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Version: 0.19 | Updated: 07/24/17


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This guide was written by Chao Min Wu (Zoelius) AKA (Zoel Giradel). This guide cannot be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal private use. It may not be published on any website or otherwise distributed publicly at all, no exceptions. This guide shall only be allowed to be displayed publically on www.gamefaqs.com. www.rpgsite.net and www.neoseeker.com; other use is strictly prohibited and is a violation of copyright laws. If you have any questions, tips or concerns, you can contact me at Chaomin@gmail.com, be sure to put "Trails in the Sky" in the subject title.

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FAQ Version

DateVersionChanges
2017 - May 90.01Initial Guide Version.
2017 - May 10 - July 210.02 - 0.18Completed Main Story.
2017 - May 10 - July 240.19Added some side story content.

Disclaimer: This guide is based on Xseed English version. Certain enemies and bosses have been weakened for the official English release, also The Vita version contains additional content and balance changes.


Introduction

Hello and welcome to Zoelius' Trails in the Sky the 3rd walkthrough! Trails in the Sky the 3rd is the sequel to Trails in the Sky FC and SC, and as such is it recommended you play those two first. With that out of the way, the game centers around a Priest (Legit!) named Kevin Graham and his supporting Squire Ries Argent, as they find themselves trapped in a mysterious world known as Phantasma. Now then, let's unravel the mysteries of this bizarre world!

Battle System

Overview

HPThis is the health of a character, if it falls down to 0, the character will be K.O.ed.
EPUsed for casting arts (magic).
CPCP-Craft Points. Used for special skills, CP is automatically raised when attacking enemies or from taking damage.
Red OrbThis signifies that a S-Craft is available to use. This means the character has over 100 CP allowing you to use their S-Craft (a super attack).
It is also called S-Break, which is when you press the Triangle button. This lets you use your S-Craft without it being your turn.
AT BarThis gauge determines the turn order, The game provides many ways of manipulating turn order, every action has a different delay parameter.
AT BonusVarious bonuses that can be allotted to character's turn.
AttackAttack with your equipped weapon.
CraftsUnique abilities for each character learned when a certain level is reached. CP (Craft Points) is required.
ArtsLets you cast magic by exploiting the power of the orbments. The type of magic is based on the quartz you equipped. EP (Energy Points) is required.
ItemUse an item in your inventory.
MoveMove character position.
RunRetreat from battle. Success rate of running from battle increases by 10% per every failure.

Field Attack and Battle Advantage
On the Field Map, you can use the Field Attack function by pressing the confirm button (Note: Vita Version Only). If you encounter an enemy and manage to strike it from behind, it will cause them to be stunned. During this moment you can start an enemy encounter with an additional advantage. This will give you a preemptive attack and turn bonus effects. The enemy can do this to you if they manage to sneak up behind you. If playing on the PC version, you must manually sneak up on an enemy.

Orbment System
Each party member can use orbal arts by equipping quartz to their orbment unit. Quartz will raise your status attributes and will generate an orbment output. Playable characters will have access to arts based on their orbment output, every character will have a different set of Orbment Lines, which makes some users better at using Arts than others. In order to use stronger quartz, you must upgrade the slot with Sepith Gems before you are allowed to equip them. Your source of money (Mira) also comes from exchanging Sepith at shops. Keep a balance between upgrading your slots and selling them for money.

Abnormal Status (Negative)

Unlike most RPGs, in the Legend of Heroes games, abnormal status can actually work on bosses which is one the main key to winning battles. You can take advantage of these status defects to gain a huge advantage in battle. Of course the same can happen to you as well.

List of Abnormal StatusCure
PoisonReceive damage after turn.Purging Balm
SealRenders the afflicted unable to attack, use crafts or S-Crafts.Purging Balm
BlindDEX + AGL down.Purging Balm
SleepMiss turn, if attacked, wake up.Smelling Salts
FaintMiss turn.Smelling Salts
ConfuseThe afflicted attacks both enemies and allies indiscriminately.Smelling Salts
FreezeRenders the afflicted unable to act. Deals medium damage at the end of their turn.Softening Balm
PetrifyRenders the afflicted unable to act, with a 30% chance to be K.O.ed when attacked.Softening Balm
MuteRenders the afflicted unable to use arts.Insulating Tape
RageFocus attack on provoker. Curia
MorphChange character's size/lower stats.Wears off
SuspendCharacter cannot be selected or act.Wears off
K.O.If HP is 0, the character can no longer aid in battle. Reviving Balm, Thelas, Athelas
BurnDeals major damage at the end of the afflicted's turn.
Note: Vita Exclusive
Cooling Spray, Curia

Abnormal Status (Positive)

These are status buffs that are used for enhancing a target's status temporarily.

List of Status Buffs
Art GuardImmune to arts.
ImmuneAll damage ineffective once.

Formation

You can adjust your battle position under the tactics menu. The formation is not important on lower difficulty levels but can be used to exploit the enemy behavior. On Nightmare mode, adjusting your character position is a must. Here are some suggested formations you can use.

FormationDescription

This is most commonly used formation, works against most bosses, especially for mid game when you have all evasion gear put to the tanking unit. This allows the tank to dodge all physical attacks, while the rest of the party can provide support and damage from the back. If enemies reach the back, you can use abilities that have Suction properties, to pull enemies away from them.

This formation keeps all your party members spread out to each corner of the map. This formation is useful against bosses with powerful arts, or with attacks that make a tanking unit obsolete. With this formation, the computer will have to focus on dealing with one unit at a time.

This formation keeps all your party members close together, allowing you to use support abilities that are beneficial for the whole team. This formation is quite effective against bosses that has area attacks that can hit the entire map.

Vita and PC Difference

  • New UI (User Interface), UI is similar to the Crossbell games.
  • Game is now fully voiced.
  • Field attacks are added to each character, allowing you to pre-emptive strike enemies much easier.
  • One story element was altered on the PSP version that was carried over to the Vita version.
  • Additional equipment, abilities, and battles have been added to the Vita version.
  • Gameplay balance has been adjusted. The Vita version has a ton of changes to enemies. Eg. Enemies now been simplified with two item drops instead of variety mix of drops.
  • Ailments from the newer Trails games has been added, and some been removed.
  • Party members are a lot stronger in the Vita version, with higher damage output and more effective skills.
  • Certain abilities are available much earlier in the Vita version.
  • Flashback portraits has been redrawn and shown in monochrome.

Prologue

Start a new game, pick the difficulty level of your choice. If you have a cleared data from Trails in the Sky SC, loading that file would give an item bonus to start with. Trails in the Sky The 3rd, is the hardest Trails games, it is highly you avoid playing on Nightmare mode unless you know what you're doing or at New Game+.

Difficulty Setting

HPSTRDEFATSADFSPDDescription
Easy70%70%70%70%70%70%Balanced for quick, easy battles. Ideal for beginners and story enthusiast.
Normal100%100%100%100%100%100%Build around satisfyingly tough combat. Aimed to people used to playing RPG.
Hard117%118%118%120%120%120%Battles will take everything you have. For skilled players who find Normal too easy.
Nightmare131%131%131%131%131%145%Balanced for New Game+. Ideal for replays.

Note: Higher difficulty levels will also increase the duration and damage of field traps.

Transfer Bonus

Previous RankBonus
Rank ASolar Seal, Lunar Seal, All Sepith x100
Rank B or lowerLunar Seal, All Sepith x100.

Luxury Airship Lusitania

Note: This is an one time access location, make sure you got everything before clearing this area.

Treasure List
Teara Balm
EP Charge
Teara Balm
EP Charge

Explore around the airship, you will find a treasure chest in some of the passenger rooms. For the Steam version, examine the chest again for a message. Each treasure chest contains a unique message, if you manage to read all 246 messages, you will unlock an achievement.

If you stumble on the room with a lot of books, you can read the complete series of Carnelia (A series in the previous game that is hidden throughout the games.)

When you reach to Conrad's room, examine the hidden switches in the room (Flower Pot, Desk, Vase, Left corner of the Rug),

then examine the main door and select the second choice "O-R-P-H-E-U-S" to unlock the door. Afterwards, you will be facing your first battle. Kevin is very strong at this point, so it shouldn't be a problem against the enemies you're fighting, select regular attacks or use his crafts abilities to end the battle faster.

List of Enemies
NameHPElemental Efficacy
Man in Black - Blade2658 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100
Man in Black - Gun1896 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100
Steel Cougar3730 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100

Note: There is a hidden item found at the end of the game if you have fought 300 battles without running away, or have ran from 300 battles. They are two different items and only one can be obtained in the game.

Leave and return to the guest room, there will be some battle along the way.

Gretna

Speak to all the NPCs in the area, when every NPC has been spoken to, an event will trigger telling you to return to your seat. When the event is over, a battle will ensue.

Boss NameHPElemental EfficacyItem Drop
Gilbert9764 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100Tear Balm. Insulating Tape
G-Apache12800 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100Tear Balm. Insulating Tape, Curia Balm, EP Charge
Gilbert appears to be a complete pushover, however, he is very deadly depending on what the computer does. He has an ability to instantly freeze your party letting his ship to unleash massive damage. Taking out Gilbert first is the best thing to do, as he can debuff or delay your turn. After taking Gilbert out, focus on attacking the ship, If you ever see the ship charge up, move out of the line of sight immediately. If you don't do this, you will be hit really hard. If you're playing in Nightmare Mode, it is highly suggested you to use Ries' Holy Blessing on Kevin to recover his CP, this way you can use Kevin's S-Craft, Grail Sphere to nullify any devastating attacks.

Chapter 1

Hermit's Garden

Move the center and examine the stone monument. Then move to the column on the upper left corner of the map. You will notice a shining object on the ground, examine it to get the carry over bonus (Only available if you transferred your cleared data from Trails in the Sky SC).

Explore each corner of the map, the water fountain on the left side, the big tree on the right, the north corner of the map and the books on the bottom. After exploring all the locations return to the center for an event. Afterwards, examine the stone monument again.

The Stone Monument will act as your recovery station.

Note: If you're playing the Vita version of The 3rd, all orbment slots will start at level 1.

Then examine the large tree on the east side of the map. Speaking to the tree lets you purchase ingredient for recipes.

Afterwards, examine the water fountain on the west side of the map. Drink the water to fully recover your HP/CP.

Return to the stone monument, the seal to the north exit will be removed. Ries will give you a notebook to keep track of your progress. Afterwards, go to the north portal.

Jade Corridor

Treasure List
Information
Tear Balm
300 Mira
Sealing Stone (Event)
List of Enemies
NameHPElemental Efficacy
Bone Warrior2399 (Normal)50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 160
Bone Archer1966 (Normal)50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 160
Grimoire999 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100
Sudorudo1218 (Normal)100, 120, 80, 100, 120, 100, 100
Aries Pot2380 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100

As soon as you arrive, you will fight a group of enemies. Defeat them, Ries will give you a Monster Guide afterwards. The Monster Guide is used to collect any enemy information. Afterwards, follow the linear path, and pick up any treasure chest you see on the way. When you reach the end, you will find a yellow shining object. Examine it for a story event.

After this event, you will unlock the Warp function by clicking the Cube icon on the upper right corner. Warp back to the Hermit's Garden, Tita will join your party. Return to the area where you found the Sealing Stone, you will find the barrier has been removed. As you go further, Kevin will notice a door. Examine the blue door to start Moon Door 1.

Moon Doors are optional scenarios that provide side story and other unique rewards, each one has a certain condition before they can be unlocked. When the condition is met, the door will be unlocked, usually along with a Trial that must be overcome before you get to see the side story. The first Moon Door is mandatory though.

Boss NameHPElemental EfficacyItem Drop
Moon Guardian x39900 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100Tear Balm. Insulating Tape
This battle is really easy even if you are unprepared. These enemies will try to reduce your movement to prevent you from getting near them. They also will randomly heal you at times. Use Tita's Smoke Cannon to blind all the enemies. When they're blind, the rest of the battle should be a cakewalk.

Afterwards, follow the north path, it will lead you to the next area.


Treasure List
Glam Choker
Black Bangle
Tear Balm
Smelling Salts
Extra Spicy Fries
Royal Spikes
List of Enemies
NameHPElemental Efficacy
Bone Mage2957 (Normal)50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 160
Bone Ranger1912 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 160

Go straight until an event occurs, the party will find another stone monument. This will be used as checkpoints, which allows your cube to instantly warp to. Heal up and replenish supplies. Then take the warp on the left side, you will find two treasure chests and Sun Door 1. However, you will need Josette in your party to access it, you should still examine it, as it will add the location as a checkpoint to your cube. Return to the stone monument, and take the warp on the right. When the path splits, on the left side, will be three treasure chests, pick those up, then continue further by taking the warp. Hop on the airship.

Note: One of the chest contains Extra Spicy Fries. Certain dishes when consumed, will let you learn the recipe.

Arseille

Treasure List
Royal Spikes (Outside)
300 Mira
Reviving Balm
Easy Paella
Hit 2

Go outside by going straight, you will find Royal Spikes in a treasure chest. Then return back inside. Go all the way downstairs to the last floor. Open the door on the top, you will find the engine room. Examine the computer terminal and unlock the three areas. After the area is unlocked, pick up the treasure chest in the section below, to find a Reviving Balm and 300 Mira. Return upstairs, go to the kitchen, on the counter you will find the Easy Paella recipe. Then go to the Conference Room to find a Hit 2 Quartz. Then go all the way upstairs to the bridge area. You will find another Sealing Stone, return back to the Hermit's Garden by using the Cube. Examine the stone monument and Unleash the Sealing Stone. Afterwards, Julia will join your party.

Use the cube and warp back to the Jade Corridor. Take the warp south.


Treasure List
Fresh Water
Earth, Water, Fire Sepith x50
Fishy Finale
Time, Space, Mirage Sepith x50

Keep going on the spiral set of stairs, on the third floor down will be a chest that contains the Fresh Water dish. Then on the next floor, there is a chest with some sepiths on the corner. Then go further and take the warp. You will find two chests next to you, open them to get some sepiths and the Fishy Finale dish. Then keep going straight until you reach the lift. After the event, examine the stone monument and save your game. Its recommended to equip Tita with a sleep resistant accessory. Then head further for a boss battle.

Boss NameHPElemental EfficacyItem Drop
Bennu9999 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 120, 100Evade 2
Bennu (Barrier Removed)3999 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 120, 100
Bennu Nucleus19888 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 120, 100
Sudorudo Giza x44072 (Normal)100, 120, 80, 100, 120, 100, 100Tear Balm, Smelling Salts
Long Barrel, Insulating Tape
Start the battle by destroying the four sentries, they have a high physical defense, so you will need to cast arts to destroy them. After they been taken care of, you can focus on the main boss. The main boss is highly resistant to arts, so you will need to hit it with physical attacks. The boss isn't that strong, and will only drain the HP of a single target. When you wipe out the boss' HP, the barrier will shatter, during this form, the boss will focus on casting Earth Lance on a single target. You can use Ries or Julia to interrupt the boss from casting its arts. You can also use Kevin's Crossrage Gear to delay the boss. When all the HP of this form is gone, you will fight final form. This form is what you need to watch out for, it has an area attack that can hit all your party members and put them to sleep. Not only that, the boss is also super agile. What you want to do is have all your party members stick close to each other and have Tita use her Vital Cannon to heal the whole party, while the rest of the party members should main focus on attacking the boss or provide backup healing.

Chapter 2

There are some things added to this chapter as you begin, the first thing is the Carnelia books can be read on the bookshelves on the south area of the Garden. Reading all the books in the game will give you the Bookworm Achievement. When your set to go, teleport to the previous area (End of Jade Corridor). There will be another warp, take it to leave Jade Corridor.

Grancel



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Treasure List
HP 2
Akashic Heart
Smelling Salts
Fried Phoenix
Insulating Tape
Sepith x50
500 Mira
500 Mira
500 Mira
White Bracelet
List of Enemies
NameHPElemental Efficacy
Iron Knight2816 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 140, 100, 100

Check the stone monument to the right side of the map. You can purchase new equipment. When you're ready to move, visit each of the building around the area, there will be a treasure chest in most of the buildings inside. Sun Door 2 and Moon Door 2 is also located in this area, however, you won't able to access them yet. Take the north exit out, when you're in the castle area, you will find Star Door 1 here. There will also be a boss waiting for you at the center.

Boss NameHPElemental EfficacyItem Drop
Iron Kaiser4116 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 140, 100, 100Tear Balm. Insulating Tape, Smelling Salts, Purging Balm
Monster Carapace, Lucky Fang, Juicy Bone, Firefly Fungus
Iron Knight x62816 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 140, 100, 100Tear Balm. Insulating Tape, Smelling Salts, Purging Balm
Monster Carapace, Lucky Fang, Juicy Bone, Firefly Fungus
This battle is similar to the monster chest battles from the previous games. You will start the battle being severely outnumbered. Though it shouldn't be a problem, the mobs aren't really strong, just wait for them to get close and use powerful AOE skills to hit them all, like Kevin's Mortal Punishment, Tita's Smoke Cannon. You can use S-Craft to instantly wipe them out.

After defeating the boss, you will notice a barrier has been removed. Head down to the south block, the path east will be unlocked.

Grancel East Block


Treasure List
Sepitum Drops
Softening Balm
Proxy Puppet
Bestia Coat
Teara Balm

Go to the building in the center. There will be three treasure chests in the area, including the Septium Drop recipe. After acquiring these items, leave and enter the building located north. You will face a battle as you enter.

Boss NameHPElemental EfficacyItem Drop
Dark Blade x44432 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 140, 100, 100Tear Balm. Insulating Tape, Smelling Salts, Purging Balm
Monster Carapace, Lucky Fang, Juicy Bone, Firefly Fungus
These mobs aren't exactly tough, the main problem with this fight is when the monsters use their special ability, Cloak & Dagger, this can instantly K.O. a party member. With poor luck, you can be instantly wiped out from their instant kill attacks. Yon can cancel this by using Ries's Arc Fencer Or Julia's Lazenreiter. As long as you have a few reviving balm, this battle shouldn't be too hard. If the battle proves too difficult, just wipe them out using S-Craft.

After defeating the boss, examine each room, there is a treasure in two of the rooms and a Sealing Stone. After acquiring the Sealing Stone, return to Hermit's Garden and release the stone. Afterwards, Mueller will join your party, because you can only bring four members at a time, the party select function will be added to the menu. You can switch members by clicking the character icon on the top left corner. Members that remain behind which can also act as supporting member which will unlock Remote Abilities.

If you bring Mueller and Julia, you can also access Star Door 1 near the castle area.

To Continue with the main story, teleport back to Grancel South Block. The path located west will be unlocked.

Grancel West Block


Treasure List
Septih x50
S-Tablet
Teara Balm
Swingwich
Brain Roast
Black Bangle+
Celestial Balm
Stun GB
Teara Balm
Long Barrel 2
Teara Balm
Scent
Purging Balm
Teara Balm
EP Charge
Crimson Eye
Purging Balm
List of Enemies
NameHPElemental Efficacy
Iron Kaiser4116 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 140, 100, 100
Shining Pom(Normal)50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50, 50
Wisp1999 (Normal)100, 0, 100, 140, 100, 100, 120

Explore each of the buildings in the area, there is a treasure chest in most of the locations. If you go inside the church, you can find Star Door 2 (You will need to fight 100 battles to access it.) After that, go north to the next map, you will end up the harbor area. Around the west corner, you will end up finding the Bobcat, however, it is locked at the moment. Afterwards go north to the next map, and enter the northeastern building, inside the hangar you will fight some ghosts. After defeating them. they will drop a key. Use it to unlock the Bobcat, you will find a Sealing Stone inside. Return to Hermit's Garden and release the stone.

After this event, Josette will join your party. With Josette in your party, you can access Sun Door 1 located at Jade Corridor. Clearing this door will give you the Detection Quartz, this will display treasure chest on the mini map, which is highly recommended on getting.

To continue with the main story, move to Grancel East Block, the building located east is now unlocked.

Grancel Arena

Explore around the Arena, there aren't any treasure chests in this area. Here, you can find Sun Door 3, however you can't access it at the moment. When you find the next stone monument, you can purchase new gear for your new party members. Save your game, then go the arena area, you will be fighting a series of battles. After defeating the common enemies, you will be fighting a boss.

Boss NameHPElemental EfficacyItem Drop
Dark Bringer23777 (Normal)100, 100, 50, 0, 120, 100, 100HP 3, Attack 3, Defense 3, Shield 3
Hit 3, Mind 3, Evade 3
Skull Head x4999 (Normal)100, 140, 0, 100, 100, 100, 140Tear Balm, Insulating Tape, Smelling Salts
Purging Balm, EP Charge, Curia Balm
Bird Egg, Clear Gelatin, Flaky Potato, Ironbone Fish
Start the battle by removing the four enemy mobs, if you brought Tita, you can easily wipe them out with Smoke Cannon. If not then, use the best available area attack skill. When the main boss remains, focus on attacking it, and have someone cast Earth Guard (x2) on your main healer (Preferably Kevin). The boss has an attack that can inflict Seal. If your main healer is protected, you can use Kevin's Sacred Breath to instantly heal all incoming damage and cure the ailment you receive.

Afterwards, another Sealing Stone will appear. Pick up the sealing stone and return to Hermit's Garden. Release the stone, Joshua will join your party.

You can now access Grancel Castle. You will need Julia in your party before you can enter. When your party is all set, warp to Star Door 1 for quick access to the Castle Area, then approach the castle gate for an event.