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Game Tales of Phantasia
Tales of Eternia
Tales of Symphonia
Tales of Vesperia
Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon
Tales of Xillia
Race Summon Spirit
Occupation Summon Spirit of Wind
Primary Craymel of Inferia
Weapon Bow (ToE), (Yutis, ToS) / Sword (Sephie, ToS) / Shield (Fairess, ToS)
Japanese Voice Actor Yuka Shioyama (Sephie, ToS)
Mika Matsuoka (Yutis, ToS)
Rena Mizushiro (Fairess, ToS)
English Voice Actor Michelle Ruff (ToP: The Animation)
Tara Platt (ToP: The Animation)
Debi Mae West (Sephie, ToS)
Nika Futterman (Yutis, ToS)
Hunter Austin (Fairess, ToS)

Sylph (シルフ Shirufu?) is the Summon Spirit of Wind, also representing one of the four cardinal elements of the Tales games. Sylph has appeared in several games of the series as a character or cameo, and it is able to be summoned through the Sylph arte.

Sylph is opposed by Gnome, the Summon Spirit of Earth. Sylph is replaced by the Sacred Beast of Wind, Wontiga, in Tales of Rebirth and Grim Sylphie in Tales of Graces. In most games, the Sylphs are a collection of sprites or fairies, but in certain games, the Summon Spirit appears as a single entity.

Appearances in Mothership Titles

Tales of Phantasia

ToP Sylph

The Sylph make their first appearance in Tales of Phantasia as a Summon Spirit. The Sylph are the Wind Spirit and appear as small sprites inhabiting the Lone Valley. Collectively the Sylph, they are one of the first four Spirits the party must face before they can meet Maxwell, the "Lord of the Four Elements". Miasma, the wind of Daemonium, drives the Sylph into a berserk state, resulting in the need for the party to battle them as they climb their peak. Once the miasma is dispersed, the Sylph appear before the party and direct them to Martel. The Sylph require the "Opal Ring" to forge a pact, granting Claus F. Lester with the power to summon them in battle. In battle, there are various types of Sylph, but all can launch cutting gales of wind, as well as spin themselves in a mini-cyclone to ram enemies. They are also able to cast various magic such as Storm and Cyclone.

Tales of Destiny

Sylph (ToD PSX)

Sylph appears in Tales of Destiny as a special attack summoned through the consumable item "Sylph", which is described as an ancient weapon capable of calling forth the wind spirit. The Sylph of Tales of Destiny appears as a harpy-type creature.

Tales of Eternia

Sylph (ToE PSX)

Sylph appears in Tales of Eternia as one of the Greater Craymels and one of the Primary Craymels of Inferia. The Wind Craymel governs the use of all Wind-elemental spells. Unlike most appearances, the Sylph in Tales of Eternia is male. Sylph makes his home in Sylph Cavern, south of Barole. He has a rather playful personality and is very lax about things, though he agrees to join after Ras humbles himself. Sylph teaches the party the "Aerialboard" Craymel Arte, which allows the party to traverse over land and sea as long as Wind Craymels are present. He has a bit of an animosity with Gnome, being opposite elements. Sylph can be summoned through the arte Sylph.

In battle, Sylph is aided by two "Arms" and attacks through his bow, flying and teleporting around the screen. He is capable of casting a variety of Wind-elemental spells such as Wind Blade, Air Thrust, and Cyclone. He also has three artes related to his bow: Wind Arrow (ウインディアロー Uindiaroo?, "Windy Arrow"), where he releases waves of a small arrows that spread the farther the enemy is from him, Sagittarius Arrow (サジタリウスアロー Sajitariusuaroo?), where he releases an arrow diagonally downward that can lower hit-ratio, and Sylphid Arrow (シルフィードアロー Shirufiidoaroo?), where he launches an arrow across the screen.

Tales of Destiny 2

Sylph makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Destiny 2. He makes an appearance in the Hi Ougi Sylphis Tear (シルフィスティア Shirufisutia?).

Tales of Symphonia

Sylph

Sylph, the Heavenly Messengers, appear in Tales of Symphonia as one of the Sylvaranti Summon Spirits. Sylph is actually three separate beings, Sephie (セフィー Sefii?), the apparent leader, carries an over-sized sword, while Yutis (ユーティス Yuutisu?) uses a bow and Fairess (フィアレス Fiaresu?) defends with an over-sized shield. Residing in the Balacruf Mausoleum, they are the [Summon Spirits of Wind. They are able summoned through the Summon: Wind (降霊召符・風 Koureishoufu: Kaze?) arte, which will display the Sylph's name at the top of the screen.

In battle, Sephie is the main physical attacker, while Yutis provides support at a long range, and Fairess casts various Wind spells. Sephie can cast Wind Blade and use an arte called Rising Wind (ウィンディ・ライズ Windi Raizu?, "Windy Rise"), where she raises her sword into the air and rises on a spiral of wind, similar to Decisive Slice and Down Burst. Yutis can use Wind Arrow (ウインドアロー Uindoaroo?), where she fires a strong arrow, and Spit Arrow (スピリットアロー Supirittoaroo?, "Spirit Arrow"), where she fires a mass of arrows, while Fairess casts Wind Blade and Air Thrust.

Tales of the Abyss

Sylph is mentioned in Tales of the Abyss as the aggregate sentience of the Third Fonon, the Fonon of Wind. Sylph's name is used to represent the fifth day of the week, Sylphday, as well as the second and eleventh months, Sylph Decan and Sylph Redecan. In addition, Jade Curtiss can obtain a spear named "Sylph".

Tales of Vesperia

Sylph appears in Tales of Vesperia as a Spirit. Testing the party's strength to see if they could defeat Duke Pantarei, the Entelexeia Khroma fights the party in the depths of Relewiese Hollow. After her defeat and death, the party uses her apatheia to turn her into a Spirit through the process of Spirit conversion. Once the party leaves, the Spirit reappears, and Estelle names her Sylph, meaning Binder of Winds. Sylph then helps Ba'ul carry the party to safety. Sylph often translates for Gnome, who is unable to speak normally. In the PlayStation 3 port of the game, Sylph makes an appearance in Estelle's mystic arte Ultimate Elements. Sylph follows Gnome by trapping all of her enemies in a cyclone.

Tales of Xillia

Sylphtox

Sylph appears in Tales of Xillia as one of the Great Spirits under the personal control of the Lord of Spirits, Milla Maxwell. It is noted at several points during the story that Sylph styled the human catalyst of Maxwell. At the start of the events of the story, Sylph is imprisoned within the Lance of Kresnik. Sylph is also considered one of the four Spirit Climes in the region of Rieze Maxia.

Appearances in Escort Titles

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon

ND Sylph

The Sylph appear in Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon as the the Spirits of Wind and are one of the twelve Spirits that must be fought during the Ordeal of Spirits. They appear on the final level of the Valley of Wind in AC. 4203 and are the boss of the dungeon. They teach Mel and Dio the heart of wind: Free Mind (じゆうなこころ jiyuu na kokoro?).[1]

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X

The Sylph appear in Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X as Summon Spirits. In the story, Mel and Dio must collect their essence to save Vahalla City. The Sylph appear as two separate beings that are based on the two types of Sylph from the original Tales of Phantasia. Like in the original Narikiri Dungeon, the Sylph are met in AC. 4203, but they are encountered in the Lone Valley instead. Upon defeat, Mel and Dio collect their essence. After completing the first quest of the story and obtaining the "Opal" jewel in the Limestone Cave, the party may challenge the Sylph again in order to allow Claus to summon them in battle.

Tales of the World: Summoner's Lineage

TotW-SL - Sylph

The Sylph appear in Tales of the World: Summoner's Lineage as a unit Fulein K. Lester can summon. Fulein is directed by the King of Euclid to Lone Valley, where Fulein finds Mark Ginihle being attacked by Sylph. Aiding him, Fulein obtains the "Sylph Ring", which his ancestor, Claus F. Lester, used to form a pact with Sylph and thus makes his own pact, now able to summon Sylph as a unit in battle.

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

In reference to their position as the Summon Spirits of Wind, their name is attached to monster grimoires that teach Wind-elemental artes: "Sylph's Circle", which teaches Healing Circle, and "Sylph's Mischief", which teaches Turbulence.[2]

Trivia

  • Sylph, also called sylphid, is a mythological creature in Western tradition associated with the element of air.

References

  1. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon Enemy list Change-V's Anime and Game collection (2004-10-07) Retrieved on 2009-06-14.
  2. Trying to compile a list of spell books and message manuscripts. by PegasusLover123 GameFAQs (2009-12-01) Retrieved on 2009-06-14.


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