Arte Description and History
This arte was introduced as a spell in Tales of Phantasia, requiring a short casting period before summoning a toy hammer to drop onto the target. If this hammer hits an enemy, it will be stunned for a short period without failure. However, the hammer can miss its target somewhat easily, especially if the target starts to move to a different position by the time the hammer appears. This original form is only a status-afflicting spell, and it does no damage to the enemy.
In later games, Pow Hammer became a physical attack that can be used in melee situations, often seen as a single hammer that is thrown at the enemy, spinning in the air as it arcs across the field to hit its target. In Tales of Eternia, Chat has an alternative version that allows her to throw several toy hammers at once, each with its own chance to stun any enemy that is hit.
In Tales of the Abyss, this effect is matched by Anise Tatlin's own version, which is available only if the "Great Pirate" accessory is equipped, as an homage to Chat's abilities. Tear Grants' version of the arte only summons one toy hammer. However, it can be used anywhere on the battle field to hit a target at any distance. Additionally, this arte can be used within a complete Water or Dark FOF circle to convert it into Frozen Hammer.
In Tales of Symphonia, after the arte has been used over 200+ times, Toss Hammer will appear randomly to replace it and any of its more powerful variants when they are used, inflicting the "poison" status ailment upon the enemy. The base Pow Hammer can also become Ice Hammer if Colette Brunel is inflicting Ice elemental damage. In her cameo appearances in Escort Titles, these altered artes become a default part of her arte list when appearing. In the game, there are several compound special attacks that can be formed with this arte during a Unison Arte. If used with Tiger Blade, the arte will become Pow Blade; if used with Lightning, the result is Mjollnir; if used with Light Spear, it will be Pow Spear; if used together with Devastation, the compound special attack will be Pow Devastation. All these artes have Colette replace the partner's original weapon with a Pow Hammer.
Pow Hammer has also appeared in some games as a weapon. In Tales of Symphonia, the Pow Hammer DX, the "joke weapon" for Presea Combatir that is a large Pow Hammer with rings of yellow spikes, can be purchased at the Weapon Shop in Luin once it has been fully restored. In Tales of Legendia, the Pow Hammer can be obtained as a weapon through customizing in Werites Beacon, although it is fairly weak.
The Pow Hammer's hammer is also used for failure; a Miss while playing with the Gambler's Gamble results in a Pow Hammer striking the user, while a failure during Patty Fleur's Critical Moment may result in Pow Hammers striking everyone on the field.
Tales of Phantasia (SFC) - Mint Adenade, Uinal
Tales of Destiny - Swordian Chaltier, "Mercy" Aura Disc (Hammer Blow)
Tales of Phantasia (PSX) + Full Voice Edition (PSP) - Mint Adenade
Tales of Eternia - Chat (Pow Hammer)
Tales of Destiny 2 - monster enemies
Tales of Symphonia - Colette Brunel (Pow Hammer)
Tales of Phantasia (GBA) - Mint Adenade, Cardinal, Uinal (Pow Hammer)
Tales of Legendia - Hammer weapon (Pow Hammer)
Tales of the Abyss - Tear Grants, Anise Tatlin, Mint Adenade (Pow Hammer)
Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut - Leon Magnus
Tales of Innocence - Illia Animi, Ange Serena
Tales of Vesperia - Estelle (Pow Hammer)
Tales of Hearts - Beryl Benito
Tales of Phantasia: Cross Edition - Mint Adenade
Tales of Xillia - Elise Lutus
Tales of Innocence R (VITA) - Illia Animi, Hermana Larmo, Seven Star
Tales of Xillia 2 - Elise Lutus, Ludger Will Kresnik, Mint Adenade
Tales of Hearts R - Beryl Benito
Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon - Couleur
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 - Cleric costume, Priest/Priestess costume, Druid costume, Wizard/Witch costume, Scholar costume, Conjurer costume, Dancer costume, Fire Dancer costume, Traveling Performer costume, Water Ballerina costume, Tap Dancer costume, Shrine Maiden costume, Milard costume, Mint Adenade, Chat
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 - Cleric costume, Mint Adenade, Chat, Colette Brunel
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology - Priest class, Leon Magnus, Tear Grants (Pow Hammer)
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World - Colette Brunel (Pow Hammer)
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 - Priest class, Pirate class, Mint Adenade, Leon Magnus, Chat, Colette Brunel, Tear Grants, Anise Tatlin, Illia Animi, Estelle
Tales of VS. - Mint Adenade, Leon Magnus, Colette Brunel, Tear Grants, Anise Tatlin, Illia Animi
Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X - Sister costume, Nurse costume, Bishop costume, Mint Adenade
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 - Priest class, Pirate class, Mint Adenade, Leon Magnus, Chat, Colette Brunel, Tear Grants, Anise Tatlin, Illia Animi, Estelle
Tales of Phantasia (SFC) (DeJap Translations): Hammer
Tales of Phantasia (PSX) (Absolute Zero): Toy Hammer, Pikohan
Tales of Phantasia (PSX) (Phantasian Productions): Pow Hammer, Pikohan
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 (Kajitani-Eizan): Pow Hammer
Tales of Innocence (Absolute Zero): Pow Hammer
In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes
Tales of Phantasia
Tales of Phantasia (PSX)
Tales of Eternia
Localized Description: "It can sometimes cause KO."
Tales of Phantasia (GBA)
Japanese Description: 敵の頭上にハンマーを落として気絶させる
Romanization: Teki no zujou ni hammer wo otoshite kizetsu saseru
Localized Description: "Stun enemy by causing a hammer to fall on their head."
Tales of Symphonia
Localized Description: "Lv. 1 Sp. Attack: throw a hammer at the enemy."
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
Localized Description: "Magic: Throw a hammer."
Localized Description: "Base: A pow hammer knocks the enemy silly."
Tales of Vesperia
Localized Description: "Base Arte: Throw a hammer that knocks the enemy silly."
- ↑ Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006) Retrieved on 2008-03-20.
- ↑ Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
- ↑ Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.
- ↑ Tales of Symphonia (GC) Technique FAQ by Darth Marth GameFAQ - Retrieved on 28-03-2009