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Katakana 冥界

Romaji Meikai
Game Kingdom Hearts II

World Olympus Coliseum
Origin Hercules (1997)

The Underworld is the dwelling place of Hades. Although it is considered a part of Olympus Coliseum in regards to game mechanics, it is considered a distinct area in the story. The Underworld consists of two parts, the Cave of the Dead and the Underworld Caverns. The Underworld is also home to the Underdrome where Sora can take part in tournaments. Many bosses are fought in the Underworld, including Demyx, Pete, Cerberus, and Hades himself.


The Underworld can be accessed through the Coliseum Gates. The Underworld Entrance connects the living world to the world of the dead, as well as holding the world's Synthesis Shop run by a hologram Moogle, a save point, and the Underdrome where Sora can talk to Pain and Panic to gain access to the tournaments there. From there, two paths into the Underworld branch off. The first branch that Sora and his friends can explore leads to Hades's domain through the Cave of the Dead.

Beginning at the Cave of the Dead: Entrance (where Sora and Auron later fight Cerberus), the party travels down the narrow and meandering Cave of the Dead: Passage before reaching the relatively safe Cave of the Dead: Inner Chamber. From there, the party traverses the ledges and cliffs of the Valley of the Dead before reaching Hades' Chamber.

Later in the story, the second path opens and allows the group to enter the Underworld Caverns. After going down through the Underworld Caverns: Entrance, the party goes through the twisting Underworld Caverns: The Lost Road, which in turn leads to the Underworld Caverns: Atrium. After an encounter with Demyx, the party passes through to The Lock, where Meg can be rescued and a boss battle with Pete takes place.


Kingdom Hearts II

First Visit

Sora, Donald, and Goofy emerge in the Underworld when they first arrive, meeting Megara, who is on a quest to convince Hades to stop bothering Hercules. When Sora confronts Hades, he summons Auron, who quickly switches to Sora's side. Hades cannot be hurt in the Underworld, so the team attempts to escape, and Auron and Sora are forced to take on Cerberus before they can leave the Underworld.

Back up top, Hercules offers the junior heroes the Olympus Stone, which stops the Underworld from draining all their strength, however, the stone has been stolen by someone in a black cloak. Looking for the stone, they encounter and have their first confrontation with Demyx. The team then rescues Meg with the help of Hercules and Pegasus before opening another gateway with the Olympus Stone.

Second Visit

When the team enters the world for a second time, the Underdrome has been unlocked, presumably when Sora used his Keyblade to open a wall during the first visit. Hades kidnaps Meg to bait Hercules into the games. The group enters the Pain and Panic Cup, and the final competitor is Auron, who is being controlled by Hades. Hercules faces Auron alone while Sora, Donald, and Goofy retrieve the statue Hades is using to control Auron.

By returning the statue, Auron regains his free will and refuses to fight. Hades, as Hercules's punishment, drops Meg into the River Styx, and Hercules jumps in after her. Hades believes he is dead, but Hercules returns for the final battle with Hades, a true hero at last. They defeat Hades, everyone is reunited, Auron is freed, and Sora, Donald, and Goofy are immortalized as constellations to mark them as true heroes, much to Phil's disbelief.

Tournament Cups

Just like in Kingdom Hearts, this world is home to a series of tournaments that unlock throughout the game. There are four primary cups, and then four paradox cups, which are more difficult than the first four. The first three paradox cups feature the same lineups as their originals, but the final cup is the most intense of any competition. Each cup has its own set of rules and limitations.

The following is a list of cups and how to unlock them.



Type Items Found Locations Notes
Regular Hi-Potion x 3 Cave of the Dead: Passage, Underworld Caverns: Entrance, Underworld Caverns: Lost Road
Ether x 2 Cave of the Dead: Passage, Underworld Caverns: Lost Road
Tent Underworld Caverns: Atrium
Power-Ups AP Boost x 4 Cave of the Dead: Passage, Underworld Caverns: Entrance, Underworld Caverns: Atrium, The Lock
Power Boost Underworld Entrance Can access after the Olympus Stone is stolen.
Synthesis Mythril Shard x 5 Cave of the Dead: Passage, Cave of the Dead: Inner Chamber, Underworld Caverns: Entrance, Underworld Caverns: Lost Road, The Lock
Mythril Stone x 3 Cave of the Dead: Passage, Underworld Caverns: Lost Road
Maps Underworld Map Cave of the Dead: Inner Chamber
Caverns Map The Lock

Puzzle Pieces

Puzzle Pieces Found Locations Notes
Cave of the Dead: Entrance None
Underworld Caverns: Atrium At the entrance.
Underworld Caverns: Entrance None
Two Sides
Underworld Caverns: The Lost Road By the exit towards the Atrium. Instead of going straight in, stray off a little to the right.
Underworld Caverns: The Lock At the back of the lock.
Cave of the Dead: Passage Use skateboard or Glide to reach it.
Underworld Caverns: Entrance Need Aerial Dodge to get piece hidden behind the pillar.
Underworld Caverns: The Lost Road Need LV2 High Jump and Aerial Dodge. On the second column.
Underworld Caverns: The Lost Road Need LV2 High Jump and Aerial Dodge. On the first column.


  • Oddly, when Hercules is resting between matchs in the Hades Cup of the storyline, his back is to the River of Styx, without anything supporting him. He should technicaly fall into it.