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Golden Sun Artifacts Guide
Version 1.6
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2002 Rocket Trekkie Evoli
eeveegin@yahoo.com

Contents
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1. Introduction
 -Notes on Artifacts
2. Weapon Artifacts
3. Armor Artifacts
4. Item Artifacts
5. Version History
6. Credits


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[1] INTRODUCTION
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This is a guide to the many magical artifacts and items available in the Game
Boy Advance game Golden Sun. I wrote this guide assuming that you, the reader,
have this game and already know how to play it, unless you're like me and you
like to read strategy guides even if you don't have the game.

Unlike the other items available from stores, Artifacts can be bought back from
a store if they are dropped or sold, and have magical properties. As you
progress through the game, artifacts appear on the shops' Artifact Lists. Once
an artifact appears in a shop's Artifact List, it will stay there on all of
those shops' Artifact Lists until it is bought, unlike regular items which
differ depending on what town you're in. If you find an artifact and sell it to
a shop, it will show up in the Artifact List. Artifacts also show up in the
List if you drop them from your item inventory. Artifacts appear in a Weapon,
Armor, or Item Shop's artifact list, depending on the artifact.
Artifacts are divided into three classes: Weapon, Armor, and Item. Artifacts
are a good deal more expensive than normal weapons and armor, but they are
usually worth the investment.

Notes on Artifacts
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Price: Items can be sold to a shop for 75% of the shop price. You can sell any
items at any shop, and the artifact will go to its Artifact List.

Quantity: Most artifacts are unique and you can only get one of each. However,
you can get multiples of some artifacts, like Item Drops and Tolbi Springs
items. The Artifact list keeps track of how many of each item you've put on the
List.

Obtaining Artifacts: Artifacts appear in the List as you progress through the
game and visit more towns. Artifacts can also be obtained by receiving them
from people or treasure chests, the Lucky Wheels slot game in Tolbi, by using a
Lucky Medal in Tolbi Springs, or (rarely) from monsters after winning a battle.
Artifacts obtained after defeating a monster are known as Rare Item Drops,
since they are harder to obtain than other item drops such as Antidotes, Nuts,
and Vials.

Curse: Some items are cursed, meaning that once you equip it, you can't remove
it unless you visit a Sanctum and have the Healer remove the curse. If you have
a cursed item equipped, there is a chance of you being "bound and unable it
move" for one turn in battle. The Cleric's Ring protects you from this effect
of curses, but you'll still need to visit a Sanctum to remove the cursed item.

Break: Rings and some Weapon and Armor artifacts can be used to heal or change
stats during battle. Some artifacts say that "it may break if used in battle,"
meaning that there is a chance of the item breaking after you use it. (How a
dress or hat can "break" is beyond me.) If an item is broken, it will still
affect your statistics in battle, but you won't be able to use its special
powers again until you get it repaired at a shop. Items used for healing can be
used outside of battle, and may still break. Armor and weapon artifacts in your
inventory but not equipped can be used in battle, but only if you can equip it.

Unique Artifacts: The only artifacts that don't show up in the Artifact List
when you drop them or sell them are the Fur Coat and the Psynergy Armor. Once
you get rid of them, they're gone for good. They're not exactly the best armor
in the game, however, so it doesn't really matter.


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[2] WEAPON ARTIFACTS
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Weapon Artifacts
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Weapons are divided into five classes: Long Sword, Light Blade, Axe, Mace, and
Staff. Isaac and Garet can equip Long Swords, Light Blades, Axes, and Maces;
Ivan can equip Light Blades and Staffs; and Mia can equip Maces and Staffs. For
you sharkers, Jenna can equip Light Blades and Staffs. Weapons affect the
user's Attack status.
Most weapon artifacts have unleashes, hidden magic attacks that may be released
when the weapon is used. Unleashes are based on one of four elements: Earth,
Fire, Wind, and Water. Unleashes may have secondary effects on the monster they
are used on, such as a status change or lowering statistics. Normally, weapon
attacks without an unleash are neutral attacks, but a few weapons are aligned
with one of the four Elements, and attacks take the opponent's elemental
resistances and weaknesses into account.
There are three weapons (Kusanagi, Masamune, Sol Blade) that are in the game's
code but cannot be obtained through normal gameplay; you must use a hacking
device to get them.

Weapon Artifact entry:

Name of weapon
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Where this weapon can be obtained (Town, if from Artifact List)
Price of weapon in shop
Element of weapon, if any
Effects on user's statistics
Name of unleash (Element of unleash)
Secondary effects of unleash, if any
Other notes on weapon


Long Swords
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Equippable by Isaac and Garet

Shamshir
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Artifacts list (Lunpa)
10000 coins
Attack +99
Acid Bath (Fire)
May drop opponent's Attack

Silver Blade
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
12000 coins
Attack +108
Aqua Sock (Water)

Arctic Blade
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Fuchin Falls Cave
2600 coins
Attack +55
Blizzard (Water)
May drop opponent's Attack

Gaia Blade
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Upper floors of Venus Lighthouse
17000 coins
Element: Earth
Attack +135
Earth Power +20, Earth Resistance +20
Titan Blade (Earth)

Muramasa
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Ninth floor of Crossbone Isle Cave
13600 coins
Attack +126
Demon Fire (Fire)
May draw evil spirits to opponent
Cursed

Masamune
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Only available if you use a Gameshark or other hacking device
Attack +115
Sells for 10050 coins
No unleash

Sol Blade
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Only available if you use a Gameshark or other hacking device
Attack +138
Sells for 14250 coins
No unleash


Light Blades
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Equippable by Isaac, Garet, and Ivan

Ninja Blade
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Artifacts list (Lunpa)
8800 coins
Attack +94
Cyclone Attack (Wind)
May drop opponent's Resistance

Swift Sword
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
9400 coins
Attack +104
Wind Power +10
Sonic Smash (Wind)
May hit multiple times

Elven Rapier
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Bilibin Cave
2200 coins
Element: Wind
Attack +44
Vorpal Slash (Wind)

Assassin Blade
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Tolbi Springs
7800 coins
Attack +90
Mortal Danger (Earth)
May drain opponent's spirit, one-hit kill

Mystery Blade
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Second floor of Crossbone Isle Cave
6400 coins
Attack +84
Life Nourish (Earth)
May recover some of user's HP

Kikuichimonji
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Fenrirs in upper Venus Lighthouse
13400 coins
Attack +128
Asura (Wind)

Bandit's Sword
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Dropped by Thieves in Vault
700 coins
Attack +12
Rapid Smash (Wind)
May hit multiple times

Kusanagi
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Only available if you use a Gameshark or other hacking device
Sells for 14250 coins
Attack +135
No unleash


Axes
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Equippable by Isaac and Garet

Dragon Axe
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Artifacts list (Lunpa)
10300 coins
Attack +100
Heat Mirage (Fire)
May delude opponent

Giant Axe
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Earth Golems in Suhalla Pass and lower Venus Lighthouse
14000 coins
Attack +114
Meltdown (Fire)
May drop opponent's Defense

Vulcan Axe
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Lamakan Desert
4600 coins
Element: Fire
Attack +76
Barrage (Fire)
May stun opponent

Burning Axe
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Tolbi Springs
7500 coins
Element: Fire
Attack +84
Broil (Fire)

Demon Axe
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Sixth floor of Crossbone Isle Cave
1600 coins
Attack +132
Poison Cloud (Earth)
May poison opponent
Cursed


Maces
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Equippable by Isaac, Garet, and Mia

Righteous Mace
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
8400 coins
Attack +112
HP recovery +3
Blinding Smog (Wind)
May delude opponent

Grievous Mace
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Tolbi Springs
7000 coins
Element: Earth
Attack +88
Terra Strike (Earth)

Blessed Mace
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Thunder Lizards in upper Venus Lighthouse
14500 coins
Attack +126
HP recovery +2
No unleash
Use to replenish 200 HP, may break if used

Wicked Mace
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Seventh floor of Crossbone Isle Cave
13800 coins
Attack +130
Poison Death (Earth)
May strike opponent with deadly venom
Cursed


Staffs
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Equippable by Ivan and Mia

Magic Rod
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Artifacts list
380 coins
Attack +16
Murk (Wind)
May put opponent to sleep

Witch's Wand
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Artifacts list (Bilibin); Mia
860 coins
Attack +32
Stun Voltage (Wind)
May stun opponent

Blessed Ankh
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Artifacts list (Imil)
1600 coins
Attack +46
Psyphon Seal (Wind)
May seal opponent's Psynergy

Psynergy Rod
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Artifacts list (Altin)
3800 coins
Attack +64
Psynergy Leech (Water)
May recover some of user's PP

Frost Wand
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Artifacts list (Kalay)
5400 coins
Element: Water
Attack +76
Frost Bite (Water)
May stun opponent

Angelic Ankh
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Artifacts list (Tolbi)
6400 coins
Attack +83
Life Leech (Water)
May recover some of user's HP

Demonic Staff
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Artifacts list (Lunpa)
10000 coins
Attack +92
Bad Omen (Earth)
May draw evil spirits to opponent
Cursed

Crystal Rod
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
13400 coins
Attack +106
Drown (Water)
May suffocate opponent, one-hit kill

Zodiac Wand
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Grand Golems in upper Venus Lighthouse
11400 coins
Attack +102
Shining Star (Wind)
May delude opponent

Shaman's Rod
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Recovered from thieves in Vault
Can't be dropped or sold
Attack +10
The Shaman's Rod is included in this guide because even though it isn't quite
an artifact, it's certainly not a regular item, so I put it in here.


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[3] ARMOR ARTIFACTS
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Armor Artifacts
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Armor is used to protect the body from attacks. Armor can protect four areas of
the body: head, body, arms, and feet. Normally, only one piece of armor can be
worn on an area at a time, but the three Shirts obtained from the Lucky Wheels
slot game in Tolbi can be worn under other body armor.
Head: Helm, Crown, Hat, Circlet
Body: Armor, Clothing, Robe, Shirt
Arms: Shield, Gloves, Bracelet
Feet: Boots

Armor can be equipped by: Isaac and Garet
Clothing: All
Robe: Ivan and Mia
Shield: Isaac and Garet
Gloves: All
Bracelet: Ivan and Mia
Helm: Isaac and Garet
Crown: All
Hat: All
Circlet: Ivan and Mia
Shirt: All
Boots: All
The China Dress, Cocktail Dress, Oracle's Robe, Glittering Tiara, and Silk
Shirt are only equippable on Mia.

Sample Armor Artifact entry:

Name of armor
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Where this armor can be obtained (Town, if from Artifact List)
Price of armor in shop
Effects on user's statistics
Other notes on armor


Armor
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Equippable by Isaac and Garet

Spirit Armor
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Tolbi Springs
4000 coins
Defense +32
Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water Resistance +15

Dragon Scales
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Upper floors of Venus Lighthouse
17000 coins
Defense +44
Water and Fire Resistance +30

Demon Mail
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Chest revealed after you defeat Deadbeard in Crossbone Isle Cave
17000 coins
Defense +50
Wind Resistance -10
Cursed

Asura's Armor
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Tunnel Ruins (right path, hidden in statue)
15000 coins
Defense +42
Attack +5
HP recovery +8

Spiked Armor
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Chimera Mages in Babi Lighthouse, Tunnel Ruins, upper Venus
Lighthouse
14000 coins
Defense +34
Attack +10
Critical Hits increase

Psynergy Armor
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Mercury Lighthouse
Doesn't show up in Artifact List, sells for 750 coins
Defense +21
Maximum PP +20
If you sell this item, you can't buy it back from the Armor Shop.

Clothing
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Equippable by everyone

Elven Shirt
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Mogall Forest
1700 coins
Defense +22
Agility x1.5

Water Jacket
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Hammet Palace
3000 coins
Defense +30
Water Resistance +30, Fire Resistance +20

Storm Gear
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Fourth floor of Crossbone Isle Cave
9800 coins
Defense +42
Water, Fire, and Wind Resistance +30

Kimono
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Tolbi Springs
2800 coins
Defense +25
Fire Resistance +10
Agility +10

Ninja Garb
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Fifth floor of Crossbone Isle Cave
6900 coins
Defense +36
Agility +30
Wind Resistance +10

Fur Coat
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Kolima Forest
Doesn't show up in Artifact List, sells for 300 coins
Defense +16
Water Resistance +20
If you sell this item, you can't buy it back from the Armor Shop.

Robes
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Equippable by Ivan and Mia

China Dress
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Artifacts list (Xian)
1600 coins
Defense +19
Drops enemy Attack, may break if used
Only Mia can equip this

Cocktail Dress
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Tolbi Springs
4000 coins
Defense +29
Maximum PP +15
Only Mia can equip this

Blessed Robe
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Artifacts list (Lunpa)
7000 coins
Defense +36
HP recovery +5

Magical Cassock
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
9000 coins
Defense +39
PP recovery +2

Feathered Robe
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Wild Gryphons in Babi Lighthouse, Tunnel Ruins, upper Venus
Lighthouse
14000 coins
Defense +45
Wind Power +20, Wind Resistance +30
Agility +30

Oracle's Robe
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Tunnel Ruins (left path, hidden in statue)
13500 coins
Defense +43
Water Resistance +40
HP recovery +10
Only Mia can equip this

Shields
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Equippable by Isaac and Garet

Mirrored Shield
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
5200 coins
Defense +39
Deludes enemies, may break if used

Dragon Shield
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Altin Peak
2400 coins
Defense +26
Fire Resistance +30

Earth Shield
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Tolbi Springs
4100 coins
Defense +31
Earth Resistance +20
Use to restore 150 HP, may break if used

Gloves
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Equippable by everyone

Vambrace
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Vault Cave
1800 coins
Defense +27
Attack +5

War Gloves
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Artifacts list (Lunpa)
4000 coins
Defense +32
Attack +10

Spirit Gloves
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Kalay Tunnel
5200 coins
Defense +34
Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water Power +5

Battle Gloves
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Tolbi Springs
2100 coins
Defense +26
Attack +8

Aura Gloves
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Magicores in the Suhalla Desert
6500 coins
Defense +36
Use to boost Resistance, may break if used

Bracelets
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Equippable by Ivan and Mia

Spirit Armlet
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
9000 coins
Defense +38
Earth and Water Power +10
Use to cure ailments, may break if used

Virtuous Armlet
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Suhalla Desert
7000 coins
Defense +35
Fire and Wind Power +10
Use to restore 100 HP, may break if used

Guardian Armlet
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Tolbi Springs
2600 coins
Defense +27
Use to boost Defense, may break if used

Helms
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Equippable by Isaac and Garet

Warrior's Helm
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Lalivero
10000 coins
Defense +35
Earth Power +10
Critical Hits increase

Adept's Helm
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Tolbi Springs
3700 coins
Defense +29
Maximum PP x1.2

Crowns
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Equippable by everyone

Jeweled Crown
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Artifacts list (Lalivero)
4000 coins
Defense +35
Luck +5

Lucky Cap
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Lower floors of Venus Lighthouse
5200 coins
Defense +33
Critical Hits increase
PP recovery +2

Thunder Crown
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Upper floors of Venus Lighthouse
7500 coins
Defense +40
PP recovery +4
Cursed

Hats
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Equippable by everyone

Ninja Hood
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Tolbi Springs
2800 coins
Defense +28
Agility +20

Prophet's Hat
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Rare Item Drop
Dropped by Dread Hounds in Altmiller Cave
4600 coins
Defense +30
Use to put a curse on opponent, may break if used

Lure Cap
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Receive from Babi if you win all three Colosso battles
3000 coins
Defense +20
Monster encounters increase

Circlets
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Equippable by Ivan and Mia

Mythril Circlet
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Lunpa Fortress
7000 coins
Defense +34
PP recovery +3

Glittering Tiara
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Tolbi Springs
3600 coins
Defense +27
Prevents delusions
Use to delude enemies, may break if used

Shirts
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Can wear under other body armor, equippable by everyone

Mythril Shirt
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Lucky Wheels
2900 coins
Defense +10
Maximum HP +5

Silk Shirt
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Lucky Wheels
1800 coins
Defense +6
Luck +1

Running Shirt
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Lucky Wheels
400 coins
Defense +1
Agility +15

Boots
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Equippable by everyone

Hyper Boots
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Lucky Wheels
2400 coins
Defense +4
Critical Hits increase

Quick Boots
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Lucky Wheels
2100 coins
Defense +3
Agility +20

Fur Boots
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Lucky Wheels
1200 coins
Defense +2
Water Resistance +15

Turtle Boots
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World Map
600 coins
Defense +3
Agility x0.5
Walk west from Kolima. You should walk onto a peninsula. Near the end of the
peninsula is a clump of forest. Walk into the trees and press A. You should
find the Turtle Boots. As far as I know, this is the only item found on the
World Map.


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[4] ITEM ARTIFACTS
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Item Artifacts
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There are many types of Item Artifacts. I have divided them into three classes:
Healing, Miscellaneous, and Ring. Rings can be equipped, but they can be used
in or out of battle (depending on their use) even if they are unequipped. The
exception to this is the Cleric's Ring, which automatically takes effect on the
wearer when equipped and can't be "used."

Sample Item Artifact Entry:

Name of item
------------
Where this item can be obtained (Town, if from Artifact List)
Price of item in shop
Uses of item
Other notes on item


Healing
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Potion
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Rare Item Drop
Chests, Tolbi Springs, Lucky Wheels, Artifact list (Suhalla), Item Drop,
dropped by Ice Gargoyles in Babi Lighthouse, Tunnel Ruins, and upper Venus
Lighthouse
1000 coins
Replenishes all HP
Some boss monsters drop Potions

Hermes' Water
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Mercury Lighthouse (use Empty Bottle on the fountain)
2000 coins
Replenishes all HP
Works like a Potion, but with free refills.

Psy Crystal
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Rare Item Drop
Chests, Tolbi Springs, Lucky Wheels, Artifact List (Suhalla), dropped by
Manticore Kings in Babi Lighthouse, Tunnel Ruins, upper Venus Lighthouse
1500 coins
Replenishes all PP
Some bosses drop Psy Crystals

Water of Life
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Rare Item Drop
Chests, Tolbi Springs, Lucky Wheels, Artifact List (Tolbi), dropped by Boulder
Beasts in upper Venus Lighthouse
3000 coins
Revives Downed characters
Some bosses and Mimics drop Water of Life

Miscellaneous
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Empty Bottle
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House in Imil
1000 coins
Extracts water from a magic spring

Game Ticket
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Receive when you purchase an item, dropped by some Mimics
50 coins
A special ticket from Tolbi
Used to play Lucky Wheels

Lucky Medal
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Rare Item Drop
Chests, hidden in barrels & jars, dropped by Orc Lords in Babi Lighthouse and
Tunnel Ruins, dropped by some Mimics
100 coins
A special medal from Tolbi
Used at Tolbi Springs

Cell Key
--------
Lunpa Fortress (use Catch)
30 coins
The key to the cells in Lunpa Fortress

Ring
====

Adept Ring
----------
Lucky Wheels
3100 coins
Use to restore 7 PP
May break if used

War Ring
--------
Lucky Wheels
2600 coins
Use to boost Attack
May break if used

Sleep Ring
----------
Lucky Wheels
1400 coins
Use to lull enemies to sleep
May break if used

Healing Ring
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Rare Item Drop
Tret Tree, dropped by Nightmares in Suhalla Pass and lower Venus Lighthouse
800 coins
Use to restore 70 HP
May break if used

Unicorn Ring
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Rare Item Drop
Fuchin Temple (hidden in jar), dropped by Recluses in upper Venus Lighthouse
1100 coins
Use to remove poison
May break if used

Fairy Ring
----------
Third floor of Crossbone Isle
2900 coins
Acts like an Elixir in battle
May break if used

Cleric's Ring
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Eighth floor of Crossbone Isle
6400 coins
Removes a curse's effects
May break if used


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[5] VERSION HISTORY
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7/23/02 v1.0 Started this Artifact Guide. Began Introduction and Weapons
sections.
7/24/02 v1.1 Weapons section finished. Added more to Introduction. Began Armor
section.
7/24/02 v1.2 Introduction finished. Armor section finished.
7/25/02 v1.3 Edited Introduction. Started and finished Item section.
7/25/02 v1.4 Changed layout, moving some parts of the Introduction into the
main guide. Added Credits and copyright information.
8/26/02 v1.5 Added the towns where some artifacts appear in the list.
2/09/03 v1.6 Added information about the Masamune, Sol Blade, and Kusanagi
(stats, not the codes to get them). Updated credits.


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[6] CREDITS
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ikillkenny: THE best Golden Sun text walkthrough I've found yet. Helped me get
through a couple of sticky parts, which in turn made this Artifact Guide
possible.
BlackMarauder: Author of an Item List guide, from which I got many item
locations.
Both ikillkenny's FAQ/Walkthrough and BlackMarauder's Item List can be found on
the Golden Sun page at GameFaqs.com:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/gbadvance/game/30328.html
Camelot: For making Golden Sun, one of the best video games I've played.
GameFaqs: For hosting this Artifact Guide
The people at the GameFaqs Golden Sun message board: Thanks, y'all!
Kurt Reonis: I got the information about the Gameshark-only weapons from his
item listing. His website is http://www.reonis.d2g.com/GS/index.htm

You may print out this document or any of its parts for personal use only- keep
it with your strategy guides, crumple it up and let your cat play with it,
whatever. I am not letting any Web site but Gamefaqs.com (and my webpage,
should I ever make one) host this Artifact Guide. Use of this document on any
other website or for commercial use is prohibited.

Golden Sun copyright 2001 Camelot and Nintendo
This document copyright 2002 Rocket Trekkie Evoli
Contact me at eeveegin@yahoo.com

"We did it because...we're us!"
-Ivan