Spark Wave (スパークウェブ Supaakuuebu?, "Spark Web") is an intermediate-level spell found in many games of the Tales series. It is an electricity-based spell that appears often as part of the Lightning or Wind element.
Arte Description and History
Spark Wave is a spell that summons a ball of electricity that hurts any opponent caught within. It is a moderately powerful spell that deals several rapid hits, making it one of the more useful spells to use in combos during battle.
This spell is first introduced in Tales of Eternia, used early on by an unnamed Celestian antagonist who is later revealed to be Hyades. He has the ability to cast Spark Wave instantly, often chaining into it after casting Thunder Blade. During the third Seyfert Trial, Reid Hershel experiences the life of a younger Shizel, who has Spark Wave as one of four spells that are available to her during this time. Spark Wave cannot be used by any other playable character, and Shizel does not use this spell during her battles against the party.
In Tales of Symphonia, this spell is available to Genis Sage, if he is aligned with the Strike style of artes after mastering Lightning. Its Technical counterpart is Thunder Blade. Spark Wave is required to obtain the spells Thunder Arrow and Earth Bite. Spark Wave can also be used by several enemies in the game, including Kvar, the Drake in the Meltokio Colosseum, and the second form of the final boss.
Spark Wave later appears in Tales of the Abyss, where it is an FOF Change that is achieved by using the Light-elemental spell Limited within a fully charged Wind or Light FOF circle. Upon activation, a ray is called down upon the opponent, similar to Limited, but it explodes into a ball of electricity that deals Wind-elemental damage across a larger area.
In the Playstation 2 remake versions of Tales of Destiny, Spark Wave is used exclusively by the second form of the final boss. Rather than a spell with an incantation, this attack acts more like an elemental burst, often activated immediately after performing a "Damage Break" to cancel staggering from the party's attacks. When the Damage Break effect is activated, the final boss teleports himself close to a party member and spreads out his limbs, summoning a large sphere of lightning around himself. This attack has a very high chance to stun the party characters, and even if it fails to stun them, it leaves them staggered for an extended period of time, leaving the characters open for more attacks. Unlike other spells, damage cannot be prevented by continuously using Charge throughout the spell's duration, making it one of the most dangerous attacks that the final boss can use, especially if he teleports over a group of multiple party members before activating his elemental burst. After the party reduces his health past a specific point, he is free to use Spark Wave without requiring the initial Damage Break, allowing him to teleport anywhere on the battle field and use this attack at any time.
In Tales of Hearts, this incarnation of the spell consists of an electrified web that stretches out from the user. Spark Wave is one of the weaker Light-elemental spells in the game, second only to Photon.
Tales of Eternia - Hyades, Volt, Shizel, Arche (Spark Wave)
Tales of Symphonia - Genis Sage, Kvar, Lamia, Volt, Druid, The Fugitive, Medusa, Sword Dancer, Mithos (Spark Wave)
Tales of the Abyss - Anise Tatlin, Arietta (Spark Wave)
Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut - Kronos
Tales of Hearts - Amber Hearts, Byrocks, Kreed Grafyte
Tales of Innocence R (VITA) - Spada Belforma, Kongwai Tao, Hasta, Arm, Tenos Shooter
Tales of Hearts R - Beryl Benito, Calcedny Arcome
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 - Wizard/Witch costume, Genis Sage, Shizel
Tales of the Tempest - Arria Ekberg
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 - Anise Tatlin
Tales of VS. - Anise Tatlin, Amber Hearts
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 - Anise Tatlin, Amber Hearts
In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes
Tales of Symphonia
Localized Description: "Lightning (mid): create an area of charged enemy."
Tales of the Abyss
Japanese Incantation: 紫電の槌よ、ビリビリにしちゃって、スパークウェブ！
Romanization: Shiden no tsuchi yo, biribiri ni shichatte. Spark Web!
Localized Incantation: "Hammer of lightning! Make ‘em tingle! Heh Heh! Spark Wave!"
- ↑ Tales of Symphonia (GC) Technique FAQ by DarthMarth GameFAQs (2006-08-14) Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- ↑ Tales of Symphonia (GC) Battle Quote FAQ by Adlubescence GameFAQs (2005-06-27) Retrieved on 2009-06-29.