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An Excalibur is a Long Sword-class weapon Artifact available in Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, and one of the best weapons in the series. It is only bought randomly by bringing an Orihalcon forgeable material to the blacksmith in Yallam (Champa in Dark Dawn) so that he may create one of several possible, randomly determined items from it, including this one which is forged with only a 5% probability.

Basic DescriptionEdit

The Lost AgeEdit

Being a Long Sword-class weapons, Excaliburs can be equipped on warrior-style Adepts, namely Felix, Piers, Isaac, Garet, Matthew and Tyrell. Its buy value is 29,200 coins and its sell value is 21,900.

An Excalibur increases the wielder's Attack by 180 points, making it the weapon with the third highest attack point increase in the game. Its Unleash effect is Legend, with the standard base activation rate of 35%, which is a physical attack with an additional 73 points of damage added, and the resulting damage either increased or decreased based on how the user's Jupiter power measures against the target's Jupiter resistance. There is a 60% chance the Unleash's side effect may kick in after the attack's final damage is calculated; that damage is multiplied by three, making the Unleash potentially the most heavily damaging effect against single targets in Golden Sun: The Lost Age.

AnalysisEdit

The Lost AgeEdit

The Excalibur is one of the game's best weapons, competing with the Sol Blade for the sheer power of their unleashes. The one Sol Blade is the best weapon of all because it has 200 base attack points and its Unleash "Megiddo," after calculating damage and modifying it based on the combatants' Venus power and resistances, automatically triples the damage. An Excalibur, on the other hand, has 180 attack and its Unleash effect adds 73 damage points and applies the combatants' Jupiter power and resistance levels before deciding to triple the damage, but there is only a 60% chance that Legend will triple the damage. Whenever Legend does triple the damage, the damage surpasses even the Sol Blade's Megiddo (even though there are no Jupiter Adepts that can equip an Excalibur and therefore increase the power of the Legend Unleash, whereas the Venus-based Sol Blade can only be equipped on Venus Adepts), but it will only occur for the player 60% of the time so the average damage you can inflict with an Excalibur is ultimately lower than what the Sol Blade consistently yields. (The average multiplier is 2.2, compared to 3.) Nonetheless, being in many ways the second-best weapon in the game which you can get multiple copies of means that an absolutely ideal team in terms of sheer power will probably have one Venus Adept with the Sol Blade and the other three longsword-users equipped with Excaliburs, which is a testament to the weapon's practicality. Like the Sol Blade, Excalibur is also one of the best offensive measures to use against the Doom Dragon final boss.

The Excalibur and the Sol Blade are the two strongest of what players identify as several "ultimate weapons" in The Lost Age, with the others being Tisiphone Edge and Masamune. These other two weapons also have Unleashes that multiply their damage ratings. The Tisiphone Edge is a light blade with a Venus-based Unleash that adds 71 damage points and may either multiply the damage by 1, by 2, or by 3. In the long term, the effective multiplier is 2.2, the same as Excalibur. This wild potential for power may make it better for Venus Adepts not equipped with the Sol Blade to equip this than an Excalibur, but since it is a light blade, both Jenna and Ivan can wield it as well, so two copies should go onto them first before considering a third for the non-Sol Blade Venus Adept, especially if they have Venus levels. The Masamune is Mercury-Based and generally does less damage than the other ultimate weapons because it multiplies its damage only by either 1 or 2, but if there is no Excalibur for Piers to wield then this weapon would work great for him at any rate.

Dark DawnEdit

Its power is slightly downplayed in Dark Dawn - it still has the same power boost, but it is outdone by the Herculean Axe, a weapon replacing the Stellar Axe, and its attack power beating Excalibur by 6 points while still multiplying the damage by 2 and being forged by the same material.

EtymologyEdit

Excalibur is the sword of the mythical King Arthur. Owing to its fame, it appears in several other games.

Extended GalleryEdit

Long Swords in Golden Sun
Long SwordBroad SwordArctic BladeClaymoreGreat SwordShamshirSilver BladeMuramasaGaia Blade
Long Swords in Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Long SwordBroad SwordStorm BrandClaymoreGreat SwordStorm BrandShamshirRobber's BladeLightning SwordSoul BrandCloud BrandHestia BladeHuge SwordMythril BladeRune BladeLevatineFire BrandDarkswordExcaliburSol Blade
Long Swords in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Long SwordBroad SwordStorm BrandClaymoreGreat SwordShamshirSword of DuskSilver BladeMuramasaRune BladeGaia BladeLevatineFire BrandExcaliburSol BladeDarksword

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