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Octopath Traveler II Receives New Trailer ‘The Merchant & The Scholar’

Octopath Traveler II Screenshot

Square Enix has released a new trailer for Octopath Traveler II that introduces two of the title’s eight protagonists: Partitio, a merchant, and Osvald, a scholar. The video also details each character’s abilities, a new battle mechanic, and more.

Octopath Traveler II  – The Merchant & The Scholar – Trailer:

“The Merchant & The Scholar” – Trailer Breakdown

Character Abilities


  • Able to purchase items from townspeople
  • Able to hire people, letting them join you on your journey
  • Hired helpers have different talents that give the player a variety of benefits


  • Able to scrutinize townspeople to gain valuable information
  • Able to mug townspeople for the belongings
  • Able to study foes at the beginning of battle, revealing enemies’ weaknesses

New Traversal Mechanics

In Octopath Traveler II, you’ll be able to use both canoes and ferries to traverse the map. You’ll also have the option to purchase your very own boat, allowing you to reach new locations and enemies (including ghost ships).

Latent Power

Lastly, the trailer highlights the new battle mechanic featured in Octopath Traveler II, “Latent Power”. Each of the eight travelers will have a unique power that improves your chances of winning in battle. To pull off one of these moves, a character’s Latent Power gauge must be filled. This happens when your party takes damage and when you break enemies.

The Latent Powers of Partitio, Osvald, and Agnea are as follows:

  • Partitio – Hoot and Holler (Instantly replenishes BP)
  • Osvald – Concentrate Spell (Focus Spells on a single foe with greater potency)
  • Agnea – All Together Now (Extends the reach of single-target spell to all)

Octopath Traveler II is set to release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and PC via Steam on February 24th, 2023! If you have yet to play the original Octopath, make sure to read RPGFan’s review written by Jono Logan.

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Tom Cox

Tom Cox

Tom is a News and Social Media Editor at RPGFan, with a love for Pokémon and One Piece. When he's not playing RPGs, he can also be found running, reading manga and watching anime.

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