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Learn how to battle and defeat the secret boss in Kingdom Hearts 3 (KH3) - Dark Inferno, including info on boss characteristics, attacks, battle strategy, tips, and more!

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips
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Tips to Beat Dark Inferno - Video Walkthrough

Where To Find Dark Inferno

Investigate Battle Portal 14 In The Wastelands

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

After beating the main story, you can visit the wastelands again and you'll find Battle Portal 14 there. Activate it to trigger the fight against Dark Inferno.

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Dark Inferno's Characteristics

Mainly Uses Powerful Physical Attacks

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Dark Inferno mainly deals strong physical damage. Equip Sora with strong defensive armor and accessories, disregarding elemental resistance attributes for this fight.

Changes Forms When HP Is Low

When you've reduced the Dark Inferno's HP by a certain amount, it powers up. This happens in two stages throughout the fight with his attack and speed amping up every time. These Form changes are permanent, and will not change throughout the battle.

Recommended Equipment Vs. Dark Inferno

Equip High Defense Gear

Focus on equipping Sora with high defense armor accessories. These will help combat against the high physical damage Dark Inferno can inflict on you during the battle.

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Recommended Keyblade: Wheel Of Fate

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

The Keyblade Wheel Of Fate from The Caribbean is one of the better weapons to use against Dark Inferno. It increases its range of attack when it transforms and also increases the number of your combos.

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Equip Recovery Items In Shortcut

It can be hard to manage your HP levels by using Curaga alone. Be sure to stock up on recovery items and equip them in your Shortcut menu so you're ready to heal when Curaga is on cooldown.

Recommended Abilities Vs. Dark Inferno

Set Up Guard & Passives Abilities

Make sure to check that you've set your Guard move and your passive abilities before fighting Dark Inferno. Due to its high offensive power, it's best to counter it with guards and defensive abilities.

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Recommended Ability List

Ability Description
Aerial Recovery- Press × after taking damage in the air to right yourself.
Counter Impact- After a successful block, press ○ to release an explosion that can affect surrounding enemies
Block Press □ to guard against frontal attacks.
Retaliating Slash- After a successful block, press ○ to slash a nearby enemy
Risk Dodge After being blocked by an enemy, press the x button to dodge the incoming attack.
Last Life Survive an attack with 1 HP when your HP is 2 more more

Use Combo Boosts For Attack Abilities

When fighting Dark Inferno, it's best to use attack abilities that boost your combos - increasing your number of hits and the damage that you inflict. Dark Inferno only has few gap for you to attack it so your moves have to count.

Vs. Dark Inferno Battle Strategy & Tips

Always Keep HP Up With Healing

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

It's recommended to always keep your HP up when fighting against Dark Inferno. Use Curaga or healing items such as Potions & Elixirs. If you cannot heal in time, dodge and run away for a bit.

Use Your Keyblade Transformations

Use Your Keyblade Transformations

Whenever you're able to activate a Keyblade transformation, be sure to activate it. These usually boost your attack power & will allow you to land powerful critical hits on Dark Inferno.

Focus On Fighting In The Air

Focus On Fighting In The Air

Dark Inferno has attacks that are wide-ranged, but mostly near the ground. If you're up on the air, you can easily avoid these ground attacks. Try using Glide ability to keep your air time as long as possible

Dark Inferno Has 3 Stages Of Powering Up

PhaseDetail
NormalNormal State・Dark Inferno starts in this state
・Can be countered using guards
PurplePurple Aura・Reduce HP to trigger this aura
・Speed & strength will be increased
・Attack combo has an additional hit
・Timing for counterattacks has changed
RedRed Aura・Reduce HP further to trigger this aura
・Speed & strength will increase further
・Combos will have more hits than the Purple Aura
・Timing counterattacks will be challenging

Battle Strategy Vs. Normal Dark Inferno

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Dodge It's First Rush Attack

Dodge It

The Dark Inferno starts off his attacks with a flurry of attacks, enough to take out good portions of your HP. Anticipate this attack and dodge his rush as soon as the battle starts to avoid being at an disadvantage.

Attack During Gap Between Its Moves

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

At this stage, it's easier to attack Dark Inferno as it will have significant gaps between its offensive moves. You can also open him up for hits by blocking him then pressing ◯ to counterattack.

Focus On The Timing When Summoning Spheres

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

When Dark Inferno summons spheres, it will disappear from the field. Focus on the timing where the spheres starts spinning fast to time your dodge and blocks.

Battle Strategy Vs. Purple Aura Dark Inferno

Counterattack After Getting Hit By Launch Move

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

When Dark Inferno hits you with a launch attack, you can counteract his follow up sword attack by blocking then dodging. Compared to its normal state, Dark Inferno will hit you almost immediately after it launches you in the air so it's best to counter then dodge.

Counter After Its Ranged Attack Moves

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Dark Inferno stays still in one spot when it's doing its ranged attacks. Jump and hit him from above, allowing you to avoid the ranged attack and inflicting damage from the air.

Use Keyblade Form Change When Normal Attacks Connect

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Dark Inferno's Purple Aura moves around quite fast, making it hard to connect your hits. When you do land a hit, it's best to use a Keyblade transformation then hit Dark Inferno again. You can deal more damage this way.

Battle Strategy Vs. Red Aura Dark Inferno

Counter Dark Inferno After Its Ranged Attack

Countering Dark Inferno becomes harder when it activates its Red Aura. You can use the same tactic of countering after it implements its ranged attack but it gets harder this time around.

Won't Receive Damage When Countered After Guarding

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

When Dark Inferno has its Red Aura, it cannot be damaged anymore by counter attacks after a block. Since guards are virtually useless at this stage, take its HP down with dodges & normal attacks.

Be Conscious Of Your Keyblade Transformations

At this stage, it gets increasingly more difficult to land a hit on Dark Inferno. Keep in mind to activate your Keyblade transformations manually to make sure every hit that connects will count.

Dark Inferno's Attack Patterns

Normal State Attack Pattern

Slash → Charge

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Dark Inferno charges at you after a slash attack. This cannot be guarded against so it's best to dodge sideways to avoid getting hit.

Launch Attack Up → Blade Attack → Downward Attack

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

When the launch attack hits you, the best way to minimize damage is to do aerial recovery then dodge.

Guard → Slash Attack

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Dark Inferno is capable of using guard as well. You can see it block your attacks by crossing its two swords together. When it guards, be careful of its slash attack when you make to attack it.

Summon Spheres → Homing Spheres 2x

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Dark Inferno has an attack that summons spheres of light. These will home in on you twice. It's best to glide around or dodge right when they're about to hit you.

Wide-Range Attack With An Epicenter

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

This wide-range attack spreads around Dark Inferno in a sweeping circle. Jump and glide above to avoid taking damage as you can get stunned if you're hit by this move.

Purple Aura Attack Pattern

Slash → Slash → Charge

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

This time, Dark Inferno will do 2 slash attacks before it charges towards you. Guard the first slash then dodge twice to avoid this attack.

Launch Attack Up → Slash → Slash → Downward Attack

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

This move will add another slash attack before the downward attack. It's best to dodge these attacks then counter after the 2nd slash attack.

Guard → Slash Attack

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

When Dark Inferno crosses its swords, it does not receive any damage when you attack it. Don't be aggressive and wait for it to uncross its swords to avoid getting hit by a slash attack.

Summon Spheres → Homing Spheres 3x

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

At this stage, there'll be 3 rounds of homing spheres that will chase after you. Avoid them by gliding or dodging right before they're about to hit you.

Wide-Range Attack With An Epicenter

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

You can dodge this move by simply jumping and gliding in the air. You won't be able to hit Dark Inferno even when it's standing still when its Purple Aura is activated.

Red Aura Attack Pattern

Slash → Slash → Slash → Charge

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

If you get hit by all of these attacks, more than half of your HP will diminish. It's recommended to guard or dodge this set of moves or use glide to escape Dark Inferno.

Launch Attack Up → Slash → Slash → Slash → Downward Attack

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

It's possible to counter Dark Inferno when he does this set of moves. It's best to guard, dodge the following slash attacks, then counter Dark Inferno.

Guard → Slash Attack

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Observe Dark Inferno's movements when it puts its guard up again. Be careful not to attack as it may suddenly do a counter slash attack on you.

Summon Spheres → Homing Spheres 3x

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

This attack generally does not change from the Purple Aura version. However, Dark Inferno may show up to hit you during this stage so it's best to avoid getting hit by jumping up and gliding.

Wide-Range Attack With An Epicenter

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips

Be careful and avoid this attack by gliding. If you get hit, you will be stunned and you can get KO-ed instantly.

Reward For Defeating Dark Inferno

Receive Crystal Regalia

KH3 Secret Boss (Dark Inferno) Battle Guide: Strategy & Tips
Strength 5
Magic 5
AP 16
Ability MP Hastega

The Crystal Regalia is one of the best accessories in the game. It boosts both your strength & magic stats greatly, increasing your AP, and giving you the best ability in recovering your MP - MP Hastega.

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