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Assault Rider
(アサルトライダー)

AssaultRider-khii

Assault Rider (FM)

Type Emblem Heartless Heartless Emblem
Kana/Kanji アサルトライダー
Romaji Asaruto Raidā
French Centaurus
German Zentaurier
Italian Fantino d'Assalto
Games Kingdom Hearts II
Assault Rider's Gallery

Kingdom Hearts II

Avoid getting hit with its spear by using the well-guarded Jump attack to defeat it.

When HP gets low, its attacks begin to get bold. Use big attacks to defeat it before it uses its explosive attack.
Location Lvl HP EXP Str Def
The Land of Dragons 10 85 40 12 6
The Land of Dragons 35 190 425 34 19
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr. Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0
Rewards
(5) HP Ball x 2, (3) Drive Orb x 4
Hi-Potion (10%)
Dark Stone (12%), Serenity Shard (4%)
Location Lvl HP EXP Str Def

Pain and Panic Cup

Match 7: 2x Assault Rider

20 128 21 11
Goddess of Fate Cup

Match 7: 2x Assault Rider

53 263 48 28
Pain and Panic Paradox Cup

Match 7: 2x Assault Rider

60 293 54 31
Hades Paradox Cup

Match 47: 2x Assault Rider

99 453 87 51
Weapon Fire Bliz. Thndr. Dark Other
x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0 x1.0

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The Assault Rider is an Emblem Heartless that is found in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix.

Design

An Assault Rider is a centaur-like creature with a black, equine lower body with red hooves. Its upper body is muscular, vaguely humanoid, and has black skin. It wears grey Chinese armor over most of its body, as well as a small, conical, silver helmet with two curved, golden feathers and a red cape. Its pitch-black face is almost entirely obscured by its helmet, though its glowing, yellow eyes are visible. It carries a long guan dao with an angular, gold blade, a silver handle, and a red horsehair tassel at the base of the blade.

In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, the Assault Rider's body becomes predominantly lilac-colored, and its hooves become gold, and its hands and tail become violet. Its armor becomes red-violet and orange with gold lining. Its helmet, though still silver, is a bit brighter, its cape turns yellow, and its face becomes violet. The Assault Rider's guan dao now has a gold blade and an orange and purple handle, though the tassel remains red.

The Assault Rider's name refers to its battle prowess, as "assault" means "to attack", and its equine lower body, hence "rider".

The Assault Rider was originally intended to be included in Kingdom Hearts, but was cut out as no world really "fit well" with it.[citation needed]

Strategy

Getting close in can really take a chunk out of Sora and friends' HP, and can also take a large chunk out of your morale gauge during missions, so long-range magic is less dangerous. Although they have powerful attacks, they won't attack unless they are in range at the beginning of the battle or are provoked. These Heartless get especially fast when their HP gets low.

Towards the beginning of the game, keep a distance and pelt him with magic, preferably Thunder if available, or else use Blizzard. An alternative is to simply go to town with Valor Form, hammering the Assault Rider with as many combos as you can before reverting. And use guard often if you're out of Drive Gauge.

Later (i.e. the second time you arrive), use Master Form along with Wishing Lamp and Follow the Wind, attacking with combos and powerful magic such as Thundara/Thundaga and Blizzara/Blizzaga. When it starts getting a bit adventurous with its attacks, feel free to use a tier of Reflect if necessary.

Attacks

  • Slash Out: Rears up then swings weapon
  • Thrust: Jabs weapon forward
  • Assault: Rushing body blow
  • Flourish: Windmill spin with weapon
  • Explosion: Creates explosion in front