Flaming Sword (ToE)

Flaming Sword as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

Hell Pyre (ToV)

Hell Pyre as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Hell Hound (ToV)

Hell Hound as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Hell Pyre (ToX)

Hell Pyre as it appears in Tales of Xillia.

This article is about the melee arte localized as "Hell Pyre". For the archery arte with the same localized name, see Hell Pyre (archery).

Hell Pyre (紅蓮剣 Gurenken?, "Crimson Lotus Sword"[1]), alternatively Hell Hound (紅蓮犬 Gurenken?, "Crimson Lotus Dog"[1]), and also localized as Throw Sword and Flaming Sword, is a classic Fire-elemental technique in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

When Hell Pyre is executed, the user slashes upward at the enemy while jumping high into the air, following through by tossing a flaming projectile sword or fireball down to the enemy while airborne.

In the original Tales of Destiny, this arte is obtained as a prize for passing the Namco cameo quiz given by Cress Albane and Arche Klein, both characters from the preceding game, Tales of Phantasia. The use of this arte will cause the Swordian Dymlos to be thrown at the enemy, and all attacks after this are considered to be unarmed until Dymlos is picked up from the ground where he was thrown. The remake versions of this game change the effect of this arte to prevent Dymlos from being thrown, instead creating a massive disc of flame to drop onto the enemies below.

In Tales of Eternia, the arte appears when Demon Hammer is used at the precise moment that the Fireball spell is cast. The arte represents one of four Team Skills that are activated through the use of a melee arte from one character and a spell from another character, activated at the same instant, combining both into one powerful elemental attack. In Tales of Vesperia, the technique is alternately called "Hell Hound" when used by Repede. In the PlayStation 3 port of the game, Flynn Scifo can change this arte into the altered arte Ultimate Hell Pyre when he has the "Hellfire" and "Crucible" skills equipped.


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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 炎の闘気をまとった武器を投げつけて敵を燃やし尽くす技
Romanized Description: Honoo no youki wo matotta buki wo tougetsu kete teki wo moyashi tsukusu waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Wrap your sword in flames then throw it at an enemy."[2]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Throws the user's sword at a target."[3]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Bathe your weapon in holy fire and send it crashing into the enemy."

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 炎の闘気をまとった武器を投げつけて敵を燃やしつくす
Romanized Description: Honoo no youki wo matotta buki wo tougetsu kete teki wo moyashi tsukusu
Localized Description: "Incinerate enemy by throwing a weapon enveloped in flaming attack power."[4]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Lv. 2 Sp. Attack: attack with fiery battle energy."[5]

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Arcane: Hit the enemy with a blazing spirit."

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "A linked arte in which one partner slices foes and shoots a fireball of rage fueled by the flames of his partner."

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Throw a fireball at an enemy from mid-air."

Tales of the Rays

Localized Description: "Unleash a barrage of blazing fireballs from midair."


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-04-02.
  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 Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  5. Tales of Phantasia (GC) Technique FAQ by DarthMarth GameFAQs (2005) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.