A Shamshir (Gran Shamshir in the Japanese version) is a recurring Long Sword-class weapon Artifact. Three Shamshirs exist in the games: In the first game, it is sold as an artifact at the weapon vendor in Lunpa that opens after completing the Lunpa Fortress optional event, and in the second game it is sold as an artifact in the general vendor in Izumo which is accessible as soon as you gain the Lemurian Ship and start exploring the Great Eastern Sea. In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, it is accessible as an artifact in Tonfon once you gain access to the ship. Being a Long Sword-class weapon, the Shamshir can be equipped on warrior-style Adepts, namely Isaac, Garet, Felix, and Piers. Its buy value is 10000 coins and its sell value is 7500 coins.
The Shamshir increases the wielder's base Attack rating by 99 points. Its Unleash effect is Acid Bath, with the standard base activation rate of 35%, which is a physical attack with an additional 34 points of damage added, and then the resulting damage is either increased or decreased based on how the user's Mars power measures against the target's Mars resistance. The Unleash may also decrease the target's total Attack rating by 25% (the maximum amount any character or enemy in the game can have its Attack rating increased or decreased by is up to 50%, so this side effect can successfully occur twice profitably). Visually, Acid Bath resembles a physical attack with a purplish vapor-like cloud released on impact.
In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, two more unleashes were added along with Acid Bath: Power Charge and Fearless Attack. Power Charge is a Mars-based unleash that multiplies damage done by 1.4, along with a chance of decreasing the target's defense by 25%. Fearless Attack is a non-elemental unleash that multiplies damage done by 1.7.
|Item class||Long Sword|
|First unleash effect|
|Effect name||Power Charge|
|Side effect||May reduce target's defense rating by 25%|
|Second unleash effect|
|Effect name||Fearless Attack|
|Third unleash effect|
|Effect name||Acid Bath|
|Side effect||May reduce target's attack rating by 25%|
In Golden Sun, the Shamshir is essentially a buyable "reward" artifact for completing the optional Lunpa Fortress dungeon and its boss Toadonpa, and it is sold alongside a similar weapon artifact named the Dragon Axe. Both are strong weapons and should be bought for your two warrior Adepts. Note that both weapons' Unleash effects are Mars-based so they will do more damage for Garet than Isaac, but exchanging Venus and Mars Djinn between them so that they are both in the Brute class series is very sound for increasing damage and power in general. The Shamshir generally remains in the party until arriving at Lalivero.
In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the Shamshir is effectively one of the many weapon artifacts that become instantly available once the party opens up the Great Eastern Sea for exploring with their newly acquired Lemurian Ship, and while it's probably not a bad weapon to buy, the fact your Mars Adept Jenna can not equip it as a Long Sword hurts its overall usefulness to your party because its Unleash effect is Mars-based. It is conceivably useful if you specifically keep Felix in the Mars Djinn-based Savage class to increase both his natural battling ability and his Mars power level, however.
In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, the Shamshir is purchasable in Tonfon after gaining accessing to the ship. However, by the time that happens, more powerful weapons will already be in your possession, like the Sword of Dusk and the Sylph Rapier, so the Shamshir will probably not have much use.
|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|