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Back Slash
XC1 art icon Back Slash.png XC1DE art icon Back Slash.png
User Shulk
Type Physical Art
Colour Red
Target Single enemy
Effect(s) Damage - Double damage if striking from behind
Description Attacking from behind will inflict a large amount of damage.
First available Available from start
This article is about the Battle Art in Xenoblade Chronicles. For the Battle Art in Xenoblade Chronicles X, see Back Slash (XCX).

Back Slash (バックスラッシュ, Back Slash) is one of Shulk's physical Battle Arts in Xenoblade Chronicles and Future Connected. Activating this Art causes Shulk to jump forward at his target enemy, dealing damage to a single target. If he strikes his target from behind, he will deal twice as much damage.


Back Slash is Shulk's main method of damage. It's powerful by itself, but it probably shouldn't be used if not from behind, since not only will the bonus damage be lost but it'll make it harder for Shulk to lose the aggro so he can get behind later. Similarly, Shulk needs to be careful about using it even when in position if his aggro is still high. It's an excellent way to start battles with unaware enemies, assuming the tank can quickly compensate for the aggro generated or the target instantly dies.


Damage type Physical
Category Physical
Talent gauge used 0%
Cooldown 20.0s
Accuracy +5%
Obtained Level 0
Power 2.00
Hits 1
Element Slash
Frames Seconds
Hit 20 0.667
Duration 70 2.333
Target Opponent
Area Single target
Range 4.00m
Effect None
Condition From behind
Bonus effect 2x power
AI type Normal
Aggro 0
Knockback None
Flags Anti-air: False
Single effects: False
Monado art: False
Battle text
Original Attack from behind to deal additional damage.
DE Attack from behind to deal additional damage.
Basic Intermediate Advanced Master
AP cost 0 200 400 800 1,600 2,400 3,600 5,200 7,200 9,600 11,200 13,000
Power 2.00 2.20 2.40 2.60 2.80 3.00 3.20 3.40 3.60 3.80 4.00 4.20
Cooldown 20.0 19.4 18.8 18.2 17.6 17.0 16.4 15.8 15.2 14.6 14.0 13.4
Accuracy +5% +10% +15% +20% +25% +25% +25% +25% +25% +25% +25% +25%
Accuracy (DE) +5% +10% +15% +20% +25% +30% +35% +40% +45% +50% +55% +60%

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Sell price 400 G
Buy price 4,000 G

Advanced art book

Sell price 1,000 G
Enemy Lv. Loc. Gold Chest % Gold Drop % Total % Num. expected Num. for 95%
Final MarcusXC1 enemy icon frame unique.png Final Marcus XC1 enemy icon frame unique.png 100 Valak Mountain 1100.0% 0.1209523809523812.1% 0.1209523809523812.1% 8.26771653543319 23.23782482400724
General ArachnoGeneral Arachno 75 Bionis' Leg 0.022.0% 0.1604114459649216.0% 0.00320822891929840.3% 311.69845580056312 932.26645531827933
M55/DREADM55/DREADStory-limited 63 Agniratha 0.033.0% 0.0612366214256676.1% 0.001837098642770.2% 544.33658417612545 1629.18834771261630
Mystical KlesidaXC1 enemy icon frame unique.png Mystical Klesida XC1 enemy icon frame unique.png 72 Bionis' Interior 1100.0% 0.086086956521748.6% 0.086086956521748.6% 11.61616161616112 33.27857419856634
Telethia LecroughTelethia LecroughQuest-exclusive 87 Alcamoth 00.0% 0.1489261957554714.9% 00.0% 1000000000 1000000000
Uragano NebulaUragano Nebula 76 Prison Island II 0.033.0% 0.0612366214256676.1% 0.001837098642770.2% 544.33658417612545 1629.18834771261630
Veteran YozelXC1 enemy icon frame unique.png Veteran Yozel XC1 enemy icon frame unique.png 83 Satorl Marsh 1100.0% 0.1604114459649216.0% 0.1604114459649216.0% 6.23396911601117 17.13380991035918
Vilae ArachnoVilae Arachno 95 Tephra Cave 0.033.0% 0.1489261957554714.9% 0.00446778587266410.4% 223.82451364074224 669.01933513312670

Master art book

Sell price 2,000 G
Buy price 20,000 Noponstone (Nopon Archsage)

In the Super Smash Bros. games[edit]

Main article: Back Slash on SmashWiki

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Shulk uses Back Slash as his side special attack. Initiating the attack causes Shulk to jump forward with the Monado and strike the ground in an arc, dealing average damage with a clean hit, and high damage if he strikes his opponent from behind. If Shulk initiates this from the air or goes off a ledge, he will fall until he hits a solid surface or the blast line, meaning this move is not safe to use off-stage.

When Shulk uses Back Slash, the Monado's blade glows red instead of its normal blue, referencing the colour of the move's icon in his home game. In Ultimate, an additional yellow starburst effect shows on back hits, referencing the bonus effect graphic.


In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Back Slash
Japan flag.svg Japanese バックスラッシュ Back Slash
France flag.svg French Lacération dorsale Back Laceration
Germany flag.svg German Rückschlag Back beat
Spain flag.svg Spanish Ataque dorsal
Italy flag.svg Italian Colpo proditorio
Netherlands flag.svg Dutch Rugslag Back beat
Portugal flag.svg Portuguese Golpe Dorsal Back blow
Russia flag.svg Russian Удар сзади
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 背面斩击
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 背面斬擊
South Korea flag.svg Korean 백 슬래시 Back Slash