Best Keyblades And How To Get Them

For as iconic a video game weapon as the Keyblade has become with time, it’s hard to believe Sora’s weapon of choice was a full-blown chainsaw at one point. Of course, all this information is paired with the fact Sora was also half-lion during Kingdom Hearts’ early conception, but things eventually ironed themselves out into a Keyblade and a regular, human boy.

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Although it’s Kingdom Hearts’ crossover elements that first lured audiences, the gameplay was strong enough to establish the series as one of the action RPG genre’s best in no time at all. With over 18 Keyblades to choose from in Sora’s first outing, it’s only natural that you’ll want to equip the best of the best.

Updated on September 8, 2023 by Rebecca Phillips: Whether you’re experiencing the magic and wonder of Kingdom Hearts for the first time, or it’s your 13th time playing it, you’ll want to make sure Sora is equipped with the best Keyblades on his Disney-filled adventure. As such, we’ve updated this list.

12 Wishing Star

An artwork of the Wishing Star keyblade from Kingdom Hearts

While there are other Keyblades in the game that offer more in terms of raw power, Wishing Star has one clear advantage over the rest of them — it’s guaranteed to land critical hits. You’ll always be doing that extra bit more damage, which is always helpful in a pinch.

It’s definitely an option if you’re going for a certain style of play, but it’s by no means an all-rounder. Looking like a wooden toy easily made, it’s closely associated with Pinocchio and his father Gepetto, and can be found in the Monstro world in a chest on their little ship, after you’ve sealed the keyhole there.

A detailed render of the Metal Chocobo keyblade from the original Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts is based on a simple, if odd premise: what if Disney and Final Fantasy collaborated? And seeing Cloud for the first time in the coliseum really is something. Win or lose in your first fight, you’ll get another chance later, and the Buster Sword-like Metal Chocobo Keyblade as a reward.

The thing is, it’s somewhat redundant by the time you get it. It lowers your max MP, but compensates with increased reach and great power. But, after beating the cup to actually get it, you’ll already be able to get the superior Olympia Keyblade that holds up across the game. The style, though? That can’t be beat.

10 Pumpkin Head

Kingdom Hearts Pumpkin Head

  • Attack:
    7

  • Strength:
    +4

  • MP:
    +0

It’s entirely possible you will have ‘better’ Keyblades by the time you get your hands on Pumpkin Head — nonetheless, it’s a great blade that’s worth using for its offensive capabilities alone. You can unlock it near the end of the game after completing Halloween Town.

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While Pumpkin Head offers no MP bonus, seven Attack and four Strength are nothing to scoff at. Pumpkin Head also excels when it comes to dealing critical hits and reach. This Keyblade will strike enemies from far away, hard. Pumpkin Head is one of Sora’s most useful Keyblades as far as physical damage goes. Its design is a plus, too.

9 Oathkeeper

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper

  • Attack:
    9

  • Strength:
    +6

  • MP
    : +1

Another late game Keyblade that might seem outclassed by virtue of arriving at a point where players will have settled on a playstyle, Oathkeeper is given to Sora by Kairi after visiting Traverse Town for the last mandatory time. Thanks to decently high stats, Oathkeeper ends up one of the most balanced Keyblades in the game.

Simply getting an extra notch of MP makes Oathkeeper worth using, as magic is ferociously broken in the first game. With the right set up, Sora can use Oathkeeper’s magic to tear through most everything. It’s also just a great looking Keyblade with plenty of thematic significance.

8 Lady Luck

Kingdom Hearts Lady Luck

  • Attack:
    8

  • Strength
    : +5

  • MP:
    +2

For as simple as Lady Luck is to get, it’s one you might miss out on, if only because it requires backtracking to Wonderland after gaining access to the White Trinity. From there, simply trigger the Trinity in Lotus Forest and Sora will get Lady Luck.

Well-rounded and high stats make Lady Luck one of the most practical Keyblades in the game. Its strength bonus isn’t amazing for when you will likely find it, but getting Lady Luck as soon as possible will give Sora access to quite a lot of MP earlier than he should.

7 Spellbinder

Spellbinder Kingdom Hearts

  • Attack:
    4

  • Strength:
    +4

  • MP:
    +2

Speaking of Keyblades with magical bonuses, Spellbinder is technically worse than Lady Luck, but it can be obtained at an earlier point in the game while also radically buffing Sora’s Magic and Summon capabilities. Spellbinder is a must-have for anyone who’s going through a magic-oriented playthrough.

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Obtaining Spellbinder simply requires unlocking the first tier version of each spell, something you will naturally do before even reaching Kingdom Hearts’ halfway point. While Spellbinder’s offense is weak, you should be strong enough when getting the Keyblade where any offensive downsides are mitigated by the massive magic buff.

6 Diamond Dust

Diamond Dust Kingdom Hearts

  • Attack:
    3

  • Strength
    : +0

  • MP:
    +3

At first glance, Diamond Dust looks like an utter disaster of a Keyblade. Not only does it have a base attack stat of three (shared with the Kingdom Key, Sora’s default Keyblade), but Diamond Dust awards no strength bonuses. That said, it does award three MP, the most of any Keyblade. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, magical damage scales with MP in the original Kingdom Hearts.

That MP is all Diamond Dust, which makes this the single best magic-oriented Keyblade in the game. It will tear through enemies so long as Sora uses magic, and it’s especially useful for the late game cups at Olympus Coliseum. Diamond Dust doesn’t look useful, but that’s its trick.

5 Olympia

Olympia Keyblade

  • Attack:
    10

  • Strength
    : +6

  • MP
    : +0

The Kingdom Hearts series tends to do good by Olympus Coliseum-themed Keyblades, and the world’s first weapon, Olympia, is no exception. Found inside a treasure chest after completing the Hercules Cup, Olympia offers Sora staggering strength and critical properties that make it an utter beast in combat.

Olympia has enough raw power to just tear through enemies, easily deflecting attacks in the process. It’s one of Sora’s coolest Keyblades in the game, and an attack stat paired with a plus six STR modifier keeps Olympia viable all the way to the end of the game.

4 Lionheart

Lionheart Kingdom Hearts

  • Attack:
    10

  • Strength
    : +7

  • MP:
    +1

Lionheart is an amazing Keyblade plagued by one problem: it comes too late. Unlocked after defeating Leon in the Hades Cup, Lionheart is only obtained right before Kingdom Hearts is about to wrap up. Anyone who’s diligently been doing side content will likely have a better Keyblade, or one they’d prefer to use.

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But that doesn’t make Lionheart bad by any means. It’s one of the best options for those who just want a balanced Keyblade — hitting hard, increasing MP, and buffing Sora’s Magic and Summoning abilities. Lionheart’s stat spread speaks for itself.

3 One-Winged Angel

One Winged Angel Keyblade

  • Attack:
    8

  • Strength:
    +5

  • MP:
    -2

As is the case with Diamond Dust, One-Winged Angel doesn’t initially seem all that great a Keyblade. Which is especially frustrating, considering that fact that unlocking said Keyblade requires defeating Sephiroth, one of the single hardest bosses in the original Kingdom Hearts. As we’ve learned, however, looks can be deceiving.

One-Winged Angel’s base attack stat isn’t stellar, and weak Strength modifier and MP reduction may come off as damning. That said, One-Winged Angel’s claim to fame is its incredible critical rate. The Keyblade is pretty much guaranteed to crit, and its crits hit hard. Stats hardly matter when you’re critting like a monster.

2 Ultima Weapon

The Ultima Weapon keyblade in the menu in Kingdom Hearts 1

  • Attack:
    14

  • Strength:
    +9

  • MP:
    +2

By far the most tedious and time-consuming weapon to get in the game, the Ultima Weapon requires synthesizing everything. Only then is the Ultima Weapon available for synthesis, not even purchase or given to you. Naturally, this ends up being quite the process.

It’s worth it, of course, as the Ultima Weapon’s stats are far and away better than anything else in the game, making it quite a beast. It’s just a shame the weapon is guaranteed to be gotten essentially when there’s nothing else left to do in the game.

1 Divine Rose

Divine Rose Keyblade

  • Attack:
    13

  • Strength:
    +7

  • MP:
    +0

That said, for anyone who wants to indulge in the raw power of the Ultima Weapon without actually grinding out the material needed to create it, the Divine Rose can also be found near the end of the game, albeit in a much easier and reliable capacity. Simply speak with Belle in the Hollow Bastion library after rescuing the Princesses of Light.

Requiring next to no effort to get and almost rivaling the Ultima Weapon in stats, the Divine Rose is Kingdom Hearts’ best Keyblade. It has a base attack stat of 13 and seven strength, an absolutely ludicrous amount of power. It offers no magic buffs, but it crits hard and reliably.

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