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. However in the Monsters series of games, it shares an element with the Zap family of spells.


Dragon Quest VI[edit]

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[edit]

Lightning Slash is performed and acquired in the same way as before, by advancing to rank 3 as an Armamentalist. In the original Sony PlayStation version, BoltSlash could also be learned by a Esterk at the first rank. 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[edit]

Thunder Slash is an enemy-only skill used by Phantom fencers, Riptides, and Zombie gladiators.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

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.

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

BoltSlash is a normal attack that deals increased damage based on the target's lightning resistance. It can be learned naturally by ArcDemon, BoneSlave, Coatol, EvilArmor, HornBeet, LandOwl, RotRaven, and ZapBird as long as it is a level 11 and has 77 max HP, 34 max MP, 66 Attack, and 42 Intelligence. BoltSlash can also be learned by any monster that knows both the ChargeUP and Lightning skills.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

BoltSlash now requires 74 intelligence to learn. It is naturally learned by the CancerMan, FishRider, Roboster2.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Lightning Slash costs 2 MP and strikes a single enemy with 110% of the user's attack, inflicting Zap-element damage. It can be learned from various skill trees.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

In the English version, Lightning Slash's name was changed to Charring Slash as it now dealt a combination of Zap and Sizz-element damage. The point requirement for Thunderwind Slashes has changed. It could now also be learned from the following skills:

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Lightning Slash is known naturally by Firebird, Foo dog, Hawk man, Mad mole, Mandrake major, and Thunderbird at level 1 and can be learned by Bewarewolf and Leery lout at level 16. It costs 3 MP to use and inflicts 120% potency Zap-type physical damage to a single enemy. It can also be taught to any unit by using an ability scroll.

Lightning Slash (いなずま斬り Inazuma kiri)Tactlogo.png
Ability information
Lightning Slash
Role * Type * Element MP cost
Attack Physical DQTact Zap.png 3
Range Additional effects
DQTact Range1.png
Deals 120% potency Zap-type physical damage to 1 enemy
Naturally learnt by
Bewarewolf, Firebird, Foo dog, Hawk man, Leery lout, Mad mole, Mandrake major, Thunderbird

Related skills[edit]