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The Ethereal Blades

The Ethereal Blades

The Ethereal Blades (in Japanese: のブレード Īsariaru no burēdo) are sword-like blade-like beams composed of solidified ethereal energy which serves as the weapons of choice of Xemnas of Organization XIII. The energy they are created of is his element, Nothingness itsself, which act according to Xemnas' will, allowing him to hold them without a hilt or handle. He can summon or dismiss them at will, and uses them primarily as bludgeoning weapons. They also are named after negative emotions, or terms related to authority. They come in several different forms in the game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, but are most commonly seen as red, glowing rods. Xemnas wields two Ethereal Blades at a time as demonstrated in Kingdom Hearts II.

List of Ethereal Blades

There are a number of certain and different Ethereal Blades in each design and color:

  • The Malice Ethereal Blade

    The Malice

    Malice (in Japanese: マーシリス Māshirisu, lit. "Merciless"):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that is light grey, symbolizing that it is the most basic of Xemnas's weapons through the usage of achromatic colors. It has a shape resembling a blunt, slightly curved lightning bolt. When striking enemies, it releases spheres of white lightning. The Malice is a desire or intention to harm or deprive in an illegal or immoral way, out of ill will or spite.
  • The Sanction Ethereal Blade

    The Sanction

    Sanction (in Japanese: サンクション Sankushon):
A pair of Ethereal in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to the Sanction+. The Sanction has a shape that resembles a blunt, curved lightning bolt. Impacts with targets are marked by sparks and horizontal lines of blue light. To "sanction" means it is to deal a penalty that acts to ensure compliance or conformity.
  • The Overlord Ethereal Blade

    The Overlord

    Overlord (in Japanese: オーバーロード Ōbārōdo):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to Overlord+. The Overlord is a two-pronged blade with an elegant, helix shape. The prongs intersect above the handle, leaving an oval-shaped gap, and the tips do not connect at the end of the blade, leaving another gap. It has a blue glow. Like Sanction, it releases blue sparks and lines when striking targets. It's name comes from the word that is the occupation of a person with overarching authority within a certain domain.
  • The Veneration Ethereal Blade

    The Veneration

    Veneration (in Japanese: ヴェネラブル Veneraburu?, lit. "Venerable"):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to Veneration+ and Veneration++. The Veneration is shaped like a question mark, with the tip of the blade coming to a sharp hook and curling inward so much that it nearly touches the base of the blade. The outer side of the blade is lined by several spikes shaped like those of the Nobody emblem. This type of Ethereal Blade has a blue glow. Like Sanction and Overlord, it releases blue sparks and lines when it strikes its target. "Veneration" is an expression of awe or reverence.
  • The Autocracy Ethereal Blade

    The Autocracy

    Autocracy (in Japanese: オートクラシィ Ōtokurashi):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to Autocracy+. The Autocracy is a two-pronged blade, with one of the blades being a fair bit longer than the other. The tips of both prongs flair outward slightly. This model of Ethereal Blade has a violet glow. When striking enemies, it releases a burst of violet light with some horizontal white lines, and combo finishers release a large violet burst with a yellow four-pointed diamond-like shape on impact. It's name comes from the term "autocracy", a form of government in which unlimited power is held by a single individual.
  • The Conquest Ethereal Blade

    The Conquest

    Conquest (in Japanese: コンクエスト Konkuesuto):
A pair Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to Conquest+. The Conquest has a complex handle comprised of intersecting patterns that leaves a diamond-shaped gap at the base of the blade and two teardrop-shaped gaps, one on either side of the diamond. There is another diamond-shaped gap in the handle. The blade is basic, though the sides are concave and it seems to be rather short. This Ethereal Blade's glow is rather peculiar, as the lower half glows purple, and the top half glows white. When striking enemies, it releases a burst of violet light with some horizontal white lines, and combo finishers release a large violet burst with a yellow four-pointed diamond-like shape on impact. "Conquest" is victory gained through either battle or overcoming of a weakness.
  • The Terminus Ethereal Blade

    The Terminus

    Terminus (in Japanese: ターミネイション Tāmineishon, lit. "Termination"):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to Terminus+ and Terminus++. The Terminus has a complex, cross-like design. The handle, tip of the blade, and the 2 protrusions on either side of the main blade are hollow diamonds of varying lengths. These four diamonds are connected in the center by a thin cross. The tip of the blade and the two side blades are connected to each other as well, leaving several gaps. This form of Ethereal Blade has a faint purple glow. When striking enemies, it releases a burst of violet light with some horizontal white lines, and combo finishers release a large violet burst with a yellow four-pointed diamond-like shape on impact. The design of the Terminus is superficially similar to the blades that the Unknown wields. It's name, which is also that of the Terminus area within the End of the World, comes from the word "terminus" meaning the final point, or the end of an event, also commonly referred to as the end of the line.
  • The Judgment Ethereal Blade

    The Judgment

    Judgment (in Japanese: ジャッジメント Jajjimento) :
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to Judgment+. The Judgment has a slight curve and gets increasingly wider from the handle to the tip. The tip of the blade is flat and slanted so that the inner edge of the blade is actually longer than the outer edge. The inner edge is lined with curved spikes. This type of Ethereal Blade glows yellow. Upon striking targets, the blades create a violet X-shaped slashing effect. At the end of a combo, the effect is larger, and the center is colored pink. "Judgment" is the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions.
  • The Discipline Ethereal Blade

    The Discipline

    Discipline (in Japanese: パニッシュメント Panisshumento, lit. Punishment):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to the Discipline+. Discipline is shaped like an elongated oval. There is a large, teardrop-shaped gap in the middle of the blade. The entire outer edge of Discipline, including the handle, is lined with short, triangular spikes. There is also a longer, thin spike that protrudes from the tip of the blade into the gap in the middle. This model of Ethereal Blade has a yellow glow. Upon striking targets, the blades create a violet X-shaped slashing effect. At the end of a combo, the effect is larger, and the center is colored pink. "Discipline" is control obtained by enforcing compliance or order.
  • The Aristocracy Ethereal Blade

    The Aristocracy

    Aristocracy (in Japanese: アリストクラート Arisutokurāto?, lit. Aristocrat):
A a pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to the Aristocracy+. The Aristocracy is a tuning fork-like Ethereal Blade. It seems to be a bit longer than some of Xemnas's other Ethereal Blades, and it has a small lens-shaped gap in the thick part of the blade just before it splits into two prongs of equal length. It glows white. Upon striking targets, the blades create a circular, blue-green impact effect. Combo finishers create a larger effect. "Aristocracy" is a form of government that is ruled by those considered superior to others.
  • The Superiority Ethereal Blade

    The Superiority

    Superiority (in Japanese: インヴィンシブル Invinshiburu?, lit. Invincible):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to the Superiority+. The Superiority is a cross-shaped weapon with a teardrop-shaped gap in the middle. The blade resembles the top half of the Nobody symbol. This form of Ethereal Blade has a white glow. Upon striking targets, the blades create a circular, blue-green impact effect. Combo finishers create a larger effect. "Superiority" is the condition of being highest in rank.
  • The Aggression Ethereal Blade

    The Aggression

    Agression (in Japanese: アグレッション Aguresshon):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to the Aggression+. The Aggression is shaped like a curved, blunt lightning bolt, and is colored black with a red glow. When striking targets, it creates purple and red impact effects. Combo finisher create larger effects, with the red more prominent. The effect is somewhat reminiscent of Lexaeus's aura. "Aggression" is defined as hostile behavior through actions. It is typically intended to harm or assert dominance over another.
  • The Fury Ethereal Blade

    The Fury

    Fury (in Japanese: フューリアス Fyūriasu, lit. Furious):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to the Fury+. The Fury is an oblong weapon with a thick, zig-zagging blade. Its blade is angular, black, and has a red glow. When striking targets, it creates purple and red impact effects. Combo finishers create larger effects, with the red more prominent. The effect is somewhat reminiscent of Lexaeus's aura. "Fury" is violent or uncontrolled anger, rage.
  • The Despair Ethereal Blade

    The Despair

    Despair (in Japanese: ディスペアー Disupeā):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to the Despair+. The lower half of the Despair is wide and sports a thin gap shaped like an upside-down diamond. There is a rectangular bump halfway up the blade, and the tip of the blade fans outward. This model of Ethereal Blade is black and glows red. When striking targets, it creates purple and red impact effects. Combo finisher create larger effects, with the red more prominent. The effect is somewhat reminiscent of Lexaeus's aura. "Despair" is a state of mind in which all hope is lost or absent.
  • The Triumph Ethereal Blade

    The Triumph

    Triumph (in Japanese: トライアンフ Toraianfu):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to the Triumph+. The Triumph is an elegant weapon with a complex handle, with many intersecting parts that leaves several gaps. There is one diamond-shaped gap in the base of the blade, two teardrop-shaped gaps on either side of the diamond one, and another, smaller diamond gap in the actual handle. The blade is rather short and has concave edges. Triumph is indigo-colored with silver edges and a pale glow. Upon striking targets, the blades create a circular, yellow-green impact effect with a yellow diamond-shaped flash. Combo finishers create a larger effect with a yellow four-pointed diamond-like shape. "Triumph" is a conclusive achievement following an effort or a conflict.
  • The Ruination Ethereal Blade

    The Ruination

    Ruination (in Japanese: ルーイネイション Rūineishon):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to the Ruination+. The Ruination has a vague cross-shape and the handle, the tip of the blade, and two protrusions from the middle of the blade are hollow diamonds of varying length and size, all of which are connected by a thin cross. The tip of the blade is connected to the two side blades as well. Ruination is indigo colored with silver edges and, like Triumph, has a pale glow. Upon striking targets, the blades create a circular, yellow-green impact effect with a yellow diamond-shaped flash. Combo finishers create a larger effect with a yellow four-pointed diamond-like shape. "Ruination" is a state of devastation or destruction, meaning ruin, and it can also be the loss of reputation.
  • The Domination Ethereal Blade

    The Domination

    Domination (in Japanese: ドミネイション Domineishon):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to the Domination+. The lower half of the Domination is rather wide and sports a thin gap shaped like an upside-down diamond in the middle. A rectangular protrusion is present in the middle of the blade, and the tip of the blade flares outward. This type of Ethereal Blade is identical to Despair, except for the fact it is white and has a faint, pink-violet glow. Domination creates a purple, organic-looking impact effect upon striking targets. Landing a combo finisher creates a larger effect. "Domination" is the exercise of power in ruling, which is often done in an arbitrary or insolent way, in short dominance or dominion.
  • The Annihilation Ethereal Blade

    The Annihilation

    Annihilation (in Japanese: アナイアレイション Anaiareishon):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to the Annihilation+. The Annihilation is shaped like an elongated oval. It has a large, teardrop-shaped gap in the middle of the blade. The outer edge of the weapon is completely lined by short spikes, and there is a longer, thinner spike near the tip of the blade that descends into the gap. This Ethereal Blade is black and glows red. Upon striking a target, the blade creates an X-shaped slash effect in an orange bubble. When landing a combo finisher, the effect becomes bigger and the X is crossed with another slash. "Annihilation" is the act of reducing to nothing, which refers to the dark element of Nothingness that also happens to be Xemnas's attribute.
  • The Tyrant Ethereal Blade

    The Tyrant

    Tyrant (in Japanese: タイラント Tairanto):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to the Tyrant+. The Tyrant is an elegant, two-pronged weapon. The prongs intersect and leave a large gap shaped like an upside-down spade in the blade. There is another, teardrop-shaped gap in the handle. This form of Ethereal Blade glows green. When striking with Tyrant, it creates blue and red sparks, contrary to its color. "Tyrant" is the occupation of rulers who exercises power in a harsh and cruel manner.
  • The Magnificence Ethereal Blade

    The Magnificence

    'Magnificence (in Japanese: マグニフィセント Magunifisento, lit. Magnificent):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which can be upgraded to the Magnificence+. The Magnificence has a shape that resembles a question mark that curves inward sharply at the tip. The outer edge is lined with spikes that are shaped like those of the Nobody sigil. Magnificence is shaped exactly like the Veneration blades, but glows green instead of blue. When striking with Magnificence, it creates blue and red sparks, contrary to its color. "Magnificence" is the quality of being splendid or grand.
  • The Infinity Ethereal Blade

    The Infinity

    Infinity (in Japanese: インフィニティ Infiniti):
A pair of Ethereal Blades Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be upgraded to the Infinity+. The Infinity is much more sword-like than most of Xemnas's other ethereal blades. The blade is not unlike that of Triumph or Conquest, as it sports the same concave edges, but Infinity's blade is longer and hollow. The handle is shaped like a cross with a diamond-shaped gap in the center. The handle is connected to a guard of sorts that is an extension of the sides of the blade. This guard has two spikes on either side. Infinity has a very faint yellow glow and is mostly black, though the tip of the blade is red-orange. When striking a target, Infinity creates an impact effect with a pink ring. When landing a combo finisher, it creates an effect with multiple overlapping rings. "Infinity", better known by the symbol "∞", is a quantity without bound or end. In mathematics, it represents an unbounded value.
  • The Interdiction Ethereal Blade

    The Interdiction

    Interdiction (in Japanese: フォービドゥン Fōbidun, lit. Forbidden):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days which serves as his signature weapon. The Interdiction has a very simple design; it is a straight, glowing rod of red energy coming from the palms of the wielder's hands. When striking a target, it creates a sphere of glowing red lightning, the same color as Interdiction. "Interdiction" is a military term, as an action to divert, disrupt, delay, or destroy the enemy's surface military potential before it can be used effectively against friendly forces. The word also means "punishment".
  • The Round Fan Ethereal Blade

    The Round Fan

    Round Fan (in Japanese: ラウンドファン, Raundo Fan):
A pair of joke Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. As the name would suggest, these Ethereal Blades are stiff, unfoldable fans with long handles. The handles are pale yellow, while the upper halves are purple, with a small gradient blending the two colors at the middle. These Ethereal Blades do not glow. Landing a strike with the Round Fan creates a shockwave of air around the target. Landing a combo finisher creates a larger, doubled shockwave. A "round fan" (in Japanese: 団扇 Uchiwa) is a traditional Japanese handicraft made by cutting a bamboo tube into narrow splinters and splaying them out in the radial shape of a fan, then pasting paper over them on both sides. They were widely used among ordinary people in the Edo period.
  • The Absolute Ethereal Blade

    The Absolute

    Absolute (in Japanese: アブソリュート, Abusoryūto):
A pair of Ethereal Blades in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that represents Xemnas's personality. The Absolute sports a heart-shaped gap in the middle of the blade. The blade splits into two just above this gap, and both halves curve outward, resembling bat wings. Absolute's sides are lined with short ridges. This model of Ethereal Blade is black and has a purple glow. It has a vague resemblance to the Unversed emblem. Striking a target with Absolute creates a burst of purple energy, which becomes bigger when landing a combo finisher. As this weapon draws out its wielder's personality, these Ethereal Blades' name may refer to Xemnas's ambition for absolute power over everything - and at the same time, nothing. It could also refer to the fact that he is not doubted or questioned. Its design, similar in shape to an empty heart, is a reference to Xemnas's heartlessness, and also that his true name, Xehanort, is an anagram of "No Heart" with an "X".

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Trivia

  • The Interdiction, Xemnas' favorite and well-known type of Ethereal Blades, are based on light sabers from the Star Wars universe.

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