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Jade`s Status Image In Character Select Screen

Jade spellcast

Jade casts a Spell

Dr. Jade Balfour, more commonly known as Jade Curtiss (ジェイド・カーティス Jeido Kaatisu) or as Jade the Necromancer (死霊使いジェイド「ネクロマンサー・ジェイド」 Nekuromansaa Jeido) is a fonist in Tales of the Abyss. He always seems to be smiling, or at least cheerful, regardless of the events taking place around him, giving little indication of his true thoughts on anything. He first met Luke fone Fabre and Tear Grants while he, Ion and Anise Tatlin were chasing down bandits and he immediately deducted that Luke is an aristocrat. Jade then asked for Luke's help in signing a piece treaty between the two warring countries as he introduced himself as an emissary of peace from one of the countries.

Jade uses spears as his weapon of choice and carries it around invisibly. He has a wide arsenal of powerful spells at his disposal but has only a limited number of strike artes. He can also use FOFs (Field of Fonons) to augment his artes with different elements. His stats are somewhat a balance between a spellcaster and a melee fighter and his fighting style focuses more on comboing spells together.

Jade is not very difficult to use although he has a hard time evading attacks since his movement stat not as good as a full-fledged melee fighter.

Character FactsEdit

Jade Attack

Jade summons his spear to attack.

  • Jade has 550 HP.
  • He has only one victory pose.
  • Jade summons his spear, the Fonic Spear, out of thin air to attack and recalls it after attacking.
  • Numerous unique dialouges will occur whenever he is pitted against other Tales of the Abyss characters.
  • Most of the party, especially Anise Tatlin and Tear Grants, call him Colonel out of respect for his abilities.
  • Jade is the creator and father of fomicry (creating replicas of objects and living things) with Nebilim as the very first living replica of his and Dist the Reaper's deceased teacher, Gelda Nebilim.
  • Jade's original last name, Balfour, was the name of an actual, historical doctor.

General Tips & UsageEdit

  • Jade is a high-risk, high-reward, slightly momentum based character. Almost everything he has is punishable on block, especially at close range, but his damage output is very high and difficult to Overlimit out of. His primary strength is the ability to combo the opponent at full-screen, as well as a fairly strong defensive game with artes like Meteor Swarm and Splash, and his Melee Attack A. He also can sometimes be scary to counterhit, as if he is hit while one of his spells is being casted, the spell animation and hitboxes will still appear and give Jade an advantage. As the battle goes on and you gain the ability to quick-cast Set B Spells, Jade starts to become a major threat, tagging any minor mistake from any part of the screen with a 100~ damage combo.
  • However, the risk in doing anything to start an offense, such as casting, still makes it very difficult to land a hit scot-free. Unlike Klarth F. Lester or most of the boss characters, Jade has too long of a TTL on his spells to effectively play keepaway, and the lack of a reliable horizontal projectile hurts his game too. Because of this, Jade falls in an awkward middle ground of a playstyle. Patience and general knowledge of fighting games are absolutely required.
  • Jade has an above average jump height and damage output, an average move speed and dash length and HP.
  • Jade has excellent defense against Guard Break.
  • Jade receives 20% more damage from Fire Elemental attacks and receives 10% & 20% less damage from Water and Dark Elemental Attacks respectively. (Please refer to this page for more information on ACS Elements).
  • Jade can perform all the basic movements in ACS except for High Jump, Forward Step and Backward Leap.
    • Jade's Double Jump reaches the top of the screen.
    • Jade has moderate delays after landing from a jump or a backstep.
  • Jade has two melee ground attacks (Press A twice). Jade cannot attack in mid-air.
    • His melee attacks are fairly slow compared to other characters, and recover fairly slowly as well, so both caution and prediction is required to use his melee attacks effectively. Take advantage of their large vertical hitbox.
  • Jade can use FOF Changes by pressing a directional button and the D button (e.g. →D) after using a Base or Arcane arte that hit the enemy.
  • Whenever Jade casts Spells or FOF Spells, he has a moderate amount of Hidden Penetrate Counters which prevent cast interruption and make him harder to stagger.
    • Jade's Mystic Artes can still be cast interrupted normally.
    • Some of the enemy's attacks like Mystic Artes or certain unblockable artes can still interrupt Jade when he is casting.
  • Jade's Overlimit Blast blows the enemy upward but still close to him.
  • During Overlimit Lv1, Jade casting time is reduced for all spells excluding Mystic artes.
  • During Overlimit Lv2, Jade can use Spells, FOF Spells and Mystic Cage instantly without casting them.
  • At first, Jade's Spells (B) & FOF Spells (B) needs to be casted but after he has used 3 Spells (B) or 4 FOF Spells (B), he no longer need to cast any of the same type.
    • This might be a reference to Jade undoing his fon slot seal similar from his original game.
  • Jade can taunt enemies by pressing E. If the taunt animation is successfully executed, Jade's Overlimit Gauge will slightly increase and then enemy's Overlimit Gauge will slightly decrease.
  • His chain orders consist of:
    • Melee > Base or Spells (B) > Arcane > FOF Change
    • Melee > Base or Spells (B) > Arcane or FOF Spells (B) > Spells (C) or FOF Spells (C) > Spells (D) > Mystic
    • Whenever Jade uses Spells or FOF Spells consecutively within his chain order, that spell will be executed without the need to cast it. This is also true if Jade connects any of his Strike artes or Melee attacks to spells within their proper chain order.
    • During Overlimit, his chain order can become:
      • Melee > Base or Spells (B) > Arcane or FOF Spells (B) > Spells (C) or FOF Spells (C) > Spells (D) or FOF Spells (D) > Mystic

Spell Classification TableEdit

B C D
Spells FOF Spells Spells FOF Spells Spells FOF Spells
Energy Blast
Rock Break
Splash
Turbulence
Flame Burst
Photon
Eruption
Icicle Rain

Flare Tornado
Ground Dasher
Saint Bubble

Thunder Blade
Ignite Prison
Explode
Frigid Coffin
Raging Mist
Absolute
Prism Sword
Meteor Swarm
Divine Saber
Gravity

ShortcutsEdit

Command Ground
F Overlimit Lv1
← F Splash
→ F Rock Break
↑ F Turbulence
↓ F Overlimit Lv2

Base ArtesEdit

  • Shunjinsou (Sonic Spear)
    ACS Jade Curtiss Arte Exhibition (v.504:16

    ACS Jade Curtiss Arte Exhibition (v.5.505b) COMPLETE-0

    Jade Curtiss' Arte Exhibition by Kratos1991.

    • Jade thrusts forward with his spear.
    • Range is about 40% of the screen's length.
    • A bit slow but useful for short-ranged attacks.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Short.
  • Tenraisou (Thunder Lance)
    • Jade slices upwards, and a bolt of lightning strikes.
    • A fast arte, but the range is noticeably short.
    • Wind Elemental.
    • TTS is Fast. TTL is Average.

Arcane ArtesEdit

  • Tenshou Tsuigasou (Impaling Heaven)
    • Jade thrusts forward, lifts the enemy, then impales it whilst in the air.
    • The best arte to chain to FOF Changes.
    • If the enemy is against a wall, they will be disabled as Jade imaples them in mid-air.
    • TTS is Fast. TTL is Average.
  • Fuujin Kousenshou (Sovereign Gale)
    • Jade thrusts his spear into the ground, creating a whirlwind.
    • Slow and hard to hit. No Base Arte can connect with this arte, so its not recommend to use in combos.
    • Has a very high chance of Guard Break. If you get the break, connect this to an FOF Change. If not, you're left vulnerable, so use at your own risk.
    • Wind Elemental.
    • TTS is Slow. TTL is Average if the enemy is hit on the ground and Long if hit in mid-air.

FOF ChangesEdit

  • Gansai Retsujinsou (Crushing Spear)
    • Encases the enemy in a violet crystal. Jade then thrusts through the crystal, shattering it while impaling the target.
    • Gives some distance between Jade and the opponent.
    • Disables enemies.
    • Earth Elemental.
    • TTS is Instant. TTL is Non-existent.
  • Raijin Senpuusou (Lightning Tempest)
    • A tornado of lighting strikes and shears at everything within its reach.
    • The damage dealt is rather low.
    • Wind Elemental.
    • TTS is Instant. TTL is Non-existent.
  • Tsuiga Bakuensou (Goring Hell)
    • Jade thrusts forward, lifts the enemy, then thrusts upward, exploding the tip of his spear with flames.
    • A fast arte, allowing Jade to recover fast as well.
    • Moderate knockback effect and Disables enemies.
    • Fire Elemental.
    • TTS is Instant. TTL is Non-existent.
  • Suijin Karyuusou (Mighty Deluge)
    • Jade thrusts his spear into the ground, then powerful waves of water crash onto the enemy.
    • Lifts the enemy into the air.
    • Moderate knockback effect and Disables enemies.
    • Water Elemental.
    • TTS is Instant. TTL is Non-existent.

SpellsEdit

  • Energy Blast
    • Energy is concentrated onto the enemy, then exploded.
    • Hard to chain with other spells.
    • TTS is Slow. TTL is Average.
  • Rock Break (Stalagmite)
    • Large rocks in the shape of spikes arise from the ground, perforating the unfortunate.
    • The best arte to chain with other spells.
    • Earth Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.
  • Splash
    • Powerful waterfalls pour their load onto the enemy.
    • Sometimes when the enemy cornered, it can't be chained with other spells.
    • Has the overall biggest hitbox of Jade's Set A Spells.
    • Water Elemental.
    • TTS is Slow. TTL is Short.
  • Turbulence
    • A burst of wind tears at all caught up in it.
    • Lift the enemy into the air.
    • It's possible to chain this with other spells, but it must be fast.
    • Air unblockable.
    • Wind Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.
  • Flame Burst
    • Streams of fire close in on a target, then flare up in an inferno.
    • Slow and hard to connect. Use at your own risk.
    • It is unblockable, however.
    • Fire Elemental.
    • TTS is Slow. TTL is Average.
  • Ground Dasher
    • A fissure opens up in the target's area, sending waves after waves of spikes that puncture everything above them.
    • Giving hard times for the approaching enemy.
    • Earth Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Long.
  • Saint Bubble (Blessed Drops)
    • An innocent-looking bubble appears, slowly drifting to the ground. When it hits, a swarm of painful bubbles pop and crack, destroying all within.
    • A bit hard to chain with High Spells.
    • The first bubble cannot be blocked.
    • Water Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.
  • Thunder Blade
    • A sword of lightning smashes into the ground, and then explodes, releasing its charged material.
    • This sword smash the ground faster when it's included in a combo.
    • Wind Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.
  • Infernal Prison
    • A glyph appears and fiery jets blare up all around, scorching those within.
    • Most Spells (D) or FOF Spells (D) can be chained with this.
    • Fire Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.
  • Absolute
    • The target is clashed frozen, then shattered.
    • One of the easiest spells to chain with.
    • Moderate knockback and disables enemies.
    • Water Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Short.
  • Prism Sword
    • Many sharp shards of crystal land to form a binding glass-like prison,
    • One of the easiest spell to chain.
    • It's possible to use Overlimit on the 9th hit and continue the combo after using this spell.
    • Light Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Long.
  • Meteor Swarm (Meteor Storm)
    • The sky rains with huge meteors of rock and fire, annihilating enemies across the entire battlefield.
    • Hard to chain with most Spells (C) or FOF Spells.
    • Sometimes leaves Jade defenseless.
    • Using this arte near a wall would cause less meteors to fall.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Short or Average, depending on how many meteors will hit the enemy.

FOF SpellsEdit

  • Photon
    • Light energy is concentrated onto the target, then exploded.
    • Fast and a bit hard to chain it with other spells.
    • Light Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Short.
  • Eruption
    • An opening to the fiery mantle is created, and blooms of lava sear the enemy.
    • Fast and a bit hard to chain it with other spells.
    • Fire Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Short.
  • Icicle Rain
    • A cloud appears and it showers down icicles that skiver multiple targets.
    • Can not be chain with other spells.
    • Water Elemental.
    • TTS is Slow. TTL is Very Short.
  • Flare Tornado
    • A cyclone of flame burns all caught in it.
    • One of the best spell to chain with other spells.
    • Fire Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.
  • Explode (Explosion)
    • A falling spike slams into the ground and explodes
    • Hard to chain with other spells.
    • Cannot be blocked if the enemy is hit in mid-air.
    • Great knockback effect and disables enemies.
    • TTS is Slow. TTL is Short.
  • Frigid Coffin
    • An area of ice envelops targets, then a large lance of ice crashes onto the target
    • It's really hard to avoid this spell.
    • Slight knockback effect.
    • Water Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.
  • Raging Mist
    • Both a cloud of ice and a scorching pool of fire appear. They mix and create hot-spring mayhem.
    • A bit hard to chain with any Spells (D) or FOF Spells (D).
    • Moderate knockback effect.
    • You can reset the chain after this arte by running towards the enemy and attacking but you must cast it in ront of the enemy and the combo counter must not be greater than 21 hits.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Long but once the combo counter exceeds 21 hits, it becomes Short.
  • Divine Saber
    • Supercharged bolts of lightning crash around the enemy, and a final coup de grace strike finishes off the spell.
    • Require Jade to be in Overlimit.
    • Moderate knockback effect.
    • The final lightning strike cannot be blocked.
    • Wind Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Short.
  • Gravity (Gravity Well)
    • An enclosed dome traps all inside, whilst extreme pressure crushes.
    • Require Jade to be in Overlimit.
    • Sometimes, this spell cannot be blocked.
    • Earth Elemental.
    • TTS is Average. TTL is Average.

Mystic ArtesEdit

  • Mystic Cage
    • Jade binds the entire battlefield in a sphere of energy, then at his command it explodes in a flash of light.
    • This arte is unblockable as it causes the confirmed status effect.
    • The only way to avoid this spell is by using Overlimit or being disabled.
    • Always requires casting time even if included in Jade's normal chain order.
    • During Overlimit Lv2, this arte does not have a casting time requirement.
    • Enemies will be disabled after this arte.
    • Press and ↓ hold to change the original Tales of the Abyss cut-in.
    • TTS is Slow but Instant when Jade is in Overlimit Lv2. TTL is Average.
  • Indignation
    • Jade create a huge glyph below the enemy. He literally calls upon the thunder of heaven to channel its power onto unsuspecting enemy heads.
    • Can not be chained with other spells. This Mystic arte must be used as a stand alone.
    • This arte is unblockable as it causes the confirmed status effect.
    • Cannot be avoided. Even with Overlimit.
    • Enemies will be disabled after this arte.
    • Press and ↑ hold to change the original Tales of the Abyss cut-in.
    • TTS is Slow. TTL is Non-existent.

Advanced Tips & Combos Edit

Battle Strategy Edit

General Use Combos Edit

Combo 1Edit

  • Melee Attack X2 > Rock Break > Photon > Meteor Swarm [Note 1] > Spell Cancel (double-tapping ←) > Quickly Run Towards Enemy > Melee Attack X2 > Splash > Flare Tornado > Ignite Prison > Prism Sword > Mystic Cage [Note 2].
  • Quick Input version:
  • A > A > ↓→B > C > →←→ D > ←← > Quickly Run Towards Enemy > A > A > ↓←B > ↓←→B > ↓↓C > ↓←→D > ↓→←E
  • Total number of hits = 45
    • Requirements:
      • Can be used anywhere, requires certain timing to execute
      • Requires TP for 2 final artes. If you dont have enough TP, use Absolute instead of Prism Sword to finish the combo
    • Notes:
      • Note 1: Use Meteor Swarm right after the first hit of Photon then use spell cancel right after that.
      • Note 2: Hardest part of this combo. When connecting Prism Sword to Mystic Cage, the hit counter should be at 36 (use Mystic Cage right after the 6th hit of Prism Sword).

Combo 2Edit

  • Melee Attack X2 > Rock Break > Flare Tornado > Ignite Prison > Prism Sword > Mystic Cage [Note 1] > Spell Cancel (double-tapping ←) > Quickly Run Towards Enemy > Melee Attack X2 > Splash > Eruption [Note 2] > Ignite Prison > Prism Sword > Mystic Cage [Note 3]
  • Quick Input version:
  • A > A > ↓→B > ↓←→B > ↓↓C > ↓←→D > ↓→←E > ←← > Quickly Run Towards Enemy > A > A > ↓←B > ↓→↓→B > ↓↓C > ↓←→D > ↓→←E
  • Total number of hits = 62
  • Damage around 80% of Kakashi Scarcrow's HP
    • Requirements:
      • Can be used anywhere, requires around 70% TP to start the combo, need certain timing to execute.
    • Notes:
      • Note 1: Hardest part of this combo. Use Mystic Cage right after the 6th hit of Prism Sword then use spell cancel right after that.
      • Note 2: you can replace Eruption with Flare Tornado, this is just optional .
      • Note 3: Use Mystic Cage right after the 6th hit of Prism Sword.

Highest Combo Edit

  • Rock Break [Note 1] > Flare Tornado > Raging Mist [Note 2] > Quickly Run Towards Enemy > Melee Attack X2 > Rock Break > Flare Tornado > Ignite Prison > Prism Sword > Overlimit Lv2 [Note 3] > Quickly Run Towards Enemy > Melee Attack X2 > Rock Break > Flare Tornado > Raging Mist > Prism Sword [Note 4] > Mystic Cage [Note 5].
  • Quick Input Version:
  • ↓→B > ↓←→B > ↓→↓→C > →→ > A > A > ↓→B > ↓←→B > ↓↓C > ↓←→D > ↓F > →→ > A > A > ↓→B > ↓←→B > ↓→↓→C > ↓←→D > ↓→←E.
  • Total number of hits = 91.
  • Damage is about 50% of Kakashi Scarecrow's (500) HP.
  • In ver. 5.516, damage is about 85% of Kakashi Scarecrow's (500) HP.
    • Requirements:
      Tales of ACS v500:49

      Tales of ACS v5.502 Jade Curtiss Combo 90 Hits

      Jade Curtiss 90 Hit Combo

      • At the start of the combo, Jade must be at melee range of the enemy.
      • TP for Mystic Cage.
      • Overlimit Gauge is set at 2.
    • Notes:
      • Note 1: Jade must be at melee range before casting Rock Break.
      • Note 2: Timing is necessary here to connect Raging Mist to Jade's melee attack. Make sure that Raging Mist does not hit the enemy while they are still in mid-air after getting hit with Flare Tornado.
      • Note 3: Use Overlimit 2 before the Prism Sword's sword of light falls down on the enemy. Spam ↓F if you have yet to grasp the correct timing.
      • Note 4: Connecting Raging Mist and Prism Sword together requires perfect timing.
      • Note 5: Use Mystic Cage before the Prism Sword's sword of light falls down on the enemy.
  • Although not necessary, pushing an enemy against a wall makes it easier to execute this combo.
  • Contributed by Minarie 07:59, June 10, 2011 (UTC)

Story ModeEdit

Jade has a total of 5 Story Modes, ranging from Easy to Unknown. Note that all modes including and preceding Hard feature opponents that come in "Rounds", meaning that the field, positions, and statistics (HP and otherwise) will reset once an opponent is defeated. Modes after Hard feature opponents that come one after another, meaning that the fields, positions, and statistics of your character will not reset once an opponent has been defeated. However, A portion of your HP is refunded whenever an opponent is defeated in Mania Mode.

EasyEdit

Klarth F. Lester
Stan Aileron
Zelos Wilder
Shizel
(Enemy) & Zelos Wilder (Ally)

NormalEdit

Lloyd Irving
Mary Agent
Rid Hershel
Synch

HardEdit

Lion Magnus
Luke fone Fabre
Guy Cecil
Gelda Nebilim

ManiaEdit

Hugo Gilchrist
Dhaos (Upon defeat of Hugo Gilchrist)
Barbatos Goetia (Upon defeat of Dhaos)
Gelda Nebilim (Upon defeat of Barbatos Goetia)

UnknownEdit

Shizel
Dhaos (Upon defeat of Shizel)
Hugo Gilchrist (Upon defeat of Dhaos)
Kratos Aurion (Upon defeat of Hugo Gilchrist)
Alexei Dinoia (Upon defeat of Kratos Aurion)

AI BehavioursEdit

Jade's combos and actions are randomly generated based on the probabilities listed below:

# Behaviour Probability (%) Distance (px) Conditions
1 Backstep 0 0-300
  • Enemy is in the air
2 Backstep 0 0-250 -
3 Walk Backwards 5 0-200 -
4 Air Tech. 100 0-1000
  • Character is in the air
5 Sonic Spear 2 100-250 -
6 Thunder Lance
Impaling Heaven
2 0-150
  • Enemy is in the air
7 Impaling Heaven 3 0-160 -
8 Melee (A)
Melee (B)
Rock Break
10 0-120 -
9 Melee (A)
Melee (B)
Splash
5 0-160 -
10 Melee (A)
Melee (B)
Turbulence
5 0-140 -
11 Energy Blast 5 200-600
  • Enemy is in the air
12 Rock Break 2 200-500 -
13 Splash 5 160-450 -
14 Turbulence 5 300-600 -
15 Flame Burst 1 180-500 -
16 Ground Dasher 5 100-500 -
17 Saint Bubble 5 160-560 -
18 Thunder Blade 5 100-500
  • Enemy is in the air
19 Thunder Blade 3 200-600 -
20 Ignite Prison 5 100-400 -
21 Absolute 2 100-500 -
22 Prism Sword 3 100-700 -
23 Meteor Swarm 3 300-800 -
24 Photon 3 80-420 -
25 Eruption 3 80-380 -
26 Icicle Rain 2 220-450 -
27 Flare Tornado 0 130-480 -
28 Explode 3 200-500
  • Enemy is in the air
29 Explode 3 150-500 -
30 Frigid Coffin 7 150-450 -
31 Divine Saber 1 130-440 -
32 Gravity 1 160-550 -
33 Raging Mist 1 300-520 -
34 Mystic Cage 10 80-600 -
35 Overlimit 2 0-200 -
36 Air Tech. 30 0-1000
  • Character is in the air
37 Backstep / Air Tech. 50 0-1000
  • Character is in the air
  • Enemy is in the air

Cut-InsEdit

In ACS, Jade has four cut-ins.

  1. Tales of the Abyss
  2. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2
  3. Tales of the Abyss
  4. Tales of VS.

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