Technique command in FFXV

Command menu.

Techniques are special abilities usable by party members in Final Fantasy XV. They somewhat hearken to Limit Break systems from previous games in the series.


Techniques are acquired via the Ascension Grid, and can be used in battle by pressing L1 or Left bumper when using the Type A control scheme. Using a Technique for the first time earns the Brother-in-Arms achievement/trophy.

Each character has one base technique available at the start. Some techniques level up with use; each time they do, their power and critical rate increase. Techniques can be swapped with the Gear option in the main menu. Guests' techniques cannot be changed, nor can they level up or appear in the Ascension.

Techniques' use is mandated by the tech bar, a gauge that fills over time during battle. It is segmented into three, and the bar must first fill to either the first, second, or third to use a specific technique. The tech bar can be upgraded via the Ascension Grid.

Noctis cannot use techniques, and instead has Armiger. He can follow up on the techniques if positioned right, however. For example, when using Gladiolus's Cyclone, the player can at times initiate a follow-up attack where Noctis spins from Gladiolus's sword and deals damage to surrounding enemies. The characters involved in the technique, as well as Noctis, are invulnerable to damage during the tech animation.

Gladiolus's techniques damage enemies, and often break appendages, making them vulnerable to further harm. Ignis's techniques aid the player by healing, providing warp points, and bestowing elemental buffs. Prompto's techniques are ranged, from shooting through enemies from afar to using flares to combat daemons, to using his photography skills in battle (although he will always take photos in battle randomly). Iris has two versions of her technique; it instantly kills magitek troopers, and damages other enemy types.

When the ability to play as the other party members is unlocked, they gain the same techniques available to them in their respective DLC episodes. Like in the DLC, these techniques will never trigger critically. Noctis, Ignis, and Prompto have their tech bars fill even when not playing as them. Gladiolus retains his vigor level when switching to another character, then back to him.

Techniques and related Ascension Grid abilitiesEdit

Tech Strike
Crystarium Branch 1
Tech Damage
Crystarium Branch 1
Quick Tech

Crystarium Branch 2
Crystarium Branch 1
Trigger Happy
Crystarium Branch 1
Prompto: Limit Break

Crystarium Branch 2
Crystarium Branch 1
Crystarium Branch 1
Ignis: Limit Break
Libra Elementia

Crystarium Branch 2
Royal Guard
Crystarium Branch 1
Crystarium Branch 1
Gladio: Limit Break

Name Effect
Tempest Unleash a sweeping area attack with a greatsword. Depletes tech bar by one.
Mark Set up Noctis to warp-strike multiple enemies in succession with daggers. Depletes tech bar by one.
Piercer Pierce target with a firearm to hit multiple enemies in a line. Reduces enemy defense. Depletes tech bar by one.
Lion's Roar Cor's technique that is an upward slash that releases a shockwave that moves in a single line. Depletes tech bar by one.
Eclipse Iris's technique that attacks one enemy. Instantly kills MTs. Depletes tech bar by two.
Highwind Aranea's technique. Depletes tech bar by two.
Cyclone Damage nearby enemies with shield shockwave. Depletes tech bar by two.
Dawnhammer Powerful greatsword slash. Depletes tech bar by two.
Enhancement Casts Flameboost, Frostboost, or Stormboost on Noctis based on the weaknesses of the player's current target. Depletes tech bar by one.
Gravisphere Draw enemies in an area to the center with machinery. Depletes tech bar by two.
Impulse Frontal sweep area attack. Can break limbs. Depletes tech bar by three.
Limit Break Allow character's techniques to break the damage limit. They are prefixed above with who they belong to. All are simply called "Limit Break."
Overwhelm Focuses the party on one enemy at a time. Noctis retains normal attacks. Allies attack with Deathblows. Depletes tech bar by two.
Quick Tech All Tech Bar replenishment increased by 10%.
Recoil Deal heavy damage to a single enemy with machinery. Can break enemy appendages. Depletes tech bar by two.
Regroup Gathers allies. Rescues any allies in Danger status and quickly restores HP. Depletes tech bar by two.
Libra Elementia Ignis exploits an enemy's elemental weakness. Depletes tech bar by one.
Royal Guard Calls Gladio to protect Noctis with a shield. Negates damage and puts the player into cover status, gradually replenishing HP. Depletes tech bar by one.
Sagefire Devastating Fire attack with daggers. Can break appendages. Depletes tech bar by three.
Starshell Draws enemy attention in a wide radius with a firearm. Causes Light damage and Enervates daemons. Depletes tech bar by one.
Tech Damage Adds to the tech bar as Noctis takes damage with the formula $ AmountAdded = Damage / 500 $
Tech Strike Adds to the tech bar when Noctis lands attacks.
Trigger Happy Area attack with a firearm. Can break appendages. Depletes tech bar by three.

Armiger UnleashedEdit

Noctis uses Techniques as part of his Armiger Unleashed mode in the Windows and Royal Editions. Armiger Unleashed replaces techniques with Unleashed techniques and the tech bar carries over from before activating the mode. The bar keeps replenishing unless frozen by the Armiger Accelerator accessory. Noctis is invincible during technique animations. Equipping Tech Turbocharger while in Unleashed lets Noctis use techniques more often, but stops the Armiger bar from filling.

Technique Cost Direction Effect
Royal Cleave
1 Up Cloaks a sword in a magic aura and slashes forward once. Has a huge knockdown multiplier and hits up to three times. Deals Light-elemental damage.
2 Right Brings the royal arms in front of Noctis in a cylindrical formation that damages foes and shoots it forward, splitting into multiple homing bolts. Deals ballistic damage.
Dynastic Stance
2 Left Takes a stance and summons phantom swords around Noctis. Swords will rain down as Noctis use normal attacks.
Legacy of the Lucii
3 Down Executes a flashy combo using many royal arms and finishes with an Area of Effect magic attack on the ground that deals Light-elemental damage.

Royal Cleave can be used to knock down enemies to set up combo finishers and as part of a regular combo, useful for avoiding damage mid-combo. Apocalypsis is useful to unleash near a target. Dynastic Stance is good against groups of enemies, or when fighting Light-immune foes. Because the blades will often not fire when using finishing moves, it may be better to simply use regular combo attacks while under its effect.

Legacy of the Lucii performs a damaging combo and many of its hits deal area damage. The final swing is very powerful and often hits multiple times.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XV: Episode PromptoEdit

Dragoon Dive Aranea Technique FFXV Episode Prompto

Dragoon Dive.

The player can again invoke Aranea to use Dragoon Dive with the Technique command and it costs 2 tech bars. Aranea downing enemies with Dragoon Dive can make enemies weak for Prompto to use his crackshot for critical damage.

Prompto can also use Starshell and Snapshot to light the battleground with flares and to take selfies in battle, like in the main game.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode IgnisEdit

The power of the storm, surges through my blade!
—Ravus when Last Rites


Ignis has access to three techniques: High Jump, which acts similar to Aranea's Dragoon Dive at the cost of one tech bar; and Overclock, which increases the damage dealt by normal attacks for a short time based on one of three elements at the cost of two tech bars. It also increases the rate at which Ignis's damage multiplier rises.

Additionally, while he acts as a guest party member, Ravus has a technique known as Last Rites, which costs one tech bar, in which he empowers his artificial arm with electricity and releases a Thunder-elemental AOE attack.

After beating the episode once, Ignis gains Quick Recipeh in the main game when he is in the lead, and after acquiring the necessary items from shops during subsequent playthroughs of the episode. Quick Recipeh allows Ignis to cook a meal mid-battle, while being invulnerable to enemy attacks, and give himself buffs, such as boosting the rate "Total Clarity" replenishes. The technique has a chance to fail, giving debuffs, such as poison.

Close Encounter of the Terra KindEdit

Salvation tech from FFXV x Terra Wars collab


Only one Technique is available: Sarah's Salvation, which is a sword attack against one target with a possible follow up from Noctis. It becomes available in the battle after meeting the Hiso Alien Elder and costs one tech bar to use. When the player invokes the tech in the boss battle, Noctis will accidentally call Sarah either Gladiolus, Ignis or Prompto, before correcting himself.

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  • Prompto is the only one to use his Techniques against the player when fought as a training partner at camp: he uses Gravisphere and Starshell, although the latter has a different effect (inflicting Confuse).