«Starburst Stream» (スターバースト・ストリーム, Sutābāsuto Sutorīmu?) is a 16-hit[† 1] Dual Blades category Sword Skill in Sword Art Online.

Description[edit | edit source]

The first hit is a horizontal swing from left to right with the right sword, immediately followed by an uppercut with the left sword. The user then jumps up and slashes the target with both swords from left to right while spinning, twice. The user lands facing the target and slashes an X from top to bottom, before inversely slashing the X again from bottom to top. The user then leaps at the target and makes two diagonal slashes from the same starting point, with the left sword heading from top to bottom to the left, while the right sword heads from bottom to top toward the right.[1]

Afterwards, the user reverses his grip on the two swords and slashes another X with both swords from top to bottom. The user then does a barrel-roll like maneuver while slashing at the target, like a corkscrew. The user then slashes another two X's at the target, first from top to bottom and then bottom to top. The user then makes a diagonal slash with the right sword, top-right to bottom-left, then spins left and uses this momentum to deal a horizontal, right to left slash with the left sword. The user then, at a very high speed, makes an uppercut with the right sword; then another with the left sword, a downward slash with the right sword, then a downward diagonal slash towards the right with the left sword, spins and repeats the previous attack, and thrusts the right-handed sword out. The final slash is a forceful downward lunge with the left sword.[1]

The List Version[edit | edit source]

  1. Horizontal, left to right slash with right sword.
  2. Uppercut slash with left sword + Full circle spin.
  3. Horizontal, left to right slash with both swords + Full circle spin.
  4. Horizontal, left to right slash with both swords.
  5. Downward X-slash with both swords.
  6. Upward X-slash with both swords.
  7. Two opposite-directional diagonal slashes, left sword going down-left, right sword going up-right.
  8. Lifts swords up while turning away from the target, reverses grip of both swords.
  9. Reverse-grip downward X-slash with both swords.
  10. Corkscrew “attack”, and shifts swords into forward grip.
  11. Downward X-slash with both swords.
  12. Upward X-slash with both swords.
  13. Diagonal top-right to bottom-left slash with right sword + Full circle spin.
  14. Horizontal right to left slash with left sword.
  15. Uppercut slash with right sword.
  16. Uppercut slash with left sword.
  17. Downward vertical slash with right sword.
  18. Downward diagonal slash with left sword +Full circle spin.
  19. Downward diagonal slash with left sword.
  20. Forward thrust with right sword.
  21. Forward lunge with left sword.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Instance Description
Light Novel Anime Manga
Volume 1, Chapter 11 Episode 09 Aincrad Manga Stage.005 Kirito used Starburst Stream to defeat The Gleam Eyes.
Volume 1, Chapter 13 Episode 10 Aincrad Manga Stage.006 Kirito used Starburst Stream against Heathcliff, after noticing that Heathcliff's face finally showed a flash of emotion. Kirito was able to break Heathcliff's defence with the skill, but just as he is about to deal the final blow, Heathcliff activated his over-assist beyond its normal capacity, allowing him to block Kirito's attack and counterattack.
N/A Ordinal Scale Ordinal Scale Chapter 16 Kirito used Starburst Stream to defeat An Incarnation of the Radius.
Volume 18, Chapter 22, Part 2 Alicization Episode 44 TBA Having gathered all the prayers of Underworld residents and his friends through the Night Sky Sword, Kirito activated Starburst Stream against Subtilizer. Due to Kirito being a little slower than Subtilizer, his left hand was severed during the final blow; however, he managed to break the limits of the Sword Skill with the help of Eugeo, and unleashed another, seventeenth strike.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In ALfheim Online, with the addition of Original Sword Skills, Kirito has attempted to recreate the Starburst Stream skill, but is going through hell to do so.[2]
  • «Starburst Stream» is one of the three Sword Skills in the Sword Art Online series which share their names with Incarnate attacks in the Accel World series, written by the same author. The other two skills are Vorpal Strike and The Eclipse. Additionally, the number of consecutive hits the skill has in Accel World is identical to that of its counterpart in Sword Art Online.
  • A modified version of Starburst Stream was included in «Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax» and is used by both Kirito and Kuroyukihime as one of their Climax Arts. The two characters execute the skill differently.[citation needed]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The anime portrays the skill as having 21 hits, although the the skill is a 16-hit combo in the novel.

References[edit | edit source]

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mostly common in SAO, New ALO, UW
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  1. Only in ALO.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Only in SAO and ALO
  3. Only in SAO
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