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Kick Attack (ToD PSX)

Kick Attack as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Swallow Dance (飛燕連脚 Hienrenkyaku?, "Flying Swallow Chaining Kick"), also localized as Kick Attack, is a classic technique of the Tales series. It is one of the most well-recognized, unarmed Fighter artes in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History[]

This arte has appeared in most games as a rising triple-kick combo, in which the user jumps diagonally toward the target while spinning higher into the air with each kick or a rising double-kick combo that ends with an aerial axe kick. In Tales of Eternia and Tales of Symphonia, the arte can be followed immediately with any air arte, due to the unique combo system that allows the unarmed fighter characters to link these different types of artes together.

Although this arte is one of the main attacks of the unarmed fighter's repertoire, a swordsman variant also exists, in which the character does a rising double-kick combo followed by a downward thrust with the equipped weapon. This version of the arte is convenient during the early parts of the games that feature it, but since the first two strikes are considered to be unarmed attacks, damage is significantly weaker due to the loss of the weapon's damage bonuses. Therefore, the swordsman version of this arte usually becomes obsolete later within the games.

In Tales of Phantasia and all games he appears in, Cress Albane uses the swordsman version. In the original Tales of Destiny, the swordsman version is used by both Stahn Aileron and Leon Magnus, but starting in the remake versions and in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology onward, only Stahn learns it. Instead, Leon obtains Swallow Talon as a replacement that enhances the latter's visual balance between the slash and thrust motif.

In all versions of Tales of Symphonia, a Wind-elemental property can be added to Regal Bryant'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 Swallow Dance with the Wind-based arte Super Swallow Dance, if Regal has used Swallow Dance over 200 times. In the PlayStation 2 and subsequent versions of this game, a Lightning-elemental property can be added to Regal'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 this same arte with the Lightning-based arte Storm Dance, again if he has used the original arte over 200 times.

In Tales of Legendia, Senel Coolidge spins clockwise before performing a jumping right spin hook kick, followed by a roundhouse kick from his left. He then spins again for another right spin hook sick, before performing an overhead left axe kick before landing.

In Tales of VS., Senel's version adds another kick as a finisher. He shifts his body midair to perform a counterclockwise spin as he uses his left leg to perform an overhead spike kick.

In Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, Jude Mathis performs a leaping roundhouse left kick before using the momentum of the spin to perform a downward-angle right hook kick, spinning again before landing. Celsius performs a leaping, upward left kick before spinning clockwise in the air before performing a right axe kick.

In Tales of Berseria, Velvet Crowe performs a leaping left roundhouse kick before spinning clockwise, following with a right axe kick. Both kicks uses her leg blades to slash.

In Tales of Arise, Law performs a leaping right roundhouse kick. Midair, he then spins counterclockwise for a left hook kick, followed by another right roundhouse kick. As this ends with him in the air, Law can also cancel into an aerial arte.

In Tales of the Rays, Senel's version is Non-elemental, and removes the axe kick, but is given the chance to knock the enemy down, while Farah's, Cress's and Velvet's version are Wind-elemental. Additionally, Farah's can be used in midair at the sixth enhancement while Velvet's alters into Rush Strafe when used as the sixth or later action in a chain.


Hienrenkyaku (ToD PS2)

Hienrenkyaku as it appears in the PlayStation 2 remake of Tales of Destiny.

Original Titles

Crossover Titles



Fan-Translated Names[]

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes[]

Swallow Dance (ToX)

Swallow Dance as it appears in Tales of Xillia.

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)[]

Japanese Description: 二段げりから突きへとつなぐ三連続技。密着して使うの基本
Romanized Description: Nidan gerikara tsuki he totsunagu sanrenzoku waza. Micchaku shite tsukau no kihon
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Kick the enemy then strike them with your weapon twice."[4]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)[]

Japanese Description: 2段蹴りの後に武器での攻撃を当てる3段技
Localized Description: "A 3 part attack consisting of 2 kicks and a weapon attack."

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)[]

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Swiftly combine two kicks and a thrust."
Translated Description (Phantasian Productions): "Base: Combo attack consisting of two flying kicks and a downward thrust."

Tales of Eternia[]

Japanese Description: 空中への三連続回し蹴り。対空技。空中技へ繋ぐことが可能
Localized Description: "Rise into air with each consecutive attack."

Tales of Symphonia[]

Japanese Description: 空中への三連続回し蹴り。対空技。空中技へ繋ぐことが可能

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut[]

Japanese Description: 回転蹴りから突きを繰り出す特技。打撃に弱い敵に有効。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Strike an enemy with a flurry of spinning kicks. Effective to foes weak against strike."

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)[]

Japanese Description: 二段蹴りから突きへとつなぐ連続技
Romanized Descripton: Nidangerikara tsuki he totsunagu renzoku waza
Localized Description: "Combo that starts with a double kick and ends with a thrust."[5]

Tales of Legendia[]

Japanese Description: 空中で続けざまに出す連続蹴り
Localized Description: "Base: Rapid Spinning kicks in mid-air."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology[]

Localized Description: "Base: Strike an enemy with a flurry of spinning kicks."

Tales of Innocence[]

Japanese Description: 連続して蹴りをおこなう秘技

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World[]

Japanese Description: 空中に向かって連続で回し蹴りを行う特技

Tales of Xillia[]

Japanese Description: 飛び上がりながらの連続回し蹴りで、敵を翻弄する 武身技。攻撃後、自身は空中に残る。
Localized Description: "Consecutive spin kicks that spiral the body further up into the sky."

User: Celsius
Alternate Localized Quote: "Fall!"

Tales of Innocence R[]

Japanese Description: 連続して回し蹴りを放つ秘技

Tales of Berseria[]

Japanese Description:


Localized Description: "Launches foes with a spinning kick before booting them back to the ground."

Tales of the Rays[]

User: Cress Albane
Japanese Description: 敵を空中に蹴り上げ、剣突による追撃
Localized Description: "Kick a foe into the air, then strike it with a sword lunge."

User: Farah Oersted
Japanese Description: 空中を舞う連続蹴り
Localized Description: "A graceful series of aerial kicks."

User: Senel Coolidge
Japanese Description:


User: Velvet Crowe
Japanese Description:


Tales of Arise[]

Japanese Description: 3連続の回し蹴りで空中へ移動する特技
Localized Description: "Flies through the air with a triple spinning kick."


  1. YouTube subtitles (Episodes 1, 4, 6)
  2. YouTube subtitles (Episode 4)
  3. YouTube subtitles (Episodes 4, 6)
  4. Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
  5. Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.