What are the best Sword PAs?

Finally trying out Hunter in NA and not really sure what direction I should be going. I have always heard about Swords being monstrous, however I haven't found a good balance of PAs to use to feel like I am doing a lot of damage.

What are the better PAs for Sword? Are any of the other weapons something I should be investing in as well?

Current levels are: Hunter 61, Fighter 32, Ranger 75, Braver 57

I use nova strike and the other one i will let you know when i get home the name is different hard to find it both hits crowds weapon wise daisy nox and sigma sword espada but there is better swords apparently i saw some for sale on personal shops i have maxed daisy and nox I'm comparing them still to see if i should put one up for sale

hello. I am looking for a photon art that is called 'over end'. It is the best damage wise and also best looking for hunter.I seen a guy using it yesterday in an emergency quest. I would like to know where to find this at. Thanks a lot for anyone who has info on the photon art.

I use nova strike can charge it and have all all the shield stuff like perfect block heal and pp so when i charge up nova i don't get hit get healed have a certain amount of seconds works good for me constant attacking nowing sword swings takes awhile other photon art is when i get behind them or jump over there attacks and hit them or when they are stun puts a big sword 3 swings right left and straight ahead strongest photon art but idk the name got it from 75 sh <urgent quest dark fals investigation i hit for 6 to 10k per swing and depending on monsters without attack boosts

@UmemeMfalme In NA it is called Cross Cut and it is from Cradle of Darknes, the Urgent Quest, you get it from VH or SH I believe from Rare Version of the boss. You can buy it off the Player Shop too

@PennilessImp749 on Ship 2 it is relatively cheap as well, thankfully.

@PennilessImp749 thanks for the info man. I mat have seen it on very hard but didn't know that's what it was. Its hard trying to figure out what to pick up when tons of stuff is dropping lol and you dont knowbwhat exactly the PA is for.


My general Rule is:, if it is either Red Green or Pink, I pick it up.

If inventory is full, send all to storage. (which you can do in the field as you are playing)

Rince and Repeat, you can sort out everything after the Urgent Quest or Level.

Sword is currently missing it's best PA in ignite parry (name pending I assume). As for some nice core PAs:

  • Rising Edge for single target and close AoE
  • Nova Strike for general AoE
  • Sonic arrow for ranged damage/building gear
  • Guilty Break for gap closing and single target damage
  • Cross Cut for Large AoE damage
  • Blade Bash for activating the fighter skill Tech Arts Just Attack

These are good for getting used to the weapon and are all fairly simple in their utility.

I really like the Sword range closer skill. Guilty Break it is in English. You can charge it at least once and it scoots you impressively across nearly any arena.

For a shifty boss like Falz Arm it's hella nice to speed over to wherever they spawn.


Guilty break,Sac bite,nova strike,Cross cut,Blade bash ,sonic arrow . imo

Sonic arrow isn’t ideal and low damage output. Just my opinion. Blade bash is situational.

Sacrificial Bite, Normal Attack, Guilty Break, Nova strike,Cross Cut, Twister Drop in my Weapon Bar. This works for me!

I just use Fury Stance, Sub Braver and Dex Mag.

Also my build is Unique still testing it tho.......more of a Dex and Melee build. Hope it works out right.


  • Guilty Break - Run quickly to your target and slash them a few times. Great for closing the gap at range.
  • Sonic Arrow - Throws your sword at a target. Builds the bottom gauge very fast which allows for quicker charging of photon arts that need to have the button held down to maximize damage.
  • Sacrificial Bite - First off, I recommend crafting the Zero variant of this photon art. Once you do that, use it on an enemy to drain their PP and restore a portion of it to you. Also grants a buff that increases the reach of your sword (some people say this also grants a damage buff but I don't seem to hit any harder with it). Makes your sword glow blue for 3 minutes, so you know exactly when to refresh it.


Bread And Butter Arts:

  • Blaze Parry - Causes you to slash quickly at the target 5 times. If you press the button for it a second time during one of those slashes, it causes you to do extra slashes and more damage at the end.
  • Cross Cut - Slash to the left, then the right, pause, and then slash over-head with a giant glowing version of your sword. This one is really good for clearing groups of small enemies in front of you.
  • Nova Strike - Charge up to spin around and hit everything in your vicinity with your sword. My "bread and butter". Basically I use Guilty Break to close the distance with a group of enemies, then charge this puppy and spin-2-win.
  • Rising Edge - Charge your sword to leap in the air, the longer you charge it the higher you jump and the more slashes you do. This art does an incredible amount of damage and combos very easily into Twister Drop, allowing you to make great use of skills that boost damage to perfect attacks and chaining different arts together.
  • Twister Drop - Fall from the sky and slash your target several times as you perform several front flips. As I said, this pairs with Rising Edge wonderfully and the two of these together really brings out the synergy in a lot of Hunter skills. This one can also be crafted into a Zero variant to substantially increase damage at the cost of more PP used.


Useless/Not Worth the Effort:

  • Ride Slash - Looks cool riding on your sword like a hover board, but doesn't hit hard and needs to be charged. Not on my bar at all.
  • Merciless Throw - Impale an enemy on your sword and beat another enemy with them. I find this art hilarious as it reminds me of a scene from the movie Jason X where he's beating one virtual camper to death with another one. This one is also kind of weak and requires you to be practically standing on your target to impale them. At least it does area damage if you have a big group of enemies clumped up.
  • Blade Bash - Smack a target with your sword and cause them to be stunned or drop their shields momentarily. This skill is seems useless as the damage is abysmal. Honestly feels like you're better off using another more powerful attack and just melting through tough defenses rather than trying to bypass them with this art.

This is my opinion, based on info I got from some Alliance mates I've made since I started about a month ago. If I'm wrong about anything, I'm willing to learn and accept criticism from anybody reading this.

@Redeemer Blade Bash is for activating TAPA on FI sub quickly.