Photon arts

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Photon arts (PAs) are unique, powerful attacks which are linked permanently to weapons. For each weapon category, there are three potential photon arts any one weapon can have. Only one photon art can be linked to a weapon at a time, and once assigned, an art cannot be changed, removed or added. While there are some weapons that will always have one particular photon art attached to them, most weapons are subject to random assignment. When a weapon either appears in the shop or drops during a mission, it is randomly determined by the game if it will or will not have an inherent art. If the weapon receives a photon art, then one of its potential arts will be linked to it. In the weapon articles here, the photon arts and element chart lists all possible photon arts that the weapon in question can have. In some cases, all three photon arts in the weapon's category are potential candidates, but in other cases, only one or two arts are eligible to work with the weapon.

Using a photon art is easy. Simply hold down the attack (or heavy attack) button to charge, then once fully charged, release the button to execute the photon art. Remember that photon arts consume PP, so be sure to keep an eye on your PP meter during battle.

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Conditions of use

Photon arts will only execute if fully charged before the attack button is released. If you are knocked down, any stored charge is lost and you will have to start again. After rolling, there will be a short delay between standing up and when your character can unleash a charged photon art. If you release too soon, the art will be canceled.

Any of the following will cancel a photon art:

  • Release the button while frozen or paralyzed.
  • Hold the X button while releasing the attack.
  • Roll, and while rolling or before the attack is again charged, release the button.
  • Cast a technique and release the button before the casting animation is finished.

Sabers

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Cross Rave 13 160% 120% 1.2 sec. 3 Slash in an X, then perform a flip-kick.
Force Ride 15 125% 100% 1.5 sec. 5 Slash in all directions.
Zeta Cutlass 19 130% 140% 1.2 sec. 4 Thrust forward, then slash in a Z.

Swords

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Dynamo Spin 21 80% 80% 3 sec. 4 Jump up spinning toward enemies.
Over End 45 250% 255% 9.5 sec. 3 Extend blade and slash, causing a shock wave.
Sonic Raid 23 120% 75% 5.5 sec. 4 Jump upward while spinning vertically, then slash downward.

Daggers

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Air Ride 19 95% 80% 2 sec. 5 Spin three times while going up and slash downward in an X.
Huge Cross 22 90% 130% 2 sec. 3 Slash vertically then horizontally, forming a large cross.
Reverse Kill 25 80% 80% 3 sec. 4 Throw both daggers like boomerangs.

Spears

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Spear Rider 20 145% 160% 2 sec. 3 Thrust forward while riding on spear.
Hopping Run 24 90% 130% 2 sec. 4 Hop up and down on your spear.
Speed Rain 32 80% 70% 3 sec. 7 Spin spear above head, jump up and rapidly thrust, then ending with a huge slash.

Claws

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Serpent Air 18 115% 80% 3 sec. 5 Spiral upward in a huge circle.
Slide End 21 75% 120% 3 sec. 5 Large sideways slash then downward stab.
Bite Stamp 26 180% 75% 3 sec. 3 Throw claw into ground causing shockwave.

Shields

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Bull Smash 18 210% 200% 3 sec. 2 Smash downward then bash forward.
Linear Shake 18 160% 160% 2 sec. 4 Spiral around on shield.
Barrier Shift 20 - - 1 sec. - Grants very short invincibility to you and nearby partners.

Double sabers

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Million Rave 25 135% 100% 3 sec. 3 Slash sideways three times.
Cyclone Run 20 100% 80% 2 sec. 5 Slash around then spiral with double saber in ground.
Tornado Dance 30 130% 120% 2.5 sec. 4 Spiral forward.

Handguns

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Quick Draw 24 80% 75% 3 sec. 9 Fire eight times quickly then spin and shoot once.
Thriller Combo 15 150% 120% 2 sec. 4 Fire twice, throw a grenade, and fire again.
Flame Hit 19 145% 100% 2 sec. 3 Eat fire trap then breath fire out of mouth.


Rifles

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Wipeout 21 75% 80% 3.5 sec. 11 Shoot ten times in a semi-circle then throw a grenade.
Hollow Snipe 21 80% 255% 3 sec. 9 Shoot six times kneeling then three times crawling.
Mine Sneak 18 160% 200% 1.5 sec. 4 Crawl forward while explosions burst around you.

Gunblades

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Bullet Dance 18 125% 70% 1.5 sec. 4 Spin while shooting in all directions.
Impact Zero 17 180% 135% 2 sec. 2 Lunge forward, then fly backward by explosion.
Earth Bullet 20 170% 150% 2 sec. 3 Slash blade upward while fire comes from ground.

Mech guns

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Spinning Death 20 85% 150% 3 sec. 12 Shoot forward six times then slowly rotate while shooting.
Acro-Step 24 85% 100% 3.5 sec. 8 Shoot four times forward, back-flip, then shoot four times again.
Cool Style 23 80% 80% 3.5 sec. 10 Shoot three times in each direction then shoot in a semi-circle.

Bazookas

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Crush Bomb 24 210% 100% 2.5 sec. 1 Jump up then shoot an explosion downward.
Wild Blow 28 120% 90% 2.5 sec. 4 Smash bazooka into ground twice, kick, then fire a rocket.
Crazy On 19 130% 200% 1.5 sec. 2 Shoot twice while riding on bazooka.

Laser cannons

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Bio-Panic 16 100% 180% 2.5 sec. 4 Shoot laser then fire poison bomb.
Sector Line 22 150% 80% 3 sec. 1 Shoot a beam in a semi-circle.
Divine Ray 24 250% 200% 2.5 sec. 1 Jump upward and fire concentrated beam.

Rods

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Beat Quake 19 140% 150% 1.5 sec. 1 Stab rod into ground to create shock wave.
Rolling Bar 21 140% 150% 1.5 sec. 5 Spin on staff at target.
Rodeo Drive 19 120% 130% 2 sec. 3 Splash up and down with staff.

Wands

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Act Trick 2 - - 1 sec. 1 Cast random level attack technique.
Funny Dive 11 125% 200% 1.5 sec. 1 Jump upward then slam down.
Magical Sign 13 140% 160% 1 sec. 2 Jump up stairs throwing sparkles and then throw explosion.

Slicers

Name PP cost ATP ATA Charge time Hits Description
Edge Riser 15 150% 200% 2 sec. 1 Throw slicer into ground then it comes out.
Bright Sign 3 110% 120% 3 sec. 3 Throw slicer as light, roll sideways, and catch slicer.
Say Good-bye 15 100% 210% 2 sec. 1 Lay magic bomb, fly backward with slicer, then explode bomb.