|Thanatos Mace (TLA)|
Visual effect of Heartbreak
|Side effect||May fell the target instantly|
Basic Description by Game[edit | edit source]
In all its appearances, the Thanatos Mace increases the wielder's attack by 125 points. It can be bought for 10400 coins and sold for 7800 coins.
In The Lost Age, the Thanatos Mace is located in a treasure chest in Ankohl Ruins, in a small sector of a room that can only be reached by using the Sand Psynergy. It can be equipped by Felix, Sheba, and Piers. After they join the party, Isaac, Garet, and Mia can also equip it. Its Unleash effect is Heartbreak (ハートブレイク, Heartbreak?), which is effectively a standard physical attack that adds 42 damage points and modifies the resulting damage based on the user's Venus Power and the target's Venus Resistance. The attack may also instead instantly fell the target. Heartbreak visually resembles a ghostly demon with a head resembling a horned animal's skull touching the target, retracting its hand which is now glowing with a green fire, and disappearing off the top of the screen.
In Dark Dawn, it is found as an Old Mace west of Harun Village, slightly southeast of the Lost Ship. To properly obtain the Thanatos Mace, the player must take the Old Mace to Obaba in Champa. She will re-forge the Old Mace into the Thanatos Mace and give it to the player free of charge. It can be equipped by Matthew, Tyrell, Rief, and Eoleo. The Thanatos Mace retains Heartbreak as its main Unleash, and gains two secondary Unleashes: Critical Strike (かいしんのいちげき, Critical Hit?) and Fearless Attack (すてみのいちげき, Desperate Blow?). Both Unleashes are non-elemental Unleashes that multiply damage by 1.5 and 1.7 respectively.
|Thanatos Mace (DD)|
The DS model of the Thanatos Mace
|First Unleash effect|
|Effect name||Critical Strike|
|Second Unleash effect|
|Effect name||Fearless Attack|
|Side effect||May reduce target's HP to 1|
|Third Unleash effect|
|Side effect||May instantly fell the target|
Analysis[edit | edit source]
In The Lost Age, the Thanatos Mace has an attack rating suitable for the later portion of the exploration of the Great Eastern Sea, and has an Unleash effect that might instantly kill a target, so it is valuable and may be worth giving to Felix. That it can be equipped by Piers or Sheba once Felix finds a better weapon (though the Cloud Brand found earlier probably outclasses it) means that the Thanatos Mace is likely to stay with the party for a while.
In Dark Dawn, despite its main Unleash being Venus-aligned, the Thanatos Mace will generally find its way to Rief, as the other three Adepts capable of using Maces all have access to stronger weapons. On the other hand, Rief can only equip Maces and Staves/Ankhs, making the Thanatos Mace likely his most powerful weapon at the time; until the end of the game, the only stronger weapons he can get are Clotho's Distaff in the optional Lost Ship and Atropos' Rod as a rare drop. Heartbreak's ability to instantly fell targets makes it extremely useful, and the player may choose to put Rief in a Venus-influenced class to increase Heartbreak's power.
As a Mace-class weapon, the Thanatos Mace is still outdone by the Vajra Mace, the strongest mace in the game. However, the Thanatos Mace has an advantage in the fact that the Vajra Mace is not considered an Artifact. Additionally, the Vajra Mace can only be found at Crossbone Isle, which can only be accessed after the Chaos Chimera has been defeated. Thus, the Thanatos Mace will be the more practical weapon for much of the game.
Cultural Allusions[edit | edit source]
Thanatos was the personification of death in Greek Mythology. Though he rarely appeared in person, he was often referred to in the texts. He was the twin brother of Hypnos and the son of Nyx, the goddess of night.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Out of the Rusty Weapons in Dark Dawn that were featured in previous games, the Thanatos Mace is the only one that was not a random drop in its earlier appearance. The Rune Blade was dropped by Lesser Demon in Magma Rock in The Lost Age, while Kikuichimonji was dropped by Fenrir in Venus Lighthouse in Golden Sun.
|Maces featured in Golden Sun|
|Mace • Heavy Mace • Battle Mace • War Mace • Grievous Mace • Righteous Mace • Wicked Mace • Blessed Mace|
|Maces featured in Golden Sun: The Lost Age|
|Mace • Heavy Mace • Battle Mace • Blow Mace • War Mace • Comet Mace • Righteous Mace • Hagbone Mace • Demon Mace • Thanatos Mace • Rising Mace • Blessed Mace • Tungsten Mace|
|Maces featured in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn|
|Mace • Heavy Mace • Battle Mace • Blow Mace • War Mace • Grievous Mace • Hagbone Mace • Thanatos Mace • Vajra Mace|