Focus (TotA)

Focus as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

"Juushourai" redirects here. For the similarly named self-enhancement arte used by Emil Castagnier, see Fiend Fusion.

Focus (柔招来 Juushourai?, "Soft Invitation"[1]) is the first self-supporting base arte in the Tales series. In most of its appearances, it raises stats such as Strength and Speed.

Arte Description and History

In all of its appearances, this arte is used by the frontliners in order to buff their strength and speed, but there are cases where the arte buffs accuracy and physical defense instead. As the arte requires some seconds of usage, it is safest to activate it at a distance from the enemy, as the latter may attack the user without being staggered.

In the Gameboy Advance port of Tales of Phantasia, it, unlike in most games, can be canceled into another arte. It is obtained by Leon Magnus in Tales of Destiny: Director's Cut, where it, in addition to its normal accuracy-increasing buff, heals some of Leon's HP. It also deals Water-elemental damage to any enemies in contact with him, in contrast to Coil's Fire-elemental damage. In Tales of the Abyss, Guy Cecil can only use Focus by using Center within a fully-charged Earth or Dark FOF Circle.

In the several versions of Tales of Phantasia, including the original Super Famicom version, Cress Albane is known for performing a back-flip vertically into the air for the animation of this skill, though in the Gameboy Advance port, he performs a sideways-turning jump instead due to the limited animation capacity of the game.


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In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 気を集中させることによって一時的に防御力を上昇させる技
Romanized Description: Ki wo shuuchuu saseru koto ni yotte ichijiteki ni bougyoryoku wo joushou saseru waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Boost your speed and attack."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 気を集中させることによって一時的に命中率を上昇させる
Romanized Description: Ki wo shuuchuu saseru koto ni yotte ichijiteki ni meichuuritsu wo joushou saseru waza
Localized Description: "Temporarily increase Accuracy by focusing the mind."[3]

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "Arte: Concentrate and temporarily increase your physical defense."

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "Base: Temporarily raise ACC."


  1. Tales Series Translation FAQ by KusanagiLord02 GameFAQs (2006-11-05) Retrieved on 2008-07-24.
  2. Tales of Phantasia (SNES) FAQ/Walkthrough Part 2/2 by JPuga GameFAQs (2001-07-15) Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
  3. Tales of Phantasia (GBA) FAQ/Walkthrough by sonicfreak77 GameFAQs (2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-07.

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