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Sanguine Sword
Skill Info
Kanji 多血質剣
Romaji taketsushitsuken
VRMMORPG Sword Art Online
Category Combat Skill
User(s) Kenji Hiroshi

The «Sanguine Sword» skill-tree was one of ten Unique Skills featured in Sword Art Online, and belonged to Kenji Hiroshi. It stood out alongside Heathcliff's Holy Sword and Kirito's Dual Blades.

Although Sword Skills in general where later included in ALfheim Online several Skills did not transition over. Although it was merely rumour it was said ten Skills in particular where excluded: coincidentally the number of Unique Skills said to be present in Sword Art Online.

With the introduction of the Original Sword Skill system in ALfheim Online, Kenji has begun compiling his old «Sanguine Sword» skills.

Unlocking

The prerequisite required to unlock the «Sanguine Sword» was tied to the beta test of the game. The recipient was the beta tester who successfully committed the most PK's in the beta test.[1]

This requisite was fulfilled by Kenji Hiroshi, active under the player-name «Kishi», who was known as the Reaper during the beta.[2] By his own admission he experimented at length during the beta on how best to kill other players.[3]

Kenji, however, did not know the particulars behind his acquisition of the Skill. He speculated that the «Sanguine Sword» was either a glitch in the system or was an administrative error of some kind, but nevertheless refused to limit himself because of this. The moment he unlocked it he slotted it to his skill list.

Skill Tree

Sword Skills

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Sanguine Strike 多血質殴打
たけつしつおうだ
Initial skill.
A high-class charge-type sword skill that delivers a bisecting attack. Covers 8 meters in a time-span of 0.6 seconds.
Produces a bleeding DoT affect with 20% likelihood.
Cooldown: 120 seconds.
1.
Crushing Blow 撃破一打
げきはいちだ
Proficiency level: 200.
A high-class area Sword Skill consisting of a circular motion with the blade extended.
Hits targets within 3 meters of the user.
Stuns any target hit for 3 seconds.
Cooldown: 240 seconds.
1.
Abyssal Blade 邪悪な刃
イービルブレード
Proficiency level: 400.
A high-class Sword Skill beginning with a strike from right to left, followed by twisting the blade within the target, and finally finished with a jumping vertical slash from bottom to top.
Breaks line-of-site and resets personal aggro.
Cooldown: 120 seconds.
3.

Buffing Skills

English Name Japanese Name Description Combo Ref
Sanguine Stance 多血質体勢
たけつしつたいせい
Proficiency level: 100.
A high-class buffing and debuffing skill that increases the user's attack whilst lowering the targets defense.
Builds a high degree of aggro.
Buff Duration: 60 seconds.
Cooldown: 180 seconds.
0.

Mods

Mods for «Sanguine Sword» can be chosen every 100 levels of proficiency. This translates exactly to 10 potential Mods before the Skill reaches Completed status.

Name Description Active Ref
DoT Percentage Increase I A Mod that increases the percentage likelihood of damage-over-time Skills and attacks succeeding in their application of the DoT.
Increases the percentage chance of «Sanguine Strike» by 10%.
Activated by Kenji.
DoT Percentage Increase II A Mod that increases the percentage likelihood of damage-over-time Skills and attacks succeeding in their application of the DoT.
Increases the percentage chance of «Sanguine Strike» by a further 10% to a maximum of 40%.
Activated by Kenji.

Author's notes

Behind the scenes

  • The skill name «Sanguine Sword» can be taken to mean several things:
  • The first is hinted to by the kanji used 多血質剣 which translates to blood-red swordsmanship.
  • The second is the definition for sanguine itself: optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation. The term can be synonymous with being bright. Kenji's online name, Kishi, means bright samurai and his guild is called «Brightscale».
  • Its style-of-play is intended to be similar to the Reaver specialisation from Dragon Age Origins, in the sense that the user of the skill is required to flirt with death to utilise the skill to its fullest potential.
  • The names of the various Sword Skills are based on various abilities used by Dark Knights in the Final Fantasy series, specifically the Dark Knight iteration of Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions.

References & notes

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