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Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Key
(キングダムチェーン Kingdom Chain)
Kingdom Key KH
"The key chain attached draws out the Keyblade's true form and power."
Strength MP
+3 +0
Magic Boost
No
Obtained
Speak to Riku after the Heartless attack Destiny Islands.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kingdom Key
(キングダムチェーン Kingdom Chain)
Kingdom Key (card)
"The default weapon. Not very powerful, but reliable and easy to handle."
Strike Thrust
D+ D+
Combo Finish Swing Speed
D+ B
Break Recovery Required CP
B
Element
Physical
Obtained
Default
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Key
(キングダムチェーン Kingdom Chain)
Kingdom Key KH
"A keychain attached to the Keyblade. Increases defense at critical moments."
Strength Magic
+3 +1
Ability
Defender[KHII]
Damage Control[KHIIFM]
Obtained
Fight the "Mysterious Enemy" at The Old Mansion.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Key
(キングダムチェーン Kingdom Chain)
Kingdom Key KHD
"The most basic of Keyblades.
Install a weapon panel to transform it."
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+15 +85 +0
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+0 +0 +2
Abilities
Obtained
No Gear (Roxas/Xion)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Key+
(キングダムチェーン+ Kingdom Chain+)
Kingdom Key KHD
"An upgraded Kingdom Key."
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+124 +4 +15 +0 +4
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+30 +4 +10 +4 +19 +4
Abilities
1: Defender
2: Damage Control
3: Second Chance
Obtained
Zero Gear ⑤ (Roxas/Xion)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Key+
(キングダムチェーン+ Kingdom Chain+)
Kingdom Key KHD
"An upgraded Kingdom Key."
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+115 +3 +15 +0 +3
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+25 +3 +10 +3 +10 +3
Abilities
1: Defender
2: Damage Control
3: Second Chance
Obtained
Duel Gear++ ⑤, Crisis Gear ⑤, Crisis Gear+ ⑤, Rage Gear ⑤, Rage Gear+ ⑤ (Sora)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Key++
(キングダムチェーン++ Kingdom Chain++)
Kingdom Key KHD
"The ultimate Kingdom Key."
Strength Defense
Base Unit Ultima Base Unit
+120 +3 +15 +5 +3
Magic Crit Rate Crit Bonus
Base Unit Base Unit Base Unit
+30 +3 +12 +3 +15 +3
Abilities
1: Defender
2: Damage Control
3: Second Chance
Obtained
Omega Gear ⑥, Omega Gear+ ⑥, Champion Gear ⑤, Champion Gear+ ⑤, Ultimate Gear ⑥, Ultimate Gear+ ⑥ (Sora)
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key
(キングダムチェーン
Kingdom Chain)
Kingdom Key KH

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO
Obtained
Select one Dream weapon and discard another in the Dive to the Heart.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key 1.5
(キングダムチェーン1.5
Kingdom Chain 1.5)
Kingdom Key KH

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO
Obtained
Slay 30 enemies with the Kingdom Key.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key 2.0
(キングダムチェーン2.0
Kingdom Chain 2.0)
Kingdom Key KH

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
Shell
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO
Obtained
Slay 60 enemies with the Kingdom Key 1.5.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key 2.5
(キングダムチェーン2.5
Kingdom Chain 2.5)
Kingdom Key KH

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
Shell
Protect
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO
Obtained
Slay 90 enemies with the Kingdom Key 2.0.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Kingdom Key 3.0
(キングダムチェーン3.0
Kingdom Chain 3.0)
Kingdom Key KH

"The keychain originally attached to your Keyblade. Its powers will serve you in countless battles."
Length
Medium
Clock Abilities
LV1 LV2
Auto-Potion Medic
Shell
Protect
LV3 LV4
Magic Upgrade
Magic Bracer OFinish1RCO
Attack Upgrade OFinish1RCO
Brick Wall OFinish1RCO
Obtained
Slay 120 enemies with the Kingdom Key 2.5.

The Kingdom Key (キングダムチェーン Kingudamu Chēn?, lit. "Kingdom Chain") is the most recognizable and the first Keyblade to appear in the Kingdom Hearts series, and is the form used in almost all depictions of the weapon. It has appeared somewhere within every game in the series. In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, it can be upgraded to the Kingdom Key+ and the Kingdom Key++.

The Kingdom Key draws out the true power of Sora's Keyblade, even though it is not the strongest Keychain. As such, it is the true form of his Keyblade, which means that it is also the default form of Roxas's and Xion's Keyblades. The Kingdom Key is not wielded by Sora exclusively; Riku, Roxas, and Xion have also used it, and King Mickey is often seen wielding the Kingdom Key D, a color-inverted version of the weapon.

For Roxas and Xion, the Keyblade they wield is in fact Sora's Keyblade, existing in multiple places at once.[1] Roxas also obtains a second Kingdom Key after absorbing Xion. The Kingdom Key D, a color-inverted Kingdom Key which King Mickey wields, is in fact the Keyblade from the Realm of Darkness, which he obtained to mirror Sora's Keyblade from the Realm of Light.[2]

StoryEdit

Kingdom HeartsEdit

The Kingdom Key first appears when Sora receives the Keyblade during the destruction of the Destiny Islands in Kingdom Hearts.

When Sora arrives at Hollow Bastion and Riku takes the Keyblade from him, the Keyblade takes on the form of the Kingdom Key.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesEdit

The Kingdom Key is the only Keychain Sora uses in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

Kingdom Hearts IIEdit

Roxas' struggle bat turns into the Kingdom Key on the first day outside the old mansion when he is fighting a dusk.

On day two, Roxas uses it against the Twilight Thorn.

On day three, it reappears when Roxas fights Axel in the struggle match, and in the old mansion on the last day.

He uses it for the last time when swinging at DiZ's hologram.

Kingdom Hearts codedEdit

In Kingdom Hearts coded, Data-Sora gains a data-version of the Kingdom Key in his Awakening Episode 1. It is destroyed by Maleficent at Agrabah Episode 5, but he gains a new Keyblade at Hollow Bastion. Episode 6 According to King Mickey, this Keyblade is closely connected to the power of the Heart.

DesignEdit

The Kingdom Key is depicted as a classic skeleton key approximately 3.5' long with a long silver Keychain and a Hidden Mickey token on the end of the Keychain. The blade and teeth of the Keyblade are silver, the rainguard is blue, and the guard is bright gold. The teeth of the Keyblade form the outline of a crown which matches the crown charm Sora wears.

The latter part of this Keyblade's name refers to its key-like appearance. The first part may refer to the fact that the Keyblade is the only thing that can close the biggest lock: Kingdom Hearts.

GameplayEdit

Gameplay with the Kingdom Key varies, as its combo is normally influenced by the amount of Combo Boosts and other Combo influencing abilities the player has equipped. The weapon's base combo in nearly every game is a basic three hit attack: A sideways swing, a forward thrust, and a spinning slash, while its aerial combo is a downward, then upward slash, finished with a mid-air spinning slash.

In Kingdom Hears 358/2 Days, Roxas, Xion, and Sora have the opportunity to wield this weapon: Roxas and Xion, with no gears or the Zero gear equipped, and Sora, with any gear save for the Zero and Pandora gears.

Roxas and Xion have identical combos with both no gears and Zero gear. Their combo without any gears is the basic three hit combo, while his Zero gear combo is slightly different. It begins with a downward slash, followed by an upward swing with the capability of knocking the enemy in the air. From here, a ButtonY-Combo is prompted, in which Roxas or Xion will perform a jump accompanied by a downward slash if executed.

With another hit of the ButtonY button, Roxas or Xion's ButtonY-Combo concludes with a sliding swing of the Keyblade. If continued normally, combo concludes with a basic spinning slash. The aerial combo for Roxas's Zero Gear is noticeably shorter, with only two hits. It begins with a basic downward slash and finishes with a spinning slash.

Sora's combos with the Kingdom Key, meanwhile, never change no matter what gear is equipped. It will always be the same, default, three-hit combo: a sideways swing, a forward thrust, and a spinning slash. No ButtonY-Combo opportunities are ever prompted. His swing speed, however, is noticeably faster than Roxas's.

In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the Kingdom Key allows Sora to deal basic ground combos and aerial combos. As for Overclocks, it also has very basic abilities.

Other appearancesEdit

The Kingdom Key also appears in the secret videos Another Side, Another Story... and The Gathering; in the former, Roxas briefly dual wields it along with Oathkeeper after tossing his Oblivion to a falling Riku in The World That Never Was, while in the latter, Terra pulls it from the ground at Keyblade Graveyard.

Most Kingdom Hearts merchandise features the Kingdom Key as Sora's weapon, including the Volume One and Volume Three Sora figures that appear in the Formation Arts Figures. Along with being the Keyblade packaged with "normal" Sora in the Series 1 Play Arts Figures, it is also seen with Roxas' figure and the rare Sora Limit Form figure.

The Kingdom Key is often used as a sort of cursor, as well as a symbol for attack abilities. The logo sequence for the Keyblade Graveyard also depicts the Kingdom Key being thrust into the background, summoning the text.

GalleryEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Director's Secret Report XIII, p. 29; Tetsuya Nomura: "The Keyblade that Roxas used and the Keyblade that Sora once lost in Castle Oblivion are the same thing. Furthermore, these two both used the Keyblade at the same time. This can be explained by the relationship between Roxas and Sora. Thus, they both can wield two Keyblades, which, in fact, has an important meaning. This is also related to Xehanort's memories, but this point can't be touched on just yet".
  2. Director's Secret Report XIII, p. 28; Tetsuya Nomura: "In order to work, the door needs to be closed from both the Dark side and the Light side and both a Dark and Light realm Keyblade are needed. The King needed a Keyblade opposite from the realm of Light Keyblade that Sora had, so he went to the realm of Darkness to obtain one."

See alsoEdit



Gearless Weapons
Malice | Stand-Alone | Zephyr | Tester Zero | Reticence | Black Primer | New Moon | Ashes | Basic Model | The Fool | Fickle Erica | Trancheuse | Kingdom Key
Soul Eater | Mage's Staff | Knight's Shield | Kingdom Key D
Keyblades introduced in Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Key | Oathkeeper | Oblivion | Ultima Weapon | Kingdom Key D | Keyblade of People's Hearts
Lady Luck | Olympia | Jungle King | Three Wishes | Pumpkinhead | Wishing Star | Crabclaw | Fairy Harp | Divine Rose | Spellbinder | Metal Chocobo | Lionheart | Diamond Dust | One-Winged Angel
Keyblades introduced in Kingdom Hearts II
Way to the Dawn | Destiny's Embrace | Stormfall | Ends of the Earth
Star Seeker | Hidden Dragon | Rumbling Rose | Hero's Crest | Monochrome | Mysterious Abyss | Follow the Wind | Wishing Lamp | Decisive Pumpkin | Circle of Life
Photon Debugger | Sweet Memories | Fatal Crest | Sleeping Lion | Guardian Soul | Gull Wing | Fenrir | Bond of Flame | Two Become One | Winner's Proof
Keyblades introduced in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Missing Ache | Ominous Blight | Abaddon Plasma | Pain of Solitude | Sign of Innocence | Crown of Guilt | Abyssal Tide | Leviathan | True Light's Flight | Rejection of Fate | Midnight Roar
Glimpse of Darkness | Total Eclipse | Silent Dirge | Lunar Eclipse | Darker Than Dark | Astral Blast | Maverick Flare | Twilight Blaze | Omega Weapon | Umbrella | Aubade
Keyblades introduced in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Earthshaker | Darkgnaw | Chaos Ripper | Wayward Wind | Frolic Flame | Lost Memory | Rainfell | Brightcrest | Master Keeper
Treasure Trove | Stroke of Midnight | Fairy Stars | Victory Line | Mark of a Hero | Hyperdrive | Pixie Petal | Sweetstack | Void Gear | No Name | Crown Unlimit
Master Xehanort's Keyblade | χ-blade
Keyblades introduced in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Zero/One
Keyblades introduced in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Lea's Keyblade