Zantetsuken

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Zantetsuken allows the user to slash the opponent a single time while moving faster than the eye can see.

Ultimate KHREC.png Zantetsuken (ザンテツケン?) is a technique introduced in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. It allows the user to execute a single, impossibly fast Keyblade strike, usually dealing a devastating amount of damage.

Mechanics[edit]

When Sora uses Zantetsuken, he spins the Keyblade and rushes at the opponent, holding the weapon with a reverse grip so that its teeth strike the foe.

In Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Zantetsuken is a combat ability that grants Sora a powerful combo finisher 30% of the time. It deals percentage-based Gravity damage equivalent to 250% of the enemy's HP and requires 2 AP to equip. After hitting the target, Sora takes 34 frames to recover (1.1 seconds).

In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Zantetsuken is an attack sleight that renders the opponent's cards unreloadable if it is used to break them, but only deals a small amount of damage. Its card combination is:

Kingdom Key (card).png + Kingdom Key (card).png + Kingdom Key (card).png (0 or 27).

In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Zantetsuken is an action ability available in Limit Form. It is a combo finisher that activates when Sora is attacking a single target.

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Zantetsuken is an Ultimate attack command exclusive to Terra that may destroy enemies in a single stroke. It takes up one slot in the Command Deck, has a maximum level of 5 and a normal reload time of 20 seconds, and fills the Command Gauge by 40%.

In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Zantetsuken is an attack command that has a memory consumption of 22% of memory and a normal reload time of 25 seconds. If the Zantetsu Prime ability is active, Zantetsuken may destroy enemies in a single stroke. If used in midair, he will return to the ground before performing the attack.

In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Zantetsuken is an attack command exclusive to Riku that has a chance to defeat enemies in one stroke. It takes up two slots in the Command Deck and has a reload time of 32 seconds. It grants +4 to Strength when attached to a Dream Eater recipe. Activating and landing a failed Zantetsuken as a Portal's time limit expires or when exiting the portal manually can sometimes cause the game to freeze.

Learning Zantetsuken[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix[edit]

  • Sora learns Zantetsuken after defeating the Kurt Zisa.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories[edit]

  • Sora can learn Zantetsuken starting at level 22.

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories[edit]

  • Sora can learn Zantetsuken starting at level 27.

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix[edit]

  • Limit Form has Zantetsuken as a default ability.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

  • Terra can create Zantetsuken through Command Melding.
  • Terra can purchase Zantetsuken from the Command Shop for 1700 munny once five worlds are cleared or the command has already been obtained elsewhere.
  • Terra can purchase Zantetsuken from the Medal Shop for 1000 medals.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

  • Data-Sora has a 10% chance of obtaining Zantetsuken from Pair Blox in floors 91 to 100 of the Avatar Sector.
  • Data-Sora can create Zantetsuken through Command Conversion.
  • Data-Sora can obtain Zantetsuken as the ★ reward for defeating the Ice Titan at Critical difficulty.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

  • Sora and Riku can purchase Zantetsuken from the Thunderaffe Ability Link for 200 Link Points.
  • Sora and Riku can purchase Zantetsuken from the Lord Kyroo Ability Link for 400 Link Points.
  • Sora and Riku can purchase Zantetsuken from the Cera Terror Ability Link for 400 Link Points.
  • Sora and Riku can purchase Zantetsuken from the Staggerceps Ability Link for 400 Link Points.

Kingdom Hearts χ[chi][edit]

Recipes[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Zantetsuken is an Ultimate-class attack command that can be melded through two different recipes, listed in the Giga Attack Recipe.

  • The first recipe can only be melded by Terra and is a type M recipe that has a 20% chance of transforming into Ars Solum.
  • The second recipe can only be melded by Terra and is a type N recipe that has a 20% chance of transforming into Ars Solum.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

Zantetsuken is an attack command that can be converted through one recipe.

Synthesized Commands[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

Zantetsuken is used to convert Quake.

Other appearances[edit]

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

While wielding the Oathkeeper, Two Become One, or Dream Sword, the ground combo finisher is a Zantetsuken-like slash.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

Data-Sora's second ranged ground finish is a Zantetsuken-like slash without the reverse grip twirl (just like the Zantetsuken itself in this game). Both this finisher and the original Zantetsuken oddly also have Sora slashing the opponent with the "blade" of the Keyblade, and not with the teeth.

Origin[edit]

In the Final Fantasy series, Zantetsuken (斬鉄剣?, lit. "Iron-cutting Sword") is the signature attack of the summon Odin, and it is sometimes mimicked by Gilgamesh. It typically inflicts Instant Death upon all enemies. It shares its name with a recurring weapon. The term Zantetsuken is derived from a nickname given to swords crafted by Japanese swordsmith Yasuhiro Kobayashi.

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