Trials of Mana details training system, abilities, appearance changes, seeds, and more [Update]

Latest information on the upcoming remake.

Square Enix has released new information and screenshots of Trials of Mana, its upcoming remake of the 1995-released Seiken Densetsu 3, introducing the game’s training system, abilities, appearance changes, seeds, and more.

Get the details below.

■ Training System

By leveling up, a character’s basic stats such as HP and Strength will increase. By allocating the “Training Points” obtained by leveling up, you can strengthen your character with special skills, stat boosts, and new abilities.

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Stat Boost

By allocating a specific amount of Training Points, you can boost either your HP, MP, STR, STA, INT, SPRT, and LUCK. Your allocated points can also be reset upon visiting a certain place…

Special Skills

These are magic and special attacks that, when learned, are automatically registered as special skill Ring Commands, and can be used on the field and in battle. Using them drains MP.

Character Abilities

With a more action-oriented battle system set on a 3D map, various balance adjustments have been implemented. New elements that did not appear in the original game have also been added, and each class has been tuned up to improve their ease of use. Try out various combinations of characters that have learned different abilities.

■ New Element: Ability System

There are various abilities that will prove useful on your adventure. By equipping the abilities you learned, they can then be used. Abilities have various effects, such as enhancing your stats and giving you an upper hand in battle. In addition to abilities that you can learn by allocating Training Points, there are also abilities that you can learn by deepening the interactions between specific characters. Each time you advance to a higher class, the number of abilities you can equip will increase.

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Abilities

By equipping the abilities you learned, you can acquire various effects. There are over 300 abilities in the game, from character-specific abilities to class-exclusive abilities and more.

Link Abilities

Some abilities can be equipped to party members other than the character who learned the ability. These can be obtained by allocating Training Points, as well as through interactions with the people you encounter on your adventure.

Exclusive Abilities

After a “Class Change,” you can learn that class’ exclusive abilities. Exclusive abilities do not need to be equipped—their effects are activated automatically.

■ New Element: Appearance Change and Class Reset

Outside of leveling up, you can strengthen your characters through Class Change. By changing classes, you can learn new special moves and magic. Class Change has stages, allowing you to choose from a path of “Light” or “Darkness,” and your character’s abilities will change depending on your choice. A new “Class Reset” feature has also been added to the game, allowing you to return to your initial class by using the “Goddess Scales.”

Class Change not only changes the appearance of your equipped weapon, it also changes your costume in a big way. After a Class Change, it is also possible to change to the appearance of a lower class while maintaining the abilities of your current class. Choose your favorite costume for each character.

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As with a Class Change, by talking to a Mana Stone with the Goddess Scales obtained, you can perform a “Class Reset.” The Goddess Scales are hidden somewhere in a treasure chest. It seems to be a very hard to find item.

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■ New Element: Run-Ins with Friends

When you enter a town, the party will split up and the protagonist will move around alone. Your party members will be somewhere in town doing their own thing, so if you find them, talk to them.

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■ Seeds and Planters

By planting the seeds found on the field and dropped by monsters at the flowerpots located at the entry of each inn, you can obtain items and equipment.

There are five seed types: “Item Seeds,” “Silver Item Seeds,” “Gold Item Seeds,” “Rainbow Item Seeds,” and “??? Seeds.” Your “Planter Level” will increase based on the amount of seeds you plant. The higher your level, the greater the chances your seeds will produce good items, and the higher the chances monsters will drop seeds.

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Item Seeds, Silver Item Seeds, Gold Item Seeds, and Rainbow Item Seeds

These seeds grow various different items and equipment. Items are ranked by silver, gold, and rainbow, from worst to best in that order. Rainbow Item Seeds can produce rare equipment that other seeds cannot.

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These seeds produce items necessary for a Class Change. The way these can be obtained have been adjusted, such as now being available in dungeon treasure chests.

■ Other Useful Features

New Items

Items that increase the amount of EXP and GP you receive after battle, as well as those that boost your stats for a fixed period of time have been added. Items can be found in locations such as treasure chests in town and on the field.

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Shortcuts

Up to four frequently used commands from the items and special skills set to the Ring Command can be registered as shortcuts, allowing you to use them quickly and easily.

Collective Recovery

Outside of battle, recovery items and recovery magic can be used on all characters collectively. Choose whether to use “Full Recovery” or “Almost Full Recovery” depending on the amount of items in your possession and MP you have remaining.

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Difficulty Selection

There are four difficulty modes to choose from. Each difficulty differs in terms of monster strength in battle, but the story content is the same among all four. The difficulty mode can be changed from the Options screen. “Very Easy Mode,” in which you can be revived on the spot where you die, is recommended for players who are not good at action games and simply want to enjoy the story.

Additional Save Slots

Save slots have been added, allowing up to 12 save data to be created. And in addition to an auto-save feature, there are now more “Goddess Statues” save points on fields and in dungeons.

Trials of Mana is due out worldwide for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam on April 24. Read more about the game here.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

Update 02/21/20 at 12:45 p.m.: Square Enix has released English versions of the Japanese screenshots initially used for this post. Those images have been replaced in the post. View the English screenshots at the gallery.

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