- SWORD ART ONLINE
- DUAL BLADES
- 1HAND SWORD
- 2HAND SWORD
- Available from EP01
Show/Hide Dual Blades Sword Skills
|Crow Combination||Kirito’s OSS. Inspired by Silver Crow. Gale Slicer > Silver Crow’s Dive Attack.
|Skill Explode||Kirito’s OSS. Uses the Dual Blades as if they were 2 1H Swords. Sharp Nail > Horizontal Square > Meteor Fall > Radiant Arc > Vorpal Strike.
|Gale Slicer||Rushing attack. Quickly rushes forward attacking any enemies in path.
|End Revolver||Area of Effect attack. Spins in place with both blades extended.
|Double Circular||Single Strike attack. Looks similar to the Guarding Attack in Lost Song. Has short range.
|Cygnus Onslaught||Power attack. Crosses both blades on a single point leaving a cool looking X effect on the screen. Tracks target on start-up.
|Specula Cross|| Counter attack. Drops into defensive stance and counters incoming physical attacks with a quick 1-2 strike.
*Only activates upon receiving damage during start-up of attack (Projectiles & magic do not count).
|Starburst Stream|| Combo attack. Swift 16-hit combo. Total duration is somewhat long.
|The Eclipse|| Powerful combo attack. 27-hit combo. Extremely long duration (10 seconds?) Be careful how you use this skill because an enemy can move away halfway through it.
Show/Hide 1Hand Sword Skills
|Rage Spike||Rushing attack. Lunges forward skewering enemies with the tip of the sword.
|Slant||Quick attack. Steps in and slashes diagonally.
|Around Arc||Invul attack. Dashes perpendicular to the target and then delivers a quick strike. Useful in Skill connect Combos.
|Meteor Fall||Combo attack. Throws the sword up. Jumps up to catch it and slashes down with momentum from the sky. Stylish.
|Horizontal Square|| Area of Effect attack. 4 quick slashes in rotation around a target with a square emitting from center point.
|Sharp Nail|| Combo attack. 3 Swift scything slashes.
|Radiant Arc|| Single strike attack. Flips the sword to a reverse grip and delivers a rising uppercut. Also stylish.
|Vorpal Strike|| Rushing attack. Launches yourself at the target in an explosive spiral. Covers an incredible amount of distance.
|Nova Ascension|| Combo attack. 10-hit combo. The duration is rather lengthy so be sure to use this carefully.
Show/Hide 2Hand Sword Skills
|Avalanche||Rushing attack. Charges in, attacking enemies in path.
|Eruption||Combo attack. Quick 2-hit combo. Rather powerful.
|Cyclone||Area of Effect attack. Spins in a circle damaging anything within circumference.
|Around||Single strike attack. Steps forward and delivers a single spinning slash.
|Break Time||Guard Break attack. Spins forward and attacks with the flat side of the sword breaking the guard of the target.
|Hollow Silhouette||Counter attack. Drops into a defensive stance and counters incoming attacks with a vicious jumping slash.
*Only activates upon receiving damage during start-up of attack (Projectiles & magic do not count).
|Demolition Wield|| Combo attack. Steps in with 3 heavy overhead slashes.
|Furious Destroyer|| Combo attack. Swings the sword horizontally to deliver 6 powerful slashes.
|Ray Brandish|| Power attack. Hits the ground to bring fourth a powerful shockwave that devastates enemies within range.
~OFFENSIVE MAGIC SKILLS~
Show/Hide Offensive Magic Skills
|Fireball||Fires a small fireball at an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Flame Blast||Drops a large fireball upon an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Ice Bullet||Fires a small icicle at an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Freeze Lance||Drops multiple frost shards upon an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Wind Cutter||Fires a small gust of wind at an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Tornado Cannon||Summons multiple whirlwinds upon an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Sling Stone||Fires small rocks at an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Rock Blast||Drops boulders upon an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Dark Sphere||Fires a small ball of darkness at an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Void Distortion||Drops large dark clusters upon an enemy. Power & number of consecutive shots increases with skill level.|
|Dimensional Abyss||Summon a black hole upon a target to attack surrounding areas. Power increases with skill level.|
|Venom Shot||Fire small venom ball. Low chance to poison enemy. Power increases with skill level.|
|Thunderbolt||Fire small thunder ball. Low chance to paralyze enemy. Power increases with skill level.|
~HEALING & BUFFS~
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|First Aid||Recover own HP. Amount recovered is increased with skill level.|
|Mana Regenerate||Increases rate of player MP regeneration. Amount recovered is increased with skill level|
|Magia||Increases Party Magical Power by 30% (Including Healing Magic). Duration is increased with skill level.|
|Quick||Increases Party Movement Speed by 50%. Duration is increased with skill level.|
|Resist Dark||Increases Party Dark Resistance by 33%. Duration increases with skill level.|
|Exhaust||Decreases Enemy Attack by 20%. Duration is increased with skill level.|
|Weakness||Decreases Enemy Defense by 25%. Duration is increased with skill level.|
|Slow||Decreases Enemy Movement Speed by 50%. Duration is increased with skill level.|
|Bind||Inflict Bind status on enemy. Cast time is reduced with skill level.|
|Hiding|| Become semi-invisible. Aggro rate is decreased by 50%. Duration increases with skill level.
*Has no effect in online play.
|Hollow Body||Become fully invisible. Unable to be seen on the mini-map or locked onto. Any action other than movement cancels the invisibility. Duration increases with skill level.|
|Searcher||Allows player to see all treasure & Sudden Quests on the map. Duration increases with skill level.|
Show/Hide Passive Skills
|The Art of 1Hand Sword||Allows the user to equip 1Hand Swords and use its respective Sword Skills.|
|The Art of Dual Blades||Allows the user to equip Dual Blades and use its respective Sword Skills.|
|The Art of 2Hand Sword||Allows the user to equip 2Hand Swords and use its respective Sword Skills.|
|Increase Dark Resistance||Reduces damage received from Dark based attacks by 20%.|
|Increase Dark Attack||Increases damage of Dark based attacks by 10%.|
|Stamina Saver||Reduces the cost of stamina based actions by 20%.|
|Increase Critical Rate||Increases the probability of landing a critical strike by 20%.|
|Switch Boost||Increases the power of Switch by 10%.|
|Cooldown Time Decrease||Decreases the cooldown time of Sword Skills & Special Moves by 10%.|
|Skill Connect Boost||Increases power of Skill Connect by 10%.|
|Increase Status Ailment Recovery||Increases the rate of recovery from bad statuses by 20%.|
|Increase Yuld Drop||Increases the Yuld dropped by enemies by 10%.|
|Increase Physical Defense||Decrease amount of damage received by physical attacks by 10%.|
|Increase Magical Defense||Decrease amount of damage received by magical attacks by 10%.|
|Cooldown Time Decrease+||Decreases the cooldown time of Sword Skills & Special Moves by 20%.|
|Increase Attack||Increases physical damage dealt by weapons by 10%.|
|Increase MP||Increases Max MP by 10%.|
|Fast Cast||Decreases the casting time of Magic skills by 10%.|
|Increase Dark Resistance+||Reduces damage received from Dark based attacks by 36%.|
|Increased Magical Attack||Increases power of magic attacks by 10%.|
|[Lv1000] Increase Dark Attack+||Increases damage of Dark based attacks by 20%.|
|[Lv1050] Increase HP||Increases Max HP by 10%.|
|[Lv1100] Boss Blocker||Decreases the damage received from Boss type monsters. (Should be 20%. Possible it could be 30%)|
|[Lv1200] Skill Connect Boost+||Increases power of Skill Connect by 20%.|
|Increase 1Hand Sword Damage||Increases damage of 1Hand Sword by 10%.|
|Increase Dual Blades Damage||Increases damage of Dual Blades by 10%.|
|Increase 2Hand Sword Damage||Increases damage of 2Hand Sword by 10%.|
|1Hand Sword Master||A title given to those who have mastered the art of 1Hand Sword. Increases damage of 1Hand Sword by 50%.|
|Dual Blades Master||A title given to those who have mastered the art of Dual Blades. Increases damage of Dual Blades by 50%.|
|2Hand Sword Master||A title given to those who have mastered the art of 2Hand Sword. Increases damage of 2Hand Sword by 50%.|
~HOW TO PLAY KIRITO~
This section is written as an more in-depth extension to the AW & SAO Character Overview post and is meant to be used hand in hand with the General Leveling Guide. The purpose of this How-To-Play is to offer players of all levels a skeleton plan which enables them to build their characters up to their full potential. With that being said, it is indeed recommended that you do follow the steps described here.
- First Aid
- Resist Dark
Kirito is the strongest if he is played on 2Hand Sword.
“But BK! How can we play him on 2H!? Dual Blades is his iconic fighting style!”
OK. I hear you. But this isn’t the anime. This is the game. And in the game, Kirito is better on 2Hand Sword. Even taking his 2 Dual Blades OSSs into account, 2H Sword is still better for Kirito. Dual Blades’ Sword Skills are just way too lengthy and practically require the monster to just be standing there if you want to do any kind of damage. And that never happens (X_X).
In any case, Kirito used a 2Hand Sword in the Fairy Dance Arc (T_T).
Well. I know that no one will listen to me so lets just move on.
Kirito’s element is Dark, so if you are able to give him a Max Attack; Half Element Weapon with ~10% Dark or a Half Attack; Max Element Weapon with ~20% Dark, he will become very strong. In most cases, higher base attack is better than elemental attack unless you are willing to switch weapons for each boss weakness.
**For more information on the overall Weapon Building process, consult the Weapon Building Guide.
**For some tips on how to select the appropriate Accessories for your character, consult the Selecting Equipment guide.
Kirito is a debuffer. He also does have Quick & Magia, but his main focus is lowering the abilities of bosses and other enemies. Kirito also gets level 3 Dark magic making him have access to some solid crowd control.
When a quest or boss fight starts:
- Cast Quick & Magia.
- If monster is Demon like or Undead, cast Resist Dark.
- Cast Weakness & Exhaust on the enemies.
- Move in for Combat.
On the SAO Sword Skills & Weapon Breakdowns page I have written some basic combat guidelines for all the respective weapons in the game. If you feel like you are using a weapon incorrectly or just want some pointers, I would advise you to have a look at that page.
It is Kirito’s responsibility to make sure that all of the enemies have been debuffed. Therefore simply casting skills every time a boss appears before going into combat is a good look.
Remember that when players die in battle, they are revived without any buffs. Recasting buffs when teammates die is a good idea and makes you a wonderful teammate. Of course, in some cases when a player dies non-stop its a waste of time to recast buffs (>.<)
If you take damage with Kirito, use First Aid. Since you have Magia buffed, First Aid will be able to heal you considerably. Otherwise go on the defensive and wait for a competent Healer to assist you. Do not keep fighting if you are low on health because that will definitely result in you dying.
-BK’s Opinion on Kirito-
Most definitely the most widely played character in the game. Also most definitely the most wrongfully played character in the game. A lot of players straight up don’t use Kirito’s buff skills which always makes it annoying partying up with random Kiritos online.
I consider Kirito to be a good character since he has a solid weapon selection and a fun and appealing playstyle. Kirito is also quite godlike on 2Hand Sword with a good Buffer present.
But damn man. If only I had the power to make Kirito players actually play him properly. then I wouldn’t have this mixed feeling of love and hate towards him :/