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Force (ToD PSX)

Force as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Beast (獅子戦吼 Shishisenkou?, "Lion's Battle Howl"), also localized as Force, Chi, and Lion's Howl, is a classic technique in the Tales series. This is one of the most well-recognized melee artes in the series, appearing in most of the games in the series, as both a swordsman arte and as an unarmed fighter technique.

Arte Description and History[]

Shishisenkou (ToD PS2)

Shishisenkou as it appears in the PlayStation 2 remake of Tales of Destiny.

When this arte is activated, the user slams the target with extreme force, creating a blast of energy in the astral image of a roaring lion's head, which forces all nearby non-heavyweight enemies to be blasted away and knocked to the ground. This is an effective arte to clear mobs when surrounded by many enemies because of its power and force. It is usually one of the first artes that a character acquires that can cause enemies to be knocked down. Each character that uses the arte also has their own unique version of executing it, all ending with throwing the lion energy.

In the Super Famicom version of Tales of Phantasia, Cress Albane charges enough distance to clear the entire area before thrusting his sword forward. The lion in this version is orange. However, this arte fails to activate against heavyweight enemies as Cress requires to push enemies before unleashing the blast of energy, if used, Cress pushes his enemy in vain, barely stopping their movement. In later installments, Cress's execution for the arte is greatly altered. The running is reduced to charging forward with his left leg as he strikes with his right shoulder and uses his left hand to throw the lion head.

By the original Tales of Destiny, the color of the lion is changed to light blue, which would become the standard color throughout the series. Stahn Aileron moves his left arm behind him before thrusting it forward to release the lion head. Mary Argent attacks the enemy with her entire left arm, starting with the shoulder then the elbow, before firing the lion's head with her hand. Force is one of the artes that the dummied character Lilith Aileron can learn in the original version, if a glitch or cheating device is used to add her to the party. However, she loses this arte in the later versions.

Chi (ToE)

Chi as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

In Tales of Eternia, Chi is used to activate the Divine Skill Maximum Burst, allowing it to be used as a combo finisher. It is one of the easiest Divine Skills to activate, requiring only for Chi to connect with the enemy, before extending it by pressing the Attack button at the correct moment. Additionally, in Tales of the Abyss, the arte can be used within a complete Wind or Light FOF Circle to transform it into Thunder Beast.

In Tales of Symphonia, Presea Combatir has a significantly more powerful version of this arte than Lloyd Irving, now officially localized as Punishing Beast after the release of Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology. Although this arte was also localized as "Beast" until recently, both artes are considered to be completely different attacks, with different names in Japan. Additionally, in the Remastered edition, despite retaining the same execution and shouts of Shishisenkou, in the Japanese version, Celsius, Magnius, and Farah have their banners display the kanji of Punishing Beast. The English releases retain the original "Beast" localization.

In Tales of Zestiria, Lion's Howl is passed down through the Platinum Knights of the Rolance Empire. Sergei Strelka and Boris Strelka are the only living people who are capable of using it until Sergei teaches it to Sorey. Heldalf, who as a human was once captain of those knights, also knows the arte and has an improved version called True Lion's Howl. In the final climatic battle, Sorey and Heldalf clash their Lion's Howls and come out even, but Sorey then follows up with a Lion's Howl with his other hand and catches Heldalf off guard to defeat him once and for all. This scene is the basis of the Shikou Dousouha battle mirrage arte in Tales of the Rays, and later on, becomes a mystic arte in Tales of Asteria.

In Tales of the Rays, Marcus Grimm performs the arte by swinging his weapon like a baseball bat.

In Tales of Crestoria, Farah Oersted's Upbeat Battler unit has 40% chance to inflict Debilitated on her target for two turns while Gaius's Dawn on the Battlefield unit deals two less hits and has 100% chance to inflict Dispel on his target for three turns. On the other hand, Stahn Aileron's Energetic Soul unit's is 44% weaker and cannot inflict status effects but has a shorter cooldown by two turns.

In Tales of Arise, Kisara quickly spins counterclockwise before releasing the lion head from her shield. If activated while guarding, Kisara will include a shield bash in the beginning, which would be in her variant of the arte in Tales of the Rays.

In Keroro RPG: Kishi to Musha to Densetsu no Kaizoku, Dororo can obtain this arte as he shares a Japanese voice actor with Cress.

In the Japanese files of Tales of Graces, there is a voice clip of Asbel Lhant using the arte. Due to the similarity with Bestial Roar, he does not have access to it in the final version. In Tales of the Rays, however, he uses the variant Shishirekkou.


Beast (ToS)

Beast as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

Original Titles

Beast (TotA)

Beast as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Crossover Titles

Beast (ToV)

Beast as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Other Titles



Fan-Translated Names[]

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes[]

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)[]

Japanese Description: 強烈な突進で敵をまとめて後方へ押しやる技
Romanized Description: Kyouretsu na tosshin de teki wo matomete kouhou e oshiyaru waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Creates a physical being from your courage to attack foes."[1]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)[]

Japanese Description: 闘気を敵に叩きつけて吹き飛ばす
Localized Description: "Blows away the enemy by projecting psychic energy."

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)[]

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Blow the enemy away with the force of your fighting spirit."

Tales of Eternia[]

Japanese Description: 闘気を敵に叩きつけて吹き飛ばす 強打技
Localized Description: "Blast the enemy with a massive concentration of energy force."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)[]

Japanese Description: 闘気を敵に叩きつけて吹き飛ばす
Romanized Description: Youki wo teki ni tatakitsukete fuki tobasu
Localized Description: "Blow enemies away by pounding them with attack power."[3]

Tales of Symphonia[]

Japanese Description: 闘気を敵に叩きつけ吹き飛ばす秘技
Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: slam battle energy into the enemy and blow it away."

User: Lloyd Irving
Alternate Japanese Quote: ぶっとべー!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Outta my sight!"

User: Farah Oersted
Localized Quote: "Chi!"

Tales of Legendia[]

Japanese Description: 獅子の闘気を放ち、敵を吹き飛ばしダウンさせる特技。
Localized Description: "Base: Down the enemy with the force of a charging lion."

Tales of the Abyss[]

Japanese Description: 獅子の形をした闘気を敵に叩きつけ吹き飛ばす奥義
Localized Description: "Arcane: Harness the power of a beast to rip through the enemy."

Tales of the Tempest[]

User: Caius Qualls
Japanese Description: 体当たり後に獅子の闘気をまとった一撃を加える

User: Forest Ledoyen
Japanese Description: 豪快ななぎ払い攻撃により獅子の闘気をまとった一撃を放つ

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut[]

Japanese Description: 拳にエネルギーを溜め、一気に放出して敵を吹き飛ばす特技。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Down the enemy with the force of a charging lion."

User: Stahn Aileron
Alternate Japanese Quote: ふっ飛べ!

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology[]

Japanese Description: 闘気を敵に叩き付け吹き飛ばす秘技
Localized Description: "Master: Unleash the power of a beast to send the enemy flying."

User: Stahn Aileron
Japanese Quote: 食らえ!
Localized Quote: "Take this!"

Tales of Innocence[]

Japanese Description: 闘気を敵に叩きつける秘技
Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Master: Crush the enemy with your fighting spirit."

Japanese Quote: 獅子戦吼やー!

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World[]

Japanese Description: 闘気を敵に叩きつけ吹き飛ばす特技

Tales of Vesperia[]

Japanese Description: 獅子の形を闘気を敵に叩きつけ吹き飛ばす奥義
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Unleash the power of a lion to send the enemy flying."

Tales of Hearts[]

Japanese Description: 盾で敵を大きく吹き飛ばす技。

Alternate Japanese Quote: 吼えろッ!

Tales of Graces[]

Japanese Description (Wii): A技中Aボタンで溜めを行い、離すと発動する Lv2の吹き飛ばし技。Lv1の溜め技が必要。
Japanese Description (ƒ): A技中Oボタンで溜めを行い、離すと発動する Lv2の吹き飛ばし技。Lv1の溜め技が必要。
Localized Description: "A Lv.2 charged arte. Hold X during an A-Arte to charge; release to use. (Requires Lv.1 Version.)"

Alternate Japanese Quote: 逃がさない!

Tales of Xillia[]

Japanese Description: 獅子の形の闘気を叩きつけ、吹き飛ばす武身技。咆哮する獅子の怒りが敵を襲う
Localized Description: "Fury takes the form of a roaring beast as it pummels foes and sends them flying back where they came from."

User: Jude Mathis
Alternate Japanese Quote: 吹っ飛べ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Focus!"

User: Gaius
Alternate Japanese Quote: 吹き飛べ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Fool!"

Tales of Innocence R[]

Japanese Description: 敵を吹き飛ばす強烈な闘気を叩きつける秘技

Alternate Japanese Quote: ぶっとべー!

Tales of Hearts R[]

Japanese Description: 獅子のオーラと共に盾で 敵を大きく吹き飛ばす技
Localized Description: "A shield strike imbued with the spirit of the lion that can send enemies flying."

Tales of Zestiria[]

Hidden Arte[]

User: Sorey
Japanese Description: 獅子の闘気を拳に溜め、具現化させて 敵を吹き飛ばす。『天滝破』の上位奥義。
Localized Description: "Seals the fury of a lion in one's palm, then unleashes it to blast enemies away. Higher hidden arte of Heavenly Torrent."

Alternate Japanese Quote: 吹っ飛べ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Back off!"

User: Heldalf
Japanese Quote: たわけが!
Localized Quote: "Fool!"

Mystic Arte[]

Japanese Quote:

Sorey: うおお!
Heldalf: 我らの幕はその技か!よかろう!
Sorey: 獅子……
Heldalf: 獅子……
Sorey: 戦!
Heldalf: 戦!
Both: 吼ッ!!
Heldalf: ぬう!
Sorey: これが!
Heldalf: まさかっ……!
Sorey: オレのすべてだッ!!

Localized Quote:

Sorey: "Haaaagh!"
Heldalf: "The arte to end it all? Very well!"
Sorey: "Heldalf..."
Heldalf: "Shepherd..."
Sorey: "Lion's!"
Heldalf: "Lion's!"
Both: "Hooowl!"
Heldalf: "Ugh!"
Sorey: "This is..."
Heldalf: "Impossible..."
Sorey: "My everything!"

Tales of the Rays[]

User: Marcus Grimm, Cress Albane, Lloyd Irving, Sophie, Kisara, Kanonno Earhart
Japanese Description: 獅子の形をした闘気を敵に叩き付け吹き飛ばす
Localized Description: "A lion-shaped surge of energy that pummels foes and knocks them away."

User: Marcus Grimm
Japanese Quote: ぶっ飛びやがれ!

User: Mary Argent
Japanese Description:


User: Farah Oersted
Japanese Description:


Tales of Crestoria[]

User: Farah Oersted
Japanese Quote: 吹き飛ばす!獅子戦吼!

User: Gaius
Japanese Quote: 食らえ!獅子戦吼!

Tales of Arise[]

Japanese Description:


Localized Description: "Stomps on an enemy and hits them with a lion's spirit. Stronger if activated while guarding."

Alternate Japanese Quote: 吹き飛べ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Burst!"

Tales of Asteria[]

Mystic Arte[]

Japanese Quote: 獅子……戦!吼ッ!!これが!オレのすべてだッ!!