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Beast
Lloyd vs. Bowser
Tales symbol
Lloyd using Beast as a forward smash.
Universe Tales
User Lloyd
Effect Lloyd slashes forward to create the head of a beast, damaging opponents.

Beast (獅子戦吼), also localized as Chi and Lion's Howl, is Lloyd's forward smash in Super Smash Flash 2. Beast previously replaced Sonic Thrust in v0.5a of the SSF2 Demo as his side special move, only to be replaced by Sonic Thrust again in v0.6 of the demo, where it became Lloyd's forward smash.

Overview

When performed, Lloyd slashes forward with his sword while saying "Beast!" and creates the head of a beast, which attacks the enemy, after which he will spin around once and get back into his fighting stance. The move causes great knockback and 16% to 21% damage, depending on the charge. The hitbox also stays out for a period of time, though the damage and knockback will slightly decrease if the opponent is hit late.

As a side special move, it functioned very similarly to a smash attack in that the move could be charged for as long as the input is held down, though the move could be charged for a slightly longer period of time than a smash attack. It would deal anywhere from 14% to 19% damage depending on the charge, with great knockback. Unlike its forward smash incarnation, the move would not lose power over time, and opponents could also be hit from behind with the spin Lloyd performs afterward, which would deal the same damage and knockback.

Origin

ToS Beast

Magnius using Beast in Tales of Symphonia.

The Beast arte was first introduced in Tales of Phantasia and has been a staple in the Tales series since then. When this arte is activated, the user slams the target with extreme force, creating a blast of energy in the image of a lion's head, which forces all nearby enemies to be blasted away and knocked to the ground. This is an effective arte to clear mobs when surrounded by many enemies because of its power and force. It is usually one of the first artes that a character acquires that can cause enemies to be knocked down.

The arte can be learned by four characters in Tales of Symphonia: Lloyd Irving, Magnius, Celsius, and Farah Oersted. Additionally, Presea Combatir has a significantly more powerful version of this arte than Lloyd Irving, now officially localized as Punishing Beast.

Gallery

Early designs

Standard special move Demon Fang
Side special move Tempest
Up special move Tiger Blade
Down special move Rising Falcon
Final Smash Falcon's Crest

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