A Darksword (ダークサイドソード, Dākusaido sōdo?, lit. Darkside Sword) is a Cursed Artifact Long Sword-class weapon available in Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. It is forged from Dark Matter, and it has the highest base attack rating of any weapon in the series.
The Lost AgeEdit
The Darksword increases the wielder's base Attack rating by 210 points, which is the highest base Attack increase afforded by a piece of equipment in the Golden Sun series. It is a cursed item, which means that if an Adept equips it, he will be inflicted with an equipment curse which causes him to be physically unable to unequip it without assistance from a healer at a Sanctum. Also, if he is not equipped with the Cleric's Ring then when in battle there is a chance he may be immobilized, unable to do anything whenever he attempts a battle command. Its Unleash effect is Acheron's Grief, with the standard base activation rate of 35%, which is a physical attack with an additional 76 points of damage added, and then the resulting damage is either increased or decreased based on how the user's Venus power measures against the target's Venus resistance. In addition, the effect may inflict the Venom status condition on the target.
Like other weapons, the Darksword returns in Dark Dawn, and is again, one of the possible items than can be created from Dark Matter. The only difference between this sword and the one in The Lost Age is that there are now several unleashes that can be randomly actived during an attack. They are:
- Mortal Danger: A Venus-based unleash that adds 28 damage to normal Attack, and has a chance to instantly K.O. its target.
- Spiral Assault: A Jupiter-based unleash that multiplies Attack by 1.3, and can hit two adjacent enemies.
- Sky Diver: A Jupiter-based unleash that adds 66 damage, and can stun the enemy.
- Acheron's Grief: An Venus-based unleash that adds 76 damage, and can inflict Venom as well.
Due to the unleash of those several powers, the darksword loses a lot of it's power in Dark Dawn. However, if you wish to use the ability 'quickstrike' you can get via at least the Samurai (or Ronin) class, you can still circumvent that power loss and use that sword to it's best abilities.
The Lost AgeEdit
There is no denying that a Darksword is a strong weapon, granted. It has the highest attack rating of all weapons, and its Unleash effect is stronger and more potentially desirable than any weapon that comes before it thanks to its chance to inflict the powerful Venom status condition. However, weapons like the Sol Blade and Excalibur, although weaker in overall strength, can multiply damage done using their unleashes, which can allow them to deal more damage than the Darksword, which just adds damage instead of multiplying. Despite this, the Darksword is still favorable if a unit who can use it has the Cleric's Ring transferred over from the previous game so its curse does not affect combat, or if any warrior adept is a Necromage, so they can inflict maximum damage with Call Dullahan. Should you seek to use the Darksword without being a Necromage, it is ideal to equip it on the Venus adept without the Sol Blade, so they can inflict more damage with the Venus-based unleash than Garet or Piers could.
Three of the four weapons (Sol Blade, Excalibur, and Tisiphone Edge) that were so powerful in The Lost Age due to their unleashes lost some of that consistency in Dark Dawn, due to the new system of unleashes bestowing a few more unleashes for each weapon. Although the Darksword also receives two less powerful unleashes as well, it is still a notoriously powerful sword, though it still has to compete with the Levatine for Tyrell, since Matthew will probably be wielding the Sol Blade. However, it is still ideal for using the psynergy with multipliers from the Ninja or Samurai class series. Also, the weapon is still cursed, so the wielder should still have a Cleric's Ring equipped for consistency.
|Long Swords in Golden Sun|
|Long Sword • Broad Sword • Arctic Blade • Claymore • Great Sword • Shamshir • Silver Blade • Muramasa • Gaia Blade|
|Long Swords in Golden Sun: The Lost Age|
|Long Sword • Broad Sword • Storm Brand • Claymore • Great Sword • Storm Brand • Shamshir • Robber's Blade • Lightning Sword • Soul Brand • Cloud Brand • Hestia Blade • Huge Sword • Mythril Blade • Rune Blade • Levatine • Fire Brand • Darksword • Excalibur • Sol Blade|
|Long Swords in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn|
|Long Sword • Broad Sword • Storm Brand • Claymore • Great Sword • Shamshir • Sword of Dusk • Silver Blade • Muramasa • Rune Blade • Gaia Blade • Levatine • Fire Brand • Excalibur • Sol Blade • Darksword|