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Masamune.gif Masamune (TLA)
UnleashMasamune.png
Visual effect of Rising Dragon
Trade Info
Weapon class Light Blade
Buy value 16400
Sell value 12300
Artifact? Yes
Statistic Boosts
Attack Boost 161
Unleash effect
Effect name Rising Dragon
Extra damage Star mercury.gif 62
Side effect May multiply the resulting damage by 2, has a 5% additional chance to Unleash


The Masamune (マサムネ, Masamune?) is a Light Blade-class Artifact weapon found in Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.

Basic description by game[edit]

In all its appearances, the Masamune increases the wielder's attack by 161. It can be sold for 12300 coins, and subsequently re-bought for 16400 coins.

In The Lost Age, it is found in a treasure chest in Yallam, but the Force Psynergy is required to reach the chest, meaning the Masamune is not available until after Jupiter Lighthouse. Being a Light Blade, it can be equipped by Isaac, Felix, Garet, Jenna, Ivan, and Piers. The Masamune's Unleash attack is Rising Dragon (そうりゅうざん, Azure Dragon/Sōryū?), which activates at a rate of 40% (notable, as most Unleashes activate at a rate of 35%). Rising Dragon converts all damage to Mercury damage and attacks with an additional 62 damage points. In addition, there is a chance of doing twice the normal amount of damage. Visually, Rising Dragon resembles a light blue cloud with the shape of a dragon's head at the front streaming from the attacker and arcing slightly before striking the target from above. If Rising Dragon does double damage, a second, identical cloud follows, only this cloud strikes from below.

In Dark Dawn, the Masamune can be obtained in the Yamata Ruins after Himi has joined the party. The Masamune is given three Unleashes: Double Attack, Combat Dance, and its trademark unleash Rising Dragon. Double Attack is a Jupiter-based Unleash that multiplies damage by 1.6. Combat Dance is a non-elemental attack that has a damage multiplier of 1.5. Rising Dragon still does Mercury damage with an additional 62 points and a chance to double the damage. However, Rising Dragon now has a range of up to 3 targets each time it activates.

MasamuneDD.gif Masamune (DD)
MasamuneDDModel.png
The DS model of the Masamune
Trade Info
Weapon class Light Blade
Buy value 16400
Sell value 12300
Artifact? Yes
Statistic Boosts
Attack Boost 161
First Unleash effect
Effect name Double Attack
Extra damage Star jupiter.gif x1.6
Second Unleash effect
Effect name Combat Dance
Extra damage x1.5
Third Unleash effect
Effect name Rising Dragon
Extra damage Star mercury.gif 62
Side effect May double the resultant damage
Hits each adjacent foe


Analysis[edit]

The Lost Age[edit]

The Masamune is a powerful weapon that can be equipped to almost anyone. However, it is only accessible in a password-enhanced game, specifically those that have transferred the Orb of Force. When this requirement is met, the Masamune is easily obtainable. However, it remains unavailable until late into the game, meaning it normally serves as a placeholder for more powerful weapons like Tisiphone Edge and Excalibur, both of which are capable of attacking for three times their normal damage. However, in terms of raw power, no weapon can outdo a two-strike Rising Dragon from the Masamune until the above mentioned weapons or the Sol Blade are acquired. Even then, it is worth considering that Masamune does water damage, not earth or wind.

The Masamune is the most powerful Mercury-based weapon that Piers can equip. Although it is a Light Blade, both its base attack and bonus Mercury damage from its unleash are higher than its nearest contender, the Mythril Blade. On top of this, the Masamune has a chance to do double damage, pushing it well in front of the Mythril Blade; however, it faces competition with several weapons of different elements available at the end of the game such as the Tisiphone Edge and Excalibur. Since it is the most powerful Mercury-based weapon available to Piers, however, it is still a solid choice for him if placed in a Mercury-based class. In addition to this, the weapon's notable unleash rate (which adds 5%) can allow for a 99% unleash setup, akin to a Venus Adept wielding the Sol Blade. In Piers's case, an appropriate setup would consist of the Mythril Helm, Riot Gloves, Hyper Boots, and Mythril Clothes instead of the Valkyrie Mail to account for the naturally higher unleash rate.

Dark Dawn[edit]

The Masamune serves as an excellent choice, due to its easy accessibility and general power. It possesses one of the strongest Mercury-based unleashes in Rising Dragon, second to the Sagittarius Bow's Blue Comet, and is given an improvement in its potential to hit multiple targets for double damage. Meanwhile, Double Attack and Combat Dance have good damage multipliers, allowing for decent damage at later stages of the game, where Attack-based offenses begin to out-power Psynergy. These qualities make it an ideal endgame weapon for Amiti, particularly if he is in his base class.

While the Sagittarius Bow has a stronger Mercury-based unleash, it is only available in Crossbone Isle, which can only be accessed after the player has defeated the final boss. Thus, the Masamune is likely to see far more time than the Sagittarius Bow. However, once the final boss is defeated, the Sagittarius Bow becomes the best possible replacement, as it is more easily acquirable than the Tisiphone Edge and matches up better with Amiti's elemental alignment.

Trivia[edit]

  • Kusanagi.gif In the original Golden Sun, a weapon hidden in the game's code named "Masamune" can be seen and found either through or in the Debug Rooms. It is a Long Sword with a unique and different graphic not officially seen in either game, has 135 Atk, and has no Unleash effect. If transferred into The Lost Age, it becomes the Fire Brand.

Cultural references[edit]

Okazaki Masamune, who lived in the 13th and 14th centuries, is regarded as the greatest swordsmith of Japanese history. In addition to his extraordinary worksmanship, he is typically regarded as the exemplar of the true warrior who does not kill needlessly, in contrast to Murasame's alleged bloodthirst.

Sōryū is the Japanese name of Qing Long, the Azure Dragon, who rules the eastern heavens in east Asian mythology.


Gallery of Dark Dawn unleashes
Light Blades
Light Blades featured in Golden Sun
MacheteShort SwordHunter's SwordBandit's SwordElven RapierBattle RapierMystery BladeMaster RapierAssassin BladeNinja BladeSwift SwordKikuichimonji
Light Blades featured in Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Short SwordHunter's SwordPirate's SwordBattle RapierHypnos' SwordCorsair's EdgeMaster RapierMist SabreNinja BladeSwift SwordSylph RapierPirate's SabrePhaeton's BladeBurning SwordMasamuneTisiphone Edge
Light Blades featured in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Short SwordHunter's SwordElven RapierBattle RapierMystery BladeMaster RapierAssassin BladeNinja BladeSwift SwordSylph RapierKikuichimonjiPhaeton's BladeMasamuneVerdant SwordTisiphone Edge
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