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Guardian Field as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Guardian Field (守護方陣 / 守護崩陣 Shugohoujin?, "Protection Magic Battle Formation" / "Protection Crumble Battle Formation"), also localized as Aegis Strike, is a Light-elemental defensive arte mostly associated with the Magic Knight class.

Arte Description and History

When the arte is activated, a field of light is summoned around or near the user, damaging all enemies within and pushing them away. In some games, this arte and its derivatives also have the ability to heal the user and surrounding allies. Guardian Field is slow to execute, making it extremely impractical for combo purposes, but it can be useful to help protect and heal party members.

In the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PC ports of Tales of Symphonia, Kratos Aurion obtains the arte if the player follows the game path that leads to his reentry into the party. Because of this, only Kratos can obtain the arte, despite the nearly identical moveset he shares with Zelos Wilder. Furthermore, this arte does not appear in the GameCube version of the game. In Tales of the Abyss, this arte creates a mid-level Light FOF Circle, which can be used strategically to create an FOF Change with other attacks. Additionally, the arte itself can be used within a complete Water or Dark FOF Circle to convert it into Guardian Frost.

In Tales of Vesperia, this attack is an altered arte that Yuri Lowell can obtain. He can activate this arte if the "Bastion" skill is equipped while using Crushing Eagle, until the arte is mastered. After this, Guardian Field is available as a separate arte that does not require the skill to be equipped in order to be used. In the PlayStation 3 and Definitive Edition ports of the game, Guardian Field is key in unlocking the Twin Wave mystic arte.

In Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3, Guardian Field is no longer part of the Magic Knight job's moveset, but it exists as part of the Paladin job. In Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, if Alvin has at least one Charge when he executes Guardian Field, it will become Guardian Grove instead.

In Tales of the Rays, Van gets an Earth-elemental variant of Shugohoujin, where the third character is replaced with the kanji for "crumble" (?) and manifests as cracked earth inside a magic glyph from which rocks bursts upward.

Appearances (Guardian Field)

Guardian Field as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Original Titles

Guardian Field as it appears in Tales of Xillia.

Cross-Over Titles

Collaborations

Other

Appearances (Shugohoujin [守護崩陣])

Cross-Over Titles

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 地面に武器を突き立て敵の侵入を阻む光の壁を作り出す技
Romanized Description: Chimen ni buki wo tsuki tate teki no shin'nyuu wo habamu hikari no heki wo tsukuri dasu waza
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Create a barrier that enemies cannot pass through."[1]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Thrust your weapon into the ground, holding enemies at bay with a circle of holy light."

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 地面に武器を突き立て敵の侵入を阻む光の壁を作り出す
Romanized Description: Chimen ni buki wo tsuki tate teki no shin'nyuu wo habamu hikari no heki wo tsukuri dasu
Localized Description: "Thrust weapon into the ground to create a wall of light that keeps enemies out."[2]

Tales of Vesperia

User: Yuri Lowell
Localized Description: "Altered Arte: Thrust weapon into the ground to attack nearby enemies while healing allies within area."

Alternate Japanese Quote: まだまだぁ!
Alternate Localized Quote: "Not done yet!"

User: Flynn Scifo
Localized Description: "Arcane Arte: Thrust weapon into the ground to attack nearby enemies while healing allies within area."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Arcane: Strike the enemy with light that emanates from around you."

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "Heal nearby allies while damaging foes. When charged, becomes the wider-area Guardian Grove arte."

Tales of Xillia 2

Localized Description: "Heal nearby allies while damaging foes. When charged, becomes the wider-area Guardian Grove arte."

Tales of the Rays

Guardian Field

User: Yuri Lowell
Japanese Description: 地面に剣を突き刺し守護の力で攻撃する

User: Ix Nieves/Kocis
Japanese Description:

地面に剣を突き刺し近づく敵を弾き飛ばす
6連携目以降で発動すると『守護鳳凰陣』に変化

User: Kratos Aurion
Japanese Description: 天に剣を掲げ守護の力で攻撃する


User: Flynn Scifo
Japanese Description: 地面に剣を突き刺し展開した魔法陣で周囲を攻撃する

Shugohoujin [守護崩陣]

Japanese Description: 地面に剣を突き刺し近づく敵を大地の力に巻き込む

Tales of Arise

Localized Description: "A shield thrust that hits the surrounding area while restoring an ally."

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