Arte Description and History
Absolute is an arte that usually forms a jagged block of ice on the spot that the target is occupying, freezing them and then smashing the ice block in an explosion, dealing further damage. The actual effectiveness of the arte varies between games.
In Tales of Eternia, Absolute is a Craymel Arte available to Meredy and Keele Zeibel, after fringing the Greater Craymels Celsius and Volt. In this game, the arte forms a spike of ice on the ground where the target was standing at the end of the incantation, and if it hits, it will freeze the enemy into a ball of ice, which then shatters.
In Tales of Symphonia, Genis Sage can learn this spell after learning Freeze Lancer and Grave, if he is aligned with the Strike style of artes. When Absolute is cast, a freezing circle will appear below the target. If the target does not move out of the area, it will be frozen solid momentarily until the ice shatters. Absolute shares a unique trait with Photon, the ability to stagger any enemy and keep them in place momentarily. Absolute, like Photon, can even stagger fallen enemies, forcing them to rise. The main disadvantage to this spell is that the enemy has to be touching the freezing ground to get hit, meaning airborne enemies are completely immune to this spell, unless knocked to the ground first.
In Tales of the Abyss, Absolute is the first of the three "forbidden spells" that are available to Jade Curtiss, only unlockable through a sidequest. By collecting the three stones needed, Jade will learn this arte. Upon activation, the arte will, after a small delay, freeze the spot where the target was at the time the casting finished and afterwards drop a lump of ice onto the block, smashing it and dealing further damage. However, due to this delay, it is easy for enemies to evade the spell by running outside of its effect range. The context contained in the ancient stones in reference to Absolute reads, "The cluster of ice that doth shine like silver sleeps at the base of soil. It is the universal principle that sparkles in the desert. The great power that doth sleep at the foot of the frozen mountain is the embrace of heartless silver that doth carve the barren wilds."
In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Genis regains the use of this spell late in the story. If there is at least one minor Ice element on the Elemental Grid and a Unison Attack is used, Genis will also contribute this spell to the Unison Attack.
Tales of Eternia - Ice Craymel Arte: Meredy, Keele Zeibel, Celsius, Nereid (Absolute)
Tales of Symphonia - Genis Sage, Meredy, Seles Wilder, Origin, Mithos (Absolute)
Tales of Legendia - Grune, Solon (Absolute)
Tales of the Abyss - Jade Curtiss, Sync, Gigant Mohs, Nebilim, Replicantis (Absolute)
Tales of Hearts - Combination Arte: Beryl Benito + Kunzite
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World - Genis Sage (Absolute)
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 - Keele Zeibel, Celsius, Jade Curtiss
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 - Keele Zeibel, Celsius, Jade Curtiss
In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes
Tales of Symphonia
Localized Description: "Ice/Earth (high): Deep-freeze the target to extremely low temperatures."
User: Genis Sage
Japanese Incantation: 受けよ 無慈悲なる白銀の抱擁！ アブソリュート！
Romanization: Ukeyo, mujuhi naru hakugin no houyou! Abusoryuuto!
Literal Translation: "Recieve the merciless embrace of the silver snow. Absolute!!"
Localized Incantation: "May the merciless embrace of frost take you. Absolute!!"
Japanese Incantation: 白き御手よ清冽なる棺に封じよ、アブソリュート！
Romanization: Shiroki mite yo, seiretsu naru hitsugi ni fuujiyo! Abusoryuuto!
Literal Translation: "White divine hand, seal them in the 'cool and clear' coffin. Absolute!"
Localized Incantation: "Enrupt them in the purity of thy light. Absolute!"
Tales of Legendia
Localized Description: "Mid: Lead the enemy to a silent world of ice. ATR.: Ice"
Tales of the Abyss
Localized Description: "High: Freeze the enemy solid with supercooled air."
User: Jade Curtiss
Japanese Incantation: 受けよ、無慈悲なる白銀の抱擁、アブソリュート！
Romanization: Ukeyo, mujuhi naru hakugin no houyou. Abusoryuuto!
Literal Translation: "Receive the merciless embrace of the silver snow. Absolute!"
Localized Incantation: "Rest in a merciless silver embrace. Absolute!"
Localized Incantation: "Rest in a silver embrace. Absolute!"