The Material Blade (マテリアルブレード Materiarubureedo?) is a recurring pair of swords in the Tales series, often dealing combined Ice- and Fire-elemental damage and serving as Lloyd Irving's weapon of choice. The ice blade is known as the Vorpal Sword (ヴォーパルソード Vooparusoodo?), and the fire blade is known as the Flamberge (フランベルジュ / フランヴェルジュ Furanberuju / Furanveruju?). These weapons serve as a component of the Eternal Sword.
Appearances in Original Titles
Tales of Phantasia
The Vorpal Sword and Flamberge are an important set of weapons needed to make the Eternal Sword in Tales of Phantasia, after forming a pact with Origin using the "Diamond Ring". The swords can be obtained after defeating the guardians of the ancient countries of Fenrir and Odin, while the Diamond Ring is found within the ruins of Thor. These three items form a trinity of ancient artifacts used as a symbol of each of these three centers of political power during Aselia's past, titled the Three Weapons (三種の武具 Sanshu no Bugu?). Only Cress Albane can equip the two blades, but they are considered to be individual weapons which are wielded one at a time.
Tales of Symphonia
In Tales of Symphonia, the Vorpal Sword is forged by Dirk during the events of the game, and the Flamberge is the personal weapon of Kratos Aurion. Both blades are given to Lloyd after the events in Heimdall. Lloyd is the only character in the series who can equip both of the swords at the same time, and his mystic arte, Falcon's Crest, can be performed only with the set equipped. When Lloyd finds the Eternal Sword, it splits apart and fuses with the Material Blade. He no longer uses it in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, having left the Flamberge at his mother Anna Irving's grave as a tribute. However, the swords he does use in the sequel (the Gagnrad) are blue and red, evoking the image of the Material Blade.
Tales of Legendia
Only the Flamberge appears in Tales of Legendia, and it can be made at the Customization Shop in Werites Beacon during the Character Quest portion of the game. The sword is a weapon for Chloe Valens. She also obtains the Eternal Sword through the same Customization Shop, but the weapon does not require the Flamberge as a component.
Tales of the Abyss
The Vorpal Sword can be obtained through a secret path at Mt. Roneal, and the Flamberge can be obtained through a secret path at Mt. Zaleho. Both of these locations are mountains that evoke the images of ice and fire that their associated weapons represent, due to Mt. Roneal's location within a perpetually frigid climate while Mt. Zaleho is a hellish volcano. Both swords can be used by both Luke fon Fabre and Guy Cecil.
Tales of Innocence
The Flamberge and the Vorpal Sword appear as two different sets of twin swords, as weapons for Spada Belforma. The Flamberge can be purchased at Sania Village. The Vorpal Sword can be found within randomly instanced treasure chests within Guild Districts 6, 7, 8, and the Forbidden Guild District.
Tales of Vesperia
Tales of Xillia
The Vorpal Sword and the Flamberge appear as separate weapons that can be used by Milla Maxwell.
Appearances in Crossover Titles
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
The Material Blade appears as Lloyd's weapon throughout the whole game. In Gavada, the player can purchase a Flamberge that looks just like the one Lloyd wields, although depending on the difficulty setting, two additional versions of the sword can be obtained afterward.
Tales of VS.
The Material Blade appears as Lloyd's ultimate weapon, and the Flamberge also appears as Kratos's second strongest weapon. Lloyd obtains the Material Blade in the final stages of his story mode. Kratos obtains the Flamberge in the final stages of his and Cress's story mode.