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Spiral Attack as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

Light Spear (閃空裂破 / 閃空烈破 Senkuureppa / Senkuuretsuha?, "Flash Empty Fissure Destruction"[1] / "Flashing Air Rending Blast"), also localized as Spiral Attack, Spiral Destruction, and Tornado Drive, is a classic arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

This arte has appeared several times throughout the series, but it has had many variations in both effect and appearance. In addition to these frequent changes, the arte itself has had a pronunciation change in the original Japanese reading of the kanji name. In the original release of Tales of Phantasia for the Super Famicom, this arte is voiced as "Senkuuretsuha", but all later games and ports use the standardized reading of "Senkuureppa". Both forms are written the same way in Japanese text.

In all versions of Tales of Phantasia, Cress Albane lifts the enemy with an upward slash, calling forth a blast of fire in front of him as he follows through by spinning around once, finishing with a powerful thrust. The Game Boy Advance port of the game replaces the blast of fire with a blast of light, changing the elemental property of the arte, but the execution of movement is identical to the other versions.

Spiral Destruction as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

In the original Tales of Destiny, Stahn Aileron's weapon becomes a long spear of light, which he thrusts at the enemy several times, raising his weapon to a higher angle with every strike to push the enemy upward. In the remakes of the game, the arte allows Stahn to spiral upward and around the enemy, followed by a downward strike onto the ground, which causes light to shoot upward at the enemy. However, Stahn also obtains the new arte Senkoureppa, which is identical to his version of Senkuuretsuha from the original game, in which he performs the same rising thrusts to the target with a spear of light.

In Tales of Eternia, Reid Hershel performs a horizontal spin that leaves a spiraling trail of light from his weapon while he jumps into the air. He follows through with a strong downward thrust into the ground at an angle, causing the battlefield to shake upon contact with the ground. This pattern of movement is now the current standard for the arte since similar actions are used for this attack and its more powerful forms in most later games. On the other hand, during the exhibition battle at the Inferia Coliseum, Cress retains the original motions of his version of the arte, localized as "Spiral Destruction" to emphasize the difference between the attacks while keeping the name similarity. Additionally, if Reid uses this arte at the precise moment that the Cyclone spell is cast, both artes combine to form Earth Divide, one of four Team Skills that combine artes from two characters into one powerful elemental arte.

In Tales of Symphonia, the arte is executed with the same movements used in Tales of Eternia. Starting from the PlayStation 2 port, a Wind-elemental property can be added to Zelos Wilder's attack through the use of the "Opal" accessory, the Sylva Seal: Wind arte, a Wind-elemental weapon, or the "Green Quartz" item, to replace Light Spear with the more powerful Wind-based arte Decisive Slice, if Light Spear has been used over 200 times. This elemental variant can be used only by Zelos, despite the nearly identical moveset he shares with Kratos Aurion.

In Tales of Vesperia, the arte is simplified to Repede and Zagi spinning horizontally as they leap in the air, whereas the Radiant Winged One spins his blades in an upward, circular motion. In this game, Light Spear's kanji for "fissure" (?) is replaced with "intense" (?), without the change in pronunciation.

In Tales of Zestiria, Sergei Strelka jumps and spins in the air twice before slamming his sword against the ground, igniting a line of flame that then explodes.


Senkuureppa as it appears in Tales of Innocence.

Original Titles

Tornado Drive as it appears in Tales of Xillia.

Crossover Titles

Other Titles



Fan-Translated Names

Light Spear used by Zagi in Tales of Vesperia.

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 闘気を上空高く巻き上げる回転突き
Romanized Description: Youki wo joukuu takaku maki jougeru kaiten tsuki
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Open a hole from the center of the earth, creating a sudden lava sprout."[3]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Japanese Description: 閃光を放つ突きを流れるように連続で叩き込む
Localized Description: "Fires off repeated bursts of piercing, spear-like light."[4]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Knock the enemy upward with a powerful blow and finish with a rotating thrust."

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "The enemy is sucked into a violent spin and thrashed."[5]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 闘気を上空高く巻き上げる回転突き
Romanized Description: Youki wo joukuu takaku maki jougeru kaiten tsuki
Localized Description: "Spinning thrust that lifts attack power high into the air."[6]

Tales of Symphonia

Japanese Description: 横回転の剣圧で敵を浮かせ、突きを行う秘技
Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: float target with a sword swing and thrust."

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 空を閃く回転斬りから斬り落としに連携する剣技。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Lift an enemy with a spinning slash, finishing with a pwe3rful thrust."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Master: Lift an enemy with a spinning slash, finishing with a powerful thrust."

User: Kratos Aurion
Japanese Quote: 見切れるか!
Localized Quote: "How's this?!"

Tales of Innocence

Japanese Description: 横回転の剣圧で敵を浮かせ、突きを行う秘技

Tales of Vesperia

Japanese Description: 敵を切り裂きながらうず高く舞い上がる奥義。その姿は空を裂くかの如く
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Spin and slash up into the air."

User: Radiant Winged One
Localized Quote: "I'll blow you away!"

User: Traitor to Heaven
Localized Quote: "Light Spear Cannon!"

Tales of Xillia

User: Alvin
Japanese Description: 回転して剣を振り回し、空中から攻撃する。チャージ中は閃空衝裂破になり追加ダメージを与える
Localized Description: "A spinning sword dance into the sky. When charged, becomes the Cyclone Drive arte with a follow-up attack."

Tales of the Rays

User: Reid Hershel
Japanese Description: 回転斬りにより敵を浮かし、貫くように追撃する
Localized Description: "A spinning slash that launches foes, then hits with a piercing thrust."

User: Zelos
Japanese Description: 回転斬りにより敵を浮かし貫くように追撃する

User: Repede
Japanese Description: 周囲を巻き込むように回犬する
Localized Description: "A spinning attack that ensnares nearby foes."

User: Ivar
Japanese Description: 回転斬りにより敵を浮かす 術技強化で空中でも連携可

Japanese Quote: まだまだぁ!