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Guard Psynergy series

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Guard being cast in Golden Sun: The Lost Age.

Guard (プロテクト, Protect) and Protect (ハイプロテクト, High Protect) are a set of Mars Support-class Psynergy featured throughout the Golden Sun series. The Guard Psynergy series is functionally identical to the Guardian Psynergy series, available to the Samurai Class series.

Basic Description[edit]

Guard is a single-target Psynergy, that can be targeted on any currently-battling non-downed member of the party. Protect functions similarly, but affects all non-downed actively battling party members.

Guard
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“Boost ally's Defense.” (GS-present) Boost a single ally's Defense by 25%.
Protect
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“Boost party's Defense.” (GS-present) Boost all party members' Defense by 12.5%.


Visually, Guard features red spheres of energy gathering into the selected target. A shield then forms in front of the targeted ally, before quickly dissipating to signify an increase in defense. Protect is nearly identical, simply multiplying the effect to show each ally's Defense increasing.

Mechanics[edit]

In the Golden Sun series, the maximum amount that an individual's Defense can be raised is 50% above the standard Defense. Thus, Guard can be used a maximum of two times on one ally, while Protect requires 4 uses to raise the Defense to maximum. Since Guard and Protect increases Defense by a percentage, the numerical increase is larger for Adepts with higher Defenses.The effects of Guard and Protect are only temporary, however, repeated re-castings can keep the Defense-bonus from wearing off. Additionally, the effects of Break can also remove any bonuses from the use of Guard and/or Protect.

Availability[edit]

Guard and Protect are available to a wide variety of classes: the Guard class series, specifically the Warrior class and higher, the Swordsman class series, the Pirate class series and the Page class series, specifically the Enchanter stage and onwards. Thus it is available to Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter Adepts. Non-Mars Adepts typically need large numbers of Set Mars Djinn to access Guard and Protect. Guard is learned at Level 3 while Protect is learned at Level 15.

Analysis[edit]

Raising Defense is a fairly staple and viable tactic within the RPG genre. Early on, when the player's party has weaker armor and statistics, an increase in Defense can be extremely useful. In Golden Sun and The Lost Age, however, most bosses can cast the Break Psynergy, and since the Defense bonus is temporary, it is quite possible to have the effect wear off before the enemy attacks the buffed adept, effectively wasting a turn and PP. The defense multiplying effect means this move becomes more valuable as the party progresses, as it buffs the party by a larger absolute value. This can make it useful against bosses that have high attack ratings, though it depends heavily on the situation. For example, Guard and Protect are especially useful against the Ogre Titans, which use only physical attacks. In this case, increase Defense via Guard/Protect allows the player to reduce damage over a long, drawn out battle.

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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