Lightning Slash

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Lightning Slash is a recurring skill in the series. Contrary to its name, it powers up an attack with the might of a colossal explosion rather than a bolt of electricity.


Dragon Quest VI

Lightning Slash deals variable melee damage, with the power being dependent on the target's resistance to the bang element. Possible modifiers are 130%, 115%, 75%, and 30%. It is learned by advancing to rank 3 of the Armamentalist vocation.

The reason for this deceitful discrepancy is likely balance concerns, as only a handful of monsters can resist lighting and thus the skill would be too easy to abuse.

Dragon Quest VII

Lightning Slash is performed and acquired in the same way as before, by advancing to rank 3 as an Armamentalist. Alternatively, it is also learned by advancing to rank two as a Hero in the 3DS version of the game.

It is also used by Maeve in the short amount of time she joins the party.

Dragon Quest VIII

Thunder Slash is an enemy-only skill used by Phantom fencers.

Dragon Quest IX

Thunder Slash is used by the aquatic Riptides, and players may duplicate the technique by way of the Armamentalist's Gale Fource. DQIX has been balanced so that the double attribute nature of this technique will not negate the effectiveness of one element over the other.