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Shock arrows

Shock Arrows (ショックアロー; abbreviated as SA) were introduced in DanceDanceRevolution X. Shock Arrows are steps that span across all of the step markers (all four on Single, and all eight on Double). They are a whitish color and are electrified. These arrows are not meant to be stepped on. If a player steps presses any panel (up, down, left or right) when a Shock Arrow reaches the markers, then all other arrows will disappear briefly, the player's combo will be broken, and their life gauge decreases (if on EXTRA STAGE, a life will be lost). In order to avoid the Shock Arrows, many people jump when it reaches the markers or will step on one of the non-directional panels. Shock Arrows may come either a 4th note or 8th note after the previous note, but in the most extreme of cases, they may occur a 16th note after the previous note (Another Phase is an example of this), thus making it harder to avoid. This is especially true in higher BPMs

On DDR X CS and DDR X2 CS, if a Shock Arrow Challenge chart is played, then the background is replaced by the background of a thunderstorm cloud, regardless of whether or not the song has a special background video.

Shock Arrows only appear on certain songs' Challenge charts. They do not appear on any other difficulty. While earlier Shock Arrow charts were copies of either the Basic, Difficult, or Expert charts of a song with some steps replaced by Shock Arrows (e.g. SABER WING and Horatio; the left and right arrows would also be swapped) plus some minor alterations (e.g. Another Phase and SABER WING), some of the more recent Shock Arrow charts have been more innovative (e.g. escape, Desert Journey, 女々しくて, etc). In other words, they are their own chart rather than being a copy of either the Basic, Difficult, or Expert charts of the song.

Shock Arrows also add to the Stream, Voltage, Air and Chaos values on the Groove Radar. In the case of Stream, a chart with Shock Arrows will have a higher Stream value than if it did not have any. In the case of Voltage, the maximum density of a chart's notes will include Shock Arrows (if any) (e.g. Horatio's Challenge chart in DDR X US CS). In the case of Chaos, if a standalone 8th note right after a 4th note Shock Arrow, then the Chaos Base Value of this note would be higher than if the Shock Arrow wasn't there (it would be worth 1 interval=4 (8 on Double Play) instead of whatever intervals between this note and the last note before the Shock Arrow).

Successfully avoided Shock Arrows add one to the current combo.

The Shock Arrows are based off of the Bomb gimmick from DanceDanceRevolution HOTTEST PARTY and DanceDanceRevolution HOTTEST PARTY 2.

On the banner (album jacket starting with DanceDanceRevolution X2) in the music select screen, there will be an icon to indicate any Shock Arrows in the chart.


If a player steps on a Shock Arrow, an N.G. is awarded. If the Shock Arrow is avoided, then an O.K. is awarded. Because Shock Arrows are given the same judgment as Freeze Arrows, they are given the same value. Despite this, Shock Arrows never add to the Freeze value on the Groove Radar.

Starting with DanceDanceRevolution X2, N.G.'s given for stepping on Shock Arrows are now counted towards Misses.

Songs with Shock Arrow Challenge Charts[]

Only certain songs have Shock Arrow Challenge charts. Here are the songs with Shock Arrow charts and the games they originated from. Some of these songs have been removed and are not featured on all succeeding releases. There are other songs that are exclusive to DDR X2 CS, and as such, are never found in arcade releases.


  • Boys (2008 X-edit) (removed in DDR 2013)
  • Butterfly (2008 X-edit)
  • DUB-I-DUB (2008 X-edit)
  • GET UP'N MOVE (2008 X-edit) (removed in DDR 2013)
  • Dance Celebration
  • Flight of the Phoenix
  • Horatio
  • Waiting 4 u

※Revised from DDR X US CS version

DDR X2[]

NOTE: smooooch・∀・ and Theory of Eternity appear in DDR II, but without their Challenge charts. This is due to the Wii game engine not handling Shock Arrows.


  • Dream on Dreamer
  • Disturbia
  • TRUE LOVE (Clubstar's True Club Mix)
  • Keep on movin'
  • Closer

DDR X3 VS 2ndMIX[]

DDR 2013[]

NOTE: This list will be updated when more Shock Arrow charts come. They are listed in order of appearance.

Enjoy Level Unlocks[]

Added on 07/18/2013[]

Added on 08/01/2013[]

Added on 10/01/2013[]

※Air value is 200.

Added on 10/31/2013[]

NOTE: These could be unlocked by signing up for KONAMI Arcade Championship 2013.

Added on 12/04/2013[]

What Each Chart is Based Off of[]

Song Original Difficulty
Another Phase Expert
Blew My Mind Unknown
Boom Boom Dollar (Red Monster Mix) Original chart
Boys (2008 X-edit) Basic
Butterfly (2008 X-edit) Basic
Closer Basic
COME BACK TO MY HEART Original chart
Dance Celebration Expert
Desert Journey Original chart
Diamond Dust Original chart
Disturbia Basic
Dream on Dreamer Basic
DUB-I-DUB (2008 X-edit) Basic
escape Original chart
Flight of the Phoenix Original chart
Freeze Expert
future gazer Original chart
GET UP'N MOVE (2008 X-edit) Difficult
going up Difficult
Heatstroke Difficult
HERO (2008 X-edit) Original chart
heron Original chart
Horatio Expert
Keep on movin' Expert
MAKE IT BETTER (So-REAL Mix) Original chart
Melody Life Expert
Mermaid girl Expert
New Beginning Expert
only my railgun Original chart
Pluto The First Expert
Right on time (Ryu☆Remix) Original chart
SigSig Difficult
Smoke Original chart
smooooch・∀・ Original chart
south Original chart
Theory of Eternity Difficult
Top The Charts Original chart
TRUE♥LOVE (Clubstar's True Club Mix) Difficult
TWINKLE♡HEART Original chart
Waiting 4 u Expert
アルストロメリア (walk with you remix) Original chart
コネクト Original chart
つけまつける Expert
†渚の小悪魔ラヴリィ~レイディオ† Original chart
マジLOVE1000% Original chart
女々しくて Original chart

Out of all 52 songs with Shock Arrow charts, 9 are based off of the songs' respective Basic charts, 8 based off of Difficult, 12 based off of Expert, and 22 are original charts.

Charts with the Most Shock Arrows[]

Single Play[]

Under construction.

Doubles Play[]

Under construction.

Charts with the Least Shock Arrows[]

Single Play[]

Under construction.

Doubles Play[]

Under construction.


See Also[]