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ToP iOS Rising Phoenix

Rising Phoenix as it appears in Tales of Phantasia (iOS).

Rising Phoenix (鳳凰天駆 Hououtenku?, "Phoenix Heaven Drive"[1]), also localized as Spin Flare, is an arte that has appeared in many titles in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Rising Phoenix has appeared in most Tales installments since Tales of Phantasia. In its original form used by Cress Albane, he physically transforms into a phoenix and flies toward his enemy, but its subsequent appearances are more metaphorical to the name. The user jumps into the air and thrusts down with a fiery, blazing wave, striking downward with a crimson blade, burning dropkick, or blazing fist.

Spin Flare (ToD PSX)

Spin Flare as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

In the original Tales of Destiny, this arte represents a union of Fireball and Spin Slash. The latter arte is represented in the initial rising action that takes place upon activating the arte, enabling Stahn Aileron to deal damage while back-flipping into the air, followed by dive-bombing his enemies while bathed in flame.

This variation of the arte is particularly potent because it can be used to traverse the entire battle area much faster than simply running across the same distance. If the enemy target is far enough from Stahn's starting position, he will flip forward as if he is performing a standard Spin Slash, allowing him to gain altitude and distance before the dive-bombing portion of the attack activates, launching him across the remainder of the distance toward his target. The remake versions of Tales of Destiny greatly inhibit the potential for distance-based movement, exchanging it for rapid execution and improved combo potential.

In Tales of Symphonia, Rising Phoenix is triggered only if Lloyd Irving has a Fire-elemental enchant active while using Rising Falcon, after it has been mastered through enough usage. This enchant can be achieved by equipping a Fire-based weapon or the "Garnet" accessory, using a "Red Quartz" during battle, or activating Sheena Fujibayashi's Sylva Seal: Fire. After this, Rising Phoenix will always replace Rising Falcon while any Fire-elemental enchant is in use. Despite these requirements, it becomes a standard arte in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, along with Blazing Tempest, to correspond with Lloyd's focus on Fire-elemental abilities in the game. Additionally, in the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Vesperia, Flynn is able to use the arte as an altered arte with the skill "Guren" equipped while using Hitenshouku, similar to Lloyd's requirements.

Appearances

Mothership Titles

Hououtenku (ToD PS2)

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

Escort Titles

Rising Phoenix (ToV)

Rising Phoenix as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Mobile Titles

Other

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Rising Phoenix (ToG)

Rising Phoenix as it appears in Tales of Graces ƒ.

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 不死鳥のオーラに身を空高く舞い上がり敵に空撃する技
Romanized Description: Fushichou no oora ni mi wo tsutsun de kuu takaku mai ugari teki ni kuugeki suru waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Transforms your body into the flaming bird of legend."[2]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Fires off a burst of flame at a target after a spin jump."[3]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Engulfed in the flames of the phoenix, take flight and descend upon your enemies."

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Sacred Skill. Thrust into the air shrouded in flames."[4]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 不死鳥のオーラに包んで身を空高く舞い上がり敵に空撃する
Romanized Description: Fushichou no oora ni mi wo tsutsun de kuu takaku mai ugari teki ni kuugeki suru
Localized Description: "Envelop body in a Phoenix aura and shoot into the sky to strike enemy."[5]

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Base: Down the enemy in a blazing attack from above."[6]

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Arcane: Unleash a blazing descent upon an enemy from on high."

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Localized Description: "Arcane: Jump into the air and descend with a blazing sword strike."

References

  1. Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006-11-05) Retrieved on 2008-07-24.
  2. Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
  3. Tales of Destiny (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough by CMoriarty / Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  4. Tales of Destiny II (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 1/2 by Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  5. Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  6. Tales of Legendia (PS2) Eres Guide by AncientNova GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.


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