Hero Trials

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Hero Trials are a recurring endgame quest. Each day, a new quest will be generated. Completing a hero trial awards the player with 10 Tokens.


Stages

Hero Trials are 16 Stages long, including both special and regular stages and the final stage containing a Boss. A hero trial on a given calendar date will share the following features for all players:

  • All stages (special or regular) will be the same
  • All stage mods for each stage will be the same
  • The global stage mods will be the same

Anything else will be randomised including loot and stage bosses.

If a player fails their hero trial, they can replay it as many times as they would like, trying again for better loot or a more manageable boss.

Global Mods

Hero trials have a unique feature, a set of "global" mods. These mods will apply to all applicable stages throughout the trial. These mods are reflected in the name of the trial and their effects can be confirmed with the help icon to the right of the trial's name. Trials always appear in the format "[Title]'s [StageOrMod] trial of [Condition] [Mod]" or "[Title]'s [StageOrMod] trial unto the [Title]". As a key:

  • Title - does not always appear but is almost certain to. See table below
  • Condition - see table below
  • Mod - see table below
  • StageOrMod - does not always appear but if it does, it will be one of the games normal Mods or the endless mode adjective describing a [[Stages] stage]
    • If it's a mod, that mod will be applied at least once to all stages. It's possible for the same mod to be applied twice
    • If it's an endless adjective, all stages will be that stage

Following "[Condition] [Mod]", the trial may also include "and [Condition] [Mod]" allowing for chained mods. This is uncommon.

There are a number of special prefixes. If a mod affects a number of "things" (like "close x special stages", "spawn x sawblades"), that number will normally be a fixed value for the entire trial. A special prefix changes that number to the number associated with the condition. So for example, Foreclosure will <close 1 random special stage on [Condition]> but Malforeclosure will <close [Number of monsters] special stages on [Condition]>.

So tying it all together, if a trial was Shrimp's Toxic trial of Flawed Chromapain, the player would start with 1 fewer life, all stages would have at least one Toxic mod and making a mistake would harm the player for a value equal to the number of mods on the stage.

Titles

Titles
Title name Effect
Beggar No coin drops.
Brother Quest contains an additional boss. (Will be present in stage 3, boss will be the same as final stage boss)
Chamberlain The final stage does not have a boss.
Champion Begin the quest with 2 extra lives. (Start with 5 max life instead of 3)
Crone Begin the question with 3 Omens. (3 copies of the same omen. Each distinct trial will always provide the same 3 omens)
Crook Item Shops only contain 1 item.
Dealer Bagmen are more common.
Explorer Begin the quest with the first 5 stages unlocked.
Infected Begin the quest with 10 cankers.
King You start with 20 coins.
Looter Begin the quest with 3 Consumable Items.

(Player will start with 3 copies of a particular Consumable Item. The item the game chooses is determined by the combination of favored or unfavored Consumable Items in the player's codex. For a given Hero Trial the combinations will produce the same item for all players, but they will be different the next time Looter rolls around.)

Mage You gain twice as much mana.
Martyr You cannot have more than 5 max lives or defense.
Mentor Begin the quest with 2 mastery charges.
Metalworker Begin the quest with way too many Items.

(Player will start with 23 copies of a particular Passsive Item. The item the game chooses is determined by the combination of favored or unfavored Passive Items in the player's codex. For a given Hero Trial the combinations will produce the same item for all players, but they will be different the next time Metalworker rolls around.)

Prisoner Your first 4 inventory slots are sealed.
Psycho Begin the quest with 10 sawblades.
Romantic Every stage has 3 guaranteed hearts.
Newbie Completing a stage does not charge your mastery ability.
Nihilist You cannot restore life.
Romantic Every stage has 3 guaranteed hearts
Shrimp Begin the quest with 1 less max life. (Start with 2 max life instead of 3)
Shopper Item Shops have 2 additional items.
Surgeon Double the amount of lives lost and restored.
Tokeneer Earn 30 tokens the first time you beat this quest!!!
Underdog Begin the quest missing half of your lives. (Start with 2 lives and 3 max life)
Warlock Begin the quest with two different Magic Items.

(The items the game chooses are determined by the combination of favored or unfavored Magic Items in the player's codex. For a given Hero Trial the combinations will produce the same items for all players, but they will be different the next time Warlock rolls around.)

Conditions

Conditions
Condition Effect
Crystal Whenever you collect a diamond
Costly Whenever you spend coins
Flawed Whenever you make a mistake
Instant Whenever you start a stage
Innocent Whenever you open 50 cells without making a mistake
Legendary Whenever you gain a legendary item
Medical Whenever you restore life
Mortal Whenever the stage timer hits 1 minute (only the 1st minute counts)
Murderous Whenever a monster is killed
Patient Whenever a status effect is completed
Perpetual Whenever you are revived
Peptic Whenever you consume an item
Pirates Whenever you open a chest
Professional Whenever you use your mastery ability
Revelatory Whenever a monster is revealed
Skippable Whenever you pass 1 or more turns
Social Whenever you activate a stranger
Victorious Whenever you complete a stage

Mods

Mods
Mod Name Effect
Answers [On condition], reveal 1 random cell(s)
Bondage [On condition], gain 1 minion(s).
Construction [On condition], spawn 1 landmarks.
Death [On condition], you are killed
Doom [On condition], spawn 1 harbingers.
Evil [On condition], spawn 3 monsters.
Foreclosure [On condition], complete 1 random special stages.
Growth [On condition], gain 1 soul.
Kinetics [On condition], gain 30 mana.
Lacerations [On condition] spawn 1 sawblades.
Legends [On condition], gain 1 random legendary item(s).
Opportunity [On condition], gain 1 random consumable item(s)
Pain [On condition], lose 1 lives.
Plunder [On condition], spawn loot equal to the number of stages you have completed.
Quakes [On condition], destroy 3 objects.
Relief [On condition], restore lives equal to the number of stages you have completed.
Resolve [On condition], gain 1 defense.
Riches [On condition], gain 5 coins.
Shadows [On condition], gain 1 random omens.
Taxation [On condition], lose 5 coins.
Trade [On condition], unlock 1 special stage(s).
Treason [On condition], increase the minimum power of the current stage.

Mod Prefixes

Special Prefixes
Prefix Name Effect
Chroma Apply the number of stage mods.
Kinder Apply the number of familiars.
Luster Apply one-tenth of the player's coin count.
Mal Apply the number of revealed monsters.
Mini Apply the minimum stage power.
Wise Apply the number of completed Stages.

Notes

The Quakes modifier can crash the game if there aren't 3 loot objects available on the board to destroy (true as at version 1.4)