The «Hand Mirror» (手鏡, Tekagami?) is an item in Sword Art Online, given to all players by Kayaba Akihiko.


The Hand Mirror is a plain rectangular glass mirror with a frame. The mirror is only slightly smaller than a player's face.

Like all mirrors, the Hand Mirror has the ability of reflecting light due to its smooth surface, allowing the user to inspect their own appearance or see what is behind them. However, mirrors in the virtual world are not negatively affected by distance, thus it is possible to see distant objects in high-detail on the mirror, despite this being impossible in the real world.[1] No other abilities are known.


Aincrad ArcEdit

After announcing the rules of the death game, Kayaba Akihiko sent a Hand Mirror to the inventory of each player. Then, after requesting them to inspect their inventory to find the item, he forcefully changed the appearance of each player avatar to their real life appearance, based on the data about their real life appearance gathered from the NerveGear. The mirror was meant to be a way for the players to easily see the changes in their own appearance and thus realise that the game had become the only reality for them. After the event, some if not all mirrors were dropped and were destroyed once they hit the ground.

References Edit


Skills and Magic
Default Sword Skills
mostly common in SAO, New ALO, UW
Avalanche - Cyclone - Embracer - Explode Arrow[1] - Fell Crescent - Horizontal - Horizontal Arc - Horizontal Square - Howling Octave[2] - Lightning Fall - Linear - Meteor Break - Meteor Fall - Rage Spike - Reaver - Savage Fulcrum - Senda - Sharp Nail - Single Shot - Slant - Snake Bite - Sonic Leap - Spinning Shield - Star Splash[2] - Starburst Stream[3] - Treble Scythe - Tsumujiguruma - Tsujikaze - Vertical - Vertical Arc - Vertical Square - Vorpal Strike - Whirlwind
SAO Dual Blades - Extra Skills - Fishing - Hiding - Holy Sword - Searching - Tailoring - Tracking - Unique Skills
ALO Original Sword Skill(Mother's Rosario (OSS))
Magic Butterfly Shield - Cold resistance spell - Concealment - Earth Wall - Fireball - Fire Spear - Hit Point Buff Magic - 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. Only in ALO.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Only in SAO and ALO
  3. Only in SAO

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