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A Harpy as they appear in Dark Dawn.

The Harpy, Virago, and Harridan are enemies that are randomly battled throughout each game in the Golden Sun series. These monsters, resembling humanoid bird creatures without beaks, are palette-swapped variants of each other that have differing levels of power and defense and are fought in different locations in the games. This is the only enemy line in the series in which each variant is present in all three games.

In Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age[edit]

Harpy[edit]

Harpy.png

A Harpy (ハーピィ) is a blue variant with yellow eyes, and it is level 10 in Golden Sun and level 12 in The Lost Age. In Golden Sun, it is battled throughout Mercury Lighthouse. In The Lost Age, it is battled throughout Air's Rock.

In the first game, none of the Harpy's statistics are as strong as the Siren it is often fought alongside, and it is also outperformed by the Lizard Man in durability. It is generally not something to watch out for there; in The Lost Age, on the other hand, it's easily the best enemy on the exterior portion of Air's Rock, and is outperformed by the Mummy in the interior portion of the dungeon only by a small margin.

A Harpy's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Harpy 105 0 104 25 46 4
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 127   Star mercury.gif 72   Star mars.gif 48   Star jupiter.gif 7 1 38 53 Elixir.gif Elixir 1/16

A Harpy uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 6/8
(75%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Shriek 2/8
(25%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power Enemy ability that launches rings of green energy through a targeted Adept. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 30 base damage.


Virago[edit]

Virago.png

A Virago (ハルピュイア Harpyia) is a light-green variant with violet eyes, and it is level 17 in Golden Sun and level 24 in The Lost Age. In Golden Sun, it is an enemy that does not appear in random encounters at all, only appearing as parts of limited scripted encounters along with other enemies, namely one alongside two Man o' Wars as the third battle on the Tolbi-bound Ship and two alongside the Hobgoblin at the entrance to the first dungeon floor of the optional Crossbone Isle. In The Lost Age, it becomes a traditionally battled random enemy, appearing throughout Aqua Rock.

In the first game, since only three are ever fought, two of which are weak "assistants" to a bigger enemy, they should be no problem at all to deal with area-of-effect offensive Psynergy. The same could be said of its appearance in the second game, where from the start of Aqua Rock it is quite outperformed in all stats by the Roc, which itself is hugely outperformed in Agility by the Faery, and that is not to mention the other stronger monsters fought throughout the dungeon interior.

A Virago's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Virago 185 0 199 47 89 4
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 127   Star mercury.gif 72   Star mars.gif 48   Star jupiter.gif 7 1 87 120 Elixir.gif Elixir 1/16

A Virago uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 6/8
(75%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Banshee Howl 2/8
(25%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power
Star jupiter.gif Level 2
Enemy ability that launches rings of purple energy through a targeted Adept. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 70 base damage, and there is a chance that the hit Adept will be inflicted with the Stun status condition.


Harridan[edit]

Harridan.png

A Harridan (サイレンハーピィ Siren Harpy) is a whitish-red variant with turquoise eyes, and it is level 22 in Golden Sun and level 27 in The Lost Age. In Golden Sun, it is randomly fought throughout Suhalla Desert, and one of them appears alongside two Stone Soldiers as the monsters supporting the Lizard King mini-boss that is fought in a scripted battle in front of the fifth dungeon floor of the optional Crossbone Isle. In The Lost Age, it is battled throughout Tundaria Tower, Ankohl Ruins, and the earlier, easier portion of the optional Treasure Isle.

In the first game, it is the fastest of the enemies fought throughout Suhalla Desert, and its attacking and power is about the same as the others, with less durability in comparison to them. In the second game, however, it is nothing special, with monsters like the Minotaurus providing higher threat levels with all of its statistics being higher.

A Harridan's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Harridan 231 29 261 66 118 8
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 175   Star mercury.gif 100   Star mars.gif 72   Star jupiter.gif 25 1 150 164 Nut.gif Nut 1/32

A Harridan uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 2/8
(25%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Banshee Howl 2/8
(25%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power
Star jupiter.gif Level 2
Enemy ability that launches rings of purple energy through a targeted Adept. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 70 base damage, and there is a chance that the hit Adept will be inflicted with the Stun status condition.
Crazy Voice 2/8
(25%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power Enemy ability that generates a batch of small glowing purple musical note symbols that floats into a targeted Adept and shatters. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack to the target's PP meter with 10 base damage.
Wind Slash 2/8
(25%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power Psynergy costing 9 PP that projects a moderately wide glowing purple swath of energy through each of multiple Adepts. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 50 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.

Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in Golden Sun | Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in The Lost Age


Enemy Lines in Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Aka ManahAmazeAngle WormAnt LionApeAssassinAvimanderBallBatBlue DragonChestbeaterChimeraConch ShellColosso GladiatorCuttleDinoDirgeDoomsayerDread HoundDrone BeeEmuFlame DragonGargoyleGhostGhost ArmyGhoulGnomeGolemGressilGrubGryphonHarpyHobgoblinHydraKoboldLiving ArmorLiving StatueLizard ManManticoreMaulerMermanMini-GoblinMinotaurusMoleMomongaMummyOrcPhoenixPixiePunch AntRatRat SoldierRed DemonRocRuffianSalamanderScorpionSea DragonSeabirdSirenSkeletonSlimeSpiderStone SoldierThiefToadTornado LizardTrollUrchin BeastVerminWild MushroomWild WolfWill HeadWolfkinWood WalkerWyvernWyvern ChickZombie
Recurring single enemies
Jupiter DjinniMad PlantMars DjinniMercury DjinniMimic (Golden Sun)Mimic (The Lost Age)Venus Djinni


In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn[edit]

Harpy[edit]

GSDD-Harpy.png

A Harpy (ハーピィ) is a light blue level 11 variant with purple-tipped wings. It is randomly fought on Passaj Mountain Climb, the overworld region between Passaj and Kaocho, and on the surface of Ayuthay; in all locations, they are only fought until the Grave Eclipse occurs.

A Harpy's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Harpy 113 0 110 28 52 ??
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 127   Star mercury.gif 72   Star mars.gif 48   Star jupiter.gif 7 1 103 59 Elixir DD.png Elixir 1/8

A Harpy uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 6/8
(75%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Shriek 2/8
(25%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power Enemy ability that deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 30 base damage.


Virago[edit]

GSDD-Virago.png

A Virago (ハルピュイア Harpyia) is a violet level 28 variant with orange-tipped wings. It is randomly fought in Belinsk Ruins.

A Virago's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Virago 284 0 293 105 159 ??
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 127   Star mercury.gif 72   Star mars.gif 48   Star jupiter.gif 7 1 628 144 Elixir DD.png Elixir 1/8

A Virago uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 7/8
(87.5%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Stunning Shriek 1/8
(12.5%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power
Star jupiter.gif Level ??
Enemy ability that deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 70 base damage, and there is a chance that the hit Adept will be inflicted with the Stun status condition.


Harridan[edit]

GSDD-Harridan.png

A Harridan (サイレンハーピィ Siren Harpy) is a blue level 34 variant with light blue-tipped wings. It is randomly fought in the Eastern Sea region outside the Grave Eclipse.

A Harridan's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Harridan 346 20 354 144 199 ??
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 127   Star mercury.gif 72   Star mars.gif 48   Star jupiter.gif 7 1 1175 161 Crystal Powder DD.png Crystal Powder 1/16

A Harridan uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 5/8
(62.5%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Stunning Shriek 1/8
(12.5%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power
Star jupiter.gif Level ??
Enemy ability that deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 70 base damage, and there is a chance that the hit Adept will be inflicted with the Stun status condition.
Crazy Voice 1/8
(12.5%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power Enemy ability that deals a Jupiter-aligned attack to the target's PP meter with 10 base damage.
Wind Slash 1/8
(12.5%)
Star jupiter.gif 110 Power Psynergy costing 9 PP that deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 50 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.

Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in Dark Dawn


Enemy Lines in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
AmazeApeBallBatBugmanChimeraCurse DemonCuttleDark DevourerDirgeDread HoundDrone BeeFlutter SeedGhostGoblingGreat DragonGryphonHarpyHobbleHydraKoboldLizard BruteLizard ManMad PlantMaulerMermanMinotaurusMoleMomongaPixieRatRat SoldierSalamanderScuttlerSirenSkeletonSkorpnaSkullSky DragonSlimeSpiderStealthy ScoutTrollWild WolfWillowispWolfkinWyvernZombie
Recurring single enemies
Jupiter DjinniMars DjinniMercury DjinniMimicVenus Djinni


Cultural References[edit]

Harpy, Virago, and Harridan are all archaic insults against women in general in some form:

  • Harpy, as a term, has connotations that are comparatively evident due to the familiarity of the mythological creature in Greek myth that has that name, wherein it is a winged death-spirit with a woman's head and a bird's body. The name comes from the ancient Greek word "harpázein", meaning "to snatch". It is often envisioned as a violent creature, and much popular culture, Golden Sun included, depicts it as making piercingly loud, shrill shrieks.
  • Virago technically denotes a strong, brave, or warlike woman, which seems to be a positive aspect and was viewed as such initially. However, since this was viewed as a departure from the normative gender roles of society that were in place in England at the time, Virago became a pejorative to demean women who acted aggressively.
  • Harridan is a woman regarded as scolding and vicious.
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