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Ground Dasher as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

Ground Dasher (グランドダッシャー Gurandodasshaa?) is a powerful Earth-elemental spell appearing in numerous games in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

Ground Dasher as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

When the spell is used, a huge triangular chasm opens under the target, calling forth a wave of several stalagmites that rise and fall through the ground, juggling and dealing very heavy damage to all enemies within range. It is one of four spells used as part of Tetra Spell's super-charged incarnation in Tales of VS.

This spell is labeled Earth Shaker during battle in Tales of Eternia. Hyades and Regulus also say "Earth Shaker" when they cast the spell. However, the voices of Keele Zeibel and Meredy both say "Ground Dasher" upon activation of the spell, and all menu entries list the same voiced name.

The animation of this spell was modified to accommodate the 3-line battle system of Tales of Rebirth, affecting only a single line centered around the target. Tales of the Abyss maintains the same linear effect despite the 3D battlefield and mechanics, providing a narrow effect range that is easily avoidable. Later 3D games shifted back to a wider and more circular effect range.

In Tales of Innocence, Ground Dasher appears as an arcane arte for Ricardo Soldato. When the arte is used, Ricardo shoots an Earth-elemental brown projectile which moves in a straight line along the ground. This is one instance of a spell being converted into a physical attack with zero spellcasting delay, a pattern which continues with Freeze Lancer, Aqua Laser, and Pikohan in different games throughout the series. In addition, this variant is rendered as G. Dasher (G・ダッシャー?) to further separate it from the spell variant. In Tales of Innocence R, however, this is returned to the spell variant.

Ground Dasher is often used as a component to activate other more powerful attacks. In Tales of Symphonia, if Genis Sage uses this spell while Raine Sage uses Ray during a Unison Attack, the resulting compound unison attack is Prism Stars. In Tales of the Abyss, if Ground Dasher is used within a fully-charged Water or Dark FOF Circle, it becomes Frigid Coffin. In Tales of Hearts, if either Beryl Benito or Kunzite are summoned into battle using the Connect Command panel while controlling the opposite character to use both this spell and Negative Gate at the same time, the resulting combination arte is Gravity.

In Tales of the Rays, both variants of the arte also appear. The magic variant is also Fire-elemental, while G. Dasher is more akin to its magic counterpart. When Ricardo pulls the trigger, the projectile leaves behind a trail of stalagmites that rise, then fall. This version is the master arte to Shot Glaive, replacing that arte as the fifth or later action in a chain.

Appearances (グランドダッシャー)

Ground Dasher as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Appearances (G・ダッシャー)

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Eternia

Japanese Description: 大地の破壊エネルギーを呼び起こす。地系上級晶霊術
Localized Description: "Destructive forces of earth are brought to life. Earth Arte."[1]

Tales of Symphonia

Japanese Description: 大地の破壊のエネルギーを呼び起こす地系上級魔術
Localized Description: "Earth (advanced): call upon the destructive energy of the earth."[2]

Japanese Quote: 地に伏す愚かな贄を喰らい尽くせ!グランドダッシャー!
Translated Quote: "Engulf this sacrifice who grovels upon the land! Ground Dasher!"
Localized Quote: "Engulf these pathetic souls... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 大地の力を解放し、相手を巻き込む地属性晶術。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Unleashes the power of earth to engulf foes."

User: Leon Magnus
Japanese Quote: 僕の目の前から消えろ!グランドダッシャー!

User: Philia Felice
Japanese Quote: 大地よ!グランドダッシャー!

Tales of Rebirth

Japanese Description: 地面に秘められた力を解放する結晶導術。1ラインのみだが、高い威力を発揮する。

User: Hilda Rhambling
Japanese Quote: 大地よ吠えよ、全てを葬り去るがいい!グランドダッシャー!
Translated Quote: "O mighty earth, release thy mighty roar and bury all mine enemies! Ground Dasher!"[3]

User: Geyorkias
Japanese Quote: 引き裂け!大地もヒトも!
Romanized Quote: Hikisake! Daichi mo hito mo!
Translated Quote: "Lands, people, tear everything apart!"[3]

Tales of Legendia

Japanese Description: 大地を震わせ激しく隆起させる地属性最強呪文
Localized Description: "High: Unleash the destructive force of the earth. ATR.: Earth."[4]

Japanese Quote: 悠遠を支えし偉大なる王よ、地にひれ伏す愚かな贄を喰らい尽くせ!グランドダッシャー!
Localized Quote: "Great king who supports the most distant of lands, receive this foolish offering that grovels at your feet... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of the Abyss

Japanese Description: 大地に秘められた力を解放する上級譜術。
Localized Description: "Releases the mighty power of the earth."[5]

User: Jade Curtiss
Japanese Quote: 大地の咆哮、其は怒れる地竜の双牙、グランドダッシャー!
Romanized Quote: Daichi no houkou, so wa ikareru chiryuu no souga. Gurandodasshaa!
Localized Quote: "O roar of the earth, bring forth the fangs of the mighty dragon... Ground Dasher!"

User: Sync
Japanese Quote: 大地の咆哮よ…グランドダッシャー!
Localized Quote: "O roar of the earth! Ground Dasher!"

User: Van
Japanese Quote: 耐えてみせよ!
Localized Quote: "Suffer! Ground Dasher~"

User: Nebilim
Localized Quote: "It begins... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Japanese Description:
Localized Description: "Magic: Call forth the destructive energy of the earth."[6]

Tales of Innocence

Japanese Description: 強力な衝撃波を撃ち出す奥義

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Japanese Description: 大地の破壊のエネルギーを呼び起こす地系上級魔術

User: Genis Sage
Localized Quote: "Engulf these pathetic land-based souls... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of Vesperia

Japanese Description: 大地に秘められた力を解放し その力で敵を滅ぼす上級魔術
Localized Description: "Advanced Spell: Release the hidden power of the earth to crush the enemy."

Normal Spellcasting Time:
Japanese Quote: 大地の脈動 その身を贄にして敵を砕かん。グランドダッシャー!
Romanized Quote: Daichi no myakudou, sono mi wo nienishite teki wo kudakan. Gurandodasshaa!
Localized Quote: "O beating of the earth, sacrifice thy body and crush mine enemies... Ground Dasher!"

Shortened Spellcasting Time:
Localized Quote: "Blah blah blah! Ground Dasher!"

Tales of Hearts

Japanese Description: 広大なる大地の思念に干渉し、巨大な岩石を突き出させる術。

User: Beryl Benito
Japanese Quote: どっか~ん!愛の祈りで大地も沸騰!グランドダッシャー!

Tales of Innocence R

Japanese Description: 対象の足元に地割れを起し 巨大な岩を隆起させる上級天術

Japanese Quote: 大地の咆哮 其は怒れる地竜の爪牙。グランドダッシャー!

Tales of Hearts R

Japanese Description: 対象の足元に発生させた地割れから 怒涛の勢いで巨岩を隆起させる上級術

User: Beryl Benito
Shortened Spellcasting Time:
Japanese Quote: 地念どど~ん!グランドダッシャー!

Tales of the Rays

Ground Dasher (グランドダッシャー)

Japanese Description: 術者の眼前に灼熱の地面から数多の岩槍を生み出す術
Localized Quote: "An arte that calls up rock spires from superheated earth."

User: Will Raynard
Japanese Quote: 大地の恩恵を知れ!グランドダッシャー!

Ground Dasher (G・ダッシャー)

Japanese Description: 眼前に向けて灼熱の地面から数多の岩槍を生み出す秘技

Japanese Quote: これで終わりだ!グランド・ダッシャー!

Tales of Arise

Localized Description: "An advanced earth arte that gushes rocks out of an earth fissure."

Japanese Quote: 地に眠りし力よ、存分に駆けるがいい!グランドダッシャー
Localized Quote: "Spirits within the soil, awaken and wreak havoc! Masterful Dash!"

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