Shulk AirSlash

Air Slash is one of Shulk's physical arts in Xenoblade Chronicles. It may inflict Break to an enemy. It may also inflict Slow if the attack hits the enemy against the side.


Level Learnt Attribute Range # of hits Hit Rate Aggro Parameter Multiplier Effect
14 Physical Single 1 Depends on art level 10 Depends on art level Break
Side attack: Slow

Miscellaneous Info

  • Volatile aggro is generated if the attack hits the enemy against the side and a spike bubble appears. A level 50 Shulk would generate 640 volatile aggro.
  • When a spike bubble appears, 20% is added to the Party Gauge.
  • The Slow debuff reduces movement speed of target by 50%.

Art book sources


Intermediate art books are only available from shops.
The Air Slash intermediate art books cost 7200 G.


Advanced art books are only available from enemy drops.
For any enemies listed with a 0% drop rate, the item can only be obtained using Yoink!.
Enemies marked as QE or SE are Quest- or Story-Exclusive and do not respawn.

Unique Monsters

Enemy Area Rate
Territorial RotbartBionis' Leg14.0 %
North Star GusionValak Mountain4.1 %
Mild FlorenceCentral Factory3.6 %
Banquet Vassago (QE)Valak Mountain2.2 %
Hidden GamiginValak Mountain2.2 %

Other enemies

Enemy Area Rate
Admiral ArachnoBionis' Leg14.0 %
Rhoen QuadwingTephra Cave13.0 %
Defensive/SHAME (normal)Agniratha5.4 %
Fiume NebulaPrison Island5.4 %
M97/CYCLEAgniratha5.4 %
Offensive/HONEY (normal)Mechonis Field3.7 %
Offensive/SCOUT (normal)Mechonis Field3.7 %
M55/GRACEMechonis Field2.5 %
Aura AntolFallen Arm2.4 %
Rius AntolFallen Arm2.4 %
M87 PrototypeFallen Arm1.6 %
Defensive/SHAME (SE)Agniratha0.0 %
Telethia Galvin (QE)Alcamoth0.0 %

In Super Smash Bros.

Air Slash appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as Shulk's up special move and main form of recovery. It should be noted that Air Slash in Xenoblade Chronicles does not get as much height as it does in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. In this game, Shulk leaps high into the air and does a slash, but if the special button is pressed again immediately after the first slash, Shulk will perform a second, sideway slash, that gives him a small boost in height and horizontal distance. The Air Slash does a total of 11.5% of damage at its strongest (if both slashes hit) and 10.5% at its weakest. A second slash does not exist in Xenoblade Chronicles, but it may be a subtle reference to Air Slash being capable of inflicting two status effects. Also, the second slash is how Shulk performs the attack in Xenoblade Chronicles (leaping into the air then striking with a sideway slash). If Shulk has Monado Jump active when he uses Air Slash, the vertical distance will become greater.

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