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Flaming Sword (ToE)

Flaming Sword as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

Hell Pyre (紅蓮剣 Gurenken?, "Crimson Lotus Sword"), also localized as Throw Sword, Flaming Sword, and Hell Fire Blade, alternatively Hell Hound (紅蓮犬 Gurenken?, "Crimson Lotus Dog") and Hell Fire Punch (紅蓮拳 Gurenken?, "Crimson Lotus Fist"), is a classic Fire-elemental arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History[]

Hell Pyre (ToV)

Hell Fire Blade as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

When Hell Pyre is executed, the user slashes upward at the enemy while jumping high into the air, following through by tossing a flaming projectile sword or fireball down to the enemy while airborne.

In the original Tales of Destiny, Throw Sword is obtained as a prize for passing the Namco cameo quiz given by Cress Albane and Arche Klein, both characters from the preceding game, Tales of Phantasia. The use of this arte will cause the Swordian Dymlos to be thrown at the enemy, and all attacks after this are considered to be unarmed until Dymlos is picked up from the ground where he was thrown, similar to how Cress's version was portrayed although the latter's sword recovers automatically. The remake versions of this game change the effect of this arte to prevent Dymlos from being thrown, instead creating a massive disc of flame to drop onto the enemies below.

In Tales of Eternia, Flaming Sword appears when Demon Hammer is used at the precise moment that the Fireball spell is cast. The arte represents one of four Team Skills that are activated through the use of a melee arte from one character and a spell from another character, activated at the same instant, combining both into one powerful elemental attack.

In Tales of Vesperia, the arte is alternately called "Hell Hound" when used by Repede. In the PlayStation 3 and Definitive Edition port of the game wherein it is localized as Hell Fire Blade, Flynn Scifo's version has him jump backwards and toss the projectile. He can change this arte into the altered arte Fierce Hell Fire Blade when he has the Hell Fire and Crucible skills equipped.

In Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, Hell Pyre is a linked arte between Alvin and either Milla Maxwell or Rowen J. Ilbert.

In Tales of the Rays, Replica Regal performs a different variant. He performs a flaming uppercut with his left fist as he leaps into the air, then throws a fireball from his right. During this animation, he shouts "Gurenken", which implies that he is performing a fist variant of the original Gurenken, as both the kanji for "sword" (?) and "fist" (?) spell out "ken". In Tales of Arise, Phantom Zephyr also performs an unarmed variant known in Japan as "Gurenken". He turns before chucking a fireball downward as he hops backward. In the English localization, this is known as Hell Fire Punch, with the Japanese kanji first being used in Zephyr's appearance in Tales of the Rays.

Appearances (Hell Pyre)[]

Hell Pyre (ToX)

Hell Pyre as it appears in Tales of Xillia.

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Appearances (Hell Hound)[]

Hell Hound (ToV)

Hell Hound as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

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Appearances (Hell Fire Punch)[]

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Hell Pyre[]

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes[]

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)[]

Japanese Description: 炎の闘気をまとった武器を投げつけて敵を燃やし尽くす技
Romanized Description: Honoo no youki wo matotta buki wo tougetsu kete teki wo moyashi tsukusu waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Wrap your sword in flames then throw it at an enemy."[1]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)[]

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Bathe your weapon in holy fire and send it crashing into the enemy."

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)[]

Japanese Description: 炎の闘気をまとった武器を投げつけて敵を燃やしつくす
Romanized Description: Honoo no youki wo matotta buki wo tougetsu kete teki wo moyashi tsukusu
Localized Description: "Incinerate enemy by throwing a weapon enveloped in flaming attack power."[2]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)[]

Localized Description: "Throws the user's sword at a target."[3]

Tales of Symphonia[]

Japanese Description: 空中から炎の闘気を放つ奥義
Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: attack with fiery battle energy."

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

Japanese Description: 炎の斬り上げから、回転斬りにより生じる獄炎弾を打ち出す術剣技。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Throws a flaming spinning slash at an enemy from midair."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology[]

Localized Description: "Arcane: Hit the enemy with a blazing spirit."

User: Stahn Aileron
Japanese Quote: 燃えろ!
Localized Quote: "Burn!"

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World[]

Japanese Description: 空中から炎の闘気を放つ奥義

Tales of Vesperia[]

Hell Hound[]

Japanese Description: 空中から炎の闘気を放つ奥義
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Throw a fireball at an enemy from mid-air."

Hell Fire Blade[]

Japanese Description: 空中から炎の闘気を放つ奥義
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Throw a fireball at an enemy from mid-air."

Alternate Japanese Quote: そこぉっ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Now!"

Tales of Xillia[]

Japanese Description: 一人が放った炎の力を受けて、もう一人が斬り上げながら飛んだ後、斬り下ろしつつ炎の闘気を飛ばす共鳴武身技。
Localized Description: "A linked arte in which one partner slices foes and shoots a fireball of rage fueled by the flames of his partner."

Tales of Innocence R[]

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Tales of the Rays[]

Hell Pyre[]

Japanese Description: 炎をまとった斬り上げから火炎弾を振り下しとともに繰り出す
Localized Description: "Unleash a barrage of blazing fireballs from midair."

Hell Hound[]

Japanese Description: 空中から燃え盛る火球を撃ち込む

Hell Fire Punch[]

Japanese Description:


Tales of Arise[]

Alternate Japanese Quote: 火傷するなよ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Don't burn yourself!"