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Claymore.gif Claymore (GBA)
Trade Info
Weapon class Long Sword
Buy value 4000
Sell value 3000
Artifact? No
Statistic Boosts
Attack Boost 70

A Claymore (バスタードソード, Basutādo sōdo?, lit. Bastard Sword) is a common Long Sword-class weapon available throughout the Golden Sun series.

Basic Description by Game[edit]

In all appearances, a Claymore increases the wielder's base Attack rating by 70 points. As a common item, it can be bought repeated from vendors for 4000 coins each and sold for 3000 coins each.

In Golden Sun, Claymores are sold in the towns Altin and Kalay, and can be equipped by Isaac and Garet. In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Claymores are sold in the towns Kibombo and Yallam, and can be equipped by Felix and Piers.

In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Claymores are sold in Te Rya Village, Belinsk, and Saha Town, and can be equipped by Matthew and Tyrell. Due to changes to the Unleash system, Claymores now have two Unleashes: Critical Strike and Spin Strike. Critical Strike is a non-elemental physical attack that does 1.5 times the damage of a normal attack, while Spin Strike is a Jupiter-based Unleash that hits three adjacent targets.

Analysis[edit]

ClaymoreDD.gif Claymore (DD)
ClaymoreDDModel.png
The DS model of the Claymore
Trade Info
Weapon class Long Sword
Buy value 4000
Sell value 3000
Artifact? No
Statistic Boosts
Attack Boost 70
First Unleash effect
Effect name Critical Strike
Extra damage x1.5
Second Unleash effect
Effect name Spin Strike
Extra damage Star jupiter.gif 0
Side effect Hits each adjacent foe

In Golden Sun, Claymores are the strongest common weapon in the shops at Altin, but at Kalay it will be overtaken by the Great Axe at 5200 coins. The weapon shop in Altin will be open once the town has been un-flooded, and a Claymore is a worthy purchase to replace either a Broad Axe or the Arctic Blade if they're held by the two warrior Adepts in your party by then. With a price tag of 4000, it is only really sound to buy one Claymore, especially considering that in the upcoming Lamakan Desert dungeon-style location is a strong Mars-based axe artifact called the Vulcan Axe. After Altin, the Claymore will likely remain in your party's inventory until by the time you reach Tolbi.

In The Lost Age, much of the game's focus is on completing puzzles in the dungeon-style locations that provide as rewards weapon artifacts far superior to commonly bought weapons and even weapon artifacts that can normally be bought in vendors, so you should not buy and equip this weapon because it will most likely be overpowered by the equipment you already have (the Disk Axe, for example).

In Dark Dawn, as in The Lost Age, the player will be able to find superior Artifact weapons before they can buy the Claymore. Thus, the Claymore can be safely passed over. Before entering Te Rya, Tyrell will have the stronger Vulcan Axe, while Matthew can equip the Grievous Mace.


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Long Swords
Long Swords featured in Golden Sun
Long SwordBroad SwordArctic BladeClaymoreGreat SwordShamshirSilver BladeMuramasaGaia Blade
Long Swords featured in Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Long SwordBroad SwordStorm BrandClaymoreGreat SwordRobber's BladeShamshirLightning SwordSoul BrandCloud BrandSilver BladeHestia BladeHuge SwordMythril BladeRune BladeLevatineFire BrandDarkswordExcaliburSol Blade
Long Swords featured in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Long SwordBroad SwordStorm BrandClaymoreGreat SwordShamshirSword of DuskSilver BladeMuramasaRune BladeGaia BladeLevatineFire BrandDarkswordExcaliburSol Blade
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