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A Master Stroke is a special technique in Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors. Though limited in frequency, these techniques are very powerful and their usage often proves pivotal in the outcome of a battle.

Usage

Master Stroke usage is limited by a gauge in the lower-left corner of the HUD that begins at 0% and does not allow a Master Stroke until it rises to 100%. As the player progresses through a level, the gauge fills slightly every time the player successfully attacks with his sword or blocks an enemy attack with his shield.

Once the gauge has filled, the player may initiate a Master Stroke at any time during a battle by pressing the 2 button on the Wii remote. He then selects a technique from the list of those he has so far acquired by obtaining different swords, at which point he must manipulate the Wii remote in accordance with on-screen prompts, then strike anywhere to unleash the attack.

Enemy usage

The final storymode boss, Xiphos the Deathbringer, and the final mirror boss, Edahs 'Sophix are both able to use the Figure of Hate Master Stroke. For both, it is used within the normal attack pattern of their second phase. In this case, the player must follow the on-screen prompts in order to limit the damage done rather than enhancing it. This is done by repeated slashing over and over.

List of Master Strokes

Name Element Power level Learn requirement Attack motion
Mighty Strike None 1 Default Master Stroke Hold sword up - Slash
Multi-Strike None 2 Possess Steel broadsword Hold sword up for several seconds - Slash 3 times
Figure of Fate None 3 Possess Rednusadner Draw figure 8 repeatedly - Slash
Light Fantastic None 4 Possess Aurora blade Draw figure 8 repeatedly - Slash 3 times
Dragonlord's Doom None 5 Possess Dragon Warrior's Sword Rotate sword upwards repeatedly - Hold sword up - Shake sword repeatedly - Slash
Tundra Sunderer Ice 2 Possess Blizzard blade Thrust sword down - Slash
Cold Fission Ice 1 Possess Frost blade Rotate sword in forward circles repeatedly - Slash
Ice Age Ice 3 Possess Wrath of Boreas Rotate sword in forward circles repeatedly - Slash
Absolute Zero Ice 4 Possess Zenithian sword Rotate sword in forward circles repeatedly - Thrust
Blazing Thrust Fire 1 Possess Fire blade Thrust sword down - Forward thrust
Searing Slash Fire 2 Possess Fire blade Shake sword - Slash
Solar Flare Fire 3 Possess Wrath of Helios Shake sword - Slash
Dragon Soul Fire 4 Possess Dragovian King Sword Draw figure 8 repeatedly - Slash
Thunder Thrust Lightning 2 Possess Thunderbolt blade Rotate sword upwards - hold sword up - Thrust
Lightning Strike Lightning 2 Possess Lightning blade Rotate sword upwards - Slash
Lightning Storm Lightning 3 Possess Wrath of Zeus Rotate sword upwards - hold sword up
Gigaslash Lightning 4 Possess Sword of kings Draw figure 8 - hold sword up - Slash
Elemental Extremes Fire and Ice  ? Combo with level 33 Prince Anlace (24MP)

Draw figure 8 - Thrust

Moulin Rage None  ? Combo with level 30 Fleurette (21MP) Rotate sword in forward circles repeatedly - Thrust
Gigagash Lightning  ? Combo with level ? Claymore (28MP) Hold sword up - Slash
Figure of Hate  ?  ? Possess Deathbringer's Shade (payback mode only) Rotate sword upwards - Slash

Trivia

  • Lightning Strike and Figure of Hate does the same moves.
  • Also Solar Flare and Searing Slash.
  • Dragon Soul and Figure of Fate does that as well.
  • Cold Fission and Ice Age does the same moves with the sword.
  • Absolute Zero is the coldest temperature possible. That is why it is the final Master Stroke with the element of ice.
  • You can do the same moves with Absolute Zero and Moulin Rage.

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