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Sonic Thrust (ToS)

Sonic Thrust as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

Sonic Thrust (瞬迅剣 Shunjinken?, "Instantaneous Rapid Sword"), alternatively Sonic Dog (瞬迅犬 Shunjinken?, "Instantaneous Rapid Dog") and Flying Jab (瞬迅拳 Shunjinken?, "Instantaneous Rapid Fist"), is a classic sword technique of the Tales series.

Arte Description and History[]

Sonic Thrust (TotA)

Sonic Thrust as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

The arte is first introduced in Tales of Symphonia. The character thrusts their weapon at the target, pushing it slightly backward. It is difficult to use this arte during a combo because it might force the enemy away, breaking the combo and giving the enemy a chance to retaliate, but it is powerful for an arte that can be used early within the games in which it appears.

In Tales of Symphonia, a Lightning-elemental property can be added to Lloyd Irving's attack through the use of the Sardonyx accessory, the Tethe Seal: Lightning arte, a Lightning-elemental weapon, or the Purple Quartz item, to replace the arte with the more powerful Lightning-based arte, Lightning Thrust, if Sonic Thrust has been used over 200 times. This elemental variant can be used only by Lloyd; both Kratos Aurion and Zelos Wilder have the more powerful Lightning Blade, which has a similar effect but greater damage.

In Tales of the Abyss, Luke fon Fabre can learn this arte if the party sleeps in the inn at St. Binah until before entering Akzeriuth. Concerned at his hesitation against a human opponent, he first wakes up Guy Cecil at night for a spar outside.

In the original Xbox 360 release of Tales of Vesperia, Flynn Scifo can use this arte during the battle in which he is playable, enabling him to deal three hits with a single strike. In the PlayStation 3 and Definitive Edition versions of the game, Flynn's attack has been modified to do one hit, but it now spins the enemy so that he can chain into another arte easily. All versions of the game provide Repede with his own unique variation of the arte, alternatively named in Japanese to reflect his character using the kanji character for "dog" ( ken?) rather than the standard "sword" ( ken?); the localization reflects this by naming it "Sonic Dog".

In Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, Gaius's variant has him coat his blade in bright red energy before launching forward. In Tales of Innocence R, Spada charges forward and slashes with both blades outward.

In Tales of Hearts R, the arte is now represented in an unarmed context in which the thrusting motion is executed with a fist. The Japanese name of this arte is likewise changed to reflect this weapon change, using the kanji character for "fist" ( ken?), while the localization is altered to "Flying Jab". Ironically, however, Flying Jab has Gall Gruner strike the enemy with the butt of his machete.

In Tales of Zestiria, Sorey's version has him temporarily switch to his left hand right before thrusting. In Tales of Arise, Alphen's version adds a horizontal slash after the thrust.

Appearances (Sonic Thrust)[]

Sonic Thrust (ToI)

Shunjinken as it appears in Tales of Innocence.

Original Titles

Sonic Thrust (ToV)

Sonic Thrust used by Flynn Scifo in Tales of Vesperia.

Crossover Titles


Appearances (Sonic Dog)[]

Sonic Dog (ToV)

Sonic Dog as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Appearances (Flying Jab)[]

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Fan-Translated Names[]

Sonic Thrust[]

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes[]

Sonic Thrust (ToX)

Sonic Thrust as it appears in Tales of Xillia.

Tales of Symphonia[]

Japanese Description: 敵を吹き飛ばす強力な突きを繰り出す特技
Localized Description: "Lv. 1 Sp. Attack: unleash a powerful thrust on the enemy and blow it away."

Tales of the Abyss[]

Japanese Description: 敵を吹き飛ばす強力な突きを放つ特技。
Localized Description: "Base: Powerful thrusts that down the enemy."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology[]

Localized Description: "Base: A strong thrust that blows the enemy back."

Tales of Innocence[]

Japanese Description: 敵を吹き飛ばす強力な突きを放つ特技
Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Base: Unleash a powerful thrust to push back the enemy."

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World[]

Japanese Description: 敵を吹き飛ばす強力な突きを放つ特技

Tales of Vesperia[]

Sonic Thrust[]

Japanese Description: 瞬時に突きを繰り出す特技
Localized Description: "Base Arte: A rapid flurry of powerful thrusts."

User: Adecor
Japanese Quote: 瞬迅剣であ~る!
Localized Quote: "I say Sonic Thrust!"

Sonic Dog[]

Japanese Description: 素早く屈み、瞬時に突進する特技
Localized Description: "Base Arte: Send a series of sonic waves toward the enemies."

Tales of Graces[]

Japanese Description: 素早く駆け抜け、疾風を巻き起こす

Alternate Japanese Quote: 貫く!
Alternate Localized Quote: "There!"

Tales of Xillia[]

User: Alvin
Japanese Description: 瞬速の突きを繰り出す武身技。チャージ時は突いた後 砲撃で止めを刺す瞬迅剣・砲牙に変化。
Localized Description: "A frighteningly quick impact forward. When charged, becomes the Sonic Barrage arte, which also fires projectiles."

User: Gaius
Alternate Japanese Quote: 貫け!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Strike!

Tales of Xillia 2[]

User: Gaius
Japanese Description: 瞬速の突きを繰り出す武身技。
Localized Description: "Unleash a quick thrust at your foes."

Tales of Innocence R[]

Japanese Description: 相手の懐に素早く潜り込み 両手の武器で同時に斬り払う特技

Tales of Zestiria[]

Japanese Description: 武器を左手に持ち替え、鋭く踏み込む。奥義の中では やや出が早い。
Localized Description: "Charge performed with a left-handed grip. A hidden arte that activates fairly quickly."

User: Sorey
Alternate Japanese Quote: そこだ!
Alternate Romanized Quote: Sokoda!
Alternate Translated Quote: "There!"
Alternate Localized Quote: "I've got you!"

Tales of the Rays[]

Sonic Thrust[]

Japanese Description: 前進しながら鋭い突きを繰り出す
Localized Description "A series of sharp thrusts performed while advancing."

Sonic Dog[]

Japanese Description: 素早い突進により犬制する
Localized Description: "Oppress foes with a rapid lunge."

Flying Jab[]

Japanese Description: 瞬間的に間合いを詰めながら拳を突き出す

Tales of Arise[]

Japanese Description: 瞬速の突きから斬り払う特技
Localized Description: "A lightning-fast thrust followed by a sweep attack."

Alternate Japanese Quote: 貫く!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Pierce through!"