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Fireball (ToD PSX)

Fireball as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Fireball (ファイアボール / ファイアーボール Faiabooru / Faiaabooru?), also spelled as Fire Ball, is a classic spell in the Tales series, typically appearing as the primary novice Fire-elemental spell. This tends to be the first spell that magic-capable characters can learn.

Arte Description and History

Throughout most of its appearances, the spell shoots off one or more fireballs at the enemy. These fireballs are capable of homing in on an enemy target, regardless of position on the battlefield. This spell tends to do weak damage, decreasing its usefulness as more powerful area-based spells are learned.

In the PlayStation 2 remake version of Tales of Destiny, Fireball is not a target-based spell, instead shooting a single fireball along the ground for a short distance toward the direction Stahn Aileron is facing while casting the spell. If no enemy is close enough to be hit by the fireball, it simply disappears after reaching its range limit. It has the added effect of increasing physical attack power by 10% for 8 seconds, making it helpful early on, until Stahn gains access to Goushourai. However, Fireball has the additional ability to change into Flame Shoot if it is used while airborne, providing Stahn with a spam-able version of the same long-ranged homing abilities most characters with Fire Ball are capable of using.

In Tales of Symphonia, Genis Sage can learn either Eruption or Flame Lance after mastering this spell, depending on his focus on "Technical" or "Strike" arte branches. This does not include Kratos Aurion or Zelos Wilder, who learn Eruption regardless. In Tales of Legendia, this spell can be learned by both Will Raynard and Shirley Fennes. It summons the three fireballs above the enemy's head and drops them at a quick speed, making it difficult to dodge. Shirley's version of the spell is much larger and stronger than Will's version, at the expense of a significantly increased TP cost. Shirley's version of the spell also has a pink hue, similar to most of the spells available to her, differentiating them from the spells cast by other characters.

Fireball (ToI)

Fireball as it appears in Tales of Innocence.

In Tales of Vesperia, the amount of fireballs can be increased based upon the total usage count, creating a maximum of ten fireballs. In Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, Rowen J. Ilbert can release up to three more fireballs using the same magic crest from which he calls the first one using his "Arte Tuning" special ability.

Similar to Indignation, the Japanese versions of the games with Fireball lists this spell with different katakana characters throughout the history of the series. Both the original Super Famicom version of Tales of Phantasia and the original PlayStation version of Tales of Destiny use (ファイアーボール Faiaabooru?) to represent this spell. All future port and remake versions of both games use the current (ファイアボール Faiabooru?) form, effectively retconning the original name. This name change can be attributed to the eight-character limit for all arte names in the early games of the series.

Appearances

Mothership Titles

Escort Titles

Mobile Titles

Fireball (ToX)

Fireball as it appears in Tales of Xillia.

Animation

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 炎系攻撃呪文の中で最も単純なもので、火炎弾を発する
Romanized Description: Honoo kei kougeki jumon no chuude mottomo tanjun namonode, kaendan wo hassuru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Fires three fireballs at the target."[1]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Shoots off a fireball at the enemy."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "The most basic fire spell that calls forth several balls of flame."

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Shoot multiple fireballs at the enemy. Fire Arte."[3]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 炎系攻撃呪文の一つ 火炎弾を発する
Romanized Description: Honoo kei kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Kaendan wo hassuru
Localized Description: "A fire-based attack spell that releases a ball of fire."[4]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Fire (novice): unleash 3 fireballs upon the target."[5]

User: Genis Sage
Localized Quote: "Get him! Fire Ball!"

User: Kratos Aurion
Localized Quote: "Take this! Fire Ball!"

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Novice: Unleash fireballs on the enemy."[6]

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Shoot flames at the enemy."

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Localized Description: "Fire (novice): Unleash fireballs upon the enemy."

User: Zelos Wilder
Localized Quote "Ready for this? Burn, baby!"

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Novice Spell: Send a fireball toward the enemy. Continued use will increase the number of fireballs."

Japanese Quote: 揺らめく焔、猛追!ファイアーボール!
Romanized Quote: Yurameku homura, moutsui! Faiaabooru!
Localized Quote: "O flickering blaze, burn... Fire Ball!"[7]

Tales of Xillia

User: Milla
Localized Description: "A flaming sphere. Hold O to cast it or release it early to knock foes away with a Flare Bomb."

Japanese Quote: 業火よ爆ぜろ!ファイアボール!
Romanized Quote: Goukayo hazero! Faiabooru!
Translated Quote: "Burst out, O hellfire! Fireball!"
Localized Quote: "Flames come forth! Fireball!"

User: Rowen J. Ilbert
Localized Description: "A devastating, flaming sphere. Press O at the right time to launch additional fireballs."

Japanese Quote: 業火爆裂!ファイアボール!
Romanized Quote: Gouka bakuretsu! Faiabooru!
Translated Quote: "Explosive hellfire! Fireball!"
Localized Quote: "Blaze forth! Fireball!"

User: Agria
Localized Quote: "Time to burn! Fireball!"

References

  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 (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough by CMoriarty / Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  3. Tales of Destiny II (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 1/2 by Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  4. Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  5. Tales of Symphonia (GC) Technique FAQ by DarthMarth GameFAQs (2005) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  6. Tales of Legendia (PS2) Eres Guide by AncientNova GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
  7. Tales of Vesperia (X360) Battle Quote FAC by TianXia7541 [1] (2008-12-15) Retrieved on 2009-04-25.


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