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For the art in Xenoblade Chronicles X, see Back Slash (XCX).

Back Slash is one of Shulk's physical arts in Xenoblade Chronicles. When the enemy is hit from behind, Back Slash inflicts double damage.


Art Level AP Cost Power Cooldown
1 - 2.00 20.0 sec
2 200 2.20 19.4 sec
3 400 2.40 18.8 sec
4 800 2.60 18.2 sec
5 1,600 2.80 17.6 sec
6 2,400 3.00 17.0 sec
7 3,600 3.20 16.4 sec
8 5,200 3.40 15.8 sec
9 7,200 3.60 15.2 sec
10 9,600 3.80 14.6 sec
11 (DE) 11,200 4.00 14.0 sec
12 (DE) 13,000 4.20 13.4 sec

Miscellaneous Info

  • A successful rear attack with this art will add 20% to the Party Gauge.

Art book sources


Intermediate art books are only available from shops.
The Back Slash intermediate art books cost 4000 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 are Quest-Exclusive and do not respawn.

Unique Monsters

Enemy Area Rate
Final MarcusValak Mountain7.3 %
Veteran YozelSatorl Marsh5.0 %
Mystical KlesidaBionis' Interior2.1 %

Other enemies

Enemy Area Rate
General ArachnoBionis' Leg5.0 %
Vilae ArachnoTephra Cave4.7 %
M55/DREADAgniratha1.9 %
Uragano NebulaPrison Island1.9 %
Telethia Lecrough (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 Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected has been completed.

Future Connected

The advanced art book for Back 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.

Back Slash appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as Shulk's side special move. Like in its game of origin, Back Slash deals more damage (and by extent, knockback) if it strikes a fighter from behind, dealing 16% of damage at its strongest, but 9% at its weakest (if it strikes from the front). Back Slash is performed slightly different in these games: in Xenoblade Chronicles, Shulk does a short, stationary hop then slams the Monado straight down. In the Super Smash Bros. games, Shulk performs it by leaping forward then slamming the Monado in a sideways motion.

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