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Franklin Badge
Appears in EarthBound Beginnings
Mother 3
EarthBound Beginnings
Equippable by Ninten, Ana, Lloyd, Teddy
Equip Type Inventory
Equip Bonuses Reflects PK Beam
Found Given by Pippi, Duncan's Factory
Equippable by Ness, Paula, Jeff, Poo
Equip Type Inventory
Equip Bonuses Reflects electrical attacks
Found Given by Paula
Description By keeping it as one of your items, it deflects a lightning attack back at the attacker.
Mother 3
Equip Type Inventory
Equip Bonuses Reflects electrical attacks
Found Given by Flint as the Courage Badge, polished by Mr. Saturn

An early artwork of the Franklin Badge.

The Franklin Badge is an item that appears in all three titles of the Mother series. It is a unique badge famous for its reflective properties that protect its holder from specific PSI abilities, though its specific purpose and method of obtaining it differs between games. Unlike similar items, it does not need to be equipped; merely having it in a character's inventory is enough to activate it.

In EarthBound Beginnings Edit

Franklin Badge Bounceback

Ninten's Franklin Badge saves him from an otherwise lethal attack.

EarthBound Beginnings is the only game to feature more than one Franklin Badge; their sole purpose is to reflect the PSI ability PK Beam γ back at its user. The first can be obtained from Pippi after rescuing her from the Podunk Cemetery. The second is hidden in Duncan's Factory, north of Merrysville.

In EarthBound Edit

In EarthBound, the Franklin Badge's purpose is to reflect any thunder-based ability such as PSI Thunder back at its user, most notably during Ness's encounter with the Happy Happyist cult leader, Carpainter. It can be obtained from Paula while she is under the cult's captivity. The item's description tells that it is said to have been used by Benjamin Franklin when he experimented with electricity.

As it reflects any thunder-based ability, this means it is not limited to protection from PSI Thunder alone, but also from other similar enemy attacks, such as "Crash Boom Bang" attacks (effectively similar to PSI Thunder β), making the badge a useful key item.

In Mother 3 Edit

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It is first received from Flint as the Courage Badge during Chapter 7. After pulling the fourth Needle, a Mr. Saturn in Saturn Valley begins polishing it. Before pulling the sixth Needle, the Mr. Saturn returns with the polished Franklin Badge, its lightning-reflecting ability restored.

The Franklin Badge is integral to both encounters with the Masked Man; during the first encounter, he will attempt to strike Lucas with lightning, only for the badge to reflect it back at him. The Masked Man then regains his composure and strikes back, starting the battle.

During the second encounter at the end of the game, the Masked Man will incapacitate Lucas's entire party, save for Lucas himself (due to the Franklin Badge), turning the final boss fight into a one-on-one duel. Once he finally regains his identity as Claus, he then fires one last lightning bolt, reflecting it off the Badge and killing himself in the process.

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Trivia Edit

  • In Red Faction: Armadgeddon, the protagonist Darius Mason is given a "Franklin Amulet" by his friend Kara, who mentions the amulet is supposed to ward off lightning. The amulet serves no purpose outside of the cutscene.

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