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Sludge and its initial two Skull minions.

Sludge (スラッジ) is a boss in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. It is a lizard-like monster that haunts the Phantasmal Bog and, by extension, Kolima Village.

In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

Sludge is the boss of Phantasmal Bog and is fought at level 24. When Sludge is defeated, the party immediately gains the Crush Tusk, which bestows the Crush Psynergy to a Mars Adept when equipped.

Sludge is especially likely to be affected by Resistance-lowering effects. Its statistics are as follows:

Name HP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck
Sludge 1906 44 321 113 147 42
Elemental Resistances and Levels Exp Coins Item Dropped Drop Rate
Star mercury.gif 152 (Lv 1)   Star mars.gif 100 (Lv 1)   Star venus.gif 72 (Lv 0)   Star jupiter.gif 25 (Lv 2) 6859 1179 N/A N/A

Sludge uses the following battle commands with low intelligence:

Command Chance
to use
Elem. Stats
used with *
Tail Slap 70/256
-- Enemy ability that deals an attack equal to a standard physical attack with the end result multiplied by 1.1 that is spread out across 3 enemies with high damage distribution.
Call Skull 58/256
-- Enemy ability that summons either a Curse, Haunt, or Shield Skull. Up to three Skulls can be present at any given time.
Self-Preservation 53/256
-- Enemy ability that restores roughly 300 HP to the user.
Attack 40/256
-- Standard physical attack.
Crush 35/256
Star mars.gif 95 Power Psynergy costing 7 PP that resembles a pair of large, blue, interlocked hands that form above the target and strike the opponent, dealing a Mars-aligned attack with 70 base damage.


The battle with Sludge is similar to the Star Magician, in that Sludge can call upon allies, his Skulls, to assist him in battle. Sludge has access to an apparently unlimited number of skulls, though only three can appear in battle at any one time. Unlike the Star Magician, however, the battle with Sludge is fairly easy, relatively speaking. Most of Sludge's own attacks are fairly weak, though the player must be alert of the Skulls that accompany him.

All of Sludge's skulls are capable of physical Attacks. Additionally, The Shield Skull can reduce the amount of damage Sludge takes, the Curse Skull can inflict the Curse status, or potentially down unlucky Adepts with Condemn, while Haunt Skulls can inflict the Haunt status via Witchlight. While the curse status can easily be removed via Restore, the player should have Dewdrop handy to heal any Haunted Adepts. An Adept with Revive is also handy for Reviving any victims of Condemn.

Sludge torments Adepts who intrude upon its phantasmal domain.

Sludge and its Skull minions are all weak to Jupiter-based attacks. Thus, unleashing Jupiter Djinn and summoning Thor is an excellent offensive strategy. Alternatively, the player can use Jupiter-based Psynergies to do damage. While concentrating on Sludge will help end the battle quickly, the existence of the Skulls mean the battle is excellent for gaining experience. Should the player wish to take advantage of this, they should instead focus damage on the Skulls. Having a designated healer can assist in this strategy, by healing the damage from Sludge's attacks so that the battle can be prolonged.

Story relevance

Sludge was once an inhabitant of marshland located near Saha Town. After the Golden Sun event moved Kolima Village and Kolima Forest on top of the marshland, Sludge's home was destroyed. Sludge took to haunting the area underneath the Village, and placed a curse on the area surrounding Kolima Village. This not only caused Kolima Forest to become un-navigable, but sickened Kolima's Dream Tree, causing Kolima's Dream Leaves to cause nightmares.

Matthew and his party encounter Sludge while they are exploring the Bog after eating the cursed Dream Leaves. Sludge is seen using Crush to destroy parts of the pathway that Matthew is taking. After reaching the end of the Phantasmal Bog, Sludge attacks the group. Defeating Sludge reverses its curse, allowing the party to continue on their quest.


Bosses in Golden Sun
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Bosses in Golden Sun: The Lost Age
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Bosses in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
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