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Black Ballade
Black Ballade render
Type Emblem Heartless Heartless Emblem
Kana/Kanji ブラックバラード
Romaji Burakku Barādo
French Ballade Noire
German Black Ballade
Games Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Black Ballade's Gallery
Red Nocturne
Blue Rhapsody
Yellow Opera
Green Requiem
Silver Rock
Emerald Blues
Crimson Jazz
Spring Metal
Scarlet Tango

Kingdom Hearts

Using the art of multiplying, this Heartless confuses its foes. If you attack any of the copies rather than the real one, it will get a chance to attack back and, eventually, will end up fleeing. But if you keep a good eye on the real one and attack it continuously...
Before Rescue After
HP 80 80
Attack 12 12
Defense 11 11
MP Recovery 17 17
EXP 20 20
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr.
x0[1] x0 x0 x0
Gravity Stop KO Other
x0 x0 x0 x0
1, 2, and 3 correct hits: (1) HP ball x 5, (1) Munny x 10, Thunder Stone (10%)
4 correct hits: (2) MP balls x 20, (15) MP ball x 10, Thunder Stone (100%)
Deep Jungle



The Black Ballade is an Emblem Heartless that is found in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix.


A Black Ballade, true to its name, has a smooth, conical, black body with a Heartless emblem emblazoned on its chest. The top of its body flares outward and forms a jagged "collar" below the Heartless’s spherical, pitch black head. It also wears a conical, dark red hat with a jagged brim, white stripes decorating it, a silver band around it, and a thin, curled tip. Like many Heartless, the Black Ballade has glowing yellow eyes. Its seemingly useless feet sport three small, thin toes.

Like many Heartless in its family, the Black Ballade's name is comprised of a color, in this case, black—and a musical term—in this case, a "ballade", a one-movement musical piece with lyrical and dramatic narrative qualities.


The Black Ballade appears only in the Bamboo Thicket. When battling a Black Ballade, the player must watch it split into five. From those, the player then must find the one that jumps, indicating that it is the real one. Attacking otherwise will lead to a shock that can be avoided with a well-timed Dodge Roll. To keep track of the Black Ballades more easily, one can repeatedly pause and unpause the game. Black Ballades are the only Heartless in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix to drop a Lightning Stone.


  1. All attacks do 20 HP of damage.
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts
Shadow | Soldier | Air Soldier | Large Body | Red Nocturne | Blue Rhapsody | Yellow Opera | Green Requiem | Powerwild | Bouncywild | Bandit | Fat Bandit | Pot Spider | Barrel Spider
Search Ghost | Sheltering Zone | Sea Neon | Screwdiver | Aquatank | Gargoyle | Wight Knight | Pirate | Air Pirate | Battleship | Shadow Sora | Darkball | Wyvern | Defender | Wizard
White Mushroom | Black Fungus | Rare Truffle | Invisible | Angel Star | Bit Sniper
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Gigas Shadow | Stealth Soldier | Black Ballade | Sniperwild | Grand Ghost | Pot Scorpion | Missile Diver | Jet Balloon | Chimaera | Pink Agaricus | Neoshadow
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Creeper Plant | Crescendo | Tornado Step
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts II
Silver Rock | Emerald Blues | Crimson Jazz | Trick Ghost | Rabid Dog | Hook Bat | Bookmaster | Minute Bomb | Hammer Frame | Bulky Vendor | Fortuneteller | Cannon Gun | Rapid Thruster | Driller Mole
Lance Soldier | Morning Star | Fiery Globe | Icy Cube | Luna Bandit | Gargoyle Knight | Gargoyle Warrior | Graveyard | Toy Soldier | Aeroplane | Hot Rod | Assault Rider | Nightwalker | Bolt Tower
Magnum Loader | Strafer | Devastator | Living Bone | Shaman | Aerial Knocker | Armored Knight | Surveillance Robot
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
Spring Metal | Air Viking | Magic Phantom | Perplex | Runemaster | Iron Hammer | Mad Bumper | Silent Launcher | Reckless | Lance Warrior | Necromancer | Aerial Champ
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Mega-Shadow | Scarlet Tango | Grey Caprice | Striped Aria | Sapphire Elegy | Pink Concerto | Turquoise March | Emerald Serenade | Dire Plant | Fire Plant | Blizzard Plant | Poison Plant
Massive Possessor | Rare Vendor | Guardian | Destroyer | Skater Bomb | Storm Bomb | Detonator | Deserter | Sergeant | Commander | Flare Note | Bubble Beat | Barrier Master | Large Armor | Clay Armor
Solid Armor | Land Armor | Snapper Dog | Bully Dog | Cymbal Monkey | Tricky Monkey | Novashadow | Air Battler | Aerial Master | Artful Flyer | Sky Grappler | Snowy Crystal | Ice Cannon | Switch Launcher
Jumbo Cannon | Spiked Crawler | Scorching Sphere | Creepworm | Hover Ghost | Carrier Ghost | Living Pod | Zip Slasher | Dual Blade | Heat Saber | Chill Ripper | Blitz Spear | Stalwart Blade
Tailbunker | Avalanche | Wavecrest | Phantomtail | Windstorm | Dustflier | Orcus
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts coded
Blox Bug | Danger Bug | Metal Bug | Prize Bug | Eliminator | Gold Tricholoma
Introduced in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Dark Hide
Additional Enemies
Arch Behemoth - Destroyed Behemoth - Red Armor - Sneak Army - Unknown
Enemy Heartless
Black Ballade - Chimaera - Gigas Shadow - Grand Ghost - Jet Balloon - Missile Diver - Neoshadow - Stealth Soldier - Pot Scorpion - Pink Agaricus - Sniper Wild
Additional Weapons
Diamond Dust - One-Winged Angel - Fantasista - Meteor Strike - Massive Bumper - Seven Elements
Additional Music
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix - Additional Tracks - Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete
Additional Abilities - Another side, another story... [deep dive] - Enemy Renders