Ganache

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This article is partially or fully comprised of content from Magical Vacation. Due to the fact that there is no official English translation of this game, the translations are instead derived from magicalpatcher's English patch, found here at Romhacking.net. Please keep in mind that these translations may or may not be accurate to the original Japanese version of the game.

"A caring boy who prefers solitude. Popular with the older ladies in his neighborhood"

Ganache Nighthawk is a party member in Magical Vacation. He is a student at Will-o'-Wisp Academy and the younger brother of Vanilla Nighthawk, specializing in dark magic.

Party member[edit | edit source]

Ganache is the third classmate to be recruited by the party, joining in Oturan Village. However, he permanently leaves after the snowhair is defeated at Wetsomus Ruins. His initial levels are level 4 and magic level 3.

His element is dark, represented by the spirit Inky. Its spells are super-effective against most elements, and have a chance to absorb enemies' magic points. For stats, Ganache is exceptionally powerful in all fields.[1]

Level 4 stats[edit | edit source]

Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png Magical Vacation - HP Symbol.png Magical Vacation - MP Symbol.png Magical Vacation - MPP Symbol.png MP% Magical Vacation - Power Symbol.png Pow Magical Vacation - Defense Symbol.png Def Magical Vacation - Spirit Stat Symbol.png Spr Magical Vacation - Agility Symbol.png Agi
3 52 37 15% 12 11 8 8

Max stats[edit | edit source]

These totals may vary based on stat allocation bias.

Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png Magical Vacation - HP Symbol.png Magical Vacation - MP Symbol.png Magical Vacation - MPP Symbol.png MP% Magical Vacation - Power Symbol.png Pow Magical Vacation - Defense Symbol.png Def Magical Vacation - Spirit Stat Symbol.png Spr Magical Vacation - Agility Symbol.png Agi
99 4531 4516 15% 510 508 505 505

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Spells Skills
Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png 1 Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png 2 Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png 5 Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png 8 Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png 11 Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png 14 Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png 18 Skill Icon - MV.png Kick
Guard Icon - MV.png Guard
Flee Icon - MV.png Flee
Inky Symbol.png Call Inky Inky Symbol.png Mijote Inky Symbol.png Shadow die Inky Symbol.png Clear spirits Inky Symbol.png Abyssal void Inky Symbol.png Double Inky Inky Symbol.png Black hole

Boss[edit | edit source]

In battle, Ganache fights in the front row between a zappy hand and edgy hand. Positioned directly behind him is Kerendu, who sits in between a gloomy hand and charity hand. Ganache can use four attacks, these being kick to target one party member in the front row; abyssal void, which covers an entire row and can drain MP; call Inky to summon an Inky; and clear spirits to remove all spirits from the field except for dark, light, and love. If Ganache's HP hits 0 at any point during the fight, the party automatically loses.

Stats[edit | edit source]

# Name Magical Vacation - Level Symbol.png Magical Vacation - HP Symbol.png Magical Vacation - MP Symbol.png Magical Vacation - MPP Symbol.png MP% Magical Vacation - Power Symbol.png Pow Magical Vacation - Defense Symbol.png Def Magical Vacation - Spirit Stat Symbol.png Spr Magical Vacation - Agility Symbol.png Agi
N/A Inky Symbol.png Ganache

75 300 0/230 25 95 40 22 48
Habitat Bira Icon - MV.png Bira EXP Stickers Drops
Abyssal Realm Icon.png Drazzig Grotto 802 1271 None Healing Item Icon - MV.png Blue frog
Magical Vacation - Magic level Symbol.png
Toasty Symbol.png 8 Gusty Symbol.png 8 Gloomy Symbol.png 8 Pretty Symbol.png 8 Edgy Symbol.png 8 Catchy Symbol.png 8 Rocky Symbol.png 8 Antsy Symbol.png 8
Sticky Symbol.png 8 Furry Symbol.png 8 Rainy Symbol.png 8 Zappy Symbol.png 8 Early Symbol.png 8 Inky Symbol.png 30 Holy Symbol.png 0 Charity Symbol.png 0

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Spells Skills
Inky Symbol.png Call Inky
Inky Symbol.png Clear spirits
Inky Symbol.png Abyssal void
Skill Icon - MV.png Kick

Profile[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Ganache has difficulty coming to terms with his heritage of dark magic, as his family of dark warlocks tend not to be well thought of by those around them. He does not try to establish meaningful relationships with anyone for this reason, but he is more open about his emotions with Olive, who can read his heart with telepathy. Although Ganache is kind-hearted by nature, he has grown more reserved after his sister went missing.[1]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Ganache has green hair and purple eyes. Two tufts of hair stick out from his violet turban, and he wears a violet surplice with a cape and garment. His garment has orange and yellow patterning, and he dons pink shoes with striped laces.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Ganache and Vanilla were descended from necromancers who lived in a country west of Kovomaka Kingdom. Although the practice of necromancy was abandoned, people were still opposed to dark magic, forcing the Nighthawks and their clan to keep their powers hidden in public.[2] Ganache grew to be ashamed of his bloodline, choosing to isolate himself from everyone except for Olive Tearclown, Cabernet Cheaptrick. Ganache was able to grow close to Cabernet, since his brother Chardonnay was dating Vanilla.

Three years before Magical Vacation, Vanilla returned to Will-o'-Wisp Academy after a trip to the Valencia Beach Seaside School, unaware that an enigma had fused into her heart. The effects of fusion caused Vanilla's emotions to spiral out of control, and she convinced herself that she was hated for having the dark spirit's blood. When Chardonnay tried to console her, she proclaimed power was her way of coping, bidding him and Cabernet farewell. Before abandoning the country altogether, Vanilla asked Ganache if she was strong enough to defeat Principal Biscotti in battle, then voiced her desire to bring Kovomaka Kingdom to ruin. Ganache confronted Biscotti and Miss Madeleine soon thereafter, in which Biscotti told him that Vanilla had not changed, but rather, her true self was beginning to emerge. Maddened by his words, Ganache accused Biscotti of belittling Vanilla's life. Around this time, Candy Mintblue enrolled in Will-o'-Wisp, inspired by magicians that saved her village from trolls a few years prior. When she met Ganache for the first time, he reminded her of those magicians and quickly fell in love. Ganache, however, did not reciprocate those feelings.

Two years later, Vanilla succumbed to the enigma possessing her, corrupting both her body and mind. As she began wreaking havoc on the kingdom, hundreds of soldiers, including Chardonnay, were deployed from the capital. Meanwhile at the academy, Cassis Lumberyard received word from the societal underground that Kovomaka had gone to war. Ganache ran off as Olive suddenly had a premonition, warning him that the situation was more dire than he thought. Vanilla slaughtered two hundred soldiers and destroyed several castles, until Madeleine battled her and Biscotti sealed her inside Chiboust Castle. When the conflict ended, Chardonnay asked to be buried on a hill overlooking Chiboust Castle in his dying breath, realizing the monster was actually his lover.

Back in Ganache's hometown, he went to fetch well water for his elderly widowed neighbor as part of his daily routine. He never talked about Valencia Beach to the widow, but she found out when Candy carelessly mentioned it while following Ganache around.[3]

Magical Vacation[edit | edit source]

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Olive, mistaken for Vanilla, at the riverbed.

As the party boarded the magic bus in preparation for their trip to Valencia Beach, Miss Madeleine took attendance, quickly noticing that Ganache was absent. Olive volunteered to look for him, as did Candy, but Madeleine only allowed the former to go. Arriving at the riverbed off campus, Olive spotted Ganache playing his harmonica and called out to him. Ganache briefly mistook Olive's voice for Vanilla's, to which Olive sensed he was dwelling over his sister's disappearance. Although Ganache doubted that anything happened at Valencia Beach three years ago, Olive promised they could solve the mysteries surrounding Vanilla, then suddenly had a vision of the class disappearing at camp. Alerted by the vision, Ganache ran with Olive back to the magic bus before it departed for the Seaside School.

Ganache before warping away.

During free time later that evening, Ganache and Olive happened upon a cave at the beach's edge. The protagonist, Sesame, and other students stopped by as Ganache approached the cave, advising they stay away from the darkness that lingered within. Ignoring his warnings, the students ventured inside and returned to the campgrounds at dusk. Candy invited Ganache to the cabins and handed him a late birthday present, apologizing for being unable to deliver three months ago. Upon receiving his present, Ganache thanked Candy and promised to return the favor, then left before Candy could confess her romantic feelings. The protagonist met with Ganache Cassis afterwards by the shore, learning the basics of combat and their classmates' proficiencies. Ganache told the protagonist that something bad was afoot, advising they warn Lemon and Kirsche just in case. Unfortunately, his fears came true as enigmas suddenly swarmed the beach, warping the students away to another plane of existence. He fought back against a couple of enigmas that abducted Candy, and demanded Madeleine to tell him what was happening. Madeleine explained the enigmas to Ganache and the protagonist, but wondered how they were able to contact the Material Realm. Ganache proceeded to join a horde of enigmas, promising to Madeleine that he would rescue the class, and allowed himself to be warped to the Light Realm.

On his hunt for the students, Ganache wound up in the puppets' Oturan Village, soon meeting up with the protagonist, Arancia, and Pistachio. They explained how Kirsche was abducted by the enigma Volcanera in Forest Cave, fearing that his body may be used for fusion. Ganache theorized that the enigmas were planning to wear the students out in the Light Realm and make their hearts vulnerable; otherwise, they would have performed fusion immediately at the beach. The group ventured to a tunnel beneath a villager's house, where Kirsche was being tortured by Volcanera. Ganache ordered the enigma to stop, offering to become his fusion vessel instead. However, as Volcanera boasted his and Ganache's powers, Ganache cast a mijote spell that killed the enigma instantly. With Kirsche on the team, they opted to meet with Oturan Village's chief to gain access to Wetsomus Ruins, and Green Tea Village by extension.

Return to the Kingdom[edit | edit source]

Ganache and his sister, finally free.

Upon returning to the Material Realm, rumors spread amongst enigma-possessed magicians that Ganache had become Kerendu's vessel. Even those who had prepared to raid the kingdom were reluctant to act against Ganache's wishes, and their coalition was kept under wraps. In time, Ganache was on equal footing with them, and no one, not even his classmates, believed his magic to truly be gone. It only took less than half a year for the enigma-magicians to settle under his control. Nobody dared fight back against Ganache, Candy, or their companions, nor did they fight with one another. By that time, word of Ganache's feats reached Vanilla in captivity. Soon, the Biscotti Sect, which Ganache was a part of, seized control of the kingdom, and Ganache left to visit Chiboust Castle. On the day of Ganache's visit, Vanilla expected it to be her last decisive battle, but what appeared before her was a young boy far from being enigma-possessed, unable to use his magic. Ganache seldom spoke, "I've lost everything. But I'm grateful." Vanilla's eyes welled up with tears upon hearing those words. Afterwards, Vanilla was freed from her restraints and joined the Biscotti Sect, and in time, she too would abandon magic. Thus, the Kingdom of Kovomaka welcomed an era of peace that would last for 200 years.[1]

Magical Starsign[edit | edit source]

In Chocomilk Caves on Shadra, the party could talk to a boy named Diecast, who asked if they were from Kovomaka. If they answered "No", Diecast named Kovomakan magicians who earned it the title of the magic planet, two of whom were Ganache and Vanilla.[4] The character Carbon also bore a striking resemblance to Ganache, both in his appearance and familiarity with Miss Madeleine.[5]

Nomenclature[edit | edit source]

His name comes from 'ganache', a blend of chocolate and cream used for pastry filling.

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese ガナッシュ・ナイトホーク Ganache Nighthawk
Flag of France.svg French Ganache Cœurdaigle Ganache Eagleheart
Flag of Germany.svg German Trüffelcreme Nachtschwärmer Trufflecream Nighthawk
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Ganache Nottolone Ganache Nighthawk
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Ganache Ganache

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His favorite food is ebifurya, big shrimp battered in breadcrumbs and fried in oil. He used to eat it with a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup until Lemon said it gave him "commoner smell," so he now eats it with only mayonnaise.[6]
  • According to the game's scenario writer, Nobuyuki Inoue, Ganache was supposed to die at the end of the game, taking inspiration from Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. However, Inoue decided against it after hearing the songs Tsukasa Masuko had composed for the final scenes.[7]
  • During Magical Vacation, Ganache and Vanilla are the only users of dark magic at Will-o'-Wisp Academy.
  • It is possible that the purple turban in Magical Starsign is meant to reference Ganache.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Magical Vacation
  2. Magical Vacation rumors § Page 5
  3. ガナッシュ・ナイトホーク
  4. Diecast: "Yeah... Some people call Kovomaka the magic planet because of it. You have Biscotti and Souffle Rainbow and Pistachio Maplewood... Ganache Nighthawk and his sister Vanilla... Those names are legendary to anyone who's studied even a little magic."
  5. Magical Starsign
  6. Magical Vacation rumors § Page 4
  7. "Q なんでガナッシュはハーモニカ吹いてるの?A 死なせる予定だったから。ラストシーン書くちょい前からストーンズの黒く塗れ聞いて気持ちを作ってたのに、増子さん書いてくれたラストの曲聞いてるうちに気が変わった。増子さんがミック・ジャガーに勝った瞬間でしたな。" @shriekydrake on Twitter, June 26, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2023.


Characters
Party ProtagonistPistachioAranciaGanacheKirschePecheBlueberryLemonLatteCassisCiderSesameChocolatCabernetOliveCandyChappyPotPucine the 4thDodoRicebirdPookaGummy FrogPuttyBrownMagic doll
Characters MadeleineBiscottiChardonnayVanillaBalsamicoPizzaVolcaneraTiramisuMousseMille-feuilleChiffonMeloneTortillaTarteTatinGateauParmesanQuattro FormaggiDab HasnelGrenadinePeabee AnjayMaceCinnamonGingerNectarMuskCocoaRad HasnelShallotKleinBlackcurrantEquillekrewKerendu
Spirits FireWindPoisonBeautyBladeSoundStoneInsectWoodBeastWaterThunderAncientDarkLightLove
Locations
Material Realm Will-o'-Wisp AcademyValencia Beach
Light Realm Mimolette ForestForest CaveOturan VillageWetsomus RuinsRicebird FieldsRicebird SpringsGreen Tea VillageCold Honey PalaceRekcarc QuarryVille de SourisTour de la RocheUfot VillageIko Domnag
Dark Realm Spollacs Swamp EdgeMasala Chai VillageIce IslandGelato CaveTapioca Tea VillageEcir ThicketMuy Mot DesertOpopmat CaveAkvavit CastleEnigma ForestTreeman's ColonyOsim VillageEastern ForestMt. MorbierAbos VillageSpollacs SwampBrownie CavernToptoh Mines
Abyssal Realm The Great RockGazpacho VillageTandooriThe BadlandsMay VillagePyramidArkoAbyssal CorridorEarth of DarknessDespair SwampDrazzig GrottoRevival Chamber
Bonus dungeons Garam MasalaTuoekatYekrut
Gameplay
Gameplay CombatMagicItemsEquipmentStickersLink Mode
Menu BiraBestiaryMagic notebook
Development
Corporate NintendoBrownie Brown
Staff Nobuyuki InoueShigeru MiyamotoShinichi KameokaTsukasa Masuko
Other Media
Guidebooks Magical Vacation Complete GuideMagical Vacation: A Mysterious World
Manga The Day Before the Seaside School