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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

Cross-Over Titles

Appearances (G・ダッシャー)

Original Titles

Cross-Over Titles

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Destructive forces of earth are brought to life. Earth Arte."[1]

Tales of Symphonia

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!
Romanized Quote: Chi ni fusu oroka na nie o kuraitsukuse! Gurandodasshaa!
Translated Quote: "Engulf this sacrifice who grovels upon the land! Ground Dasher!"
Localized Quote: "Engulf these pathetic souls... Ground Dasher!"

Tales of Rebirth

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!
Romanized Quote: Daichi yo hoeyo, subete o houmurisaru ga ii! Ground Dasher!
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

Localized Description: "High: Unleash the destructive force of the earth. ATR.: Earth."[4]

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

Localized Description: "Releases the mighty power of the earth."[5]

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!"

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

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

Tales of Vesperia

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 the World: Radiant Mythology

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

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."