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Hammer Blow as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Pow Hammer (ピコハン Pikohan?, "Piko Hammer"[1]) is a classic arte in the Tales series. It is one of the most widely recognized artes in the series, as it is usually one of the first that a supporting character learns. The name, both in Japanese and English, derives from the sound of a toy hammer when it hits something.

Arte Description and History

This arte was introduced as a spell in Tales of Phantasia, requiring a short casting period before summoning a toy hammer to drop onto the target. If this hammer hits an enemy, it will be stunned for a short period, without failure. However, the hammer can miss its target somewhat easily, especially if the target begins moving to a different position by the time the hammer appears. This original form is only a status-afflicting spell, and it does no damage to the enemy.

In later games, Pow Hammer became a physical attack that can be used in melee situations, often seen as a single hammer that is thrown at the enemy, spinning in the air as it arcs across the field to hit its target. In Tales of Eternia, Chat has an alternative version that allows her to throw several toy hammers at once, each with its own chance to stun any enemy that is hit.

In Tales of Symphonia, after the arte has been used over 200 times, Toss Hammer will appear randomly to replace it and any of its more powerful variants when they are used, inflicting the "Poison" status ailment upon the enemy. The base Pow Hammer can also become Ice Hammer if Colette Brunel is inflicting Ice-elemental damage. In her cameo appearances in Crossover Titles, these altered artes become a default part of her arte list when appearing. In the game, there are several Compound Special Attacks that can be formed with this arte during a Unison Attack. If used with Tiger Blade, the arte will become Pow Blade; if used with Lightning, the result is Mjollnir; if used with Light Spear, it will be Pow Spear; if used together with Devastation, the Compound Special Attack will be Pow Devastation. All these artes have Colette replace the partner's original weapon with a Pow Hammer. In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, this arte has two effects: one releases the classic red hammer, while the other uses a stronger, golden one.

In Tales of the Abyss, the effect of throwing multiple hammers is matched by Anise Tatlin's own version, which is available only if the "Great Pirate" accessory is equipped, as an homage to Chat's abilities. Tear Grants's version of the arte only summons one toy hammer. However, it can be used anywhere on the battlefield to strike a target at any distance. Additionally, this arte can be used within a complete Water or Dark FOF Circle to convert it into Frozen Hammer.

Pow Hammer has also appeared in some games as a weapon. In Tales of Symphonia, the "Pow Hammer DX", the "joke weapon" for Presea Combatir that is a large Pow Hammer with rings of yellow spikes, can be purchased at the Weapon Shop in Luin once it has been fully restored. In Tales of Legendia, the Pow Hammer can be obtained as a weapon through customizing in Werites Beacon, although it is fairly weak.

The Pow Hammer's hammer is also used for failure. A "Miss" while playing with the Gambler's Gamble results in a Pow Hammer striking the user, while a failure during Patty Fleur's Critical Moment may result in Pow Hammers striking everyone on the field. There is also a recurring skill, also localized as Pow Hammer, that involves the user automatically counterattacking with a Pow Hammer when struck. In Tales of the Rays, this arte is Earth-elemental.

Appearances

Pow Hammer as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Original Titles

Pow Hammer as it appears in Tales of Crestoria.

Crossover Titles

Other Titles

Animation

Collaborations

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 法術の一つ。敵を気絶させる
Romanized Description: Houjutsu no hitotsu. Teki wo kizetsu saseru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Stuns an enemy."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Drop a toy hammer to stun an enemy."
Translated Description (Phantasian Productions): "Stun an enemy by dropping a hammer on its head."

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Japanese Description: 敵の頭上にハンマーを落として気絶させる

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 敵の頭上にハンマーを落として気絶させる
Romanized Description: Teki no zujou ni hammer wo otoshite kizetsu saseru
Localized Description: "Stun enemy by causing a hammer to fall on their head."[3]

Tales of Eternia

Japanese Description: ピコピコされると気絶したくなることもある
Localized Description: "It can sometimes cause KO."

Tales of Symphonia

Japanese Description: ハンマーを投げつける特技
Localized Description: "Lv. 1 Sp. Attack: throw a hammer at the enemy."[4]

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 小型ハンマーを投げつけて敵を時々気絶させる 晶術。晶術?

Tales of the Abyss

User: Tear Grants
Japanese Description: 敵の上空にピコハンを発生させ攻撃する特技。ピコピコされると気絶したくなることもある。
Localized Description: "Base: A pow hammer knocks the enemy silly. Sometimes renders the enemy unconscious."

User: Anise Tatlin
Japanese Description: 複数のピコハンを投げる特技。ピコピコされると気絶したくなることもある。

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

User: Priest class, Leon Magnus
Localized Description: "Magic: Throw a hammer."

User: Tear Grants
Localized Description: "Base: A pow hammer knocks the enemy silly."

Tales of Innocence

Japanese Description: ハンマーを落とし、一定確率で気絶させる術

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Japanese Description: ハンマーを投げつける特技
Localized Description: "Base: Throw a hammer."

Tales of Vesperia

Japanese Description: ピコハンを投げつけて攻撃する特技。ピコピコされると気絶したくなることもある。
Localized Description: "Base Arte: Throw a hammer that knocks the enemy silly."

Tales of Hearts

Japanese Description: 敵の目の前に 小さなハンマーを出現させる術。

Tales of Graces ƒ

Localized Quote: "Pow!"

Tales of Innocence R

User: Illia Animi, Ange Serena
Japanese Description: 対象の頭上にハンマーを落として 一定確率で気絶させる初級天術

User: Kongwai Tao
Japanese Description: 対象の頭上にハンマーを落として 一定確率で気絶させる初級術

Tales of Hearts R

Japanese Description: 対象の頭上にハンマーを落として 一定確率で気絶させる初級術
Localized Description: "An entry-level arte that drops a daze-inducing hammer on the target's head."

Tales of Xillia

User: Elize Lutus
Japanese Description: 気を高め具現化したピコハンを投げつける武身技。意外な攻撃に隙を突かれた敵は思わず気絶しちゃう。
Localized Description: "Hurl a toy hammer at enemies to surprise them and leave them stunned."

Tales of Xillia 2

User: Ludger Will Kresnik
Japanese Description: エリーゼから教わった、地面を叩きピコハンを周囲に散らす武身技。敵を確率で気絶させる。
Localized Description: "A martial arte learned from Elize, in which you strike the ground and send out hammers that stun foes."

Tales of the Rays

User: Mint Adenade, Colette Brunel, Tear Grants, Elize Lutus
Japanese Description: 期待より低い確率だが期待しないより高い確率で気絶させるハンマーを落とす
Localized Description: "An arte that drops a hammer—it stuns foes less often than you'd like."

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