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Dragon Blade used by Leon Magnus in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Dragon Swarm (爪竜連牙斬 Souryuu Rengazan?, "Nail Dragon Connecting Fang Slash"[1] / "Claw Dragon Chain Fang Slash") is a traditional sword strike arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Dragon Swarm used by Flynn Scifo in Tales of Vesperia.

When this arte is executed, the user makes a chain of several wide slashes, moving forward with every strike. This is a damaging and deadly attack that is not easily avoided by grounded enemies. The implementation of this attack varies based on the character and game, where, in Tales of Eternia, Ras uses it as a chain of seven frontward slashes, while in Tales of Vesperia, Yuri Lowell makes four wide slashes with kicks placed between each slash, whereas Flynn, in the X360 version, makes three green slashes, then winds up, ending with a single wide slash. The PlayStation 3 version changes it, however. Flynn does two wide slashes, bashes with his shield, then makes two more slashes. This version has blue effects, making it more similar to Yuri's. There is also a skit arguing over the differences between Yuri and Flynn's shared artes, where Flynn says Yuri's Dragon Swarm is more of a "Dragon Sweep" (爪竜連牙蹴 Souryuu Rengashuu?, "Nail Dragon Connecting Fang Kick").

The original Tales of Destiny features the same animation of Dragon Swarm for both Stahn Aileron and Leon Magnus, which involves a series of four slow slashes, but the PlayStation 2 remake version of the game differentiates the styles of the two characters. Stahn performs a rapid series of four wide slashes, while Leon attacks with a slightly slower attack pattern that involves a jump with his third slash. The Director's Cut version of the remake also introduces aerial capabilities for Leon's version of the attack, though it is animated the same way using the float mechanics of the game's aerial battle system.

In Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, Alvin slashes in a down-left angle, then spins to fire his gun twice before performing a rightward slash.

In both language files of Tales of the Abyss there are voice clips for Dragon Swarm used by Guy Cecil. The same can be said for Richard in Tales of Graces. However, neither character has access to this arte in the final version of any game.


Dragon Swarm used by Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia.

Original Titles

Dragon Swarm used by Yuri Lowell in Tales of Crestoria.

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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Japanese Description: 敵を次々に切り払う豪快な技
Localized Description: "An attack that repeatedly slashes the enemy."[2]

Tales of Eternia

Japanese Description: 素早い移動から連続の斬りを繰り出す奥義
Localized Description: "Sacred Skill. The enemy is repeatedly slashed over and over."[3]

Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3

Translated Description (Kajitani-Eizan): "A chain of slashes."

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 踏み込みから流れるような4連続攻撃を放つ剣技。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Advance while delivering 4 consecutive slashes."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Arcane: Charge an enemy with a chain of four slashes."

Tales of Vesperia

User: Yuri Lowell
Japanese Description: 回転を活かし斬撃と蹴りを繰り返す奥義。舞うように敵を斬り裂く
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Hit the enemy with spinning slashes."

Alternate Japanese Quote: 爪竜連牙!はぁっ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Dragon! Ha!"

Tales of Vesperia (PS3) + Definitive Edition

User: Flynn Scifo
Japanese Description: 舞うように敵を連続で斬りつける奥義
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Repeatedly slash at the enemy using dance-like movements."

Tales of Xillia

User: Alvin
Japanese Description: 剣と銃による連続攻撃を行う武身技。チャージ時は止めの砲撃が追加される砲竜連牙斬に変化。
Localized Description: "A martial dance using both sword and gun. When charged, becomes the Dragon Salvo arte that adds a finishing shot."

Tales of Innocence R

Japanese Description: 三回斬りつけた後、回し蹴りを浴びせる秘技

Tales of Xillia 2

User: Gaius
Japanese Description: 刀での連続攻撃を行う武身技。
Localized Description: "A continuous string of katana slashes."

Tales of the Rays

User: Stahn Aileron, Yuri Lowell, Gaius
Japanese Description: 前進しながらの連続斬撃
Localized Description: "Advance while executing a slashing combo attack."

User: Ras
Japanese Description: 前進しながらの連続斬撃。連続入力で追撃を行う

Japanese Quote: 遅いな…

User: Alphen
Japanese Description: 前進しながら幾度も斬りつける

Tales of Crestoria

User: Yuri Lowell
Japanese Quote: 行くぜ!爪竜連牙!

User: Alvin
Japanese Quote: おらおらぁ!爪竜連牙斬!

User: Flynn Scifo
Japanese Quote: 逃がさない!爪竜連牙斬!

Tales of Arise

Localized Description: "A hidden arte that unleashes a flurry of slashes while charging forward."