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Terra using Zantetsuken in Dwarf Woodlands

Zantetsuken (ザンテツケン?) is an ability which appears in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. It consists of holding the Keyblade-tip backwards, then performing a single powerful slash through the opponent's body so quickly that the cut doesn't appear until after the technique is finished. It can defeat minor enemies in a single hit. In Kingdom Hearts Final Mix it requires 2 AP to equip, while in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix it is only available while using Limit Form, but when executed it instantly removes one Drive Bar. In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the damage it inflicts is sharply reduced, and instead it is able to break the opponent's card and render it unreloadable.

Learning Zantetsuken

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix

  • Sora learns "Zantetsuken" after defeating the Kurt Zisa.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Zantetsuken in Chain of Memories

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  • Sora learns "Zantetsuken" starting at level 22.

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories

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  • Sora learns "Zantetsuken" starting at level 27.

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

  • Limit Form has "Zantetsuken" as a default ability.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

  • Terra can either meld the Zantetsuken Attack Command or buy it at the Mirage Arena Moogle Shop; once obtained, it can be sold at the other Moogle Shops.


Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

  • Zantetsuken is not available to buy in the Moogle Shop. It can only be combined in the Command Matrix.
  • It can be obtained by getting a star rank at the Olympus Coliseum when choosing 30 layers.
  • Data-Sora can create Zantetsuken through Command Conversion.
  • It has a memory consumption of 22%.


Other appearances

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

While wielding the Oathkeeper, Two Become One, or Dream Sword, the ground combo finisher is a Zantetsuken-like slash.


In the Final Fantasy series, "Zantetsuken" (斬鉄剣? lit. "Iron-cutting Sword") is the signature technique of the summon Odin. It typically inflicts Instant Death upon all enemies.


  • Zantetsuken is the only attack within the Kingdom Hearts series that uses romanized Japanese in the English versions of the games.
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