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

Beast (獅子戦吼 Shishisenkou?, "Lion Battle Roar"[1] / "Lion War 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

When this arte is activated, the user slams the target with extreme force, creating a blast of energy in the image of a lion's head, which forces all nearby 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.

In Tales of Destiny, this 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.

In Tales of Eternia, this arte 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.

In Tales of Zestiria, Lion's Howl is passed down through the Platinum Knights. 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 Keroro RPG: Kishi to Musha to Densetsu no Kaizoku, Dororo can obtain this arte as he shares a Japanese voice actor with Cress.


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

Original Titles

Cross-Over Titles

Chi as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

Other Titles

Beast as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.


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."[2]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Blows away the enemy by projecting psychic energy."[3]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Beast as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

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

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Blast the enemy with a massive concentration of energy force."[4]

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."[5]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: slam battle energy into the enemy and blow it away."

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Base: Down the enemy with the force of a charging lion."[6]

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "Arcane: Harness the power of a beast to rip through the enemy."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Master: Unleash the power of a beast to send the enemy flying."

Tales of Vesperia

Beast as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Unleash the power of a lion to send the enemy flying."

Tales of Graces

Localized Description: "A Lv.2 charged arte. Hold X during an A-Arte to charge; release to use. (Requires Lv.1 Version.)"

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "Fury takes the form of a roaring beast as it pummels foes and sends them flying back where they came from."

Tales of Xillia 2

Localized Description: "Fury takes the form of a roaring beast as it pummels foes and sends them flying back where they came from."

Tales of the Rays

User: Mary Argent
Japanese Description:


User: Lloyd Irving, Sophie
Localized Description: "A lion-shaped surge of energy that pummels foes and knocks them away."


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