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Link Portals FAQ & complete guide - *location spoilers*

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#1 DChiuch

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:18 PM

Reposted with Rebel Dante's permission, please remember to give credit!

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What are Link Portals?

When you are playing the game, you will often notice spiky pink circles on the bottom map screen. These are Link Portals, and either let you fight a set of Dream Eaters for a prize, or borrow a pre-set party of Dream Eaters for a short period of time. Most of these portals are named after various Disney or Square-Enix characters - such as Squall or Firion. These portals are random, and are not necessary for game completion.

Each combat Portal has a Bonus Objective, such as beating it within 20 seconds or pulling off 3 counters during the fight. Beating this objective will grant you an extra item after battle, usually a Royal Cake, Treasure Goggles or Water Barrel for raising Spirits. All prizes are random, though you always get a Dream Piece as the main reward - some of the rarest ones may only be obtainable in this way.

How do I access Link Portals?

This can cause confusion to a few people. Firstly, while you can see Link Portals on zoomed-out view - you must be zoomed IN to access them. When you stand on the corresponding spot of the map, a pop-up box will appear with the name of the portal. Tap on the box on the touch-screen to access the portal.

What are Special Portals?

Every world has six unique, fixed portals per character - 6 for Sora, 6 for Riku. The only exception is The World That Never Was, which has 3 per character. Only one of the six Special Portals available in each world is open at any one time, and which portal is active changes each time you Drop.

There are also Secret Portals that open up later in the game - these allow you to refight bosses, albeit much harder than the original fight. These portals are always available once you are far enough in the game, and are located in the boss rooms that you fought them in originally. I will list their locations as well.

How do I know which Special Portal is open?

At the bottom of the Start Menu (and shown on the World Map) is the Forecast screen. This screen shows a silhouette of the Dream Eater contained within the Special Portal that is currently open. It also gives a description for that Dream Eater, such as Lucky customer or Heavyweight hulk.

However, some worlds have two portals containing the same monster, so it's not always possible to tell exactly which portal is open. However, using this guide should help you narrow down the possible areas.

Once you beat a portal, the silhouette of the Dream Eater will show the Dream Eater's picture, and it will say "DONE!". The Portal will then disappear for the remainder of the game until you have beaten all of them - from which point you can replay them as many times as you like.

Once a Special Portal is beaten, it can be the "active" portal on the forecast again, but it will still be beaten. When this happens, there will be no open portal on that world, so you'll need to Drop again to change that world's portal. Therefore, the last few Portals are the worst since you'll need to keep Dropping to cycle the active portal.

What do I get for beating the Special Portals?

If you beat ALL the Special Portals for a character, you unlock a new Keyblade (End of Pain, same for both characters) for that character. All Special Portals give "Fantasy" level Dream Pieces as prizes, as well as normal Bonus Items. Bonus Items aren't too important, so I wouldn't worry about beating them all too much. And as I said before, once you beat them all, the game will allow you to access them all again to earn more items.

Here's the format for each Special Portal

To find Special Portals, first check your forecast for the current silhouette and check the Dream Eater description. Then see which Special Portals in this guide (for that area and character) match up to that description.

From there you can see which location that Dream Eater is located, or at least have a maximum of 3 possible places to look. Remember - if there isn't an empty silhouette, you'll need to Drop to change which portal is open in that area for that character.

Here's the format I have written it down in:

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Name
Area where Special Portal is located / Portal star rating
Dream Eater forecast description / Dream Eater name
Bonus Challenge
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TRAVERSE TOWN - SORA

-Special Portal 1-
Post Office / 1*
Heavyweight hulk / Kooma Panda
Take no more than 2 hits

-Special Portal 2-
Fourth District / 1*
Doggish cat-thing / Meow Wow
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 3-
Garden / 1*
Kooma Panda (Heavyweight Hulk)
Block 3 attacks

-Special Portal 4-
Second District / 3*
Zippy zapmeister / Thunderaffe
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 5-
Fifth District / 3*
Zippy zapmeister / Thunderaffe
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 6-
Fountain Plaza / 4*
Zippy zapmeister / Thunderaffe
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Secret Portal-
Fifth District


TRAVERSE TOWN - RIKU

-Special Portal 1-
Fountain Plaza / 1*
Doggish-cat thing / Meow Wow
Block at least 3 times

-Special Portal 2-
Second District / 1*
Pup with a petal / Flowbermeow
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 3-
Fourth District / 1*
Roly-poly snoozer / Tama Sheep
Take no more than 2 hits

-Special Portal 4-
First District / 3*
Zippy zapmeister / Thunderaffe
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 5-
Garden / 3*
Zippy zapmeister / Thunderaffe
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 6-
Back Streets / 4*
Zippy zapmeister / Thunderaffe
Take no more than 2 hits

-Secret Portal-
Garden


LA CITE DES CLOCHES - SORA

-Special Portal 1-
Catacombs / 1*
Footloose feline / Necho Cat
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 2-
Town / 1*
Dire driller / Drill Sye
Block 3 times

-Special Portal 3-
Town / 1*
Snouted lout / Zolephant
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 4-
Court of Miracles / 2*
Snouted lout / Zolephant
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 5-
Nave (Upper Balcony) / 2*
Doggish-cat thing / Meow Wow
Take no more than 2 hits

-Special Portal 6-
Square (Roof) / 3*
Footloose feline / Necho Cat
Perform 3 counters

-Secret Portal-
Square


LA CITE DES CLOCHES - RIKU

-Special Portal 1-
Windmill / 1*
Dire driller / Drill Sye
Block at least 3 times

-Special Portal 2-
Town / 1*
Footloose feline / Necho Cat
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 3-
Outskirts / 1*
Footloose feline / Necho Cat
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 4-
Square / 2*
Doggish cat-thing / Meow Wow
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 5-
Outskirts / 2*
Footloose feline / Necho Cat
Block 3 times

-Special Portal 6-
Nave (Upper Balcony) / 3*
Doggish cat-thing / Meow Wow
Perform 3 counters

-Secret Portal-
Square (roof)

PRANKSTER's PARADISE - SORA

-Special Portal 1-
Amusement Park / 2*
Slippery slider / Iceguin Ace
Take no more than 2 hits

-Special Portal 2-
Windup Way / 2*
Lucky customer / Juggle Pup
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 3-
Promontory / 2*
Pup with a petal / Flowbermeow
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 4-
Ocean Floor / 3*
Lucky customer / Juggle Pup
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 5-
Ocean Depths / 3*
Slippery slider / Iceguin Ace
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 6-
Circus / 4*
Lucky customer / Juggle Pup
Block 3 attacks

-Secret Portal-
Promontory

PRANKSTER's PARADISE - RIKU

-Special Portal 1-
Monstro: Mouth /2*
Lucky customer / Juggle pup
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 2-
Monstro: Gullet / 2*
Slippery slider / Iceguin Ace
Take no more than 2 hits

-Special Portal 3-
Monstro: Cavity (Flipped) 2*
Lucky Customer / Juggle Pup
Block 3 attacks

-Special Portal 4-
Monstro: Belly
Slippery slider / Iceguin Ace
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 5-
Monstro: Bowels / 3*
Slippery slider / Iceguin Ace
Land 10 linked attacks

-Special Portal 6-
Monstro: Cavity / 4*
Slippery slider / Iceguin Ace
Perform 3 counters

-Secret Portal-
Monstro: Bowels


THE GRID - SORA

-Special Portal 1-
Rectifier 1F / 2*
Deft deadeye / KO Kabuto
Land 10 linked attacks

-Special Portal 2-
City / 2*
Horned scorcher / Yoggy Ram
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 3-
Bridge / 2*
Deft deadeye / KO Kabuto
Block 3 attacks

-Special Portal 4-
Rectifier 2F / 2*
Deft deadeye / KO Kabuto
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 5-
Docks (Upper Area) / 2*
Deft deadeye / KO Kabuto
Take no more than 2 hits

-Special Portal 6-
Throughput / 3*
Doggish cat-thing / Meow Wow
Win within 20 secs

-Secret Portal-
Throneship


THE GRID - RIKU

-Special Portal 1-
Rectifier 1F / 2*
Deft deadeye / KO Kabuto
Land 10 linked attacks

-Special Portal 2-
City / 2*
Horned Scorcher / Yoggy Ram
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 3-
Bridge / 2*
Deft deadeye / KO Kabuto
Block 3 attacks

-Special Portal 4-
Rectifier 2F / 2*
Deft Deadeye / KO Kabuto
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 5-
Docks (Upper Area) / 2*
Deft deadeye / KO Kabuto
Take no more than 2 hits

-Special Portal 6-
Portal: Stairs / 3*
Doggish cat-thing / Meow Wow
Win within 20 secs

-Secret Portal-
Portal

COUNTRY OF THE MUSKETEERS - SORA

-Special Portal 1-
Mont Saint-Michel
Lop-eared cutie / Me Me Bunny
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 2-
Shore / 3*
Winged wanderer / Halbird
Use no X Commands

-Special Portal 3-
Tower Road / 3*
Prehistoric fiend / Tyranto Rex
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 4-
Dungeon / 4*
Fowlish fool / Ducky Goose
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 5-
Training Yard / 4*
Winged wanderer / Halbird
Block 3 attacks

-Special Portal 6-
Theatre / 5*
King of beasts / Aura Lion
Take no more than 2 hits

-Secret Portal-
Theatre


COUNTRY OF THE MUSKETEERS - RIKU

-Special Portal 1-
Grand Lobby / 3*
King of beasts / Aura Lion
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 2-
The Opera / 3*
Fowlish fool / Ducky Goose
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 3-
Machine Room 3*
Lop-eared cutie / Me Me Bunny
Land 10 linked attacks

-Special Portal 4-
Backstage / 4*
King of beasts / Aura Lion
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 5-
Theatre / 4*
Winged wanderer / Halbird
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 6-
Green Room / 5*
King of beasts / Aura Lion
Win within 20 secs

-Secret Portal-
Backstage


SYMPHONY OF SORCERY - SORA

-Special Portal 1-
Cloudwalk / 4*
Sky prancer / Pegaslick
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 2-
Tower / 4*
Ruler of the skies / Ryu Dragon
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 3-
Glen / 4*
Spectral Snarfer / Ghostabocky
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 4-
Precipice / 4*
Ruler of the skies / Ryu Dragon
Land 10 linked attacks

-Special Portal 5-
Fields / 4*
Sky prancer / Pegaslick
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 6-
Cloudwalk / 5*
Sky prancer / Pegaslick
Take no more than 2 hits

-Secret Portal-
Precipice


SYMPHONY OF SORCERY - RIKU

-Special Portal 1-
Tower / 4*
Ruler of the skies / Ryu Dragon
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 2-
Moonlight Wood / 4*
Spectral snarfer / Ghostabocky
Use no X commands

-Special Portal 3-
Snowgleam Wood / 5*
Sky prancer / Pegaslick
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 4-
Golden Wood / 4*
Ruler of the skies / Ryu Dragon
Block 3 times

-Special Portal 5-
Moonlight Wood / 4*
Sky prancer / Pegaslick
Land 10 link attacks

-Special Portal 6-
Snowgleam Wood / 5*
Ruler of the skies / Ryu Dragon
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks


THE WORLD THAT NEVER WAS - SORA

-Special Portal 1-
Avenue to Dreams / 4*
King of beasts / Aura Lion
Use 3 Flowmotion attacks

-Special Portal 2-
Contorted City / 4*
Sky prancer / Pegaslick
Block 3 times

-Special Portal 3-
Avenue to Dreams? / 5*
Prehistoric fiend / Tyranto Rex
Perform 3 counters


THE WORLD THAT NEVER WAS - RIKU

-Special Portal 1-
Fact within Fiction / 4*
King of beasts / Aura Lion
Win within 20 secs

-Special Portal 2-
Verge of Chaos / 4*
Sky prancer / Pegaslick
Perform 3 counters

-Special Portal 3-
Delusive Beginning / 5*
Prehistoric fiend / Tyranto Rex
Take no more than 2 hits

#2 Heartless666

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

Are the special portals and secret portals random? Because I get different portals in TWTNW for Riku. Anyway great list. I'll be sure to look out for those

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:04 AM

:( im sad that we only get to face ansem and anti bacl coat once SO SAD!!!!!!!! if we do get a final mix of Kh 3d i hope they add in a secret portal for anti black coat but he has an oposite colour shceme so he is Anti white coat xD also he moves just like vanitas and YX.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:22 AM

For the ones in the Fountain Plaza of Traverse Town, how do we get those post-game if Julius is there...?

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:56 AM

tough luck buddy, in that situation you can only explore Fountain Plaza after beating Julius, and you can check the hole where he came from if you want a rematch too.
Trust me, the guy's not that hard xD just be prepared. Most of his attacks are predictable, eventually you just know how to dodge them, and just land a command or two on him, bring 2 healing spells with you, take hi-potions along if you want.
The commands i used to beat him with Riku were simple, really. Curaga,Cura,Hi-Potion,Shadowbreaker,Thunder dash, Prism Windmill,Blizzard Edge and Spark Dive. The commands i used with sora were similar, but i took out the Hi-potion and the Spark Dive for the Ars Arcanum, i just love that attack :P
Make sure to stock on Attack Boost if you wanna take out his hp faster, some Magic Haste to speed up the healing spells' cooldown and hp boost, cuz those are always good haha
Second chance and once more are a must.
That's about it, hope i helped ^^

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:11 AM

I've done all the riku's special portal in LA CITE DES CLOCHES but i cant find the secret portal. Do I have to wait for it to show up in the forecast??

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:30 AM

I've done all the riku's special portal in LA CITE DES CLOCHES but i cant find the secret portal. Do I have to wait for it to show up in the forecast??

Secret Portals appear only after you beat the game.

#8 Bruno Silva

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:28 AM

after you beat the game, the secret portals will be in the area where you fought each of the bosses. They're not hard to find at all and they're always available to open too.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:34 PM

tough luck buddy, in that situation you can only explore Fountain Plaza after beating Julius, and you can check the hole where he came from if you want a rematch too.
Trust me, the guy's not that hard xD just be prepared. Most of his attacks are predictable, eventually you just know how to dodge them, and just land a command or two on him, bring 2 healing spells with you, take hi-potions along if you want.
The commands i used to beat him with Riku were simple, really. Curaga,Cura,Hi-Potion,Shadowbreaker,Thunder dash, Prism Windmill,Blizzard Edge and Spark Dive. The commands i used with sora were similar, but i took out the Hi-potion and the Spark Dive for the Ars Arcanum, i just love that attack :P
Make sure to stock on Attack Boost if you wanna take out his hp faster, some Magic Haste to speed up the healing spells' cooldown and hp boost, cuz those are always good haha
Second chance and once more are a must.
That's about it, hope i helped ^^


Yeah I tried a couple times but kept getting killed when I got cornered with Riku so far. Then flowmotion helped when he'd rush at you with his lightning fists. BUT, then he disabled ALL my commands so then I was powerless and he was on his last health bar. I got annoyed after that but I'll try again later.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:43 PM

yeah, you should be careful whenever he gets those lightning fists. I'm not sure about this, but I think those lightning fists become permanent when his hp is running out. This happened when i played as riku, but it didn't happen when i played as sora. That could be because i just finished him faster or something. Either way, use Dark Roll, i was able to dodge almost all of his attacks with it, but try not to use that sonic impact thing (that 2nd dodge after the dark roll) cuz you can get hit during the sonic impact. Pretty much the same dodge method a lot of people used against the Mysterious Figure in Birth By Sleep, but Julius is a lot easier than that :P
As for him disabling your commands,they're not too bad, so long a it doesn't happen to all your healing spells. If that happens, well... Good luck! haha :P

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:13 AM

thx

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:55 PM

Can someone please give a strategy for defeating Special Portal 1 in Prankster's Paradise for Riku? I refuse to beat it without getting the bonus, but I can't find a strategy that DOESN'T involve falling in the water. That's what has been stopping me every time. I need a strategy!!!

#13 Oniaku

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 12:18 AM

where is riku's symphony of sorcery secret portal?

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 03:50 AM

where is riku's symphony of sorcery secret portal?

There is no Secret Portal for Riku there.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:23 PM

There is no Secret Portal for Riku there.


OH. Well that simplifies things a little.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:09 PM

I'm having a problem with all portals in La Cite Des Cloches ._. Even though I find the portals, complete them and pass them yet the dream eater in the forecast still appears as a silhouette.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:28 PM

I'm having some problems... For example: I have the silhouette in prankster's paradise with Sora, I have lucky costumer sighted, and I searched the possible areas for the juggle pup to appear... But in the whole map I don't get the link portal. Like it's nowhere, not only I searched the possible areas but the whole area. I'm getting worried it might be some glitch. If I drop until I get the same special portal, it will appear?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:43 PM

Well it looks like the glitch is now over, before I couldn't even see any other link portals.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

I'm having some trouble. I've been dropping to find the silhouette of the Dream Eater that's for the Special portal, yet it doesn't show.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:41 PM

in traverse town there's on riku's side a kooma panda(heavyweight hulk) silhouette that i can't find anyware so i thought you should know where he is but... it doesn't stand here do you know where to find him?