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Thunder Blade as it appears in Tales of Phantasia (iOS).

Thunder Blade (サンダーブレード Sandaabureedo?) is a classic Lightning- or Wind-elemental spell that has appeared frequently in several games throughout the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Thunder Blade as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

In Tales of Phantasia, Thunder Blade involves hitting the entire screen with a large and instant electric blast. Since then, its animation has changed twice. This spell is now known more typically for summoning a large sword of lightning in the sky, which pierces into the ground to create an electric shock that affects a circular area around the impact point. In Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, the blade spins around the user like a corkscrew before piercing the ground. However, this spell appears with a distinctly different animation in Tales of Eternia, in which the spell summons a long lightning sword from the bottom of the field behind the caster's position, which swings back to the right to toss enemies into the air. This same animation style was repeated in Tales of Legendia and the remake versions of Tales of Destiny.

In Tales of Symphonia, Thunder Blade is available to Genis Sage if he is aligned with the "Technical" branch of artes. If he is associated with the "Strike" style, he learns Spark Wave instead. This does not apply for Kratos Aurion and Zelos Wilder, as both acquire Thunder Blade, regardless of their branch affinity.

In Tales of the Abyss, this spell is introduced as part of the Wind element due to the lack of a dedicated Lightning element in the game. For Jade Curtiss and most enemy characters, using Thunder Blade within a fully-charged Earth or Dark FOF Circle changes the spell into Gravity Well. Thunder Blade must be fully mastered to unlock Jade's second mystic arte, Indignation, during a second or later playthrough.

Thunder Blade appears as an altered arte learned by Rita Mordio. Like other lightning-themed attacks in Tales of Vesperia, the spell is both Wind- and Fire-elemental. The spell can be learned if Rita casts Blade Roll with the "Hell Fire" and "Gale" skills equipped, until Thunder Blade itself is mastered and enabled as a separate arte. Similar to Tales of the Abyss, the PlayStation 3 and Definitive Edition versions of the game requires this spell to be used in order to learn the mystic arte Indignation.

In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, this arte appears as a Lightning-elemental arte available to Zelos Wilder throughout the game and Genis Sage starting in Chapter 7. Monsters can also learn this through the tome "Volt's Melancholy". In Tales of Graces ƒ, Thunder Blade makes its debut as a strike arte. While the Fodra Queen is in her mobile, sword-using form, she can use Thunder Blade to attack with a line of lightning bolts.

In the collaboration event with Star Ocean: Anamnesis, Dhaos performs a variation called Thunder Blade - I (サンダーブレード・異?, "Thunder Blade - Foreign"), referencing his nature as an alien on Aselia.

In Tales of Arise, the arte takes the form of an orb of electricity, that quickly shoots a stream of lightning across the area in front of the caster.


Thunder Blade as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

Original Titles

Thunder Blade as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

Cross-Over Titles

Thunder Blade as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.



Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Thunder Blade used by Arche Klein in Tales of Crestoria.

Japanese Description: 雷系攻撃呪文の一つ。敵の周りに落雷を生じさせる
Romanized Description: Ikazuchi kei kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Teki no mawari ni rakurai wo shouji saseru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Strikes all enemies with a wave of thunder."[2]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Generates a thunderbolt around the enemy."[3]

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 術者から生み出される稲妻の剣で薙ぎ払う晶術。追加効果で敵を麻痺にする。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Summons a sword of lightning to cleave foes. May paralyze the enemy."

User: Philia Felice
Japanese Quote: 迅雷の剣!サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Jinrai no tsurugi! Sandaabureedo!
Translated Quote: "Sword of clapping thunder! Thunder Blade!"

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "A mid-level thunder spell that produces a thunderclap near the enemy."

Tales of Eternia

Thunder Blade as it appears in Tales of Arise.

Localized Description: "Tear apart the enemy with blades of lightning. Lightning Arte."[4]

User: Nereid
Japanese Quote: 愚かな!
Translated Quote: "Fool!"

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 雷系攻撃呪文の一つ 敵の周りに落雷を生じさせる
Romanized Description: Ikazuchi kei kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Teki no mawari ni rakurai wo shouji saseru
Localized Description: "A lightning-based attack spell that causes a lightning strike around the enemy."[5]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Lightning (mid): thrust a sword of thunder and create lightning."[6]

User: Genis Sage
Localized Quote: "Wanna charge? Thunder Blade!"

User: Kratos Aurion
Localized Quote: "Out of the way! Thunder Blade!"

User: Zelos Wilder
Localized Quote: "Don't run! Thunder Blade!"

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Mid: Slash the enemy with a sword of lightning. A. ATR.: Lightning."[7]

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "Send forth lightning from your blade to attack the enemy."

Users: Jade Curtiss, Asch
Japanese Quote: 雷雲よ、我が刃となりて敵を貫け、サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Raiyun yo, waga yaiba to narite teki o tsuranuke. Thunder Blade!
Localized Quote: "O darkened storm cloud, loose thy blade and run mine enemies through... Thunder Blade!"

User: Sync
Japanese Quote: 雷雲よ刃となれ、サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Raiyunyo yaiba to nare, Sandaabureedo!
Translated Quote: "Become a blade by the storm clouds, Thunder Blade!"
Localized Quote: "Oh, storm cloud, loose thy blade... Thunder Blade!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Call down a sword of lightning to pierce the ground."

Tales of Vesperia

Japanese Description: 狙った敵の真上から雷の剣を落とし 稲妻を発生させるスキル変化術
Localized Description: "Altered Arte: Calls a blade of thunder down on the enemy and cause an explosion of lightning."

User: Rita Mordio
Normal Spellcasting Time:
Japanese Quote: 正義の意志、雷撃の剣となり咎ある者に降り落ちる…サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Seigi no ishi, raigeki no tsurugi to nari toga aru mono ni furi ochiru... Sandaa Bureedo!
Localized Quote: "O righteous will, let fall thy sword of lightning upon those who bear fault... Thunder Blade!"

Shortened Spellcasting Time:
Japanese Quote: 痺れるんだからね…サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Shibirerun dakara ne... Sandaabureedo!
Localized Quote: "This'll tingle a little... Thunder Blade!"

User: Alexei
Japanese Quote: 光の化身なる神の剣は蒙昧なる汝を貫く…サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Hikari no keshin naru kami no ken wa moumai naru nanji wo tsuranuku... Sandaabureedo!
Translated Quote: "O incarnation of light, become the sword of god and pierce through those who are ignorant... Thunder Blade!"
Localized Quote: "O divine sword of lightning incarnate, run my foolish enemies through... Thunder Blade!"

User: Gauche
Japanese Quote: 落ちる衝撃の雷…サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Ochiru shougeki no ikazuchi... Sandabureedo!
Translated Quote: "Fall impacting thunder... Thunder Blade!"
Localized Quote: "Fall to this lightning... Thunder Blade!"

User: Droite
Japanese Quote: 雷鳴ゴロゴロドッカーン!サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Raimei gorogoro dokkaan! Sandaabureedo!
Translated Quote: "Rumbling thunder ka-boom! Thunder Blade!"
Localized Quote: "Thunder rumble BOOM! Thunder Blade!"

Tales of Xillia

Japanese Description: 雷の剣で切り裂き貫く精霊術(×長押しで発動)。×をすぐに離すと、落雷の技ライトニングが発動。
Localized Description: "Thunder sharpened for the kill. Hold O to cast it, or release it early to execute a Lightning attack.

User: Milla Maxwell
Japanese Quote: 一剣を以って万業を滅却せん、抜刀!サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Ikken wo motte magyou wo mekkyaku sen, battou! Sandaabureedo!
Translated Quote: "By means of one sword, draw out myriads of blades and destroy! Thunder Blade!"
Localized Quote: "One true sword to smite the masses! Thunder Blade!"

User: Volt
Japanese Quote: ハイエンドクラス、スペル、スタンバイ。 サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Hai endo kurasu, superu, sutanbai. Sandaabureedo!
Translated Quote: "High end class, spell, standby. Thunder Blade!"

Tales of Xillia 2

User: Milla
Japanese Quote: 一剣を以って万業を滅却せん、抜刀!サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Ikken wo motte magyou wo mekkyaku sen, battou! Sandaabureedo!
Translated Quote: "By means of one sword, draw out myriads of blades and destroy! Thunder Blade!"

Tales of the Rays

Japanese Description: 雷場を生成し、雷でできた剣を突き立てる術
Localized Description: "An arte that impales foes with blades of lightning."

User: Beryl Benito
Japanese Quote: ビリビリでぶっ刺~~す!サンダーブレード!

User: Milla Maxwell
Japanese Quote: 万業を滅却せん、抜刀!サンダーブレード!

User: Yuan Ka-Fai
Japanese Quote: 裁きの雷に震えよ!サンダーブレード!

Tales of Crestoria

User: Zelos Wilder
Japanese Quote: 雷雲よ、刃となりて敵を貫け!サンダーブレード!
Romanized Quote: Raiyun yo, yaiba to narite teki o tsuranuke. Sandaabureedo!

Tales of Arise

Localized Description: "A beginner light arte that shoots a bolt of lightning along the ground, tearing it open."

Localized Quote: "Lightning condemns! Thunder Blade!"

Localized Quote (skit): "May lightning condemn those who bear fault! Thunder Blade!"