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Sonic Thrust
Sonic Thrust (Right)
Tales symbol
Lloyd using Sonic Thrust as a dash attack.
Universe Tales
User Lloyd
Effect Lloyd thrusts a sword forward, damaging opponents he hits.

Sonic Thrust, known in Japan as Blink Fast Sword (瞬迅剣), is Lloyd's dash attack in Super Smash Flash 2. Sonic Thrust was originally Lloyd's side special move until being replaced by Beast in v0.5a of the SSF2 Demo, moving instead to the third hit of his standard attack, only to replace Beast again in v0.6 of the demo, until finally being replaced by Tempest in Beta, changing to his dash attack instead.

Overview

When performed, Lloyd thrusts one of his swords forward, shouting "Sonic Thrust!" as he does so. It deals 11% damage and relatively high knockback, with the main downsides being how it has a lot of ending lag and a short range, making it risky to use. For these reasons, it's best used at the end of a combo.

As a side special move, Sonic Thrust worked very similarly, but with key differences. The move instead would deal 9% damage with similar knockback, but with more ending lag that made it riskier to use. The aerial version would have instantly sent Lloyd slightly in the direction it's used in, but it was an ineffective recovery option due to its high endlag and short range. However, the biggest difference was its lasting hitbox, which would last about half a second and deal the same amount of damage and knockback over time.

Origin

ToS Sonic Thrust

Lloyd using Sonic Thrust in Tales of Symphonia.

The Sonic Thrust arte was first introduced in Tales of Symphonia as an offensive sword technique that has appeared in many Tales games since. When using this arte, the character thrusts their weapon at the target, pushing it slightly backward. It is difficult to use this arte during a combo because it might force the enemy away, breaking the combo and giving the enemy a chance to retaliate, but it is powerful for an arte that can be used early within the games in which it appears.

The move can be used by three characters in Tales of Symphonia: Lloyd Irving, Kratos Aurion, and Zelos Wilder. A Lightning-elemental property can also be added to Lloyd Irving's attack to create a more powerful Lightning-based arte, Lightning Thrust, but there is no reference to this in SSF2.

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Early design

Trivia

  • Sonic Thrust was originally used in Lloyd's "Linked Artes" mechanic in v0.8 of the demo, which allowed Lloyd to instantly cancel certain moves into into each other in rapid succession. For example, Demon Fang could be cancelled into Sonic Thrust, to become "Demonic Thrust", which does more damage than either Sonic Thrust or Demon Fang alone. However, as of v0.9a, Lloyd can no longer use the Linked Artes so he can not perform this combo anymore.
  • The side special variant of this attack was originally chargeable, but as of v0.9a, it could no longer be charged.

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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