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Note: This page lists tropes for both Golden Sun and its direct sequel Golden Sun: The Lost Age.

YMMVs related to Golden Sun: Dark Dawn go here.


  • Accidental Innuendo: "Isaac got a Hard Nut."
  • Adorkable:
    • It doesn't show up often due to the events of the plot, but when you first control Felix there is this scene of him checking his injuries by comically wagging his arms and legs. Said scene looks so awkward and out of placenote  it is rather cute.
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    • Eoleo as a tot in The Lost Age. The Blinding Bangs and perpetually-confused expression hide a sneaky, resourceful, dangerous little boy.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Babi as an Evil Overlord, for one. It would seem that Tolbi is budding into The Empire, and much of his backstory is a little less than sympathetic. Nevertheless, the party seems to take all of his requests without questioning anything.
    • It's also debatable where exactly on the grand scale between good and evil the Proxians stand, with being Anti Villains and all.
    • Alex's status as a villain is somewhat contentious, as it isn't until after the second game ends that it is revealed that he had an ulterior motive for wanting the lighthouses lit. Which is something that Saturos and Menardi—and Felix—were already trying to do when they met him. Is he a Chessmaster and the ultimate Big Bad of the series, or just a Smug Snake Big Bad Wannabe who isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is? On the one hand, he flawlessly manipulates both the heroes and the other villains into getting him unimaginable power. The only reason this fails is because of what is almost literal divine intervention from the Wise One, and even then, Dark Dawn shows he still came out ahead in the end anyway. But on the other, these factors were mostly outside his control. All he really did was take advantage of an ancient prophecy the heroes didn't know about and the Proxians either didn't know about or just didn't care to stop, and the one character with both knowledge and will to stop him thwarted his plans with trivial ease. His status as Big Bad is also contested, as he is the series' sole recurring villain and he seems to be getting more and more powerful with every game, but he has never been the main antagonist or even a direct threat to the heroes at any point in the story.
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    • The Wise One being a jerk god that wants to keep Alchemy out of human hands for his own selfish reasons. The selfish part might have been jossed by Dark Dawn, since it's revealed that the Wise One is actually a man-made being and it's outright confirmed that the ancients screwed themselves over and tried to prevent Alchemy's release. However, this just raises the question of whether the ancients were outright Jerkasses when it came to their policies on Alchemy.
    • Mia having a hidden malevolent personality; she can equip, of all things, a Wicked Mace. Nonetheless a lot of fans love this idea, no matter how out-of-character it is. This shows in the abridged series and the four-panel comics, where psychotic, arrogant and bitchy Mia is very well-received within the fandom.
    • Is Felix actually faking his jerkass behavior towards Isaac's party in the first game just to gain Saturos' and Menardi's trust or he actually is one and becomes much nicer in The Lost Age as he spends his time travelling with Kraden, Sheba, Piers and his sister?
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    • Speaking of Felix, did he know all along that the seal on Alchemy was slowly destroying Weyard, or did he only find out when the rest of his party did? The Proxians definitely knew, but it's not clear if they told him or not. Isaac even asks him when they meet up in The Lost Age, but how Felix responds is up to the player. Depending on which interpretation you believe, this means Felix is either a noble Anti-Hero doing what has to be done even if it means coming to blows with his old friends, or a still sympathetic but somewhat more selfish character willing to unleash a potentially world-devastating power for sake of a few people he personally cares about.
    • The 4-Koma makes quite a few characters less than heroic: Isaac is a greedy bastard willing to sell a djinni for some quick gold and uses his Psynergy to get a Panty Shot from Mia, Layana's reason for not using the military to bring back Hammet involves adultery...
  • Awesome Music: Motoi Sakuraba outdid himself here. One of the reasons this game still stands out a bit (other than its timing) was that it actually sounded way different than most Game Boy Advance music, and the Game Boy Advance didn't have very good sound-capabilities at all. In fact, the gamerip soundtrack even sounds better than some Nintendo DS hardware.
  • Best Boss Ever: The two non-adept battles in The Lost Age. Briggs because he can turn out to be That One Boss (see below) depending on which order and even then, could be That One Boss. Moapa and his knights are much more straightforward, but they follow this game's version of the "Colisseum" and this time you do a team battle.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: As far as battles goes, due to spells not increasing in usefulness, the best strategy is just to keep hitting attack on all your enemies and save your PP for healing. The game has some really nice looking attacks, but the best way to fight is just ignore those. That said, physical weapon unleashes are very random and you have to go all out to find and obtain the critical-enhancing items.
  • Crack Pairing: Everybody/everybody, but the weirdest ones include Isaac/the roof of his house and the Kraken/the Tolbi-bound Ship that it attacks.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The game, thankfully, doesn't have too many of these...until you get to Anemos Inner Sanctum. Practically everything in there is some form of this, the worst being the Mad Demons and the Sky Dragons. The former has an attack that has a chance to reduce its target's HP to 1 while the latter is a Lightning Bruiser with access to powerful Jupiter psynergies.
    • Also, the Stone Soldiers are pretty nasty, especially when you find out about their Action Bomb capacities.
    • The Wonder Birds, which are capable of moving three times per turn (which is more than most bosses), have devastating Mars psynergy, and can revive fallen enemies. However, they are sought by players due to the immense amount of XP you can get off them.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Alex isn't evil, he's just misunderstood!!
    • Averted with Karst - besides the obvious fact of being an Anti-Villain, it seems that nobody actually wanted her to take her revenge on Isaac anyway. The events of the plot are probably also a factor.
  • Even Better Sequel: The Lost Age. The story was originally meant to be one game, but the developers still tried to improve on the original game. A lot of this comes down to refining the system and having a cast of more talkative characters. While the plot was never the main draw, there's more of an effort to flesh out all aspects of Weyard, and the puzzles are expanded on significantly. The length was also welcomed and allowed players to grow accustomed to Jenna, Sheba, and Felix as actual protagonists instead of hostages, and Kraden's lectures gave the world a lot more life.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Several.
    • Karst, who easily has the most relatable motives and well-developed character of all the duology's antagonists. The Ship Tease with Felix, near the end doesn't hurt either, since so many fanfic writers consciously choose to save her, regardless of whether they actually care that Agatio died with her.
    • Among the summons:
      • Judgment the badass angelic knight who fires destructive beams from his lion-shaped cannon is easily the most popular of all the summons. Even when outclassed by stronger summons and many enemies resisted Venus in the games he remains a fan favorite.
      • The Lost Age introduced the colossal orange dragon Eclipse and the demonic dragon-launching knight Catastrophe; both who attack similarly to Judgment, having two of the best attack sequences in the series and also have a massive fanbase.
      • Megaera and Flora are not only loved for their charming designs but also for their useful secondary effects (attack boosts and Sleep status respectively for a cheap cost).
      • Coatlicue is the only summon that cannot deal any damage whatsoever. This aspect of hers makes her very notable alongside her incomprehensible yet crazily-cool-looking outfit.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • "Prox-shipping" is not actually canon (so far as we know, anyway), but it is pretty rare to see Saturos and Menardi paired with anyone but each other in the fandom.
    • "Lighthouse-shipping"note  and "Dusk-shipping"note  are quite popular due to a certain end-game event in the first and second game respectively. A similar event is repeated in Dark Dawn which gives birth to a new Fan-Preferred Couple.
  • Fan Wank: Due to the numerous hints about Anemos and its legends, many people presume that Sheba came from Anemos and fell from there into Lalivero. The game avoids actually resolving this, however. Even so, some people liked the resulting character development, slight as it was.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • The summons. Oh so much, especially on bosses due to summons additionally cutting a percentage of max HP on top of their usual power. You can very easily breeze through 90% of the first game just abusing summons, ending battles in around 2 turns or less, with the exception of the final boss due to the Sequential Boss system. The downside is that your stats are reduced until the djinn cools down (which costs many turns in battles) and the game is easy enough without them. Averted in The Lost Age onwards since all enemies and bosses have more hitpoints and attacks more often that every other attacks sans weapon unleashes, EPAs and summons (but see the drawbacks above) only deal Scratch Damage to them.
    • As mentioned above, weapon unleashes are as broken if not more than the summons. The end-game ones outright multiply damage to a certain amount, especially Sol Blade's unleash Megiddo which triples the damage output so much that elemental resistances barely matter because the damage dealt is that big. All this without any negative drawbacks such as PP limit or temporary stat reduction for Psynergy and summons respectively. The only hindrance is that unleash rates are random, but those are not a problem when unleash-rate-boosting items (and materials for some of them) can be easily farmed in this game with a specific RNG method.
    • The Spirit Ring, an early game healing item in TLA which, most likely due to an oversight, can be used indefinitely outside of battle, ensuring your party has full health between every fight.
    • The Flash+Shade strategy, which involves using two Djinn that cut damage by 60% and 90% repeatedly. You can pretty much stall infinitely against anything that isn't the Doom Dragon or Dullahan.
    • The Petra+Ground lock strategy against individual enemies/bosses that can perform 1 action. Both djinn have priority and each one stops an enemy from moving. One user uses one of the djinns in Turn 1 and then sets djiin on Turn 2, and vice versa on the other user who has the other djinn. What this does is ensure that the enemy/boss cannot move at all while allowing the other 2 users to keep on attacking.
  • Genius Bonus: The positions of continents in Golden Sun: The Lost Age is quite similar to where their real-life counterparts were during the Cretaceous, in particular Indra (India's counterpart) being located between Gondowan (Africa's counterpart) and Osenia (Australia's counterpart). Gondowan is even named after Gondwana, a former supercontinent that grouped Africa, South America and other southern hemisphere continents.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • This glitch allows you to get your claws on the above-mentioned Game-Breaker Infinity +1 Sword Sol Blade as early as Air's Rock.
    • An exploit in Trial Road allows you to duplicate any equipment you can find before Jupiter Lighthouse. While you can't use it on the Sol Blade or Valkyrie Mail due to them coming in after Jupiter, you can use it to duplicate valuables such as the Golden Boots, Guardian Ring, and class-changing items.
  • He's Just Hiding!: Explicitly stated by the Wise One as a possibility regarding Alex's fate in the ending credits. Confirmed in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.
  • Ho Yay: Iodem's fervent Undying Loyalty towards Lord Babi pretty consistently raises eyebrows among the fanbase. May also qualify as No Yay considering Babi's age and overall sketchiness.
  • Hype Backlash: Even back when it was released, there were gamers who, beyond the sound and the graphics, didn't think the game was terribly noteworthy and felt it suffered from poor design.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The entire plot of The Broken Seal retroactively becomes this once you learn of Saturos and Menardi's true goals. Yes, they're out to save the world, but the way they choose to go about it is just incredibly stupid and extreme. They attempt to accomplish their mission in the most ruthless, violent and underhanded manner possible, they beat up and/or kill every innocent bystander who gets in their way, they repeatedly go out of their way to Kick the Dog and hurt people who aren't even connected to their mission, they kidnap Jenna, Kraden and Sheba instead of just asking for their help, they keep trying to kill Isaac and his team instead of trying to reason with them or talk things over, and they never bother trying to explain to anybody why they're trying to restore Alchemy in the first place. Practically almost the entire game might not have happened if they'd been more open about their motives and not resorted to drastic behavior and pointless cruelty. It's no wonder Isaac's party thinks they're the bad guys the whole time they're chasing them.
    • Piers being held captive in The Lost Age. Lampshaded by a NPC in Osenia Cliffs.
  • Inferred Holocaust: The lack of presence of a Venus Clan is often speculated as they are overlooked by the characters in all three games.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Everyone is one of these to the fandom.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Alex is the closest thing the series has to a Big Bad, running the course of Enigmatic Minion to eventual mastermind in the span of three games. A Mercury Adept who betrayed his sister and his clan for the pursuit of personal power, Alex makes and breaks alliances with heroes and villains alike at his own convenience, always concealing his true intentions behind a stoic, cool-headed exterior. Alex rarely even personally dirties his hands, one of the few times he does resulting in him singlehandedly wiping out an entire battalion of elite soldiers. At the climax of The Lost Age, Alex manipulates every party into a position where they have no choice but activate the Elemental Lighthouses and bestow Alex the godlike power of Alchemy. Even when Alex is Out-Gambitted and seemingly left for dead on the collapsing Mt. Aleph, Alex adopts the identity of Arcanus in Dark Dawn and resumes old habits, cheerfully manipulating entire nations to his advantage and activating the apocalyptic event known as the Grave Eclipse. At Dark Dawn's end, Alex appears to betray his allies once again to undo the apocalypse he himself wrought, and escapes to seemingly end the series as he started it: unharmed, unfazed, and a total mystery to everyone who knows him.
  • Memetic Badass: There is a fan forum known as the Temple of Kraden, which the Golden Sun wiki amusingly describes as "[where] Kraden is revered as a god-like figure, although it is reasonably sure that users are joking about their level of devotion to him." Also, the below-mentioned joke about him becoming a playable character. It has almost become an Ascended Meme in Dark Dawn.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • There were a few fans who preferred Piers' Japanese name, Picard, so they used "Pow pow Picard!" as a rally cry.
    • Kraden is surprisingly popular within the fanbase. As described by Golden Sun's wiki, it is "an endearing tradition to revere him as a godlike figure with comically extreme devotion." To the point that a popular fan-made name for a Weyard equivalent of Christmas is Kradenmas.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The second game reveals that Saturos and Menardi were actually doing what was right for the world and their hometown, which had prompted some fans to believe that Isaac and co beating the tar out of Saturos and Menardi in the first game to be a Kick the Dog moment or make the crew look Lawful Stupid. Except that, when seen from their perspective, they had very good reason to assume they were evil and had ulterior motives. In the first game, Saturos and Menardi beat up two kids who had no way of fighting back, talked down to everyone who wasn't aligned with them, threatened people, killed/beat up people who got in their way, never once thought to explain why they were trying to light the beacons, kidnapped people, held them for ransom, held them for hostage, and attempted to kill Isaac & Co at least two times. Even taking their true intentions into account, it's hard to really fault Isaac&Co (As well as the players!) for thinking them as evil. Even the Proxians are understanding of Isaac's situation when they're told he killed them. Of course, everyone was right with Alex.
  • Narm:
    • Boreas may be a strong summon, but that doesn't change the fact that it's basically a giant ice maker. It's also the most useful summon in the entire first game. Which nets it some Memetic Badassitude, which is just hilarious considering yeah, it's pretty much a giant ice maker. To put it simply: One of the best summons in the first game is making snow cones over your enemies.
    • Saying no in places where you're given a yes/no question sometimes results in a character or some characters having a mood swing for a few lines before going back to normal.
  • Nightmare Fuel: While it's shown pretty simply about how the continents are shrinking during the Lemuria sequence in response to Alchemy's seal, you hardly see anything proving how dangerous the lack of Alchemy is...until you get to Mars Lighthouse and see an endless black void stretching across your screen in the north. This serves as the proof and motivation for your quest; the world is literally falling apart bit by bit as time goes on into this pitch black NOTHING and its close proximity to Prox is why Saturos, Menardi, Karst, and Agatio were sent on their quest to begin with. Also notice just how close this immense void is to Mars Lighthouse. While the scaling of the map, locations, and your party are a bit exaggerated, it's still not that far away, which begs a question....would Mars Lighthouse have fallen into the void if it reached it, or would the surrounding area have fallen in? Either case would result in the quest becoming a complete failure and the world doomed to die. Sweet dreams!
  • Player Punch: The revelation that the final boss of Lost Age, the Doom Dragon, is a Baleful Polymorph consisting of the heroes' parents comes only after you slay the beast. It's mitigated in that the parents do come back, but the impact of the reveal itself is one of the most devastating ever featured in a GBA game.
  • Quicksand Box:
    • The first game is fairly straightforward despite having a vague goal of "Stop Saturos and Menardi". There's only a bit of freedom, but also little opportunity to get lost. The second game, however, sets you in the entire rest of the world - with even more vague goals and the only thing indicating that you should be exploring around being obstacles you cannot bypass without having specific psynergy at hand. It's highly likely for you to sequence break without even knowing it, the only indication that you probably shouldn't go that way being trash mobs and bosses who're disproportionately powerful compared to how you are.
    • There is a part in the second game in which you aren't told what you have to do other than "Go to Lemuria", and a "Get to the other side of the world" but it's blocked by an obstacle. While it is a little more non-linear and some people actually really like that; the game doesn't really keep track of the stuff you had done so the only way to figure out whether or not you completed certain dungeons was to go explore them and find that that was the trident piece you had in your inventory. The other half of the world is thankfully a lot less...vague about where to go since there isn't as much content. Not only that, but once you get the ship, there's very little telling you that you have to do certain things. For example, there's very little reason to go to Tundaria Tower to get that Trident Piece.
  • Replacement Scrappy: A small portion of the fanbase remained convinced that Saturos and Menardi had somehow survived their Disney Villain Death and would return in the second game. Naturally, these fans did not take kindly to the introduction of Agatio and Karst.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • For both games, the fact that when in combat and an enemy that is targeted by a party member is killed by another party member before the first has had their turn, the former will automatically defend when their turn comes up. This means that said party member wastes their turn allowing the other enemies on the battlefield to survive to attack thus requiring the player to carefully manage which party members attack which enemies to avoid this which is difficult to do because enemies have no visible HP bars. What makes this particularly annoying is the fact that with most other turned based RPGs simply switching to attacking another target in the same situation instead is a common thing and thus expected here.
    • The lack of a separated folder for key items, as the limited inventory is likely to become full of psynergy enabling items, Plot Coupons and unique items you don't want to drop.
  • Scrappy Weapon:
    • Maces and axes are almost always hated since most of them are early-game weapons which quickly gets outclassed by everything else. Even the high-tier ones are hard to find and their unleashes are not as strong as the end-game long sword and light blade ones. One notable exception is the Wicked Mace in the first game due to being easier to find and lethal against the Tornado Lizard monster line and Deadbeard.
    • Poor Levatine gets the shaft due to its unleash Radiant Fire not being as game-breaking as Megiddo, Legend and Vengeance. This gets averted in Dark Dawn, where changes to the unleash system as well as getting a powerful Jupiter unleash in a game where many things are weak to said element makes Levatine the second-best weapon after the Sol Blade.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The story was fun and the world was very interesting, but going back a lot of people hit a brick wall where, basically put, all these deep characterizations and personalities people remember will fail to appear. Put simply, characters are really more collections of traits and don't really show any consistent personality beyond a dislike of innocent people suffering, and if there is doubt look at all the character interpretations on this very page, that all stems from the actual story never really putting forth a set motivation on the characters for their actions throughout most of it. See "Misaimed Fandom" for a good example of this in action.
  • Shipping: Enough of a developed shipping fandom that pretty much every possible pairing among main characters is covered with its own "____shipping" name, and with copious amounts of Crack Pairings too. The Ship-to-Ship Combat can be truly awe-inspiring, especially between Mudshippers (Isaac/Mia) and Valeshippers (Isaac/Jenna). In fact, the shipping fandom is so ridiculously developed that in some circles, even Original Character ships are named. Just as an example of how fast GS shipping fandom moves, the Matthew/Karis couple was named "Dawnshipping" within an hour of Dark Dawn being announced.
  • Shipping Goggles: As said before, Golden Sun had a huge shipping community back in the day to the point where, while everything was shipped anyway, the ones that receive the most attention are ships where two characters have literally any kind of direct interaction towards each other. Mudshipping (IsaacxMia) is a great example when considering that despite being one of the most popular ships, there isn't any sort of romantic dialogue or undertones between the two characters in either game.
  • Special Effects Failure: While the graphics are excellent for a GBA game, some of the pre-rendered sprites look obviously resized back and forth and as a result looks really overpixeled such as the Serpent, both final bosses and the Mad Demons.
  • That One Attack:
    • Djinn Storm, used by both the Doom Dragon and Dullahan, forces all of the party's Djinn into recovery mode. When everyone is in their base classes, their stats take a massive penalty and they lose access to a lot of utility Psynergy like group heal spells and Revive, and any progress toward building up a summon is lost as well. This attack requires a contingency plan to deal with, as it can take up to nine turns for everyone to be back at full power.
    • Dullahan's Charon and the Doom Dragon's Cruel Ruin are summon-style attacks. Both of them hit all four characters every time, and like the summons you can use, their damage scales with the targets' maximum health, so Level Grinding won't help anyone survive them. And Dullahan's Charon, just like the player's version, has a chance to One-Hit Kill everyone it hits. These bosses can easily wipe out the entire front row with a single attack.
    • Dullahan has a few other very brutal attacks. Fulminous Edge is a basic attack with triple power, meaning only the toughest of Adepts can survive it. True Collide hits up to three characters and restores the boss's health by quite a bit. Condemn has a significant chance of inflicting instant death. And Bind will disable someone's Psynergy, which is particularly troublesome if the boss targets a healer with it.
  • That One Boss:
    • Saturos from the first game (when you face him for the first time) can be quite a menace to players that are unprepared, mainly because he has spells that are more powerful than what the players are used to at the point. His second (and final) battle with him is arguably much worse though, as he brought Menardi to assist him and it's a back-to-back boss fights against their default forms and their Fusion Dragon form.
    • Briggs from the second game also counts as an early game example, as, due to Osenia's layout, he can be fought before encountering a number of dungeons and collecting their Djinni, summons, and items. What makes him more difficult than Saturos is that you only have three party members by the time you reach him while Mia already joins Isaac's group before Saturos' boss fight. Briggs can also summon his crew over and over again to assist him, as opposed to Saturos who fights alone. to Needless to say, he's going to mop the floor with you.
    • Poseidon is a hard-hitting boss with multiple Total Party Kill attacks and can reflect attacks back at you. Made even worse if you meet him under the wrong circumstances, as he cannot be damaged unless you have a certain artifact obtained after completing a vague compulsory sidequest.
  • That One Level: Air's Rock. The only saving grace this level has is a very low random encounter rate. To elaborate: The exterior mountain climb of Air's Rock is about as long as any given dungeon up to that point in the second game. Then, the interior exploration of Air's Rock is, in itself, noticeably longer than any other dungeon in either game, barring the Lighthouses and the other elemental rocks. It also relies extensively on a (relatively expensive, compared to other utility spells) Psynergy that requires one of the characters to be in her default class, which means repeatedly shutting down and turning on her Djinn for any player who places her in a more balanced class. This dungeon is early enough in the game that the player only has the first three characters, although it is possible to wait until you have the fourth party member to attempt it. If you want that fourth party member, however, you'll instead have to fight the Wake-Up Call Boss massively underleveled, since he was intended to be fought after Air's Rock. That being said, one really needs to respect Master Maha after that one. How the hell did he ever finish that thing alone?
  • That One Sidequest: Defeating Dullahan in The Lost Age. He is so cheap (even by Bonus Boss standards) that almost all of his attacks fall under That One Attack (see above).
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • While the battle system is heavily biased against mages Ivan and Sheba got it the worst since they are too frail and difficult to be used in the late game. Some players who have difficulty using them tend to permanently bench those two even though their element is strong against the majority of enemies and bosses. At least their class options boosts the stats they frequently use.
    • For those who actually used those two, Piers gets some of this due to his class options clashing horribly with his stats. He is supposed to be warrior-based, but being a Mercury Adept, most of his class options are mage-based causing his attack stat (which he mostly uses) to be rendered much lower than acceptable for a frontline tank if placed in most of the classes he has access to. The uneven djinn distribution (due to the Fake Balance of the classes) can make him worse than he already is. While most Adepts can function perfectly fine just going with a monotyped Djinn build of their element, Piers really needs to branch out to compete with everyone else. His Mercury classes do give him Diamond Berg...but his PP is horrendous no matter what, and outside of Felix he has the most uses of psynergy in any given dungeon.
    • On the other end of the spectrum are Jenna and Mia. Simply put, Jenna is a Master of All who hits hard, has some actually damaging spells that tear apart random encounters in an instant, and in actual boss battles, rips foes apart with her speed and strength. Tellingly, given how many levels you get in the Lost Age that you don't get in the first game, by the time you get Isaac's party, Jenna is simply a much better alternative to Isaac. It helps that, due to her speed, she can also be an impromptu healer. She even gets defense debuffs for foes. As for Mia, she happens to be fairly tankish, and her healing spells are just too good not to use. While Jenna can serve as a faster healer if the party really needs healing at the start of a turn, Mia's Wish psynergy make it unlikely this will ever be the case. Essentially, if these two are in the same team, it's incredibly hard to die.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Saturos and Menardi remain the most popular of the antagonistic duo of the entire series due to giving an overwhelming impression in the prologue, giving players their first taste of challenging boss fights in the series as well as being successful in their plans even when they're beaten by the protagonists (plot twists aside).
  • Ugly Cute: Moloch might be a dopey-looking dog-thing, but some fans found it fluffy and adorable. The same goes for Cybele's frog.
  • Unwinnable by Insanity: In The Lost Age, when Briggs breaks out of prison, NPCs are moved to keep you in Alhafra until you go to the dock and see him take the ship back to Champa. However, it's possible to use the Sanctuary respawn trick (hold Start+L when you load your save file to spawn in the nearest Sanctuary) to get outside the blockade. If you do so, there's no way to get to the cutscene where Briggs leaves for Champa, no way to fix the Trident of Ankhol, no way to get to Lemuria, no way to get to the Great Western Sea, and no way to beat the game.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Catastrophe Summon; widely regarded as the most visually impressive animation sequence ever produced for a GBA game. View it in all its glory here.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Pretty much everything Saturos and Menardi do in The Broken Seal qualifies for this. They never try to explain their motives or try to reason or negotiate with anyone outside their party, and repeatedly resort to extreme measures to accomplish their goals while being as randomly cruel and petty as possible. It's no wonder they get beaten by Isaac's party at the end of the game.
    • Kraden, when the party first meet Karst in The Lost Age. Wondering where her sister is (Menardi, one of the antagonists), Sheba tells Karst that Isaac killed her. Understandably upset, Karst questions why the party would want to protect Isaac from her rage. Kraden, for no reason, then asks Karst how she would know that Felix didn't kill Menardi, right after Karst had all but said that she was planning to kill Isaac. Even if the implication was meant to protect Isaac, Sheba had already told Karst the truth and the party's behavior implicated it even further.

Alternative Title(s): Golden Sun The Lost Age, Golden Sun The Broken Seal

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