Trial Mode is a bonus mode in the Zodiac versions of Final Fantasy XII. Using the save data from the game, the Trial Mode will load the characters and their current stats, which means if there are guests in the data, they will be loaded into the Trial mode as well.
There are 100 stages within the Trial Mode. After completing each 10th stage, the player can save their progress and receive a reward. In the International Zodiac Job System version, Trial Mode saves and Game Data saves are meant to be separated, because if the Game Data is overwritten by the Trial Mode save, the Game Data will be lost. In The Zodiac Age version, players can save Trial Mode data to their main game save and receive items, but overwriting that save with a main game save will erase the Trial Mode progress. It is possible to farm items from the Trial Mode. For example, if the player wants Ribbons from floor 49, they should steal one, beat the floor, and go to the next one. At floor 50, the player should exit back to the title screen, load their game save to lose the trial progress (the player keeps the Ribbon). The player can save their game, return to the title screen, and try the Trial Mode again from floor 49.
In The Zodiac Age, the game also performs an auto-save at the beginning of every stage.
There is no shop accessible between stages, so the player should bring as many useful items as possible before starting the Trial Mode. There are, however, treasure chests to be found scattered in various areas of the field in most if not all stages. Any status effects present on a character, beneficial or negative, are retained from one stage to the next.
Completing the 50th stage in The Zodiac Age awards the "Judge Magister" trophy. Completing the final stage awards the "Imperator" trophy. Additionally, enemies defeated in Trial Mode are added to the game's bestiary, including both Rare Game and Trophy Rare Game enemies.
Optional means that specific enemy is not mandatory to defeat to end the fight, and is not even necessary for it to appear. For example, against the Ba'Gamnan gang, defeating the leader will end the fight instantly, therefore his allies are optional.
The player obtains items from the enemies and from treasures placed on the battlefield. Almost all enemies can be stolen from with the same success chance as in the main game (equipping Thief's Cuffs doubles success rate). The enemies yield different items than in the main game. The main enemies tend to yield equipment, and the regular enemies often give useful motes and healing items. Some enemies can also be poached. Enemies don't give loot, only items that can actually be used during the trials.
Enemies that must be defeated to complete the stage do not drop items, apart from the initial Stage 45 enemies that must be defeated before the proper trial enemy appears. Having the applicable Monographs and Canopic Jar yields more drops like in the main game, but the Monographs usually yield Knots of Rust, and the Canopic Jar very rarely yields Dark Matter.
Most stages have two treasures, though some have more. The treasures are usually different depending on whether the looter equips the Diamond Armlet or not. Three late stages have random chance for which treasure the player gets, like most of the treasures in the main game. Treasures must be looted mid-battle. Every ten stages, the player also gets a bonus reward.
Treasures and notable steals are listed below.
|1||Dire Rat x6||Normal - Diamond Armlet|
Diamond Armlet - First Aid
|2||Thextera, Alpha Wolf, Alpha Hyena||Normal - Dark Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Fire
|3||Flowering Cactoid, Cactoids x2, Cactite x4, Ripe Rampager (optional)|
Ripe Rampager appears by approaching the cactus on lower ground, farthest from the starting point.
|Normal - Dispel Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Cure
|4||Razorfin, Ichthon x4||Normal - Remedy|
Diamond Armlet - Pointy Hat
|5||Nekhbet, Werewolf, Cockatrice x4||Normal - Bubble Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Blindna
|6||Cluckatrice, Chickatrice x4||Normal - Aero Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Onion Bolts
|7||Judge x2, Imperial Swordsman x2 (optional), Imperial Magus (optional)||Normal - Ether|
Diamond Armlet - Bronze Armor
|8||Bagoly x6, Imdugud (optional)|
Imdugud appears if the player idles in the circular area where the Bagolys are.
|Normal - Antidote|
Diamond Armlet - Bangle
|9||Liches x3, Cultsworn Lich (optional)|
Cultsworn Lich appears by going to the right as the character faces the door.
|Normal - Ether|
Diamond Armlet - Argyle Armlet
|10||Belias||Steal common - Sword of Kings|
Steal rare - Goddess's Magicite
|11||Croakadile||Normal - Serum|
Diamond Armlet - Leather Headgear
|12||Jelly x8, Melt (optional)|
For Melt to appear, the player must kill at least five Jellies, but not all of them, then stand in front of the gate switch facing the wall.
|Normal - Rime Fang|
Diamond Armlet - Charge
|13||Tiamat||Steal - Assassin's Dagger|
|14||Panther x5||Normal - Hi-Potion|
Diamond Armlet - Kilimweave Shirt
|15||Elder Wyrm, Treant x2 (optional)||Steal - Shell Shield|
|16||Mateus, Ice Azer x5 (optional)||Steal common - Ice Shield|
Steal rare - Icebrand
The party's MP is continually being sapped
|Steal common - Rose Corsage|
Steal uncommon - Power Armlet
Steal rare - Maduin Gear
|18||Ring Wyrm||Steal common - Bone Helm|
Steal uncommon - Pirate Hat
Steal rare - Black Cowl
|19||Earth Tyrant||Steal common - Broadaxe|
Steal uncommon - Hornito
Steal rare - Main Gauche
|20||Vulture x6||Normal - Aero Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Stone Bolts
|21||King Bomb, Bombs x3 (optional)|
King Bomb can summon more Bombs
|Steal common - Onion Bombs|
Steal uncommon - Flametongue
Steal rare - Oil Bombs
|22||Topstalk, Deadly Nightshade x8||Normal - Hi-Potion|
Diamond Armlet - Ringmail
|23||Pumpkin Star, Pumpkin Head x8||Normal - Knot of Rust|
Diamond Armlet - Calot Hat
|24||Mandragora Prince, Mandragora x8||Normal - Warp Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Aqua Shot
|25||Onion Queen, Wild Onion x8||Normal - Aero Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Poisona
|26||Alraune King, Alraune x8||Normal - Gold Needle|
Diamond Armlet - Iron Armor
|27||Topstalk, Pumpkin Star, Mandragora Prince, Onion Queen, Alraune King||Steal Mandragora Prince - Sash
Steal Alraune King - Pheasant Netsuke
Steal Onion Queen - Bowline Sash
Steal Pumpkin Star - Nishijin Belt
Steal Topstalk - Black Belt
|28||Wendice, Striker x2, Cubus (optional)|
Cubus can appear when the player checks in the corners of the map.
|Steal Wendice common - Lightning Arrows|
Steal Wendice uncommon - Black Bolts
Steal Wendice rare - Stun Bombs
|29||Ahriman, Ahriman copy x6 (optional)||Steal common - Thief's Cap|
Steal uncommon - Hypnocrown
Steal rare - Black Robes
|30||Gil Snapper, Storm Elemental x3 (optional), Bansat (supports the party)||Steal common - Turtleshell Choker|
Steal rare - Thief's Cuffs
|31||Bansat, Seeq Fisher x4, Apsara (optional)|
Apsara appears when the player passes by some puddles, to the other side of a large rock.
This area has unusually many chests: five.
|Drop Apsara uncommon - Diamond Shield|
Drop Apsara rare - Platinum Armor
Drop Apsara very rare - Elixir
Steal Apsara uncommon - Power Rod
Steal Apsara rare - Multiscale
Poach Apsara rare - Crown of Laurels
|32||Zalera, Dead Bones x4 (optional)|
Dead Bones keep spawning
|Steal common - Time Bolts|
Steal uncommon - Doom Mace
Steal rare - Hunting Crossbow
|33||Scythe Mantis x4||Normal - Eye Drops|
Diamond Armlet - Wizard's Hat
|34||Marilith, Bogey x3 (optional)|
Bogeys spawn when the player explores the map.
|Steal common - Platinum Shield|
Steal uncommon - Platinum Helm
Steal rare - Platinum Armor
Drop Bogey very rare - Iga Blade
|35||Adrammelech, Skulwyrm x2 (optional)|
Skulwyrms spawn in the dead ends.
|Steal common - Ras Algethi|
Steal uncommon - Traitor's Bow
Steal rare - Rubber Suit
|36||Dreadguard, Mirrorknight x4||Normal - Ether|
Diamond Armlet - Black Belt
|37||Behemoth x5||Steal rare - Hammerhead|
|38||Mythril Golem x3||Steal rare - Gold Hairpin|
|39||Shemhazai, Ose x2 (optional)||Steal uncommon - Treaty-Blade|
Steal rare - Dawn Shard
|40||Gavial, Baritine Croc x2||Steal - Thief's Cuffs|
|41||Orthros, White Mousse x3||Steal Orthros common - Hi-Ether|
Steal Orthros uncommon - Wyrmfire Shot
Steal Orthros rare - Defender
|42||Cúchulainn, Foobar x4 (optional)|
HP is continually being sapped in this battle.
|Steal common - Cameo Belt|
Steal uncommon - Indigo Pendant
Steal rare - Hermes Sandals
|43||Deathclaw x4, Pallicant (optional)|
Pallicant will appear by going to the end of the map (where the treasures are) and returning.
|Drop Pallicant uncommon - Penetrator Crossbow|
Drop Pallicant rare - Kaiser Shield
Drop Pallicant very rare - Elixir
Poach Pallicant - Gastrophetes
|44||Antlion, Killer Mantis x4 (optional)||Steal Antlion rare - Dragon Shield|
|45||Vishno, Brainpan x2, Deidar x2, Crusader x16-32 (optional)|
The Brainpains and Deidars must be killed for Vishno to appear. Once it does, Crusaders will continuously spawn.
|Steal Vishno common - Judicer's Staff|
Steal Vishno uncommon - Scathe Mote
Steal Vishno rare - Maximillian
|46||Purobolos x6||Normal - X-Potion|
Diamond Armlet - Recurve Crossbow
|47||Aeronite x2||Steal or poach common - Eksir Berries|
|48||Tower, Zombie Warlock x16-32 (optional)|
Zombie Warlocks spawn continuously.
|Steal Tower - Assassin's Arrows|
|49||Hashmal, Reaver x2 (optional)||Steal Hashmal uncommon - Elixir|
Steal rare - Ribbon
Poach Reaver rare - Greataxe
|50||Famfrit, Abaddon x3 (optional)||Steal Famfrit common - Hi-Ether|
Steal Famfrit uncommon - Elixir
Steal Famfrit rare - Wyrmhero Blade
|51||Helvinek, Oversoul x2||Steal Helvinek common - Chaos Bombs|
Steal Helvinek uncommon - Dark Shot
Steal Helvinek rare - Grand Bolts
|52||Catoblepas, War-chief Supinelu (supports the party)||Steal Catoblepas rare - Golden Axe|
|53||War-chief Supinelu, Garif Adventurer x2||Steal War-chief Supinelu rare - Dragon Whisker|
|54||Deathscythe, Reaper x2||Steal Deathscythe uncommon - Black Robes|
Steal Reaper uncommon - Crown of Laurels
|55||Tyrant, Piscodaemon x3|
The party's MP is continually sapped.
|Steal Tyrant uncommon - Artemis Bow|
Steal Tyrant rare - Gastrophetes
Steal Piscodaemon rare - Black Mask
|56||Larva Eater, Elvoret x4||Normal - Hastega Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Fira
|57||Helm-Rook x2, Spinner-Rook x2, Sphere-Rook x2||Normal - Bio Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Stona
|58||Trickster, Black Chocobo, Red Chocobo, Brown Chocobo, Green Chocobo||Steal Trickster uncommon - Hermes Sandals|
Diamond Armlet - Bubble Belt
|59||Ba'Gamnan, Rinok (optional), Gijuk (optional), Bwagi (optional), Monid (supports the party)||Steal Ba'Gamnan uncommon - Caldera|
Steal Ba'Gamnan rare - Bone of Byblos
|60||Monid, Bangaa Hunter x2, Rabanastre Watch x2||Steal Monid uncommon - Magepower Shishak|
Steal Monid rare - Brave Suit
|61||Baknamy (sword) x2, Baknamy (gun) x3, Baknamy x3||Normal - Float Mote|
Diamond Armlet - Time Bolts
|62||Vorpal Bunny, Biding Mantis (optional), Vampyr (optional)|
Biding Mantis usually spawns near the middle. Vampyr continues to spawn.
|Steal Biding Mantis uncommon - Orochi|
Steal Biding Mantis rare - Zodiac Spear
|63||Ozmone Hare, Mu, Wyrdhare, Vorpal Bunny, Fury||Steal Fury rare - Cat-ear Hood|
|64||Humbaba Mistant x2, Vorres (optional)|
Vorres appears at the far side of the map where the treasures are.
|Steal Humbaba Mistant uncommon - Ultima Blade|
Steal Humbaba Mistant rare - Excalibur
Steal Vorres rare - Elixir
|65||Deathgaze, Vyraal x2||Steal Deathgaze common - Tourmaline Ring|
Steal Deathgaze uncommon - Genji Shield
Steal Deathgaze rare - Aegis Shield
|66||Master Joe, Bangaa Pugilist x5||Steal Master Joe common - Amber Armlet|
Steal Master Joe uncommon - Phoenix Down
Steal Master Joe rare - Whale Whisker
|67||Shield Wyrm, Dheed||Steal Shield Wyrm rare - Ring of Renewal|
|68||Exodus, Golem x2 (optional)|
Item command is disabled.
|Steal Exodus common - Elixir|
Steal Exodus uncommon - Rod of Faith
Steal Exodus rare - Golden Skullcap
|69||Wild Malboro, Cassie x4 (optional), Spee (optional)|
Spee appears upon approaching the other end of the stage.
|Steal Wild Malboro rare - Volcano|
|70||Carrot, Vivian x4 (optional), Crypt Bunny (optional), Krjn (supports the party)|
Crypt Bunny appears by going to the end of the map, to the left of the treasure.
|Steal Carrot - Nihopalaoa|
|71||Krjn, Viera Hunter x5||Steal Krjn common - Artemis Arrows|
Steal Krjn uncommon - Sagittarius
Steal Krjn rare - Dhanusha
|72||Diabolos, Avenger, Overlord||Steal Diabolos common - Power Armlet|
Steal Diabolos uncommon - Dragon Whisker
Steal Diabolos rare - Kanya
|73||Salamand Entite, Fire Elemental x4||Steal Salamand Entite rare - Elixir|
|74||Mardu Entite, Storm Elemental x4||Steal Mardu Entite rare - Elixir|
|75||Leshach Entite, Ice Elemental x4||Steal Leshach Entite rare - Elixir|
|76||Gnoma Entite, Earth Elemental x4||Steal Gnoma Entite rare - Elixir|
|77||Undin Entite, Water Elemental x4||Steal Undin Entite rare - Elixir|
|78||Sylphi Entite, Air Elemental x4||Steal Sylphi Entite rare - Elixir|
|79||Luxollid, Diakon Entite x2||Steal Luxollid rare - Dark Matter|
|80||Vagrant Soul, Leamonde Entite x2||Steal Vagrant Soul rare - Dark Matter|
|81||Zeromus, Dark Lord x120-240 (optional)|
Dark Lords continue to spawn. Magick is disabled.
|Steal Zeromus uncommon - Elixir|
Steal Zeromus rare - Circlet
|82||High Reaver x2, Reaver x3, Crystal Knight (optional)|
Crystal Knight appears when the player stands in the middle.
|Steal Crystal Knight uncommon - Euclid's Sextant|
Steal Crystal Knight rare - Golden Skullcap
|83||Giruveganus x3||Normal - Bacchus's Wine|
Diamond Armlet - Sorcerer's Hat
|84||Chaos, Air Chaosjet (optional), Earth Chaosjet (optional), Fire Chaosjet (optional), Water Chaosjet (optional)|
Attack command is disabled.
|Steal Chaos common - Elixir|
Steal Chaos uncommon - Glimmering Robes
Steal Chaos rare - Sage's Ring
Steal Chaosjets rare - Elixir
|85||Pylraster, Abelisk, Terror Tyrant||Steal Pylraster uncommon - Renewing Morion|
Steal Pylraster rare - Brave Suit
Steal Abelisk rare - Maximillian
Steal Terror Tyrant rare - Magepower Shishak
Poach Terror Tyrant rare - Grand Helm
|86||Rikken, Elza, Pirates x6||Steal Rikken uncommon - Durandal|
Steal Rikken rare - Simha
|87||Hell Wyrm||Steal uncommon - Jade Collar|
Steal rare - Excalibur
|88||Disma, Forbidden x32-48 (optional), Evil Spirit (optional)|
Forbiddens continue to spawn and each has a 3% chance of being replaced by an Evil Spirit.
|Steal Disma common - Demon Shield|
Steal Disma uncommon - Aegis Shield
Steal Disma rare - Ensanguined Shield
|89||Fafnir||Rare Steal and Poach - Grand Helm|
|90||Behemoth King||Steal uncommon - Grand Helm|
Steal rare - Grand Armor
|91||Magick Pot, Hecteyes x72-144 (optional)|
The Technicks command is disabled. Hecteyes spawn when Magick Pot is given an Elixir.
|Normal - Soleil Fang|
Diamond Armlet - Icecloud Arrows
|92||Shadowseer, Fenrir, Slyt, Pandaemonium, Phoenix||Steal Shadowseer rare - Elixir|
|93||Lv.99 Red Chocobo x3||Steal common - Elixir|
Steal uncommon - Megalixir
Steal rare - Ribbon
|94||Gilgamesh, Enkidu (optional)||Steal Gilgamesh common - Masamune|
Steal Gilgamesh uncommon - Kumbha
Steal Gilgamesh rare - Wyrmhero Blade
The stage has cycling handicaps from HP Sap, MP Sap, Magick/Attack/Technick commands disabled as soon as Ultima uses Holyja. The stage has 16 treasures that all have the same loot, although there is a small change to get a different item with Diamond Armlet.
|Steal common - White Mask|
Steal uncommon - White Robes
Steal rare - Lordly Robes
|96||Abysteel x36-72, Glaring Eye (optional)|
Glaring Eye has a 1% chance to spawn after each killed Abysteel.
|Drop Glaring Eye very rare - Elixir|
|97||Zodiark||Steal common - Black Mask|
Steal uncommon - Black Robes
Steal rare - Lordly Robes
|98||Yiazmat||Steal uncommon - Yagyu Darkblade|
Steal rare - Mesa
The third treasure is on a trap.
Normal - ~55555 gil
Normal - ~55 gil
|99||Omega Mark XII|
The stage has twelve treasures with the same loot, but chance to yield different items with Diamond Armlet.
|Steal common - Bonebreaker|
Steal uncommon - Ribbon
Steal rare - Excalipur
|100||Judge Gabranth, Judge Ghis, Judge Bergan, Judge Drace, Judge Zargabaath||Steal Gabranth uncommon - Tournesol|
Steal Judge Ghis uncommon - Circlet
Steal Judge Bergan uncommon - Genji Gloves
Steal Judge Drace uncommon - Megalixir
Bonus reward - "New Game-" Mode
The Trial Mode was added due to a flaw in the original version of Final Fantasy XII where players who bother to unlock the game's best weapons, will find they don't have any strong enough monsters left to try them on. The Trial Mode was envisioned as a challenge for this very purpose. Hiroyuki Ito, the director of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System, had heard that the bonus fight mode added to the Game Boy Advance version of Final Fantasy VI was popular, so he wanted to try something similar. Trial Mode is specifically designed to be impossible to clear all 100 stages on the same gambit settings.
- ↑ English translation of Hiroyuki Ito interview from the FFXII: International Ultimania.
- ↑ Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age - E3 2016 Gameplay [HD (0:00)] (Error: No screenshot/audio evidence) at Youtube