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 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 involve a upward thrust, rising slash, or back-flip. 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, Cress finishes with a forward stab instead of an upward one like in many of his appearances.

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

With Tales of Eternia, the lower-tier arte Sword Rain was introduced, which allowed the more powerful 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".

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, enough uses of Sword Rain and Sword Rain: Alpha will yield Sword Rain: Omega. In Tales of the Abyss, this arte can be used within a complete Earth or Dark FOF Circle to convert it into Eternal Quake.

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 Zestiria, when Sorey uses Sword Rain, he occasionally says "Sonic Flurry". In Tales of the Rays, Cress, Lloyd, and Sorey's versions are Water-elemental, while Guy and Richard's versions are Earth-elemental.


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

Original Titles

Cross-Over Titles

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

Other Titles

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

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

Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: countless number of thrusts ending with an upward cut."

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Base: Rapid thrusts blow the enemy away."[5]

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "Arcane: Slice the enemy up with a rapid series of thrust attacks."

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Cut enemy to pieces with endless thrusts."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

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

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Localized Description: "Arcane: Numerous thrusts ending with an upward cut."

Tales of the Rays

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."


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