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Zappa ballsofiron.png
Zappa uses BallsOfIron in combat.
Type Physical
Color Red
Allocation Level 7±7
Target Single Opponent
User Zappa
Description Like playing golf with an adrenaline rush.

BallsOfIron is Zappa's seventh-level Red Tech used in Chrono Cross. After acquiring 40 boss stars, Zappa learns to incorporate his skills as a blacksmith to damage a single foe.


Manifesting a large ball of iron, Zappa pounds it several times with his Hammer. Glowing red from the impact, the ball radiates lights and heat. Zappa then pulls back his Hammer and strikes the ball as if it were a golf-ball. Colliding with the target, the ball thrusts the target upward in a spire of molten metal.


  • The way in which Zappa spins his weapon and, given the name origin of his tech, HammerThrow, the animation greatly resembles the Olympic event, Shot put, as well as Golf.
  • Additionally, Zappa is likely named after the American Musician Frank Zappa, who composed an album called "Hammersmith Odeon". The former describing Zappa's profession, and the latter detailing the Proper Noun of a Greek Smithy. Since the Greeks are famous for the Olympics and, yet again, the motif of the smithing appears, it is no wonder that one of Zappa's techs would resemble an Olympic event.
  • Thirdly, balls of iron is an adaptation of the colloquialism balls of steel, a phrase used to describe a male with indomitable bravery.