Not to be confused with the Searcher spell in ALfheim Online.
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«Searching» (索敵(サーチング), Sāchingu?, lit. "searching for the enemy") is a skill in Sword Art Online that improves the player's detection range.


  • Increases the range at which a cursor of a monster or player is displayed.[1]
  • Increases the maximum range at which an object can still be seen.[1]
  • Allows the detection of monsters and players in Hiding if the skill is high enough in level.[2]
  • Gives the player night vision in dark areas.[3]
  • With a proficiency level of 980, players are able to detect the number of players beyond walls.[4]

Known ModsEdit

  • «Simultaneously Detected Enemies Bonus» (同時索敵数ボーナス, Douji Sakuteki Sū Bōnasu?)[5]
  • «Detection» (探知(ディテクション), Ditekushon?)[6]
  • «Detection Range Bonus» (索敵距離ボーナス, Sakuteki Kyori Bōnasu?)[5]
  • «Revealing Bonus» (看破力ボーナス, Kanparyoku Bōnasu?)[† 1]
  • «Tracking» (追跡, Tsuiseki?)[7][5]



Footprints displayed by the Tracking skill.

Tracking is a feature that allows a player to track down a monster or player registered as a friend.[7] Tracking can be activated by calling out the main menu window, selecting «Searching» from the skill tab and selecting «Tracking» from the skill's sub-menu.[7] If the user is tracking a player, they may insert the name of the player into a pop-up input window.[7] Once a target is selected, pale green footprints appear in the player's vision, showing which way the target went.[7] As the level of the skill increases, the user will be able to see older footprints.[7] At the lowest level, the user may only see footprints that were made up to around a minute before the use of the skill.[7]


Instance Description
Light Novel Anime Manga
Volume 8, First Day N/A N/A Kirito used the skill to detect nearby Little Nepenthes.
Progressive Volume 1, Interlude N/A N/A Kirito used the Tracking feature of the skill to follow Argo.
Volume 2, Red-Nosed Reindeer, Part 2 Episode 3 N/A Kirito used the Tracking feature to locate Sachi.
Volume 2, Red-Nosed Reindeer, Part 3 N/A N/A A member of the Fuurinkazan used the skill to track down Kirito's position.
Volume 2, The Black Swordsman, Part 3 Episode 4 N/A Kirito used the skill to detect Rosalia and other members of Titan's Hand, who were using the Hiding skill to ambush him and Silica.
Volume 8, A Murder Case in the Area, Part 1 N/A N/A Kirito used the skill as a precaution to warn him about incoming players while he was sleeping.
Volume 8, A Murder Case in the Area, Part 12 Episode 6 N/A Kirito used the skill to keep an eye on the retreating Laughing Coffin members until they left the area covered by the skill.
Volume 1, Chapter 5 Episode 8 Kirito used the skill to spot a Ragout Rabbit that was hiding in a forest on the 74th Floor.
Volume 1, Chapter 8 N/A Kirito used the skill to detect an «Army» platoon while on his way to the Labyrinth with Asuna.
Volume 1, Chapter 16 Episode 10 Kirito's Searching skill automatically changed his vision to night vision mode after Asuna turned off the lights.
Volume 2, Morning Dew Girl, Part 1 Episode 11 Asuna used the skill to take a closer look at the mysterious girl in the forest.
Volume 2, Morning Dew Girl, Part 2 N/A Kirito used the skill to find out where the people in the church were hiding.
Volume 2, Morning Dew Girl, Part 3 Episode 12 Kirito confirmed Thinker's presence in a safe zone in the Hidden Dungeon with the skill.



  • The player's map is also enhanced by the player's Searching skill, allowing the player to show the position of any detected monster or player to other players.[8]
  • When Searching is used to enhance the player's vision, the player's eyes begin to glow green.[9][10][11]


  1. Translated as "Spotting Bonus" by Yen Press.



Skills and Magic
Default Sword Skills
mostly common in SAO, New ALO, UW
Avalanche - Cyclone - Deadly Sins - Embracer - Explode Arrow[1] - Fell Crescent - Flashing Penetrator - Horizontal - Horizontal Arc - Horizontal Square - Howling Octave[2] - Lightning Fall - Linear - Meteor Break - Meteor Fall - Rage Spike - Reaver - Savage Fulcrum - Senda - Sharp Nail - Single Shot - Slant - Snake Bite - Sonic Leap - Spinning Shield - Star Splash[2] - Starburst Stream[3] - Treble Scythe - Tsumujiguruma - Tsujikaze - Ukifune - Vertical - Vertical Arc - Vertical Square - Vorpal Strike - Whirlwind
SAO Dual Blades - Extra Skills - Fishing - Hiding - Holy Sword - Searching - Sewing - Tracking - Unique Skills
ALO Original Sword Skill(Mother's Rosario (OSS))
Magic Butterfly Shield - Cold resistance spell - Concealment - Earth Wall - Fireball - Fire Spear - Healing Magic - Hit Point Buff Magic - Hollow Body - Ice Arrows - Metamorphosis - Moonlight Mirror - Night Vision - Purified Surface - Retrieve Arrow - Sacrifice - Searcher - Smokescreen - Strength Buff Magic - Vacuum Blades - Water Breathing - Wind Needles
Project Alicization Sacred Arts - Incarnation - Synthesis Ritual
  1. Only in ALO.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Only in SAO and ALO
  3. Only in SAO
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