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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.

Some versions of the arte may involve firing a projectile mid-attack that causes the lightning bolt on contact, seen in Cress Albane's version, but can easily miss despite it having tracking ability. The 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.

In Tales of the Rays, Luke's version is Light-elemental, while Rose's is Wind-elemental.

This attack should not be confused with Thunder Tiger Blade, the arte that combines Tiger Blade and Lightning Blade, or the unrelated arte Lightning Tiger, a Lightning-elemental variant of Tiger Blade.


Lightning Tiger Blade as it appears in Tales of Crestoria.

Original Titles

Cross-Over Titles


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
Japanese Quote: 受けろ雷撃!襲爪雷斬!!
Localized Quote: "Feel the thunder! Lightning Tiger Blade!"

User: Asch
Japanese Quote: 轟雷喰らいやがれ!襲爪雷斬!!
Localized Quote: "Feel the roar of lightning! Lightning Tiger Blade!"

User: Van
Japanese Quote: 喰らうがいい!襲爪雷斬!!
Localized Quote: "Take this! 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."

Alternate Localized Quote: "Lightning strike!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

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

Tales of the Rays

User: Luke fon Fabre
Japanese Description: 敵を斬り上げつつ、落雷を発生させ更に斬り下ろす
Localized Description: "An upward slash that rains lightning on foes before cutting them down."

User: Rose
Japanese Description: 敵を斬り上げ落雷と共に斬り下ろす

Tales of Arise

Japanese Quote: 襲爪!雷斬!!
Localized Quote: "Look sharp! Lightning Tiger Blade!"