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The player controls the hero Sky on his quest to defeat the Warlord Ashura and rescue the sorceress Ariana.
Skyblazer has a structure similar to many platformers of the era: He must pass through and conquer each stage, defeating the bosses along the way, on his quest to reach the last stage where Ashura and the dark god Raglan awaits. Sky is adept at climbing walls, jumping and fighting enemies. Some stages require some amount of flying, displayed with the Super Nintendo's Mode 7.
Sky has several methods of attack which he gains by finding them spread around the levels. Sky's basic attack, a punch and kick combo, costs no magic points and can do it as often as he likes. He can also use the Dragon Slash from the offset, which is a powerful finishing attack that uses a little magic.
Additionally he can acquire:
- The Comet Flash, which sends Sky flying horizontally. This is invaluable for passing by floor obstacles like spikes and lava.
- Lightning Strike, which clears the screen of enemies. It's a move best left for emergencies, when enemies threaten to overcome the hero.
- Star Fire, which fires bullets in eight directions away from Sky.
- Heal, which gives Sky some health back.
- Warrior Force, a helpful buff that turns Sky invincible and increases his attack power.
- Time Stop, a power that freezes all enemies. It can be used on one boss.
- Fiery Phoenix, the only magic that can destroy Ashura's shield.
All these attacks require magic power, which can be found across the levels. Along with magic power (represented as potions), Sky can also collect diamonds. Like coins and rings, diamonds will give Sky an extra life should he find 100 of the smaller ones or ten of the larger ones (which count as ten small gems each).