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Tiger Blade (ToD PSX)

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

Tiger Blade (虎牙破斬 Kogahazan?, "Tiger Fang Breaking Slash") is a classic technique in the Tales series. It is one of the most well-recognized Swordsman artes, usually balanced with high damage for a low TP cost during battle, compared to other artes.

Arte Description and History[]

Kogahazan (ToD PS2)

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

When using Tiger Blade, the user slashes upward while jumping, then slashes downward while landing. This arte is effective for hitting any opponents in the air, further allowing the user to force their target to the ground. In some of the games, there is a third hit that can be added between or after the slashes, sometimes involving a shoulder charge or punches that simulate the standard movement patterns of this arte. In Tales of Eternia, if this arte is used at the precise moment that the Fireball spell is cast, both artes combine to form Flaming Sword, one of four combination artes that are executed by two characters in this game.

In Tales of Symphonia, a Lightning-elemental property can be added to a character'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 Tiger Blade with the more powerful Lightning-based arte, Lightning Tiger, if Tiger Blade has been used over 200 times.[1] When Tiger Blade is used in the Unison Attack together with Lightning, the Compound Special Attack becomes Lightning Tiger Blade, while it becomes Pow Blade if used with Pow Hammer. It is also possible to perform Thunder Tiger Blade if the other arte in the Unision Attack is Lightning Blade.

This arte cannot be learned normally in Tales of Rebirth. To use this arte, Veigue Lungberg requires the Mouko no Tamashii accessory to be equipped in order to replace his Reppashou with Tiger Blade.[2]

In the remake versions of Tales of Destiny, Leon Magnus can extend this arte into Sougazan by using the arte twice immediately. Alternatively, as an homage to Leon's original animation for Tiger Blade in the original PlayStation release, the PlayStation 2 versions add the option of an additional hit to his version of the arte by chaining an Aerial Step to the attack. This extra hit requires no additional CC, and it deals damage at a 1.15 damage modifier. Leon's ability to extend this arte into Sougazan is disabled if the extra hit is performed, but it can be chained into Sougazan as a separate arte in the same combo. Stahn Aileron does not receive this option for an extra hit.

In Tales of Legendia, Chloe Valens lets go of her weapon as she slashes and jumps upward, before spinning counterclockwise to perform a sweeping kick with her left leg, before catching the weapon to perform a downward slash mid-air. In Tales of the Abyss, after leaping in the first slash, Guy Cecil performs a clockwise sweeping kick before the second slash. It can also be converted into Wyrm Wrath within a complete Earth or Dark FOF Circle.

In Tales of Vesperia, there are three users of the arte, each using their own version. Flynn Scifo uses the traditional version of the Tiger Blade, a jumping upward slash followed by a downward slash. Yuri Lowell lets go of his weapon as he slashes and jumps upward. Midair, Yuri catches his weapon again and performs a second slash before punching the opponent downward. Yuri learns his version after talking to Lune about her missing fiance, Clay, during the side quest that earns him the Dark Enforcer title. Lune reveals that her father was a knight who used the arte, yet apparently, no one mastered it before Yuri. Don Whitehorse simply performs a jumping slash. If this connects however, the Don spins forward and slams the opponent into the ground. In Tales of Crestoria, Yuri's downward punch is given a blast of energy and this arte decreases the target's DEF by 10% for two turns.

In Tales of Graces, this is the only arte Hubert Oswell has access to both childhood and adulthood arcs. The arte is written entirely in hiragana when used as a child and written in kanji when used as a adult in the Japanese version of the game.

In Tales of Xillia, Gaius performs a leftward slash midair between the first two slashes, though this is removed in Tales of the Rays. In Tales of Xillia 2, the middle slash acts as an extra hit when the Second Artes skill is equipped and the Artes button is held down. Alvin's version alters into Tiger Rage if he has at least one Charge. Ludger Will Kresnik on the other hand, learns this arte by obtaining an arte tome after reaching a level 5 affinity with Gaius. His version alters into Tiger Rage with the same condition as Gaius's extra hit.

In Tales of the Rays, this arte is non-elemental for most of the users who can use this arte while Cress's version is Light-elemental at the sixth enhancement and Chloe's version is the only one which can be aerial-enabled at the first enhancement. Additionally, Chloe's variant can alter into Koga Kuuretsuzan at the sixth action or later in a chain or during Burst Limits.

In Project X Zone, Yuri performs Fang Strike before using Tiger Blade, while in Project X Zone 2, he uses Wolf Strike before using Tiger Blade.


Demon Hammer (ToE)

Demon Hammer as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

Original Titles

Tiger Blade (TotA)

Tiger Blade as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Crossover Titles

Tiger Blade (ToI)

Kogahazan as it appears in Tales of Innocence.

Other Titles


CD Dramas



Fan-Translated Names[]

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes[]

Tales of Phantasia[]

Tiger Blade (ToV)

Tiger Blade used by Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia.

Japanese Description: 獲物に襲いかかる獣の牙のごとく敵を上下から斬りつける二段技
Romanized Description: Emono ni osoi kakaru kemono no kiba no gotoku teki wo shouka gara zanri tsukeru nidan waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Attack the enemy with two strong slices."[4]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)[]

Japanese Description: 上下から襲いかかる2段斬り
Localized Description: "A 2 part attack that cuts high and low."

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)[]

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Combine two slash attacks, clamping down on the enemy with the fangs of a tiger."
Translated Description (Phantasian Productions): "Base: Two-hit slash slicing the enemy up then down."

Tales of Eternia[]

Japanese Description: 上下から襲いかかる二段斬り
Localized Description: "The enemy is slashed from above and below."

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)[]

Tiger Blade (ToG)

Tiger Blade as it appears in Tales of Graces ƒ.

Japanese Description: 獲物に襲いかかる獣の牙のごとく敵を上下から斬りつける二段技
Romanized Description: Emono ni osoi kakaru kemono no kiba no gotoku teki wo jouka gara kiri tsukeru nidan waza
Localized Description: "Two-stage attack slashes enemy like the fangs of a tiger striking its prey."[5]

Tales of Symphonia[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしの二段斬りを 繰り出す特技
Localized Description: "Lv. 1 Sp. Attack: two-hit slash slicing the enemy up and then down."

Tales of Rebirth[]

Japanese Quote: 斬り刻む!

Tales of Legendia[]

Japanese Description: 敵を巻き込むように斬り上げ、斬り落とす特技。
Localized Description: "Base: Slash the enemy into the air, then knock it down."[6]

Tales of the Abyss[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしによる二段斬りをおこなう特技。
Localized Description: "Base: A two-tiered slash attack."

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

Japanese Description: 流れるような上下段の斬りを繰り出す剣技。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Slice the enemy up, then cut them down."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology[]

Localized Description: "Base: Slice the enemy up, then cut them down."

User: Stahn Aileron, Leon Magnus
Japanese Description: 食らえ!
Localized Description: "Take this!"

Tales of Innocence[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしの二段斬りの特技

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしの二段斬りを 繰り出す特技

Tales of Vesperia[]

Japanese Description: 流れるように敵を斬り上げた後、拳で地面に叩き落す特技
Localized Description: "Base Arte: Slice the enemy up, then cut them down."

User: Yuri Lowell
Alternate Japanese Quote: 斬!成敗!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Tiger! I'll punish you!

Tales of Hearts[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げ、斬り下ろしの 上下二連撃を見舞う技。

Tales of Graces[]

Childhood Arc [こがはざん][]

Japanese Description: 冒険小説を読んで習得した、上下の二段斬り のつもり

Alternate Japanese Quote: せーの!
Alternate Localized Quote: "One-Two!"

Second Arc [虎牙破斬][]

Japanese Description: 猛虎の牙のように襲い掛かる、上下二段斬り。

Alternate Japanese Quote: 斬り刻む!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Slice!"

Tales of Xillia[]

User: Alvin
Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしの二段斬りを行う武身技。チャージ時は斬撃が増える虎牙連斬に変化。
Localized Description: "A two-stage martial arte that slices upward then downward. When charged, becomes the three-stage Tiger Rage arte."

Alternate Japanese Quote: おらおら!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Air Blade!"

User: Gaius
Alternate Japanese Quote: 刻む!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Die!"

Tales of Innocence R[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしを続けて放つ特技

Tales of Hearts R[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げ、斬り下ろしの 上下二連撃を見舞う技
Localized Description: "A two-part combo consisting of an upward swing followed by a downward one."

Tales of Xillia 2[]

User: Ludger Will Kresnik, Gaius
Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしの二段斬りを行う武身技。
Localized Description: "A two-stage martial arte that slices upward then downward."

Tales of Zestiria[]

Japanese Description: 跳躍と共に斬り上げ、落下と共に斬り下ろす 上下二段斬り。
Localized Description: "A two-stroke vertical slashing attack, in which a rising jump slash is followed by a downward cleave."

User: Sorey
Alternate Japanese Quote: 剣の牙
Alternate Romanized Quote: Tsurugi no ga!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Blade fang!"

User: Dark Turtlez
Japanese Quote: 邪魔っす!

Tales of Berseria[]

Localized Quote: "Meanie!"

Tales of the Rays[]

Japanese Description: 斬り上げと斬り下ろしを続けざまに放つ
Localized Description: "An upward slash followed by a downward slash."

User: Marcus Grimm
Japanese Quote: 斬って落とす…!

User: Chloe Valens
Japanese Description:


Japanese Quote (midair): 逃さない!