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Dragon Cloud and Epicenter

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Dragon Cloud being cast in Dark Dawn

Dragon Cloud (ぼくえんりゅう, Divining Flame Dragon) and Epicenter (ぼくしんりゅう, Divining God Dragon) are a pair of Mars Psynergies featured throughout the Golden Sun series. Among the single target techniques, they are of a somewhat lesser popularity, but are considered among the Samurai series' best attacks.

Basic Characteristics[edit]

Dragon Cloud and Epicenter are single-target Psynergies. The final amount of damage is determined by comparing the user's Mars Power to the target's Mars Resistance and using the difference to modify the base power of the particular Psynergy in use.

Dragon Cloud
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Star mars.gif Mars 6 PP
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"Strike an enemy with dragon cloud." (GS-present) Attacks one enemy with a base power of 80.
Epicenter
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Star mars.gif Mars 33 PP
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"Strike an enemy with Dragon Cloud." (TLA)
"Strike with a draconic conflagration spirit." (DD-present)
Attacks one enemy with a base power of 210.


Epicenter being cast in Dark Dawn

Visually, both Psynergies feature a vaporous dragon, somewhat similar to the one conjured by Fume, that winds about itself as it heads towards its target. Ultimately, it pierces through its victim, creating a small explosion and throwing them back. However, Epicenter has a larger dragon than Dragon Cloud.

Damage Calculation[edit]

Elemental Power attacks such as the Dragon Cloud and Epicenter use a set base power as the base damage to be modified. For example, the base power of Epicenter is 210. Thus an unmodified Epicenter would deal around 210 points of damage.

Epicenter'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, Dragon Cloud and Epicenter take 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 user'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.


Dragon Cloud being cast in Golden Sun.

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

  • damage = (base damage) * (1 + (Power - Resistance) / 200)
  • damage = (210) * (1 + (150 - 50) / 200)
  • damage = (210) * (1 + 100 / 200)
  • damage = (210) * (1 + 0.5)
  • damage = 210 * 1.50
  • damage = 315

Therefore, an Epicenter cast under these circumstances would deal approximately 315 points of damage.

Epicenter being cast in The Lost Age.

Availability[edit]

Dragon Cloud and Epicenter are exclusive to the Samurai class series, available to Venus and Mars Adepts. Venus Adepts require large amounts of Jupiter Djinn and Mars Djinn, while Mars Adepts need Jupiter Djinn and Venus Djinn.

Dragon Cloud and Epicenter are learned at level 12. However, only Dragon Cloud is available at first: Many Psynergies are only available to the more advanced versions of a class, and Epicenter is no exception. What separates Dragon Cloud and Epicenter from most Psynergies is that Epicenter replaces Dragon Cloud. To access Epicenter, the Adept must be in the Ronin stage, which requires 5 Jupiter Djinn and 4 Djinn of their symbiotic element. Since Adepts in Golden Sun cannot have more than seven Djinn, the Ronin stage, and thus Epicenter, is unavailable.

Analysis[edit]

General: Dragon Cloud and Epicenter can be considered to be counterparts to the Flame User's Fume Psynergy series. As powerful single-target Psynergies, they can do large amounts of damage to enemies. However, the total amount of damage will be outpaced by Attack-based Psynergies late in the game. Despite this, they are still the strongest Mars-based techniques available to the Samurai, and are an effective counterpoint to Quick Strike. The main drawback is Epicenter's high PP cost, which can strain the Samurai's PP pool.

Mars Psynergy in Golden Sun and The Lost Age
Elemental Base Damage Beam seriesBlast (Fiery) seriesBlast (Nova) seriesDragon Cloud / EpicenterFire seriesFire BreathFire Bomb seriesFire DragonFlame CardFlare seriesFume seriesJuggle seriesLava Shower seriesRaging Heat seriesSalamander setVolcano seriesWyvern
Elemental Phys. Attack Heat Wave / LiquifierPlanet Diver / Planetary
Support Aura seriesGuard seriesGuardian seriesImpair seriesManticorePhoenixSword Card
Utility BlazeBurstMovePound
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
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