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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 also definite.


Dragon Quest VI[]

Making its debut, it is learned by advancing to rank 3 of the Armamentalist vocation and deals variable melee damage, with the power being dependent on the target's resistance to the Bang element, with the possible modifiers being 130%, 115%, 75%, and 30%. It costs 0 MP to use and is also used by Bad karmours and Zombie gladiators in battle against their enemies.

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.

Dragon Quest VII[]

Acting the same as in VI, it is learned by advancing to rank 3 of the Armamentalist once again, as well as advancing to rank 2 as a Hero in the 3DS version of the game. It costs 0 MP to use once again, and is also used by Ceramic sergeants in battle.

It is also used by Maeve in the short amount of time she joins the party.

Dragon Quest VIII[]

Thunder Slash is an enemy-only skill used by Phantom fencers and Riptides, as well as Zombie Gladiators once again.

Dragon Quest IX[]

Thunder Slash is used once again by the aquatic Riptides, as well as the newly introduced Prime slimes 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.

Dragon Quest X[]

Despite still being an enemy-only skill used by Mandrake majors, Prickly pranksters, Ashe, and Terudmir, as well as Zombie Gladiators once again, players who recruit Mandrake majors to their side can have them learn it by investing 18 skill points into their Gekkou sword style technique, costing 2 MP to use and can potentially paralyze those it hits. Its power is also buffed by 1.6 times +10 from the latter half of 2.3 onwards, and can also be enhanced by the Lightning feat special power +20%, learned by investing 25 skill points into the Gekkou swordsman style skill tree.

Dragon Quest XI[]

Appearing in only the 3DS and Definitive versions, it is used by Maeve in her boss battle.

Dragon Quest Monsters[]

BoltSlash is a normal attack that deals increased damage based on the target's lightning resistance. It can be learned naturally by ArcDemonBoneSlaveCoatolEvilArmorHornBeetLandOwlRotRaven, 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.

Dragon Warrior Monsters 2[]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[]

Lightning Slash can be learned by various monsters, costing 2 MP to use, and can be learned from the Dragon Lore, Thunderwind Slashes, and Wulfspade skillsets.

Dragon Quest: Scan Battlers[]

Appears as a skill for the Okeanos sword.

Dragon Quest Tact[]

Acting the same as in previous appearances, it is learned by Bewarewolves and Leery Louts at level 16, and already learned by Hawk Men, Mad Moles, Foo Dogs, Mandrake Majors, Firebirds, Gold Lions, and Thunderbirds when they are recruited, costing 3 MP to use. A scroll of this ability can be obtained for 750 DQIII Medals at the Swap Shop and by clearing Stage 2 of Krystalinda and Lawson overkilling machine's Battle Roads and Stage 4 of Baran, Mjoll, and Mindini Hunter's Battle Roads.

Dragon Quest Treasures[]

Acting the same as in previous appearances once again, it is learned by Amber drackys and costs 4 MP to use.

Dragon Quest Champions[]

Already learned when wielding the Sword of Kings, it acts the same as in X and costs MP to use.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Lame d'éclair
German Blitzhieb (VI,VII,J,TR)
B-Schwert (M)
Donnerhieb (VIII,Stars)
Spanish Unknown
Italian Fendente della Saetta
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean Unknown

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