Swordplay (剣技, Kengi?) is the name of Tidus's Overdrive in Final Fantasy X. When a Swordplay Overdrive is executed, a small meter and a count-down timer appears. At the center of this meter is a small, gold-colored space, which the player must try to hit by pressing when the marker is within the borders of this space, in order to do additional damage. The amount of additional damage depends on how much time is left on the timer.
The width of the space decreases according to the strength of the Swordplay the player chooses. The pointer will also move faster the stronger the Swordplay chosen and the time allotted will also be shorter. If the player misses the space, the marker will simply return to its default position (far left of the meter) and start moving again.
List of Swordplay SkillsEdit
- “Press button at the right time for extra damage!”
(スパイラルカット, Supairaru Katto?)
|3||Tidus does a series of flips and cartwheels towards one enemy, leaping up and slamming his sword down on them. Underwater, Tidus does not do the spin. Tidus starts with this Overdrive.|
|Slice & Dice|
(チャージ＆アサルト, Chāji & Asaruto?, lit. Charge and Assault)
|4||Tidus runs back and forth around enemies, attacking six random targets (three if the meter is not stopped). Underwater, Tidus does the same thing. If only one enemy is present, it will become the target of all six/three attacks. Tidus learns this Overdrive after executing 10 Overdrives, regardless of success.|
(エナジーレイン, Enajī Rein?)
|5||Tidus runs forward and jumps off one enemy into the air, then charges his weapon with energy and swings it to fire energy blasts at all enemies. Underwater, Tidus just unleashes the beams of energy. Tidus learns this Overdrive after executing 30 Overdrives, regardless of success (cumulative amount of times).|
(エース・オブ・ザ・ブリッツ, Ēsu Obu Za Burittsu?, lit. Ace of The Blitz)
|7||Tidus charges, then leaps at one enemy in slow-motion. He executes eight sword attacks on the enemy, plants his sword in the ground and leaps into the air, using the hilt of the planted sword as leverage. A party member (Yuna, Lulu, or Rikku, depending on Affection Mechanics) throws a blitzball to him, and the Overdrive meter appears. If the meter is stopped Tidus kicks the ball at the enemy, which explodes on contact. If the meter is not stopped Tidus misses the kick and falls to the ground. If the Overdrive is performed underwater, Tidus will simply swim away and kick the ball. Tidus learns this Overdrive after executing 80 Overdrives, regardless of success (cumulative amount of times).|
Tidus uses his Spiral Cut and Blitz Ace Overdrives in Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster when fought in the Farplane Cup. He will use these skills sometimes in battle once he is captured.
In addition, variants of Tidus's Overdrive abilities are used by the main Final Fantasy X-2 antagonist, Shuyin, albeit with different names (Spin Cut, Hit & Run, Force Rain, and Terror of Zanarkand, respectively). Although unrelated to Tidus's Overdrive set, Swordplay is also the name of the skillset for the Warrior dressphere.
In Dissidia Final Fantasy series, Tidus has his Overdrives Spiral Cut, Slice and Dice and Energy Rain as HP attacks. His EX Burst is Blitz Ace, in which Tidus slashes his opponent several times, then throws a blitzball at them. The ball bounces back towards Tidus, and the player must stop a moving cursor to determine how much damage is done when Tidus kicks the ball a second time.
Jecht uses a version of Blitz Ace for his EX Burst, titled "Blitz King". Like Tidus, Jecht attacks his opponent with several sword slashes, then stabs the opponent with his sword and leaps off it. A boulder appears, and depending on how the player stops two timers, Jecht will kick it, the force shattering the boulder and sending the rubble flying at the opponent.
Tidus's HP attacks and EX Burst return, though their individual effects are rebalanced.
Tidus uses his Swordplay Overdrives in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade when summoned as a Legend in battle. In addition, players can obtain some of his Swordplay skills to use in battle.
- Tidus's Blitz Ace in Final Fantasy X is one of the actions in the game that is governed by the affection mechanics. The female party member which Tidus shows the most affection for during the course of the game will be chosen to throw the blitzball during the Overdrive.