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Akisazame as it appears in Tales of Destiny 2.

Sword Rain: Alpha (秋沙雨 Akisazame?, "Autumn Sand Rain"[1]), also localized as Sword Rain and Neo Swarm, is a classic technique in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Sword Rain: Alpha as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Sword Rain: Alpha is a longer and more powerful version of Sword Rain, in which the user rapidly pierces the target several times, followed by a final strike that may vary depending on the user. This is one of the trademark swordsman artes that appears in nearly every game in the series since its original use by Cress Albane in Tales of Phantasia. In the Game Boy Advance version of the game, as well as Tales of Xillia 2, Cress finishes with a forward stab instead of an upward one like in many of his appearances. In Tales of VS., he simply performs an upward slash.

With Tales of Eternia, the lower-tier arte Swarm, later localized as Sword Rain, was introduced, which allowed the more powerful Neo Swarm, later localized as Sword Rain: Alpha, to be elevated to a higher status with a greater level requirement. Since then, this preliminary arte has become an important prerequisite for Sword Rain: Alpha whenever both attacks appear together in the same game. In games that lack the lower-tier Sword Rain, such as Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Zestiria, the localization may choose to drop the "Alpha" portion of the name and localize it as just "Sword Rain". Execution-wise, the user performs a leaping upward slash as the final strike, which would be followed by Lloyd Irving in Tales of Symphonia, Flynn Scifo in the PlayStation 3 and Definitive Edition versions of Tales of Vesperia, and Sorey in Tales of Zestiria.

In Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd Irving can learn this arte if he is aligned with the "Technical" style. After mastering this arte, Lloyd will learn Sword Rain: Beta. However, if he is aligned with the "Strike" style, he will learn only Sonic Sword Rain. In Tales of Legendia, instead of a leaping upward slash, Chloe Valens will temporarily toss her sword into the air before grabbing it and slashing downward, which would be her execution of the arte in later installments. Enough uses of Sword Rain and Sword Rain: Alpha will yield Sword Rain: Omega. In Tales of the Abyss, Guy uses a backflip kick instead of an upward slash. This arte can be used within a complete Earth or Dark FOF Circle to convert it into Eternal Quake.

In the PS2 instalment of Tales of Destiny, after the flurry of thrusts, Garr Kelvin vanish to the back of the target before performing a final slash as he reappears, which would be his execution of the arte in later installments.

In the original Tales of Innocence, Spada Belforma adds on the leaping upward slash by spinning counterclockwise and performing a second slash. He would later use this version in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 and Tales of the World: Reve Unitia. In Tales of Innocence R, Spada instead performs an upward cross-slash with both his swords.

In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Emil Castagnier simply spins counterclockwise as he performs the upper slash without jumping.

In the PlayStation 3 and Definitive Edition versions of Tales of Vesperia, Flynn Scifo can learn this move as an altered arte. He can activate this arte if the "Alembic" and "Chain" skills are equipped while using Sword Rain until the arte is mastered. After this, Sword Rain: Alpha is available as a separate arte that does not require the skill to be equipped in order to be used. In Tales of the Rays, Cress, Ras, Lloyd, and Sorey's versions are Water-elemental, while Guy and Richard's versions are Earth-elemental. Enhancing Ras's Akisazame to level 1 allows it to be used in the air.

In Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X, Dio will perform a powerful forward thrust. In Tales of Graces, this version would be used by Richard.

In Tales of Xillia 2, this is Leia Rolando and Muzét's linked arte.

In Tales of Arise, Alphen performs an upward slash without jumping.

Appearances

Sword Rain: Alpha as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Original Titles

Sword Rain: Alpha used by Sorey in Tales of Crestoria.

Crossover Titles

Other Titles

Collaborations

Other

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 無数の連続突きで敵を切り刻む技一撃の攻撃力は半減される
Romanized Description: Musuu no renzoku tsuki de teki wo kiri kizamu waza ichigeki no kougeki chikara wa hangen sareru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Attack the enemy with a shower of stabbing attacks."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Assault an enemy with unrelenting thrusts."
Translated Description (Phantasian Productions): "Base: Attack the enemy with multiple thrusts."

Tales of Eternia

Japanese Description: 無数の突きの連打を浴びせる
Localized Description: "The enemy is showered with multiple thrusts."[3]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 無数の連続突きで敵を斬り刻む
Romanized Description: Musuu no renzoku tsuki de teki wo kiri kizamu
Localized Description: "Cut enemy to pieces with endless thrusts."[4]

Tales of Symphonia

Japanese Description: 無数の突きを繰り出し最後に斬り上げをおこなう秘技
Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: countless number of thrusts ending with an upward cut."

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 無数の突きの連打を繰り出す剣技。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Cut enemies with a barrage of thrusts."

Tales of Legendia

Japanese Description: 目にも留まらぬ高速連突き
Localized Description: "Base: Rapid thrusts blow the enemy away."[5]

Tales of the Abyss

Japanese Description: 無数の連続突きで敵を斬り刻む奥義。
Localized Description: "Arcane: Slice the enemy up with a rapid series of thrust attacks."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Master: Countless rapid thrusts pierce an enemy, and a final slash sends it flying."

Tales of Innocence

Japanese Description: 連続突きの後、斬り上げ攻撃を行う秘技

Tales of Vesperia (X360)

Japanese Description: 無数の連続突きで敵を斬り刻み打ち上げる奥義
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Cut enemy to pieces with endless thrusts."

Tales of Vesperia (PS3) + Definitive Edition

Japanese Description: 無数の連続突きで敵を斬り刻み打ち上げるスキル変化技
Localized Quote: "Altered Arte: Cut enemy to pieces with endless thrusts."

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Japanese Description: 無数の突きを繰り出し 最後に斬り上げをおこなう奥義
Localized Description: "Arcane: Numerous thrusts ending with an upward cut."

Tales of Hearts

Japanese Description: テイルズ オブ ジアビスから参戦!ガイが秋沙雨で援護!

Tales of Graces

Japanese Description: 高速の突きを連打。

User: Richard
Alternate Japanese Quote: 斬り刻め!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Slice through!"

User: Frederic
Japanese Quote: 秋沙雨!
Localized Quote: "Pardon me!"

Tales of Innocence R

Japanese Description: 目にも止まらぬ速さで敵を貫き続ける。その様が降り止まぬ雨を想起させる秘技

Tales of Xillia 2

Users: Leia Rolando + Muzét
Japanese Description: 二人で連続突きを行い、敵を蜂の巣にする共鳴武身技。

User: Cress
Japanese Quote: 秋沙雨!
Localized Quote: "Sword Rain!"

Tales of Zestiria

Japanese Description: 神速の8連突きの後、斬り上げで締める 高速刺撃。

User: Sorey
Alternate Japanese Quote: 瞬迅連撃!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Sonic Flurry!"

Tales of the Rays

Japanese Description: 目にもとまらぬ連続突きを繰り出し斬り上げる

User: Guy Cecil
Localized Description: "A blisteringly fast sword combo followed by a launching slice."

User: Sorey
Localized Description: "A quick flurry of nearly invisible attacks that ends in an upward slash."

User: Lloyd Irving
Japanese Description:

目にもとまらぬ連続突きを繰り出し斬り上げる
6連携目以降で発動すると『秋沙雨・奔流』に変化

User: Ras
Japanese Description:

目にもとまらぬ連続突きを繰り出し斬り上げる。
術技強化で空中でも連携可

Japanese Quote (Mid-air): 逃さない!

User: Richard
Japanese Description: 目にもとまらぬ連続突きを繰り出し斬り抜ける

Tales of Crestoria

User: Sorey
Japanese Quote: 瞬迅連撃!秋沙雨!

User: Guy Cecil
Japanese Quote: 刻む! 秋沙雨!

User: Reid Hershel
Japanese Quote: 見きた!秋沙雨!

Tales of Arise

Localized Description: "A relentless series of quick thrusts followed by an upward strike."

References


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