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This article is about the original and canon Sword Skills that are available in Sword Art Online and are later introduced to New ALfheim Online and Underworld. For a list of Original Sword Skills that are introduced in New ALO, see Original Sword Skills. For a list of Sword Skills in the non-canon game adaptations, Hollow Fragment and Lost Song, see Sword Skills (Hollow Fragment) and Sword Skills (Lost Song) respectively.
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Sword Skills

Kirito executing a Sword Skill.

«Sword Skills» (剣技(ソードスキル), Sōdo Sukiru?) are «Sword Art Online's» combat movements that are assisted by the system. Most Sword Skills are named in English[† 1], the only exception being Katana and certain Martial Arts category skills, which are named in Japanese, but written in the English alphabet[† 2].

Sword Skills were later introduced to «New ALfheim Online» with minor modifications. One of these changes was the addition of six elemental damage properties: Fire (, Hi?), Water (, Mizu?), Earth (, Chi?), Wind (, Kaze?), Darkness (, Yami?), and Holy (, Sei?), which supplement the usual physical damage.[1] Another change allowed players to create their own skills. Additionally, it is rumored that about ten skills were removed during the adaptation; however, whether this is true or not has yet to be confirmed. Sword Skills are also present in Underworld.


Sword Skills are activated when a player performs the appropriate «Pre-Motion» (予備動作(プレモーション), Pure Mōshon?, lit. "Preparation motion")[2][3][4] for a skill, such as raising a sword atop one's shoulder. As soon as the system recognises the motion, the player's weapon begins to glow in a colour specific to a Sword Skill.[3] The player can then allow the system to take over and automatically complete the skill at a speed that is normally near impossible for a player to achieve and dealing much more damage than a regular sword swing.[4]

After a skill is completed, the user is temporarily rendered rigid in a state called a «Post-Motion» (技後硬直(ポストモーション), Posuto Mōshon?, lit. "After technique stiffening"),[2] during which the user is made vulnerable to any counter-attacks.[5] The higher the level of the Sword Skill used, the longer the «Post-Motion» period is.

After a Sword Skill has been used, the skill enters a «Cooling» (冷却(クーリング), Kūringu?) period, which is displayed as a cooling icon at the bottom of the player's view.[6] Until this period ends, the same Sword Skill cannot be used, however, any other learned skills that are not in a cooling period can still be used.[6]

The amount of available Sword Skills and their type depends on the Weapon Skills that the player has trained.

Known Sword Skill TechniquesEdit

One-Handed SwordEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Deadly Sins デッドリー・シンズ A seven hit skill that consists of various slashes, several full circle spins and a backwards somersault. 7 [7]
Horizontal ホリゾンタル A simple sword skill slashing horizontally. 1 [8][9]
Horizontal Arc ホリゾンタル・アーク A flat two-part skill that involves a horizontal swing from left to right, followed by another horizontal swing in from right to left. 2 [10]
Horizontal Square ホリゾンタル・スクエア A mid-level sword skill tracing the shape of a rhombus. 4 [9]
Howling Octave ハウリング・オクターブ Five high-speed continuous thrusts then cut downward, upward, before another full force upward cut. 40% Physical, 60% Fire. 8 [1]
Lightning Fall ライトニング・フォール A heavy ranged attack that involves kicking off the ground with full force and then stabbing the sword into the ground, shooting out blue sparks in all directions. 30% Physical, 70% Lightning. 1 [11]
Nova Ascension ノヴァ・アセンション 10 [12]
Rage Spike レイジスパイク A basic, weak skill that leaps at the enemy and follows with an upward strike. 1 [5][2]
Savage Fulcrum サベージ・フルクラム A sword skill that traces the Arabic number "4" in the air. 50% Physical, 50% Ice. 3 [1]
Serration Wave セレーション・ウェーブ A single-hit area of effect (AOE) one-handed sword skill, a technique meant to impede movement and barely does any damage. 1 [13]
Sharp Nail シャープネイル A Sword Skill that consists of an upward right to left diagonal slash, followed by a left to right horizontal slash, ending with a downward right to left diagonal slash. An alternative execution of the skills consists of three vertical slashes. 3 [14][9]
Slant スラント A simple sword skill slashing diagonally. 1 [8][9][15]
Snake Bite スネークバイト A left and a right swings that target the opponent's weapon, with a chance of breaking the weapon. 2 [16]
Sonic Leap ソニック・リープ A charge-type sword skill that dashes toward the enemy to deal a downward strike. 1 [15]
Uppercut 上段斬り A simple sword skill delivering an uppercut. 1 [4]
Vertical バーチカル A simple sword skill slashing vertically. 1 [8][9]
Vertical Arc バーチカル・アーク A simple sword skill creating a 'V' shape trajectory. 2 [17][2]
Vertical Square バーチカル・スクエア A mid-level sword skill tracing the shape of a square. 4 [18][1][17]
Vorpal Strike ヴォーパル・ストライク A heavy one-handed sword skill with a reach that is double the length of the blade and has high attack power. It has a long cool-down. 30% Physical, 30% Fire, 40% Darkness. 1 [19][1]

One-Handed Curved SwordEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Fell Crescent フェル・クレセント A high-class charge-type sword skill that delivers a downward blow and covers a distance of 4 meters in 0.4 seconds. 1 [20]
Reaver リーバー A basic sword skill. 1 [3]
Treble Scythe トレブル・サイズ A high-level curved Sword Skill that consists of three consecutive sideswipes while spinning like a top. 3 [21]

One-Handed AxeEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Double Cleave ダブル・クリーブ A two-strike skill. 2 [14]

Two-Handed Battle AxeEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Whirlwind ワールウインド A basic spinning strike. 1 [2]

Two-Handed SwordEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Avalanche アバランシュ A high hitting high-level two-handed sword skill. 1 [22]
Back Rush バックラッシュ A countering technique to spin around when an opponent has the player's back. 1 [23]
Cascade カスケード An overhead slash. 1 [24]
Cataract カタラクト 2 [24]
Cyclone サイクロン A two-handed spinning sword slash. 1 [25]


English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Crucifixion クルーシフィクション A skill composed of six strikes, the first three being vertical thrusts, and the latter three being horizontal thrusts, creating a figure of a cross. 6 [12]
Diagonal Sting ダイアゴナル・スティング A high and low thrust that begin from a dance-like pre-motion. 2 [24]
Flashing Penetrator フラッシング・ペネトレイター A high-level charge skill that produces a sonic boom and looks like a comet. 1 [26]
Linear リニアー The first rapier skill learned. It delivers a single thrust at the enemy at a great speed. 1 [9]
Neutron ニュートロン A high-ranking extreme speed Sword Skill that delivers 5 consecutive thrusts. 20% Physical and 80% Holy damage (New ALfheim Online). 5 [1]
Oblique オブリーク A low thrust skill. Its range is shorter than Linear's, but the power is higher due to the user's weight behind it. 1 [10][27]
Parallel Sting パラレル・スティング 2 [28][29][9][24]
Quadruple Pain カドラプル・ペイン A rapid four-hit thrust that can immobilize the target. 4 [30][31]
Shooting Star シューティングスター A charging rapier sword skill. [32]
Star Splash スター・スプラッシュ A high-level one-handed thrusting Sword Skill. 8 [33]
Streak ストリーク A basic diagonal slash. 1 [27]
Triangular トライアンギュラー A powerful three-hit skill. 3 [34]


English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Fad Edge ファッドエッジ [35][36]
Rapid Bite ラピッドバイト A middle class charge-type dagger skill. [35]

Martial Arts (Extra Skill)Edit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Embracer エンブレイザ An unarmed skill that pierces the enemy with the fingers. 1 [37]
(Crescent Moon)
弦月(ゲンゲツ) A backflip kick technique. [23][32][10][21][9]
(Flash Blow)
閃打(センダ) A basic «Martial Arts» thrusting skill. 1 [6][32][14][38][9]
(Water Moon)
水月(スイゲツ) A roundhouse kick 1 [9]

Blade ThrowingEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Single Shot シングルシュート A beginner Knife Throwing skill. 1 [39][40]


English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Acute Vault アキュート・ヴォールト A charging skill. 1 [24]

Katana (Extra Skill)Edit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
(Phantom Moon)
幻月(ゲンゲツ) A half-circle that moves irregularly. 1 [2]
(Scarlet Fan)
緋扇(ヒオウギ) Upward, downward, then thrusting combo. 3 [41]
Iai One of the top techniques of Katana Skill. 1 [42]
辻風(ツジカゼ) A straight, long-ranged strike. 1 [2]
(Revolving wheel)
旋車(ツムジグルマ) An omnidirectional 360-degree whirling spin. 1 [41]
(Floating Boat)
浮舟(ウキフネ) Knocks the opponent high into the air. 1 [41]
(Absolute Void)
絶空(ぜックウ) A skill that consists of a slash combined with a drawing motion. 1 [12]

Dual Blades (Unique Skill) Edit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Cross Block クロス・ブロック A defensive skill that is composed of crossing both of the user's swords to block. [12]
Double Circular ダブル・サーキュラー A dash-type skill that swiftly attacks with the right and left sword consecutively. 2 [43][33]
Starburst Stream スターバースト・ストリーム A high-class Dual Blades Sword Skill. 16 [44]
The Eclipse ジ・イクリプス The highest level Dual Blades Sword Skill. 27 [5]

Holy Sword (Unique Skill)Edit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Divine Sword ? Releases a strong light from the sword to blind the opponent. 1 [42]

Weapon DefenseEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Spinning Shield スピニングシールド A defensive skill that involves spinning one's sword like a windmill, forming a half-transparent shield with the sword. [45][31][46]

Two-Handed Long Bow (ALO only)Edit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Explode Arrow エクスプロード・アロー Arrows shot with the bow become fire arrows that explode upon contact. 10% physical, 90% flame damage. [11]

Composite SkillsEdit

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Meteor Break メテオ・ブレイク A Martial Arts and One-Handed Sword composite skill that uses tackles to chain together strong attacks. 7 [18][47]
Meteor Fall メテオフォール A Sword Skill that combines a punch with the user's right fist and a slash with a sword. The sword is thrown into the air before the first hit of the skill. 2 [48]

List of known Sword Skills in UnderworldEdit

Generally, all Sword Skills available in Underworld (called «Secret Art Finishing Moves» or just «secret moves» in this world) are exactly the same ones that existed in Sword Art Online, but the residents of Underworld have given each of them a new name. Although, unlike in SAO, the «Sword Skills» that can be used by a person are determined by the «Priority» class of the weapon used, the higher the Priority, the higher combo skills can be used. Currently, only up to 4-hit combo skills have been used. Also, when a Sword Skill encounters another Sword Skill in Underworld, the two skills will not reflect each other occasionally, due to user's will, unlike in the original system in SAO.[23]

Additionally, several Sword schools have been created in Underworld, each focusing on specific Secret Arts to ensure that both swordsmen in battle would know what skills each of them could use to prevent accidentally dropping the «Life» of one's opponent.


A style "invented" by Kirito due to his knowledge of various Sword Skills in SAO.

Note: All moves of this class are named after the «Sword Skills» in SAO and all skills available in SAO are also part of this style.


  • «Azure Wind Slash» (SAO «Slant»)[25]


A style created by the Serlut family after they were forbidden from inheriting the High level Norlangarth style.

  • «Whirling Current» (SAO two-handed spinning sword slash «Cyclone»)[25]
  • «Still Water»[25]
  • «Active Water»[25]

Norlangarth-style (Norkia-style)Edit

  • «Lightning Slash» (SAO «Vertical»)[49]

High Norlangarth-style (High Norkia-style)Edit

  • «Heavens and Mountains Break» (SAO «Avalanche»)[25]


  • «Head Sea» (SAO «Back Rush»)[23]


  1. Written in katakana in the novel
  2. Written in kanji with furigana in the novel


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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

Start a Discussion Discussions about Sword Skills

  • Sword Skill table

    6 messages
    • Could you assort them by order of level they can be attained?
    • Impossible. We don't know the level requirements for most skills.
  • Double Circular

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    • In the duel against Heathcliff, imitated against Sterben, used against the minotaurs in Caliber etc.. Anime hasn't shown it anywhere though.
    • hopefully it'll be used in the fight with the Minotaurs.

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