Mickey Mouse Mechanics FAQ *Kingdom Hearts II* Written by danieljarlson Disclaimer: Kingdom Hearts II, Mickey Mouse, and all relating names and characters are copyright Disney Interactive and Square-Enix 2006. Using this guide: To skip to any section, copy its designated tab (example: MK001), push ctrl+f, and paste it into the bar, then hit search, and it should take you straight to the section you want. Table of Contents: Introduction..............................................................MK001 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)..........................................MK002 When Can I Play as Mickey?................................................MK003 Chances of Obtaining Mickey...............................................MK004 What to do When Playing as Mickey.........................................MK005 Mickey's Stats and Levels.................................................MK006 Mickey's Abilities........................................................MK007 Mickey in Combat..........................................................MK008 Closing Statements........................................................MK009 =============================================================================== Introduction MK001 =============================================================================== Hello! One of the greatest mysteries of Kingdom Hearts II is the tiny mouse king, Mickey! Being one of the most (if not THE most) well known fictional characters there is, not to mention Disney's mascot, you'd expect that there would be plenty of people who know everything about Mickey, from who his very first voice actor was to how much MP his Pearl attack consumes. Sadly, although you'd expect there to be plenty of these people, there are in actuality very few, and while although I won't delve into voice actors and things like that, technical info, such as the amount of MP his attacks consume and how much damage they deal, when and more importantly how you get to play as him, and the like will be covered in this FAQ. Now, on to more legal-ey stuff, this FAQ was written by me. Other sources contributed information, and they will be thanked in the "Closing Statements" section. This FAQ may only be posted on GameFAQs unless you have my permission. This FAQ and no part of it may be copied or altered. The most you may take from it is quoting it to answer someone's question on a message board, however I ask that you mention where you got it from. Please abide by these rules and there shouldn't be too much trouble. =============================================================================== Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) MK002 =============================================================================== Q: Oh no! I got a game over! Wait a minute? What's happening? A: Congratulations, you were just saved by Mickey. Q: So I can really play as him? A: Yes. Q: Does this happen all the time? A: In certain battles, there is a chance that Mickey will save you if you die. Q: Can I play as him outside of these "certain battles"? A: Without a cheating device, no, you cannot. Sorry to disappoint. Q: So dying in a certain battle is the only way to play as him? A: Yes. Q: But I heard that if you beat the game under the right conditions you get a secret mode that lets you play through the game as him! A: Sorry, but whoever told you that was lying. As much as it hurts, dying in a few handpicked battles is the only way you're going to play as him without buying a Game Shark, Action Replay, or Code Breaker. Q: Aw man, that sucks! A: Yes, yes it does. Q: Ok, so how is playing as Mickey different from playing as Sora? A: Well, Mickey relies a lot more on his speed and agility to avoid attacks, whereas Sora relies more on his brute strength and defensive abilities to take the hits and shrug them off. Q: So Mickey's only good for dodging things? A: Not entirely, Mickey does have extremely ruthless combos, both in the land and in the air, but you'll want to dodge attacks more because he has such low health. Q: So what am I supposed to do when I'm playing as Mickey? A: If Mickey's HP is reduced to 0, Sora and all your party members will be revived with 1/2 their full HP. Q: Only 1/2? A: Yes, but that's if you let Mickey die. If you use his D-Charge by pressing the 'Triangle' button to fill up Mickey's Drive Gauge, you can use Healing Light, which will revive Sora and his comrades with full HP. Q: So Mickey's a sort of extra-life? A: Exactly. Q: Why don't I just kill the boss with Mickey? He seems strong enough. A: Unfortunately, Mickey cannot kill bosses. Q: Why not? A: To deal the finishing hit to a boss, you must use an attack that counts as a Finisher, and Mickey has none. Q: Why'd they do that? A: The developers wanted to show that Mickey didn't fight Sora's battles for him, he only gave Sora the little extra help when he needed it. That would be my guess at least. Q: Is there anything else I need to know? A: Everything else is explained in later sections. =============================================================================== When Can I Play as Mickey? MK003 =============================================================================== In certain boss battles, if you die there is a chance that rather than going to the black Game Over screen that shows Sora floating on his back, you'll be taken to a white screen with two options. These options are: "I Won't Give Up!" --Selecting this causes the battle to continue with you in control of Mickey. "It's All Over..." --Selecting this is the equivalent of getting a Game Over and takes you to the regular Game Over screen (the one with Sora floating on his back.) As for which battles actually have a chance of causing Mickey to appear, there are 10 battles in which he comes to save you. These battles will be numbered from 1-10 to make it easier in future sections when referencing the battles he appears in. These 10 boss battles are: 01-Shan-Yu 02-Thresholder and Possessor 03-Shadow Stalker/Dark Thorn 04-Cerberus (First Battle with Auron) 05-The Hydra 06-Volcanic Lord and Blizzard Lord 07-Storm Rider 08-Xaldin 09-Grim Reaper (First Battle) 10-Xemnas (First Armored Battle) Keep in mind that if Mickey's saved you before, he might not save you again if you die on another of these battles. As for the exact chances that he'll appear, well... =============================================================================== Chances of Obtaining Mickey MK004 =============================================================================== There is a set percent chance that Mickey will come to save you if you die in one of the 10 battles listed above. These chances are: __________________________________ l-First Time -l- 100% -l l-Second Time -1- 80% -l l-Third Time -l- 64% -l l-Fourth and after-l- 50% -l There are two things you must keep in mind. The first is that the last statistic (Fourth and after) means that from the fourth time Mickey saves you and all other times after that, there will only be a 50% chance that he'll come. The second thing to keep in mind is that the game keeps track of how many times he has saved you and even shows you the total number at the end of the game on the "Battle Records" screen. The number of times he's saved you is kept throughout the entire game, so if you die on 01, there is a 100% chance that he'll save you and with his help you're able to beat the boss without his help again. Then, later in the game, if you die on 08, there will only be an 80% chance that he'll save you because he already saved you once earlier in the game. This means that if you constantly die in the 10 selected battles, than things will get harder as the game goes on! =============================================================================== What to do When Playing as Mickey MK005 =============================================================================== When you gain control of Mickey in battle, your first priority should be filling up his Drive Gauge with the D-Charge ability. Unfortunately, your enemies won't stand there and let you fill up your Drive Gauge. Use Mickey's fast attacks to knock your enemies back and use D-Charge as much as possible before they come back at you. Alternatively, you can use Mickey's incredible jumping ability to get away from your opponent's attacks and use the D-Charge while they're catching up to you. Keep in mind that Mickey's Drive Gauge still charges from hitting enemies like Sora's does, but with no abilities to boost up the speed, the D-Charge will still be your best plan to charge the Drive Gauge. If you do plan to fight the opponent, one tip is to try and stay in the air. While in the air, Mickey has access to more powerful abilities and longer combos, thus giving him an edge he wouldn't have elsewhere. Here is Mickey's command table: ______________________ l-X Button: Attack-l l-O Button: Jump -l l- Button: Pearl -l Reaction Commands: D-Charge (Increases Drive Gauge) Healing Light (Restores Sora and party with full HP) Take note that the Healing Light Reaction Command can only be used if Mickey's Drive Gauge has been filled. Other than that, Mickey has no Reaction Commands including one's triggered by enemies for cinematic attacks. =============================================================================== Mickey's Stats and Levels MK006 =============================================================================== Like Sora and all your party members, Mickey gains experience and levels up as well. Mickey gains the same amount of experience as you do in the same way that party members of worlds that you currently aren't in do: The experience you earn is given to him as well but the game doesn't inform you of when he levels up. A table of Mickey's stats: Mickey's Level 1 Stats: _________________________ HP -l- 60 MP -l- 100 AP -l- 20 EXP -l- 0 Arm. Slots -l- 0 Acc. Slots -l- 0 Itm. Slots -l- 0 Strength -l- 4 Magic -l- 7 Defense -l- 4 Level Up Table (These aren't by how much the stats increase, but by the total value they'll be at that level.) ____________________________________ -l EXP -l STR-l MGC-l DEF-l lvl 01-l 0 -l 4 -l 7 -l 4 -l lvl 02-l 6 -l -l 8 -l 7 -l lvl 03-l 48 -l 5 -l -l -l lvl 04-l 110 -l -l 9 -l -l lvl 05-l 197 -l 6 -l -l -l lvl 06-l 312 -l -l 10 -l 10 -l lvl 07-l 460 -l 7 -l -l -l lvl 08-l 644 -l -l 11 -l -l lvl 09-l 869 -l 8 -l -l -l lvl 10-l 1163 -l -l 12 -l 13 -l lvl 11-l 1534 -l 9 -l -l -l lvl 12-l 1990 -l 10 -l 13 -l -l lvl 13-l 2539 -l 11 -l -l -l lvl 14-l 3198 -l -l 14 -l 16 -l lvl 15-l 3982 -l 12 -l -l -l lvl 16-l 4931 -l -l 15 -l -l lvl 17-l 6047 -l 13 -l -l -l lvl 18-l 7383 -l -l 16 -l 19 -l lvl 19-l 8955 -l 14 -l 17 -l -l lvl 20-l 10779 -l -l 18 -l -l lvl 21-l 12871 -l 15 -l -l -l lvl 22-l 18073 -l -l 19 -l 22 -l lvl 23-l 21214 -l 16 -l -l -l lvl 24-l 24731 -l -l 20 -l -l lvl 25-l 26492 -l 17 -l -l -l lvl 26-l 28636 -l -l 21 -l 25 -l lvl 27-l 32996 -l 18 -l -l -l lvl 28-l 37824 -l -l 22 -l -l lvl 29-l 43135 -l 19 -l -l -l lvl 30-l 49000 -l -l 23 -l 28 -l lvl 31-l 55435 -l 20 -l -l -l lvl 32-l 62515 -l 21 -l 24 -l -l lvl 33-l 70259 -l 22 -l -l -l lvl 34-l 78746 -l -l 25 -l 31 -l lvl 35-l 87996 -l 23 -l -l -l lvl 36-l 98092 -l -l 26 -l -l lvl 37-l 109057 -l 24 -l -l -l lvl 38-l 120978 -l -l 27 -l 34 -l lvl 39-l 133879 -l 25 -l 28 -l -l lvl 40-l 147851 -l -l 29 -l -l lvl 41-l 162921 -l 26 -l -l -l lvl 42-l 179184 -l -l 30 -l 37 -l lvl 43-l 196668 -l 27 -l -l -l lvl 44-l 235627 -l -l 31 -l -l lvl 45-l 245472 -l 28 -l -l -l lvl 46-l 257236 -l -l 32 -l 40 -l lvl 47-l 280331 -l 29 -l -l -l lvl 48-l 305019 -l -l 33 -l -l lvl 49-l 331335 -l 30 -l -l -l lvl 50-l 359390 -l -l 34 -l 43 -l lvl 51-l 389298 -l 31 -l -l -l lvl 52-l 421098 -l 32 -l 35 -l -l lvl 53-l 453698 -l 33 -l -l -l lvl 54-l 487098 -l -l 36 -l 46 -l lvl 55-l 521298 -l 34 -l -l -l lvl 56-l 556298 -l -l 37 -l -l lvl 57-l 592098 -l 35 -l -l -l lvl 58-l 628698 -l -l 38 -l 49 -l lvl 59-l 666098 -l 36 -l 39 -l -l lvl 60-l 704298 -l -l 40 -l -l lvl 61-l 743298 -l 37 -l -l -l lvl 62-l 783098 -l -l 41 -l 52 -l lvl 63-l 823698 -l 38 -l -l -l lvl 64-l 865098 -l -l 42 -l -l lvl 65-l 907298 -l 39 -l -l -l lvl 66-l 948798 -l -l 43 -l 55 -l lvl 67-l 994098 -l 40 -l -l -l lvl 68-l 1038698-l -l 44 -l -l lvl 69-l 1084098-l 41 -l -l -l lvl 70-l 1130298-l -l 45 -l 58 -l lvl 71-l 1177298-l 42 -l -l -l lvl 72-l 1225098-l 43 -l 46 -l -l lvl 73-l 1273698-l 44 -l -l -l lvl 74-l 1323098-l -l 47 -l 61 -l lvl 75-l 1373298-l 45 -l -l -l lvl 76-l 1424298-l -l 48 -l -l lvl 77-l 1476098-l 46 -l -l -l lvl 78-l 1528698-l -l 49 -l 64 -l lvl 79-l 1582098-l 47 -l 50 -l -l lvl 80-l 1636298-l -l 51 -l -l lvl 81-l 1691298-l 48 -l -l -l lvl 82-l 1747098-l -l 52 -l 67 -l lvl 83-l 1803698-l 49 -l -l -l lvl 84-l 1861098-l -l 53 -l -l lvl 85-l 1919298-l 50 -l -l -l lvl 86-l 1978298-l -l 54 -l 70 -l lvl 87-l 2038098-l 51 -l -l -l lvl 88-l 2098698-l -l 55 -l -l lvl 89-l 2160098-l 52 -l -l -l lvl 90-l 2222298-l -l 56 -l 73 -l lvl 91-l 2285298-l 53 -l -l -l lvl 92-l 2349098-l 54 -l 57 -l -l lvl 93-l 2413698-l 55 -l -l -l lvl 94-l 2479098-l -l 58 -l 76 -l lvl 95-l 2545298-l 56 -l -l -l lvl 96-l 2612298-l -l 59 -l -l lvl 97-l 2680098-l 57 -l -l -l lvl 98-l 2748698-l -l 60 -l 79 -l lvl 99-l 2818098-l 58 -l 61 -l -l Mickey's Level 99 Stats _________________________ HP -l- 60 MP -l- 100 AP -l- 20 EXP -l- 2818098 Arm. Slots -l- 0 Acc. Slots -l- 0 Itm. Slots -l- 0 Strength -l- 58 Magic -l- 61 Defense -l- 79 Although Mickey's HP stays at it's relatively low amount throughout the course of the game, his Defense will get high enough to make up for it (a level 66 Mickey has higher Defense than a level 99 Sora) so he won't be taking as much damage as Sora does and hopefully will survive longer. =============================================================================== Mickey's Abilities MK007 =============================================================================== Mickey doesn't have many abilities, but here's a complete list of them. Starting AP: 20 Action Type: -- -AP used: 0 Growth Type: -- -AP used: 0 Support Type: Scan 2 AP Air Combo Plus 1 AP -- -AP used: 3 Total AP Consumption: 3 AP after Consumption: 17 Due to the fact that Mickey has an Air Combo Plus equipped, it would be best to try and remain in the air for the majority of the time you're playing as him, to increase the amount of damage dealt. With Scan, you can see your opponent's health to know when the best time to change back to Sora would be. =============================================================================== Mickey in Combat MK008 =============================================================================== Mickey has fast attacks, long combos, and great agility, giving him more of an edge than Sora in combat. His Pearl attack shoots a ball of light that deals high damage and has significant knock back, yet you can't use it infinitely due to its MP cost. However, Mickey has no Finishers. (An example of a Finisher is Sora's move Guard Break.) Finishers are important because, just as the name implies, they are required to finish boss enemies (meaning that a Finisher move must be used to deal the killing blow to a boss.) Because Mickey has no Finishers, he can't kill a boss and you can only get them down to 1 HP at the lowest before Mickey's attacks start doing no damage (but don't be confused, they still hit, just the boss's health bar won't go down.) For a complete list of Mickey's attacks, here's a chart of them. Mickey's attacks: (Power is x normal attack strength) _______________________________________________________________________________ l Attack Name: -l Type: -l Base Stat: -l Power: l Left-Right Swing -l W -l Strength -l x0.65 (hit 2+ x0.25) l Ascending Spin -l W -l Strength -l x1.0 (hit 2+ x0.33) l Jump Thrust -l W -l Strength -l x1.0 l Falling C-Thrust -l W -l Strength -l x1.0 (hit 2+ x0.25) l V-Spin Swing -l W -l Strength -l x1.0 (hit 2+ x0.25) l Consecutive Swing -l W -l Strength -l x0.65, x0.25, x0.25, x0.25, x2.0 l Spiral Swing -l W -l Strength -l x0.65, x0.25, x0.25, x1.5 l Pearl (10 MP Used) -l O -l Magic -l x2.0 (hit 2+ x0.01) Note: In they "Type" column, this determines the element of the attack. There are six total: W=Weapon, F=Fire, B=Blizzard, T=Thunder, D=Dark, O=Other This is used to determine what attacks will be stronger or weaker, depending on the enemy's stats. For example, Sephiroth has a x0 modifier for F, B, T, and D elements, making all Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, and Dark attacks useless, whereas Yuffie has a x1.5 modifier for W, so all Weapon attacks will deal 150% of their normal damage on her. By knowing an enemy's stats and the elements of your attacks, you can strategize on the best way to deal damage. =============================================================================== Closing Statements MK009 =============================================================================== As stated in section MK001, this FAQ was entirely written by me. People who deserve mention are the writers at Brady Games for their guide, which informed me of various technical numbers, such as Mickey's level-up chart, along with the GameFAQs user Jayak, who informed me of the battles in which Mickey has a chance of appearing in. If you wish to use any part of this guide or put it on your site, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask permission. You may also contact me if you have a question, but please remember to put a subject on your email so I know it's not junk. Thank you for your time, and good night.