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Freeze Lancer (フリーズランサー Furiizuransaa?) is an intermediate Ice or Water elemental spell in the Tales Series.

Arte Description and History

The caster creates a portal in front of him or herself, from which multiple shards of ice are launched at the enemy in a straight line, dealing Ice elemental damage. In most of the 2D battle systems, it is nearly impossible to avoid the attack, though due to its linear effect, it suffers from the transition into 3D.

In Tales of Symphonia, Freeze Lancer is a spell that Genis Sage can learn on the Strike branch line, with its Technical counterpart being Ice Tornado. The spell can also be used by a few major enemies in the game, including Celsius and Seles Wilder. In addition, Genis is required to master this spell along with Grave to learn Absolute, the only advanced Ice elemental spell in the game.

In Tales of Rebirth, is implemented differently to accomodate the three-line battle field. When it is cast, five ice shards are shot in a fan-shaped formation from Hilda Rhambling, with each shard launched at incrementing angles to her left and right sides. The orientation of the arte's effect spread changes if Hilda is on the near or far line. This spell is derived from a combination of the bases Rock Barrage and Splasher.

Though a 2D game, the version in Tales of Legendia is more like the one in Rebirth. This version launches six weakly tracking shards of ice from a spot near the enemy. They will travel in a straight line, and the initial angle will change only slowly.

Freeze Lancer is introduced as a physical arte in Tales of Innocence, used by Illia Animi. Instead of summoning a portal for the ice shards to appear, she shoots them from her guns as if they were bullets. As a physical attack, it no longer requires any incantation time. This variation reappears in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, where Celsius receives this version of Freeze Lancer with Illia, instead of the regular spell used by the others in the same game.

In Tales of Vesperia, the spell as an altered arte learned by Rita Mordio. It is of both water and wind elements, like all ice-themed attacks in the game. The spell can be learned by using Splash with the "Gale" and "Chain" abilities equipped.

Appearances

Mothership Titles

Tales of Eternia - Ice Craymel Arte: Meredy, Keele Zeibel, Celsius, Hyades, Shizel, Siren, Arche (Freeze Lancer)
Tales of Symphonia - Genis Sage, Celsius, The Neglected, The Fugitive, Seles (Freeze Lancer)
Tales of Rebirth - Hilda Rhambling
Tales of Legendia - Will Raynard, Glacier Gaet, Dark Will (Freeze Lancer)
Tales of Innocence - Illia Animi
Tales of Vesperia - Rita Mordio, Sorrowful Queen of Darkness (Freeze Lancer)
Tales of Xillia - Rowen J. Ilbert
Tales of Innocence R (VITA) - Illia Animi
Tales of Xillia 2 - Rowen J. Ilbert

Escort Titles

Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 - Priest/Priestess costume
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 - Thanatos costume, Wizard costume, Witch costume, Keele Zeibel, Celsius
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 - Keele Zeibel, Celsius, Illia Animi
Tales of VS. - Illia Animi, Rita Mordio
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 - Keele Zeibel, Celsius, Will Raynard, Illia Animi, Rita Mordio

Fan-Translated Names

Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 (Kajitani-Eizan): Freeze Lancer
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 (Kajitani-Eizan): Freeze Lancer
Tales of Innocence (Absolute Zero): Freeze Lancer

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "The enemy is showered with spears of ice. Ice Arte."[1]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Ice (mid): Pummel the target with numerous lances of ice."[2]

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Mid: Unleash spears of ice on the enemy. A. ATR.: Ice"[3]

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Altered Arte: Unleash spears of ice on the enemy."
Japanese Incantation: 氷結せし刃、鋭く空を駆け抜ける…フリーズランサー!
Romanization: Hyouketsu seshi yaiba, surudoku sora o kakenukeru...Furiizuransaa!
Localized Incantation: "O frozen blades, fly sharply across the heavens... Freeze Lancer!"

Shortened Casting Duration:
Japanese Incantation: 鋭く、速く!フリーズランサー!
Romanization: Surudoku, hayaku! Furiizuransaa!
Literal Translation: "Sharply, swiftly! Freeze Lancer!"

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "Icicles project forth to attack any hostiles. Repeatedly press O to launch additional lances."

Japanese Incantation: 唸れ氷狼の牙!フリーズランサー!
Romanization: Unare hyourou no kiba! Furiizuransaa!
Literal Translation: "Growl, fangs of the ice wolf! Freeze Lancer!"
Localized Quote: "Fangs of ice, roar forth! Freeze Lancer!"

References

  1. Tales of Destiny II (PS) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 1/2 by Psycho Penguin GameFAQs (2002) Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  2. Tales of Symphonia (GC) Technique FAQ by DarthMarth GameFAQs (2005) Retrieved on 2009-03-07.
  3. Tales of Legendia (PS2) Eres Guide by AncientNova GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2009-03-07.

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