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Arid Scorch being cast in Dark Dawn

Arid Heat (ヒートドライ, Heat Dry), Arid Blast (パイロドライ, Pyro Dry), and Arid Scorch (アルダードライ, Arider Dry) are a series of Mars offensive Psynergies featured in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Arid Heat, the first stage of the series, is also a necessary Utility Psynergy. These Psynergies are available to anyone that equips the Sand Prince Stone, an item acquired from the Sand Prince in Ayuthay. Arid Heat's encyclopedia entry reads as follows:

"This fire-based Psynergy can evaporate a water source in the blink of an eye."

Basic Description[edit | edit source]

Arid Heat, Arid Blast, and Arid Scorch are offensive, ranged Psynergies. The damage done by each stage is determined by comparing the user's Mars Power to the target's Mars Resistance, then multiplying this factor by the base power of the particular Psynergy in use.

Arid Heat
Star mars.gif Mars 4 PP
Range 3.gif
"Evaporate a water source with great heat." (DD-present) Attack up to three targets with a base power of 20.
Arid Blast
Star mars.gif Mars 9 PP
Range 3.gif
"Strike with a parching heat blast." (DD-present) Attack up to three targets with a base power of 50.
Arid Scorch
Star mars.gif Mars 15 PP
Range 3.gif
"Strike with a desiccating heat scourge." (DD-present) Attack up to three targets with a base power of 120.

Visually, each stage of the series resembles a column of orange-colored hot air rising from an circular orange energy field. The size of both the hot air column and the energy field increases for each stage of the series.

Damage Calculations[edit | edit source]

Elemental Power attacks such as the Arid Heat series use a set base power as the base damage to be modified. For example, the base power of Arid Scorch is 120. Thus, an unmodified Arid Scorch would do around 120 points of damage.

The Arid Heat series's attack takes this base damage value and uses it in the following equation:

final damage = (base damage) * (1 + (User's Mars Power - Enemy's Mars Resistance) / 200)

To word this in prose, The Arid Heat series takes the base damage of the particular attack, and then modifies this by how much higher or lower the user's Mars Power is than the target's Mars Resistance. The difference between the user's Mars Power and the target's Mars Resistance is then divided by 200, then 1 is added to this, resulting in what can be called the "elemental damage multiplier". This number is what the Psynergies' damage is multiplied by.

For example, if an Adept with a Mars Power of 150 casts Arid Scorch on a monster with a Mars Resistance of 50:

  • damage = (base damage) * (1 + (Power - Resistance) / 200)
  • damage = (120) * (1 + (150 - 50) / 200)
  • damage = (120) * (1 + 100 / 200)
  • damage = (120) * (1 + 0.5)
  • damage = 120 * 1.50
  • damage = 180

Therefore, an Arid Scorch cast under these circumstances would deal approximately 180 points of damage to the targeted enemy. Since Arid Scorch is a ranged Psynergy, adjacent targets take a percentage of the total damage, with the percentage decreasing as distance from the main target increases.

As a Utility Psynergy[edit | edit source]

Arid Heat can evaporate the water out of a small, self-contained water source, like a bowl.

Arid Heat, the first Psynergy in the series, is an important Utility Psynergy in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. It allows players to evaporate water out of small bowls; in most cases, this helps to manipulate the water levels in the surrounding area. Because of this, it draws comparisons with the Parch Psynergy of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the main difference being elemental alignment. Its range is fairly limited; the player must be within a short radius of the target to use Arid Heat. The effects of Arid Heat can be easily reversed using the Douse Psynergy.

Like many Utility Psynergies in the game, the use of Arid Heat is limited to Mars Adepts, the only Adepts that can equip the Sand Prince Stone that bestows the Psynergy. In-game, it is described as utilizing the power of the Sand Prince, a being which resided behind the Alchemy Well in Ayuthay. Arid Heat is specifically required to reverse the flow of the Alchemy Well, which grants access to Barai Temple.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Like many Utility Psynergy, the Arid Heat series is only accessible when an item imbued with the Psynergy, i.e the Sand Prince Stone, has been equipped on a compatible Adept. In this case, the Sand Prince Stone is limited to Mars Adepts. Thus, the series is only available to Tyrell and Eoleo, who will retain it regardless of class, so long as the Sand Prince Stone is equipped. Unlike many series of Psynergy, which are learned in succession, the entire Arid Heat series is learned at once.

Analysis[edit | edit source]

General: The main advantage of the Arid Heat series is its ability to remain accessible across many classes. The series has fairly strong power, making it excellent for Mars Adepts that are in a class that has few or weaker Mars Psynergies. In comparison to other Psynergies of similar power, the Arid Heat series is fairly cheap, making it an efficient source of damage.

By Game[edit | edit source]

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: Tyrell is the only Mars Adept in the party when Arid Heat is acquired, so he will be the most common source of the Arid Heat series. Since he can learn the entire series at once, he will have access to Arid Scorch around level 12-15. In comparison, he will not learn a stronger multi-target Psynergy in his base class until level 40, when he learns Supernova. Early on, however, his use of the stronger stages is limited by his poor PP pool. During the later portions of the game, however, Arid Scorch becomes an efficient source of damage, being nearly half as costly as Supernova and Pyroclasm for an only slightly lower base power. Thus, Arid Scorch is extremely useful when the player is in situations where Tyrell would need to use a multi-target Psynergy but still conserve PP.

Usage by enemies[edit | edit source]

As the source of the Arid Heat series, the Sand Prince has access to the Arid Blast Psynergy when he is battled.

Utility Psynergy in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Field effect Arid HeatAvoidCold SnapCrushDouseFireballGale/WhirlwindGripGrowthInsightMoveRetreatSearchSlapSpirit SenseThermalTrack
Restorative Boon seriesCure PoisonCure seriesFresh Breeze seriesPly seriesReviveWish series
Mars Psynergy in Dark Dawn
Elemental Base Damage Arid Heat seriesBeam seriesBlast seriesCrushDragon Cloud / EpicenterFireball seriesFire Bomb seriesFlare seriesFume seriesLava Shower seriesRaging Heat seriesStarburst seriesVolcano series
Elemental Phys. Attack Heat Wave / LiquefierKeelhaul / Vicious ChopPlanet Diver / Planetary
Support Guard seriesGuardian seriesImpair series
Utility Arid HeatCrushFireballThermal