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Atlantica – Magic, Summons, & Abilities


Under the Sea

Atlantica presents its own unique set of challenges, particularly with controlling your characters. Underwater combat and maneuvering can be a difficult thing to get a hang of. Fortunately, upon entering Atlantica, you are given a brief tutorial on how to handle the new changes to your characters. Shortly after this introduction, the Heartless show up and ruin the fun, so get rid of them and then attack the large white shell where Sebastian and Flounder are hiding in order to let them out and reveal a Save Point.

Ariel suggests heading back to the palace, which you can find by simply following the large gold trident markers engraved on the walls throughout all of Atlantica. Follow the first one to reach the “Undersea Valley”. This is a massive, wide-open room with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Though there’s a lot of places to explore, for the sake of getting to the palace, follow the trident markers to an opening in the wall that leads to the “Calm Depths”.

Kingdom Hearts Atlantica - Sora battles the Heartless in the Calm Depths

The “Calm Depths” are actually not all that calm. There are high-speed currents preventing you from exploring the two areas to your left (at least until later), so follow the current to the right and hug the right-side wall, which will dump you in a circular cavern with an upward-facing current in the center. If you get caught in the current, it will blast you back up into the “Undersea Valley”, so avoid it and pass through to the other side to enter the “Undersea Cave”.

The Search for Sunken Treasure

Head straight up in the “Undersea Cave” to access the “Undersea Gorge”, another rather large area that is full of areas to explore. For now, follow the trident marker to “Triton’s Palace” and swim straight through to “Triton’s Throne” for a cutscene. Afterwards, return to the “Undersea Gorge” locate the dolphin swimming around. Examine it to grab a hold of its fin and ride it around a few times. It doesn’t go anywhere now, but this step is imperative for progressing through Atlantica later. Release your hold on the dolphin, then make your way to the large boulder in front of a cave and push it aside to access “Ariel’s Grotto”. Inside, you’ll find a rather depressed Ariel.

Kingdom Hearts Atlantica - Sora finds a Torn Page in Ariel's Grotto

After the cutscene, be sure to scour the grotto for some valuable items, like an Ether, a Cottage, a Mega-Potion, and another Torn Page towards the very top. Leave the grotto and return to the “Undersea Valley”, where you’ll find the dolphin that was previously in the “Undersea Gorge”. If you didn’t ride it around in the gorge, it would still be there, and you wouldn’t be able to move forward. Clear the “Undersea Valley” of Heartless in order to examine the dolphin to grab hold. The dolphin will drag you against the strong current in the “Calm Depths” and give you access to the “Sunken Ship” area.

Boss: Shark

HP: 200 | EXP: 100

Kingdom Hearts Atlantica - Sora battles the Shark outside the Sunken ShipHead down into the ship through the opening in the top. Approach the Treasure Chest to trigger an event in which a giant Shark attempts to attack. After it fails to get through the window, it’ll swim away, leaving the Treasure Chest behind. Open it to receive the Crystal Trident. When you try to leave, the Shark will be waiting for you outside the ship. Despite its nasty biting attacks, the Shark isn’t much of a threat. A few combos will make quick work of this battle. The Shark will reappear randomly in the “Sunken Ship” area every time you return to it, so be on the lookout. Defeating him isn’t that hard, and you get 100 EXP and a chance for a Mega-Potion every time you defeat it!

Looking for the Keyhole

Return to “Ariel’s Grotto” for a cutscene in which Triton destroys the Crystal Trident in a fit of rage. After the lengthy cutscene, return to “Trident’s Throne” to find Ursula stealing the trident after her search for the Keyhole. With Ariel now in your Party, return to the “Sunken Ship” area. Take out the Shark again if it appears, then locate the large rock toward the back of the room near a half-buried ship. Sebastian can reach the button on the rock wall behind it to open up an entrance to the “Den of Tides” area.

Follow the path to the right until you reach a small room with a single white shell in it. Attack it to open it up and reveal a Save Point. Use it if you wish, then head back to the fork in the “Den of Tides” and head down the other path until you reach Ursula’s lair.

Boss: Ursula, Flotsam, & Jetsam

HP: 450 (Ursula), 60 (Flotsam), 60 (Jetsam) | EXP: 1000 (Ursula), 150 (Flotsam), 150 (Jetsam)

Your rumble against Ursula and her lackeys can be a little chaotic. Ursula will mainly attack by spinning around the room, knocking out some decent HP whenever she makes contact. Flotsam & Jetsam will swim around and attack with tail whips and lunging attacks. These two nuisances can be easily defeated for a quick MP Recovery (and trust us: you’re going to be using a lot of MP in this battle). Whenever you defeat Flotsam & Jetsam, it only knocks them out temporarily. They’ll rejoin the battle after a few minutes of being knocked out.

Kingdom Hearts Atlantica - Sora battles Ursula, Flotsam, & Jetsam

Your target, despite what you might think, is not Ursula, but her cauldron in the center of the room. By launching magic into it, the cauldron will overload and explode, knocking Ursula out for a little while. That’s when you can attack her directly with everything you’ve got. Eventually she’ll wake up again, most likely reviving Flotsam & Jetsam when she does. Repeat this pattern until her HP is reduced to zero.

Victory against Ursula, Flotsam, & Jetsam earns you the Mermaid Kick Shared Ability.

Locking Atlantica

Ursula has fled to a section of Atlantica that you have thus far been unable to access. But with the newly acquired Mermaid Kick, you can now swim upstream in the “Calm Depths” and reach the cavern opposite of the entrance to the “Sunken Ship” area. This new room labeled “???” is where you can find the sea witch and take her down for good.

Boss: Ursula (Giant)

HP: 900 | EXP: 1500

Ursula (Giant)’s a much more formidable foe this time around, and with the trident in her possession, her magic is even more deadly! The Aero spell is key in this fight, as it provides a much-needed buffer against Ursula (Giant)’s assault.

Your target is her face, which can be difficult to reach at times when she is constantly raining lightning bolts down around her. Aero can reduce the damage dealt by these attacks for the most part, but every now and then, you should break away to use a Cure and then swim back in.

Kingdom Hearts Atlantica - Sora battles Ursula (Giant)

The rest of Ursula (Giant)’s attacks can be pretty easy to avoid, especially with the new Mermaid Kick. Whenever she tries to suck you into her mouth, swim in the other direction using the Mermaid Kick to avoid being chomped on. Ursula (Giant) will give you ample warning for the rest of her attacks, such as the bubbles that will follow you and deal damage when they pop. Mermaid Kick away and they’ll disappear on their own. The massive lightning blast that she fires from her mouth is also announced well in advance, and can be avoided by swimming away. Finally, if she ever raises the trident, swim away from her quickly to avoid being hit by a very nasty lightning storm.

Continue hammering her face with combos, and make sure to keep Aero equipped for the majority of the battle. Before you know it, the once mighty Ursula (Giant) will fall.

Victory against Ursula (Giant) earns you Ansem Report 3.

Defeating Ursula returns you to “Triton’s Throne”. With his trident returned, King Triton bestows you with the Thundara Magic Spell. He also asks that you seal the Keyhole, which you can find in “Ariel’s Grotto”. Return there to lock Atlantica for good and receive the Crabclaw. Return to the World Map and select the last available world in the second ring of worlds.

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