A limit skill that inflicts damage commensurate with the damage the user has endured.
Final Fantasy Tactics description
Blade Beam (破晄撃, Hakōgeki?, lit. Blasting Clear Strike), also known as Blade Burst, is a recurring ability in the series associated with Cloud Strife. It first appeared as one of his Limit Breaks in Final Fantasy VII, and has since appeared in his skillset in other games.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy VII
- 1.2 Final Fantasy VII Remake
- 1.3 Final Fantasy Tactics
- 1.4 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008) and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
- 1.5 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 1.6 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 1.7 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.8 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 1.9 Mobius Final Fantasy
- 1.10 Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 3 Gallery
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Blade Beam is Cloud's third Limit Break, obtained after killing 120 enemies on Limit Level 1. It inflicts 3.5 times normal damage to a single enemy, and if any other enemies are alive, shockwaves split from the initial attack and deal normal damage to them as well. This makes Blade Beam useful at dealing with waves of enemies.
Cloud uses Blade Beam in the battle against Loz and Yazoo at the Forgotten City to counter Loz's shockwave with his own. Cloud charges energy to his assembled Fusion Swords and releases a glowing blue wave toward Loz, stopping the quake he was sending on Cloud's way. Later, Cloud uses an attack that resembles Blade Beam when fighting in Midgar, which leaves three grooves on the ground, similar to how the initial attack can split into multiple shockwaves in Final Fantasy VII.
According to the Crisis Core Ultimania, Zack either was going to get Blade Beam as an ability or a similarly named attack, but it was ultimately left unused. It would have damaged multiple enemies much like Blade Beam does normally.
Cloud could use Blade Beam as a Limit Break once the player obtained the Butterfly Edge weapon. It dealt massive damage to all targets present on the field.
Blade Burst is the weapon ability of the Mythril Saber. Cloud slashes at the ground, sending three waves of non-elemental magical energy spread in a 45 degree angle in front of him. As the waves spread out and can penetrate enemies, it is useful against large groups.
Blade Beam is an ability of the Soldier class, of which is exclusive to Cloud. It requires 250 JP to learn, has a range of 2 tiles, 1 effect, and a speed of 20. It works much like the Lifebreak spell, dealing damage equal to the difference in Cloud's maximum HP and his current HP.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008) and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]
Cloud using Blade Beam
Blade Beam is a Bravery attack for Cloud, which can only be used while on the ground and is a low, ranged, magical melee attack. It requires 30 CP (15 when mastered) to equip, 120 AP to master, and is learned at level 30. If it hits the target, it can induce Chase.
In Dissidia 012, Blade Beam is learned at level 35 and requires 100 AP to master.
Blade Beam is one of Cloud's Bravery attacks and can be charged up like most of his attacks. When charged up, the attack is larger, travels farther and produces two additional sword beams of energy that fan out.
Eventually with Cloud's rework, the shape of the beam somewhat changes along with its graphics resembling a row of light pillars moving forward (the initial trails of the Blade Beam itself), becoming more dense and bulkier which gives it a slightly-wider hitbox. Charging it up instead makes it inflict more Bravery damage, increase its width, and increases the shield reduction it inflicts on block.
Blade Beam appears as Cloud's LD ability, and has an initial use count of 3 when equipped with the greatsword Apocalypse (VII). It deals full damage to a selected target and splash damage to all other targets.
Blade Beam was performed as the Premium Skill for the Advent Children version of the Cloud memoria. Its animation is based on the Advent Children version of the attack. The ability dealt a heavy damage attack to all enemies.
Blade Beam is a Super Soul Break for Cloud. It deals heavy ranged physical damage to all enemies three times at a (2.1x) multiplier, for a total damage multiplier of (6.3x). It can be learned by equipping Cloud with the Organics (VII). Upon mastering Blade Beam, Cloud gains a permanent +10 stat boost to his Attack Power.
Cloud learns Blade Beam at his Base 5★ form at level 57. It is an AOE 2 hit (3x) multiplier physical damage attack.
One of Cloud's cards, depicting him in a promotional image for Final Fantasy VII, can use Blade Beam at a cost of the discard of a Cloud card, and one Fire and one Light CP. Blade Beam does 4,000 damage to all the opponent's Forwards.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
Blade Beam is Cloud's Neutral Special attack. It will sweep across the stage ground or the air until it hits another player, dealing damage. If Cloud fully charges his Limit Gauge, Blade Beam will turn blue and deal more damage. Kirby can also use Blade Beam if he is wearing Cloud's hat.
In Dead Fantasy IV, Cloud uses Blade Beam to knock all of the Kasumi Alpha clones to save Yuna from an incoming attack before Kasumi informs them that she will deal her antagonistic clones and teleports them away.