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Nightmare as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Nightmare (ナイトメア Naitomea?) is a Dark-elemental debilitating arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

In Tales of the Abyss, it is a Fonic Hymn representing the First Fonon, the Fonon of Darkness, for Tear Grants. When activated, the enemy is surrounded by purple bubbles that steadily deal damage as well as inflict the "Sleep" status effect. Nightmare is first used within the story when Tear invades the Fabre Manor at Baticul toward the beginning of the story, placing the guards, maids, and other employees into a magical sleep to allow her to enter without resistance so that she could kill her brother, Van Grants.

After the incident, Tear frequently uses the Fonic Hymn as a means to avoid unnecessary bloodshed or conflict, as seen during the invasion of Oracle Knights aboard the Tartarus and later when recovering the Albiore's flightstone from Reiner. However, if she tries to put to sleep a large number of enemies, she will faint, as seen in Daath during the replica attack. This sleep-inducing spell effect is turned into a strike arte in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World while retaining its Dark element.

In Tales of Eternia Online, it is a Craymel Arte used by the Arcane Craymel Mage to decrease the target's strength.


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In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of the Abyss

Japanese Description: 対象となる敵を一定確率で眠らせる 第一音素譜歌。
Localized Description: "Hymn: Use the First Fonon to put targeted enemies to sleep."

Japanese Quote: 深淵へと誘う旋律 ♪トゥエ レイ ズェ クロア リョ トゥエ ズェ
Localized Quote: "O melody beckoning toward the abyss. ♪Tue Lei Ze Kuloa Ryuo Tue Ze."

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Japanese Description:
Localized Description: "Magic: Occasionally stun an enemy."[1]

User: Aurora
Japanese Quote: 行きますぇ…?去ねや!
Localized Quote: "Here I go! Die!"

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Japanese Description: 一定確率で敵を睡眠状態にする技

Tales of the Rays

User: Tear Grants
Japanese Description: 闇の力を圧縮して敵にぶつける術

Japanese Quote: 静かに眠れ!ナイトメア!

User: Mileena Weiss
Japanese Description:


Japanese Quote: 屠り去れ!ナイトメア!