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The two forms of the Shotlock reticule; the left one still has time, whereas the one on the right does not.

Shotlock (シュートロック Shūto Rokku?, lit. "Shoot Lock") is a combat system for Terra, Aqua, and Ventus that debuted in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. It is initiated by holding down L1 and R1 at the same time (or just R1 in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix). The user enters a targeting mode and locks onto enemies, and by pressing X (Circle in the Japanese version), the user then initiates a powerful attack that hits all targeted enemies. By locking onto the maximum amount of enemies, additional attacks can be added by following on-screen prompts. The amount of time the user has to lock onto targets depends on the Focus Gauge, which empties when the attack is initiated and can be refilled by attacking enemies and using Ethers. Most of the Shotlocks in the game can be learned by all three Keyblade wielders, but they also get several that are unique to themselves.

In Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-, triggering a Shotlock slows down time for the duration of the Focus gauge's depletion, allowing the player to maximize the number of lock-ons while minimizing damage and interference.

Each Shotlock can be enhanced by performing a certain action to add extra attacks. There are four methods of adding extra attacks, which determine the Shotlock's class.

  • Class A (ボタン連打 Botan Renda?, lit. "Button Barrage") Shotlocks involve pressing the X button (Circle button in the Japanese version) rapidly.
  • Class B (ランダム Randamu?, lit. "Random") Shotlocks involve pressing random buttons when prompted.
  • Class C (タイミング Taimingu?, lit. "Timing") Shotlocks involve performing well-timed button presses.
  • Class D (パツド回転 Paddo Kaiten?, lit. "Pad Rotation") Shotlocks involve rotating the analog pad.

List of Shotlocks[edit]

Name Max Locks Max LVL Damage Type Class Description Obtained
Meteor Shower (メテオシャワー
Meteo Shawā
?)
30 4 Neutral A Launch small, star-like projectiles at targets. Has an especially high lock-on count.
Extra attacks: Press the X button (Circle button in the Japanese version) rapidly to fire bursts of three additional meteors.
Terra,[1] Ventus,[1] Aqua[1]
Flame Salvo (フレイムバースト
Fureimu Bāsuto
?, lit. "Flame Burst")
15 4 Fire A Launch fireballs at targets.
Extra attacks: Press the X (Circle in the Japanese version) rapidly to fire bursts of three additional fireballs.
Terra,[2] Ventus, Aqua[3]
Chaos Snake (カオススネーク
Kaosu Sunēku
?)
20 4 Neutral A Launch projectiles that zigzag at targets and confuse enemies they hit.
Extra attacks: Press the X button (Circle button in the Japanese version) rapidly to fire bursts of three additional projectiles.
Terra,[4] Ventus,[4] Aqua[4]
Dark Volley (ブラックボレー
Burakku Borē
?, lit. "Black Volley")
18 5 Dark A Launch dark projectiles at targets. Has a high lock-on count.
Extra attacks: Press the X button (Circle button in the Japanese version) rapidly to fire bursts of three additional projectiles.
Terra[5]
Bubble Blaster (バブルブラスト
Baburu Burasuto
?, lit. "Bubble Blast")
15 5 Neutral A Launch bubbles at targets.
Extra attacks: Press the X button (Circle button in the Japanese version) rapidly to fire bursts of two additional bubbles.
Aqua
Ragnarok (ラグナロク
Ragunaroku
?)
16 4 Neutral C Launch a single salvo of light projectiles.
Extra attacks: Perform a well-timed button press to fire additional projectiles (based on your timing rating).
Terra,[6] Ventus,[6] Aqua[6]
Thunderstorm (サンダーストーム
Sandāsutōmu
?)
5 4 Thunder C Launch a single salvo of electric blasts. Even one blast by itself packs a significant punch.
Extra attacks: Perform a well-timed button press to fire additional blasts (based on your timing rating).
Terra,[7] Ventus,[8] Aqua[9]
Bio Barrage (バイオバラージュ
Baio Barāju
?)
8 4 Neutral C Launch a salvo of projectiles that poison (50% chance) targets.
Extra attacks: Perform a well-timed button press to fire additional blobs (based on your timing rating).
Terra,[3] Ventus,[3] Aqua[3]
Pulse Bomb (パルスボム
Parusu Bomu
?)
20 5 Neutral C Launch energy blasts from the tip of your Keyblade and bombard targets with a series of small explosions. Has a high lock-on count.
Extra attacks: Perform a well-timed button press to cause additional explosions (based on your timing rating).
Ventus[10]
Prism Rain (レインボウシャワー
Reinbou Shawā
?, lit. "Rainbow Shower")
16 5 Neutral C Launch a salvo of rainbow-colored orbs.
Extra attacks: Perform a well-timed button press to fire additional projectiles (based on your timing rating).
Aqua[10]
Photon Charge (フォトンチャージ
Foton Chāji
?)
15 4 Neutral B Rush targets repeatedly and attack with the power of light.
Extra attacks: Press random buttons when prompted to cause explosions centered around the foes you hit.
Terra,[11] Ventus,[11] Aqua[11]
Absolute Zero (アブソリュートゼロ
Abusoryūto Zero
?)
12 4 Blizzard B Cloak yourself in ice and rush targets repeatedly.
Extra attacks: Press random buttons when prompted to cause pillars of ice to erupt beneath the foes you hit.
Terra,[12] Ventus,[13] Aqua[13]
Lightning Ray (ライトニングレイ
Raitoningu Rei
?)
18 4 Neutral A Rush targets repeatedly with lightning speed.
Extra attacks: Press the X button when prompted to repeat the rush attack.
Terra,[14] Ventus,[14] Aqua[14]
Sonic Shadow (ソニックシャドウ
Sonikku Shadou
?)
10 5 Neutral B Become one with the shadows and rush targets repeatedly, blinding the enemies you hit.
Extra attacks: Press random buttons when prompted to cause explosions centered around the foes you hit.
Terra
Ultima Cannon (アルテマキャノン
Arutema Kyanon
?)
16 6 Neutral C Terra's ultimate Shotlock. Transform your Keyblade into an enormous weapon that causes massive explosions with every blast.
Extra attacks: Perform a well-timed button press to cause the bullets to explode after impact.
Terra[15]
Multivortex (マルチボーテックス
Maruchibōtekkusu
?)
30 6 Neutral D Ventus's ultimate Shotlock. Rapidly swing the Keyblade and harness the wind to launch shockwaves at targets with every stroke.
Extra attacks: Rotate the analog pad to elongate the whirlwind.
Ventus[15]
Lightbloom (シャイニーブルーム
Shainī Burūmu
?, lit. "Shiny Bloom")
20 6 Neutral D Aqua's ultimate Shotlock. Perform a series of graceful spins as you fire blasts of light in all directions.
Extra attacks: Rotate the analog pad to unleash a second barrage of projectiles.
Aqua[15]
Dark Link (ダークオブリンク
Dāku obu Rinku
?, lit. "Dark of Link")
20 N/A Dark A Light version of Vanitas' personal Shotlock. Generates three yellow crystals in a trigram formation which project rays that fuse and become a beam of light energy. Ventus[16]

Vanitas and Vanitas Remnant[edit]

Name Attribute Description
Dark Cannon (ダークキャノン
Dāku Kyanon
?)
Dark During the last stage of the final battle between Ventus and Vanitas, Vanitas uses a Shotlock called "Dark Cannon", in which Vanitas fires a beam of dark energy, augmented by a rotating triangle of blue crystals. Through his D-Link with Vanitas, Ventus gains a gold-colored version of the same Shotlock, named "Dark Link", which he can use to combat Vanitas's Dark Cannon. The secret boss, Vanitas Remnant, can also use Dark Cannon, but the attack cannot be countered.

Video[edit]

Shotlocks


Other appearances[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

The Vanitas Remnant utilizes a unique Shotlock during the battle against it. Vanitas Remnant takes the position it takes when using the Dark Cannon and surrounds itself in a black ball before shooting out copies of itself which make one slash before freezing in place.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

The Armored Ventus Nightmare utilizes a Shotlock against Riku during the final battle. When Riku absorbs his Dream Eaters to counter, the rest of the battle involves the two of them rushing against each other until one of them is knocked out.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rare bonus on the Royal Board. / Command Melding
  2. Chest at the Vault.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mirage Arena Medal Shop
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Clear the final match of Fruitball.
  5. Defeat Braig.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Rare bonus on the Keyblade Board.
  7. Chest at The Chateau.
  8. Chest at the Mousehole.
  9. Chest at the Foyer.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chest at the Ship Hub.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Special bonus on the Spaceship Board / Mirage Arena Medal Shop.
  12. Chest at the Gizmo Shop.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Chest at the Gates.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Rare bonus on the Spaceship Board. / Command Melding
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Complete the Keepers of the Arena battle.
  16. Gain Vanitas as a D-Link.

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