TECHNIQUES

Lloyd is all about sword techniques. He has no spells whatsoever, a distinction he shares with only Presea, but makes up for this with a variety of special attacks. He gains the first forms of all his Techniques at low levels, then stronger versions of them, and finally powerful special attacks that combine two of his Techniques.

DEMON FANG
Level 1 Special Attack
TP Usage: 4 TP
Level: 0
Damage: 1.2 Slash
Requirement: None
Description: Attack with a powerful shockwave (attack is linkable.) This is Lloyd's most basic Technique. He issues a shockwave that travels fairly fast around the ground, stopping when it hits an enemy close to or on the ground or the edge of the battlefield. It can be used to bombard enemies from long range, but since Lloyd is mainly a close-ranged character, it's best used as a cheap follow-up to an attack combo, although Sonic Thrust works better for this.

DOUBLE DEMON FANG
Level 2 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 16 TP
Level: 16
Damage: 1.05 x 2 Slash/2.1 total/2 hits
Requirement: Use Demon Fang at least 50 times
Description: Attack with two consecutive shockwaves. This Technique is basically two Demon Fangs launched in rapid sequence. I definitely think Fierce Demon Fang is better, since this move isn't much faster and less powerful than just firing two separate Demon Fangs, and costs twice as much.

DEMONIC CHAOS
Level 3 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 34 TP
Level: 50
Damage: 1.2 x 2 Slash, 0.5 x 3 Slash/3.9 total/5 hits
Requirement: Use Demon Fang and Double Demon Fang at least 50 times
Description: Attack with multiple shockwaves and a finishing blow. This technique is two full-strength Demon Fangs in rapid succession, followed by a third bigger shockwave that hits multiple times and keeps going after hitting the target. Pretty impressive, but I still like the Strike line better.

FIERCE DEMON FANG
Level 2 Strike Special Attack
TP Usage: 16 TP
Level: 15
Damage: 0.6 x 4 Slash/2.4 total/4 hits
Requirement: Use Demon Fang at least 50 times
Description: Create a large shockwave. Fierce Demon Fang is definitely the better move of the two choices. Lloyd creates a shockwave ahead of him that hits any enemies in a radius in front several times. It has a short range, unlike Double Demon Fang, but it's still better. It also lets you get the powerful Grave Blade.

DEMONIC CIRCLE
Level 3 Strike Special Attack
TP Usage: 38 TP
Level: 50
Damage: 1.0 x 2 Slash, 2.5 Slash/4.5 total/3 hits
Requirement: Use Fierce Demon Fang at least 50 times
Description: Create a large shockwave in the surrounding area. Lloyd issues a close-ranged shockwave combo attack that heavily damages all enemies in front of him. Quite a powerful attack indeed, but Demos Chaos has more range. Still, I prefer this one.

SONIC THRUST
Level 1 Special Attack
TP Usage: 5 TP
Level: 4
Damage: 1.4 Thrust
Requirement: None
Description: Blow the enemy away with a powerful thrust. Sonic Thrust is another extremely basic Technique. Lloyd thrusts one of this swords forward, doing good damage to any enemies directly in front of him and making them skid backwards a short distance. It's a great move to follow attack combos up with and can be used often.

HURRICANE THRUST
Level 2 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 14 TP
Level: 18
Damage: 1.0 Thrust, 1.2 Wind Thrust/2.2 total/2 hits
Requirement: Use Sonic Thrust at least 50 times
Description: Make the enemy float with a powerful thrust. This is a less powerful Sonic Thrust followed up by a Wind-element shockwave that hits all nearby enemies. Still, the range is limited, so the more damaging Super Sonic Thrust is better.

SUPER SONIC THRUST
Level 2 Strike Wind Special Attack
TP Usage: 14 TP
Level: 18
Damage: 2.4 Thrust
Requirement: Use Sonic Thrust at least 50 times
Description: Blow the enemy away with a powerful thrust. This is a bigger, more powerful version of Sonic Thrust, doing much more damage and blowing the target much farther back if it isn't destroyed immediately. It can also hit multiple enemies fairly well.

TIGER BLADE
Level 1 Special Attack
TP Usage: 8 TP
Level: 9
Damage: 0.8 x 2 Slash/1.6 total/2 hits
Requirement: None
Description: Two-hit slash slicing the enemy up and then down. Tiger Blade is one of Lloyd's more powerful level 1 Techniques. He executes an upward slash, making the enemy hop a short way into the air, then jumps up and sends them back down with a downward slash.

TIGER RAGE
Level 2 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 19 TP
Level: 27
Damage: 0.7 Slash, 0.5 x 2 Slash, 0.7 Slash/2.4 total/4 hits
Requirement: Use Tiger Blade at least 50 times
Description: Upward cut, then unleash multiple slashes, Tiger Rage is an extremely cool-looking move: a regular Tiger Blade with a two- part midair slash between the two normal hits. It doesn't do quite as much damage as Heavy Tiger Blade, but it doesn't knock the enemy down, either. Besides, it looks way to cool to pass up!

HEAVY TIGER BLADE
Level 2 Strike Special Attack
TP Usage: 19 TP
Level: 27
Damage: 1.0 Slash, 1.5 Slash/2.5 total/2 hits
Requirement: Use Tiger Blade at least 50 times
Description: Upward cut, then slam down with a downward cut. This is just a more powerful Tiger Blade with a strong second slash that knocks the enemy to the ground. However, since this gives them a brief Over Limit when they get up, Tiger Rage is recommended.

TWIN TIGER BLADE
Level 3 Strike Special Attack
TP Usage: 35 TP
Level: 54
Damage: 0.8 x 3 Slash, 1.6 Slash/4.0 total/4 hits
Requirement: Use Heavy Tiger Blade at least 50 times
Description: Attack with multiple upward and downward slashes. This powerful move is a regular Tiger Blade seamlessly followed by a Heavy Tiger Blade. It's very powerful, and it's recommended that you use the Tech Glitch to get this and Tiger Rage.

SWORD RAIN
Level 1 Special Attack
TP Usage: 7 TP
Level: 7
Damage: 0.25 x 4 Thrust, 0.5 Thrust/1.5 total/5 hits
Requirement: None
Description: Attack the enemy with multiple thrusts. This cool Technique consists of Lloyd rapidly stabbing anything in front of him 4 times, followed by a stronger stab. It's a fairly powerful Technique and good for combos.

SWORD RAIN: ALPHA
Level 2 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 16 TP
Level: 21
Damage: 0.2 x 8 Thrust, 0.6 Slash/2.2 total/9 hits
Requirement: Use Sword Rain at least 50 times
Description: Countless number of thrusts ending with an upward cut. The Alpha variation of Sword Rain consists of twice as many rapid stabs, followed by half of a Tiger Blade. With 9 hits, this move is great for combos.

SWORD RAIN: BETA
Level 3 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 38 TP
Level: 59
Damage: 0.3 x 9 Thrust, 0.6 x 2 Slash/3.9 total/11 hits
Requirement: Use Sword Rain: Alpha at least 50 times
Description: Countless number of thrusts with a final blow in midair. Sword Rain: Beta is an even longer version of Sword Rain, with a whopping 9 stabs followed by a full (albeit slightly weaker) Tiger Blade for massive damage. It's also Lloyd's best move for forming combos.

SONIC SWORD RAIN
Level 2 Strike Special Attack
TP Usage: 16 TP
Level: 21
Damage: 0.5 x 2 Thrust, 0.15 x 3 Thrust, 0.4 Thrust, 1.05 Thrust/2.9 total/7 hits
Requirement: Use Sword Rain at least 50 times
Description: A countless number of thrusts that end with a powerful blow. Sonic Sword Rain is a slightly expanded Sword Rain ending with a weakened Sonic Thrust. It does much more damage than Sword Rain: Alpha, so use the Tech Glitch to get this and Sword Rain: Beta.

TEMPEST
Level 1 Special Attack
TP Usage: 8 TP
Level: 11
Damage: 0.4 x 4 Slash/1.6 total/4 hits
Requirement: None
Description: Attack the enemy with a spiral cut. This incredibly cool-looking Technique sends Lloyd into a flying somersault with his swords outstretched, pummeling enemies below him with hits and getting behind them. This move is both fairly powerful and incredibly cool-looking, but hard to hit with all 4 hits unless you're attacking a large enemy. You may want to stick with the same-costed Tiger Blade for now.

OMEGA TEMPEST
Level 2 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 17 TP
Level: 24
Damage: 0.3 x 7 Slash, 0.4 Slash/2.5 total/8 hits
Requirement: Use Tempest at least 50 times
Description: Spin in the air and attack with invisible wind blades. Omega Tempest is an expanded, ultra-cool version of Tempest. Lloyd goes flying forward with his swords, then turns around in midair and goes even higher, If he is still hitting the target after flying over them, he drags them into the air with them for more hits. It may be hard to hit with, but I never get tired of using this move.

PSI TEMPEST
Level 2 Strike Special Attack
TP Usage: 17 TP
Level: 24
Damage: 0.4 x 6 Slash/2.4 total/6 hits
Requirement: Use Tempest at least 50 times
Description: Attack with a spiral cut from the ground up. Lloyd sure seems to like naming his Techniques after Greek characters, no? Anyway, Psi Tempest is a bigger version of Tempest, sending Lloyd flying incredibly far. This move is better for hitting multiple enemies in a line, since it can't get all 6 of its hits on one enemy unless it's huge. I prefer the coolness of Omega Tempest.

BEAST
Level 2 Special Attack
TP Usage: 12 TP
Level: 14
Damage: 1.0 Slash, 1.6 Slash/2.6 total/2 hits
Requirement: None
Description: Slam battle energy into the enemy and blow it away. Beast is a powerful level 2 Technique that has Lloyd slamming the enemy with his shoulder, then releasing wild energy in the form of a beast's head. The two-stage attack does great damage for little TP, but knocks the enemy down, giving them a temporary Over Limit. Still, its high damage makes it worth using.

RAGING BEAST
Level 2 Technical Special Attack
TP Usage: 25 TP
Level: 30
Damage: 0.6 x 2 Slash, 2.0 Slash/3.2 total/3 hits
Requirement: Use Beast at least 50 times
Description: Pull in enemies with a spiral cut and slam with battle energy. This attack is a spinning slash followed up by a more powerful Beast attack. It's very powerful indeed, but as usual it knocks the enemy down. It can hit enemies in a wide area in front of Lloyd.

HUNTING BEAST
Level 3 Strike Special Attack
TP Usage: 24 TP
Level: 30
Damage: 1.0 Slash, 1.2 Slash, 1.4 Slash/3.6 total/3 hits
Requirement: Use Beast at least 50 times
Description: An upward cut and slam the earth to create a shockwave. This is, in my opinion, the most powerful variant of Beast. It has Lloyd slamming the enemy, attacking it again as he jumps into the air, then crashing back down, creating a small shockwave that knocks down and damages all enemies around him. It's an extremely powerful attack.

RISING FALCON
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 32 TP
Level: 40
Damage: 3.2 Thrust
Requirement: None
Description: Jump into the air and descend with a huge slash. This standalone attack of Lloyd's is pretty powerful. He jumps into the air, then somehow dive-bombs the enemy from the air, crashing through them and dealing heavy damage. If multiple enemies are lined up, Lloyd can damage all of them with this move. Besides doing damage, it's also useful for getting behind an opponent.

DEMONIC THRUST
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 30 TP
Level: 32
Damage: 0.6 x 2 Slash, 2.3 Thrust/3.5 total/3 hits
Requirement: Use all known Demon Fang and Sonic Thrust Techniques at least 50 times
Description: Combination of Demon Fang and Sonic Thrust. Demonic Thrust is the first of Lloyd's combination Techniques, which, obviously, combine two of his normal Techs for a stronger attack. Predictably, this one fires two weakened Demon Fangs that pass through enemies, then uses a powerful Sonic Thrust. It's actually a good Technique, fairly powerful and easy to hit with. Still, Lloyd's combo Techs get much better.

DEMONIC TIGER BLADE
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 32 TP
Level: 35
Damage: 0.6 x 2 Slash, 1.2 x 2 Slash/3.6 total/4 hits
Requirement: Use all known Demon Fang and Tiger Blade Techniques at least 50 times
Description: Combination of Demon Fang and Tiger Blade. You probably guessed this: Demonic Tiger Blade is a weak, penetrating Double Demon Fang followed by a powerful Tiger Blade. It's slightly more powerful then Demonic Thrust, and takes 2 more TP.

TEMPEST THRUST
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 32 TP
Level: 38
Damage: 0.5 x 5 Slash, 1.6 Thrust/4.1 total/6 hits
Requirement: Use all known Tempest and Sonic Thrust Techniques at least 50 times
Description: Combination of Sonic Thrust and Tempest. This combo Tech is a vertical Tempest followed by a Sonic Thrust. It does great damage, but like all Tempest Techs is easiest to use on large enemies.

TEMPEST BEAST
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 35 TP
Level: 41
Damage: 0.5 x 5 Slash, 1.8 Slash/4.3 total/6 hits
Requirement: Use all known Tempest and Beast Techniques at least 50 times
Description: Combination of Tempest and Beast. This is another vertical Tempest followed by a Beast. It has the highest damage of any combo Tech, but as usual it's only good against bigger enemies that it can hit more. Also, it knocks the target down, so it may be best to stick with Tempest Thrust.

RAINING TIGER BLADE
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 36 TP
Level: 44
Damage: 0.2 x 9 Thrust, 0.9 x 2 Slash/3.6 total/11 hits
Requirement: Use all known Sword Rain and Tiger Blade Techniques at least 50 times
Description: Combination of Sword Rain and Tiger Blade. This combo Tech is virtually identical to Sword Rain: Beta, only the Sword Rain is weaker and the Tiger Blade is stronger and authentic. It does less damage, so Sword Rain: Beta is probably better, once you learn it.

BEAST SWORD RAIN
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 38 TP
Level: 47
Damage: 0.25 x 8 Thrust, 2.0 Slash/4 total/9 hits
Requirement: Use all known Sword Rain and Beast Techniques at least 50 times
Description: Combination of Beast and Sword Rain. Lloyd's most expensive combo Tech isn't necessarily his best. A Sword Rain followed by Beast, this attack does great damage and is easy to hit with, but like all Beast Techs it knocks the enemy down, limiting its effectiveness.

GUARDIAN
Level 3 Special Attack
TP Usage: 10% of maximum TP
Level: N/A
Damage: N/A
Requirement: Visit the Triet Ruins with Kratos in your party
Description: Block most magic and weapon based attacks. Guardian is Lloyd's defensive Technique. It surrounds him in a green field of energy for a second or so, during which time he takes only 20% damage from attacks. However, because of its high cost, it's best used to block powerful spells if you can't run from them. Note that it can be used any time by pressing down on the control stick while blocking.

LIGHTNING THRUST
Secret Special Attack
TP Usage: 5
Level: N/A
Damage: Damage/Hits: 1.4 Thrust, 0.5 Lightning Thrust/1.9 damage/2 hits
Requirement: Use Sonic Thrust at least 200 times
Description: Use Sonic Thrust with a Lightning-element weapon equipped This Secret Technique is a Lightning version of Sonic Thrust, and Lloyd's weaker version of Lightning Blade. Immediately after the Thrust, a bolt of weak lightning hits, doing slightly more damage. It's at least better than nothing. To use it, use Sonic Thrust while doing Lightning damage, with a Lightning weapon, Sheena's T Seal: Lightning, after using a Purple Quartz, or equipping the Sardonyx.

LIGHTNING TIGER
Secret Special Attack
TP Usage: 8
Level: N/A
Damage: 0.8 x 2 Slash, 0.8 Lightning Slash//2.4 total/3 hits
Requirement: Use Tiger Blade at least 200 times
Description: Use Tiger Blade with a Lightning-element weapon equipped This move is just Tiger Blade immediately followed by a lightning strike. It does great damage for only 8 TP.

GRAVE BLADE
Secret Special Attack
TP Usage: 16
Level: N/A
Damage: 0.6, 0.7 x 5/4.1 total/6 hits
Requirement: Use Fierce Demon Fang at least 200 times
Description: Use Fierce Demon Fang with an Earth-element weapon equipped Like Kratos, Lloyd can use the powerful Grave Blade Technique if he's fulfilled certain conditions. (his weapon must be doing Earth damage somehow, by being innately Earth-element, equipping the Ruby, or having used Sheena's T Seal: Earth or a Yellow Quartz) It's much stronger than Grave Blade and a very powerful Technique.

RISING PHOENIX
Secret Special Attack
TP Usage: 32
Level: N/A
Damage: 3.3 Fire Thrust
Requirement: Use Rising Falcon at least 200 times
Description: Use Rising Falcon with a Fire-element weapon equipped This fiery variant of Rising Falcon isn't much more powerful. Lloyd is surrounded by flames when he jumps into the air, and drags them behind them when he dives. However, it barely does any more damage than the original, so you shouldn't go out of your way to get it.

FALCON'S CREST
Secret Special Attack
TP Usage: 100
Level: N/A
Damage: 1.0 x 8, 2.5, 1.0 x 6, 5.0/21.5 total/16 hits
Requirement: Have Material Blade and Eternal Swordsman Title equipped; HP must be in red
Description: Press A, B, and X at once Falcon's Crest is Lloyd's incredibly powerful, ultimate Secret Technique. It unleashes the full power of the Eternal Sword in an incredible attack. First, he creates a shining circle of blue light around him that rapidly hits everything around him for devastating damage. He then jumps into the air as a blue panel flashes by with an intense picture of Lloyd's face. After that, he creates multiple rings of light around him as he crashes down. He creates another shining circle for more damage, then finishes with a hemisphere of light that does a whopping 5 times his normal attack damage! As you would expect of any Secret Technique, this move is incredibly cool-looking. To activate the move, first hold down your assigned guard button. (I'm assuming it's B or X) Next, hold the button assigned to attack to make Lloyd attack once. (I'm assuming it's A) After he finishes the attack and resumes guarding, press the button for using a technique. You should have all 3 buttons pressed, activating the move! However, besides this fairly easy button sequence, you must fulfill some other criteria; Lloyd's HP must be in the red, and he must have the Eternal Swordsman Title and Material Blade equipped.

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