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The Guard Armor is a Heartless enemy who can be found exclusively as a boss in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts coded, and all of their remakes.
Leader of the Heartless in Traverse Town. It falls apart when it receives damage, but each part attacks individually. Sora meets Donald and Goofy for the first time just before fighting this Heartless.
- Sora's Story
A Heartless that haunts Traverse Town.
It appeared when the bells rang to wreak havoc on the town.
- Riku's Story
A Heartless that haunts Traverse Town. It appeared before Riku as a token of the indelible darkness in his heart.
Large and heavily armored, these Heartless will jump and then crash into the ground, creating a powerful shockwave.
They drop their heads after landing, however; strike then and the body will eventually fall to pieces, with each piece acting autonomously. Start with the limbs and take them all out.
Kingdom Hearts coded
The hulking head honcho of the Heartless haunting Traverse Town. Before you can say that five time fast, this brute will have already blasted you with its powerful cannon, so keep your eyes peeled: if it assumes a defensive stance, rush in there first and clobber the creep with a combo.
The first Guard Armor attacks Sora right after he meets Donald and Goofy and they slay a gang of Soldier Heartless. It is the leader of the Traverse Town Heartless, and after it is defeated, the local Heartless temporarily calm down.
Later, Sora tests the legend about the Second District bell by ringing it three times, and the world's Keyhole is revealed within the district's fountain. However, as the group goes to seal it they are attacked by a second Guard Armor, and though they defeat it, it transforms itself into the stronger Opposite Armor and attacks again. After it is destroyed, they are able to seal Traverse Town's Keyhole.
Sora explores the memory version of Traverse Town within Castle Oblivion and meets Cid, who warns him that a giant Heartless is said to appear when the Second District bell rings. Just as it did before, the bell rings, and the Guard Armor suddenly appears. Sora defeats it and Leon, Cid, Yuffie and Aerith see him off to the exit.
Another Guard Armor appears in Riku's version of Traverse Town, but this one is simply a manifestation of the darkness in his heart, and is quickly defeated.
Roxas is dueling Xigbar in the Olympus Coliseum Games when a Guard Armor interrupts. Xigbar steps out to let Roxas defeat the Guard Armor on his own, and while fighting it Roxas has flashbacks to when Sora fought the Guard Armor in Traverse Town. However, the Guard Armor is soon defeated, and Roxas "wins" the Games.
Kingdom Hearts coded
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is the only game so far where the Guard Armor is fought and doesn't divide or lose any body parts when taking damage.
The Guard Armor's body is divided into several pieces — a body, a head, two arms, and two legs — none of which are directly connected to each other and all of which can act independently of the other. The Armored Torso is vaguely hour glass-shaped and is violet with a lilac, diamond pattern around its waist, and light black additives. The Heartless emblem is emblazoned on the center of the armor. Its head is violet, spherical, and sports three silver spikes and a silver faceplate with several holes in it. Both of the Gauntlets are violet with wide wrists and three lilac, segmented fingers. The Hammerlegs are short, violet and end in large, hammer-like, black feet. All of the pieces of the Guard Armor seem to be hollow.
In Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, the violet sections of the Guard Armor are silver, its torso gains red, yellow, and blue stripes on its upper half, its head becomes red with yellow spikes and the additives on its top and upper rims become blue and yellow, respectively. Its fingers become grey, while its feet become red.
The Guard Armor's name references its armored body and the fact that it first protects the Heartless in Traverse Town, and later guards the Traverse Town Keyhole.
- In the original version of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the Guard Armor was incorrectly fought in the Third District, where the first Guard Armor appeared in Kingdom Hearts, even though the previous scene was set in the Second District, where the ringing bell summoned the second Guard Armor. This was corrected in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories.