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Beam Psynergy series

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Searing Beam being cast in Dark Dawn

Beam (ビーム), Cycle Beam (サイクルビーム), and Searing Beam (スクランブルビーム, Scramble Beam) form a series of Mars Psynergy featured in Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.

Basic Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Beam, Cycle Beam, and Searing Beam are offensive, ranged Psynergies. The total amount of damage is determined by comparing the user's Mars Power to the target's Mars Resistance and using this value to modify the base power of the particular Psynergy.

Star mars.gif Mars 7 PP
Range 3.gif
"Attack with a searing heat beam." (GS-TLA)
"Strike with a searing heat beam." (DD-present)
Attack up to three targets with a base power of 45.
Cycle Beam
Cycle Beam.gifCycleBeamDD.gif
Star mars.gif Mars 14 PP
Range 5.gif
"Attack with a searing heat beam." (GS-TLA)
"Strike with a scorching ray." (DD-present)
Attack up to five targets with a base power of 80.
Searing Beam
Searing Beam.gifSearingBeamDD.gif
Star mars.gif Mars 36 PP
Range 7.gif
"Attack with a searing heat beam." (GS-TLA)
"Strike with bolts of incandescent fire." (DD-present)
Attack up to seven targets with a base power of 170.

Visually, each stage of the beam series the user charging a ball of flame, which then is fired in the form of a laser-like beam. Cycle Beam additionally features a shockwave that is released as the laser is fired. Searing Beam also features the shockwave, but adds a corkscrew-like burst of energy surrounding the laser.

Damage Calculation[edit | edit source]

Elemental Power attacks such as Beam, Cycle Beam, and Searing Beam use a set base power as the base damage to be modified. For example, the base power of Searing Beam is 170. Thus, an unmodified Searing Beam would do around 170 points of damage.

Searing Beam's attack takes this base damage value and uses it in the following equation:

final damage = (base damage) * (1 + (User's Mars Power - Enemy's Mars Resistance) / 200)

To word this in prose, Beam, Cycle Beam, and Searing Beam take the base damage of the particular attack, and then modifies this by how much higher or lower the user's Mars Power is than the target's Mars Resistance. The difference between the user's Mars Power and the target's Mars Resistance is then divided by 200, then 1 is added to this, resulting in what can be called the "elemental damage multiplier". This number is what the Psynergies' damage is multiplied by.

Searing Beam being cast by Jenna in The Lost Age.

For example, if an Adept with a Mars Power of 150 casts Searing Beam on a monster with a Mars Resistance of 50:

  • damage = (base damage) * (1 + (Power - Resistance) / 200)
  • damage = (170) * (1 + (150 - 50) / 200)
  • damage = (170) * (1 + 100 / 200)
  • damage = (170) * (1 + 0.5)
  • damage = 170 * 1.50
  • damage = 255

Therefore, a Searing Beam cast under these circumstances would deal approximately 255 points of damage to the targeted enemy. Since Searing Beam is a ranged Psynergy, adjacent targets take a percentage of the total damage, with the percentage decreasing as distance from the main target increases.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The Beam series is limited to the Flame User class series and the Pirate class series, mono-elemental Mars-based classes that serve as the base classes for Jenna and Eoleo, respectively. Jenna and Eoleo are members of their respective base classes when they have no or only Mars Djinn Set. In both cases, Beam is learned at Level 7, Cycle Beam at Level 21, and Searing Beam at Level 41.

Analysis[edit | edit source]

General:The Beam series is an excellent Psynergy series, possessing good power at each stage of the game, combined with a wide range to aid in flexibility. Thanks to these qualities, the Beam series is an excellent choice throughout the game. However, Searing Beam's high PP cost should be taken into account when it is used.

By Game[edit | edit source]

Golden Sun: The Lost Age: The Beam series is Jenna's most powerful ranged attack. Beam is one of the game's best early techniques. It is equal in cost and range to Flare Wall, but is more powerful. Likewise, Cycle Beam is equal in power to Flare Storm, with Cycle Beam possessing a slightly higher cost but a wider range. Cycle Beam is an excellent option while exploring the Great Eastern Sea, and can be used effectively against the Aqua Hydra and Poseidon, alongside Serpent Fume. Searing Beam is one of Jenna's best endgame moves in her base class, and the only one that is ranged. Overall, the Beam series will be one of Jenna's most commonly used option.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn: By the time Eoleo joins the party, he will already know Beam and Cycle Beam. Cycle Beam will be his most powerful ranged option. Cycle Beam's usage may be lower than in The Lost Age, since Eoleo also has an excellent physical elemental attack in Vicious Chop. Searing Beam is Eoleo's most powerful ranged Psynergy, and is useful for weakening multiple targets. However, Eoleo's lower PP pool means that Searing Beam many not see multiple uses in 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