Launch (スマッシュアッパー, Sumasshu Appā?, lit. Smash-Upper) is a recurring ability in Final Fantasy series originating in Final Fantasy XIII. It launches the target into the air rendering them immobile and unable to perform any action while in midair.
Attack and launch staggered target into the air.
Launch is a Commando ability that launches the target into the air, and while in midair the enemy cannot perform any actions. Target must be staggered for them to become vulnerable to launch. The Commando AI will automatically try to launch a staggered foe by placing the Launch command at the beginning of an action queue. Not all enemies can be launched.
Certain enemies can launch players into the air, but their abilities have unique names and are not called Launch.
Launch can be learned by Serah at Role Level 20, Noel at Role Level 18, Goblin at level 3, Gorgonopsid at level 23, Lucidon at level 5, Moblin at level 3, Munchkin at level 2, Mánagarmr at level 5, Narasimha at level 24, Proto-behemoth at level 4, Reaver at level 8, Thermadon at level 11, and Twilight Odin at level 15. Cactuar, Cactuaroni, Dreadnought, Behemoth, Gilgamesh, Amodar, Lightning, and Metallicactuar know Launch from the start.
Launch only works on certain enemies, such as Reaver, Cyclops, and Noel Kreiss. To launch enemies the player must stagger them twice (first as an initial condition), then use the Launch command executed from certain physical attack-type abilities, like Attack, Light Slash, or Beat Down. Launched enemies can be hit with Smite which extends from Heavy Slash. Launched enemies do not stay airborne for long and the enemy will end its stagger as soon as it hits the ground. Therefore, the window to deal damage is narrow.
Launch is Lightning's Bravery attack. It is a ground attack with physical nature, melee low priority, and Wall Rush effect where Lightning slashes the target quickly three times and throws him into the air. It costs 20 CP to equip and mastering the ability for 140 AP reduces the equip cost to 10 CP. It is learned at level 3.
Launch is an ability.