Wyrm Wrath (龍虎滅牙斬 Ryuuko Metsugazan?, "Dragon Tiger Destroy Fang Slash") and Ryuuko Metsugajin (龍虎滅牙陣?"Dragon Tiger Destroy Fang Position") are powerful artes that appear frequently throughout the Tales series. This arte represents one of the first and most well known mystic artes to exist in the series, originally appearing in Tales of Eternia as a solo attack, but since becoming associated as a significant attack that involves two characters.
Arte Description and History
When Wyrm Wrath is activated, a circular glyph appears on the ground while the character slashes upwards and rises into the air. Then the character falls back to the ground, striking his weapon through the enemy onto the ground. This causes a massive release of energy to rise from the glyph, hurting all enemies caught within the glyph's area of effect.
This attack first appeared in Tales of Eternia as an mystic arte extension, which can be activated only after using Omega Demon Chaos and meeting all requirements. During the cameo exhibition battle at the Infernia City Arena, if the character attempts to initiate Dragon Demon Chaos while targeting Cress Albain, he will counter it with Eternal Blade, which is effectively a reinterpretation of this same arte, invoking aspects of Cress's space-time abilities. Eternal Blade will not activate if Omega Demon Chaos is used while Arche Klein is being targeted. In the Japanese version, Cress says "Jigenzan" while using this skill.
In the PlayStation 2 port of Tales of Symphonia, Ryuuko Metsugajin is established as a Compound Special Attack activated when during a Unison Attack Lloyd uses Demonic Circle or Demonic Chaos and Regal uses Eagle Fall or Eagle Rage. In the resulting attack, Regal descends onto the enemy for one hit and forms a glyph on the ground. Then he jumps back while Lloyd jumps forward to slam his swords into the glyph and cause a release of energy through the glyph. This attack is named differently from the attack used in Tales of Eternia to show its alternative implementation, focusing on the glyph that appears during the attack rather than the full attack movement.
In Tales of Rebirth, Ryuuko Metsugazan reappears as a two-person Fusionic Force Finality between Veigue Lungberg and Annie Barrs. It can be activated only while the Finality Charge Break message is active, and only after many other special conditions and requirements have been met. This attack is similar to the way Ryuuko Metsugajin is activated in Tales of Symphonia, with some variation as the attack begins. Annie first creates a glyph in front of her, through which Veigue rushes to attack the enemy. As he slashes upwards to lift the enemy into the air, Annie jumps upon it, simultaneously creating a charged glyph on the ground. Veigue follows through with a high jump, dropping down to slash at the enemy, which discharges the energy from the glyph.
Annie later receives Ryuuko Metsugajin in place of this attack in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3, now activated on her own without Veigue's assistance. The attack is largely altered to focus directly on her glyph formation abilities, though it still maintains the same general effects.
In Tales of the Abyss, this arte is not a mystic arte, but an FOF Change that can be activated only within a complete Earth or Dark FOF circle. Once the correct FOF circle appears on the field, the Tiger Blade arte can be converted into Wyrm Wrath within the FOF circle.
Tales of Xillia features the return of Ryuuko Metsugazan as a link arte, involving two characters using specific attacks. In the case of Milla Maxwell and Alvin, the arte is activated by using either Distall Nova or Senkuureppa while both characters are linked.
Appearances (Wyrm Wrath)
Tales of Eternia - Reid Hershel (Dragon Demon Chaos)
Tales of Rebirth - Fusionic Force Finality: Veigue Lungberg + Annie Barrs
Tales of the Abyss - Guy Cecil (Wyrm Wrath)
Tales of Xillia - Link Arte: Milla Maxwell + Alvin, Gaius + Musee
Tales of Xillia 2 - Link Arte: Milla/Milla Maxwell + Alvin, Gaius + Musee, Gaius + Milla/Milla Maxwell
Appearances (Ryuuko Metsugajin)
In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes (Wyrm Wrath)
Tales of Rebirth
- Annie: 浄化の扉開かれん。
- Veigue: 見切った！
- Annie: 必殺！
- Both: 龍虎滅牙斬！
- Annie: Jouka no tobira aka ren.
- Veigue: Mikitta!
- Annie: Hissatsu!
- Both: Ryuuko Metsugazan!
- Annie: The Gate of Purification will not purge for you.
- Veigue: I see right through you!
- Annie: Finishing strike!
- Both: Ryuuko Metsugazan!
Tales of the Abyss
Localized Description: "Arte: Strike the ground and unleash the power of an ancient dragon."
Japanese transcription: くらえ龍虎の牙、龍虎滅牙斬！
Romanization: Kurae, ryuuko no kiba. Ryuuko Metsugazan!!
Localization: Feel the dragon’s fangs! Wyrm Wrath!!
Tales of Xillia
Localized Description: "Both partners leap into the air and bring their swords down to attack foes with shock waves."
- ↑ Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-02.
- ↑ Tales of Rebirth Artes/Ougis Tales of Surprise Retrieved on 2010-07-12.
- ↑ Tales of Rebirth (PS2) Battle Mechanics/Sub Events FAQ by lanyn GameFAQs (2008) Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- ↑ ~Tales of Incantations~ by Judgey Official Namco Tales Forums (2008) Retrieved on 2008-03-02.