A Master Stroke is a special technique in Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors. Though limited in frequency, these techniques are very powerful and their usage often proves pivotal in the outcome of a battle.
Master Stroke usage is limited by a gauge in the lower-left corner of the HUD that begins at 0% and does not allow a Master Stroke until it rises to 100%. As the player progresses through a level, the gauge fills slightly every time the player successfully attacks with his sword or blocks an enemy attack with his shield.
Once the gauge has filled, the player may initiate a Master Stroke at any time during a battle by pressing the 2 button on the Wii remote. He then selects a technique from the list of those he has so far acquired by obtaining different swords, at which point he must manipulate the Wii remote in accordance with on-screen prompts, then strike anywhere to unleash the attack.
The final storymode boss, Xiphos the Deathbringer, and the final mirror boss, Edahs 'Sophix are both able to use the Figure of Hate Master Stroke. For both, it is used within the normal attack pattern of their second phase. In this case, the player must follow the on-screen prompts in order to limit the damage done rather than enhancing it. This is done by repeated slashing over and over.
List of Master Strokes
|Name||Element||Power level||Learn requirement||Attack motion|
|Mighty Strike||None||1||Default Master Stroke||Hold sword up - Slash|
|Multi-Strike||None||2||Possess Steel Broadsword||Hold sword up for several seconds - Slash 3 times|
|Figure of Fate||None||3||Possess Rednusadner||Draw figure 8 repeatedly - Slash|
|Light Fantastic||None||4||Possess Aurora Blade||Draw figure 8 repeatedly - Slash 3 times|
|Dragonlord's Doom||None||5||Possess Dragon Warrior's Sword||Rotate sword upwards repeatedly - Hold sword up - Shake sword repeatedly - Slash|
|Tundra Sunderer||Ice||1||Possess Blizzard Blade||Thrust sword down - Slash|
|Cold Fission||Ice||2||Possess Frost blade||Rotate sword in forward circles repeatedly - Slash|
|Ice Age||Ice||3||Possess Wrath of Boreas||Rotate sword in forward circles repeatedly - Slash|
|Absolute Zero||Ice||4||Possess Zenithian Sword||Rotate sword in forward circles repeatedly - Thrust|
|Blazing Thrust||Fire||1||Possess Fire Blade||Thrust sword down - Forward thrust|
|Searing Slash||Fire||2||Possess Fire Blade||Shake sword - Slash|
|Solar Flare||Fire||3||Possess Wrath of Helios||Shake sword - Slash|
|Dragon Soul||Fire||4||Possess Dragovian King Sword||Draw figure 8 repeatedly - Slash|
|Thunder Thrust||Lightning||2||Possess Thunderbolt Blade||Shake sword - hold sword up - Slash|
|Lightning Strike||Lightning||2||Possess Lightning Blade||Rotate sword upwards - Slash|
|Lightning Storm||Lightning||3||Possess Wrath of Zeus||Rotate sword upwards - hold sword up|
|Gigaslash||Lightning||4||Possess Sword of kings||Draw figure 8 - hold sword up - Slash|
|Elemental Extremes||None||?||Combo with level 33 Prince Anlace (24MP)||
Draw figure 8 - Thrust
|Moulin Rage||None||?||Combo with level 32 Fleurette (21MP)||Rotate sword in forward circles - Slash|
|Gigagash||Lightning||?||Combo with level ? Claymore (28MP)||Hold sword up - Slash|
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