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The sword called Gram is also known as Balmung. In [[Norse lore]], Gram was the name of the sword that Sigurd (Siegfried) used to kill the dragon Fafnir. It was forged by Weyland The Smith and originally belonged to his father, Sigmund, who received it in the hall of the Volsung after pulling it out of a log into which Odin had stuck it—nobody else could pull it out. The sword was destroyed and reforged at least once. After it was reforged, it clove an anvil in half. See Sigurd for more details on the story of Siegfried and Fafnir.
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[[File:Gram AoS Icon.png|right|50px]]
   
In the Nibelungenlied, Siegfried's sword is called Balmung; in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, it is called Nothung.
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'''Gram''' is a one-handed [[sword]] in the ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' series. It appears in ''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]]'', ''[[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' and ''[[Castlevania: Harmony of Despair]]''. It is typically a fairly powerful but otherwise unremarkable late-game sword, having no special abilities or elemental powers.
   
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==Origins==
= Balmung/Gram in Castlevania =
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In Norse lore, [[wikipedia:Gram (mythology)|Gram]] was the name of the sword that [[wikipedia:Sigurd|Sigurd]] (Siegfried) used to kill the [[dragon]] [[wikipedia:Fafnir|Fafnir]]. It was forged by Weyland The Smith and originally belonged to his father, Sigmund, who received it in the hall of the Volsung after pulling it out of a log into which Odin had stuck it; nobody else could pull it out. The sword was destroyed and reforged at least once. After it was reforged, it clove an anvil in half.
Seigfried's sword appears frequently in Castlevania under the name Gram or Balmung. When it is called Gram, it plays pretty much like a standard horizontal slashing sword. When it is called Balmung, it appears as an absolutely massive sword. In [[Aria of Sorrow]], there is a sword called Gram and a sword called Balmung. While this may be redundant, one can consider one of them to represent the sword from Norse mythology, while the other is from the Nibelungenlied.
 
   
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Depending on the source, this sword is otherwise known as [[Balmung]].
== Appearance in Symphony of the Night (Gram) ==
 
{{Infobox Item
 
|name = Gram
 
|image =
 
|game = [[Symphony of the Night]]
 
|type = [[Sword]]
 
|user = [[Alucard]]
 
|description = The sword named Gram
 
|stat = [[ATK]] +30
 
|attrib = [[Cut]]
 
|effect =
 
|consume =
 
|find = [[Reverse Colosseum]]
 
|drop =
 
|steal =
 
|create =
 
|evolve =
 
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|non_us = Japanese name = Famous Sword Gram
 
}}
 
The sword called Gram is the strongest "standard" sword in the game. It is probably strong enough to slay a dragon. It is slightly stronger than the sword called [[Harper]] and has no special abilities. It can be found in a room on the highest floor of the [[Reverse Colosseum]] in between the two save points (somewhat closer to the left save point).
 
   
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==Game specific information==
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===''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]]''===
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Gram is the second-strongest of the basic short swords, having an [[Attack|ATK]] bonus of 30, and is only exceeded in the family of no-ability swords by [[Dark Blade]] which has +35 ATK and +2 [[Defense|DEF]]. It is slightly stronger than [[Harper]] and has no special abilities. It can be found in a room on the highest floor of the [[Reverse Colosseum]] inbetween the two [[Save Room|save rooms]] (somewhat closer to the left save room).
   
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Like all such swords, it is a completely unremarkable weapon, and is exceeded in every way by the high-level swords like [[Mourneblade]], [[Valmanway|Crissaegrim]], [[Hrunting|Terminus Est]], [[Mablung Sword]] and the [[Alucard Sword]], which can be acquired with relative ease at that point in the game.
   
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===''[[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]''===
== Appearance in Aria of Sorrow (Gram) ==
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This is a standard horizontal slashing sword. It is the strongest and most expensive sword that can be purchased at [[Hammer]]'s [[shop]], with the exception of [[Ascalon]], which costs three times as much. It takes Hammer a while to find this sword and is only available after defeating the [[Headhunter]]. It is only available at Hammer's shop.
{{Infobox Item
 
|name = Gram
 
|image =
 
|game = [[Aria of Sorrow]]
 
|type = [[Weapon]] ("[[Sword]]")
 
|user = [[Soma Cruz]]
 
|description = Famous sword known as "Gram"
 
|stat = [[ATK]] +38
 
|attrib = [[Melee]]
 
|effect =
 
|consume =
 
|find =
 
|drop =
 
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}}
 
This is a standard horizontal slashing sword. It is the strongest and most expensive sword that can be purchased at [[Hammer's Shop]] with the exception of [[Ascalon]], which costs three times as much. It takes Hammer a while to find this sword and is not available in the earlier parts of the game. It is only available at Hammer's shop.
 
   
It is slightly stronger and otherwise identical to the [[Mystletain]]. As in Symphony of the Night, it is the most powerful horizontal slashing sword that doesn't have any special capabilities. The next strongest horizontal slashing sword is the [[Burtgang]], which is a little bit smaller but a good degree stronger and also gives a small defense and constitution boost.
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It is slightly stronger and otherwise identical to the [[Mystletain]]. As in ''Symphony of the Night'', it is the most powerful horizontal slashing sword that only has [[Attack|ATK]] bonuses. It is exceeded by the [[Burtgang]], which is a little bit smaller, but a good degree stronger and also gives a small [[Defense|DEF]] and [[Constitution|CON]] boost.
   
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==Item Data==
== Appearance in Aria of Sorrow (Balmung) ==
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{{Item Table Begin|Gram}}
{{Infobox Item
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{{Symphony of the Night Item Data/Swords|Gram}}
|name = Balmung
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{{Aria of Sorrow Item Data/Weapons|Gram}}
|image =
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{{Harmony of Despair Item Data/Swords|Gram}}
|game = [[Aria of Sorrow]]
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{{Item Table End}}
|type = [[Weapon]] ([[Sword]])
 
|user = [[Soma Cruz]]
 
|description = Legendary sword of the dragon slayers.
 
|stat = [[ATK]] +100
 
|attrib = [[Melee]]
 
|effect =
 
|consume =
 
|find = [[The Arena]]
 
|drop =
 
|steal =
 
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|non_us =
 
}}
 
The Balmung can be considered a "supersized" version of Gram. It is the largest sword in the game by far (larger than Soma). It is not swung so much as "summonned" directly in front of Soma. It has an attack of an even +100. It is by no means the most powerfull sword in the game though, as their are several "overhead" swords that are more powerfull than it, the next most powerfull being the [[Final Sword]]. It is also not quite as powerfull as the other main dragon-slaying sword [[Ascalon]], though it is much larger.
 
   
This sword is one of the rewards found in [[The Arena]]. It is at the end of the "middle" hallway by the elevator shaft. This nasty hallway consists of spikes and conveyor belts and is infested with [[Medusa Head]]s, [[Erinys]], and [[Arc Demon]]s. Once you reach the end of the room, you have to jump over a slamming spiked trap to claim your prize, then re-enter the hallway and attempt to survive it again and rush to the nearest save point. This sword may come in very handy in the battle with the giant [[Balore]] though.
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==Animations==
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<gallery position="center" captionalign="center" bordercolor="transparent">
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SOTN Gram.gif|'''Gram''' from ''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night|Symphony of the Night]]''
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AoS Gram.gif|'''Gram''' from ''[[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow|Aria of Sorrow]]''
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</gallery>
   
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==See also==
== Appearance in Dawn of Sorrow (Balmung) ==
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*[[Balmung]]
{{Infobox Item
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[[Category:Norse Lore]]
|name = Balmung
 
|image =
 
|game = [[Dawn of Sorrow]]
 
|type = [[Great Sword]])
 
|user = [[Soma Cruz]]
 
|description = A demonic dragon-slaying sword.
 
|stat = [[ATK]] +94
 
|attrib = [[Cut]]
 
|effect = Standard Dash Special Attack
 
|consume = 50 MP for special attack
 
|find =
 
|drop =
 
|steal =
 
|create = [[Ascalon]] + [[Gergoth]] Soul
 
|evolve = [[Final Sword]]
 
|buy =
 
|sell =
 
|non_us =
 
}}
 
The Balmung in [[Dawn of Sorrow]] is quite a bit different from the one in [[Aria of Sorrow]]. It is a standard [[Great Sword]] and can be created by evolving an [[Ascalon]] by sacrifing a [[Gergoth]] soul. This may be a painfull sacrifice, since the Gergoth's soul can only be gained once in a game and its continuous energy beam can be very usefull. But since the Gergoth Soul only has one level, it only makes sense to create a Balmung once you've acquired a second one in Hard Mode. This will allow several even more powerfull great swords to be created in Hard Mode. Adding a [[Final Guard]] soul will evolve it into a [[Final Sword]], which can later be evolved into the king great sword, [[Claimh Solais]]. The evolution chain for creating a Balmung is [[Claymore]] -> [[Falchion]] -> [[Great Sword]] -> [[Durandal]] -> [[Dainself]] -> [[Ascalon]] -> [[Balmung]]. Creating one from scratch involves purchasing a [[Claymore]] at [[Hammer's Shop]], and adding a [[Warg]], [[Great Armor]], [[Valkyrie]], [[Lilith]], [[Draghignazzo]], and a [[Gergoth]] soul. It's special move is a standard dash attack.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 20:26, February 27, 2020

Gram AoS Icon

Gram is a one-handed sword in the Castlevania series. It appears in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. It is typically a fairly powerful but otherwise unremarkable late-game sword, having no special abilities or elemental powers.

OriginsEdit

In Norse lore, Gram was the name of the sword that Sigurd (Siegfried) used to kill the dragon Fafnir. It was forged by Weyland The Smith and originally belonged to his father, Sigmund, who received it in the hall of the Volsung after pulling it out of a log into which Odin had stuck it; nobody else could pull it out. The sword was destroyed and reforged at least once. After it was reforged, it clove an anvil in half.

Depending on the source, this sword is otherwise known as Balmung.

Game specific informationEdit

Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

Gram is the second-strongest of the basic short swords, having an ATK bonus of 30, and is only exceeded in the family of no-ability swords by Dark Blade which has +35 ATK and +2 DEF. It is slightly stronger than Harper and has no special abilities. It can be found in a room on the highest floor of the Reverse Colosseum inbetween the two save rooms (somewhat closer to the left save room).

Like all such swords, it is a completely unremarkable weapon, and is exceeded in every way by the high-level swords like Mourneblade, Crissaegrim, Terminus Est, Mablung Sword and the Alucard Sword, which can be acquired with relative ease at that point in the game.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

This is a standard horizontal slashing sword. It is the strongest and most expensive sword that can be purchased at Hammer's shop, with the exception of Ascalon, which costs three times as much. It takes Hammer a while to find this sword and is only available after defeating the Headhunter. It is only available at Hammer's shop.

It is slightly stronger and otherwise identical to the Mystletain. As in Symphony of the Night, it is the most powerful horizontal slashing sword that only has ATK bonuses. It is exceeded by the Burtgang, which is a little bit smaller, but a good degree stronger and also gives a small DEF and CON boost.

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Gram
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Gram Icon Gram (Famous Sword Gram) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
The sword named Gram Sword
Alucard 
Attrib: Cut
ATT +30
Find: Reverse Colosseum
Gram AoS Icon Gram (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Famous blade known as "Gram". Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +38
Sell: $2,000 
Buy: $4,000 Find: Castle Corridor (Hammer's shop)
Gram Icon Gram - Harmony of Despair [edit]
A deadly aura surrounds this infamous blade. Sword
Alucard 
#hands: 1
ATK +22
Sell: $4,500 
Rarity: ***
Buy: $18,000 

AnimationsEdit

See alsoEdit

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