Thunder (element)

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Thunder (サンダー Sandā?), often referred to as Lightning or Electricity, is a recurring element that appears in the Kingdom Hearts series. It is generally opposed to Water. The Thunder element is associated with the Lightning material and the Jolt and, sometimes, Stun status effects. In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, it is the opposite of Aero.

Attacks and abilities[edit]

Throughout the Kingdom Hearts series, party members and enemies alike use attacks and abilities that inflict Thunder damage. Most prominently is the series of Thunder magic, which has appeared in every game as an offensive spell available to playable characters and some party members. Party members also can occasionally use other Thunder-element abilities, either fully original moves or variations on Thunder magic. In a number of games, other Thunder-element attacks are also available to the player, such as Thunder Roll, Exo Spark, and Thunderstorm.

There are also a number of passive abilities that either boost the power of Thunder-type abilities or defend against Thunder-type damage.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Ability Type Description
Thunder Magic Calls bolts of lightning to the target area.
Thundara Magic Calls a powerful lightning storm to target area.
Thundaga Magic Calls a great maelstrom of lightning to the target area.
Bolts of Sorrow Character ability Conjures a barrage of thunderbolts to continually strike opponents.
Thunder Potion Character ability Casts Thunder.
Genie Summon

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit]

Ability Type Description
Photon Debugger[KH Re:CoM] Attack card A special attack card with lightning-based attacks.
Spellbinder Attack card A special attack card with lightning-based attacks.
Thunder Magic card Magic that deals lightning damage. Stock two cards for Thundara and three cards for Thundaga.
Thundara Magic Sleight Shock the opposition with powerful lightning magic.
Thundaga Magic Sleight Fry the opposition with supreme lightning magic.
Thunder Raid Magic Sleight Hurl the Keyblade and inflict lightning damage.
Genie Summon Card Genie casts Thundara, Gravira or Stopra. Stock more than one and Genie will cast multiple spells.
Showtime Lv2 Summon Sleight Genie randomly casts two spells chosen from Gravira, Thundara, and Stopra.
Showtime Lv3 Summon Sleight Genie randomly casts three spells chosen from Gravira, Thundara, and Stopra.
Donald Duck Friend Card Donald randomly casts two spells from Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, or Cure.
Jack Skellington Friend Card Jack casts Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, or Gravity.
Magic Lv2 Friend Sleight Donald double-casts Fira, Blizzara, Thundara, or Cura.
Magic Lv3 Friend Sleight Donald double-casts Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, or Curaga.
Surprise! Lv2 Friend Sleight Jack double-casts Fira, Blizzara, Thundara, or Gravira.
Surprise! Lv3 Friend Sleight Jack triple-casts Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, or Graviga.
Thunder Boost Enemy card effect Increases the strength of lightning-based abilities.

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Ability Type Character Description
Thunder Magic Sora Drops lightning bolts on the target.
Thundara Magic Sora Drops lightning bolts on the target.
Thundaga Magic Sora Drops lightning bolts on the target.
Donald Thunder Action ability Donald Call down a bombardment of lightning bolts on your target!
Bolts of Sorrow Action ability Jack Skellington Conjures a barrage of thunderbolts to continually strike opponents.
Pulsing Thunder Action ability Tron Releases electricity to attack nearby enemies.
Thunder Boost Support ability, Weapon ability Multiple Increases damage done by Thunder-based attacks.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

Ability Type Description
Thunder Magic panel Magic that rains down a row of lightning bolts. Jolt enemies to set them up for additional damage.
Thundara Magic panel Magic that hits a broad area with many lightning bolts. Jolt enemies to set them up for additional damage.
Thundaga Magic panel Magic that strikes a foe directly with lightning. Jolt enemies to set them up for additional damage.
Voltic Rush Limit Break

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Ability Type Character Description
Thunder Surge Attack Command Terra, Ventus, Aqua Cloak yourself in electricity and rush the enemy, stunning foes on contact.
Thunder Magic Command Terra, Ventus, Aqua Strike surrounding enemies from above with lightning that shocks other nearby foes if it connects.
Thundara Magic Command Terra, Ventus, Aqua Strike surrounding enemies from above with stronger lightning that shocks other nearby foes if it connects.
Thundaga Magic Command Terra, Ventus, Aqua Strike surrounding enemies from above with even stronger lightning that shocks other nearby foes if it connects.
Thundaga Shot Magic Command Aqua Blast enemies head-on with a bolt of lightning that shocks other nearby foes if it connects.
Voltage Stack Friendship Command Terra, Ventus, Aqua Team up with friends and jolt enemies with electricity. Line up your markers with the analog stick to trigger an explosion.
Thunder Roll Movement Command Ventus Cloak yourself in electricity and quickly roll out of harm's way. Enemies take damage on contact.
Ramuh's Judgment Finish Command Terra, Ventus, Aqua Four hit combo that deals Thunder-type damage. Can add up to two hits by tapping buttons when prompted.
Thunderstorm Shotlock Terra, Ventus, Aqua Launch a single salvo of electric blasts. Even one blast by itself packs a significant punch.
Thunderbolt Command Style Terra, Ventus, Aqua A swift Command Style that unleashes powerful lightning upon attacks.
Thunder Boost Status Ability Terra, Ventus, Aqua Increases the damage dealt by your Thunder commands. Multi-install the ability to deal even more damage.
Thunder Screen Status Ability Terra, Ventus, Aqua Increases your resistance to Thunder attacks. Multi-install the ability to bump it up even further.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

Ability Type Description
Thunder Edge Attack Command Wrap your Keyblade in lightning, then bash foes with a powerful jumping attack.
Spark Dash Attack Command Wrap yourself in lightning, then hit faraway enemies with a sliding attack.
Thunder Blast Attack Command Wrap yourself in lightning, then punish surrounding foes with a spinning attack.
Thunder Buster Attack Command Wrap your Keyblade in lightning, then lay into enemies with a powerful charging attack.
Thunder Slam Attack Command Wrap your Keyblade in lightning, then smack foes over the head.
Spark Dive Attack Command Wrap yourself in lightning, then dive at enemies with the Keyblade.
Thunder Raid Attack Command Wrap your Keyblade in lightning, then hurl it toward enemies.
Spark Sweep Attack Command Wrap yourself in lightning, then crack down on surrounding foes with a jumping spin attack.
Spark Storm Attack Command Wrap yourself in lightning, then deal multiple hits with a somersault attack.
Thunder Magic Command Hit the surrounding area with multiple lightning bolts.
Thundara Magic Command Hit the surrounding area with multiple lightning bolts.
Thundaga Magic Command Hit the surrounding area with multiple lightning bolts.
Thunder Tracer Magic Command Unleash a wave of lightning bolts that swiftly home in on enemies and deal continual damage.
Pulse Tracer Magic Command Unleash a wave of lightning bolts that slowly home in on enemies and deal continual damage.
Exo Spark Magic Command Discharge a torrent of electricity that deals continual damage to surrounding foes.
Thunder Spear Overlay Command
Thunder Rain Overlay Command
D-Thundara Finish Command Use the D-Pad to take aim, then press A to drop lightning on foes. Hold A to intensify the lightning.
D-Thundaga Finish Command Use the D-Pad to quickly take aim, then press A to drop lightning on foes. Hold A to intensify the lightning.
Thunder +1 Stat Chip Increases the power of your Thunder attacks by 1%.
Thunder +2 Stat Chip Increases the power of your Thunder attacks by 2%.
Thunder +3 Stat Chip Increases the power of your Thunder attacks by 3%.
Thunder +4 Stat Chip Increases the power of your Thunder attacks by 4%.
Thunder Resistance +1 Stat Chip Reduces the damage you take from Thunder attacks by 1%.
Thunder Resistance +2 Stat Chip Reduces the damage you take from Thunder attacks by 2%.
Thunder Resistance +3 Stat Chip Reduces the damage you take from Thunder attacks by 3%.
Thunder Resistance +4 Stat Chip Reduces the damage you take from Thunder attacks by 4%.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Ability Type Description
Thunder Dash Attack Command Shroud yourself in electricity and punish faraway enemies with a charging attack.
Thunder Magic Command Strike nearby enemies with lightning. The lightning will jump to other nearby foes if it connects.
Thundara Magic Command Strike a larger radius of enemies with lightning. The lightning will jump to other nearby foes if it connects.
Thundaga Magic Command Strike enemies in a wide radius with lightning. The lightning will jump to other nearby foes if it connects.
Triple Plasma Magic Command Launch three bolts of electricity toward enemies.
Whirling Bronco Link Attack Crash into enemies astride Cyber Yog. Use Circle Pad to steer and A to add a spin attack.
Decussation Link Attack Sync up with Lord Kyroo to unleash a series of fast and powerful strikes. Press A to perform each strike.
Equestrian Raid Link Attack Hitch a ride on Electricorn and charge your enemies. Use Circle Pad to steer and A to add a glide attack.
Thunderstorm Link Style Imbue your Keyblade with lightning and punish foes with a flurry of attacks.
Thunder Boost Stat Ability Increases the damage dealt by your thunder attacks. Multi-install the ability to deal even more damage.
Thunder Screen Stat Ability Increases your resistance to thunder attacks. Multi-install the ability to bump it up even further.

Dream Eater skills[edit]

Ability Type Dream Eaters
Ribbit Combo Dream Eater attack Lord Kyroo
Ribbit Blade Dream Eater attack Lord Kyroo
Ribbit Strike Dream Eater attack Lord Kyroo
Ribbit Spike Dream Eater attack Lord Kyroo
Ribbit Tornedo Dream Eater attack Lord Kyroo
Ribbit Assault Dream Eater attack Lord Kyroo
Lightning Charge Dream Eater attack Electricorn
Horn Rush Dream Eater attack Electricorn
Musical Bolt Dream Eater magic Necho Cat, Frootz Cat
Refract Beam Dream Eater magic Thunderaffe
Magic Shot[1] Dream Eater magic Kab Kannon, KO Kabuto, Staggerceps
Laser Blast Dream Eater magic Cyber Yog
Yoggy Laser Dream Eater magic Cyber Yog
Yoggy Eraser Dream Eater magic Cyber Yog
Yoggy Beam Dream Eater magic Cyber Yog
Yoggy Strike Dream Eater magic Cyber Yog
Electrosphere Dream Eater magic Lord Kyroo
Ikazuchi Prime Dream Eater magic Electricorn
Thunder Dream Eater magic Thunderaffe, Electricorn, Lord Kyroo, Peepsta Hoo, Majik Lapin
Thundara Dream Eater magic Thunderaffe, Electricorn, Lord Kyroo, Peepsta Hoo
Thundaga Dream Eater magic Thunderaffe, Electricorn, Lord Kyroo, Peepsta Hoo

Thunder Resistance[edit]

Thunder Resistance is a recurring stat in the Kingdom Hearts series. Increasing it through various means will reduce the amount of damage taken from Thunder attacks. In most games in the series, Thunder Resistance can be raised by equipping accessories or, in Kingdom Hearts II, armor. In Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, some enemy cards grant resistance or weakness to Thunder as a secondary effect. Thunder Resistance is raised in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance by equipping the Thunder Screen ability, and in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded by equipping Thunder Resistance Stat Chips in the Stat Matrix (see above).

In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, lightning resistance only protects against the jolt status, not against Thunder damage.

Accessories and armor[edit]

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Name Thunder Resistance
Thunder Ring +20%
Thundara Ring +20%
Thundaga Ring +20%
Element Ring +20%
Three Stars +20%
Holy Circlet +20%
Ribbon +20%

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix[edit]

Name Thunder Resistance
Thundagun Band +20%
Ramuh Belt +40%
Royal Crown +20%

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Name Thunder Resistance
Thunder Trinket +20%
Thundara Trinket +20%
Thundaga Trinket +20%
Thundagun Trinket +25%
Abas Chain +20%
Aegis Chain +20%
Acrisius +20%
Acrisius+ +20%
Cosmic Chain +30%
Champion Belt +20%
Petit Ribbon +10%
Ribbon +20%
+15%[KH II FM]

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix[edit]

Name Thunder Resistance
Shock Charm +40%
Shock Charm+ +40%
Highest Ribbon +25%

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

Enemy cards[edit]

Card Name Thunder Resistance Card Name Thunder Resistance
Captain Hook (card).png Hook Resistant to lightning Zexion (card).png Zexion Resistant to lightning
Riku Replica (card).png Riku Resistant to lightning Saïx (card).png Saïx Resistant to lightning
Ansem (card).png Ansem Resistant to lightning Demyx (card).png Demyx Resistant to lightning
Xemnas (card).png Xemnas Resistant to lightning Luxord (card).png Luxord Resistant to lightning
Xigbar (card).png Xigbar Resistant to lightning Marluxia (card).png Marluxia Resistant to lightning
Xaldin (card).png Xaldin Resistant to lightning Larxene (card).png Larxene Immune to lightning

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

In Kingdom Hearts 3D, Dream Eaters have a natural resistance or weakness to Thunder, and Spirits will gain a boost in Thunder Resistance if certain Deck Commands are added to their recipes, as detailed below:

Command Thunder Resistance
Thunder Dash +10
Thunder +10
Thundara +15
Thundaga +20
Triple Plasma +30

Enemies[edit]

Thunder Resistance is a major stat for Kingdom Hearts enemies. Enemies that use Thunder-element attacks are generally resistant to Thunder damage, and some even absorb it to heal themselves. Thunder-element attacks tend to be effective against water- or wind-themed enemies.

Enemies that use the Thunder element[edit]

Heartless


Nobodies
Unversed
Nightmare Dream Eaters
Other

Enemies that absorb/are immune to Thunder[edit]

Heartless
Nobodies
Others

Enemies that are weak against Thunder[edit]

Heartless

Themes[edit]

Several recurring elements in the Kingdom Hearts series incorporate Thunder into their design or conceptualization.

The Jolt status effect is closely associated with Thunder in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, in which Thunder-themed equipment, abilities and accessories allow the player to inflict enemies with or protect the player from receiving an Jolt status.

The Lightning synthesis materials are said to contain the essence of thunder.

Weapon Gummi Blocks in Kingdom Hearts and some Lock-On Gummi Blocks in Kingdom Hearts II are named after Thunder magic.

Certain weapons and accessories are associated with Thunder. A number of Larxene's knives are given names associated with electricity.

Goofy's Seven Elements, which represents the seven types of magic appearing in Kingdom Hearts, includes a circular portion adorned with lightning bolts, representing Thunder.

The accessories and armor that protect specifically against Thunder damage and Jolting are named after the Thunder series of magic, the Thunder-element summon Ramuh, or other thunder-related terms. The Shock Charm accessory is based on Larxene's Foudre.

Origin[edit]

Lightning is a recurring element in the Final Fantasy series. It is one of the earliest elements introduced, and forms a trifecta with the elements of Fire and Ice. Mechanical and aquatic enemies are typically weak to this element. It is usually the opposing element of Water, but occasionally it can be the opposing element of Poison and Ice.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Will randomly shoot a Fire-, Blizzard-, or Thunder-elemental shot.

See also[edit]