List of Keyblade wielders
The following is a list of known Keyblade wielders, characters who have successfully wielded a Keyblade in battle. Not included are characters who have held a Keyblade only for it to return to the hand of its true holder, such as Leon or Jack Sparrow, as a Keyblade will refuse to be wielded by anyone without a strong enough heart.
The Master of Masters
Invi is the leader of the Anguis Union, and one of the six apprentices of the Master of Masters.
Gula is the leader of the Leopardus Union, and one of the six apprentices of the Master of Masters.
Ira is the leader of the Unicornis Union, and one of the six apprentices of the Master of Masters.
Aced is the leader of the Ursus Union, and one of the six apprentices of the Master of Masters.
Ava is the leader of the Vulpes Union, and one of the six apprentices of the Master of Masters.
Master Luxu is one of the six apprentices of the Master of Masters, and the only one of their number to not become a Foreteller. He was bequeathed the enigmatic No Name Keyblade as a part of his mission to carry out the Master's will.
Master Xehanort is a Keyblade Master that devoted himself to the darkness, wishing to obtain the χ-blade and thus enter Kingdom Hearts. To this end, he contrived numerous plots and manipulated many people into becoming pawns of his device. Eventually, he used his Keyblade to transfer his heart into Terra's body, becoming Terra-Xehanort which eventually was split into Ansem, Seeker of Darkness and Xemnas.
His time-traveling younger incarnation, Young Xehanort was initially unable to wield a Keyblade in Dream Drop Distance, though when the reincarnated Master Xehanort possessed Young Xehanort's body when it was under attack by Mickey and Riku he was able to do so, and by the time he appeared in Kingdom Hearts III he could wield a Keyblade without aid.
The No Name Keyblade is claimed by Young Xehanort to be the oldest surviving Keyblade, and to possess a connection to the Keyblade War. Its primary Keychain gives it a black form resembling the Foretellers' Keyblades, but with a goat in place of their respective animals. It contains a Gazing Eye on its head and keychain token. While possessing his younger self's body, Master Xehanort uses a Keychain that gives his Keyblade a shape resembling a fusion of its normal form and the No Name Keychain obtained by Terra, Ventus, and Aqua.
After Master Xehanort possesses Terra's body and becomes Terra-Xehanort, he retains the ability to summon his original incarnation's Keyblade, though he wields it like Terra would. Terra-Xehanort used his original incarnation's Keyblade to fight the Lingering Will and Aqua. After being defeated, Terra's heart begins to fight back, causing Xehanort to stab himself in order to rid himself of Terra, but accidentally sealing his memories and thus his ability to wield a Keyblade, ultimately forgetting everything but the name "Xehanort".
His Heartless, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness was unable to wield a Keyblade himself ordinarily, though when he possessed the body of the nascent Keyblade wielder Riku, he briefly wielded the Keyblade of heart. His Nobody, Xemnas may have also been able to wield a Keyblade, but preferred not to, he did at one point utilize Master Xehanort's Keyblade Armor.
Master Eraqus is a Keyblade Master who protected the Land of Departure and served as Terra, Ventus, and Aqua's teacher. After Aqua was named a Keyblade Master, Eraqus told her the secret responsibilities that came with such a title. Eraqus was slain by his former friend, Master Xehanort.
Master Aqua is a Keyblade Master who operated before Sora ever embarked on his first journey. Her standard Keyblade is the Rainfell, but it later transforms into the Stormfall. Aqua's Keyblades are of average length in comparison to Terra and Ventus's; she inherits Eraqus's Master's Defender after she finds the abandoned weapon in the Land of Departure, which is slowly being swallowed by the darkness. Aqua's attempt to save Terra after he falls into the Realm of Darkness causes Aqua to lose her Keyblade; the Master's Defender becomes her only weapon in the dark realm.
Aqua unintentionally bequeathed a Keyblade to Kairi in Radiant Garden; Kairi touched Aqua's Keyblade by mistake when attempting to get away from several Unversed at the entrance to Ansem the Wise's castle.
Anti-Aqua is Aqua after having been corrupted by the darkness beneath the End of Sea by Ansem, Seeker of Darkness. Despite having no Keyblade of her own, she is able to wield Mickey's Keyblade which she stole.
Master Yen Sid
Master Yen Sid is a retired Keyblade Master who now watches over the Lanes Between and counsels with stars for guidance, and appears to be the original owner of Mickey's Star Seeker Keyblade. After the catastrophic battle at the Keyblade Graveyard, Mickey returns the Star Seeker, believing that he has failed Yen Sid, but Yen Sid hands it back, encouraging him.
Master Mickey Mouse
As an apprentice to Master Yen Sid, Mickey wields the Star Seeker, a gift to him from his master. His adventures with Ventus and Aqua actually comprise his Mark of Mastery exam, and after their disappearance, he returns to the Mysterious Tower, feeling he has failed the exam, his friends, and his master. He returns the Star Seeker to Yen Sid, but Yen Sid returns it, revealing that Mickey has in fact passed his exam and become a Master.
After the Heartless plague began and worlds began disappearing, Mickey set out to find a Keyblade from the Realm of Darkness in order to seal the Door to Darkness alongside a Keyblade from the Realm of Light, and stop the Heartless. He obtained the Kingdom Key D during that journey. The Kingdom Key D is identical to Sora's Kingdom Key, except that the colors are reversed, the hilt being silver and the blade gold. Some materials give this Keyblade the name "Kingdom Key DarkSide".
While investigating Jiminy's Journal after the defeat of Xemnas, King Mickey returns to wielding his Star Seeker. He then switches back to the Kingdom Key D when he went to rescue Sora from Master Xehanort's clutches.
Mickey discovers the ability to open paths to the Realm of Darkness with Kingdom Key D, due to it originating from there, but when the Heartless in the Realm of Darkness prove to be too strong, Mickey and Riku return to Yen Sid to fortify their equipment. Mickey wields the Star Cluster from this point on.
Terra bequeathed a Keyblade to Riku on the Destiny Islands before the destruction of the Land of Departure, and makes Riku promise to keep it a secret. Riku was the one originally chosen to wield Sora's Keyblade, but he was denied that when he chose to submit to darkness, weakening his heart and causing the Keyblade to choose Sora. Instead, Riku uses the Soul Eater, a sword which grows more powerful when used with darkness, and the developing form of his Keyblade. When Sora first arrives at Hollow Bastion, Riku is able to temporarily take the Keyblade as well, but Sora's heart proves to be the strongest, and he reclaims the Keyblade from Riku. After being possessed by Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, Riku is used as a wielder for the incomplete Keyblade of heart, which Xehanort had forged from the hearts of six of the seven Princesses of Heart. However, this Keyblade is destroyed after Riku is defeated by Sora, who uses the Keyblade to free Kairi's heart from his body.
When Riku encounters Roxas in The World That Never Was, he is again able to temporarily wield a Keyblade, Roxas's Oblivion. However, while as a Keyblade Wielder he is able to fight with the weapon, it was not his, and Roxas soon reclaims it.
Riku's Soul Eater eventually matures into the Way to the Dawn, his true Keyblade. This Keyblade represents Riku's nature as a being of light and darkness in both name and form. Riku was also able to summon a second Keyblade in the form of the Destiny's Embrace, which he gives to Kairi as her permanent Keyblade.
After King Mickey informs Master Yen Sid of the secrets that Ansem and Naminé hid within Jiminy's Journal, Yen Sid invites Riku and Sora to take the Mark of Mastery exam, but only Riku passes.
When Riku and Mickey go to the Realm of Darkness to find Aqua, they are attacked by a Demon Tower, which destroys Riku's Way to the Dawn. Riku leaves it there for the Riku Replica, whom he refers to as "the other me." Upon returning to Yen Sid's tower, he obtains his new Keyblade, Braveheart.
Other Players appear in Kingdom Hearts χ, sometimes fighting alongside the main Player as a member of their Union, other times competing against them as members of other Unions. These Players generally wield a basic Starlight Keyblade, though some instances wield other Keyblades.
As the Foreteller explains the strength of the Union to the Player, six of their fellow Union members show up to help fight the Darkside that just appeared. Neoshadow Heartless, three of these members request his help as they exterminate the fiends across the city.After the Player returns to Daybreak Town due to the outbreak of new
The six original members also attend the Weekly Solo Rankings parades alongside seven additional members, with eight of them lining the avenue and, in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], five of them following the Player. In Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], eight of these, alongside three additional members, represent both parties in the daily Team Battle skirmishes.
The Dandelions are a group of Keyblade wielders secretly formed by Foreteller Ava, as instructed by her Master, to ensure the survival of the Realm of Light. They are the "children" who survived the Keyblade War and recreated the lost world.
Strelitzia is a Keyblade wielder and member of the Dandelions. She was meant to be one of the new Union leaders, but was struck down by an unknown assailant.
Ventus is a Keyblade apprentice from before the events of the first Kingdom Hearts. During the age of fairy tales as a member of the Dandelions, he originally wielded Missing Ache. Ventus would later go on to use a different Keyblade named Wayward Wind. His Keyblades are often shorter than those of Terra and Aqua. During his final battle at the Keyblade Graveyard, Vanitas possesses his body in order to summon and wield the χ-blade. However, Ventus destroys it in the Dive to the Heart, using his own Keyblade. When Aqua tries to figure out where she should carry him to, Ven's body reacts and summons Wayward Wind to open the pathway to the ruined Land of Departure.
Brain is a Keyblade wielder and member of the Dandelions, he is meant to be one of the new Union leaders.
Lauriam is a Keyblade wielder and member of the Dandelions, he is meant to be one of the new Union leaders.
Elrena is a Keyblade wielder and member of the Dandelions.
Bragi is a Keyblade wielder under the tutelage of Master Odin.
Vor is a Keyblade wielder under the tutelage of Master Odin.
Hermod is a Keyblade wielder under the tutelage of Master Odin.
Urd is a Keyblade wielder under the tutelage of Master Odin.
Terra is a Keyblade apprentice from before the events of the first Kingdom Hearts. His original Keyblade is named Earthshaker, but it later transforms into the Ends of the Earth. His Keyblades are often much longer than those of Ventus and Aqua.
Terra initiated the Bequeathing with Riku on the Destiny Islands before the destruction of the Land of Departure and made Riku promise keep it a secret.
After Master Xehanort possessed Terra's body and became Xehanort, Terra's powerful thoughts and desires animated his armor as the "Lingering Will". As a remnant of Terra, it is able to wield his Ends of the Earth Keyblade. After Terra regains his heart and expels Xehanort, the Lingering Will ceases to exist, and his Keyblade reverts to its original form.
As a being created from the darkness of Ventus's heart, Vanitas uses a Keyblade of his own called the Void Gear. Aside from his own Keyblade, he comes into possession of the legendary χ-blade after fusing with Ventus; due to their failure to meet the requirements for forging the weapon on their own, however, this version of the χ-blade proves to be incomplete and unstable, eventually leading to its destruction by Aqua and Ventus.
Ventus-Vanitas is the result of the union between Ventus and Vanitas during their final battle. As such, Ventus-Vanitas is able to wield the χ-blade, though it is an incomplete version due to lacking the proper number of hearts needed to complete the weapon.
Sora gained the ability to wield the Keyblade when he reached out his heart to Ventus after sensing Ventus's shattered heart. By joining his heart with Ventus's he gained the ability to wield his own Keyblade, as well as Ventus's. Sora has been recognized as having the skill to become a Keyblade Master, and is even often informally referred to as one, but has not officially received the title. Sora's Heartless was also able to continue utilizing his Keyblade after Kairi helped him to regain physical form.
Sora's Keyblade is a Keyblade from the Realm of Light, and it appears before him as his home world, Destiny Islands, is consumed by the Heartless. Its default form is the Kingdom Key, which uses a Hidden Mickey as its token.
Sora is sometimes able to use other wielders' Keyblades; for example, when fighting Roxas he is able to steal Roxas's Oathkeeper and Oblivion, for a total of three Keyblades, and at one point during their final battle with Xemnas, Riku lends his Way to the Dawn to Sora.
Armored Ventus Nightmare is Sora clad in Ventus's Keyblade Armor. When Riku travels to Sora's Dive to the Heart, the Armored Ventus Nightmare appears out of the darkness and engages him in battle. As Armored Ventus Nightmare, Sora continues to wield the Kingdom Key, though it has been corrupted by darkness.
As the Nobody of Sora, Roxas is also able to wield the Kingdom Key. In fact, Roxas was able to wield the Keyblade at the same time as Sora because his Keyblade was "lost" by Sora in Castle Oblivion. As the "Key of Destiny" of Organization XIII, Roxas is the only member able to actually collect hearts. Like the other Organization members, Roxas is able to modify the form of his weapon using Gears.
In order to duplicate this ability, and to replace Roxas with an even more malleable puppet, the Organization created the Replica, Xion. Xion gradually leeches Roxas's powers over the Keyblade, but when the two are forced into mortal combat, Roxas eventually defeats her and reabsorbs his lost powers. This awakens his latent Synch Blade ability, in which he is able to wield both the Oathkeeper and Oblivion, which represent Sora's memories of Kairi and Riku. As Roxas essentially is Sora, Sora is also able to use Synch Blade.
Due to the constant lies the Organization had been feeding him about Xion and himself, Roxas leaves the group and eventually returns to Sora, leading them to attempt to use Sora's Keyblade for their own goals.
Xion, the fourteenth member of Organization XIII, can wield Roxas's Keyblade due to the fact that she is his Replica; however, the Keyblade she normally wields is nothing more than a sham. She is created from the memories belonging to Sora that Roxas holds. As a being created out of memories, she was able to use the Kingdom Key to manipulate the power of light in the same way that Sora and Roxas can. When acting as a member of the real Organization XIII and as one of the Guardians of Light she utilized a real Keyblade.
Similar to its real-world counterpart, Data-Sora wields a data version of the Kingdom Key. He utilizes this mighty blade to fend off Heartless and Bug Blox. Data-Sora gains the Keyblade in the data Awakening, but loses it to the real Maleficent in data Agrabah. However, even though he is merely a data construct, the strength of his heart recreates the Keyblade in data Hollow Bastion.
Kairi is able to wield a Keyblade because she touched Aqua's Keyblade when she was a child, initiating a Bequeathing. At The World That Never Was, Riku gives his Destiny's Embrace to Kairi so that she can help protect Sora. Later, Yen Sid learns of Kairi's ability, and after Riku and Sora's Mark of Mastery exam he invites her to the Mysterious Tower so that she can also train to combat the reformed Organization XIII.
After Xehanort's defeat, Kairi encounters a figment of him in her dreams in The Final World. Xehanort is able to overpower her and force Destiny Embrace out of her hands, but she calls on Sora's Kingdom Key to defend her. Shortly after, a figment of Sora appears superimposed over her body and fights Xehanort. After waking up, Kairi asks to be further trained by Master Aqua.
Formerly the Nobody Axel, Lea has gained the ability to wield a Keyblade by seeking training under Master Yen Sid who, with the help of Merlin and the Three Good Fairies, compressed the time needed to train with magic.
Young Xehanort was initially unable to wield a Keyblade in Dream Drop Distance, though when the reincarnated Master Xehanort possessed Young Xehanort's body when it was under attack by Mickey and Riku he was able to do so, and by the time he appeared in Kingdom Hearts III he could wield a Keyblade without aid.
The Replica Xehanort counterparts of Vanitas, Terra-Xehanort, Young Xehanort, and Xion wield their respective primary Keyblades, while Dark Riku's replica counterpart wields his Soul Eater. In Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind, the twelve Replica Xehanorts all wield the No Name Keyblade.
Wielders of imitation Keyblades
Armor of Eraqus
Mimic Master's Fakes
In Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, the Mimic Master can be fought in the Mirage Arena. Mimic Master is able to create copies of Terra, Aqua, and Ventus, which possess their moves and their original Keyblade.
AntiSora, a Heartless made by Riku to mimic Sora's appearance and abilities, carries a shadowy copy of the Kingdom Key.
The Sora's Heartless, a digital manifestation of Sora's time as a Heartless, can take on the AntiSora's shape in its latter phases, and it also wields the fake Keyblade.
In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, during one of Zexion's schemes, he disguises himself as Sora and uses a fake Kingdom Key to envelop Riku in light. Later when his plan fails, he decides to fight with Riku. During their battle he steals Riku's cards and makes copies of the Soul Eater for his clones and him to use. He also makes Dummy Cards, which stun Riku.
In Kingdom Hearts II, when Genie becomes a summon partner for Sora, he can copy Sora's Drive forms and wields his own copy of the Keyblade. In each form, he can perform a different kind of attack. This Keyblade is attached to his tail as if Genie was the Keychain.
Data-Riku is the digital avatar of Jiminy's Journal, taking the form of Riku. He wields a digital copy of Riku's Soul Eater.
Anti-Riku is a dark copy of Riku who only appears in the multiplayer mode of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. Like Riku in the final boss fight, Anti-Riku wields the Oblivion, though it is much darker than the ordinary version of the Keyblade.
When fighting Sora, Yozora is able to temporarily steal his Keyblade and merge it with his sword.
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