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The Keychain of the Kingdom Key, with a Mickey Head as its token.

A Keychain (キーホルダー Kīhorudā?) is a magical piece of equipment that modifies the appearance and abilities of a Keyblade. In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the Gear Panel function replaces Keychains, and in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded the Keyblade Chip in the Gear Matrix replaces Keychains. Likewise, the Card system replaces Keychains in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Cards, however, do not affect appearance, only ability.


The Keychains have the ability to change a Keyblade's stats, grant it special abilities, and give it a new appearance. While most Keyblades have a basic form, like the Kingdom Key, a Keyblade wielder can upgrade and change the form of the Keyblade with a Keychain. In other words, when Sora or another wielder is equipping a "new" Keyblade, he or she is equipping a different Keychain to the Keyblade, changing its form.


It has not yet been explained exactly what a Keychain is and why it has the power to transform the Keyblade. A wielder usually receives a Keychain after "completing" the events that transpire within a world, but with a few exceptions in which the protagonist is shown being given or finding a token, the Keychain simply appears in their inventory without explanation. These Keychains are often modeled after elements of the world from which they are received in some way.


Sometimes, a Keyblade does not possess a Keychain. For example, the incomplete Keyblade of heart was missing a Keychain, as are the abandoned Keyblades which litter the Keyblade Graveyard.


Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Kingdom Hearts χ[edit]

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