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Dual Blades

Kirito Dual Blades

Kana/Kanji

二刀流

Romaji

Nitōryū

Skill Information
Type

Active

Category

Weapon Skill, Unique Skill

User(s)

Kirito

Debuts
Novel

Volume 1, Chapter 11
Volume 2, Warmth of the Heart, Part 3 (Chronological)

Anime

Episode 9

Dual Blades (二刀流, Nitōryū?, lit. Two Sword Style) is a Unique Skill in Sword Art Online which allows the use of unique Sword Skills that are executed with two blades simultaneously. Kirito wields Dark Repulser and Elucidator for this Weapon Skill.

According to Heathcliff, who is in fact Kayaba Akihiko, this skill is awarded to the player with the fastest reaction time and the chosen player is supposed to be the one who will stand against the final boss (Heathcliff) on the 100th Floor in the Ruby Palace, regardless of the outcome of the said battle. It was awarded to Kirito for being judged to have had the fastest reaction speed in the game.

TechniquesEdit

Kirito estimates that there are slightly more than 20 techniques to the Dual Blades skill.

Known techniques:

For a list of skills available in the non-canon game adaptation, Hollow Fragment, see HF Sword Skills.
  • Double Circular: 2-hit combo
  • Starburst Stream: 16-hit combo
  • The Eclipse: 27-hit combo
  • Cross Block: Defensive skill[1]

Skill DescriptionEdit

Dual Blades Stats

The Dual Blades Skill Bonus Stats.

二刀流(Nitōryū) (Two-sword style)

A skill that allows one to attack using two swords simultaneously.

  • Attack Speed Bonus: 1.80x
  • Weapon Defense Bonus: 1.50x
  • Cooldown Time Bonus: 1.20x

UsageEdit

  • Volume 2, Warmth of the Heart, Part 3:
    • Kirito used one of the Dual Blades Sword Skills to demonstrate his secret skill to Lisbeth after she asked why he needed another sword. Kirito requested for Lisbeth to not tell anyone about the skill.
KiritoDW

Kirito using Starburst Stream, a Dual Blades Sword Skill, to defeat «The Gleam Eyes».

  • Volume 1, Chapter 13/Episode 10:
    • Kirito used the skill his skill during a duel against Heathcliff, though Kirito lost the duel due to Heathcliff using the system assistance past its normal limits to help him win the duel.
  • Volume 1, Chapter 22/Episode 14:
    • Kirito tried dual wielding against Heathcliff, who was revealed to by Kayaba Akihiko, without using any Sword Skills, since Akihiko was the maker of the skill. However, Kirito accidentally unleashed the 27-hit Dual Blades Sword Skill «The Eclipse», which allowed Heathcliff to easily block every single hit and make use of the opening created by the post-motion delay.

TriviaEdit

  • Kirito had discovered Dual Blades a year before the battle with The Gleam Eyes, however, because Kirito did not know the conditions of unlocking the skill, he chose to keep his skill a secret to avoid unnecessary attention and problems, training the skill only when nobody was around to see it and, even after nearly completing it, he did not use the skill against monsters unless in very dire situations.
  • Dual Blades does not exist in ALfheim Online. Even if a player imports the skill from Sword Art Online, they will find that the skill cannot be identified by the system.
  • Players may dual wield two swords even without having the Dual Blades skill.
    • In Sword Art Online, attacking without using Sword Skills is inefficient, as a regular attack with a sword is much weaker than an attack using a Sword Skill.
    • In ALfheim Online, as there is no system assist for dual wielding, players need a lot of practice and experience for such a style to be efficient.
Vol 08 - 279

Kirito using Skill Connect, with two swords.

  • In New ALfheim Online, with the introduction of Sword Skills, it is possible to chain in multiple one-handed sword Sword Skills by performing an activation motion with one sword during the post-motion delay phase of the other sword, thus cancelling out the delay. This strategy can only be used for skills where the last hit of a skill leaves the player in a position similar to that of another skill's activation motion. This strategy is known as the Outside System Skill «Skill Connect».
  • Although the Dual Blades Sword Skills are not available in ALO, with the introduction of Original Sword Skills, Kirito has been trying to reproduce his old Dual Blade skills as Original Sword Skills. So far, he has reproduced 3 of his Sword Skills, but he is having a hard time reproducing Starburst Stream.[2]
  • Kirito said that if Konno Yuuki had played Sword Art Online, she would have received the Dual Blades skill instead of him, due to her reaction time being much faster than his.[3]
  • In the PSP and PS Vita game adaptations of Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment and Hollow Fragment, the Dual Blades skill has several Sword Skills that were never used/seen in the light novels, anime, or manga. Though The Eclipse and Starburst Stream were included in its skill tree, their slashing motions were completely different.
  • In Episode 4, a member of the Titan's Hand guild that attacked Kirito was armed with two axes and was still able to use Sword Skills, even though it is impossible to use Sword Skills armed with two weapons without the Dual Blades skill and Kirito was the only player to have this skill.
  • In Project Alicization, Kirito was able to use Sword Skills made for the Dual Blades skill in the final battle against Quinella, as Sword Skills in Project Alicization are not tied to Weapon Skills.

ReferencesEdit

NavigationEdit

Skills and Magic
Sword Skills
mostly common in SAO, ALO, UW
Avalanche - Cyclone - Embracer - Fell Crescent - Horizontal - Horizontal Square - Howling Octave[1] - Linear - Meteor Break - Rage Spike - Reaver - Savage Fulcrum - Sharp Nail - Single Shot - Slant - Snake Bite - Sonic Leap - Spinning Shield - Star Splash[1] - Starburst Stream[2] - Vertical - Vertical Arc - Vertical Square - Vorpal Strike - Tsumujiguruma - Tsujikaze - Whirlwind
SAO Dual Blades - Extra Skills - Fishing - Hiding - Holy Sword - Searching - Tracking - Unique Skills
ALO OSS
Magic Butterfly Shield - Cold resistance spell - Concealment - Earth Wall - Fireball - Fire Spear - Healing Magic - Hollow Body - Metamorphosis - Moonlight Mirror - Night Vision - Purified Surface - Sacrifice - Smokescreen - Strength Buff Magic - Vacuum Blades - Water Breathing - Wind Blades - Wind Needles
Project Alicization Sacred Arts - Incarnation - Synthesis Ritual
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only in SAO and ALO
  2. Only in SAO

Start a Discussion Discussions about Dual Blades

  • Double Circular

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    • Gsimenas, don't be so quick to call something an error. What made Kirito unique was not the fact that he could duel wield, but what he could d...
    • Actually, what made him unique was that he could USE SWORD SKILLS while dual wielding. Anyone can dual wield anything they want to, if they...

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