction commands.
KH1 icon.png Score a Fantastic on all five Beginner Mode Ice Cream Beat songs in succession.
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Mission Crown KHD.png Upload one of the missing songs from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance onto the Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original Soundtrack page.
Mission Crown KHD.png Following the tutorial laid out here remove three jpg images from the Keyhole.
Mission Crown KHD.png Add a gameplay section to a character gallery.
Mission Crown KHD.png Make a helpful edit to the Kingdom Hearts χ page.
Mission Crown KHD.png Create one of the list pages written on this page.
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Have you completed one or more of the tasks above? Do you feel like you deserve a shiny medal? Well, send a notice of your achievement to kingdomheartswikibcrat@gmail.com and you'll get one to put on your userpage! Plus your name will be featured in our next issue in the box below! What are you waiting for? Get to work!
Be sure to make "Magazine" your subject title or else your email may be overlooked. It is required that you have an account on either the KHWiki or the Keyhole to have your name featured. Your account name must be included in the email. Contributions will be checked to ensure that wiki related tasks have been completed correctly.
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We asked...


What is your favorite Kingdom Hearts game?


See the next issue for the results!

Question submitted by Chainoffire