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Vahn executing the Art, Slash Kick

In both Legend of Legaia and Legaia 2: Duel Saga, damage is done through the TAS (Tactical Arts System). Rather than merely pressing a button to execute a physical attack, the player specifies the location of each attack; 'Right' and 'Left' will strike with the right and left arms, respectively, and 'High' and 'Low' strike at their respective heights.

Each direction has its own pros and cons, depending upon the opponent and weapons equipped. For example, in Legend of Legaia, equipping boots will increase the power of kicks, but 'Low' will not strike a Killer Bee, since it flies above the ground.

Certain strings of attacks initiate combos known as "Arts," which deal substantially more damage than would a non-combo string of comparable length. The player can uncover each character's Arts by experimentation, or through non-player characters throughout the game who reveal Arts to the characters. "Art Points" (AP) is necessary to initiate Arts, which drain AP in quantities which are proportionate to the length and power of the combo.

Inputting an Arts sequence without the requisite AP will cause the character to simply perform the string of attacks, without the Arts animation or damage bonus. AP can be earned in three ways; dealing physical damage without performing Arts, taking damage from opponents, or by foregoing actions for one turn in order to charge up using the Spirit command. In Legend of Legaia, all Arts drain AP, whereas in Legaia 2: Duel Saga, normal Arts will add to the AP total.

Arts can also be linked by the last and first inputs. For example, an Art that ends with 'Down' can linked with another Art that starts with 'Down', allowing the player to use two Arts in a row costing fewer inputs. This also works for linking Hyper Arts into Normal Arts.

Normal ArtsEdit

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Noa performing the Normal Art, Tempest Break.

Once learned, Arts will be recorded in a menu that can be accessed any time during battle or in the status menu. Normal Arts are the most numerous and require the least amount of AP to execute in both Legend of Legaia and Legaia 2: Duel Saga, though they are also the only Arts that add to the AP total in Duel Saga.

In Legend of Legaia, each character possesses 11 Normal Arts in total, though they are more numerous in Duel Saga and not every character has the same amount of Arts.

Normal Arts in Legend of LegaiaEdit

Vahn's Normal ArtsEdit

Hyper Elbow
Cost 18AP
Commands ← → ←
Charging Scorch
Cost 18AP
Commands ↓ → ↑
Cost 18AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ↑

Slash Kick
Cost 18AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ←
Power Punch
Cost 18AP
Commands ← ← ↓
Cost 24AP
Commands ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑

Pyro Pummel
Cost 24AP
Commands ← → ↑ ←
Spin Combo
Cost 24AP
Commands ↑ ↓ → ←
PK Combo
Cost 24AP
Commands ↓ ↑ ↑ ←

Cost 24AP
Commands ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓
Cost 24AP
Commands ↓ ↑ ↑ ↑

Noa's Normal ArtsEdit

Lizard Tail
Cost 18AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ↑
Acrobatic Blitz
Cost 18AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ↓
Sonic Javelin
Cost 18AP
Commands → ↓ →

Blizzard Bash
Cost 18AP
Commands → ← ↓
Mirage Lancer
Cost 24AP
Commands → → ↑ ↑
Dolphin Attack
Cost 24AP
Commands → → ← →

Bird Step
Cost 24AP
Commands ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑
Swan Driver
Cost 24AP
Commands ↓ ↑ ↑ ↑
Tough Love
Cost 30AP
Commands ↓ ↑ ↓ ← →

Rushing Gale
Cost 30AP
Commands ↑ ↑ ← ↓ →
Tempest Break
Cost 36AP
Commands → → ← ↑ ↑ ↑

Gala's Normal ArtsEdit

Flying Knee Attack
Cost 18AP
Commands ↓ ↑ ←
Battering Ram
Cost 18AP
Commands ← → ↓
Cost 18AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ↓

Back Punch
Cost 18AP
Commands ← → ←
Cost 18AP
Commands ← ↑ ←
Cost 18AP
Commands ← ↑ ↑

Side Kick
Cost 24AP
Commands ↓ ↓ ↑ ↑
Black Rain
Cost 24AP
Commands ↑ ← ↓ ↓
Neo Raising
Cost 30AP
Commands ← ← → ↑ ←

Electro Thrash
Cost 30AP
Commands ↑ ← ↓ → ←
Bull Horns
Cost 30AP
Commands ← ↑ → ↓ ←

Super ArtsEdit

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Gala executing the Super Art Heaven's Drop

Super Arts differ considerably between Legend of Legaia and Legaia 2: Duel Saga. In Legend of Legaia, Super Arts are specific chained combinations of normal Arts that will activate a Super Art at the end. Unlike all other types of Arts, the Super Arts are not recorded in the menu of Arts that have been learned. They cost more AP than normal Arts, and the more powerful of Super Arts cost more AP than even Hyper Arts.

In Legaia 2: Duel Saga, Super Arts are still more powerful than normal Arts, yet the first one is taught automatically through a tutorial and learned before Hyper Arts. Certain Super Arts will add status effects like Paralysis and Stun as well. Unlike the Super Arts in Legend of Legaia, they will be recorded in the menu of Arts already learned.

Super Arts in Legend of LegaiaEdit

Vahn's Super ArtsEdit

Power Slash
Cost 54AP
Commands ↓ → ↑ ↓ ↑ ↓ ←
Fire Tackle
Cost 54AP
Commands ← → ← ← ↓ → ↑
Maximum Blow
Cost 54AP
Commands ↓ → ↑ ↓ ← ← ↓
Cost 60AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↓ ↑
Rolling Combo
Cost 66AP
Commands ↑ ↓ → ← ← ↓ ↑ ↑ ←

Noa's Super ArtsEdit

Super Javelin
Cost 48AP
Commands ↑ ↑ ← ↓ → ↓ →
Dragon Fangs
Cost 54AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓
Triple Lizard
Cost 66AP
Commands ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↓ ↑
Super Tempest
Cost 60AP
Commands → → ← → → ← ↑ ↑ ↑
Love You
Cost 72AP
Commands → → ↑ ↑ ↓ ↑ ↓ ← →

Gala's Super ArtsEdit

Rushing Crush
Cost 54AP
Commands ← → ↓ ↑ ← ↑ ↑
Super Ironhead
Cost 54AP
Commands ↓ ↑ ← ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓
Back Punch x3
Cost 54AP
Commands ↑ ↓ ↓ ↑ ← → ←

Heaven's Drop
Cost 60AP
Commands ↓ ↑ ← ↑ ↑ ← ↓ ↓
Neo Static Raising
Cost 66AP
Commands ← → ← ↑ ← ← → ↑ ←

Hyper ArtsEdit

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Vahn executing the Hyper Art Tornado Flame

Hyper Arts are a type of Art found in both Legend of Legaia and Legaia 2: Duel Saga. They are more powerful than ordinary arts, yet are not the strongest type themselves. In the first game, they are learned through collecting elemental books, three per person to be exact. In the second game, they are learned through several different ways.

When using Hyper Arts in Legend of Legaia, they are displayed in the Arts list in yellow font, as opposed to the usual blue with yellow ending. Hyper Arts cannot be linked from another art, yet they can begin their own links. They generally cost more AP than normal, and there are only three for each character, with a total of nine overall.

In Legaia 2: Duel Saga, Hyper Arts are learned in many different ways. Lang, for instance, learns his first by reading a scroll, though this scroll must be found to advance in the story, unlike Vahn’s. Another different aspect of learning Hyper Arts in this game is that if you use a Hyper Art a certain amount of times, you will learn a stronger, more costly version of the art.

Hyper Arts in Legend of LegaiaEdit

Vahn's Hyper ArtsEdit

Tornado Flame
Cost 30AP
Commands → → ←
Obtain From Fire Book I
Fire Blow
Cost 40AP
Commands → → ↓ ←
Obtain From Fire Book II
Burning Flare
Cost 50AP
Commands → ↓ ← ↓ ←
Obtain From Fire Book III

Noa's Hyper ArtsEdit

Frost Breath
Cost 40AP
Commands ← ← → →
Obtain From Wind Book I
Vulture Blade
Cost 50AP
Commands ← ← → ← →
Obtain From Wind Book II
Hurricane Kick
Cost 70AP
Commands ← ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↓ →
Obtain From Wind Book III

Gala's Hyper ArtsEdit

Thunder Punch
Cost 30AP
Commands → → ←
Obtain From Thunder Book I
Lightning Storm
Cost 40AP
Commands → → ↑ ←
Obtain From Thunder Book II
Explosive Fist
Cost 50AP
Commands → → ← ← ←
Obtain From Thunder Book III

Miracle ArtsEdit

Miracle Arts are a type of Art found only in Legend of Legaia. They are the ultimate Arts and are three in total - one for each party member. Miracle Arts cost 99AP and require 9 Art blocks to execute. They consist of a string of normal Arts followed by a Hyper Art (or a variation of a Hyper Art in Noa's case).

Vahn's Miracle ArtEdit

Vahn's Craze
Cost 99AP
Commands →↓←↑←↑→↓←

Noa's Miracle ArtEdit

Noa's Ark
Cost 99AP
Commands ←↑→↓↑←↑↓→

Gala's Miracle ArtEdit

Biron Rage
Cost 99AP
Commands →→↓↑↓↑↓←←

Mystic ArtsEdit

Mystic Arts are a type of Art found only in Legaia 2: Duel Saga. They take the place of Miracle Arts from Legend of Legaia as the ultimate attack for all party members (except Ayne). The requirements to execute a Mystic Art are more stringent than any other types of Arts. The character must have full AP, as well as less than half its HP remaining and at least 100MP to spare. Additionally, the Mystic Art will not be performed if any commands other than the 7 needed are inputted into the Arts bar.

Lang's Mystic ArtEdit

Flaming Sword
Cost 100AP ( - )
Commands ↑→↓←↑→↓

Maya's Mystic ArtEdit

Forbidden Rite
Cost 100AP ( - )
Commands ↓↑→↓↑←↓

Kazan's Mystic ArtEdit

Fists of Stone
Cost 100AP ( - )
Commands ↓→←↑→←↓