Lightning Tiger Blade (TotA)

Lightning Tiger Blade as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Lightning Tiger Blade (襲爪雷斬 Shuusouraizan?, "Attacking Claw Thunder Slash"[1]) is a classic technique and one of the most well-recognized elemental melee artes in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

When Lightning Tiger Blade is used, the user slashes upward and jumps high into the air, summoning a large bolt of lightning to deal several hits to nearby enemies, before falling back to the ground. In Tales of Zestiria, while low to the ground, Rose performs a powerful upward slash with her right-hand dagger, launching her opponent. Then, while in the air, she performs a horizontal slash with her right-hand dagger. The arte is finished with Rose performing a powerful, downward slash with her left-hand dagger, an action that creates a thunderbolt to strike the enemy.

Despite what the arte's officially localized name seems to imply, this is not an attack that combines two lower-ranked artes. This is an individually-learned melee arte that does not rely on two separate artes to be mastered. This translation of the name has led to some frustration among the fan communities due to the continued use of this name, which many would argue would be better suited for an attack that combines Tiger Blade and Lightning Blade, which does exist, localized instead as Thunder Tiger Blade.

Additionally, this arte should not be confused with the unrelated arte Lightning Tiger, a Lightning-elemental variant of Tiger Blade. Also, some versions of the blade may involve firing a projectile mid-attack that causes the lightning bolt on contact, seen in Cress Albane's version, but of course can easily miss despite it having tracking ability. The said projectile in the original Super Famicom version of the game is clearly seen as being launched with a kick at the peak of the jump before being omitted in later versions.


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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 周囲の敵を巻き込む落雷を生じさせる技
Romanized Description: Shuui no teki wo maki komu rakurai wo shouji saseru waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Create a lightning bolt to strike nearby enemies."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Strike an enemy with a thunderbolt then bring down your weapon on your foe."
Translated Description (Phantasian Productions): "Base: Fry an enemy with a bolt of lightning and finish with a downward slash."

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 周囲の敵を巻き込む落雷を生じさせる
Romanized Description: Shuui no teki wo maki komu rakurai wo shouji saseru
Localized Description: "Strike surrounding enemies with lightning."[3]

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Base: Call forth lightning and slash the enemy."[4]

Tales of the Abyss

User: Luke fon Fabre
Localized Quote: "Feel the thunder! Lightning Tiger Blade!"

User: Asch
Localized Quote: "Feel the roar of lightning! Lightning Tiger Blade!"

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "A storm of electrically charged sword strikes before lightning is called down upon the enemy."

Tales of Zestiria

Localized Description: "A rising slash accompanied by a lightning attack, followed by a downward swing. Can be used in mid-air combos. Higher hidden arte of Fang Blade."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Master: Cut an enemy up, then call down lightning."

Tales of the Rays

Localized Description: "An upward slash that rains lightning on foes before cutting them down."


  1. Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-21.
  2. Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
  3. Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  4. Tales of Legendia (PS2) Eres Guide by AncientNova GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-21.

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