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Kingdom Hearts 2 Drive Guidelines

by nightmare2

Kingdom Hearts II
Drive Leveling and Info FAQ
Made by nightmare2 or ADAM
Version: 1.00
Date: August 28, 2010


This FAQ is for the American Version of the Game. If you own a different version
then this will not be as useful as it could be.


This is to ensure you, person reading this, an easy time building up the
levels for your drive forms. This FAQ will explain the best ways (my opinion
and my stye) for leveling your drive forms and various bits of information that
will help you along the way.


Email me with any questions you may have. Before doing so make sure that the answer 
isn't in this guide. If you are unsure about something or wish to put in your opinion then
email me. I will try my best to help.
[email protected]


The Drive Forms: Valor, Wisdom, Master, Final and Anti-Sora

When using the Drive command, you're given a list of forms you can choose from.
Throughout the game you'll earn 3 forms, and two secret forms which only one of
them can be acquired. Anti-Sora is a form which Sora becomes at random while
using different forms. This form cannot be selected, and will automatically
drain ALL of your drive gauge after reverting or depleting the form gauge. Each
of the other forms have a total of 7 levels, each with their own unique way of
gaining experience. At times, you'll experience a level cap, which won't allow
you to level your drive forms any further until you gain other forms.


Valor Form: A form based around the use of physical attacks

The Valor Form is a fast, and high attacking form. When in this form, Sora
wields two keyblades and can easily attack the enemy with quick, damaging
combos. Having high strength makes leveling this form difficult.

Obtained: You obtain this form automatically after receiving your new change of
clothes in The Tower from the Three Fairies.

Number of Drive Gauges Used: 3

Character Required: Goofy MUST be in the party to use this form, when this form
is selected, you lose Goofy as a party member until the form gauge is depleted
or you revert.

Advantages: Quick, use of two keyblades (always cool), high attack
Disadvantages: No magic is used (Only items can be used for healing)

Form Level 2: Auto-Valor (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 3: High Jump LV1 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, High Jump LV2(Form)
Form Level 4: Combo Plus (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 5: High Jump LV2 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, High Jump LV3 (Form)
Form Level 6: Combo Plus (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 7: High Jump LV3 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, High Jump MAX (Form)

How to gain experience: The way to level this form is simple, for every time an
enemy is hit while in the Valor form, you'll gain 1 exp. 
Where to Level: This form is easier to level when fighting enemies with high HP.
Anywhere you can fight enemy that takes several hits to kill is a great place to
level this form. Try avoiding the fat heartless, you'll most likely waste time
trying to hit them.

Best way to gain experience: The best way (again, in my opinion) to gain
experience for this form is to use low damaging weapons, so that you can score
quick consecutive hits on the enemy.

Weapons of Choice: Sweet Memories and Oath Keeper (only if you have them, the
keyblade Sweet Memories can be acquired after completing 100 Acre Wood)

Why these weapons? Simple, Sweet Memories does not add to strength, thus making
this weapon the weakest Keyblade in the game (take into consideration that your
attacks will be based off your current strength, meaning that just because this
weapon doesn't add strength doesn't mean it can't kill an enemy quickly).
Secondly, the Oath Keeper has an ability called 'Form Boost' which will allow
you to stay in your current form longer, which is great for leveling ALL forms.

Leveling-up Area of Choice: Top of Pride's Rock in the Lion King World.

Overall Rating: 3/5
All though this is a strong form, it does relinquish your magic spells, making a
tight situation even tighter at times. It is always wise to keep High Potions
equipped just in case of emergencies. 


Wisdom Form: A form based around the use of magical attacks

The Wisdom form is rather slow form, yet it's magical potential reaches new
heights. In this form, Sora only uses one keyblade, but instead of attacking, he
shoots his enemy, allowing him to attack from a distance and allow more evasive
maneuvering. You also get to float around like 2 inches off the ground, epic.

Obtained: You obtain the Wisdom Form after completing the world Timeless River.

Number of Drive Gauges Used: 3

Character Required: Donald MUST be in the party to use this form. You will lose
Donald as a party member until the form gauge is depleted or you revert.

Advantages: Fast magic casting, attack from distance
Disadvantages: Kind of slow, hard to level at beginning

Form Level 2: Auto Wisdom (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 3: Quick Run LV1 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, Quick Run LV2 (Form)
Form Level 4: MP Rage (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 5: Quick Run LV2 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, Quick Run LV3 (Form)
Form Level 6: MP Haste (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 7: Quick Run LV3 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, Quick Run MAX (Form)

How to gain experience: The only way to gain experience for this form is by
killing Heartless. Each time a Heartless is killed, 1 experience is gained.

Where to level: Anywhere with an abundance of WEAK heartless. You'll want to
kill your enemy quickly to conserve the form gauge. A good place would be The
World that Never Was, where alot of Shadows spawn at high rates. These are the
weakest heartless, meaning you can kill a majority of them with one spell 
(most of the time) and conserve your MP for harder enemies. 

Best way to gain experience: Using your magical spells will destroy a 
number of the heartless you have to face, so don't be afraid to cast 
the spells. You'll still have an MP Charge in the form, so once your 
out of MP, you'll have to use the Shoot command to attack until your MP is 
restored. Remember to fight weak heartless so your form will level quicker 
and retain more of it's form gauge.

Weapon of Choice: Oath Keeper
Why this weapon? This weapon is ideal for leveling all the forms because of its
ability form boost. This weapon is especially good for the Wisdom form, due to
its +3 to Magic, resulting in more damaging spells.

Overall Rating: 3/5
The Wisdom form is a well-balanced form, but after its leveled completely, you
will probably use it alot. It has alot of speed and very good for dodging. 

My opinion? Best form.
Emailers Opinion? Moderate form. After obtaining Master and Final they tend to 
ignore it.


Master Form: A form specializing in both physical and magical attacks

The Master form is beautiful blend of physical and magical attacking. With the
use of two keyblades, Sora uses even more damaging combos, and has a new
powerful finishing move. In this form his current spells will be much more
powerful, making quick work of any enemy you face.

Obtained: After talking with Mickey in Ansem's Study.

Number of Drive Gauges Consumed: 4

Characters Required: The form requires the help of two friends. Meaning, you
must give up your party in order to use this form. The party will be usable
again after the form gauge is depleted or you revert.

Advantages: Extremely fast, strong finishing moves, much more powerful magic
Disadvantages: Loss of two friends (not much else wrong with this form)

Form Level 2: Auto-Master (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 3: Air Dodge LV1 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, Air Dodge LV2 (Form)
Form Level 4: Air Combo Plus (Sora), Form Gauge Up,
Form Level 5: Air Dodge LV2 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, Air Dodge LV3 (Form)
Form Level 6: Air Combo Plus (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 7: Air Dodge LV3 (Sora) Form Gauge Up, Air Dodge MAX (Form)

How to Level: The Master form is fairly easy to level, for every drive recovery
orb picked up, it gains 1 exp, for every high drive recovery orb picked up, it
gains 3 exp.

Where to Level: The Beast's Castle, The Land of Dragons, or Radiant Garden
(Hollow Bastion). These three places have an abundance of heartless who drop
lots of high drive recovery orbs (usually 6-7 per enemy).

Best Way to Gain Experience: Simply stick to those three places and the
experience will roll in. Avoid fighting Nobodies, whom drop nothing but MP 
orbs. (This won't help you level, only fight these if you need MP)

Weapons of Choice: Any Keyblade with high strength, Oath Keeper
The reason why you want high strength is so you can kill your enemies faster to
conserve your form gauge, which depletes faster than the other two forms. The
Oath Keeper should allow you to stay in your forms long enough to gain alot of
drive recovery orbs to level up this form fairly quickly.

Overall Rating: 5/5
This form truly has little flaws. It's a great form that makes fighting even
funner, and decimating enemies is a breeze.


Final Form: A form based around the Keyblade's true potential of strength and
magic, the ultimate of all forms

Those who thought the Master Form was great will be blown away by the speed,
strength, and magic of this form. The combos are unbelievable, the speed is
remarkable, and the magic is all powerful!!!!

Obtained: Well this is a harder one to obtain.
But definetly worth it. You must fit the following criteria to
obtain this form:

- Have a total of 5 Drive Gauges
- Have activated the fight scene with Roxas and Sora
- You MUST be in battle when activating your drive form
- It can be obtained in ANY world after the fight scene

Easy way to obtain this form: 
I know I should of mentioned some of the auto drive filling things, but it 
crossed my mind. An easy way to obtain this form is to go to The World That 
Never Was and right after the fight Xigbar Donald and Goofy will be walking 
around the area you defeated him in. Progress foward to Naught's Skyway, 
BUT DO NOT goto the next area. Transform into any  desired form in a group 
of enemies, if you do not transform, head back to where Donald and Goofy are 
while in your drive form. Your drive will be maxed out again, and rinse, 
lather, repeat until you have the Final Form.

For those who've already gone past this point, head to where the Final door
to Kingdom Hearts lies(Xemnas Fight)All your friends will be standing around, 
so leave back outside and use your drive form in a group of enemies. If you 
fail to go into the Final Form, head back to where all your friends are, and 
your drive gauge should be maxed out again. You must enter the door while in a 
drive form.

Use a majority of any drive gauge glitches and use it to your advantage to
obtain this form. Easiest way in my opinion is to go ahead and stick to the
ones above, but if you're not to those points, this works out great.

Number of Drives Consumed: 5

Advantages: Extremely fast, extremely strong, fast magic casting, and the list
goes on and on
Disadvantages: You still lose two friends, but the result will make you want to
fight alone! Other than that, there are no other disadvantages.

Form Level 2: Auto-Final (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 3: Glide LV1 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, Glide LV2 (Form)
Form Level 4: Form Boost (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 5: Glide LV2 (Sora), Form Gauge Up , Glide LV3 (Form)
Form Level 6: Form Boost (Sora), Form Gauge Up
Form Level 7: Glide LV3 (Sora), Form Gauge Up, Glide MAX (Form)

How to Level: For every Nobody destroyed, 1 exp is gained.

Where to Level: The World that Never Was. This is pretty much the best place to
level this form, due to the castle having nothing but Nobody enemies. The Tower
is also a nice place to level.

Best Way to Gain Experience: Use your magical spells in big groups of enemies to
destroy them quickly, thus resulting in faster leveling.

Weapons of Choice: Any weapon with high strength and magic, Oath Keeper
You want to destroy your enemies quickly so using weapons with high 
strength and magic will make leveling this form rather easy. You already 
know the reason for the Oath Keeper.

Overall Rating: 5/5
This form is simply amazing, pretty much any action you choose will harm the
enemy in some way or another, and leveling up this form will give you the Glide
ability (which is always fun) stick to The World that Never Was for fast


Anti-Sora Form: A form based around the darkness in one's heart, blazing speed
at one's finger tips

Sure, I make it sound cool, but in truth this form is actually pretty bad. The
only good thing about this form is that its speed goes unmatched, attacking the
enemy in quick bursts. This form is relatively weak, but the speed makes up for
some of it.

Obtained: You will become this form when your Anti-points hit a certain mark 
while using the Valor, Wisdom or Master form. This form cannot be selected 
even  after used.

Number of Drive Gauges Consumed: All of them.....

Advantages: Fastest form, all moves acts as finishers, parries moves
Disadvantages: Consumes all Drive Gauges, Loss of Magic, Loss of both party
members, and cannot revert while fighting enemies. No experience gained, 50%
more damage taken, and cannot pick up HP orbs. Not to bad.

This form cannot be leveled at all. Any time your in the form is strictly by 
bad luck. I have only one idea of trying to prevent becoming this form. 
Transform into the desired form when there are no enemies around, this 
is just a guess, but it has worked everytime I've tried it.

So how does one prevent Anti-Sora? Simple, go into Final Form alot, 
which will knock down the Anti-Points by a total of 10, meaning the 
more you use it, the less of a chance you'll have of EVER becoming
Anti-Sora again. I have tested this, looked it up, and asked others.

Overall Rating: 2/5
This form just sucks. All there is to it. Though it looks cool so 
it gets more credit. Any Question? Contact me. I would love to help.

Created by nightmare2 or ADAM

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