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Delay (ディレイ Direi?) is a reoccurring spell and skill in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Delay is an arte and skill that involves slowing some aspect down, though what particular aspect it affects changes with each iteration. Its original spell form in Tales of Phantasia involves decreasing the movement speed of one enemy, and this effect is revisited in Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X. Its effect changes to decreasing the target's casting speed in Tales of Eternia, which is the effect that Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2, Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3, and Tales of Eternia Online replicate. Delay also appears as a passive skill attached to certain equipment in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, where it decreases the party's escape speed.


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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 法術の一つ。敵の移動速度を下げる
Romanized Description: Houjutsu no hitotsu. Teki no idou sokudo wo sageru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Slows an enemy down."[1]

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "The enemy's chant is delayed by distorting time."[2]


  1. Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
  2. Tales of Destiny II (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 1/2 by Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.

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