Sword Dance (ダンシングソード, Danshingu Sōdo?, lit. Dancing Sword) is a recurring Limit Break-type ability exclusive to Paine from Final Fantasy X-2. It manifests as a series of blades emerging from the ground around enemies and rapidly exploding.
Damage all enemies.
Sword Dance is a Limit Break-type ability usable by Full Throttle, Paine's special dressphere. It can be learned for 30 AP after learning Fright. It requires charging the whole available ATB gauge and does two highly damaging physical attacks to the enemy party.
Sword Dance is an exclusive reactive ability that costs 18 CP to equip. It is activated in Battle Music Sequences (BMS) when a boss-class enemy appears. It deals damage in direct proportion to Strength, Agility, and Stamina. It is learned by Paine (level 40).
Sword dances are recorded from throughout world history. There are various traditions of solo and mock battle sword dances from Greece, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, China, Korea, England, Scotland and Japan. Many believe that sword dancing evolved from the early Chinese art of wu shu. The simple martial art became a military training technique with swords and spears and then turned into an elaborate acrobatic dance.