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«Slant» (スラント, Suranto?) is a simple 1-hit, One-Handed Sword category Sword Skill in Sword Art Online, New ALfheim Online and Project Alicization.


Slant consists of a single sharp forty-five degree diagonal slash.[1] The only thing that Slant differs from other 1-hit skills like Vertical or Horizontal is that Slant has a slanted trajectory[2] and it can attack in two directions: either from top-right to bottom-left or bottom-left to top-right, the latter being the same stance as drawing a sword from the waist, thus greatly decreasing the time required to activate the skill.[3]

As the skill can be used in two directions, it can be activated either by putting it on one's shoulder for a top-right to bottom-left slash[4] or in a similar motion to drawing a sword from the waist for a bottom-left to top-right slash.[3] The basic range of the skill is two and a half meters.[5]


Instance Description
Light Novel Anime Manga
Volume 8, First Day N/A Re:Aincrad Chapter 2 Kirito used this skill against a Frenzy Boar while on his way to Horunka Village.
Volume 8, First Day N/A N/A Kirito used «Slant» as well as «Horizontal» while killing the tens of Little Nepenthes that were drawn to him and Coper after Coper triggered the «seed» of one of the Nepents.
Progressive Volume 1, Aria of a Starless Night, Part 13 Episode 2 Kirito used «Slant» against Ruin Kobold Sentinels to reflect the monsters' halberds and give Asuna an opening to attack them.
Progressive Volume 1, Aria of a Starless Night, Part 14 N/A Kirito used «Slant», as well as «Horizontal» and «Vertical» Sword Skills to deflect the boss's attacks.
Progressive Volume 1, Rondo of a Fragile Blade, Part 2 N/A Kirito used «Slant», among other skills, while battling with Windwasps to help Asuna get enough Windwasp needles for the safest odds of successfully enhancing her rapier.
Progressive Volume 1, Rondo of a Fragile Blade, Part 12 N/A Kirito used the skill to damage Nato the Colonel Taurus in-between observing the battle against Baran the General Taurus.
Progressive Volume 1, Rondo of a Fragile Blade, Part 12 N/A Kirito used «Slant» to hit Nato the Colonel Taurus on the forehead, causing it to suffer a movement delay.
Progressive Volume 3, Barcarolle of Froth, Part 3 N/A Kirito used the skill to deflect the Magnatherium's claw attack, but the clash resulted in him being knocked back and smashing against a tree with his back, while the giant bear only had its attack stopped and its paw floating in the air from the momentum.
Progressive Volume 3, Barcarolle of Froth, Part 8 N/A When Kirito, Asuna and Kizmel engaged with a group of forest elves who had surrounded their ship, Kirito used «Slant» against one of the Forest Elven Spearman, sending the elf overboard.
Progressive Volume 5, Canon of the Golden Rule, Part 4 N/A Kirito used Slant against Morte after blocking the man's axe with his arm. Kirito's attack resulted in severing Morte's left arm.
Volume 9, Chapter 1, Part 5 N/A Eugeo uses «Slant» in his duel with Jink, crushing Jink's iron sword with the skill.
Volume 10, Chapter 3, Part 4 N/A Egome Zakkarite attempted to defeat Kirito in the Zakkaria Sword Arts Tournament with this skill, but was countered by Kirito's «Snake Bite», which broke Egome's sword into two.
Volume 10, Chapter 4, Part 4 N/A Kirito uses «Slant» while testing out the capabilities of his new sword.
Volume 11, Chapter 5, Part 1 Alicization Episode 09 Eugeo used this skill to counter Humbert Zizek's Vertical. Although Eugeo's «Slant» was eventually broken, Eugeo's sword was pushed into a position that allowed him to activate «Vertical» and break Humbert's posture with it.
Volume 12, Chapter 8, Part 1 N/A Eugeo chained Slant after using «Vertical Arc» to defeat Deusolbert Synthesis Seven before the knight was able to retreat and fire another arrow from his Conflagrant Flame Bow at Eugeo.
Volume 14, Chapter 13, Part 5 Alicization Episode 24 Kirito used the skill to block the last hit of Quinella's «Vertical Square».



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