Tidal Wave (ToD PSX)

Tidal Wave as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Tidal Wave (タイダルウェイブ / タイダルウェーブ Taidaruueibu / Taidaruueebu?) is a classic spell in the Tales series, typically appearing as a powerful Water-element spell.

Arte Description and History

In most earlier games, this spell creates a tidal wave that originates from the background, which grows in size as it moves closer to the battlefield to engulf all enemies. Later games that feature 3D gameplay reinterpret the design of this spell as a swirling vortex of water that covers most, if not all, of the battlefield, rapidly damaging enemies wherever they stand within the vortex. In Tales of Legendia, it instead appears as two torrents of water that surround and trap an enemy, followed by a bigger, stronger one that aims at its target. It is Shirley Fennes's final Crystal Eres and the strongest Sea-elemental Eres.

In Tales of Symphonia, Tidal Wave can be obtained by Genis Sage, derived from Spread after achieving its mastery, but only if he is focused on the "Technical" branch of arte progression. This spell has no direct "Strike" counterpart, although it indirectly replaces Atlas due to the latter spell's progression from Aqua Laser, the "Strike" counterpart of Spread. If Tidal Wave is used with Ray in a Unison Attack, it will form Prism Stars.

In Tales of the Rays, this arte is also Dark-elemental.


Tidal Wave (ToS)

Tidal Wave as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

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In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tidal Wave (ToV)

Tidal Wave as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 水系攻撃呪文お一つ。敵の周りに洪水を生じさせる
Romanized Description: Mizu kei kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Teki no mawari ni kouzui o shouji saseru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Creates a huge tsunami to crush the enemies."[1]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Engulfs the enemy in a giant tidal wave."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Localized Description: "A water-based attack spell that creates a flood around enemies."[3]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Water (advanced): A great flood that attacks all enemies in its path."[4]

User: Genis Sage
Japanese Quote: 聡明たる波濤よ 戦禍となりて 厄を飲み込め! タイダルウェイブ!
Romanized Quote: Soumei taru hatou yo, senka to narite, yaku o nomikome! Tidal Wave!
Translated Quote: "Wave full of wisdom, swallow the misfortune done by the ravages of war! Tidal Wave!"
Localized Quote: "Form a torrential vortex and engulf the evil spirits... Tidal Wave!"[5]

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Ancient High: A great flood attacks all in its path."[6]

User: Shirley Fennes
Localized Quote: "Great will of the ocean, verily if thou deemest me thy proxy, then let all hear thy marvelous voice! Tidal Wave!"[5]

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Cause a massive flood."

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Localized Description: "Water (high): Create a massive flood."[7]

Localized Quote: "Pelagic surges, form a torrential vortex and engulf the evil spirits... Tidal Wave!"

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Advanced Spell: Draw forth a massive wave to wipe out enemies in a wide range."

Japanese Quote: 狂気と強欲の水流、旋嵐の如く逆巻く!タイダルウェイブ!
Romanized Quote: Kyouki to gouyoku no suiryuu, sen arashi no gotoku sakamaku! Taidaruweibu!
Translated Quote: "Current of madness and greed, storm and surge! Tidal Wave!"
Localized Quote: "O mad and greedy waters, rise up and storm the very heavens... Tidal Wave!"[8]

Shortened Casting Duration:
Japanese Quote: 以下省略!タイダルウェイブ!
Romanized Quote: Ika shouryaku! Taidaruweibu!
Translated Quote: "Briefly abbreviated! Tidal Wave!"
Localized Quote: "Blah blah blah! Tidal Wave!"

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "An arcane arte that creates a giant eddy, swallowing everything."

Japanese Quote: 精霊交響曲!タイダルウェイブ![9]
Romanized Quote: Seirei koukyoukyoku! Taidaru Weibu!
Translated Quote: "Symphony Spirit! Tidal Wave!"
Localized Quote: "Symphony of Spirits! Tidal Wave!"

Tales of Xillia 2

User: Rowen J. Ilbert
Japanese Quote: 精霊交響曲!タイダルウェイブ![9]
Romanized Quote: Seirei koukyoukyoku! Taidaru Weibu!
Translated Quote: "Symphony Spirit! Tidal Wave!"

User: Rutee Katrea
Japanese Quote: 飲み込め!タイダルウェーブ!!
Romanized Quote: Nomikome! Taidaru Weebu!!
Translated Quote: "Swallow! Tidal Wave!!"


  1. Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
  2. Tales of Destiny (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough by CMoriarty / Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  3. Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  4. Tales of Symphonia (GC) Technique FAQ by DarthMarth GameFAQs (2005) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  5. 5.0 5.1 ~Tales of Incantations~ by Judgey Official Namco Tales Forums (2008) Retrieved on 2008-03-02.
  6. Tales of Legendia (PS2) Eres Guide by AncientNova GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  7. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World Arte and Skill List FAQ/guide by Iuniorn (2009-03-23) Retrieved on 2009-06-19.
  8. Tales of Vesperia (X360) Battle Quote FAC by TianXia7541 [1] (2008-12-15) Retrieved on 2009-04-25.
  9. 9.0 9.1 ローエン(ボイス)[2](2011) Retrieved on 2011-11-17.

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