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Hell Sword (爆炎剣 Bakuenken?, "Explosive Flame Sword"), also localized as Sword Flare, is a Fire-elemental sword strike arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History[]

When activated, the user charges fire into their sword for a short period before slamming it onto the ground, creating a small blast of fire upon contact. The attack is known to be extremely spammable when used repeatedly, making it one of the best attacks available early in the games in which it appears. In Tales of Destiny 2, Kyle first performs an upward slash, then slams it into the ground. This arte can also be extended into Bakuenrenshou if the Skill Enchant "Tsuika Tokugi" (追加特技?) is equipped on Bakuenken. Furthermore, in Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3, Bakuenken is a combination of both itself and its extension, without the additional TP requirement.

In Tales of Symphonia, Magnius's Hell Axe may be related as it is similar in execution. Magnius charges his axe with flame before slashing down with fire trailing his blade. Though it does not cause a flame to appear upon contact with the ground, it does seem to cause a small explosion.

In Tales of Innocence R, Ruca Milda's variant has him quickly perform a counterclockwise spin before hopping forward and slashing right mid-air, forming a flaming projectile.

In Tales of Arise, Phantom Zephyr uses an unarmed variant of the arte, where he charges his fist before punching the ground, causing a fiery wave to burst outward. In this animation, he shouts "Bakuenken!" implies that he is performing a fist variant of the original Bakuenken, as both the kanji for "sword" (?) and "fist" (?) spell out "ken". In English localization, he calls this the Exploding Fist.

Appearances (Hell Sword)[]

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Appearances (Exploding Fist)[]

Original Titles

Fan-Translated Names[]

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes[]

Tales of Destiny 2[]

Japanese Description: 地面に突き立てた剣撃がヒットすると、目標の敵の足元から爆炎が起こる特技

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

Japanese Description: 爆発力を込めた剣を振るい、爆風を起こす術剣技。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Blasts the enemy with an exploding sword."

Alternate Japanese Quote: 燃えろ!
Alternate Romanized Quote: Moero!
Alternate Translated Quote: "Burn!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology[]

Localized Description: "Base: Blast the enemy with an exploding sword."

Japanese Quote: 燃えろ!
Localized Quote: "Burn!"

Tales of Hearts[]

Japanese Description: 剣に溜めた思念力を地面にたたきつけ 爆発を引き起こす技

Alternate Japanese Quote: 食らえッ!

Tales of Innocence R[]

Japanese Description: 前方に飛び掛りながら 炎を纏わせた武器で斬り付ける特技

Alternate Japanese Quote: 燃えろ!

Tales of Hearts R[]

Japanese Description: 思念力を込め、炎を纏わせた斬撃で 相手を斬り下ろす技
Localized Description: "A punishing downward slice with a flame-infused sword."

Tales of Zestiria[]

Japanese Description: 斜め下に振り下ろした剣を地面に叩きつけた 衝撃で、追加の爆炎を起こす。
Localized Description: "Slash diagonally downwards, striking the ground to release a fiery explosion."

Alternate Japanese Quote: 焼き払う!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Burn!"

Tales of the Rays[]

User: Kyle Dunamis
Japanese Description: 火の力を込め地面を爆発させる

User: Sorey
Japanese Description:

火の力を込め地面を爆発させる
6連携目以降で発動すると『業・爆炎剣』に変化


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