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Your abyss awaits.
~ Young Xehanort to Riku

Young Xehanort (also called "The Unknown" and the "Mysterious Figure") is a mysterious character, the identity of whom is actually Master Xehanort (albeit at a younger age). He is voiced by David Gallagher in Birth by Sleep and Benjamin Diskin in Dream Drop Distance.

He first appeared in the North American, PAL, and Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, in which he is fought as a super-boss and became the main antagonist in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

He is the original Xehanort and was given the power to travel through and manipulate time itself, to help Master Xehanort accomplish his goal of containing his essence in thirteen different vessels.


Pre-Birth by Sleep

Young Xehanort lived on Destiny Islands until his future Heartless, Ansem, time traveled back in time to meet him, Ansem gave him the power to control time and sent him to gather all of their incarnations. Xehanort succeeded in doing this and later returned to his time period after Dream Drop Distance to live the life he was fated to.

Birth By Sleep

At an unknown point before Dream Drop Distance, Young Xehanort travels to The Land of Departure after his future self had destroyed it and confronts Terra, Ventus, and Aqua separately. After an arduous battle, he disappears without a trace.


Young Xehanort travels to Radiant Garden, where he converses with a newly revived Braig about Master Xehanort's plans. During the conversation, Young Xehanort recalls the legends of Keyblade inheritance and notes the importance of his future self's Keyblade. Braig, knowing that the weapon is tied to the Keyblade War, decides to proceed with his own plans.

Dream Drop Distance

Xehanort travels to the present and has several interactions with Sora and Riku. His purpose during this time is to monitor Sora and ensure he follows a path where he can be controlled. After Sora's battle with Xemnas, Young Xehanort appears and explains that Sora's Heart has already begun to sink into the Darkness and his own origins, ending with stating that since Sora's first encounter with Ansem during the original Kingdom Hearts everything that had happened was unavoidable.

Young Xehanort later appears before Riku when the latter attempts to retrieve Sora. Mickey then appears and uses a Stopza spell to freeze him, however he gets possessed by his elderly self and fights Riku. After their battle Master Xehanort appears and explains the machinations of his plans. After failing to possess Sora, the true Organization XIII's members, including Young Xehanort, return to their original timelines.

Kingdom Hearts III

Young Xehanort is set to reappear in Kingdom Hearts III.

Boss encounters

As a high-ranking villain, Young Xehanort is fought as a boss character in both his appearances to date. He is an optional "super-boss" in Birth By Sleep and the penultimate boss in Dream Drop Distance. His battles are notorious for being very difficult and confusing.

In Birth By Sleep, Young Xehanort (known as "Mysterious Figure" in that game) is notorious as by far the hardest boss in the series. Here, he is fast, unpredictable, and utterly relentless in his attack patterns. Worst of all, all of his attacks can instantly kill the player in just one hit. Equipping "Once More" and "Second Chance" can prevent this, but their impact is minimal; a single hit will still knock the player to 1 HP, and even then, he never stops attacking. Even if the player manages to come up with a strategy, winning this fight requires incredible luck, skills, or both. Young Xehanort is, in fact, so hard that he was slightly nerfed in later versions of the game.

In Dream Drop Distance, Young Xehanort is much easier, but still a tough cookie. Several of his moves from Birth By Sleep return, but his most notable attacks involve his time powers. When his HP is almost at zero, he puts himself in a ticking clock while clones of himself harass the player. He must be finished off quickly, as if the player waits too long, the entire battle will be reset and you'll have to do it all over again.


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