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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 Dai[edit]

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 Age[edit]

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 2[edit]

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 Stars[edit]

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 Tact[edit]

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)Tactlogo.png
Ability information
Air Slash
Role * Type * Element MP cost
Attack Physical DQTact Woosh.png 60
Range Additional effects
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Deals 300% Woosh-type physical damage to 1 enemy
Naturally learnt by

Dragon Quest Walk[edit]

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 Bonds[edit]

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 skills[edit]