Lightning Slash, aka Thunder Slash, is a recurring skill in the Dragon Quest series. Contrary to its name, it powers up an attack with the might of a colossal explosion rather than a bolt of electricity, though the latter is more definite.
Lightning Slash deals variable melee damage, with the power being dependent on the target's resistance to the bang element. Possible modifiers are 130%, 115%, 75%, and 30% It is obtained by advancing to rank 3 of the Armamentalist vocation.
The reason for this deceitful discrepancy is likely balance concerns, as only a handful of monsters can resist lighting and thus the skill would be too easy to abuse.
Lightning Slash is performed and acquired in the same way as before, by advancing to rank 3 as an Armamentalist. Alternatively, it is also learned by advancing to rank two as a Hero in the 3DS version of the game. It is also used by Ceramic sergeants,
It is also used by Maeve in the short amount of time she joins the party.
Thunder Slash is used once again by the aquatic Riptides, as well as the newly introduced Prime slime to attack enemies. Players may duplicate the technique by way of the Armamentalist's Gale Fource. The skill itself has been balanced so that the double attribute nature of this technique will not negate the effectiveness of one element over the other.
Appearing in only the 3DS and Switch versions, it is used by Maeve in her boss battle.
BoltSlash is a normal attack that deals increased damage based on the target's lightning resistance. It can be learned naturally by ArcDemon, BoneSlave, Coatol, EvilArmor, HornBeet, LandOwl, RotRaven, and ZapBird as long as it is a level 11 and has 77 max HP, 34 max MP, 66 Attack, and 42 Intelligence. BoltSlash can also be learned by any monster that knows both the ChargeUP and Lightning skills.
Lightning Slash and Thunderbolt Slash are skills that can be learned by various monsters. Lightning Slash costs 2 MP to use and can be learned from the Dragon Lore, Thunderwind Slashes, and Wulfspade skillsets. Thunderbolt Slash costs 4 MP to use and can be learned from the Captain Crow, Thunderwind Slashes, Uber Knight, and Wulfspade II skillsets.
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