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Air Slash is one of Shulk's physical arts in Xenoblade Chronicles. It may inflict Break to an enemy. If used from the enemy's side, it also inflicts Slow, reducing the enemy's movement and attack rate by 50%. The duration of Break and Slow depends on the art's level.


Art Level AP Cost Power Effect Duration Cooldown
1 - 1.50 5.0 sec 15.0 sec
2 280 1.67 5.5 sec 14.2 sec
3 560 1.84 6.0 sec 13.5 sec
4 1,120 2.01 6.5 sec 12.8 sec
5 2,240 2.18 7.0 sec 12.0 sec
6 3,360 2.35 7.5 sec 11.2 sec
7 5,040 2.52 8.0 sec 10.5 sec
8 7,280 2.69 8.5 sec 9.8 sec
9 10,080 2.86 9.0 sec 9.0 sec
10 13,440 3.03 9.5 sec 8.2 sec
11 (DE) 15,680 3.20 10.0 sec 7.5 sec
12 (DE) 18,200 3.37 10.5 sec 6.8 sec

Miscellaneous Info

  • If the art inflicts its Slow debuff, volatile aggro is generated and 20% is added to the Party Gauge. A level 50 Shulk would generate 640 volatile aggro.

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 %
Telethia Galvin (QE)Alcamoth0.0 %


Master art books are exclusive to Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and are purchasable from the Nopon Archsage for 20,000 Noponstones after the story of Future Connected has been completed.

Future Connected

The advanced art book for Air Slash is obtainable from the Arts Manual Shop at the price of one Arts Coin. Master art books are not available within Future Connected.

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.

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Air Slash returns in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as one of Nia's Driver Art when wielding Knives.


Level WP Dmg Ratio Recharge High HP Damage Up
1 - 240 14 50%
2 400 280 14 50%
3 1,780 320 13 60%
4 3,960 360 13 60%
5 9,900 400 12 75%
5, Max Affinity 450 11 75%
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