Dragon Blade (ToD PSX)

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

Dragon Swarm (爪竜連牙斬 Souryuu Rengazan?, "Nail Dragon Connecting Fang Slash"[1] / "Claw Dragon Chain Fang Slash") is a traditional sword arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

When this arte is executed, the user makes a chain of several wide slashes, moving forward with every strike. This is a damaging and deadly attack that is not easily avoided by grounded enemies. The implementation of this attack varies based on the character and game, where, in Tales of Eternia, Ras uses it as a chain of seven frontward slashes, while in Tales of Vesperia, Yuri Lowell makes four wide slashes with kicks placed between each slash.

The original Tales of Destiny features the same animation of Dragon Swarm for both Stahn Aileron and Leon Magnus, which involves a series of four slow slashes, but the PlayStation 2 remake version of the game differentiates the styles of the two characters. Stahn performs a rapid series of four wide slashes, while Leon attacks with a slightly slower attack pattern that involves a jump with his third slash. The Director's Cut version of the remake also introduces aerial capabilities for Leon's version of the attack, though it is animated the same way using the float mechanics of the game's aerial battle system.


Dragon Swarm (ToV)

Dragon Swarm as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Destiny

Localized Description: "An attack that repeatedly slashes the enemy."[2]

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Sacred Skill. The enemy is repeatedly slashed over and over."[3]

Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3

Translated Description (Kajitani-Eizan): "A chain of slashes."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Translation: "Arcane: Charge an enemy with a chain of four slashes."

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Hit the enemy with spinning slashes."[4]

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "A martial dance using both sword and gun. When charged, becomes the Dragon Salvo arte that adds a finishing shot."

Tales of Xillia 2

User: Alvin
Localized Description: "A martial dance using both sword and gun. When charged, becomes the Dragon Salvo arte that adds a finishing shot."

User: Gaius
Localized Description: "A continuous string of katana slashes."

Tales of the Rays

Localized Description: "Advance while executing a slashing combo attack."


  1. Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  2. Tales of Destiny (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough by CMoriarty / Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  3. Tales of Destiny II (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 1/2 by Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  4. Tales of Vesperia (X360) FAQ/Walkthrough by drachemeister GameFAQs (2008) Retrieved on 2009-06-020.

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