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Ground Dasher (ToS)

Ground Dasher as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

Ground Dasher (グランドダッシャー Gurandodasshaa?) is a powerful Earth-elemental spell appearing in numerous games in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Ground Dasher (TotA)

Ground Dasher as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

When the spell is used, a huge triangular chasm opens under the target, calling forth a wave of several stalagmites that rise and fall through the ground, juggling and dealing very heavy damage to all enemies within range. It is one of four spells used as part of Tetra Spell's super-charged incarnation in Tales of VS.

This spell is labeled Earth Shaker during battle in Tales of Eternia. Hyades and Regulus also say "Earth Shaker" when they cast the spell. However, the voices of Keele Zeibel and Meredy both say "Ground Dasher" upon activation of the spell, and all menu entries list the same voiced name.

The animation of this spell was modified to accommodate the 3-line battle system of Tales of Rebirth, affecting only a single line centered around the target. Tales of the Abyss maintains the same linear effect despite the 3D battlefield and mechanics, providing a narrow effect range that is easily avoidable. Later 3D games shifted back to a wider and more circular effect range.

In Tales of Innocence, Ground Dasher appears as an arcane arte for Ricardo Soldato. When the arte is used, Ricardo shoots an Earth-elemental brown projectile which moves in a straight line along the ground. This is one instance of a spell being converted into a physical attack with zero spellcasting delay, a pattern which continues with Freeze Lancer, Aqua Laser, and Pikohan in different games throughout the series.

Ground Dasher is often used as a component to activate other more powerful attacks. In Tales of Symphonia, if Genis Sage uses this spell while Raine Sage uses Ray during a Unison Attack, the resulting compound unison attack is Prism Stars. In Tales of the Abyss, if Ground Dasher is used within a fully-charged Water or Dark FOF Circle, it becomes Frigid Coffin. In Tales of Hearts, if either Beryl Benito or Kunzite are summoned into battle using the Connect Command panel while controlling the opposite character to use both this spell and Negative Gate at the same time, the resulting combination arte is Gravity.

Appearances

Ground Dasher (ToV)

Ground Dasher as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Mothership Titles

Escort Titles

Mobile Titles

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Destructive forces of earth are brought to life. Earth Arte."[1]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Earth (advanced): call upon the destructive energy of the earth."[2]

Japanese Quote: 地に伏す愚かな贄を喰らい尽くせ!グランドダッシャー!
Romanized Quote: Chi ni fusu oroka na nie o kuraitsukuse! Gurandodasshaa!
Translated Quote: "Engulf this sacrifice who grovels upon the land! Ground Dasher!"
Localized Quote: "Engulf these pathetic land-based souls... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "High: Unleash the destructive force of the earth. ATR.: Earth."[3]

Localized Quote: "Great king who supports the most distant of lands, receive this foolish offering that grovels at your feet... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "Releases the mighty power of the earth."[4]

Japanese Quote: 大地の咆哮、其は怒れる地竜の双牙、グランドダッシャー!
Romanized Quote: Daichi no houkou, so wa ikareru chiryuu no souga. Gurandodasshaa!
Localized Quote: "O roar of the earth, bring forth the fangs of the mighty dragon... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Localized Quote: "Engulf these pathetic land-based souls... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Advanced Spell: Release the hidden power of the earth to crush the enemy."

Japanese Quote: 大地の脈動 その身を贄にして敵を砕かん。グランドダッシャー!
Romanized Quote: Daichi no myakudou, sono mi wo nienishite teki wo kudakan. Gurandodasshaa!
Localized Quote: "O beating of the earth, sacrifice thy body and crush mine enemies... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Call forth the destructive energy of the earth."[5]

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.
  4. Tales of the Abyss (PS2) FAQ/Walkthrough by Gray Fox GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2009-06-20.
  5. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology: Character/Class FAQ by Lynkiko GameFAQS (2007) Retrieved on 2012-10-31.


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