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Tractor Beam as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Tractor Beam (トラクタービーム Torakutaabiimu?) is a classic spell in the Tales series and one of the few offensive spells almost consistently of no element.

Arte Description and History

Throughout most of its appearances, Tractor Beam lifts the enemy into the air before dropping them down. In some games, such as Tales of Phantasia, flying enemies are immune to this by default. Arche Klein is immune to it as well, due to her flying on her broom in battle. There is also the "Stone" item that makes the user immune to the spell.

In Tales of Eternia, the spell is used by Maxwell and is uniquely implemented as a glyph moving across the battlefield, which will automatically cast Tractor Beam on the party member standing over it. In Tales of Legendia, Tractor Beam works slightly differently; instead of slowly lifting the target, the beam uses a strong jolt of gravity to vault the target upward into the air. The area of effect is quite narrow with this version. In Tales of Vesperia, Rita Mordio's version of the spell causes damage to the target area while the enemies are being lifted by the beam before dropping them down for a final hit.


Tractor Beam as it appears in Tales of Vesperia.

Original Titles

Tractor Beam as it appears in Tales of Crestoria.

Cross-Over Titles

Other Titles

Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

Japanese Description: 無属性攻撃呪文お一つ。地上の敵を空へ持ち上げ、落下させる
Romanized Description: Muzoku kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Chijou no teki wo sora e mochi age, rakka saseru
Translated Description (DeJap Translations): "Lifts the enemies off the floor and drops them."[1]

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Localized Description: "Lifts enemies off the ground and drops them down on the ground."[2]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)

Japanese Description: 無属性攻撃呪文お一つ 地上の敵を持ち上げ落下させる
Romanized Description: Muzoku kougeki jumon no hitotsu. Chijou no teki wo mochi age rakka saseru
Localized Description: "A non-elemental attack spell that lifts enemies off the ground and then drops them back down."[3]

Tales of Legendia

Localized Description: "High: Launch an enemy into the air and drop it down."[4]

User: Shirley Fennes
Localized Quote: "Foul sinner who has lost sight of the bounds of the waters and the heavens, I shall meet out the punishment for thy transgressions! Begone... Tractor Beam!"[4]

User: Norma Beatty
Localized Quote: "You who would break your bonds to fly free across the heavens, stretch your false pinions and learn the blessings of the earth! Tractor Beam!"[4]

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Magic: Send an enemy flying with a non-elemental spell."

Tales of Vesperia

Localized Description: "Intermediate Spell: Bring enemies down in the area to the air and send them crashing down to the earth."

Normal Spellcasting Time:
Localized Quote: "Spread thy alluring snare and deliver my enemies unto me! Tractor Beam!"

Shortened Spellcasting Time:
Localized Quote: "Ready?! Tractor Beam!"

Tales of the Rays

Japanese Description: 敵を持ち上げてから落下させダメージを与える術
Localized Description: "An arte that damages foes by launching them up and knocking them down."

User: Arche Klein
Japanese Quote: 持ち上げちゃうよぉ?トラクタービーム!

User: Philia Felice
Japanese Quote: おいたはダメです!

User: Shirley Fennes
Japanese Description: