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The Masamune
Japanese Name グランドリオン
Equipment Type Sword
Description A legendary sword of antiquity.
Attack 75

Masamune (グランドリオン , Grandleon?) is a recurring weapon in the Chrono (series).

Chrono Trigger[edit | edit source]

In Chrono Trigger, the Masamune acts as a weapon of Frog's, gained as an equipable item once the party travels to the Magic Cave after Frog joins the party permanently. In a flashback, Cyrus wields it to stop Magus, but fails. Masa & Mune make a reference to Cyrus being the last person to successfully scale the mountain and arrive at the resting place of the legendary blade. When used upon Magus, it can lower his defense massively to standard physical attacks. One half of the blade resides with Frog's Burrow and the other half is guarded by the twin fiends atop Denadoro Mountains. After recovering both parts, the sword is taken to Melchior in Medina for repairs. Since he originally created the blade, a transcription of his name appears on it. The swordsmith informs the party that Dreamstone is needed to resurrect the sword and bring it to its former glory. Traveling to Prehistory, a specimen of the precious stone is received from the chief of a small village. Once the sword is repaired, it is presented to Frog.

During the events of the activation of the Mammon Machine, it was revealed that the Ruby Weapon is indeed the Masamune in the past. During battle with the Mammon Machine, the Masamune is the only weapon that does not increase its attack nor defense once struck, but instead absorbs it for healing purposes. Equipping the Masamune along with the Hero's Badge greatly increase the blade's critical hit ratio.

After Dalton modifies the Epoch, the sword can be upgraded in the Hero's Grave, as part of a sidequest. If Magus is present, he will shield himself with his cape as the newly upgraded Masamune shines powerful in mid-air. Reportedly, the Masamune went missing during the war between Guardia and Porre.

See also: Masamune (Upgraded)

Radical Dreamers[edit | edit source]

Created from the fusion of the Ruby Knife and the Mammon Machine, the Masamune originally bore holy power. Generations of corrupt wielders influenced the blade to prefer evilly aligned functions. The mythic Einlanzer was created to counter the evil of the Masamune.

"It is a holy white sword, created long ago by ancient sages along with its demonic brother, the Masamune." - Gil

The sword found by Serge, Kid, and Gil is not specified as either the Einlanzer or the Masamune upon retrieval. However, both Riddel and Radius believe the sword is the Einlanzer.

Chrono Cross[edit | edit source]

Chrono Cross Masamune

In Chrono Cross, the Masamune is a blade of pure evil. It drives those who wield it insane as long as they hold it. Radius has connections with by the fact that he and Garai went to the Divine Dragon Falls. There inside the cave atop the falls they found the Masamune. As they were leaving however, the madness that comes with the sword got to Radius and caused him to kill Garai against his own will. Dario has the greatest connections with the blade in this game though. One day Dario and Karsh went the Isle of the Damned in search of the Masamune. When they found it, Dario in joy of finding it grabs the sword without thinking of the consequences and is driven to kill Karsh. Karsh is forced to kill Dario. Lynx shows not too long afterward and convinces Karsh to tell everyone demons killed Dario. This later comes back to haunt all connected to the blade and Dario. By going to the Forbidden Island in the Home World, you can find Dario whom survived Karsh's attack in this world but in return he has lost his memories. Putting Riddel in your party and talking to him will initiate the Masamune to appear and convince him to slay the team. Karsh and Glenn are the only other characters to have phrases unique to the situation. Defeating Dario achieves the player ownership of the most powerful weapon in Chrono Cross, the Mastermune. The sword also acts as a plot device in Chrono Cross, blocking the team's way into the Dead Sea forcing them to fight a former ally in the Isle of the Damned.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Widely recognized for his superior sword-smithing, Masamune was a Japanese man living in the 13th century A.D. The sword's name stems from Masa and Mune, the Fiends from which it was made. Masamune's real name is, GrandLeon, which is linked with the triple tech, Grand Dream (Master Mune). Frog (Glenn), also bear a shield with a "great lion" as a crest.

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