Sharpness as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Sharpness (シャープネス Shaapunesu?) is a traditional spell that increases one ally's physical attack power. It commonly appears as one of the first supportive spells that a character can learn.

Arte Description and History

When activating this spell, the targeted ally is usually surrounded by a red or orange light, and their physical attack power is raised. This is most useful for melee-based characters that fight on the frontlines, increasing their damage against enemy targets, while magic-based characters are typically unable to take advantage of this stat increase due to their focus on spellcasting.

In Tales of Symphonia, Raine Sage eventually learns either Acuteness or Keenness after repeated usage of Sharpness, depending on which arte branch she is heading toward. In Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, the usage requirement is the same, but the class will learn only Acuteness. The usage requirement was removed in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2.

In Tales of the Abyss, if the spell is used within a fully-charged Fire or Light FOF Circle, it will change into Blaze Emitter. In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, the spell is Fire-elemental, thus influencing the Elemental Grid when used. In the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Vesperia, Sharpness is one of the spells that Patty Fleur's arte Risky Cast may randomly cast. In Tales of Xillia, Sharpness is changed for the first time in the series and given the added property of raising magical attack as well as physical attack, eliminating the need for a separate spell to raise the former.


Original Titles

Sharpness as it appears in Tales of the Abyss.

Cross-Over Titles

Sharpness as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.



Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (PSX)

Translated Description (Absolute Zero): "Raise one ally's attack."

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 味方一人の攻撃力を上昇させる
Romanized Description: Mikata hitori no kougekiryoku wo joushou saseru
Localized Description: "Raise Attack of one ally."[1]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Raises the attack power of an ally."[2]

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "Increases Attack of an ally."[3]

Tales of Symphonia

Localized Description: "Healing (novice): increase a party member's offense for a time."[4]

Localized Quote: "I'll help... Sharpness!"

Tales of the Abyss

Localized Description: "Fonic Arte (mid): Temporarily increase the physical attack of one ally."[5]

Japanese Quote: 刃に更なる力を、シャープネス!
Romanized Quote: Yaiba ni saranaru chikara wo. Sharpness!!
Translated Quote: "Increase this blades might. Sharpness!"[6]

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Status (intermediate): Temporarily increase P. ATK of one ally."[7]

Localized Quote: "Strength, dwell in this blade. Sharpness!"[8]

Tales of Xillia

Localized Description: "Temporarily boost the physical attack and magical attack of a chosen ally."

Localized Quote: "Flints turn to blades. Sharpness!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Temporarily raise one ally's Attack."[9]

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

Localized Description: "Status (mid): Temporarily increase an ally's P. ATK."

Localized Quote: "Enhance this blade's might. Sharpness!"

Tales of the Rays

Localized Description: "An arte that boosts the Attack power of one ally."


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