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Hot Rod



Type Emblem Heartless Heartless Emblem
Kana/Kanji ホットロッド
Romaji Hotto Roddo
French Chauffard
German Retro-Raser
Italian Biella Rovente
Games Kingdom Hearts II
Hot Rod's Gallery
Mad Bumper

Kingdom Hearts II

It attacks and withdraws quickly, making it hard to hit. Use magic to defeat this enemy.

When its HP gets low, it moves around even quicker, so be sure to defeat it as soon as possible.
Location Lvl HP EXP Str Def
Timeless River 19 120 113 19 10
Timeless River 34 188 398 32 18
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr. Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
(5) HP Ball x 2
(3) Drive Ball x 4
Frost Stone (12%), Hi-Potion (10%), Serenity Shard (4%)
Location Lvl HP EXP Str Def

Pain and Panic Cup

Match 4: 2x Hot Rod

20 128 21 11
Goddess of Fate Cup

Match 9: 2x Hot Rod

53 263 48 28
Pain and Panic Paradox Cup

Match 4: 2x Hot Rod

60 293 54 31
Hades Paradox Cup

Match 46: 2x Hot Rod

99 453 87 51
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr. Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0



The Hot Rod (ホットロッド Hotto Roddo?) is an Emblem Heartless that is found in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. Hot Rods are Heartless resembling cartoonish cars that appeared in the Timeless River.

Hot Rods attack with their tires until a good fraction of their HP is depleted. Afterwards, they go berserk and attempt to repeatedly and rapidly mow down Sora (while paying little attention to Donald Duck and Goofy).

A Hot Rod is invincible to all physical attacks while charging, except for a few seconds after every third charge. However, it is vulnerable to magic, especially Thunder and Reflect magic.


A Hot Rod is meant to resemble a cartoonish version of real-world cars. Its body is primarily blue, and its roof is sky blue with a bent, navy blue antenna on its top. Its four black tires are set rather close together and have grey hubcaps, and its fenders are silver. The silver grill of the car acts as the Heartless's sharp-toothed mouth. It also has two headlights with yellow tips that act as its "eyes", though it has actual, glowing yellow eyes set in its black windshield. Its Heartless emblem is actually its hood ornament. Like all Heartless, it takes on a monochromatic coloration in the Timeless River.

In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, the Hot Rod's body, roof, and antenna are all black; its fender, underside, and headlights are white; and its tires are dark grey with white hubcaps. This makes it strongly resemble its form in the Timeless River, the only difference being that its Heartless emblem is still in color.

A "hot rod" is a car modified to run faster, particularly pre-1960s models. This references the Heartless's resemblance to a car, its tendency to damage opponents by driving at high speeds, as well as the early 1900s theme of the Timeless River, the only world it normally appears in.


Hot Rods are very fast and powerful Heartless. When half of its HP bar is depleted, a purple aura will appear around it. When this happens, watch out! It will rev up and rush towards you, and if you're in the way, it will send you flying. It does this rush attack thrice, and pauses for a while before it begins rushing towards you once again.

In all cases, when it attacks you, immediately Guard. When the Hot Rod rushes at you, a well-timed Guard or High Jump can save you from being sent flying. When it pauses, it is open for an attack, so finish it off.

Alternatively, if you're the type to use magic, use Reflega, and make sure that the edges of that spell hit the Heartless―but, time it well.


  • Bite: Mouth-grill bites forward
  • One-Two Punch: Two quick punches
  • Flip Dash: 3 quick charges while taking no weapon damage during attack


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
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