Explode as it appears in Tales of Phantasia (iOS).

Explode (エクスプロード Ekusupuroodo?), also localized as Explosion, is an advanced Fire-elemental magic arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Explode as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

This spell summons a small ball of fire that is dropped from the sky, creating a massive explosion upon impact with the ground. The spell's explosion has a massive effect radius and deals a great amount of damage often with a single hit, similar in style and strength to Indignation.

In Tales of Eternia, this spell's animation and effect is extended, beginning with a burst of flame that spirals upward around the spellcaster, damaging all nearby enemies. The ball of flame shoots beyond the top of the screen, reappearing over the targeted enemy after a short delay before impacting the ground to deal multiple hits in an exceptionally wide area. The initial spiraling effect does not appear in any other game.

In Tales of Symphonia, Genis Sage learns this spell after mastering Eruption if he is aligned with the "Technical" branch of artes. If used together with either Hunting Beast or Raging Beast during a Unison Attack, the resulting Compound Special Attack yields Fiery Beast, and if used with Ray, Prism Stars is activated. Explosion has no "Strike"-based counterpart. In Tales of the Abyss, this spell is an FOF Change that is activated if Jade Curtiss casts Flame Burst within a fully-charged Wind or Light FOF Circle. However, certain characters like Asch and Philia Philis are capable of casting Explosion as a separate spell without the same FOF Circle requirement.

In Tales of Hearts, Explode is used as a component for three different combination artes that are available to Kohaku Hearts, activated by summoning either her or her partner into battle using the Connect Command panel and controlling the opposite character to use his or her associated arte at the same time. If the spell is used with Beryl Benito's Stone Wall, it becomes Ignite Prison, while if used with Beryl's Ray Needle, it changes into Raging Mist. If Explode is used with Kunzite's Dead Soul, it becomes Bloody Howling.


Explode as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Explode as it appears in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description:炎系攻撃呪文お一つ。敵の周りに大爆発を生じさせる
Romanized Description: Honoo kei kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Teki no mawari ni daibakuhatsu wo shouji saseru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Drops a fire bomb on the enemies."[1]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Generates a giant explosion around the enemy."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "A high-level fire spell that produces a huge explosion in a wide area around the target."

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Swallow the enemy in a massive explosion. Fire Arte."[3]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description:炎系攻撃呪文お一つ 目標の周囲に大爆発を生じさせる
Romanized Description: Honoo kei kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Mokuhyou no shuui ni daibakuhatsu wo shouji saseru
Localized Description: "A fire-based attack spell that creates a huge explosion in a target area."[4]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Fire (advanced): a huge ball of fire falls and causes a huge explosion."[5]

Localized Quote: "Reduce these evil souls to ashes... Explosion!"

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "A fiery ball falls in from the sky ending in a large explosion."[6]

Localized Quote: "Bring all to ash and ruin... Explosion!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Call down a fireball from above to create a giant explosion."

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Localized Description: "Fire (high): Creates a massive explosion around the enemy."

User: Genis Sage, Album Atrum
Localized Quote: "Wielder of the flame, reduce these evil souls to ashes... Explode!"

User: Brute Lualdi
Localized Quote: "Be gone! Explode!"

Tales of Berseria

Localized Description: "Condenses light and then detonates it, occasionally knocking down the enemy."

User: Magilou
Japanese Quote: 爆心地はげに恐ろしきことになるのか?エクスプロード!
Romanized Quote: Bakushin chi wa geni osoroshiki koto ni naru no ka? Ekusupuroodo!
Translated Quote: "It would be really dreadful if you were in the middle of an explosion don't you think? Explode!"
Localized Quote: "Ready, steady, and blammo! Explode!"


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