The Point of No Return is a term used to describe an inexorable point that, sometimes, is immediately before a final boss. From this point, it is impossible to return to, and often save, the rest of the game until after it's completed. Usually, a save point can be found prior. Additionally, a warning message may appear questioning if the party is ready to continue.
""Careful. This is the last haven you'll find here. Beyond, there is no light to protect you. But don't be afraid. Your heart is the mightiest weapon of all. Remember, you are the one to open the door to the light.""
After the pink door in Final Rest is approached for the first time, a cutscene triggers indicating the end. If the door is approached again, it will open, indicating the point of no return.
"Oh boy, Sora! This is the final battle! Are you ready?"
- Sora's Story
In Sora's story, the Point of No Return is right after the first battle on the 13th floor of Castle Oblivion. After Sora walks ahead of Donald and Goofy and starts heading towards the door, a cutscene triggers. During the cutscene, Donald mentions that this is the final battle, and Goofy asks if Sora is ready. A message Then pops up for the player to select if is ready for Marluxia's final battle.
- Reverse and Rebirth
In Reverse/Rebirth, the Point of No Return is using the Key to Beginnings card on the B1 floor of Castle Oblivion. There is no warning prompt.
In Kingdom Hearts II, the Point of No Return is when Sora enters through the door at Naught's Skyway in The World That Never Was. After clicking , a message will pop up that says "Beyond this door is the beginning of the end of your journey. Are you prepared for what lies ahead?" The player is then given the options "I need a moment to calm down." and "Let's end this!!!"
In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the Point of No Return occurs when Roxas goes up to the clocktower doors. When the player presses examine, Roxas says "The clocktower... I wonder if anybody's up there." Then, a message will pop up that says "I guess I could go take a look..." The player is then given the options "Yeah." and "No... Not yet."
In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the Point of No Return is a room in Castle Oblivion, accessed after the player has collected all of the ending cards. Moving past this point results in a conversation with the hooded figure, followed by the final battle.
In all three stories, the Point of No Return after Fissure in the Keyblade Graveyard, which houses only a Save Point and a Moogle Shop. Progressing forward from this area will initiate the final segments for each character.
- Final Episode
In the Final Episode, the Point of No Return is on the World Map. If Aqua lands in Radiant Garden after this point, the final battle ensues.
In the Secret Episode, a final Save Point is presented as Aqua arrives in the Realm of Darkness. After this point, the battle between Aqua and the Hunter of the Dark is initiated and the final cutscene plays.
- Sora's Story
Although there is no warning message, Sora's Point of No Return is upon the beginning of his battle with Xemnas in the Nightmarish Abyss. After the battle with Xemnas, Sora drops, shifting the player to Riku, and prevents the player from Dropping back to Sora.
- Riku's Story
Also without a warning message, the Point of No Return happens when Riku performs a Dreamline Reality Shift with the Komory Bat Dream Eater in the Brink of Despair and goes to the Castle that Never Was in The World That Never Was. After passing this point, there is a battle with Young Xehanort, followed by cutscenes, which leads to the final dive and a battle with Ventus' Armor, and after that, Riku ends up at Destiny Islands. While at Destiny Islands, the player cannot access the main menu and the Drop button at the bottom of the bottom screen is disabled.
A warning message isn't given, but the Point of No Return is after Aqua traverses through the white light at the end of Depths of Darkness.
There is no warning message, however once Sora goes through the first archway in Scala ad Caelum, a cutscene will play initiating the first boss battle, and an invisible wall will block the way back through the archway. Right before the archway is a save point that can be used to travel back to the rest of the game.
""Once you enter this world, you will not be able to save until you clear it. Do you still want to enter?"
When attempting to land at "Melody of Memory's End" from the World Map, a warning message will pop up saying that saving will not be possible until completing the game.