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A Salamander as they appear in Dark Dawn.

The Salamander, Earth Lizard, and Thunder Lizard are enemies that are randomly fought throughout each game in the Golden Sun series. These monsters are palette swaps of each other that have differing levels of power and defense and are fought in different locations in the games. In the Game Boy Advance games, they resemble real-world salamanders that are larger in size, but they are slightly redesigned in Dark Dawn to stand on their hind legs and feature rudimentary wings.

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

Salamander[edit]

Salamander.png

A Salamander is a variant with violet skin, a green underbelly, and blue claws and mouth, and it is level 14 in Golden Sun and level 19 in The Lost Age. In Golden Sun, the Salamander can be fought in Lamakan Desert, while in The Lost Age, it is located in the Gabomba Statue.

In the first game, the Salamander takes much more punishment than any of the other monsters it is fought alongside, though it is the slowest in the desert. It is pretty much the "standout" of the random monsters in Lamakan Desert, but in The Lost Age, it is totally outperformed by the Red Demon, though it still has the second highest HP rating of the monsters there.

A Salamander's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Salamander 212 18 158 49 50 6
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mars.gif 193   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mercury.gif 25 1 84 190 Oil Drop.gif Oil Drop 1/16

A Salamander uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 2/8
(25%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Fire Breath 2/8
(25%)
Star mars.gif 125 Power Enemy ability that generates a mass of fire at the party of Adepts. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 60 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution.
Fireball 2/8
(25%)
Star mars.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 12 PP that causes a group of fire balls to spread out from the user and strike the party. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 65 base damage that is spread out across 5 enemies with high damage distribution
Blast 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mars.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 7 PP that generates a large but brief explosion at the party's position. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 40 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.
Guard 1/8
(12.5%)
-- Psynergy costing 3 PP that temporarily increases the Defense of the user or its ally by 25%.
Category:The Lost Age enemies | Category:Golden Sun enemies weak to Mercury attacks | Category:The Lost Age enemies weak to Mercury attacks | Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in Golden Sun | Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in The Lost Age


Earth Lizard[edit]

Earth Lizard.png

An Earth Lizard is a level 28 variant with green skin, a blue underbelly, violet claws, and an orange mouth. In Golden Sun, only two Earth Lizards are fought throughout the entire game, as one scripted boss encounter that occurs on the seventh "dungeon floor" of the optional Crossbone Isle as soon as you try to enter the door to that floor's puzzle room.

The encounter with two Earth Lizards can be expected to be about as difficult as the "sub-boss battle" on the sixth floor above with the Chimeras, and most likely more difficult than the battle in the floor above with the single Lizard King. In particular, Acid Breath can pile on damage rather well. But this battle can most likely be conducted "as usual" and be won, and like the other sub-boss encounters in Crossbone Isle this battle can be "cheaply" won by having everyone use a 4-Djinn Summon on the first turn to annihilate the lizards.

An Earth Lizard's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Earth Lizard 1550 48 278 97 102 17
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 193   Star mercury.gif 100   Star mars.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 25 1 545 920 Water of Life.gif Water of Life 1/1

An Earth Lizard uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Acid Blessing 88/256
(34.4%)
Star mars.gif 95 Power
Star mars.gif Level 2
Enemy ability where the user generates a cloud of pink gas at the party of Adepts. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 190 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution, and each hit enemy has a chance to have their Defense temporarily lowered by 12.5%.
Clay Spire 53/256
(20.7%)
Star venus.gif 120 Power Psynergy costing 13 PP that causes a group of large stalactites to fall down from above onto the party of Adepts and shatter. Deals a Venus-aligned attack with 85 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.
Quake Sphere 35/256
(13.7%)
Star venus.gif 120 Power Psynergy costing 15 PP that causes three rectangular sections of ground underneath the party jolt upward and retract into the ground quickly thrice in succession. Deals a Venus-aligned attack with 65 base damage that is spread out across 7 enemies with high damage distribution.
Mother Gaia 29/256
(11.3%)
Star venus.gif 120 Power Psynergy costing 17 PP that strikes multiple Adepts with an eruption of earth-based energy and rocks from the ground. Deals a Venus-aligned attack with 100 base damage that is spread out across 5 enemies with high damage distribution.
Attack 28/256
(10.9%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Cure Well 23/256
(9%)
Star venus.gif 120 Power Psynergy that restores around 150 HP - effectively 180 because of the Earth Lizard's Venus elemental power rating - to itself or its ally.
Category:Golden Sun enemies weak to Jupiter attacks | Category:Psynergy-capable enemies in Golden Sun


Thunder Lizard[edit]

Thunder Lizard.png

A Thunder Lizard is a level 28 variant with purple skin, a light green underbelly, and orange claws and mouth. In Golden Sun, the Thunder Lizard is fought randomly in the later "dungeon" portion of Venus Lighthouse as one of the "final" random monsters of the game. Two also appear as part of a scripted battle on the eighth floor of Crossbone Isle, as sidekicks to the Poison Toad.

The Thunder Lizard is one of the toughest random enemies in the original game, right up there with the Grand Golem and Fenrir, because it appears only in the game's final dungeon. Its Storm Breath can pile on a good amount of damage. Its rare drop, the Blessed Mace, is the weapon with the highest physical attack rating that Mia can have in the first game, assuming she is not equipped with the Cursed Wicked Mace and the Cleric's Ring, but since it does not have an Unleash effect, many don't consider it as desirable as the Crystal Rod one can just buy in Lalivero. It can, of course, be gotten quickly through abuse of the Random Number Generator.

A Thunder Lizard's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Thunder Lizard 456 0 347 133 134 10
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star jupiter.gif 193   Star mercury.gif 100   Star mars.gif 100   Star venus.gif 25 1 422 221 Blessed Mace.gif Blessed Mace 1/128

A Thunder Lizard uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 5/8
(62.5%)
-- Standard physical attack.
Storm Blessing 3/8
(37.5%)
Star jupiter.gif 120 Power
Star jupiter.gif Level 6
Enemy ability that generates a stream of purple lightning through the party briefly. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 190 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution, and each hit enemy has a chance to be afflicted with Stun.
Category:Golden Sun enemies weak to Venus attacks | Category:Golden Sun enemies that drop unique items


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]

Salamander[edit]

GSDD-Salamander.png

A Salamander is a level 15 variant with violet scales, a green underbelly, and blue claws. Salamanders appear in The Ouroboros.

A Salamander's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Salamander 224 19 157 53 55 ??
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mars.gif 193   Star venus.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 100   Star mercury.gif 25 1 332 186 Oil Drop DD.png Oil Drop 1/8

A Salamander uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 4/8
(50%)
Star mars.gif 125 Power Standard physical attack, but on this enemy it is aligned with the Mars element.
Fire Breath 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mars.gif 125 Power Enemy ability that generates a mass of fire at the party of Adepts. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 60 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution.
Fire Orb 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mars.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 12 PP that causes a group of fire balls to spread out from the user and strike the party. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 65 base damage that is spread out across 5 enemies with high damage distribution.
Starburst 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mars.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 7 PP that generates a large but brief explosion at the party's position. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with 40 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.
Guard 1/8
(12.5%)
-- Psynergy costing 3 PP that temporarily increases the Defense of the user or its ally by 25%.
Category:Dark Dawn enemies weak to Mercury attacks


Earth Lizard[edit]

GSDD-EarthLizard.png

An Earth Lizard is a level 31 variant with yellow scales, a cyan underbelly, and purple claws. Earth Lizards appear in Warrior's Hill.

An Earth Lizard's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Earth Lizard 461 38 335 168 125 ??
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star venus.gif 193   Star mercury.gif 100   Star mars.gif 100   Star jupiter.gif 25 1 2005 321 Mist Potion DD.png Mist Potion 1/32

An Earth Lizard uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 3/8
(37.5%)
Star venus.gif 125 Power Standard physical attack, but on this enemy it is aligned with the Venus element.
Clay Spire 1/8
(12.5%)
Star venus.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 13 PP that causes a group of large stalactites to fall down from above onto the party of Adepts and shatter. Deals a Venus-aligned attack with 85 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.
Quake Sphere 1/8
(12.5%)
Star venus.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 15 PP that causes three rectangular sections of ground underneath the party jolt upward and retract into the ground quickly thrice in succession. Deals a Venus-aligned attack with 65 base damage that is spread out across 7 enemies with high damage distribution
Mother Gaia 1/8
(12.5%)
Star venus.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 17 PP that strikes multiple Adepts with an eruption of earth-based energy and rocks from the ground. Deals a Venus-aligned attack with 100 base damage that is spread out across 5 enemies with high damage distribution.
Acid Breath 1/8
(12.5%)
Star mars.gif 95 Power
Star mars.gif Level ??
Enemy ability where the user generates a cloud of pink gas at the party of Adepts. Deals a Mars-aligned attack with a 170 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution, and each hit Adept has a chance to have their Defense temporarily lowered by 12.5%.
Cure Well 1/8
(12.5%)
Star venus.gif 125 Power Psynergy that restores around 150 HP - effectively 180 because of the Earth Lizard's Venus elemental power rating - to itself or its ally.
Category:Dark Dawn enemies weak to Jupiter attacks


Thunder Lizard[edit]

GSDD-ThunderLizard.png

A Thunder Lizard is a level 48 variant with purple scales, a light green underbelly, and green claws. Thunder Lizards appear in Crossbone Isle.

Thunder Lizards have the capacity to rarely drop the unique Vajra Mace.

A Thunder Lizard's statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Thunder Lizard 1071 55 561 297 213 ??
Elemental Resistances Turns Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star jupiter.gif 193   Star mercury.gif 100   Star mars.gif 100   Star venus.gif 25 1 5250 411 Vajra mace.gif Vajra Mace 1/128

An Thunder Lizard uses these battle commands:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Description
Attack 4/8
(50%)
Star jupiter.gif 125 Power Standard physical attack, but on this enemy it is aligned with the Jupiter element.
Storm Breath 2/8
(25%)
Star jupiter.gif 125 Power
Star jupiter.gif Level ??
Enemy ability that generates a stream of electrically charged purple smoke. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 190 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution, and each hit enemy has a chance to be afflicted with Stun.
Blue Bolt 1/8
(12.5%)
Star jupiter.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 14 PP that causes several multicolored lightning bolts to strike the party. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 90 base damage that is spread out across 3 enemies with low damage distribution.
Tempest 1/8
(12.5%)
Star jupiter.gif 125 Power Psynergy costing 27 PP that causes electrically charged tornadoes to cycle through the positions of the party of Adepts. Deals a Jupiter-aligned attack with 160 base damage that is spread out across 5 enemies with high damage distribution.
Category:Dark Dawn enemies weak to Venus attacks | Category:Dark Dawn enemies that drop unique items


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]

Salamanders are mythical creatures affiliated with the fire element and resemble the real-life amphibians of the same name. The connection between the two originated from old tales in Europe about these amphibians. The salamanders hid within rotting wood and often remained hidden when humans cut down the wood to use for heating. When wood was put on the fire, the creatures "mysteriously" emerged from the flames.

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