Arte Description and History
Sword Rain: Alpha is a longer and more powerful version of Sword Rain, in which the character rapidly pierces the target several times, followed by a final strike that may involve a upward thrust, rising slash, or backflip. This is one of the trademark swordsman artes that appear in nearly every game in the series, since its original use by Cress Albane in Tales of Phantasia.
With Tales of Eternia, the lower-tier arte Sword Rain was introduced, which allowed the more powerful Sword Rain: Alpha to be elevated to a higher status with a greater level requirement. Since then, this preliminary arte has become an important prerequisite for Sword Rain: Alpha, whenever both attacks appear together in the same game. In Tales of Phantasia, "Sword Rain: Alpha" was named "Sword Rain" despite the currently established names, creating a point of confusion for some people.
In Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd Irving can learn this arte if he is aligned with the Technical style. After mastering this arte, Lloyd will learn Sword Rain: Beta. However, if he is aligned with the Strike style, he will learn only Sonic Sword Rain.
In the Playstation 3 port of Tales of Vesperia, Flynn Scifo can learn Akisazame as an altered arte. He can activate this arte if the "Alembric" and "Chain" skills are equipped while using Chirisazame until the arte is mastered. After this, Akisazame is available as a separate arte that does not require the skill to be equipped.
Tales of Phantasia - Cress Albane
Tales of Phantasia (PSX) + Full Voice Edition (PSP) - Cress Albane
Tales of Eternia - Reid Hershel, Ras, Cress (Neo Swarm)
Tales of Phantasia (GBA) - Cress Albane (Sword Rain)
Tales of Symphonia - Lloyd Irving (Sword Rain: Alpha)
Tales of Legendia - Chloe Valens (Sword Rain: Alpha)
Tales of the Abyss - Guy Cecil (Sword Rain: Alpha), Reid Hershel (Neo Swarm)
Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut - Garr Kelvin
Tales of Innocence - Spada Belforma
Tales of Vesperia - Flynn Scifo (Sword Rain: Alpha)
Tales of Hearts - Guy; Support Arte: Guy Cecil
Tales of Graces - Richard, Frederic (Sword Rain: Alpha)
Tales of Innocence R (VITA) - Spada Belforma
Tales of Xillia 2 - Cress Albane, Link Arte: Leia Rolando + Musee
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 - Swordsman costume, Flame Swordsman costume, Gale Swordsman costume, Holy Swordsman costume, Hail Swordsman costume, Thunder Swordsman costume, Demonic Swordsman costume
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 - Swordsman costume, Cress Albane, Reid Hershel, Lloyd Irving
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology - Swordsman class, Magic Knight class, Reid Hershel, Lloyd Irving (Sword Rain: Alpha)
Tales of the Tempest - Caius Qualls
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World - Emil Castagnier, Lloyd Irving (Sword Rain: Alpha)
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 - Swordsman class, Magic Knight class, Twinsword class, Cress Albane, Garr Kelvin, Reid Hershel, Lloyd Irving, Chloe Valens, Guy Cecil, Spada Belforma, Caius Qualls
Tales of VS. - Cress Albane, Lloyd Irving
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 - Swordsman class, Magic Knight class, Twinsword class, Cress Albane, Garr Kelvin, Reid Hershel, Lloyd Irving, Chloe Valens, Guy Cecil, Spada Belforma, Caius Qualls, Emil Castagnier, Flynn Scifo
Tales of Phantasia (SFC) (DeJap Translations): Blade Storm
Tales of Phantasia (PSX) (Absolute Zero): Autumn Sandstorm, Akisazame
Tales of Phantasia (PSX) (Phantasian Productions): Sword Rain, Akisazame
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 (Kajitani-Eizan): Sword Rain: Alpha
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 (Kajitani-Eizan): Sword Rain: Alpha
Tales of Innocence (Absolute Zero): Sword Rain: Alpha
In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes
Tales of Phantasia
Japanese Description: 無数の連続突きで敵を切り刻む技一撃の攻撃力は半減される
Romanization: Musuu no renzoku tsuki de teki wo kiri kizamu waza ichigeki no kougeki chikara wa hangen sareru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Attack the enemy with a shower of stabbing attacks."
Tales of Phantasia (PSX)
Tales of Eternia
Localized Description: "The enemy is showered with multiple thrusts."
Tales of Phantasia (GBA)
Japanese Description: 無数の連続突きで敵を斬り刻む
Romanization: Musuu no renzoku tsuki de teki wo kiri kizamu
Localized Description: "Cut enemy to pieces with endless thrusts."
Tales of Symphonia
Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: countless number of thrusts ending with an upward cut."
Tales of Legendia
Localized Description: "Base: Rapid thrusts blow the enemy away."
Tales of the Abyss
Localized Description: "Arcane: Slice the enemy up with a rapid series of thrust attacks."
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
Localized Description: "Master: Countless rapid thrusts pierce an enemy, and a final slash sends it flying."
Tales of Vesperia
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Cut enemy to pieces with endless thrusts."
- ↑ Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-05.
- ↑ Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
- ↑ Tales of Destiny II (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 1/2 by Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
- ↑ Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
- ↑ Tales of Legendia (PS2) Eres Guide by AncientNova GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-08.