Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    19 June 2014
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2018
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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Spirit Links and Dual Links

Links are useful abilities that Sora and Riku can use on the field when one or more of their Spirits’ Link Gauges are filled. When a Link is being used, the gauge depletes either through performing actions or gradually with time.

Linking is done with the first spirit in your party by pressing L+R+X, the second by pressing L+R+B, or with both by pressing L+R+A. Most Links can be canceled mid-use with the same input. Dual Linking usually returns a stronger or more useful attack.

Sora teams up with his Spirits to perform Link Attacks wherein he and the Spirit/Spirits in question cooperate to attack, whether alongside them, riding atop them, or even wielding them as weapons. His Links are similar to Limits of Kingdom Hearts games past, where Sora would do team-up moves with his party members.

Trinity Limit, which was a limit in previous games, makes an appearance as a Dual Link here, although it is not really interactive.

Riku absorbs his Spirits in order to use Link Styles, wherein his normal attack combos are changed dramatically and given more power. His Links are similar to the Command Styles present in Birth by Sleep. Unfortunately, there is much less variety in his Links, and there are only three unique Dual Links. All of them are quite fun to use, however.

Within this section, we will discuss the various Links and Dual-Links, how they function, what they do, and who activates them. Major credits to IfOnlyForOnce for the stuff within! The sections are covered with Sora, then Riku, each using the single Links, then Dual Links.

Single Spirit Links - Sora

Aura Raid

Description: "Hitch a ride on [spirit] and charge your enemies. Use the Circle Pad to steer and A to fire your aura."

Spirit Used: Aura Lion, Keeba Tiger

Belly Raid

Description: "Slide around atop Iceguin Ace and crash into enemies to deal damage. Use the Circle Pad to steer."

Spirit Used: Iceguin Ace

Berserker Bronco

Description: "Jump onto Zolephant’s back and swat enemies down with a titanic trunk. Use the Circle Pad to steer."

Spirit Used: Zolephant

Bubble Blaster

Description: "Snipe enemies from astride Tatsu Steed. Use the Circle Pad to turn and A to fire a barrage of bubbles."

Spirit Used: Tatsu Steed

Cure Sun

Description: "Restore HP to the entire party and eliminate negative status effects with Wheeflower’s help."

Spirit Used: Wheeflower

Decussation

Description: "Sync up with [spirit] to unleash a series of fast and powerful strikes. Press A to perform each strike."

Spirit Used: Chef Kyroo, Lord Kyroo, Ryu Dragon, Sir Kyroo

Equestrian Raid

Description: "Hitch a ride on [spirit] and charge your enemies. Use the Circle Pad to steer and A to add a glide attack."

"Race around on Thunderaffe’s back and crash into enemies to deal damage. Use the Circle Pad to steer."

Spirit Used: Electricorn, Pegaslick, Thunderaffe

Fire Blaster

Description: "Snipe enemies from astride Tatsu Blaze. Use the Circle Pad to turn and hold A to fire a barrage of bubbles."

Spirit Used: Tatsu Blaze

Flame Raid

Description: "Hitch a ride on Tyranto Rex and charge your enemies. Use the Circle Pad to steer and A to breathe fire."

Spirit Used: Tyranto Rex

Flame Thrower

Description: "Turn [spirit] into a fireball you can throw at enemies. Use the Circle Pad to control [spirit] after the throw."

Spirit Used: Hebby Repp, Sudo Neku

Fly-by Knight

Description: "Take to the skies with [spirit]'s help. Use the Circle Pad to steer and A to attack."

Spirit Used: Eaglider, Halbird, Komory Bat, Peepsta Hoo

Hammer Throw

Description: "Swing Pricklemane around like a morning star. Use the Circle Pad to move."

Spirit Used: Pricklemane

Ice Raid

Description: "Hitch a ride on Skelterwild and charge your enemies. Use the Circle Pad to steer and A to breathe ice."

Spirit Used: Skelterwild

Lucky Dice

Description: "Cause various effects to friend and foe based on how [spirit]'s dice roll."

Spirit Used: Juggle Pup, R&R Seal

Meow Wounce

Description: "Bounce around on [spirit]'s back and trounce the enemy. Use the Circle Pad to steer."

Spirit Used: Flowbermeow, Meow Wow, Meowjesty

Paw Groove

Description: "Bust a mew with [spirit]. Press the buttons shown at the right time to dance enemies to their doom."

Spirit Used: Frootz Cat, Necho Cat

Poison Dash

Description: "Attack from inside Toximander’s poison bubble. Use the Circle Pad to move. The bubble will grow as you touch enemies."

Spirit Used: Toximander

Poison Rain

Description: "Use Woeflower to shower enemies with toxic rain. Inflicts negative status effects on all foes."

Spirit Used: Woeflower

Roll Call

Description: "Hop onto [spirit] and bowl over enemies. Use the Circle Pad to steer."

Spirit Used: Cera Terror, Drill Sye, Escarglow, Tama Sheep

Swing Fling

Description: "Attack foes while [spirit] swings you around. Use the Circle Pad to steer."

Spirit Used: Kooma Panda, Majik Lapin, Me Me Bunny, Ursa Circus

Tail Groove

Description: "Get your groove on with [spirit]. Press the buttons shown at the right time to dance enemies to their doom."

Spirit Used: Drak Quack, Ducky Goose

Target Shot

Description: "Snipe enemies from astride [spirit]. Aim with the Circle Pad and successfully lock on with A to fire homing projectiles."

Spirit Used: Kab Kannon, KO Kabuto

Trap Shot

Description: "Snipe enemies from astride Staggerceps. Aim with the Circle Pad and fire a pincer shot with A. Hit your mark to stop a foe in its tracks."

Spirit Used: Staggerceps

Vacuum Ghost

Description: "Have [spirit] slurp up surrounding enemies, deal damage, and then spit them back out. Use the Circle Pad to move [spirit].

Spirit Used: Ghostabocky, Jestabocky

Water Blaster

Description: "Make [spirit] fire a stream of water. Use the Circle Pad to control the stream’s direction."

Spirit Used: Fin Fatale, Fishboné

Whirling Bronco

Description: "Crash into enemies astride [spirit]. Use the Circle Pad to steer and A to add a spin attack."

Spirit Used: Cyber Yog, Yoggy Ram

Dual Links - Sora

**Group** **Spirit**
a Fishboné, Frootz Cat, Ghostabocky, Keeba Tiger, Komory Bat, Majik Lapin, Necho Cat, Peepsta Hoo, Toximander, Woeflower
b Cera Terror, Drill Sye, Escarglow, Kab Kannon, KO Kabuto, Kooma Panda, Me Me Bunny, Pricklemane, Staggerceps, Tama Sheep, Ursa Circus
c Chef Kyroo, Drak Quack, Eaglider, Hebby Repp, Ryu Dragon, Sudo Neku, Tatsu Blaze, Tyranto Rex, Yoggy Ram
d Cyber Yog, Electricorn, Jestabocky, Lord Kyroo, Thunderaffe
e Ducky Goose, Iceguin Ace, Juggle Pup, R&R Seal, Skelterwild
f Fin Fatale, Sir Kyroo, Tatsu Steed, Wheeflower, Zolephant
g Aura Lion, Halbird, Pegaslick
h Flowbermeow, Meow Wow, Meowjesty

Dual-Link Group Distribution Chart

S: Chaos Snake

Description: "Dual Link to gather light in the Keyblade and then unleash a powerful beam that can be aimed with Circle Pad."

C: Comet

Description: "Dual Link to ride a shooting star into enemies and trigger a devastating blast."

P: Prism Light

Description: "Dual Link to refract light through a crystal and inflict serious damage."

R: Ragnarok

Description: "Dual Link to launch a devastating salvo of light at the enemy."

T: Trinity Limit

Description: "Dual Link to summon an orb of light and inflict serious damage."

U: Unison Rush

Description: "Dual Link to mercilessly charge the enemy again and again."

W: Whomperstomp

Description: "Grab on tight as a gargantuan Meow Wow bounces around, flattening foes and creating king-sized shockwaves."

Single Spirit Links - Riku

Darkest Fears

Description: "Grow dark claws and terrorize foes."

Spirits Used: Fishboné, Frootz Cat, Ghostabocky, Keeba Tiger, Komory Bat, Necho Cat, Peepsta Hoo, Skelterwild, Toximander, Woeflower

Fire Raid

Description: "Imbue your Keyblade with fire and hurl it at enemies."

Spirits Used: Chef Kyroo, Drak Quack, Eaglider, Hebby Repp, Kab Kannon, KO Kabuto, Ryu Dragon, Staggerceps, Sudo Neku, Tatsu Blaze, Tyranto Rex, Yoggy Ram

Shining Hammer

Description: "Cut a wide swath in front of you, then strike the ground to create a shockwave of light."

Spirits Used: Aura Lion, Cera Terror, Drill Sye, Ducky Goose, Flowbermeow, Halbird, Kooma Panda, Meow Wow, Meowjesty, Pricklemane, Tama Sheep, Ursa Circus

Thunderstorm

Description: "Imbue your Keyblade with lightning and punish foes with a flurry of attacks."

Spirits Used: Cyber Yog, Electricorn, Jestabocky, Lord Kyroo, Majik Lapin, Me Me Bunny, Pegaslick, Thunderaffe

Wavesurfer

Description: "Imbue your Keyblade with water and assail foes with a series of spin attacks."

Spirits Used: Escarglow, Fin Fatale, Iceguin Ace, Juggle Pup, R&R Seal, Sir Kyroo, Tatsu Steed, Wheeflower, Zolephant

Dual Links - Riku

**Group** **Spirit**
a Aura Lion, Cera Terror, Drill Sye, Ducky Goose, Flowbermeow, Kooma Panda, Meow Wow, Meowjesty, Pricklemane, Tama Sheep, Ursa Circus
b Chef Kyroo, Drak Quack, Hebby Repp, Kab Kannon, KO Kabuto, Staggerceps, Sudo Neku, Tatsu Blaze, Tyranto Rex, Yoggy Ram
c Cyber Yog, Electricorn, Jestabocky, Majik Lapin, Me Me Bunny, Thunderaffe
d Escarglow, Fin Fatale, Iceguin Ace, Juggle Pup, R&R Seal, Sir Kyroo, Tatsu Steed, Wheeflower, Zolephant
e Fishboné, Frootz Cat, Keeba Tiger, Necho Cat, Peepsta Hoo, Skelterwild, Toximander, Woeflower
f Eaglider, Halbird, Komory Bat, Pegaslick, Ryu Dragon
g Ghostabocky
h Lord Kyroo

Dual-Link Group Distribution Chart

B: Bladecharge

Description: "Wield a giant Keyblade of light and strike down many enemies at once."

G: Ghost Drive

Description: "Imbue your Keyblade with darkness and blindside foes with a flurry of warp attacks."

R: Rising Wing

Description: "Imbue your Keyblade with wind and strike a wide area with a powerful gale."