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Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - Better Starting Stat

Hack of Trials of Mana


Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana – Better Starting Stat

v1.3, by hmsong

The beginning of the game (Full Metal Hugger ~ Machine Golem) for SD3 was unusually difficult, not only because of lack of skills, but also because your starting stats were very low. However, raising the character stat cap ended up raising the enemy stats, which made the game even more difficult.

So, this patch does the following things:

  • Everyone starts with 1 more point in all stats.
  • You can only raise VIT, INT, or LCK stat points on Lv3.
  • The first stat cap is raised from Lv4 to Lv6 – this forces you to balance out the stats in the beginning, but you already start with higher stats, so it shouldn’t negatively affect post-Machine Golem gameplay.
  • Some Lv4 enemies and bosses are now Lv3 (but still retains their original Lv4 stats) – this has a negative side effect that may yield less EXP and LUCRE.
  • Lv1, Lv4, and Lv7 enemies have higher stats (and therefore may be more difficult).

With this, the enemy stats would remain the same as the original (for the most part), but you’d have higher beginning stats without compromising the later levels, meaning only the beginning parts of the game would be easier. And you’d have up to 6 more total points before the first class change (although for less frequently used stats, since the later level stat caps are still the same).

Applying Notes:

  • This is specifically for No Header ROM. If you only have a Headered ROM, then you can use TUSH ( to remove the header.
  • Compatible with the English NCorlett-translation patch. But again, you need a Unheadered ROM. If you are using the translation patch from, then you need to apply the translation to a Headered ROM first, then use TUSH to remove the header. And then you can apply these patches.
  • Compatible with the new Trials of Mana ROM, released in 2019. But again, you need a Unheadered ROM.

There are other hacks for Seiken Densetsu 3 that you should check out:

Sin of Mana

  • This changes the contents of the game in many ways, such as equipment bonus, level-up change, class balance, difficulty, boss behaviors, running in battles, MP regeneration, dungeon format, and tons of bug fixes. It’s a completely new game though, since so much has changed, and the game progress is slightly different.
  • There is also a forum (google “Sin of Mana forum”), where you can ask the creator (praetarius5018) numerous questions. He is very helpful, and even helps you to create your own hack. He certainly did for me.
  • Sin of Mana is NOT compatible with the new Trials of Mana.
  • Sin of Mana is NOT compatible with hmsong’s patches.

Please leave comments or reviews. This would give the creator ideas on what is good or not, and depending on the situation, even revise the patches.

If you have any questions or find errors, please PM hmsong on (click the name, then click the name next to “Forum Account”, then click “Send PM”).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Seiken Densetsu 3 (Japan)
  • Database: No-Intro: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180813-062835)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 209C55FD2A8D7963905E3048B7D40094D6BEA965
  • File/ROM CRC32: 863ED0B8




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
hmsongOriginal Hacking

User Review Information

Yes and No

Reviewed By: soul_knight on 11 Oct 2021

Honestly, I think the increased starting stat is great. The beginning section is indeed a bit hard (relatively), due to limited skills and money. So the idea of increasing the stats is great indeed.

The problem is, I can’t help but notice the stat limit when you get to Lv3. I mean, it may not be a big deal to some people (because you have the same limit up to Lv6), but for me, it can be a bit frustrating, because the first boss is a pain, and limiting stats before that (namely, one of the two most important stats – Str) is rather sucky.

There’s more positives than negatives from this patch, hence why I’m recommending it, but I hope the author corrects this. I don’t know how they could fix it, but somehow.

Version 1.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Yes and Nosoul_knight11 Oct 20211.3Yes