There seems to be some doubt of the credibility of this article...please correct it if such is true.
Christoph Schrader, 21:54 EST -- 27 October 2008
- Ah, should I make the changes listed below myself then? (By the way, you can sign your posts automatically by typing four tildes together.)
- Mayu Miyuki 02:08, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Quick fact check Edit
It is very important to note that God's Breath (ゴッドブレス Goddoburesu?) and Judgment (ジャッジメント Jadjimento?) are completely unrelated spells that unfortunately have become confused as the same spell in English localizations due to horrid translation errors made by Namco Hometek. It is true that God's Breath has been translated as "Judgment" in Tales of Legendia and Tales of Phantasia, but it must be understood that every instance of God's Breath throughout the entire series has been a high level wind/sea-elemental spell involving a single column of wind (or a "hand of God"), and this has been consistent with every appearance of this spell since the original PSX version of Tales of Destiny (used by the whichever character wields the swordian Igtenos, as his most powerful wind-element spell).
In contrast, Judgment has always been a light elemental spell that involves several random strikes of light across the full battle field. The importance of this spell is especially significant since it is a plot-related attack in both of the main series games it appears in. In Tales of Symphonia, this spell is one of the signature spells that belong to those of angelic origins (the members of Cruxis, and both of the Chosen from the twin worlds of Sylvarant and Tethe'alla). And in Tales of the Abyss, Judgment represents the Fifth Fonic Hymn, a part of the Grand Fonic Hymn that is known only to those who are descended from Yulia Jue since it is passed on through the family heirs. Due to the status of this spell in these two games, this cannot be considered as a typical attack, and thus it cannot be categorized under the typical novice/intermediate/advanced tier system in these games.
I am glad to say that Hometek has finally fixed the translation of God's Breath as of its most recent appearance in RadiMai, though this change was inevitable since Judgment is used by other characters as a separate spell in this game! (And then Hometek did the same damn thing by renaming the spell "Aqua Spike" to "Aqua Spiral", which is another existing spell! I will laugh so much when RadiMai 2 is announced for an English release, since both spells will be in this game, leading to the same situation once more.)
In summary, God's Breath and Judgment have never been related in any way. The name "Judgment" has been used for God's Breath in two games of this series, so the problem lies not with how the spell has been translated as such before, but with how God's Breath is not a light element spell in any game. Furthermore, your previous edit in the article for Judgment is misplaced, since Grune's "Judgment" has nothing to do with the correct Judgment that is listed on that page already. That note should be placed on this page instead. Additionally, the article for Judgment should be annotated at the top to direct people to the page for God's Breath if they wanted to see information about Grune and Arche's high tier sea/wind-element spell.
Mayu Miyuki 02:01, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Having never finished ToS, I was quite unaware of the distinction, presuming both to be, quite simply, especially powerful spells due to reading lists of artes.
Christoph Schrader 03:41, 28 October 2008 (UTC)