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Special Arts (必殺技, Hissatsu Waza, lit. Sure-Killing Arts) also known as Battle Skills and Killer Moves, are physical techniques developed for combat. They are the alternative to Symbology for characters that can't or won't use spells. Special Arts rely on STR and mostly use MP. Most playable characters rely on Special Arts on the battlefield. The majority of Special Arts are offensive abilities meant to damage opponents but can also come in the form of arts that can boost character attributes or even heal wounds.

Unlike Symbology, Special Arts must be assigned to a button or they cannot be used in battle. All Special Arts adhere to range; depending on if the character is at short or long range, a different art may be used, or the art itself may change functionality to accommodate the current range.

The Japanese name for these attacks are often used as the term for "special moves" in most video games, especially in fighting games.

Appearances

Star Ocean: Fantastic Space Odyssey/First Departure

Main article: List of Star Ocean Special Arts

Special Arts were used by assigning them to the L and R buttons in two sets: short and long range. The amount of skill slots could be increased by using the Link Combo personal skill. These slots were useless to symbologists.

Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution

Main article: List of Star Ocean 2 Special Arts

Known as Killer Moves in The Second Story, the amount of slots were reduced to two and assigned to either the L1 and R1 buttons. Most arts accomodated this by altering their effects based on range, allowing a skilled player to control which version of an art would activate by keeping track of the distance from their intended target. The Cancel ability was introduced, though it was based on chance depending on the skill's level. Proficiency was also introduced, allowing characters to level special arts and symbology through steady usage.

Star Ocean: Blue Sphere

Main article: List of Star Ocean: Blue Sphere Special Arts

Special Arts are learned through leveling skills with Skill Points. Because of the semi-realtime nature of the battle system, all arts freeze time when activated.

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

Main article: List of Star Ocean 3 Battle Skills

Known as Battle Skills, the amount of skill slots were returned to four in the style of the first Star Ocean. The arts were assigned to the X and O buttons and adhered to the Major and Minor attack variations introduced here. For the first time, the majority of arts used HP and a set amount of Fury based on whether it was a Major or Minor attack.

The proficiency system, now known as Mastery, was refined. Every art that could be improved had ten levels of mastery.

The Charge and Aerial arts are available to all playable characters.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Main article: List of Star Ocean 4 Special Arts

All Characters can learn Special Arts with the exception of the symbologists Faize Sheifa Beleth, Myuria Tionysus and Sarah Jerand. The mastery system was altered so that the player sent SP to level each skill. This extended to field skills that were not used in combat.


First Departure Logo
Translations - Artists - Voice Actors
Characters
Playable Characters Roddick Farrence - Millie Chliette - Dorne Murtough - Ronyx J. Kenny - Ilia Silvestri - Cyuss Warren - Ashlay Bernbeldt - Phia Melle - Ioshua Jerand - Mavelle Froesson - Pericci - T’nique Arcana - Erys Jerand - Welch Vineyard
Non-Playable Characters Martoth Chliette - Velkhent Pirates - Lias Warren - The Runes - King of Van - King of Silvalant - King of Astral - King of Muah - Crimson Shield - Asmodeus - Yvena - Jie Revorse
Planets
Ise - Earth - Styx - Roak - Fargett - Lezonia
Races
Fellpool - Earthling - Highlander - Featherfolk - Lesser Fellpool - Lycanthrope - Muah - Creator - Rune - Celestial Being - Demon - Demonoid - Fargettian - Lezonian - Superhuman - Tria
Terms
Eye of Truth - Time Gate - Terran Alliance - UP3 - Tatroi Arena - Emblems - Ocarina - Demon World
Gameplay
Item Creation (Specialty - Super Specialty - Talents) - Private Action (AR) - Guard - Special Arts (SFT) - Symbology
Music
Perfect Sound Collection - Star Ocean Soundtrack - Star Ocean: First Departure Original Soundtrack

"Heart" - "For Achieve" - "Dancin' Sword" - "Tense Atmosphere"

Archives
Enemies - Items - Locations - Skills - Sound Collection
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Translations - Artists - Voice Actors
Characters
Playable Characters Claude C. Kenny - Rena Lanford - Celine Jules - Dias Flac - Ashton Anchors - Precis F. Neumann - Opera Vectra - Bowman Jeane - Leon D.S. Gehste - Ernest Raviede - Noel Chandler - Chisato Madison - Welch Vineyard
Non-Playable Characters Ronyx J. Kenny - Westa - Allen Tucks - King of Krosse - Florith - Philia - King of Lacuer - Cynne - Nall - Lavarre - Mariana - Rhima - Mirage
Ten Wise Men Gabriel - Lucifer - Haniel - Michael - Raphael - Camael - Zadkiel - Metatron - Jophiel - Zaphkiel
Planets
Earth - Expel - Energy Nede - Milokeenia - Tetragenesis
Races
Earthling - Expellian - Fellpool - Nedian - Tetrageniot - Celestial Being - Tria
Terms
Quadratic Sphere - Lacuer Armory Contest - Psynard - Lacuer Hope - Energy Stone - Four Fields - Symbol of Annihilation
Gameplay
Item Creation (Specialty - Super Specialty - Talents) - Private Action (AR) - Guard - Special Arts (Proficiency) - Symbology (Spell Combination)
Music
The Second Story OST - Arrange Album - Fantasy Megamix - Second Evolution OST - Second Evolution Arrange Album

"Start" - "Stab the Sword of Justice" - "Dynamite" - "Mighty Blow" - "Shiver" - "Theme of Rena" - "KaMiKaZe" - "Integral Body and Imperfect Soul"

Archives
Enemies - Items - Locations - Sound Collection
Blue Sphere Logo
Translations - Artists - Voice Actors
Characters
Playable Characters Claude C. Kenny - Rena Lanford - Celine Jules - Dias Flac - Ashton Anchors - Precis F. Neumann - Opera Vectra - Bowman Jeane - Leon D.S. Gehste - Ernest Raviede - Noel Chandler - Chisato Madison
Non-Playable Characters Rival - Mother Edifice
Planets
Earth - Expel - Edifice - Tetragenesis
Races
Earthling - Edifian - Fellpool - Muah - Nedian - Tetrageniot - Celestial Being - Tria
Terms
Grand Knott
Gameplay
Field Action - Item Creation (Specialty - Super Specialty - Talents) - Private Action (AR) - Guard - Special Arts - Symbology
Music
Star Ocean: Blue Sphere Arrange & Sound Trax - "Hand to Hand" - "Like the River Styx" - "Star Ocean Forever"
Archives
Enemies - Items - Locations
SO3 Logo
Translations - Artists - Voice Actors
Characters
Playable Characters Fayt Leingod - Sophia Esteed - Cliff Fittir - Mirage Koas - Maria Traydor - Nel Zelpher - Albel Nox - Roger S. Huxley - Peppita Rossetti - Adray Lasbard
Non-Playable Characters Robert Leingod - Norton - Elena Frahm - Dion Landers - Ameena Leffeld - Clair Lasbard - Lieber - Crosell - Blair Lansfeld - Luther Lansfeld - Welch Vineyard
Inventors Ansala - Aqua & Evia - Balbados - Chilico - Cornelius - Count Noppen - Damda Mooda - Dejison - Eliza - Gossam - Izak - Killer Chef - Louise - Mackwell - Mayu - Meryl - Milenya - Misty Lear - Puffy - Rigel - Stanice - Vanilla
Planets
Earth - Elicoor II - Hyda IV - Vanguard III - Styx - Elda III - Klaus III - Klaus IV - Rezerb - Rondo Lukia - Vendeen
Races
Earthling - Elicoorian - Klausian - Menodix - Velbaysian - Fourth-Dimensional Beings - Air Dragon - Aesir - Aldian - Alphalian - Beegul - Blue Dolphin - Bunnyman - Bubblehearts - Celestial Being - Drowglynn - Executioner - Featherfolk - Fellpool - Lesser Fellpool - Flau - Foxtail - Greem - Houndfolk - Lousyd - Molefolk - Rezerbian - Rockfolk - Rondo Lukian - Tetrageniot - Tria - Vanguardian - Vendeeni
Terms
Pangalactic Federation - Time Gate - Sphere Corporation - Fourth-Dimensional Space - Eternal Sphere - Gemity Fighting Arena
Gameplay
Item Creation (Synthesis) - Private Action (AR) - Battle Gauge - Cancel (Cancel Bonus) - Fury Gauge - Guard (Anti-Attack Aura) - MP Death - Battle Skills (Mastery) - Symbology
Music
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time OST Vol. 1 - Vol. 2 - Arrange Album - Voice Mix - Director's Cut OST

"The Little Bird" - "Cutting Edge of Norton" - "Frightened Eyes" - "The Divine Spirit of Language" - "Confidence In The Domination" - "The True Nature Of All"

Archives
Battle Skills - Battle Trophies - Locations
SO4 Logo
Translations - Artists - Voice Actors
Characters
Playable Characters Edge Maverick - Reimi Saionji - Faize Sheifa Beleth - Lymle Lemuri Phi (Cerberus) - Bacchus D-79 - Meracle Chamlotte - Myuria Tionysus - Arumat P. Thanatos - Sarah Jerand
Non-Playable Characters Welch Vineyard - Grafton - Stephen D. Kenny - Crowe F. Almedio - Gaghan - Ghimdo - Klaus Bachtein - King of Astral - Lias Warren - Eleyna Farrence - Giotto Vandione
Grigori Armaros - Barachiel - Sahariel - Tamiel - Kokabiel - Satanail - Apostle of Creation
Planets
Aeos - Arcturis VIII - Earth - Eldar - En II - Lemuris - Nox Obscurus - Roak
Races
Cardianon - Earthling - Eldarian - Featherfolk - Fellpool - Lesser Fellpool - Highlander - Lemurisian - Muah - Morphus - Phantoms - Celestial Being - Demon - Demonoid - Grigori - Lycanthrope - Superhuman - Tria
Terms
Bacculus - Epiphanies of Guidance - Missing Procedure - Project Hope - Space Reconnaissance Force - Universal Science and Technology Administration
Gameplay
Item Creation (Synthesis - Private Action (AR) - Battle Bonus Board - BEAT System - Blindside - Rush Guage (Rush Mode) (Rush Combo) - Skills - Special Arts - Symbology
Music
Star Ocean: The Last Hope OST - Arrange Soundtrack

"Blood on the Keys" - "The Eleventh Hour" - "For Achieve" - "Stab the Sword of Justice"

Archives
Achievements/Trophies - Battle Trophies - Enemies - Items - Locations - Sound Collection

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