Created By: Prime32October 24, 2009
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That One Attack

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A staple of That One Boss, this is a particular attack in an enemy's arsenal which is significantly more dangerous than most of its attacks. If you have a party, it will almost always target all party members, and it often takes off the majority of your HP, causes seriously debilitating status effects, or both. This attack showing up even once is always bad news; if the AI Roulette gives you two in a row, expect to see the Game Over screen. Whether or not you can beat That One Boss that uses this attack usually depends entirely on whether not you can avoid/endure/recover from it.

Seen It A Million Times; here are the examples I can think of:

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  • October 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • October 22, 2009
    Mon
    While "That One Attack" links up with "That One Boss", I personally prefer "Signature Deathstrike" for a title. Pretty simple and well-understood, and catchy.
  • October 22, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    • Final Fantasy VII has Sephiroth's Supernova, which deals 9/10ths of the party's hit points in damage and then inflicts every status effect in the book. It also takes a minute and a half to sit through.
  • October 22, 2009
    stickmeister0
    Nah, I prefer That One Attack. It fits much better and I see myself saying That One Attack like I do with That One Boss.

    • One of Riku's attacks from all the Kingdom Hearts games. He becomes invincible and flys in through any and every direction possible, requiring serious timing or you lose a lot of health.
    • The Shadow Queen from Paper Mario: the Thousand Year Door. One of her attacks deals about 15 damage. It can be easily dodged with Vivian's Veil.
  • October 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    A lot of the tougher Touhou bosses have That One Spellcard that is incredibly aggravating to try to navigate through without bombing out or losing a life.
  • October 23, 2009
    Comonad
    • Any particular attacks from Riku? I'm thinking Dark Aura from Chain of Memories, but I don't know about the other ones.
    • Which of the Shadow Queen's attacks?
    • As for Touhou, Apollo 13 and Fujiyama Volcano (as well as the non-spellcard pattern immediately preceding it) from Imperishable Night come to mind for me, but that's the only game I've really played. Any cards from other games?
  • October 23, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Also, Yunalesca has an attack that does lots of damage and causes mass zombie, but it's hard too see. And what's your first reaction upon seeing your entire party in a state of near death?
  • October 23, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    @Comonad - None of his attacks are named in the first game, but I'm definitely thinking of the one where he becomes invincible and starts coming at you from every conceivable direction at lightning speed, and you have to evade immediately or die.
  • October 23, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Drakengard: When fighting Furyae, there's an attack where she sends a dozen swords at you. And you have to dodge every single one, or you take full damage. Joy.
  • October 23, 2009
    Iron Salticus
    Signature Deathstrike implies that the trope is about how iconic the attack is rather than how powerful it is. That One Attack seems fine to me.

    In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Magnus Von Grapple 2.0 has the Audience Cannon, which deals ridiculous amounts of damage if you don't have plenty of Defense buffs active. To a lesser extent, X-Yux has the attack that it uses when it has four mini-X-Yux around it, which deals massive damage and immobilizes; if it gets a chance to use that attack, the player is in serious trouble.

    @Comonad: The Shadow Queen didn't really have any single attack that fit this bill. Most of hers just did medium-high amounts of damage, but none of it was crippling or unusually strong like That One Attack should be - and her charged attack could easily be dodged with Vivian.
  • October 23, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the Mario And Luigi series:

    1. Two of Bowser X's attacks in Bowser's Inside Story. One is where he becomes giant, chases you down and you have to dodge both fireballs being thrown at you and others you have to jump over while escaping him. If you get hit three times, you get knocked out and he pretty much crushes you flat. He also has an attack where he shoots fire, you hit it back, he turns into a fiery shell, drops a ton down from the sky that you have to hammer away, and then falls on you (I'd assume).

    2. Dark Star/Dark Star X and it's cloning attack. Generates five to seven copies of itself, then charges at each brother. However, the copies turn INVISIBLE a short while before they reach your character, and long enough that you have to guess when to strike too. Miss that attack, and you get hit quite hard, often by another copy following the first one.

    3. The first attack used by Cackletta's soul in Superstar Saga. Because if you don't dodge, you will die instantly due to having only one health at the start of the battle (beforehand, you get blown up by a time bomb and eaten after a Hopeless Boss Fight).
  • October 24, 2009
    dotchan
    Chrono Trigger, though the New Game Plus eases the pain of some of this:
    • Magus risks casting a spell! (Signals that he's about to cast Dark Matter, his most powerful spell)
    • Destruction rains from the heavens! (Lavos shoots his Spines of Death at you)
    • Lavos Core's "Grand Stone" attack, guaranteed to reduce you to single HP digits, if not kill you outright (but you can use this against him if you have Frog and/or Ayla in your party)

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