Yamata City is a city visited in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and is the primary settlement on the isle of Nihan, the island where Izumo was once located. Visually, Yamata inherits the east-Asian themes of Izumo and has many Japanese references, such as the clothes worn by and the spirituality of the people. Yamata's encyclopedia entry reads as follows:
- "This city is the primary settlement on Nihan. Its culture is centered around spirituality, with many prayer shrines."
Shortly after the return of alchemy to the world, massive changes and devastating natural disasters affected the world. At some unknown point during the thirty year time skip between Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, a massive tidal wave hit the island of Nihan, destroying the city of Izumo. Luckily, Izumo's leader, Uzume, having foreseen what would happen, was able to evacuate the citizens, who then relocated to the southern region of Nihan where they would found Yamata City. Unfortunately, Uzume died shortly after the relocation. In the wake of her death, Uzume's brother, Susa, and Susa's wife, Kushinada, would take over as rulers, becoming King and Queen of Yamata. Uzume would be buried in a tomb located beneath the royal palace. Together, the structures form the most prominent building in the city.
Before the events of the Grave Eclipse, Takeru, Susa and Kushinada's son, left Yamata in search of Isaac, due to a prophecy given by his sister, Himi, which warned of danger to Isaac. When the Grave Eclipse hits, Yamata is one of the regions that is safe, as it is far from the affected area. However, Himi fell into a coma around this time, for reasons that were unknown. Kushinada would lead endless prayer vigils, but none were successful.
During the Grave Eclipse, a group of Adepts led by Isaac's son, Matthew, arrives in Yamata City while searching for a way to end the Eclipse. More specifically, the scholar Kraden wished to meet with Susa, whom he knew from his days traveling with the Warriors of Vale. Susa promises every aid he can give towards ending the eclipse. During the meeting, Kushinada collapses from exhaustion in the next room, so the group rushes to see to her. As Susa is tending to Kushinada, Matthew approaches Himi. A treasure in Matthew's possession, the Third Eye, reacts suddenly and enters Himi, awakening her.
Susa demands an explanation to the events, leading Himi to give a series of prophecies regarding the Eclipse. These prophecies grant insight into the nature of the eclipse, and go into detail about how the eclipse should be stopped. Specifically, the Adepts must collect three Colored Orbs and a set of clothing known as the Umbra Gear, and travel to the Apollo Lens, located in the heart of Angara. According to the prophecy, the Apollo Lens has the power to stop the Grave Eclipse. After giving the prophecy, Himi decides to join Matthew's party, as the Third Eye has granted her Psynergy that is crucial towards stopping the Eclipse. After Himi visits Uzume's tomb, the party leaves to pursue their goals.
The Adepts would return to Yamata at a later point, to search for the Yellow Orb, which is said to be located around Yamata. The Adepts are able to discover a secret entrance to ancient ruins while in Uzume's tomb. After exploring the ruins, they are able to successfully retrieve the Yellow Orb.
|Shops of Yamata City|
|Great Sword||Long Sword||7000||Attack +90, Unleashes Critical Strike, Spin Strike, and Fearless Attack|
|Great Axe||Axe||5200||Attack +80, Unleashes Power Charge, Critical Strike, and Berserk Rush|
|Master Rapier||Light Blade||6800||Attack +86, Unleashes Critical Strike, Spin Strike and Double Attack|
|War Mace||Mace||6200||Attack +84, Unleashes Critical Strike, Rolling Attack and Berserk Rush|
|Ninja Blade||Light Blade||8800||Attack +94, Unleashes Critical Move, Cyclone Slash, and Zenith Strike|
|File:Iron Claw.gif Iron Claw||Claw||7200||Attack +105, Wind Blade and Spin Slice|
|Steel Armor||Armor||4900||Defense +36|
|Silver Vest||Clothing||3200||Defense +28|
|Silver Armlet||Bracelet||4000||Defense +30|
|File:Knight's Helm.gif Knight's Helm||Helm||4600||Defense +33|
|Blessed Robe||Robe||7000||Defense +36, recovers 5 HP per turn|
|Spirit Armlet||Bracelet||9000||Defense +38, Venus Power +10, Mercury Power +10, Can be used to cast Restore|
|Herb||Consumable Item||10||Restores at least 50 HP to one Adept|
|Nut||Consumable Item||200||Restores at least 200 HP to one Adept|
|Antidote||Consumable Item||20||Cures Poison and Venom from one Adept|
|Elixir||Consumable Item||30||Restores at least 50 PP to one Adept|
|Sacred Feather||Consumable Item||70||Temporary lowers monster encounter rate|
|Potion||Consumable Item||1000||Restores all HP to one Adept|
|Mist Potion||Consumable Item||9000||Restores at least 300 HP to entire party|
|Psy Crystal||Consumable Item||1500||Restores all PP to one Adept|
|Water of Life||Consumable Item||3000||Revives a downed party member|
- Herb: In a pot inside the shop.
- Bramble Seed: In a pot in the bottom right house.
- Sacred Feather: In a pot inside the top right house.
- Weasel's Claw: In a pot inside the top right house.
- Power Bread: In a chest inside the top right house.
- 60 Coins: In a pot inside the palace.
- Vial: In a pot on the top floor of the palace.
- Kite: found on a ledge in the northwest corner of Yamata. Use of Move and Crush is needed to obtain.
Yamataikoku was an ancient country in Wa Japan, ruled by a Shaman-Queen known as Himiko. The location of the Yamatai Kingdom, known as the "Yamatai Controversy," is considered by scholars the greatest debate over the ancient history of Japan. It is likely that Himi, who is from Yamata, is based on Queen Himiko.
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|Towns and villages in Golden Sun: The Lost Age|
|Daila • Madra • Alhafra • Garoh • Mikasalla • Naribwe • Kibombo • Yallam • Apojii Islands • Izumo • Champa • Lemuria • Shaman Village • Contigo • Loho • Prox|
|Towns and villages in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn|
|Lookout Cabin • Patcher's Place • Carver's Camp • Harapa • Passaj • Kaocho • Ayuthay • Te Rya Village • Belinsk • Border Town • Port Rago • Saha Town • Kolima • Harun Village • Yamata City • Tonfon • Champa Camp • Champa|