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Guide and Walkthrough by Zoelius
/ Zennvirus

Version: 0.32 | Updated: 06/07/2019
FAQ of the Month Winner: May 2016 | Highest Rated Guide

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright and Other Information
  2. Gameplay Basics
    1. Characters
    2. Battle Basic
    3. Other Terminology
    4. Gameplay Changes from Cold Steel
  3. Prologue
    1. Prologue Part A: November 29
    2. Prologue Part B: November 30
  4. Act 1 - Part 1
    1. December 1st
    2. Celdic
    3. Twin Dragons Bridge
    4. December 4
  5. Act 1 - Part 2
    1. Nord Highlands - South, Part: A
    2. Nord Highlands - North
    3. Aria Shrine
    4. Nord Highlands - South, Part: B
    5. Watchtower
    6. December 8
  6. Act 1 - Part 3
    1. December 9
    2. Legram
    3. Aqua Shrine
    4. Bareahard
    5. Bareahard Airport
    6. December 12
  7. Intermission Chapter
  8. Act 2 - Part 1
    1. December 15
    2. Searching for Friends (Garrelia Section)
    3. Searching for Friends (Legram Section)
    4. Searching for Friends (Nord Section)
    5. December 17
    6. December 18
  9. Act 2 Part 2
    1. December 19
    2. December 20
    3. December 21
    4. Roer
    5. RF Building
    6. December 22
  10. Act 2 Part 3
    1. December 23
    2. Shrine Trials Part A
    3. Terra Shrine - Trial
    4. Aria Shrine - Trial
    5. Aqua Shrine - Trial
    6. Ignis Shrine - Trial
    7. December 24 & 25
    8. December 26
  11. Act 2 - Part 4
    1. December 27
    2. Bareahard Section
    3. Celdic & Roer
    4. Shrines Trials Part B
    5. December 30
  12. Finale
    1. December 30 Night Time
    2. December 31st
    3. Final Mission
    4. Infernal Castle
  13. Epilogue
    1. March 12
    2. March 13 Free Day
    3. Final Dungeon
  14. Divertissement
  15. New Game +
  16. Mini Games
    1. Snowboarding
    2. Blade II
  17. Optional Bosses
  18. Character Profile
    1. Class VII
    2. Supporters
    3. Year 1 Class I / II
    4. Year 1 Class III / IV / V
    5. Year 2 Class I / II
    6. Year 2 Class III / IV / V
    7. Instructors etc.
  19. Item List
    1. Weapon List
    2. Armor List
    3. Accessory List
    4. Consumables and Other Items
    5. Book List
  20. Arts and Quartz
    1. Arts
    2. Quartz
    3. Ex-Orb
  21. Master Quartz
    1. Earth Type
    2. Water Type
    3. Fire Type
    4. Wind Type
    5. Time Type
    6. Space Type
    7. Mirage Type
  22. Skill List
    1. Character Skills
    2. Valimar Skills
  23. Advance Strategy - Formations (In-Depth)
    1. Formation Types
  24. Advance Strategy - Stacking (In-Depth)
    1. Advance Strategy - Four Tools
  25. Advance Strategy - Character Evaluation (In-Depth)
    1. Field Characters
    2. Characters (In-Depth)
    3. The Characters
    4. General Recommendations
  26. Recipe List
  27. Fishing List
  28. Enemy List
  29. Trophy List
  30. Credits

Prologue

Prologue Part A: November 29

Start a new game and select the game's difficulty level. If you plan on getting the Platinum trophy, you will need at least two playthroughs. If you have a save data from Trails of Cold Steel, you can transfer the save file over. This will let you start a new game with some extra bonuses.

DifficultyDescriptionStats
EasyBalanced for quick, easy battles. Ideal for beginners and story enthusiast.Enemies are at 0.70 of their stats.
NormalBuild around satisfyingly tough combat. Aimed to people used to playing RPG.Enemies are at 1.00 of their stats.
HardBattles will take everything you have. For skilled players who find Normal too easy.Enemies are at 1.15 of their stats.
NightmareBalanced for New Game+. Ideal for replays.Enemies are at 1.30 of their stats.

Transfer Bonus

Rean's LevelBonus
Level 69 or lower.Sepith x 100 (All Colors), Attack 1, Zeram Powder
Level 70 - 79Sepith x 300 (All Colors), Attack 1, Soul Blur, Zeram Powder
Level 80 or higher.Sepith x 500 (All Colors), Attack 1, Soul Blur, Saintly Force, Zeram Powder
Rean's RankBonusStatus
A0Golden EmblemHP +1000, EP +100, STR /DEF /ATS /ADF +10
A1Silver EmblemHP +500, EP +50

Watch the introduction sequence, if you haven't beaten the original Trails of Cold Steel, this part will give you a summary of the ending of the original game, so beware of the spoilers you are about to see. After the intro sequence is over, you will get to control Rean.

The game will let you know about saving. This is done by going to the menu and using the Save option. You can also access the Cross-Save feature, which lets you upload your save data to PSN, allowing you to transfer your save file between the PS3 or Vita. If you ever get lost, pressing the Square button will open the Navigation menu, it will also highlight your next objective on the bottom right of the screen.

Head downhill, you will notice a shining object. Examine it to receive Rean's equipment. The game will let you know about the Orbment system. Go to the menu and equip your Master quartz under the Orbment section. Now run down the hill, you will see a monster, by touching it, you will engage in battle. If you manage to sneak up on a monster, or stun it with your field attack, (Pressing the Confirm button, X or O in Japanese version) you will get an additional advantage during battle. The bonus includes extra turns and reduced enemy HP. After you have defeated the monster in combat, the game will let you know about Monster Notes. Each time you defeated a monster, additional data is filled in regarding enemies you have previously fought. If you want to fill in this information immediately you need to use the Battle Scope item, a quartz with the spell "Analyze" or Emma and Elliot's Detector ability. Now just keep going east to see another event. Then further down you will fight a rock type creature. The game will prompt you into the basics of Arts. This monster has a high physical defense, so use the Fire Bolt spell to quickly defeat the monster. Now further down the hill, Rean will notice an Orbment Charging Station, examine it to fully restore your character's HP and EP. Now enter the next area to Eisengard Mountains 2.

Eisengard Range

Head down the hill to find a treasure chest that contains a Tear quartz. Go a little further, Rean will notice it's a strong type of monster, now fight it, the game will let you know about the S-Craft function. S-Crafts are super attacks that require a 100-200 CP to perform, you can use it under the Craft section or by pressing Triangle to activate it without being your turn. When you have defeated the monster, head to the south corner of the map to find a Teara Balm. Then go to the east area for an event scene. Then head to the northeast corner of the map to find a Proxy Puppet in the treasure box. Then take the southeast exit to Eisengard Mountain 3. Pick up the Celestial Balm at the treasure box just directly south and then go all the way to the south end to find an Orbment Charging Station. Heal yourself and go to the southeast end to fight a boss battle.

Note: Maps in this guide are designed with the compass facing north.

Monster Guide

NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Helm ScorpionChitinous ShellHearty Powder
Stealth FrogTear BalmWhite Beast Flesh
Rolling StoneTear BalmU-Material
Sky GazerHearty PowderU-Material

Treasure List

TreasureLocation
TearEisengard Range 2
Teara Balm
Proxy Puppet
Celestial BalmEisengard Range 3
BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Magic Knight Ortheim33768 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100N/A★★★☆★★★☆★★★☆★★★☆
This boss battle is really basic, it will only attack you with its sword. Use Flame Strike to hurt the boss, this has a chance to inflict Burn on it, this will help you expedite his demise. Heal when your HP is under 3000 with Tear or Teara Balm. If the boss gets 2 turns in a row, use a Teara Balm immediately on the next turn. As soon as you've put the boss under 15000 HP, the battle will end.

Prologue Part B: November 30

Ymir

Watch the event scene, you will be introduced to Elise, Alfin, and Toval again. Afterwards, leave the building, the game will let you know about events. story events are marked with a red exclamation mark and a green exclamation mark for side events. Then go to the general store "Plover" located at the southwest corner of Ymir. Purchase the Imperial Chronicle Issue #1 and Gambler Jack Reprint Chapter 1 (There is a trophy for collecting all books found in the game).

Now visit all the redexclamation mark areas marked on the map.

  • Rean's Parents (Lucia and Baron Schwarzer) at the Baron's Mansion
  • Elise and Celine at the Footbath
    (
    This will add the friends note on the menu. Speaking to characters at the right moment will add a page to their profiles, collect them all for a bronze trophy.)
  • Toval at the Inn & Pub "Valley Echo" (You can also speak to pub owner, Gerald for some pancakes.)
  • Werner at the kitchen area, of the Hotel "The Phoenix Wings" (Northeast on map)
    (This will add the recipe section to the menu and a new recipe.)
  • Princess Alfin at the Septian Church
  • Annabelle at Ymir Canyon
    (Annabelle will give you a fishing rod and the fishing section will be added to the menu. If you have a save data from the original Cold Steel, Annabelle will give you some Groundbait depending on your fishing rank. You can also speak to Annabelle to exchange prizes)

When your done doing all the activities listed above. Go to the Phoenix Wing hotel and speak to the receptionist, Baggins and then go to Hot Springs on right side of the building. Entering the Hot Spring will automatically advance the story, so finished everything you need to do before going in. Afterwards, Elise and Toval will join your party. Go back inside the Baron Mansion and speak to Alfin for a short event scene. You can also use the footbath at the center of town to fully restore your party, including CP as well. When you are all ready to go, head to the northwest exit to go to Ymir Canyon.

Nightmare Mode Recommendations

Before proceeding with this area it is advisable to get a good supply of Teara and Reviving Balms. To get the Mira to afford them, cook some Salty Onigiri with Elise to get as many Tri-Colored Onigiri (Superb result), then sell them for 150 each. You'll need at least 15 each (ideally 20). This method is a way to make money without having to grind in battles. However, this method is slow and very tedious.

Also, make sure all three characters have the topmost accessory on sale at the store (it increases Str, Ats and Spd. Finally, spend as much as possible on EP Chargers.

Ymir Canyon

Watch the event scene, when you the first monster, the game will let you know about Link attacks. Hitting enemies with the right attack type can cause an enemy to unbalance which will lead to Link attack for bonus damage. Now finish off the first monster and continue on. Go to the northeast end to find a treasure chest that contains the Lighter accessory. Continue on through the path northwest, if you reach to the northwest end, you will find a monster chest that contains a Zeram Powder. You can use Toval's S-Craft on kill all eight enemies at once to get the Pieces of Eight trophy. Then go back south and cross the bridge to the east, pick up the U-Material in the chest located at the east end. Then head to the north exit to Ymir Canyon 2.

Pick up the Tearal Balm on your way north, then take the northwest path, eventually the path will split, by going south you can find a Poison Quartz in the treasure box. Then go north, all the way to end. You will find another chest with some Sepith and just a little further will be an Orbment Charging Station. Heal up and enter the next area for a boss fight.



Monster Guide

NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Frozen FungusClear GelatinHearty Powder
Snow WispWarmerEP Charge I
Snow Flying FelineRed Beast FleshGlobby Fat
Nix CyronHearty PowderU-Material
Frost BiterChitinous ShellU-Material

Treasure List

TreasureLocation
LighterYmir Canyon 1
Zeram Powder
U-Material x3
Tearal BalmYmir Canyon 2
Poison
Sepith x50
BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Magic Knight Ortheim (Phase 1)45225 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100N/A★★☆☆★★★☆★★☆☆★★★☆
Boss Skills1. Sword Slash. Hits everyone in front.
2. Ground stab. Targets area around the boss (L).
3. Boost. Grants boss Str 50% Up (Red) and cures 15000 HP (normal).
Ortheim seems to have a massive upgrade compared to your previous fight against it. Ortheim has an area attack move which can hit pretty hard, one of the most annoying things about this fight is Ortheim can buff its attack power and restore 20% of it's HP which will prolong the fight. Use Elise as your main healer, she can use her Holy Squall which restores 60% of your HP within a small radius or the Tear spell. Have Rean and Toval as your main attackers, since you don't have any useful arts at the moment, rely on physical attacks and use your S-Craft on turns with a critical bonus.
BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropIdle StanceAttack Stance
Magic Knight Ortheim (Phase 2)84400 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100N/AB: ★★★☆H: ★★★★A: ★☆☆☆B: ★★☆☆H: ★☆☆☆A: ★★★★
You will be using the Ashen Knight, Valimar for this battle. Mech combat is like playing a game of rock-paper-scissors. You need to select a body part to hit and attacking the correct part will land a critical hit which allows you to perform a Link attack, this is the only way to win this fight. Use the picture below as a reference on which part to attack. There isn't much strategy to this battle, just attack its head during its idle stance, and its arms during its attack stance.