Without a doubt, Kingdom Hearts is a beloved and magical franchise. It’s pure genius to mash up Square Enix’s Final Fantasy and The World Ends with You with the treasured icons of Disney’s animated classics such as Peter Pan and The Lion King in one charming franchise. The Kingdom Hearts games have remained a must-play series for any avid gamer for almost 20 years.
If you’ve gotten your hands on the series, then you’re probably familiar with your main weapon, the Keyblade. Upon conquering an epic quest or completing a daunting favor for someone, you can unlock an entourage of Keyblades, all with their own unique abilities. But have you ever stopped to wonder how many Keyblades are in Kingdom Hearts and how many you’ve missed?
Take a look below for our list of 10 of the best and strongest Keyblades from the Kingdom Hearts series.
Oblivion is similar in shape to the Kingdom Key, though is black and has a longer reach. The hilt guard is comprised of two bat-like wings extending downward. The teeth are in the shape of the Kanji for “darkness” (闇). The Keychain’s token is a black version of Sora’s crown icon. Like the Oathkeeper, the Oblivion’s blade is hollow, but it has a chain passing through the gap. The diamond in its hilt also resembles the diamond in the original logo of Hollow Bastion. When the Oblivion is summoned in Kingdom Hearts II, black smoke and violet sparks surround it. In Kingdom Hearts III, it starts out as a dark cloud in-hand and the Keyblade “stretches” out in crackling dark energy.
The Keyblade’s name means a “state of forgetting or having forgotten”, and its Japanese name has the same basic meaning. The Oblivion is often associated with the memories that are passing away, such as when Sora reaches the last floors of Castle Oblivion, or when Roxas begins forgetting Xion following her destruction.
In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the names of the Oblivion’s upgrades allude to the protagonists of the series. “Wind” is associated with Ventus, “Earth” matches up with Riku and Terra, “Sea” corresponds with Aqua and Kairi, and “Sky” references Sora.
In Kingdom Hearts III, the portion of the blade with the chain is now visibly hollow, allowing see-through gaps in the chain. The handguard is now wider with the wing design pushed further up. The tip of the blade where the chain ends now has the grey portion less intricately designed.
The Oathkeeper’s shaft displays two hearts, and its handle bears two angel wings, contrasting the bat wings that comprise Oblivion’s handle. The teeth are fashioned in the shape of the Kanji for “light” (光), corresponding to the Oblivion’s kanji for “darkness”. Its Keychain token is Kairi’s Wayfinder, a star sewn together from Thalassa Shells. In Castle Oblivion, it is replaced by Naminé’s trinket until the illusion over Sora’s Thalassa Charm breaks. When it is summoned by the user, Oathkeeper emerges in a bright, yellowish-white light.
The Oathkeeper’s English name stems from its Keychain, Kairi’s Wayfinder, being a reminder of Sora’s promise to her. Its Japanese name, “Promise’s Charm,” also reflects this status.
When summoned in Kingdom Hearts III, it appears in sparkingly light and feathers.
In Kingdom Hearts III, the two white points in the teeth of the blade are now darkened. The heart shape next to it is now bigger and level with the teeth. The angel wings making the guard are now yellow and blue, matching the teeth. The heart shape at the bottom of the blade is now hollow.
3. Ultima Weapon
The Kingdom Hearts version of the Ultima Weapon is strongly reminiscent of the Dream Sword, but is wrapped in an ornate gold filigree in a pattern slightly reminiscent of fish bones. The teeth of the blade are a golden version of the crown charm Sora wears, and the Keychain token, attached to the blade by shimmering thread, is a gilded heart. It also bears one heart just above the guard and another just next to the crown making up the teeth of the blade, both of which are present in the Kingdom Hearts II version. In the game, the blade’s size is smaller compared to the hilt, compared to its design in the official artworks. This version is also used in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.
The Kingdom Hearts II version retains most of its Kingdom Hearts version elements, except for the colors (blue, white and gold), the crown-and-heart Keychain, and the Dream Sword. It also includes many more crowns into its design, including one at the tip of the blade, near the crown “teeth”, two making up the guard, three in the chain, and the aforementioned combination of a crown and the original heart Keychain as the token.
The Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep version has elements from both previous Kingdom Hearts games. Its style is similar to the Kingdom Hearts version, but its color scheme is similar to the Kingdom Hearts II version. It also uses stars and the Wayfinder design instead of crowns and hearts. It is mostly a pale, almost glowing blue with white and gold. The teeth and Keychain are a blue Wayfinder similar to Aqua’s.
The Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance version is similar in appearance to the Kingdom Hearts II version with the color scheme of Birth by Sleep.
The Kingdom Hearts III version retains most of its Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II version elements, except for the colors (silver, red, and dark gray). The blade has been segmented into three tines, representing the Roman numeral for three (III).
The Ultima Weapon Keyblade is named after the eponymous sword in the Final Fantasy series. The Ultima Weapon is typically shown within the Final Fantasy series as a long sword, with a glowing blue/white blade and a golden handle. It is usually the strongest weapon for the main protagonist in the games it appears in.
4. Two Become One
Two Become One is one of the more sword-like Keyblades, possessing a curved, notched blade that bears a slight resemblance to Soul Eater and Way to the Dawn, with a noticeably sharp edge. Its color scheme is derived from a fusion of Roxas’s Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keychains, and the handle is composed of the same checkerboard pattern on Roxas’s wristband.
The Keyblade’s design is also covered with references to Roxas’s Nobody nature; the usual Nobody thorns make up the teeth and rainguard, which is black and rounded. The chain links are heavily stylized versions of the Nobody Emblem, and the full Nobody Emblem adorns the hilt. The token itself is Roxas’s Nobody-thorn charm.
5. No Name
The No Name has a dark black handle with a raised spiral carved around it. Its pommel and guard resemble black, demonic wings. The base of the blade is an etching of a goat, and the shaft is formed from two black, barbed blades, etched with a white icon resembling a bramble of thorns.
The teeth are formed in the shape of a demonic wing, and are set with the Master’s Gazing Eye. Unlike the Keyblades of the Master of Masters’ other apprentices, it lacks Terra’s Mark. The Keychain is made of small, grey links, and the token is an entangled, grey talisman with an additional Gazing Eye.
The Keychain can formchange into an impenetrable barrier, a claw-like weapon, a pair of gauntlets and greaves, a pair of wings that allow flight, or an orb of light.
Like Fenrir, Braveheart is designed after a dimple key for a pin tumbler lock, as opposed to the lever tumbler lock key designs of most other Keyblades. The blade is silver, with two parallel grooves running the length of the blade at the center; several circular intents are etched along each edge asymmetrically.
The blade juts out and then cuts back in just before it connects to the guard, which is black and blocky. The Keyblade’s Keychain is a Hidden Mickey token similar to that of the Kingdom Key, although of a darker hue and with defined separations between the “head” and “ears”.
The Keyblade is named after Braveheart, a recurring weapon for Warriors in Final Fantasy. It is most frequently the weapon of the Warrior of Light from Dissidia Final Fantasy. This contrasts with Riku’s previous Soul Eater, named after a Dark Knight ability, and symbolizes his role as a Guardian of Light.
7. Young Xehanort’s Keyblade
Young Xehanort’s Keyblade mixes design elements of both Xehanort’s and Terra, Ventus, and Aqua’s No Names.
This Keyblade significantly resembles Terra, Ventus, and Aqua’s No Name, in that it is predominantly colored in different shades of blue and is decorated with elaborate, spiked shapes. The tip is modeled after a stopwatch, while the teeth are diamond-shaped spikes that are connected by a black web structure similar to the design on the base of the top spire of Memory’s Skyscraper. The Keychain shares the time theme represented in the blade, with an hourglass as its token. Its shaft resembles Young Xehanort’s Ethereal Blades, as does the blade with its neon like glow.
The Keyblade also includes attributes from Master Xehanort’s No Name, such as the demonic wings at the beginning of the shaft, the horned lion head at the tip similar to the goat head on the other Keyblade, and the Gazing Eye.
Young Xehanort and his data replica can Formchange his Keyblade into a whip.
8. Kingdom Key
The Kingdom Key is depicted as a classic skeleton key approximately 3.5′ long, with a long silver Keychain extending from the hilt, and a Hidden Mickey token on the end of the Keychain. In Kingdom Hearts, the token is formed from three spheres, while in other games the token is flat and seemingly cut from sheet metal.
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.
9. Master’s Defender
The Master’s Defender has a smooth, cylindrical, grey shaft that tapers outward at both ends. It has a boxy guard, made up of two small, light grey boxes and copper rod. The base of the guard connects to the grip, and both sport several small indentations lining them. The grip itself is somewhat unique in that, while most Keyblade grips are cylindrical, the Master’s Defender’s grip is squared.
The teeth are in the shape of an “E”. The “E”-shaped teeth and the square grip are likely an allusion to “Square-Enix”, which Eraqus’s name also references. Its Keychain is made of several simple chain links and its token is the Terra’s Mark symbol that appears on Eraqus’s, Ventus’s, Terra’s, and Aqua’s clothing.
The Japanese name of the Master’s Defender, “Master Keeper”, reflects that it is used exclusively by characters with the title of “Master”. “Defender” can mean “guardian”, which may reference its use by Keyblade Masters to guard the Land of Departure. The Defender is also a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series.
The χ-blade appears to be made up of two crossing Kingdom Keys, with the teeth facing outward. It has a filigree that slightly resembles one on the Ultima Weapon, and the blade slightly resembles the Dream Sword.
The incomplete χ-blade’s coloring is more red-orange than bluish-yellow, and the blade is slightly covered with an aura of darkness. It also has chips in the side of the blade, lacks a part of the filigree on one side, and part of the Kingdom Key’s hilt is missing, making it look somehow broken or shattered.
The Keychain is a black and red heart that is similar to the Heartless symbol, only without the fleur-de-lis bottom and jagged cross, with two Kingdom Keys crossed over it. The chain starts out as two separate chains that form into one.The Keychain’s two crossed Kingdom Keys is reminiscent of the symbol of the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven”. Although it is not seen in this incarnation, it is especially significant that the Kingdom Key has a silver blade and gold hilt, and the Kingdom Key D has a gold blade and silver hilt, matching the keys on the symbol. When the χ-blade hits a target, the released symbols are gold and dark blue stars, symbolic of light and darkness.
In Kingdom Hearts III, the filigree has a sparkling effect with seemingly flowing energy within it.
Master Xehanort and his data replica can Formchange the χ-blade into several transformations, such as floating cannons, a spinning top, whip, chakram, gauntlet claws, and a double-bladed lance.
Although χ-blade is pronounced “Keyblade”, the letter “χ” is the letter chi from the Greek alphabet. This is why the name of the weapon is spelled “χ-blade”, but, as Master Xehanort explains, can be pronounced “Kye-blade”. Master Xehanort explains to Ventus, with a visual demonstration of the ancient letter “χ”, that he is not referring to a Keyblade that Keyblade Wielders use. He continues to state that the letter itself carries a meaning of “death” and that it “spells endings”.