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9th Jun '17 9:11:32 AM erforce
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** Cloud and Sephiroth both feature an attack literally named Blade Beam that makes them fire off a wave from their sword. Cloud being a Blow Smasher will do this in a single giant ground based blast while Sephiroth will do so in smaller waves but in more accurate and greater quantities.
*** Cloud's "Blade Beam" attack from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' not only does four times as much damage as a regular attack, but also dissipates after hitting the intended target, hitting every other enemy for regular damage. In addition, he also has Meteorain (or Meteor Shots, whichever you prefer) that literally throws meteors from his sword.

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** Cloud and Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' both feature an attack literally named Blade Beam that makes them fire off a wave from their sword. Cloud being a Blow Smasher will do this in a single giant ground based blast while Sephiroth will do so in smaller waves but in more accurate and greater quantities.
*** Cloud's "Blade Beam" attack from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' not only does four times as much damage as a regular attack, but also dissipates after hitting the intended target, hitting every other enemy for regular damage. In addition, he also has Meteorain (or Meteor Shots, whichever you prefer) that literally throws meteors from his sword.
9th Jun '17 9:10:46 AM erforce
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** Squall pulls this off with shining colors. His Fated Circle, Blasting Zone and [[strike:End of Heart]] Lion Heart techniques all have an expansion wave swing that increases your range to many times its original size. This is referenced in Dissidia, when, during his EX Mode, Squall's range increases significantly (the model of his blade becomes the much longer Lionheart, but the range is almost half again the length of THAT blade).
*** Blasting Zone is really more of a Blade Extension Beam...that's roughly several thousand feet long.
*** Seifer also does the same.
*** Squall also has a ''delayed'' sword beam attack: Rough Divide involves slashing upwards, followed by a massive upwards explosion from directly below the enemy it hits.



*** Cloud's "Blade Beam" attack not only does four times as much damage as a regular attack, but also dissipates after hitting the intended target, hitting every other enemy for regular damage. In addition, he also has Meteorain (or Meteor Shots, whichever you prefer) that literally throws meteors from his sword.

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*** Cloud's "Blade Beam" attack from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' not only does four times as much damage as a regular attack, but also dissipates after hitting the intended target, hitting every other enemy for regular damage. In addition, he also has Meteorain (or Meteor Shots, whichever you prefer) that literally throws meteors from his sword.



** Squall from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' pulls this off with shining colors. His Fated Circle, Blasting Zone and [[strike:End of Heart]] Lion Heart techniques all have an expansion wave swing that increases your range to many times its original size. This is referenced in Dissidia, when, during his EX Mode, Squall's range increases significantly (the model of his blade becomes the much longer Lionheart, but the range is almost half again the length of THAT blade).
*** Blasting Zone is really more of a Blade Extension Beam...that's roughly several thousand feet long.
*** Seifer also does the same.
*** Squall also has a ''delayed'' sword beam attack: Rough Divide involves slashing upwards, followed by a massive upwards explosion from directly below the enemy it hits.



** FE 6 has the "King's Lance" Eckesachs -- wielded by the [[DiscOneFinalBoss not so]] FinalBoss, a HUGE {{BFS}} that splits into a trident. Swinging it around launches one even if said Boss smashes your face with it.

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** FE 6 ''FE 6'' has the "King's Lance" Eckesachs -- wielded by the [[DiscOneFinalBoss not so]] FinalBoss, a HUGE {{BFS}} that splits into a trident. Swinging it around launches one even if said Boss smashes your face with it.



* Dante has this in the form of his "Drive" attack in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' and ''4'', which causes a shockwave to jet across the ground and damage all enemies in its path. In ''4'', Nero has Maximum Bet, a [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]]-exclusive move where he uses his sword(s) to fire off a wide X-shaped energy wave that also pierces through targets, but the crescent beam he uses is only seen during cutscenes. Vergil in ''3'' (and Dante in ''4'') has the Yamato, which can slash enemies far outside its normal range with a delayed effect. It does this for all of its moves, but Judgement Cut is the only one that's actually a projectile (to be precise, he does a quick draw slash and then a sphere of "slashes" appear in front of him).

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* Dante has this in the form of his "Drive" attack in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'' and ''4'', ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'', which causes a shockwave to jet across the ground and damage all enemies in its path. In ''4'', Nero has Maximum Bet, a [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]]-exclusive move where he uses his sword(s) to fire off a wide X-shaped energy wave that also pierces through targets, but the crescent beam he uses is only seen during cutscenes. Vergil in ''3'' (and Dante in ''4'') has the Yamato, which can slash enemies far outside its normal range with a delayed effect. It does this for all of its moves, but Judgement Cut is the only one that's actually a projectile (to be precise, he does a quick draw slash and then a sphere of "slashes" appear in front of him).



* In the PC game "Little Fighter", Deep does this, while Woody does it ''with his ARMS''.

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* In the PC game "Little Fighter", ''Little Fighter'', Deep does this, while Woody does it ''with his ARMS''.



* Sonic Boom/Wave/Blast in ''VideoGame/DragonForce''.

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* %%* Sonic Boom/Wave/Blast in ''VideoGame/DragonForce''.



* In ''VideoGame/{{XenobladeChroniclesX}}'', Phonton Saber users can learn this as a battle art, Longswords have something like this too though it requires the player to be at a closer range to the enemy

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* In ''VideoGame/{{XenobladeChroniclesX}}'', ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', Phonton Saber users can learn this as a battle art, Longswords have something like this too though it requires the player to be at a closer range to the enemy
9th Jun '17 9:06:42 AM Gamermaster
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** Proto Man's ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' incarnation doesn't quite shoot beams from his sword, but he does fire [[RazorWind shockwaves]] from swinging his sword. In ''BN6'', Mega Man's Slash Cross form (i.e taking Slash Man's power) lets him charge any sword-based [[FightLikeACardPlayer Battle Chips]] to launch sword beams of different sizes and ranges.

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** Proto Man's ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' incarnation doesn't quite shoot beams from his sword, but he does fire [[RazorWind shockwaves]] from swinging his sword. In ''BN6'', ''[=BN6=]'', Mega Man's Slash Cross form (i.e taking Slash Man's power) lets him charge any sword-based [[FightLikeACardPlayer Battle Chips]] to launch sword beams of different sizes and ranges.
8th Jun '17 11:25:28 PM Gamermaster
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** It's also a standard attack for members of CP9, except they're able to do it just by kicking their legs, no swords needed.

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** It's also a standard attack for members of CP9, [=CP9=], except they're able to do it just by kicking their legs, no swords needed.
4th Jun '17 5:13:32 PM Kadorhal
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See also BayonetYa and MixAndMatchWeapon (for swords that are also guns), and ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks (for another way of using a sword as a ranged weapon). Compare EnergyBow (for bows that shoot beams) and MagicStaff (which is usually [[InvertedTrope a magical tool first, and a weapon second]]). Can be combined with BladeSpam for a unique variant of BeamSpam.

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See also BayonetYa (for guns with what are basically swords attached) and MixAndMatchWeapon (for swords that are also ''also'' guns), and ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks (for another another, less magical way of using a sword as a ranged weapon). Compare EnergyBow (for bows that shoot beams) and MagicStaff (which is usually [[InvertedTrope a magical tool first, and a weapon second]]). Can be combined with BladeSpam for a unique variant of BeamSpam.
28th May '17 5:12:31 PM infernape612
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* Sage and Nyanza can pull this off via CombinationAttack in ''Fanfic/RWBYSecondGeneration''.



* Sage and Nyanza can pull this off via CombinationAttack in [[Fanfic/RWBYSecondGeneration RWBY: Second Generation.]]

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* Sage and Nyanza can pull this off via CombinationAttack in [[Fanfic/RWBYSecondGeneration RWBY: Second Generation.]]
3rd May '17 10:28:15 AM bomberman121890
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* Sage and Nyanza can pull this off via CombinationAttack in [[Fanfic/RWBYSecondGeneration RWBY: Second Generation.]]
19th Apr '17 6:38:22 PM Getta
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The one flaw with all swords is, of course, the obvious lack of range. How do you solve this problem? Well, [[SwordAndGun there]] [[BowAndSwordInAccord are]] [[MagicKnight many]] [[RazorWind ways]] [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks around]] this problem and depending on the rules of the setting, one of those ways is Sword Beams.

A character will make a slashing motion with their CoolSword, but at a distance. What springs forth is a beam of PureEnergy, usually crescent-shaped. These can travel through the air or on the ground. Another version is [[SwordPlant stabbing or smashing the blade into the ground]] and creating a V-shaped stream of energy that may or may not actually tear through the earth as it crashes towards the enemy. Sword Beams fired by ''thrusting'' a sword at its target (or even just [[SwordPointing pointing the sword in their direction]] and using it as a MagicWand) are rarer, but they do exist.

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The one flaw with all swords is, of course, the obvious lack of range. How do you solve this problem? Well, [[SwordAndGun there]] [[BowAndSwordInAccord are]] [[MagicKnight many]] [[RazorWind [[RetractableWeapon ways]] [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks around]] this problem and depending on the rules of the setting, one of those ways is Sword Beams.

A character will make a slashing motion with their CoolSword, but at a distance. What springs forth is a beam of PureEnergy, usually crescent-shaped. These can travel through the air or on the ground. Another version is [[SwordPlant stabbing or smashing the blade into the ground]] and creating a V-shaped stream of energy GroundWave that may or may not actually tear through the earth as it crashes towards the enemy. Sword Beams fired by ''thrusting'' a sword at its target (or even just [[SwordPointing pointing the sword in their direction]] and using it as a MagicWand) are rarer, but they do exist.



** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'''s [[MyHeroZero Zero]] does this all this time, usually in a boss fight against him.
** The Zero in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' does this as well, in an EX skill for the second, third, and fourth (final) games. As does Harupia in that game, [[BeamSpam excessively]].
** Proto Man's ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' incarnation doesn't quite shoot beams from his sword, but he does fire [[RazorWind shockwaves]] from swinging his sword.

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** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'''s [[MyHeroZero Zero]] does this all this time, the time with his Z-Saber, usually in a boss fight against him.
him; can be taken UpToEleven in ''X5'' if you go the bad ending route, where, if you don't defeat him under around 2 minutes, he'll turn invincible and fire massive sword beams of OneHitKill. Playable Zero only gets it in the seventh game, called Hadangeki.
*** In ''X3'', if you manage to get Zero's saber (through an intricate method), it'll modify X's ChargedAttack: With his armor's arm part, by charging to the max, he can shoot a sword beam from the saber after shooting 2 blasts from his buster. The sword beam itself can kill bosses (including [[BigBad Sigma]]) in two hits. In ''X6'', where X gains the saber from the start, 2 of his obtainable armors have sword beams as their [[LimitBreak Giga Attack]]: a simple, shot-forward large crescent beam with Blade Armor, and 2 encircling large crescent beams with Shadow Armor. The Magma Blade weapon (from Blaze Heatnix) also makes him swing a FlamingSword that shoots a sword beam made of fire.
** Colonel of the fourth game likes spamming these from his LaserBlade, and Double can also throw large ones from his Laser BladeBelowTheShoulder after he TurnsRed. Slash Beast launches his Twin Slasher from his feet claws, and Grizzly Slash throws his Crescent Shots with his large red claw. Sigma in ''X8'' has a variant where he smashes the ground with his {{BFS}}, causing a short-ranged wave of energy.
** The Zero in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' does this as well, in an EX skill for the second, third, and fourth (final) games. As does Harupia Harpuia in that game, [[BeamSpam excessively]].
excessively]]. The bosses Zero gets sword beams from - Childre Inarabitta and Fenri Lunaedge - also can do this, with their ears and arm-blades respectively.
** Proto Man's ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' incarnation doesn't quite shoot beams from his sword, but he does fire [[RazorWind shockwaves]] from swinging his sword. In ''BN6'', Mega Man's Slash Cross form (i.e taking Slash Man's power) lets him charge any sword-based [[FightLikeACardPlayer Battle Chips]] to launch sword beams of different sizes and ranges.



** [[MasterSwordsman Meta Knight]] is strongly associated with this ability and has had these in most of his appearances both as a playable character and as a boss. It's his SignatureMove in [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa the anime]] and he's the one who [[StealthMentor teaches]] Kirby how to use it. Meta Knight (and later, other people such as Bun and Kirby) actually refers to it as "Sword Beam".
** King Dedede in the gamemode Dedede Tour! can fire off a "hammer wave" when at full health in a similar fashion.

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** [[MasterSwordsman Meta Knight]] is strongly associated with this ability and has had these in most of his appearances both as a playable character and as a boss. It's his SignatureMove in [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa the anime]] and he's the one who [[StealthMentor teaches]] Kirby how to use it. Meta Knight (and later, other people such as Bun and Kirby) Bun) actually refers to it as "Sword Beam".
** King Dedede in the gamemode Dedede Tour! "Dedede Tour!" can fire off a "hammer wave" when at full health in a similar fashion.fashion. He can also fire an arrow-like beam that he can aim; these can cut ropes like an arrow would.



* Dante has this in the form of his "Drive" attack in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' and ''4'', which causes a shockwave to jet across the ground and damage all enemies in its path. In ''4'', Nero has Maximum Bet, a [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]]-exclusive move where he uses his sword(s) to fire off a wide X-shaped energy wave that also pierces through targets, but the crescent beam he uses is only seen during cutscenes. Vergil in ''3'' (and Dante in ''4'') has the Yamato, which can slash enemies far outside its normal range with a delayed effect. It does this for all of its moves, but Judgement Cut is the only one that's actually a projectile.

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* Dante has this in the form of his "Drive" attack in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' and ''4'', which causes a shockwave to jet across the ground and damage all enemies in its path. In ''4'', Nero has Maximum Bet, a [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]]-exclusive move where he uses his sword(s) to fire off a wide X-shaped energy wave that also pierces through targets, but the crescent beam he uses is only seen during cutscenes. Vergil in ''3'' (and Dante in ''4'') has the Yamato, which can slash enemies far outside its normal range with a delayed effect. It does this for all of its moves, but Judgement Cut is the only one that's actually a projectile.projectile (to be precise, he does a quick draw slash and then a sphere of "slashes" appear in front of him).


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* ''Videogame/SenranKagura'': one of Ikaruga's LimirBreaks is her swinging her katana that then launches a fire bird-shaped sword beam forward.
3rd Apr '17 1:37:19 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The {{Samurai}}, who appear relatively late in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', are all capable of doing this, once they've channeled chakra through their swords like {{Laser Blade}}s.

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* The {{Samurai}}, who appear relatively late in In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the {{Samurai}} of the Land of Iron are all capable of doing this, once they've channeled chakra through their swords like {{Laser Blade}}s.
20th Mar '17 2:01:25 PM Dark_Lord_
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* In ''Saban's Series/MaskedRider'', an adaptation of the Japanese ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'', the title character had this as his finisher. In fact, this was the only thing his sword was ever seen doing. This is a result of {{Bowdlerization}}, as the title character of ''Black RX'' finished his opponents by stabbing them rather violently. Naturally, the MoralGuardians did not approve, fearing children would imitate this, so they forced the showrunners to make the Masked Rider shoot his enemies to death...with a sword.
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