Skysplitter, also known as Air Slash, is a sword skill which first appeared in Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai as a creation of the hero Avan. It made its debut in the main series in Dragon Quest XI as the wind equivalent of Gigaslash, cutting through one group of foes with a vacuum blade.


Dragon Quest: The Adventure of DaiEdit

Sky Slash is the last of the three fundamental techniques of the Avan-style sword school, and by far the hardest to master. Opening their third eye, the user sheathes their sword and then performs a draw-cut which strikes directly at the spirit of the opponent. This technique (and its spear counterpart Sky Strike) are capable of isolating and destroying Flazzard's core from among a cloud of pebbles, as well as cutting the strands of dark Aura wielded by Myst-Vearn.

Once mastered, the principles of Sky Slash can be combined with Earth Slash and Wave Slash to perform the school's ultimate technique, Avan Strash.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive AgeEdit

The Hero learns Skysplitter after speaking to the elder of Havens Above in the game's third act. It costs 16 MP to perform and will deal up to 210~250 damage. If the player has completed quest #60 then the MP cost will double, the base damage will be set to 200~240, and the limit will be raised to 400~440. The Sword of Light or one of its upgrades must be equipped in order to execute the technique.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2Edit

Known as RageAir in the game, it is a special co-op skill that can be used when two monsters use Gigaslash and Vacuum in the same turn. It inflicts around 550 damage to a single enemy, dealing extra damage to monsters of the Bird family.

Dragon Quest of the StarsEdit

Skysplitter appears as a skill as part of the first The Adventure of Dai collaboration event. The skill deals heavy Woosh-type to a single enemy, inflicting even more damage to monsters of the Bird family.

Dragon Quest TactEdit

Air Slash can be learned by Dai at level 52 and costs 60 MP to use. It has a range of up to 3 squares away from him in any direction and inflicts 300% Woosh-type physical damage to a single enemy. Upgrading the skill increases its damage and reduces the amount of MP it costs to use. Air Slash's potency can be increased another 20% through Talent Blossoming.

Air Slash (空裂斬 Kūretsuzan) 
Ability information
Air Slash
Role * Type * Element MP cost
Attack Physical   60
Range Additional effects
Deals 300% Woosh-type physical damage to 1 enemy
Naturally learnt by

Dragon Quest WalkEdit

Skysplitter can be learned at level 20 by any character equipped with the Sword of Kings. It costs 20 MP to use and inflicts 190% potency Woosh-type slashing damage on all enemies.

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's BondsEdit

Air Slash appears as a piercing Slash-type sword skill that Avan and the Luminary Leader can use. It shoots energy forward and has a chance to lower the magical attack of the enemy.

A stronger version of it, Mighty Air Slash, appears as Avan's default special move.

Related skillsEdit