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Sora using Ars Arcanum

Ars Arcanum (ラストアルカナム Rasuto Arukanamu?, lit. "Last Arcanum") is an ability that appears in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts and is a Deck Command in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. It allows the user to attack enemies with a massive combo attack.

Mechanics

In Kingdom Hearts, Ars Arcanum is a special ability that costs 4 AP to equip and 3 MP to use. This version of the combo extends for up to thirteen slashes. When used, Sora executes a powerful flurry of blows. After the initial flurry, the "Bash" command will appear. Selecting it will make Sora execute a follow-up slash. After a number of successful Bash attacks, the "Finish" command will appear. This command will trigger a back-flip slash followed by a wide horizontal front flip slash.

In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, it is an Attack Sleight.

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, it is an Ultimate Attack Command exclusive to Ventus that takes up two slots, has a maximum level of 6, has a normal reload time of 25 seconds, and fills the Command Gauge by 6%. This version of the combo involves more acrobatics and slashes than the others.

In Kingdom Hearts III, Sora unleashes a fast combo of swift Keyblade strikes. "Attack" can be inputted to generate a second combo, with each press unleashing two hits. Sora finishes the second combo by rapidly spinning upwards before delivering a downwards slam, creating a small shockwave. It is the final finisher available to Second Form in the demo, and it is currently unknown if there are any additional Finish Situation Commands after it.

Learning Ars Arcanum

Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Final Mix

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

  • Sora can learn Ars Arcanum when he reaches level 37.
    • Its card combination is:
  • Kingdom Key (card) + Oathkeeper (card) + Oblivion (card) (1-6)

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories

  • Sora can learn Ars Arcanum when he reaches level 42.
    • Its card combination is:
  • Kingdom Key (card) + Kingdom Key (card) + Kingdom Key (card) (1-6)

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

Recipes

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

Ars Arcanum is an Ultimate-class Attack Command that can be melded through nine different recipes, listed in the Giga Attack Recipe.

Other appearances

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Although Ars Arcanum cannot be performed by any playable character, Xion can perform a modified version of Ars Arcanum in her third form.

Etymology

Ars Arcanum gets its name from the Latin ars, meaning 'technique', 'skill' or 'art' and arcanum meaning 'secret'. It's Japanese name is "Last Arcanum", meaning "Last Secret".

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