Blade Dash / Octaslash
Blade Dash is a typical omnidirectional recovery move, similar to Fire Fox. When used normally, it is a single dashing strike in any direction; if used on the ground, it will not leave edges. While aiming, a small arrow will appear next to Sephiroth, indicating the direction of the dash. As an attack, Blade Dash is very weak and is unable to KO, and while it has vertical knockback that can start combos, the move's ending lag and Sephiroth's slow frame data makes followups dependent on reads.
Holding the button before the dash begins will turn the move into Octaslash, which instead hits eight times for significantly more damage and knockback, being a capable KO move especially at the edge. Octaslash travels slightly farther, but does not grab edges on the way up like Blade Dash does, and inflicts twice the landing lag. Just like Blade Dash, Octoslash will stop at edges, with Sephiroth performing any remaining slashes in place. Due to its massive hitboxes, Octoslash is a very difficult recovery to intercept even with a counter, but its inability to grab ledges and heavy endlag leaves Sephiroth very vulnerable afterwards.
When using Octaslash, Sephiroth may say 消え去れ ("Disappear."), 愚かな ("Foolish."), or 恐怖を刻もう ("I shall carve terror.")
Although no attack has been named Blade Dash in the Final Fantasy series, this move resembles and shares its Japanese name with the Flash attack Sephiroth uses in Kingdom Hearts II and in turn the Oblivion attack used in the first two Dissidia Final Fantasy games.
In the Final Fantasy series, Octaslash is a technique used by Sephiroth in multiple games: A technique resembling Octaslash first appeared in Kingdom Hearts II, as an unnamed attack used by Sephiroth. Octaslash itself first appeared in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, being both a cinematic attack as well as a Digital Mind Wave attack available to Zack Fair if the player rolled on Sephiroth. In the Dissidia Final Fantasy series (a fighting game series), Octaslash appears as one of Sephiroth's HP attacks. Sephiroth strikes a pose before executing several powerful slashes dealing Bravery damage before the last strike dealt HP attacks. In the first two games, he appears to strike less than eight times, though the last Bravery strike deals a few extra hits. Octaslash later appeared in Final Fantasy VII Remake as one of Sephiroth's attacks during the third phase of his fight.
The blue arrows in the beginning of the move originate from Final Fantasy VII Remake.
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