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The Hydra (ヒドラ), Aqua Hydra (アクアヒドラ), and Pyrodra (パイロヒドラ Pyrohydra) are enemies that are encountered throughout Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. These monsters, resembling large three-headed sea serpents, are palette swaps of each other that have differing levels of power and defense and are fought in different locations in the games. This enemy line includes one boss in The Lost Age.

In Golden Sun: The Lost Age[edit]

Aqua Hydra[edit]

Aqua Hydra.png

The Aqua Hydra is a giant-sized level 26 variant with light blue scales and a light-green underbelly. In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, it is a mandatory boss encounter in the beached Lemurian Ship located at the East Indra Shore. After Piers has joined the party, players are to eventually return to the ship and explore it, fighting Aqua Jellies along the way. In a room with a bunch of crates and six Aqua Jellies around them, interacting with the Jelly standing on one of the crates in the center causes the other five Jellies to suddenly, simultaneously jump into the first. The six Aqua Jellies then merge and metamorphose into the single Aqua Hydra, which then immediately engages the party as a scripted boss encounter.

This can be quite a challenging boss due to both its powerful full-party offenses and its large amount of HP. The Aqua Hydra is vulnerable to Mars-based attacks, so the most obvious tactic is to have Jenna pound away with Djinn, Summons, and/or her strongest Psynergies, such as Fume and Beam. On the other hand, the Aqua Hydra's Raging Flood technique can make short work of an unprepared party, so a more defensive strategy may be preferable. At this point in the game, Jenna is the only party member who learns group-healing Psynergies in her default class, and even then she can only use them if she has at least four Mars Djinn set. Fortunately, there are exactly four Mars Djinn available at this point (Cannon, Spark, Kindle, and Char), granting Jenna access to the Aura Psynergy series. If she is at least level 16, her Healing Aura will prove invaluable for keeping the party alive. Alternatively, if you would rather or are willing to use a non-default class setup, assigning another character to a class with the Wish Psynergy series would free Jenna up for offense. On that note, summoning Meteor (which would require all four Mars Djinn) will deal around 800 points of damage to the Aqua Hydra in a single blow. Also, this battle would be a good opportunity to use up any Oil Drops you may possess, since they are essentially free Flare Storms that can be used by any character (it is advisable to let these be used by characters other than Jenna to give them strong Mars attacks, since neither Jenna's naturally-higher Mars elemental power nor any of the other Adepts' naturally-lower Mars power will apply to item-based effects such as Oil Drop).

The Aqua Hydra's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Aqua Hydra 2776 70 173 38 63 44
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mercury.gif 175   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mars.gif 25 1 963 1612 Vial.gif Vial 1/1

The Aqua Hydra uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Raging Flood 88/256
(34.4%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Enemy ability where the user summons a wave of water from behind itself to wash through the player's party (this visual is similar to that of the Dreamtide Unleash of the Pirate's Sword). Deals a Mercury-aligned attack with 110 base damage that is spread out across all enemies with high damage distribution.
Triple Chomp 53/256
(20.7%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Enemy ability where the user bolts forward and strikes a single party member with three strong blue-colored bites in a row. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with the end result multiplied by 2.4.
Rising Venom 35/256
(13.7%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power
Star mercury.gif Level 4
Enemy ability where the user lobs a small amount of glowing green poison at a single party member. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with 30 damage points added to the end result, and there is a chance the target will be afflicted with Poison.
Drench 29/256
(11.3%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Psynergy costing 10 PP that drops moderately large spheres of water onto the opposition. Deals a Mercury-aligned attack with 60 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.
Attack 28/256
(10.9%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Slaver 23/256
(9%)
Star mercury.gif Level 4 Enemy ability where the user projects a lot of multi-colored saliva all over the party of Adepts ("Slaver" may be a corruption of "saliva" that occurred during translation of the game). A move with a range of 5, in which every affected party member has a chance to have their Defense rating temporarily lowered by 12.5%.

Category:The Lost Age bosses | Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in The Lost Age


Bosses in Golden Sun
Vault BanditsTretSaturosKiller ApeHydros StatueManticoreKrakenAzartSatrageNavampaToadonpaStorm LizardTempest LizardSaturos and MenardiFinal bossDeadbeard
Bosses in Golden Sun: The Lost Age
ChestbeatersKing ScorpionBriggs and Sea FightersAqua HydraSerpentAvimanderPoseidonMoapa and KnightsKarst and AgatioFlame DragonsFinal bossValukarSentinelStar MagicianDullahan
Bosses in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Tangle BloomDim DragonDim Dragon PlusStealthy ScoutsSand PrinceKu-Tsung and Ku-EmbraIce QueenSludgeMountain RocBlados and ChalisBlados, Chaos Hound, and ChalisFinal bossOgre TitansAncient DevilStar MagicianDullahan


Hydra[edit]

Hydra.png

A Hydra is a normal-sized level 30 variant with purplish-pink scales and a light-orange underbelly. In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, they are among the "stock" monsters fought all throughout the Great Western Sea while sailing, as well as when sailing in the Northern Reaches.

Hydras are the slowest monsters in the regions they are found in, and are moderately sturdy but are far outperformed in this field by Turtle Dragons. In other words, Hydras are not a very threatening enemy, statistically speaking. The only thing to really worry about is the occasional Triple Chomp for massive damage.

A Hydra's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Hydra 276 0 288 82 102 12
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mercury.gif 175   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mars.gif 25 1 408 317 Antidote.gif Antidote 1/16

A Hydra uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 4/8
(50%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Triple Chomp 2/8
(25%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Enemy ability where the user bolts forward and strikes a single party member with three strong blue-colored bites in a row. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with the end result multiplied by 2.4.
Slaver 2/8
(25%)
Star mercury.gif Level 4 Enemy ability where the user projects a lot of multi-colored saliva all over the party of Adepts. A move with a range of 5, in which every affected party member has a chance to have their Defense rating temporarily lowered by 12.5%.


Pyrodra[edit]

Pyrodra.png

A Pyrodra is a normal-sized level 36 variant with pink scales and a light-blue underbelly. In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Pyrodras are among the randomly-encountered enemies fought throughout the deeper, tougher portion of Treasure Isle.

Pyrodras tie with Puppet Warriors as the slowest monsters in the lower areas of Treasure Isle. The two are not interchangeable, however, as Puppet Warriors have the Power Crush skill, which might automatically lower the target's Hit Points to 1. While Power Crush may appear to make Puppet Warriors the more dangerous of the two, it's worth remembering that the skills available to Pyrodras make them more consistently powerful: Triple Chomp, as always, can cause a lot of damage individually. Rising Venom, while not as powerful, may Poison someone, which can be even more dangerous if left unchecked (although, at this point of the game, Poison is more of an annoyance than a proper threat).

Pyrodras are the only renewable source of Salamander Tails in The Lost Age. This forgeable item can be made into a variety of strong Mars-based equipment at Yallam. Therefore, Pyrodras are likely to be "farmed" often, or become the targets of Random Number Generator manipulation for guaranteed item drops.

A Pyrodra's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Pyrodra 384 0 451 125 125 14
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mercury.gif 175   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mars.gif 25 1 568 387 Salamander Tail.gif Salamander Tail 1/64

A Pyrodra uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 3/8
(37.5%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Triple Chomp 2/8
(25%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Enemy ability where the user bolts forward and strikes a single party member with three strong blue-colored bites in a row. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with the end result multiplied by 2.4.
Fire Breath 2/8
(25%)
Star mars.gif 85 Power Enemy ability where the user generates a mass of fire in the direction of the player's party. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 180 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution.
Rising Venom 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power
Star mercury.gif Level 4
Enemy ability where the user lobs a small amount of glowing green poison at a single party member. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with 30 damage points added to the end result, and there is a chance the target will be afflicted with Poison.


Enemies 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]

Hydra[edit]

GSDD-Hydra.png

A Hydra is a level 13 variant with brown scales and a green underbelly. In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, they are fought in Barai Temple.

Once again, Hydras are slower than any other enemy in the region they inhabit. They are also among the least durable, although they make up for this with decent Attack. Ironically, they also give out the most experience points for that area, suggesting that their skills compensate for their lackluster statistics.

A Hydra's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Hydra 123 0 132 24 37  ?
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mercury.gif 175   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mars.gif 25 1 319 108 Potion DD.png Potion 1/16

A Hydra uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 6/8
(75%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Triple Chomp 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Enemy ability where each of the monster's heads attacks a single party member. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with the end result multiplied by 1.7.
Mesmerize 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif Level ?? Enemy ability where the user spews large mounds of light purple gunk on the player's party with the battle text reading "Hydra stares... Mesmerize!". A move with a range of 5, in which every affected party member has a chance to have their Defense rating temporarily lowered by 12.5%.

Category:Dark Dawn enemies weak to Mars attacks


Aqua Hydra[edit]

GSDD-AquaHydra.png

An Aqua Hydra is a level 28 variant with blue scales and a light blue underbelly. In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, they are fought in the Belinsk Ruins.

Unsurprisingly, Aqua Hydras are much slower than any other enemies that may fight alongside them. They aren't the most durable enemies around, either, although they are among the strongest. Because of this, players should be ready to heal as soon as an Aqua Hydra uses Triple Chomp. Incidentally, Aqua Hydras are the only monsters in Belinsk Ruins that are weak to fire; all the other enemies are vulnerable to wind.

An Aqua Hydra's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Aqua Hydra 264 23 296 74 93  ?
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mercury.gif 175   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mars.gif 25 1 1,655 208 Potion DD.png Potion 1/16

An Aqua Hydra uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 4/8
(50%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Triple Chomp 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Enemy ability where each of the monster's heads attacks a single party member. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with the end result multiplied by 1.7.
Mesmerize 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif Level ?? Enemy ability where the user spews large mounds of light purple gunk on the player's party with the battle text reading "Aqua Hydra stares... Mesmerize!". A move with a range of 5, in which every affected party member has a chance to have their Defense rating temporarily lowered by 12.5%.
Rising Venom 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power
Star mercury.gif Level ??
Enemy ability where the user lobs a small amount of glowing green poison at a single party member. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with 30 damage points added to the end result, and the target has a chance to be afflicted with Poison.
Drench 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif 115 Power Psynergy costing 10 PP that drops moderately large spheres of water onto the opposition. Deals a Mercury-aligned attack with 60 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.

Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in Dark Dawn | Category:Dark Dawn enemies weak to Mars attacks


Pyrodra[edit]

GSDD-Pyrodra.png

A Pyrodra is a level 40 variant with wine-colored scales and a bluish underbelly. In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, they are fought in Burning Island Cave.

Pyrodras are generally inferior to Brutal Trolls, the only other type of monster found in the Burning Island Cave, though Pyrodras are faster than Brutal Trolls and also give out more experience points. It has a rare chance to drop the unique Fire Brand weapon. On a trivial note, unlike its previous appearance in The Lost Age, the Pyrodra now actually has a different set of elemental resistance and power ratings that are Mars-aligned, in contrast to the Mercury slant of the other Hydra variations.

A Pyrodra's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Pyrodra 379 0 414 128 140  ?
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mars.gif 175   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mercury.gif 25 1 4,976 249 Fire brand.gif Fire Brand 1/128

A Pyrodra have access to the following battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 5/8
(62.5%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Triple Chomp 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif 85 Power Enemy ability where each of the monster's heads attacks a single party member. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with the end result multiplied by 1.7.
Fire Breath 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mars.gif 115 Power Enemy ability where the user generates a mass of fire in the direction of the player's party. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 90 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution.
Rising Venom 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mercury.gif 85 Power
Star mercury.gif Level ??
Enemy ability where the user lobs a small amount of glowing green poison at a single party member. Deals a Mercury-aligned standard physical attack with 30 damage points added to the end result, and there is a chance the target will be afflicted with Poison.

Category:Dark Dawn enemies weak to Mercury attacks | Category:Dark Dawn enemies that drop unique items


Enemies 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]

Origin: Greece

The Hydra (also known as the Lernaean Hydra) in Greek mythology was an ancient serpent-like water beast that had multiple heads and toxic breath. The Hydra of Lerna, which was slain by Hercules for his Twelve Labors, lived in the Spring of Amymone. Its blood was then used by Hercules to make poisoned arrows for future tasks.

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