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Elthunder (Japanese: エルサンダー Elthunder) is a recurring thunder tome which debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, appearing only in games which feature the three separate anima magic types of fire, thunder and wind. It acts as the second "stage" of the hierarchy of thunder magic, as a counterpart to Elfire and Elwind; it is superior to the basic Thunder tome but requires a higher weapon rank to use, and in turn it is surpassed by the more advanced and powerful Arcthunder and Thoron tomes.
Genealogy of the Holy War
|| Second Generation: Teeny
Path of Radiance
|| Calill • Ilyana
|| Chapters 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, Endgame
|| Bastian • Ilyana
|| Part 1: Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, Endgame|
Part 2: Chapters 3, Endgame
Part 3: Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Endgame
Part 4: Prologue, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Endgame
|| Part 1: Chapter 5
The female Robin
casting Elthunder in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Elthunder is part of Robin's neutral special move, Thunder, in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. When charged up for certain periods of time, it will become a stronger thunder spell when released. Elthunder is the second charging stage, achieved when charged up long enough for the electric aura surrounding Robin to turn yellow: it behaves as a slower, more powerful version of Thunder, sending a ball of lightning forward which inflicts 9% damage.
Elthunder's functionality and power is altered slightly when cast through Robin's alternate neutral special moves: Thunder+'s Elthunder has greater knockback, while Speed Thunder's Elthunder is smaller and travels the width of the Final Destination stage. As per Robin's durability mechanic, a successful Elthunder consumes 3 durability points (or 2.5 if the alternate special move is Thunder+).
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions
|| Definition, etymology and notes
|| From "El", a prefix used by the Fire Emblem series to represent a higher second tier of magic + "thunder".
|| As above.
|| Lightning (plural)
|| From Elfen, the German version's equivalent prefix + donner, "thunder".
|| Tuono d'elfo
|| From tuono, "thunder", + d'elfo, "elfin", the Italian version's equivalent to the "El" prefix.
|| Elthunder; only in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as no Fire Emblem game has as yet been officially released in Russian.