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Guardian as it appears in Tales of Symphonia.

Guardian (粋護陣 Suigojin?, "Refined Protection Position") is an important defensive strike arte that is used to block against enemy damage.

Arte Description and History

Guardian as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Guardian defends against all enemy attacks and spells for a short time, usually one or two seconds, significantly decreasing all enemy damage while leaving the character immobile with a noticeable cool-down delay after the skill effect ends. It was introduced in Tales of Symphonia. Although Guardian is used by only three of the characters in the game, all of the other characters have their own variant of Guardian, named differently in both the Japanese and English versions:

  • Damage Guard (レデュース・ダメージ Redyuusu Dameeji?, "Reduce Damage")
  • Force Field (フォースフィールド Foosufiirudo?)
  • Guardian Seal (衝弾符 Shoudanfu?, "Rush Bullet Seal")
  • Earthly Protection (地精陣 Chiseijin?, "Earth Refined Position")
  • Bastion (不剄 Fukei?, "Non-Beheading").

All of these artes provide exactly the same effect as Guardian, with the same 10% of max TP cost. In addition the ability to set it to an arte shortcut, it can be activated quickly by holding down the guard button and pressing down with either the directional pad or joystick, a combination previously assigned to Magic Guard. In Tales of the Abyss, the primary melee characters can obtain the AD Skill Skill Guard (スキルガード Sukirugaado?), which replaces the Magic Guard shortcut with the arcane arte Guardian.

The Special Guard that the protagonists use in Tales of Legendia is unnamed in the Japanese version, but they announce Guardian in the English version. In Tales of the Rays, Guardian is Earth-elemental while Guardian Seal is non-elemental, and both deal damage on contact with the enemy.

Appearances (Guardian)

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Appearances (Damage Guard)

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Crossover Titles

Appearances (Guardian Seal)

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Appearances (Earthly Protection)

Original Titles

Crossover Titles

Appearances (Bastion)

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In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Symphonia

Guardian

Japanese Description: 一部の攻撃を除き 術を含むあらゆる攻撃を防御する奥義。
Localized Description: "Lv. 3 Sp. Attack: block most magic and weapon based attacks."[1]

Damage Guard

Japanese Description: 一部の攻撃を除き 術を含むあらゆる攻撃を防御する奥義
Localized Description: "Lv. 3 Sp. Attack: defend against most attacks and magic."[1]

Guardian Seal

Japanese Description: 一部の攻撃を除き 術を含むあらゆる攻撃を防御する奥義
Localized Description: "Lv. 3 Sp. Attack: defend against most attacks and magic."[1]

Earthly Protection

Japanese Description: 一部の攻撃を除き 術を含むあらゆる攻撃を防御する奥義
Localized Description: "Lv. 3 Sp. Attack: defend against most attacks and magic."[1]

Bastion

Japanese Description: 一部の攻撃を除き 術を含むあらゆる攻撃を防御する奥義
Localized Description: "Lv. 3 Sp. Attack: defend against most attacks and magic."[1]

Tales of the Abyss

Japanese Description: 一部の攻撃を除き 術を含むあらゆる攻撃を防御する奥義。

Tales of the Rays

Guardian

Japanese Description: 防御壁を展開し攻撃から身を守る

Guardian Seal

Japanese Description:

敵を弾き飛ばし、自身の物防を上げる
6連携目以降で発動すると『衝弾吸命符』に変化

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