Lloyd using Tiger Blade.
|Effect||Lloyd jumps up and slashes a sword upward.|
When performed, Lloyd jumps up and shouts "Tiger Blade!" as he slashes a sword upward. Opponents hit by the slash are dealt 7% damage with somewhat weak upward knockback. Lloyd can then use one of his aerial attacks within a short duration after slashing, after which he'll enter a helpless state.
While the move does not slow his momentum, it is regarded as a rather poor recovery overall, due to its predictability, lack of vertical distance, and the fact that it leaves him helpless afterward.
The Tiger Blade arte was first introduced in Tales of Phantasia and has been a staple in the Tales series since then. It is one of the most well-recognized Swordsman artes, used by characters including Lloyd Irving in Tales of Symphonia. When using Tiger Blade, the user slashes upward while jumping, then slashes downward while landing. In SSF2, the downward slash does not appear, though it may be referenced in how Lloyd can attack directly after the first slash.
This arte is effective for hitting any opponents in the air, further allowing the user to force their target to the ground. In some of the games, there is also a third hit that can be added between or after the slashes, sometimes involving a shoulder charge or punches that simulate the standard movement patterns of this arte, though this has never been referenced in SSF2.
- Prior to v0.6 of the SSF2 Demo, the move was erroneously called "Rising Tempest".
- As of Beta 1.2, the move is still called "Rising Tempest" in the game's code.
- Introduced in v0.6, Lloyd could previously perform a second hit with Tiger Blade by pressing the special input again, which would slash downward with a meteor smash effect, referencing the downward slash in official Tales games. As of v0.9a, it has been removed.
|Lloyd's special moves|
|Standard special move||Demon Fang|
|Side special move||Tempest|
|Up special move||Tiger Blade|
|Down special move||Rising Falcon|
|Final Smash||Falcon's Crest|