The infamous X-Strike.
"So the basic idea is to gang up on the character and beat the living daylights out of him, huh?"
Many video game special attacks occur when two or more characters use certain attacks at the same time or in rapid succession. These are often extremely powerful, and rather impressive to watch
, but may or may not be more effective
than just using the component attacks on their own.
Common way to finish off the Big Bad
during a Crossover
to give both sides spotlight.
May involved Power of Friendship
, Power of Love
and True Companions
when used as a plot device.
Not to be confused with Combo
attacks, or Combo
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- In Beyond Good & Evil, Jade and Pey'j can execute a combo attack wherein Pey'j stomps the ground, propelling nearby enemies into the air, where Jade can hit them and send them flying into other enemies.
- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
- There are two playable/switchable characters, and instead of the usual item crash, they combine their power and have tons of joint attacks. Their strongest combo summons the spirit of ''all'' Belmonts from previous games for one devastating screen-clearing attack.
- Loretta can create a giant ice sword for Stella to swing. Dracula can immolate a wave of Death's sickles, or turn him into a giant scythe and swing him to create a giant explosion.
- Technically, all combos involving the magical attack in Prince of Persia (2008) are this, since Elika is the one executing the magical strikes while the Prince performs the other three attack types.
Beat Em Up
- The Bouncer has trinity attacks, where the three fighters team up to perform an attack. This can seriously backfire against Dauragon, however. Not to mention that exactly when you can use it is completely up to your AI controlled partners and despite doing large amounts of damage, it can never finish off an enemy, making it at most an overelaborate Hp To One attack.
- Both, the arcade and NES versions of Double Dragon III, featured a couple of team-up moves that could be performed by two players: the triangle jump kick (in which one player is thrown by his partner while doing a jump kick) and the back-to-back hurricane kick (in which both players perform the hurricane kick at the same time). In the arcade version, the moves could be done by any combination of characters, but in the NES version they could only be done if both players were controlling Billy and Jimmy.
- Golden Axe Revenge of Death Adder has this in two and four person varieties. Players attacking a stunned enemy while standing on opposite sides will grab the enemy and preform a piledriver. Four players make it a Spinning Piledriver instead. Instant kill on any mook and deals obsene damage to bosses, especially considering how easy it is to perform.
- Golden Axe 3 gives a unique special attack to each possible pair of characters, as well as a more powerful spell for each character when cast with the other player's help.
- The Simpsons arcade game by Konami allows two players to perform special attacks which vary depending on which members of the Simpson clan is being controlled (up to six teams attacks were available).
- Mona and Lisa in Streets of Rage 3 does this. One of them is given a leap up by the other to attack the player.
- Throwing your partner in the first game causes them to perform a powerful jumping attack instead of doing damage to them.
- Almost any team-based Fighting Game (King of Fighters, Marvel vs. Capcom) will allow the fighters on the sidelines to jump in for an assist or, in some cases, a simultaneous firing of Limit Break Combos.
- The Bleach DS fighters have only one of these when Kyoraku and Ukitake are in a team. It's not foolproof, but is respectably destructive.
- Several characters' ultimate attacks in Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 (and some of the more recent games, too) involve another character showing up to join in the attack. The Data Cardass Arcade games (Built on the Budokai 3 engine, released only in Japan) even had a system specifically devoted to being able to combine two character's ultimate attacks into one combination attack.
- Dead or Alive games have these when playing in team mode. Most characters get unique attacks when switching out to certain partners. May or may not be more powerful than their normal switch-out beatdown.
- Basically, the entire reason the Assist system was implimented in Dissidia: Final Fantasy is to allow for unique combos that would ordinarily be impossible.
- Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 (Narutimate Hero 3 in Japan) has three Combination Ultimate Jutsu that are like this. Ultimate Lotus of Love and Youth for Rock Lee and Might Guy, Eternal Rivals for Kakashi and Might Guy and Combo Rasengan for Naruto and Jiraiya. Each attack can be executed by either character in battle, and both characters perform the attack together.
- Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl consists in him releasing all 3 of his Pokémon to each launch a massive combined elemental attack.
- Also, the Ice Climbers attack in tandem as long as both are present.
- Not to mention Master and Crazy Hand's tag-team moves, such as the "fist-bump", "wake-up clap", and "bring it on".
- Removing the "friendly fire" option in Melee and Brawl can have some interesting results, such as the "Anyone w/ Bowser" Tagteam, or the Glitch-created Mr.Game & Watch Ness blast attack.
- Two newcomers in the 3DS and Wii U iterations of Smash have Combination Attacks for their Final Smashes: Robin teams up with Chrom, while Shulk lays the smackdown with Dunban and Riki.
- The Rival Schools series is unique among Fighting Games, in that teams consisting purely of members of the same school can launch a school-specific Combination Attack using the entire team. Characters from the game retain this trend in crossovers; Kyosuke has a super combo with his school partners in Capcom vs. SNK 2, and Batsu has a team super combo based on his partner's specialty in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.
- Teaming Ryu and Ken in X-Men vs. Street Fighter or Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter would allow them to do a Double Shinku Hadoken. The Power of Friendship at its finest, especially since Ken has never had a giant beam or fireball as a Super Combo.
- Another example would be Ultimate Muscle: Legends VS New Generation,the crossover game between Kinnikuman and Its Sequel in which any tagteam has a combination attack. Including the ones that were actually included in the anime, such as Muscle Docking and the Longhorn train.
- Tekken Tag Tournament had a few specials like this as well. Get fellow luchas King II and Armour King on a tag team, have King do an Irish Whip, and Armour King can come up to powerslam the victim while King buggers off for a beer. Paul and Law in particular have an intricate double tag combo requiring well-timed button presses.
- The second Tag Tournament introduces Tag Assaults, which are Bound combos that cause your partner to run onscreen and perform a short string before control returns to your main fighter. Balcony crashes also require both characters (you blast your opponent through the break point while your partner catches them with a combo below).
- In Street Fighter EX 3, certain characters had team finishers that could only be done in certain situations with certain characters on a team that weren't hinted at in game.
- Street Fighter X Tekken has a number of ways your characters can join forces to do damage, ranging from Cross Rushes (launch combos that swap partners), Cross Arts (the purest use of the trope, where one character performs a super move then tosses the hapless opponent to their partner, who proceeds to execute their own), or Cross Assaults (a short period where both characters appear onscreen and are controllable to launch a simultaneous barrage against the lone opponent).
- In Street Fighter Alpha 3, when Juni and Juli are fighting the together, they gain the ability to perform two additional Super Combos that they don't get to use individually: the Psycho Roll and Death Cross Dance.
- In Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, Hulk and Zangief get one where they grab an opponent and double pile drive them.
Hack And Slash
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam has kind of fake variants. They are called Combo Attacks but are essentially each character's own special attack with a more or less slight powerup.
- Which is an understatement in some cases. Strike Freedom, for example, goes from using its BFG in a stationary Beam Spam attack (which is good for single units, like rival Gundams) to making a series of short, controllable dashes, hacking away with its Laser Sword, firing off all of its DRAGOON units as it goes (naturally, this is great for tearing apart packs of Mooks like tinfoil).
- More specifically, every Class 3 Mobile Suit has two different special attacks: One it used normally, and one it used as part of a Combo Attack. A certain skill that switched these made some Mobile Suits into Game Breakers (Like the Turn A, whose Combo Attack was to lob a nuke).
- Every game in the Warriors franchise has this as well which comes from 2 player Musou attacks. A rather famous example is the Triple Musou in Warriors Orochi, which includes a three person musou attack that can be performed by any character combinations, and special triple musou with three specific characters such as the one beetwen Sun Jian, Cao Cao, and Liu Bei, also known as the Sexyback.
- Many games in the Super Robot Wars have a number of attacks that are available only when certain teammates (in certain mecha) are together when the attack is made, particularly if they're from the same series and are close friends. Famous attacks include the Rampage Ghost, Twin Bird Strike, Tatsumaki Zankantou, Royal Heart Breaker, Double Gekigan Flare, and Final Dynamic Special.
- The series also eliminates the common complaint about Combination Attacks by letting the participants activate it individually. So even if the two attacks individually do more damage combined than the Combination, you can do the Combination twice and still come out ahead. This is particularly exploitable in the Original Generation games with the SRX team, a Combining Mecha composed of three robots who also have a separate Combination Attack: You can separate the SRX, do the Combination Attack twice, then recombine and perform the SRX's own absurdly powerful Wave Motion Gun Combination Attack with a fourth mecha, all in one turn.note
- Endless Frontier has Reiji's and Xiaomu's Frontier MAX attack be a combination attack. In EXCEED, Aredy can start combinations with the Arkuon, Neige with the Fey-Clyde, Haken with the Gespenst Phantom, Reiji with Xiaomu, and Reiji again with both Xiaomu and Saya (but Xiaomu now has her own personal Frontier MAX as well). Meanwhile, Axel Almer and Alfimi count as a single unit, so all their attacks are in unison.
- Interestingly, a lot of these combo attacks are done in canon, but plenty of them are changed due to Rule of Cool. Example: The original Final Dynamic Special involved Getter G, Grendizer, Great Mazinger and Double Spazer. All games using Grendizer toss Double Spazer out for Mazinger Z. And depending on the canon, Mazinkaiser replaces Z and Shin Getter replaces G and Grendizer won't even show up at all!
- To note, the Mazinger units usually has the most amount of Combination Attack in the games they were in. Tetsuya is actually the current title holder for having the most amount of combination attacks in the franchise history.
- Super Robot Wars NEO gives the Eldoran series units the Eldora Special
- That's retained in OE, but more interestingly was inspired by a combination in Super Robot Wars GC involving Braiger, Baxanger, and Sasurauger known as the J9 Special.
- And Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen adds the Invincible Special, a team-up of Sunrise's three "Invincible" robots (Daitarn 3, Zambot 3, Trider G7). ''Saisei-Hen gives us the Dankuu Souga Ken, which is like the X-Strike but with the two Dancougar.
- Starting from the second game, the Another Century's Episode series has combination attacks when you sortie with at least one wingman. Certain pairings of characters have special combos, ranging from the obvious (Double Gekigan Flare!) to the ludicrous (Wing Zero Custom + Gundam X or Freedom and Justice with METEORs = record pain).
- The third game has Shin Getter Robo, which is actually 3 mechs in 1. It can perform a unique combination attack if you sortie alone.
- SD Gundam G Generation doesn't tend to include combination attacks, but they pop up on occasion (for example, Chaos, Gaia, and Abyss get one in Wars). The most famous example from G Gen isn't even playable; a Cut Scene in Neo shows the Wing Team attempt an attack on Master Asia — which fails primarily because it's Master freaking Asia.
- The Kong Pow from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze . Collecting bananas gradually fills a gauge on the HUD that, when full, allows the Kongs to transform all onscreen enemies into extra lives, recovery hearts, or Banana Coins. It takes two characters to pull off the move, though, so Donkey Kong is out of luck if he's by himself.
- In New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario 3D World, if there are multiple players, they can do a screen-wiping combination attack by simultaneously hitting the ground with a Ground Pound.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II has an spin dash which Sonic and Tails can do simultaneously.
Real Time Strategy
- End War on the DS has a gameplay mechanic somewhat similiar to this, attacks made against a unit that is surrounded by enemies get a significant boost even if those other units aren't attacking it.
- Though not technically an intended instance of this trope, hero spells from the RTS game Warcraft III may be cast simultaneously for a much greater effect. This trope appears primarily in multiplayer environment, where many of these moves became cookie cutter with their repeated use, and are the driving force behind some of the strategies and counter-strategies, often faling into a category of the dreaded game breaker.
- - Tauren Chieftain's Shockwave + Farseer's Chain Lightning, = Chainwave
- - Death Knight's Death Coil + Lich's Frost Nova = Coil Nova
- In Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars, a popular custom map for Warcraft III, the gameplay revolves mostly around proper timing and aim of multiple hero skills.
- In Brütal Legend the player's avatar (either Eddie Riggs, Dark Ophelia, or Emperor Doviculus) can do double team attacks with any friendly unit during stage battles.
Role Playing Game
- Ar tonelico 2 has the Reyvatiels able to use Synchronity Chains after getting into sync through use of Psyche attacks, and the securing of the knowledge of the Combo Magic. While just triggering the chain without a song that evolves to Combo Magic is still good (A very much extended Attack Phase), the Combo Magic can get scary powerful when amped up with Replakia and high Burst...
- Brave Story: New Traveler lets you learn new combination techniques the more you fight alongside certain party members. As long as both (or all three) characters are able to fight and have sufficient SP, you can use the combo technique more than once per turn.
- Breath of Fire IV also had a combo system where casting any two compatible skills (or spells) sequentially caused their effects to combine, resulting in additional hits/damage, or entirely new, mixed-element spells. Some of the game's Masters specifically request combos exceeding a certain amount of damage or number of hits.
- The Bureau: XCOM Declassified had the cross-class skill combinations. For instance, Carter could use use his powers to lift an unshielded enemy, allowing for the sniper rifle-equipped Scout to perform an One-Hit Kill on them.
- Chrono Trigger was one of the first games to use combination attacks, allowing two or even all three party members to unleash devastating special movies. Chrono Cross also has Dual or Triple Techs, but unlike Chrono Trigger these are few in number (even more so given the game's Loads and Loads of Characters), and are really not worth the effort given the character combinations required to pull them off, and the fact that each can be used exactly once per combat... though Serge and Glenn's incarnation of X-Strike remains pretty damn effective.
- Digital Devil Saga (and its sequel) has a Combo System, which merely requires that the characters you're using each has a particular skill equipped - then the combo appears in a separate menu. Many of the comboes are simply more powerful attacks that you'd be able to use singularly at a later date - others are unique attacks and spells which cannot be found in any other way. As a whole, they're only really useful early in the game, however...
- In the Dragon Age series:
- Dragon Age: Origins has spell combos, such when two force fields result in an explosion centered on target. While the spells can be cast by the same character in succession, it is more efficient if fired by two mages. The most common example is probably Shattering, where one mage freezes the target with Petrify or Cone of Cold, then another uses Stone Fist, Crushing Prison, or a Critical Hit to insta-kill it.
- The cross-class combos in Dragon Age II allow each class to inflict a unique status effect on any enemy, which can only be exploited by the other two classes. The party AI can then be configured to do so at any opportunity.
- Dragon Quest Swords: lets you spend your Master Stroke counter and some of your companion's MP into these.Although they don't cause nearly as much damage as some slightly more advanced Master Strokes.
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles allowed characters to cast spells on the same target to form new ones, like Fire and Life spells combining to make Holy. The spells can become even stronger with proper timing, but really strong ones like Firaga+2 require all 4 players to cast their spells with about a second delay between each other. make sure the enemy isn't like, trying to attack you while you set this one up.
- In Final Fantasy IX, putting black mage Vivi and Big Guy Steiner in the party together allows them to perform "Magic Sword" techniques, where one of Vivi's spells is channeled through Steiner's physical beatings.
- And of course, the whole concept of combination attacks in FF series started with Palom and Porom of Final Fantasy IV, who could cast powerful unique spells with their Twin(cast) ability. The DS versions allows you to give the Twincast command to other characters as well, resulting in several new unique spells, including the fan favourite Ultima (which is produced by twincasting with Cecil and Rosa) that eventually outdamages everything else in the game once you remove the damage cap. The sequel, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, adds Band Abilities that allows party members to partner together for certain attacks. While most character pairs only have a single Band attack between them, thanks to Loads and Loads of Characters and the fact that the parties consist of up to 5 characters, the grand total greatly exceeds even that of Chrono Trigger's. It also averts the common problem of attacks ending up doing less damage than its component parts by having some of the stronger ones break the damage cap and for the ones that don't, an accessory can take care of it.
- Final Fantasy XI has Skillchains, which result from properly timed and executed Weapon Skills in succession, which gives an extra bit of elemental damage. Mages can then correctly time a spell and Magic Burst the target, which doesn't have a separate animation but does significantly boost the damage of the spell. Unfortunately, with various changes over the past few years, many don't bother with either of these nowadays.
- In Growlanser III and IV, in order to cast higher level spells, two party members have to cast low level spells to form cooperative magic.
- Kingdom Hearts II absolutely loves these. There is a combination attack for every party member and several summons. Donald and Goofy get two each, plus a triple Combination Attack that is one of the strongest ones in the game.
- In Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, there's the Dimensional-Link, which lets you invoke the powers of characters such as Zack, Stitch, Mickey and strangely enough, Maleficent.
- It also has traditional Combination Attacks when you're fighting together with other characters, but since all such occurences are plot-dictated and non-repeatable, it's easy to miss them.
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance has a huge number of these in the form of the Link Attacks Sora can perform with his Dream Eater allies, using either one or both of them.
- Legaia II: Duel Saga has "Variable Arts", where one character must perform an intro attack, and another must perform an ending. Variable Arts (in general) are the second most powerful type of Art, the first being Mystic Arts.
- This is pretty much the gist of Mana Khemia's Variable Strike. "Everyone, please!"
- The sequel expands this with unison strikes, in which one participant sets the target up for a follow-up attack from another, and unison guards where a character can swap in after another guards for a unique support move. In fact, the game's Unison Mode seems mostly geared around this mechanic.
- All of the Mario & Luigi RPGs feature combination attacks for special moves, requiring careful timing and coordination to pull off. Super Star Sagas Bros. Attacks all rely on the Bros physical capabilities, often incorporating the various field techniques into attacks. These attacks can be advanced into different attacks (for example, instead of pelting the enemy with multiple fireballs, one huge fireball is made and launched at the enemy instead). The later games use item-driven special attacks, but they still involve co-operation of the 2-4 brothers.
- Mass Effect has some minor examples, mostly involving having one character use Lift and another shoot the newly out-of-cover foe, or multiple Lifts and Throws to fling Geth Colossi around the field in the first game. The second game lets Warp cause people already under the effect of a biotic power to explode, and the third game, in addition to making Biotic Explosions much more accessible, allows tech attacks like Overload and Incinerate to be combined, as well, though Biotic Explosions are still the strongest. These combinations are essential to the three caster classes.
- The Fusion moves in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.
- Penny Arcade Adventures lets two or three of your characters combine their special attacks into one team-up attack. However, since those don't develop, and lack a power-boosting minigame, they usually only see use against enemies weak against them.
- It's also a matter of timing the three characters varying speeds. Letting the other two wait until Tycho's bar fills is a losing proposition.
- Persona 3 has Fusion Spells, (Mix Raids in the Japanese version) that can only be used by the Main Character. It requires him to have two specific personas in his inventory at the same time, and one of them must be equipped. They require a percentage of the Main's maximum SP in order to cast it. Effects range from full party healing, high chance of causing status ailments, but of course, the best of the lot are "Infinity" (makes party invincible for 1 turn) and "Armageddon", which against any enemy besides the final boss and the optional boss is an "I Win" Button (especially since an ability of the persona required to get it is to regain all your MP and HP when you win a battle).
- To elaborate, Armageddon does 9999 damage, but the optional boss has 20000 and the final boss uses the below "Armageddon R".
- The All-Out Attacks from the same game count too, in which the whole team charges in and beats the crap out of the enemies if they have all been disabled, complete with an animated dustcloud fighting with Batman-esque "pows!" and "biffs!", which usually deals a significant amount of damage to the enemies. The mechanic comes back in Persona 4.
- Fusion Spells in 4, however, are absent. Until The Golden that is, but they seem to work more like in Persona 2, where it takes two party members to execute it.
- In Persona 2, Armaggedon kills absolutely everything. Even Hitler.
- It doesn't kill the Bonus Boss, Philemon in the EX Dungeon. Instead he COUNTERS you by using it on your whole party if you try it. (It's known as Armageddon R.)
- Persona 3 Portable adds even more opportunities with the Double Team attack, although you only need to disable one enemy and it's pretty much only when your ally feels like it.
- They work differently in Persona 2 and 3.
- In Persona 2, two upwards party members use specific moves (a few even need specific Personas, meaning most or all of the orders to the party have to be exactly as specified), to create a stronger move.
- In Persona 3, since only the protagonist is controllable and only he can change Personas, all he needs in two specific Personas, and then he can use the Fusion Spell. The ideas of moves defining the spell and two or more people being involved don't appear in 3.
- The change is justified - the series has been generally changed (to fit with the Tarot Motif of Death, which means rebirth in general).
- The Phantasy Star series uses combination attacks that were triggered when the right attacks were used in order, leaving it up to the player to discover the correct combinations. Phantasy Star IV added the "Macro" system, allowing the player to set up macros that triggered them almost at will.
- A large amount of them could kill enemies outright (depending on certain criteria: organic, bionic, dark, or all period). Also, even enemies could use them, but they are mercifully rare (and never the insta-kill ones).
- The Pokémon move "Beat Up" is a Combination Attack of all your Pokémon, which actually does take in account the Attack values of the Pokémon involved, but leaves out some of the subtler attack mechanics in order to make it work.
- And now in Black and White versions, in double and triple battles, using two of the Pledge moves in a certain order will produce new results, such as using Water Pledge followed by Fire Pledge creating a rainbow which basically grants you the Serene Grace ability for four turns. Beat Up has also been altered to only use the Pokemon's base attack stat.
- Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army has Combination Arts. Leveling up Raidou's familiars will usually cause them to learn a special combo, and effects range from nullifying (or even better, absorbing) elements for a period of time, super-charged shots or strikes from Raidou's gun or katana, to attacks that decimate every enemy on-screen.
- In Robopon, combining software can get you more powerful attacks depending on what kind it is. Mixing FIRE and WATER will get you a Steam attack, which has a chance of causing a Fever.
- Rogue Galaxy featured numerous Combination Attacks across a wide variety of party member, some of which were highly amusing and/or graphically impressive, but the most effective strategy remained attacking with the hero's sword. The same was true for most single-caster techniques.
- Large Staple of the Saga series from SaGa Frontier onward. You can combine Magic and Physical attacks all into one assault dealing up to 10,000 damage and possibly over that, Perhaps the best of them all is The Wheel Vortex in Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song; in fact the Combination attack: The Dragon is required to complete a quest.
- Sailor Moon: Another Story had a TON of combo spells, called "link techniques". All you had to do to acquire them was to put them together in your
diary menu and press start, and the game would automatically reveal (and remember) any applicable link techs. The power of the Link Techs were dependent on a special stat that increased the more the characters in question used Link Techs.
- Septerra Core: Grubb and Led have one. All multi-card spells require one team member per card, so technically they are too.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has a variant: whenever one of your monsters hits an enemy's weakness, every other monster of the same alignment (Law, Neutral or Chaos) will pile up some extra Almighty-type damage.
- Shin Megami Tensei Imagine Has build up charge over battles to allow combination attacks between your owned demons. The type of attack depends on the demon types. So comboing jack frost in grham will be the same attack as pixie and grham as pixie and jack frost are both fairies. these are usually more useful than individual attacks.
- In Skies of Arcadia, once you become captain of your own ship you can perform two special moves, one where all four characters in your party call down an attack and the other where every member of your crew turns up either inflicting damage to the enemy or healing the party. However because you needed max SP to perform these moves most players only used them once or twice to see what happens.
- Sonic Chronicles had a few attacks that only worked if a certain character plus 1-3 others were in the 4-man/woman/mecha band at the same time. Luckily, this worked well, with amazing animations like Sonic becoming a ball so that Amy could throw him in the air and use her giant hammer to hit Sonic into the enemies like a tennis racket.
- Also from the Sonic series, Whisker and Johnny in Rush Adventure do this attack where the former throws the latter at you. If you jump though, you won't get hurt. And most of the moves in Sonic Heroes (especially the team blasts), and some trigger moves in Sonic Advance 3.
- Suikoden has the United Attack, which can only be used with certain people in your party but is generally more effective than having them attack singularly.
- Tales of Symphonia has Unison Attacks, which allow all four party members to use a special move in succession. If the right combination of special moves are used, they will "double-tech" together and create a final-addition attack on the enemy at the end.
- Tales of Rebirth has its Secret Justice moves, extremely powerful attacks that are triggered by an attacking character and a supporting character. The characters must also be a combo of a mage and melee attacker, reached a certain level with the required characters and a certain battle count, have all party members, and for Annie and Eugene, past a certain event. Then there's the hidden counter whenever a Latent Ability activates from your equipment. Another requirement? Only one enemy on the field or less than 10% of its HP remaining if it's a boss. Last thing to do is to press X when "FINALITY CHARGE BREAK" appears on the screen. Seriously, you can't miss it since the screen colour changes a bit too. So much work just to end the battle in a flashy way... Very specific indeed. Oh, and let's not get started on the Dual the Sun hi-ougi, with its specific button input, requires 3 (Mao, Hilda, Eugene) party members to execute, Hilda and Eugene to initiate, and 2 controllers connected to the MAGES (Mao and Hilda).
- Invented in Tales of Eternia, where Rid or Farah using certain techs at the same time as a certain spell was cast would combine the two into a special elemental weapon technique.
- In Tales of the Abyss, using an elemental-flavored special move would leave a "Field Of Fonons" on the ground. Stand in that Field and perform the right special move(s), and the two would Double-Tech into something completely new. The same character could lay down a Field and then exploit it, thus allowing one-person Combination Attacks. Having said that, most techs only dropped half-strength Fields, meaning you'd have to do two of the same element just to create a Field to double-tech with, so this is a weird situation where double-person Combination attacks are less viable than solo ones.
- In Tales of Hearts, Unison Attacks can only be done when one character isn't even in battle. They're always between a character who's in battle and another one who's been called in from the back through the Assist Arte mechanic. This essentially allows a character to alter and/or power up their own move or spell by spending the CG to summon the assister.
- Tales of Xillia has tons of these, and they can be activated as long as you have a segment of the overlimit gauge filled. Alternatively, you can let the gauge max out and enter Overlimit mode, where they can be chained together rapidly for the duration, even switching your partner for the attacks in the process.
- Tales of Xillia 2 gives every single party member a dual Hi-ougi/Mystic Arte they can perform with Ludger once they've gained enough affinity with him.
- Used in Wild ARMs 4 and Wild ARMs 5. In 4, there were four party members that were always all used at once, and there was a combo for every possible combination of two and three characters, plus a secret one for the whole party. In 5, there are six party members, of which you can use three at any given time, and there's a combo for each possible pair.
- In Alter Code:F, a front row character can perform one with a back row (inactive) character positioned directly behind. The back row character must be equipped with the Assist Blitz skill. It occurs randomly when using a normal attack.
- Wild ARMs 3, while not having the same kind of combo attacks as the games to follow it, has a few attacks that utilize the power of teamwork. First is Janus and his lackeys Dario and Romero, who use a triple-attack they call The Trinity, and specifically state that all 3 of them must be present to use it. Later on, the Schroedinger family uses a move called Wild Bunch, which combines their various talents (Alfred's bombs, Todd's sword, and Shady's fire breath) for a rather powerful attack against your whole team. Finally, your own team gets one (of sorts) with the Arc Impulse arcana, which has its base power increased for each ally you have defending. With one person casting it and the other three defending, it becomes surprisingly powerful, but of course, with only one person attacking in a single round and no one to heal or support, this strategy is pretty much Awesome but Impractical.
- In The World Ends with You, everyone of your partners can perform three different forms of this with Neku, and beware when Joshua channels all your partners energy through his Jesus beam in the last battle.....
- In World of Warcraft, the Hunter class can tame wild animals to fight alongside them as combat pets. A hunter can keep up to five pets with them in the field, but only one of those five can be actively summoned at any given time. However, high level hunters gain an ability called Stampede, which temporarily summons the other four pets to attack the hunter's current target alongside the active pet for 20 seconds.
- Xenoblade has a somewhat less flashy example with its Chain Attacks. When your party gauge is maxed out, initiating a chain attack allows each character to use their special attacks in succession without interruption and regardless of cooldown. Arts that cause status effects are even boosted to 100% effectiveness against anything not totally immune to them, allowing even bosses to be disabled with the right combination of moves.
- Building character Affinity will increase the chance that the chain will be extended for extra hits beyond the initial three. With sufficiently high Affinities, the characters can continue to attack until they run out of moves. In addition, moves in the same category (denoted by their color) will have their strength multiplied if they are used in succession, and Talent Arts act like wildcards, chaining from or to any color.
- Xenosaga Episode II features combination attacks between characters, such as Jr. and Momo or Shion and Jin teaming up to deliver a unique attack in tandem. This was also present in Episode III as co-op attacks, but these occur more randomly.
Shoot Em Up
- In the Raiden series, two players can also combine their attacks.
- Touhou Soccer has extremely over-the-top special attacks for its characters, but their combination strikes really take the cake (and stud it with spikes, set it on fire, then hurl it at the goalie at the speed of sound). For example, Remilia Scarlet + Flandre Scarlet = Kiss Thine Arse Goodbye. Marisa, Alice, and Patchouli's combo, "Master Blade," is notable for destroying the damn stadium, while Cirno and Letty's combination ends predictably for Cirno.
- Oddly enough, it's one of Ran's abilities (and it's NOT a combination, either!) that's the only one actually capable of (briefly) BREAKING that ball.
- Sakuya and Eirin have a rather odd case of an accidental Combination Attack, during which they're trying to kill each other
- And when it comes to canon games, the Prismrivers and three fairies of Perfect Cherry Blossom and Fairy Wars respectively do this. The Prismrivers do it for a few spellcards. The three fairies do this at the end of any of the routes except the extra stage (though the midbosses of the extra stage also do a combination attack pattern), and there is only one nonspell in which only the leader (the leader depends on the route taken, and it does effect the actual battle for many of the spellcards) is alone in the final battle.
- The fangame Concealed the Conclusion has several combination spellcards between Yukari, Ran and Chen, and another one between Yukari and Yuyuko.
- The two-player mode of Lightning Fighters/Trigon has the Trigon weapons.
- In the two-player mode of Twinbee, there are two different ones - one if the players line up horizontally, and one if they line up vertically.
Stealth Based Game
Third Person Shooter
- In Lost Planet 2's multiplayer mode, there is the Support Cannon, which is pretty much this. A player with a support weapon can pull this out, then up to 3 more players can join in an attack that is very reminiscent of Super Sentai series. Depending on the type of support weapon the main player uses, and the weapons the supporters are equipped with, different attacks can result. Usually, the Support Cannon fires a big red laser, but it can also throw a giant fireball or be used like Big Freaking Laser Blade.
- Gears of War and its sequel allow players to use their chainsaw bayonets on the same enemy simultaneously. Since the chainsaw bayonet is a one-hit kill anyway, it's kind of overkill, but still looks pretty awesome.
Turn Based Strategy
- Advance Wars: Dual Strike introduced the Tag system, whereby two COs are selected and switched in and out to make strategic use of their abilities. When both of the their power meters are fully charged, they can use a Tag Power, which effectively grants two turns using both of their Super CO Powers in succession. Several COs have "Tag Breaks" with one another, which increases the potency of the attack. Many of these Tag Breaks are bona fide Game Breakers.
- Namco X Capcom allows characters to use special attacks known as Multiple Assaults, which are distinct from its normal combat system. These attacks target multiple enemies or require multiple units, though not necessarily both (some target only one enemy, while some like Taizo Hori's only need one unit to use).
- Being a successor to Namco X Capcom, Project X Zone not only has Multiple Assaults returning, but most of the characters are "Pair Units". This means that a "normal attack" is even considered this as both characters in the pair attack the opponent simultaneously.
- Placing several characters in close proximity next to an enemy in Disgaea allows for a percentage chance that the characters will perform a combo attack, up to four characters. Disgaea 2 ups the ante by adding Tower Attacks. Disgaea 3 takes it even further by allowing a pair of characters to combine almost any two low rank special attacks together with frequently hilarious looking results, and allows for a tower of characters to perform unique specials. It also introduces the Magichange system, which allows a monster to transform into a weapon for a human character, enabling the use of a few new special attacks that more often then not have the monster shift back into its normal form to perform a combination strike with their partner.
- Also, the page quote references the other kind of combo, which consists of ordering several characters to attack a same enemy in succession, granting them an attack bonus. By placing your characters correctly, you can cumulate the boosts of both methods (well, not to its full potential, because it would require 12 characters and you're only allowed 10).
- Disgaea Dimension 2 also has Mounted attacks, which allow a character riding on a monster unit to dish out improved damage and an Overly Long Fighting Animation. For example, one mounted on a Prinny gains access to Bomber Dood, which blasts the hell out of one specific square with a giant bomb, while a Mothman will grant access to the Moth Tornado attack, enabling, say, Laharl to maul three enemies simultaneously.
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance also has them. In that case, they require Judge Points. When initiated by any character, allies with a combo ability set in range of the target also attack the same enemy. Amusingly, the mechanics are simply based on each character adding a multiplier to the initiator's attack, so if this is done with a Healing Shiv, everyone is joining in on a healing beat-down.
- A recurring technique in the Fire Emblem series is the "Triangle Attack", executed by having three specific units (usually Pegasus Knights) surround an enemy, and then attacking it. The resulting beatdown is a guaranteed Critical Hit.
- Fire Emblem Awakening takes out the Triangle Attack, but adds in the new Pair-Up system. When united are paired up, they supporting unit has a chance to dish out their own attack following the main unit's attack.
- Hoshigami Ruining Blue Earth was an underplayed (due to bad design choices leading to Nintendo Hard) PS1 title in which you could set up a "Session." Characters in Session would hit an enemy in the direction they (the characters) were facing, presuming an enemy was fed to them using the "Shoot" command; getting all six charcters involved in a Session was an almost-guaranteed One Hit Kill, and had the added bonus of possibly looting their equipment.
- In La Pucelle Tactics, allies that stand close to one another can sometimes use combination attacks on the enemy. Also, if you enter a battle with an enemy unit, any ally units also attacking that unit or standing next to you or the enemy unit are also drawn into the battle to fight at the same time. This also works in reverse for the enemies.
- In Ogre Battle 64, magic users in the same row have a chance to combine their spells into a more powerful one as long as the spell types and elements were compatible.
- Record Of Agarest War - Characters with enough AP could combo their attacks into bigger, better attacks, all the more so if they were in the "combo zone" of other characters.
- The Sakura Taisen games have special combination attacks that the player's character can launch alongside the girl with the highest current Relationship Values. Since each girl's Combination Attack is very different, this adds strategic importance to the Dating Sim portions of the game.
- Shining Force Feather has Union Attacks, where two characters pool their Force Points and combination attack a target at the same time, and Connect Attacks, where two or more characters who would normally go sequentially can combine their turns into one long combo.
- Soul Nomad & the World Eaters has dozens of combination attacks, divided into "certain combinations of ranged, melee, and magic classes in a squad", "certain number of a single class" and the usual "Certain combinations of the main characters." In fact, each main character had a combination attack with the main character, and pulling them off helped determine their Relationship Values.
- Stella Deus The Gate Of Eternity, had a rather standard combination attack: each character had a specific zone around them in which they would propagate Aura effects; if an enemy was within the Zone of at least two allies, the two could initiate a Combination attack. As with Tales of Symphonia, two characters related by plot (lovers Avis and Lumena, Power Trio Spero Grey & Adara, etc) would use a unique attack instead of a standard animation. Unusually, Combination Attacks were not restricted to the party; enemies—even faceless Mooks—could use them.
- Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgement has Team Attacks, which are randomly triggered if a character with a high leadership-based stat scores a hit on the enemy, there is a chance of a nearby ally being exhorted to chip in with a bonus attack. If you're really lucky and surrounding an enemy, this could lead to all four characters whaling on the enemy in one go.
- Inazuma Eleven has a multitude of 2- or 3-person combination moves, as well as a chain shoot system that allows two or more players to chain up a continuous attack using individual techniques.
Non-video game examples:
Anime and Manga
- Bleach: Dark Souls has Don Kanon'ji summon his team for his specials. They all work together in the "Karakura Super Attack", which, while having a tiny hitbox, is one of the strongest moves in the game.
- And then there's the Super attack which can only be used by Kyoraku and Ukitake if they team up. Used from the right position, it can potentially wreck everything on screen.
- It also had some of the Captains and some of the Visored execute a many-layered combo attack on Aizen using several of their special abilities. Too bad he used Kyoka Suigetsu.
- Typical Twin Shots in Captain Tsubasa, though there're other noticeable ones such Tsubasa and Misaki's Golden Combination Pass, and Tachibana Twin's Skylab Hurricane.
- In Digimon, many Digimons' attacks can combine into new attacks, first seen waaaay back in season one when Kabuterimon and Togemon took on Centarumon.
- In Digimon Frontier, the protagonists were unable to defeat Sakakkumon until they realized that they could combine their powers to create new attacks — Sakkakumon could only block/reflect techniques that he'd already seen.
- The Frost Brothers from Gundam X are quite fond of this. Their most famous team-up involves younger brother Olba holding the opponent in place with his Gundam's pincer claws while big brother Shagia lays into them with his beam saber; unfortunately for them, it's always interrupted halfway through. Later on, they get a BFG that mounts on Olba's Gundam and has to be operated by Shagia's.
- Inukami!: Kaoru's Inukami can group up in threes (sometimes nine of them excluding Nadeshiko) to perform a powerful spell called "Inferno".
- In Madan no Ou to Vanadis, Tigre's bow can do this with any of the Dragonic Tools, which are legendary weapons. These attacks are capable of sniping dragons from the sky, punching clean through layered steel fortress doors and obliterating entire castle keeps.
- The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha manga set some time after the events of the second season: "Nanoha and Fate Mid-Ranged Annihilation Combination! Air Attack, Blast Calamity!" Hayate used one of her bigger spells to match their combined attack, and the explosion made from the two colliding forces was one of the few things that was able to destroy Yuuno's Containment Field.
- Also, back in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's:
Nanoha: Full power! Starlight ...
Fate: Lightning flash! Plasma zanber ...
Hayate: Resound, horn of judgement! Ragnarok ...
- The robots of the Mazinger trilogy (Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer) and Getter Robo combined their attacks constantly when they fought together, and many of those attacks were used in the Super Robot Wars games: Double Burning Fire (Mazinger and Great Mazinger their Chest Blaster attacks at once. It was used in Great Mazinger and Mazinkaiser), Triple Mazinger Blade (Mazinger, Great Mazinger and Grendizer use their bladed weapons to slash the enemy at once)... and Final Dynamic Special
- In Naruto, there is a multitude of combinations available, and many revolve around combining two attacks of complementary elements; from Kakuzu combining Fire and Wind to unleash a blazing maelstrom at his targets, to the Raikage's bodyguards combining Lightning and Water to create an electrified wall of water to block foes' attacks and electrocute them, to the Third Hokage combining Fire and Earth to launch flaming balls of superheated mud at Orochimaru, to Naruto and Sasuke combining the former's Wind Release: Rasenshuriken with the latter's Amaterasu to create a massive explosion of swirling hellfire capable of doing noticeable harm to the 10-Tails.
- NEEDLESS has characters do this all the time in the form of "(Attack 1) PLUS (Attack 2)!!!". One noteworthy example is, expressed mathematically, "(LITTLE BOY)^2 + GYRO GRAVITAION + MAGNETIC WORLD!!!" A long name indeed, Cruz.
- Even Neon Genesis Evangelion has one in the second fight against Israfel: aside from dodging enemy attacks and returning fire in perfect sync, Shinji and Asuka finish the fight by delivering perfectly simultaneous roundhouse kicks to bash the two halves of the Angel together then dropkicking its cores to kill it, again simultaneously. The logic behind it was that since the Angel's halves assist and even regenerate each other, the only way to defeat it is to execute both at the same time. The entire sequence was coordinated to dancing music and was so popular it got put into Super Robot Wars.
- There will never be a more fabulous giant robot battle.
- One Piece had quite a few instances of those, most notably during the fight against Oars. To give just one example - Usopp using his so-big-it's-stationary Kuwagata to launch Brook at Oars, through a thunder cloud summoned by Nami. There have also been a few instances of two or three attacks being just launched side to side, receiving a conjoined or a new fancy name. Super Frapper Gong, for example. Again, Thriller Bark arc is most notable for those, due to being pretty much the last arc so far in which the whole crew is together.
- Not to mention the first Pacifista fight in the Saboady Park arc. While it was not given any special names, it involved an almost non-stop assault by the entire crew, performing some of their strongest moves at the time, all against a single enemy.
- Pokémon has numerous instances of these moves in battle, usually during Pokémon contests revolving around pairs, but the episode "A Surface-To-Air Tag Battle Team" revolves entirely around the concept.
- Virtually all installments of the Pretty Cure franchise have had a Combination Attack, always as finishers. Heartcatch Precure was interesting as it had a 2-man (Floral Power Fortissimo), 3-man (Shining Fortissimo) and 4-man (Heartcatch Orchestra) combo attacks. And the 2-man ones could be interchanged with each other! Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3 introduced a six-man, all Pink-type Cure special punch attack. Just because they could.
- The anime version of Ranma ˝ gives one of these to Ranma and Akane, the "Dual Jet Stream Raging Waters Attack", during the Dojo Destroyer episode. Presumably, this was to give them more of a Battle Couple vibe, given that the manga had the Dojo Destroyer effortlessly take everything Akane could throw at him before Ranma showed up and oneshotted him.
- Rosario + Vampire Season II gives us Kurumu and Mizore, stepping onto the stage with the Black and White Duet combos. Dance numbers performed so far are Duet #9, a double spin attack with Femme Fatalons and ice claws that sent a doppelgänger in the form of Inner Moka flying, and Duet #3, a rain of icy kunai from above. Notice how Duet #9 was performed after taking a few roundhouse kicks from the aforementioned Inner Moka doppelgänger, and Duet #3 was performed in kimono. Say what you will, these girls know how to dance.
- The crowd calls for an encore, and Kurono and Shirayuki are back on for their final performance! Aqua Shuzen is doing everything she can to spoil the show, but these girls are going to go down fighting! Ice dolls, illusions, magic? It's all just setting the stage for the finale: a meteor crafted from ice that could drive Sephiroth green with envy! Draw the curtains for Black and White Duet #13: Final Waltz! But oh, how Shuzen still manages to ruin the show!
- In the manga version of Samurai Deeper Kyo, the Shiseiten are a Four-Temperament Ensemble so well coordinated that they're able to combine their usual techniques into one, with its own name. The resultant Combination Attack is so difficult that they can only do it once a day. When two of them do it, it has the double of their combined strenght. Three would make it eight times their combined might. But when they all use the Combined Attack, the Shisiseitensho, The Ace and Invincible Hero Kyo states that its power is just... immesureable.
- Harima and Eri from School Rumble use the Twin Hurricane Kick on the School Festival arc, during the horse battle. In fact, there are several more combinations that could fit the trope in that battle. Another that comes to mind is Hanai and Ichijou final battle.
- Japan's Transformers Generation 1 manga Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers! #8 featured the Minibot combiner, a combiner in only the loosest possible terms made possible through an application of unspecified Decepticon Super Science. It also allows the Minibots to form into an energy drill and use the "Minibot Warrior Spiral Attack'' to plow through Bruticus' chest—notable in that it didn't manage to kill him, but then again Bruticus is a proper Combining Mecha rather than just six oddly sized and brightly colored Earth vehicles strapped together.
- Kamen Rider Den-O
- Kamen Rider has been doing Double Rider Kicks as far back as the original series. Kamen Rider Decade's movie All Riders Versus Dai-Shocker takes it in a couple of new directions, as Decade pulls off a one-man combination attack thanks to his Doppelgänger Attack, and the Big Bad is finished by all 27 protagonist Riders (at the time) performing a Sesquiseptuple Rider Kick.
- Decade got outdone in the 40th anniversary movie Let's Go Kamen Rider, where all the Riders period (including all the Second Riders) combine forces to defeat Shocker with an ALL RIDER BREAK. (Rider Break is when Skyrider smashes through something with his Cool Bike. ALL Rider Break is just what it sounds like.)
- Super Sentai and Power Rangers are quite fond of using combination attacks, usually as a finishing move. They also frequently combine their weapons into a BFG to inflict a finishing move as well.
- Most of the team up movies/specials typically end with the Big Bad and their remaining minions finished off with one by both teams at once.
- In Stern Electronics' Meteor, aligning all three missiles causes the WOW lights to flash, awarding extra points for targets that are struck when lit.
- Many successful tag teams have combination finishers which typically consist of the two partners each using his own individual finisher either simultaneously or back-to-back on a single opponent.
- The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show all three use the Chokeslam as a finisher. Whenever any two of those three are partners in a tag team, they will use a double Chokeslam in which both partners will perform the move simultaneously on a single opponent.
- Whenever Triple H and Shawn Michaels are teaming together as part of D-Generation X, they will often use their finishers in conjunction with each other with Shawn hitting his finisher, Sweet Chin Music, which instead of knocking the opponent to the ground like normal will instead set the opponent up in perfect position for Triple H to hit his finisher, the Pedigree.
- A relatively basic but useful example from the Hero System are coordinated attacks. Normally, characters attack when their turn comes up and their attacks are resolved individually. However, two or more characters can try to coordinate so that they hit their target simultaneously, and if they do so and succeed, the STUN damage from their various attacks is added together for purposes of determining whether their combined attack does indeed stun the target where the individual smaller hits might otherwise not.
- Warmachine and Hordes: "Combined Melee Attack" and "Combined Ranged Attack" rules. Units with this ability can attack in groups, ranging from 2 to full squad (usually 10 units); for every unit participating in combined attack it becomes a bit stronger AND a bit more accurate. Sometimes, it can be ridiculously strong AND accurate (though not always cost efficient, sometimes easily countered, etc.) The Winter Guard Death Star