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Battle Portrait Matthew.pngMatthew

'Artwork from Camelot Software Planning'

Element Venus
Hometown Lookout Cabin
Age 16
Relatives Isaac (father)
Jenna (mother)
Felix (uncle)
Kyle (grandfather)
Dora (grandmother)
Hair color Blond
Eye color Light Bluish Gray
Battle style Warrior
Weapons Long Sword
Light Blade
Body armor Clothing
Arm/Hand armor Gloves
Head armor Hat/Crown/Mask
Japanese name ムート Mut
French name Matt
Spanish name Matt

Matthew is the main playable character of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. He is the silent protagonist and party leader throughout Dark Dawn. He is the son of two of the Warriors of Vale, Isaac [1] and Jenna[2]. Like his father he is a Venus Adept.

As a playable character[edit]


Matthew is the main character the player controls in the overworld of Dark Dawn, and he uses a similar collection of Psynergy as Isaac did in Golden Sun, indicating his element as Venus. The E3 2010 floor demo footage shows him in a battle using a thorny plant Psynergy that looks like a 3D rendition of the Thorn Psynergy series. Matthew has the innate Growth, Move and Retreat Psynergies, the latter two being shared with his father in the past.

In the battle mode at the E3 2010 floor demo, Matthew has the Venus Djinn Flint and Steel Set onto him, and his Psynergy consists of Ragnarok, Quake and Earthquake, Spire, Cure and Cure Well, and Growth.

Matthew starts at level 1 along with Karis and will have a Short sword, Cotton shirt, Padded gloves and Leather cap as starting equipment.

Statistical comparison[edit]

Matthew can be easily considered Isaac's clone in terms of statistics. He has high HP, above-average attack power, average defense, good agility (ranking him as the forth-fastest character in Dark Dawn behind Karis, Himi, and Sveta), and three Luck points {which he also shares with Sveta}, but he shares a below-average PP pool with his fellow warrior Venus Adepts.


Matthew has the following classes available to him:

Also, like his father and Felix, Matthew becomes the parties' primary powerhouse fighter because of one thing: the ability to handle the Sol Blade.


Matthew was born 14 years after the events of Golden Sun: The Lost Age. His parents are Isaac and Jenna who make up part of the group of controversial heroes called the Warriors of Vale. By the time he was 16 he lived with his father, Garet and his best friend Tyrell in the lookout cabin built by Isaac to patrol any possible activity at the remains of Mt Aleph. He appears nearly identical to his father and inherited his powers as a Venus Adept. Briggs, a friend of Matthew's mother and uncle, states that Matthew has inherited Jenna's eyes and spirit.

In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn[edit]


Even though he has almost no dialogue, it is implied in multiple cases that he does in fact talk, and his absence of word bubbles merely helps the player see the game from his perspective, by leaving his personality ambiguous. This way, his personality can adopt that of the players and it can seem like he really is the player. This is further aided with the introduction of Emotion Icons into Dark Dawn. These allow the player to choose Matthew's reaction to certain situations, allowing him to show a positive, optimistic, negative or angry expression.

Even though the player has control over Matthew's reactions, it can still be assumed that he is a kind person, as it is never implied that he says anything that truly upsets anyone.


  • Encyclopedia Entry: This young man is a promising Earth Adept, just like his father was when he started his adventures 30 years ago. And just like Isaac, who led the famous Warriors of Vale, Matthew is a person of few words but strong convictions.


  • In Ayuthay:
Karis: (If Matthew responds with sadness to Paithos' question on whether he retrieved the Insight Glass from Barai Temple, something all of his friends already responded with cheer to) "Oh, Matthew is probably just trying to keep it under wraps! He's so mischievous sometimes!"
  • In Kolima Village:
Rief: (While Matthew's group is all lying down at the base of the Dream Tree, attempting to sleep so that they can investigate the tree's illness) "How did we arrive in this situation, exactly?"
Tyrell: "Matthew can be talked into anything-that's how."
  • In Kolima Forest:
Tret: "You. You are Isaac's son. What is your name?"
Matthew: "..."
Tret: "What was that? You'll have to speak up. I didn't catch your name."
Karis: "He's kind of quiet. His name is Matthew."
  • On Talon Peak:
Karis: (After Ryu Kou left) "I can't believe we lost the Slap Glove and the Magma Orb all at once... Makes it hard to figure out what our next move is, huh?" (If Matthew responds with anger) "Wow...graphic. But you're right-we can probably find Ryu Kou in Belinsk and get some payback."
  • Out at sea:
Kraden: "You've led well to this point, Matthew, so I see no reason to change that arrangement."
Tyrell: "Yeah, Matthew's gotten the job done so far!"
Rief: "I'll keep following you."
Amiti: "I would follow no other."
Eoleo: "You've got a good head on your shoulders, kid."
  • At the Apollo Lens:
Arcanus: (After Matthew's group finishes setting up the Apollo Lens, they exit out the door to find Arcanus waiting for them.) "Ah, good. Have you finished with the preparations?"
Matthew: "#*@%!"

In Fan Circles[edit]

Matthew is popular to pair up with both of the Jupiter Adepts, Karis or Sveta, but mainly Sveta, dubbed SpiritShipping. This happens because of the scene at the Apollo Lens when Matthew tried to climb to the controls without the Umbra Gear, passes out, and becomes a spirit to guide Sveta there. He also caught her when she is flung back by her brother.

Extended Gallery
Main characters in the Golden Sun series
Playable Characters
GBA Star venus.gif Isaac   Star mars.gif Garet   Star jupiter.gif Ivan   Star mercury.gif Mia   |   Star venus.gif Felix   Star mars.gif Jenna   Star jupiter.gif Sheba   Star mercury.gif Piers
DS Star venus.gif Matthew   Star jupiter.gif Karis   Star mars.gif Tyrell   Star mercury.gif Rief   Star mercury.gif Amiti   Star jupiter.gif Sveta   Star mars.gif Eoleo   Star venus.gif Himi
Non-Player Characters
GBA Star venus.gif Kyle   Star venus.gif Dora   Star mars.gif Saturos   Star mars.gif Menardi   Star mercury.gif Alex   Star none.gif The Wise One   Star none.gif Kraden   Star none.gif Babi   Star none.gif Hammet   Star venus.gif Tret
Star jupiter.gif Hama   Star jupiter.gif Feizhi   Star none.gif Dodonpa   Star none.gif Briggs   Star mars.gif Karst   Star mars.gif Agatio   Star venus.gif Susa   Star mercury.gif Hydros   Star none.gif Moapa   Star mars.gif Puelle
DS Star mercury.gif Nowell   Star dark.png Blados   Star dark.png Chalis   Star mercury.gif Arcanus  Star none.gif Bogho   Star none.gif Baghi   Star none.gif Paithos   Star none.gif King Wo   Star none.gif Ryu Kou
Star none.gif Hou Zan   Star venus.gif Laurel   Star none.gif Vande   Star none.gif Volechek   Star none.gif High Empyror   Star none.gif Unan