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Absolute (ToE)

Absolute as it appears in Tales of Eternia.

Absolute (アブソリュート Abusoryuuto?), also localized as Absolute Shot, is an advanced-level spell in the Tales series, usually of the Ice element.

Arte Description and History[]

Absolute is an arte that usually forms a jagged block of ice on the spot the target is occupying, freezing them and then smashing the ice in an explosion, dealing further damage. The actual effectiveness of the arte varies among games.

In Tales of Eternia, Absolute is a Craymel Arte available to Meredy and Keele Zeibel after fringing the Greater Craymels Celsius and Volt. In this game, the arte forms a spike of ice on the ground where the target is standing at the end of the incantation, and if it hits, it will freeze the enemy into a ball of ice, which then shatters.

In Tales of Symphonia, Genis Sage can learn this spell after learning Freeze Lancer and Grave if he is aligned with the Strike style of artes. When Absolute is cast, a freezing circle will appear below the target. If the target does not move out of the area, it will be frozen solid momentarily until the ice shatters. Absolute shares a unique trait with Photon, the ability to stagger any enemy and keep them in place momentarily. Absolute, like Photon, can even stagger fallen enemies, forcing them to rise. The main disadvantage to this spell is that the enemy has to be touching the freezing ground to get hit, meaning airborne enemies are completely immune to this spell, unless knocked to the ground first.

In Tales of the Abyss, Absolute is the first of the three "forbidden spells" available to Jade Curtiss, only unlockable through a sidequest. By collecting the three stones needed, Jade will learn this arte. Upon activation, the arte will, after a small delay, freeze the spot where the target is at the time the casting finished and afterward drop a lump of ice onto the block, smashing it and dealing further damage. However, due to this delay, it is easy for enemies to evade the spell by running outside of its effect range. The context contained in the ancient stones in reference to Absolute reads, "The cluster of ice that doth shine like silver sleeps at the base of soil. It is the universal principle that sparkles in the desert. The great power that doth sleep at the foot of the frozen mountain is the embrace of heartless silver that doth carve the barren wilds." Sync's version of the spell has no casting time, he instead crouches and puts his hand on the ground, with the spell being cast shortly afterward. In Tales of the Rays however, he casts it normally as he would with other spells.

In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Genis regains the use of this spell late in the story. If there is at least one minor Ice element on the Elemental Grid, and a Unison Attack is used, Genis will also contribute this spell to the Unison Attack, while it is also the second level of Ice-elemental Unison Attacks used by monsters. In Tales of Hearts, Absolute is a combination arte between Beryl Benito and Kunzite that is activated when Beryl casts Aqua Geyser and Kunzite casts Negative Gate at the same time.

In Tales of the Rays, this arte is Water- and Earth-elemental and Rubia Natwick's version alters into Absolute Note, replacing that arte when used as the fourth or later action in a chain.


Absolute (ToS)

Absolute as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

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In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes[]

Absolute (TotA)

Absolute as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Tales of Eternia[]

Japanese Description: 極寒の氷晶霊術

Tales of Symphonia[]

Japanese Description: 対象となる敵を超低温で凝固させる 地と氷の集中系複合上級魔術
Localized Description: "Ice/Earth (high): Deep-freeze the target to extremely low temperatures."

User: Genis Sage
Japanese Quote: 受けよ 無慈悲なる白銀の抱擁!アブソリュート!
Romanized Quote: Ukeyo, mujuhi naru hakugin no houyou! Abusoryuuto!
Translated Quote: "Receive the merciless embrace of the silver snow. Absolute!"
Localized Quote: "May the merciless embrace of frost take you. Absolute!"

User: Meredy
Japanese Quote: 白き御手よ清冽なる棺に封じよ、アブソリュート!
Romanized Quote: Shiroki mite yo, seiretsu naru hitsugi ni fuujiyo! Abusoryuuto!
Translated Quote: "White divine hand, seal them in the cool and clear coffin. Absolute!"
Localized Quote: "Enrupt them in the purity of thy light. Absolute!"

User: Mithos
Japanese Quote (First Form): 消えろ…
Localized Quote (First Form): "Disappear..."

Localized Quote (Second Form): "Come, darkness..."

User: Celsius
Japanese Quote: これで終わりだ。
Localized Quote: "It's over!"

Tales of Legendia[]

Japanese Description: 静かなる氷の世界に敵を誘う中級呪文
Localized Description: "Mid: Lead the enemy to a silent world of ice. ATR.: Ice."

Tales of the Abyss[]

Japanese Description: 対象となる敵を超低音で凝固させる上級譜術。
Localized Description: "High: Freeze the enemy solid with supercooled air."

User: Jade Curtiss
Japanese Quote: 受けよ、無慈悲なる白銀の抱擁!アブソリュート!
Romanized Quote: Ukeyo, mujihinaru hakugin no houyou! Absolute!
Translated Quote: "Receive the merciless embrace of the silver snow! Absolute!"
Localized Quote: "Rest in a merciless silver embrace! Absolute!"[3]

User: Nebilim
Japanese Quote: 白銀の抱擁を受けよ!アブソリュート!
Localized Quote: "Rest in a silver embrace! Absolute!"[3]

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World[]

Japanese Description: 対象となる敵を超低温で凝固させる 氷系上級魔術

User: Genis Sage
Japanese Quote: 受けよ、無慈悲なる白銀の抱擁!アブソリュート!!
Localized Quote: "May the merciless embrace of frost take you. Cool off! Absolute!"

User: Alice
Japanese Quote: 受けよ、無慈悲なる白銀の抱擁。アブソリュート!!

User: Marta Lualdi
Unused Localized Quote: "Rest in a merciless, silver embrace. Absolute!"

Tales of the Rays[]

Japanese Description: 絶対零度の氷の檻に閉じ込める術

User: Keele Zeibel
Japanese Quote: 絶対なる冷気にて沈めん!アブソリュート!

User: Rubia Natwick
Japanese Description:


Japanese Quote: 受けよ!無慈悲なる白銀の抱擁!アブソリュート!


  1. [Alien Craymel Mage] Meredy and [Bridge of Light] Meredy
  2. Funimation subtitles
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tales of the Abyss Meta: Spell Incantations Taleslations Retrieved on 2017-02-28.