Trials of Mana's Character Classes Get Glow Up in New Artwork
The remake sure is looking snazzy!
11.20.19 - 12:55 PM
Earlier this year, Western gamers finally got their hands on the never-before-localized Seiken Densetsu 3, now known as Trials of Mana. At the same time, a fully-3D remake of Trials of Mana was announced for PS4, Switch, and PC, bringing the Super Famicom classic to cutting-edge life next year. Square Enix recently revealed a whole bunch of new artwork and other details from the remake, including a deeper look at the game's class system.
When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction.
She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink.
Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years.
However, the forces of evil soon sought to free the Benevodons to gain control of the world.
They started a terrible war to further their plot and destabilize the kingdoms.
Peace was at an end. Mana itself began to disappear from the world and the Mana Tree started to wither...
In Trials of Mana, each playable character can select from various classes to change their combat style, depending on whether or not they elect to choose the Light or Dark variant. The developers were fully aware that they couldn't simply transfer the pixel artwork from the 90s to modern hardware, and strove to find a design that was faithful to the characters. For example, Riesz has numerous classes based on Norse mythology, so the developers chose to reflect this heritage more in her Valkyrie class. The same design ethos applies to Hawkeye's Ninja class, where the developers elected to go with a more fantasy-esque depiction of a ninja rather than a more traditional Japanese design.
A neat thing about the Trials of Mana remake is that, once you meet a new party member, you'll have the opportunity to play through their Prologue section. It kind of sounds like how Octopath Traveler handled its multi-character narrative, and gives players the opportunity to learn more about their party.
Read on for a full list of the Trials of Mana characters and their respective classes.
Young swordsman from the Kingdom of Valsena.
Duran is a proud young soldier from Valsena, Kingdom of the Plains. Though he comes across as hot-headed and ready for a fight, the whole kingdom acknowledges his skill with a blade. Duran has nothing but love for his kingdom and respect for the Hero King, a good friend of his departed father, Loki the Golden Knight.
A protector class. Knights are proficient at both attack and defense. They can use shields, weapons, and healing magic to defend their allies.
A class with high attack. Gladiators can't use shields, but they possess great power. They can use fire, water, earth, and wind saber magic to deal lots of damage to their foes.
A balanced fighting class with good attack and defense. Lieges can also use healing magic to protect their allies and increase the party's survival rate.
A stamina-based, defensive class. Paladins can learn saber magic to imbue their allies' attacks with the light element. They’re good for support.
One of the most powerful fighting classes, Duelists learn dark saber magic in addition to having a high attack stat.
Edelfrei are great at attacking and can learn earth, water, fire, and wind saber magic. They excel at fighting techniques, able to strike at enemy weaknesses.
Rebellious Princess of Altena, Kingdom of Magicians.
Angela is the only daughter of the True Queen of Altena, the snow-covered kingdom of magicians. Because Angela’s mother hardly spent any time with her as a child, the princess was prone to act out to get attention, wearing gaudy clothes and playing pranks on people in the castle. Despite this, her love for her mother runs deep. Angela never got the hang of casting magic spells, a problem that plagues her to this day.
A class with a variety of spells. Sorceresses can use different types of elemental magic to attack their enemy's weakness. They can also take a hit with their high endurance.
A hard-hitting magic class. Mysticists deal a lot of damage thanks to their high intellect stat. They are proficient with dark spells and good at saving MP.
Archmages can use the elemental powers at their disposal for a variety of powerful attacks. They also know a powerful non-elemental spell called "Glitter Dust."
Grand Diviners can cast a powerful "Doppelganger" spell to split themselves and attack. They can cause lots of damage to enemies.
Magi are a hard hitting class. They can cause massive damage with their wide array of magic attacks. One of their most potent attacks is "Ancient Curse."
Rune Seers can cause status effects to petrify, freeze, or change their enemies in battle. They also know powerful magic that can destroy an enemy instantly.
Son of the king of the Ferolian beastmen.
Kevin is heir to the throne of Ferolia. His father is the king of the beastmen, but his missing mother was a human woman. Kevin's father raised him to be a fighting machine, which affected his social skills. He is unused to conversing with humans, which can make him hard to understand at times. The ice around the young boy's heart only began to melt after making friends with Karl the wolf pup.
A balanced warrior class. Good at both healing magic and fighting, Monks can support both themselves and their allies during battle.
A class that relies on brute strength. They do a lot of damage and are good with many weapons when they go forth in battle.
Divine Fists can use their class strikes in quick succession to do lots of damage. They can also learn magic spells for recovery and more.
Warrior Monks can absorb MP from enemies when they attack. They also learn wood saber magic. They have high attack, defense, and healing powers for a balanced warrior class.
A powerhouse warrior class, Fatal Fists are an unbeatable attack class. They can use their class strike "Seiryu Strike" and cause lots of damage in the area of effect.
Enlighteneds can boost their own HP by stealing that of their enemies. They are perfect as a front line fighter with their high attack power and moon saber magic.
Half-elf young maiden of Holy City Wendel.
Charlotte is the granddaughter of Wendel's Priest of Light. She looks much younger than she is thanks to the elfin blood in her veins. Perhaps because of this, she has always been coddled by the people who raised her in the temple. Charlotte's bright and outgoing personality can be both an asset and a hindrance. Though curious, she's superstitious and a bit of a scaredy-cat.
A supportive healing class. Priestesses have a high spirit stat that increases their healing powers. They can use fire, water, earth, and wind saber magic to help their allies with more than just recovery magic.
A class for a fighting healer. In addition to healing, Enchantresses can learn attack magic. They can weaken their enemies before taking them down.
A super support class. High Clerics can learn many kinds of healing and recovery magic to save their allies.
Sages are a strong support class that can get rid of status effects and use saber magic on the whole party.
A balanced class, Necromancers know powerful summoning magic for undead monsters. They can learn "Dark Curse" to lower an enemy's stats.
Noble thief of the Nevarland thief guild.
Hawkeye hails from the desert fortress of Nevarl, home to a guild of noble thieves. He was raised as the orphaned ward of Flamekhan, the leader, together with Flamekhan's own children, Eagle and Jessica. Hawkeye comes across as a laid-back and charming young man, making it hard to tell when he’s being serious. But at his core, Hawkeye is a fiercely loyal friend. Nothing gets past his honed senses and quick wit.
A cunningly versatile class. Rangers can use magic that causes status effects, as well as attack enemies with traps. They befuddle their foes with tricky moves.
A technique-based, debuffing class. Ninjas use ninja moves and other special attacks that hinder their enemies. They excel at weakening their foes.
Nomads can learn a wide variety of support magic to help their party come out on top in battle.
Rogues can learn powerful trap attacks. Their specialties are versatile, meaning they can attack enemies at any range.
As the name suggests, Ninja Masters have advanced ninja moves. They can cause damage in an area to turn the tide of battle.
Nightblades can learn "Weapon Smack," as well as "Needle Shower" that can silence enemies and nullify their attacks. Their brilliant attacks can blow away the enemy.
Highborn captain of Laurent's Amazon Guard.
Riesz is the young princess of the mountainous kingdom of Laurent and captain of the renowned Amazon guard. She has a will of iron and down-to-earth manner. Though some might call her stubborn, Riesz is always there to lend a hand to those who need it. She lost her mother as a child and since then has tried to help raise her little brother Elliot. Her topmost priorities are her father, brother, and kingdom.
A strengthening support class. Valkyries can boost all stats to help their allies. They help cover the party's weaknesses by bolstering their strengths.
A debuffing support class. Rune Maidens can weaken an enemy and make it easier for the party to win.
A support class with great stamina, Vanadis are a solid presence in the party. They can learn the summoning spell "Freya."
Starlancers is a balanced class that can support the party by strengthening them in battle. They can learn magic to boost stats and have their own fair share of stamina.
Dragon Masters can learn to decrease an enemy's stats and summon "Jormungandr" to deal lots of damage and sometimes poison their opponent.
Fenrir Knights can impede enemies by decreasing their stats. They can lead their party to victory.
For more new screenshots and artwork from Trials of Mana, head on over to our updated gallery. Stay tuned to RPGFan for more information on the Mana series!