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A Nexus Guide: Kingdom Hearts Explained (Part 5)

Kingdom Hearts Explained continues with Part 5, our guide to 2019's story of Kingdom Hearts III.

In our previous A Nexus Guide: Kingdom Hearts Explained Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4, we properly set up the story leading up to Kingdom Hearts III. Though this guide will cover the essentials of Kingdom Hearts III, it is still recommended you play the game yourself before diving into the Re Mind DLC. If you’ve already played through the game, then stick around and read through our guide. Seeing as Kingdom Hearts III might be on a lot of player’s backlogs, this guide will not cover all events, characters, and actions featured in the story. But, at the end of the guide, you will have a pretty basic idea of what happened in the third numbered entry in the Kingdom Hearts series.

“Hey, you need an extra guy?”
Explained in: Kingdom Hearts III

Our faithful heroes, Sora, Donald, and Goofy travel to Mount Olympus in search of Hercules, in hopes of learning about Sora’s “power of waking.” Instead, they are met by Hades and the titans. As these things go, our gang emerges victorious, unfortunately, none the wiser regarding the waking power. In the meantime, Mickey and Riku search for Aqua in the Realm of Darkness, while Kairi and Lea train to become Keyblade Masters. Through Ienzo’s research on Ansem the Wise’s data, Sora discovers all the hearts trapped in his body. This encourages him to embark on a mission to restore the hearts trapped inside him

Awaking the power of waking
Explained in: Kingdom Hearts III

Sora, still on his journey to restore the hearts, eventually stumbles onto master Eraqus’s Keyblade. Sora uses the blade to enter the Dark Realm, adding Riku and Mickey to bring a corrupted Aqua back to the Realm of Light. The chase leads them to Castle Oblivion, which Aqua changes into the Land of Departure. A battle ensues, an unwelcomed guest appears, and Sora discovers his power of waking. In doing so, Sora manages to revive Ventus who fights off the unwanted interloper.

Finally facing the fiends
Explained in: Kingdom Hearts III

Encountering a number of Organization XIII members on their travels, it seems all roads lead to the Keyblade Graveyard. Sora, accompanied by seven other Keyblade wielders, eventually stumbles into the fated Graveyard. Hopelessly outnumbered by the Heartless, our heroes are nearly beaten into submission, with Sora taking the brunt of the beating. He awakens in a place called The Final World, a place where the heart goes when the body perishes. Meeting Chirithy, it is revealed Sora’s heart is still holding onto something in the real world, and he can only leave The Final World once his body has been recovered. Jumping from world to world, in the effort of restoring his body and saving the Guardians of Light, Sora succeeds and returns to his friends in the Keyblade Graveyard. It is revealed that Kairi was the one who kept his heart anchored while he was in The Final World. A massive battle ensues between our heroes, Xehanort (who is disguised as Terra), and the Heartless.

Victory is an ignorant idea
Explained in: Kingdom Hearts III

The members of Organization XIII gets defeated one by one, restoring the bodies and hearts of those who they separated during their operations. Xehanort forces Sora to attack him by destroying Kairi’s body, enabling him to reforge the X-blade and summon Kingdom Hearts. Using Xehanort’s time-traveling ability against him, Sora, Donald, and Goofy throw him into the past, where they manage to defeat Master Xehanort. After the battle, the rest of the Keyblade wielders meet up with Sora to witness the spirit of Master Eraqus ushering a defeated Xehanort into Kingdom Hearts (essentially the afterlife). Our spiky-haired hero uses the X-blade to close Kingdom Hearts and return everyone to their own world. As a final act of friendship, Sora uses the power of waking to restore Kairi’s body. Back on Destiny Island, the heroes celebrate their victory. Sora and Kairi sit on a Paopu tree, sharing one of the star-shaped fruits. It is in this final scene that we witness Sora fading out of existence.

Convoluted, not even once
Explained in: Kingdom Hearts III post-credit scene

Zigbar, the only member of Organization XIII who managed to escape the battle in the Keyblade Graveyard, is seen standing next to the Foretellers with Xehanort’s Keyblade in hand. It is revealed that Zigbar was non-other than Luxu (an aspiring Keyblade Master), who is no divulging all that has happened to the Foretellers. The final scene shows Xehanort and Eraqus engaged in another game of chess, only this time the pieces represent Sora and the Foretellers.

The plot thickens… it really does
Explained in: Kingdom Hearts III secret ending

The secret ending sees Sora and Riku wake up in a real-life Shibuya, Tokyo. The Riku-looking Yozora, who’s a character in the Kingdom Hearts III mini-game, Verum Rex, sits upon a rooftop watching the city. Atop another rooftop in Shibuya, a hooded-figure dressed in the signature Organization XIII cloak makes a heart shape with his hands against the moon. Honestly, at this point in time franchise history, nothing seems impossible.

That’s about it. A very, very condensed explanation of Kingdom Hearts III. When read in conjunction with our other guides, it will make perfect sense. If you haven’t played through Kingdom Hearts III yet, give our review a read, it might just tide you over.

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC releases January 23, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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