Next Legend Of Heroes Game Uses A Materia-Like Orbment System

By Sato . June 27, 2013 . 5:32pm


Previously, we reported some of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash’s special attacks, known as Crafts. The Crafts are unique to each character and can be obtained upon reaching specific levels. In Falcom’s latest update, they share a close look at the series’ latest Orbment system, which uses Quartz to teach characters different abilities and Arts.



The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky used an Orbment system called Tactical Orbments, which was a small device that allowed players to use various Arts. In The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash, it’s a device called the Tactical Orbment ARCUS, which is used by Rean and others from Class VII. Similar to the device in Trails in the Sky, it will use Quartz to enhance the user’s abilities and allows them to use various Arts, however, this time with a few added twists.



The above shows an open and sealed slot in the Orbment device. You’ll get to place Quartz in any open slot; however, in order to open a closed slot, you’ll need to use an item called the Sepith, which can be acquired from combat rewards or treasure chests.



The above is a look at Rean’s Orbment on the left and Alisa’s to the right. As you can see, their patterns are different, so you’ll have to come up with different combinations that will fit their style.


In previous The Legend of Heroes titles, each Quartz’ attribute determined which type of magic could be used from it. This time, instead of it depending on the attribute, it will depend on the Quartz itself.


A normal Quartz may have an ability or ArtS enclosed within it. For example, you could might see one with a fire attribute, that will increase a character’s strength when inserted in their Orbment. The Silver Thorn Arts is another example of what could be acquired from a normal Quartz.


A Rare Quartz will be more valuable, as it will contain more useful Arts such as “Tear”, the water-attribute healing Arts. In addition, there will also be “S-Rare” Quartz with powerful Arts, which can’t be bought in stores.



Here’s a look at the Master Quartz, which is a special Quartz placed in the middle of the Orbment. The Master Quartz will gain experience from combat and will enhance over time. As you level it up, the parameters will also increase and so will its special abilities. It will also progressively increase the types of Arts you can get from it.


The above image is a look at Rean’s Force Master Quartz, which focuses on strength. It has an ability called STR Up which increases the user’s strength each turn from the start of the battle. In addition, it allows the usage of the Fire Bolt Arts.



This Master Quartz is known as Angel, focuses on magic attack and is seen being used by Alisa. It has an ability called Revival that has a once per battle effect of recovering HP and CP before being knocked.


There are various Arts that can be used in many ways to attack, heal and support. The seven attributes of the Arts are Earth, Water, Fire, Wind,  Time, Mirage and Sky. Each enemy has their strengths and weaknesses against certain attributes, so knowing which ones to use against certain enemies will make battle more effective if you can nail their weaknesses.


Here’s a look at some of the flashy Arts:


Ancient Glyph (Earth)



A giant glyph-like object falls from the sky and crushes enemies. It will temporarily inflict a petrify effect to the target, making them unable to act.


Judgment Bolt (Wind)



The Judgment Bolt is not only a powerful attack, but it also temporarily disables enemies from using any Crafts.


Altair Canon (Sky)


The Altair Canon is an Arts that shoots a bright laser from the sky to punish enemies. It also has a chance of lowering the target’s magic attack and defense.


Silver Thorn (Mirage)



This Arts surrounds enemies with silver swords that strike at the same time. It also has the ability to put enemies in a state of confusion.


Chrono Burst (Time)


The Chrono Burst Arts is where the user pulls out two clocks which splits the time in two and accelerates time. Using it will allow you to take pull off consecutive actions.


The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash will be available in Japan on September 26 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

  • TheExile285

    Ugh, why do I keep clicking on these links >.<

    • Mithfalath

      When I scanned Siliconera yesterday, I intentionally DIDN’T click on this link. I need not mention what happened afterwards. It’s so painstakingly… uhmmm.. painful? T_____T

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  • Sim

    Looks great so far and falcom is such a tease for not releasing a trailer >.<

  • Margaret Chan

    I think I must be a masochist. I keep clicking these when I can’t understand Japanese and know it’s pretty much a crapshoot

  • MrTyrant

    I love the orbment system. It always reminds me to Suikoden’s runes for example but with their tweaks for each installment.

  • ChiffonCake

    It looks like a mix of the materia and sphere grid systems… sounds nice.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Classical situation with tales of sky series: See article in siliconera, see how great is the game, exit depressed saying Why cant we have this..

    Jokes aside this game looks great, the transition to 3d went smoothly, it’s orbament system evolved from the first game AND now i want…. sigh Why cant we have this.

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    Wow wonder if they will bring it to the US

  • RichyGaming


  • This looks cool. Hopefully it does well enough to get localized.

  • Zuhri69

    The level of despair in this article is too damn high!!!!

  • Hawk666

    Actually, these systems are already in Trails of Azure.

  • larse

    Well, it’s the same sytem as LoH: Ao no Kiseki. Falcom, like many Japanese companies, has been doing the same things for different games for years. The engine also is used for a ton of games for years. Their previous engine has been used since YS VI (2003) all the way to LoH: Ao no Kiseki (2011). This is what Falcom does.

    And I love it.

  • Wiccan1109

    Its SO rare to see RPGs with dynamic camera angles for its spells these days. I know they tend to frustrate people because skipping scenes is so common now, but the right cameras can really make a game for me. They look a lot like Suiko 3 spells which were some of my favorite in the entire genre. Not that this title needed much more to make me want it. ;;

  • PoweredByHentai

    Damn it, none of the online retailers have it listed.

    Amazon Japan won’t even ship it outside of Japan. Grrrrrrr.

    • Alfredo Muñoz Rodriguez

      you could try play asia, they already have it listed for preorder

      • PoweredByHentai

        They do? I was just looking for it on play-asia and didn’t see it.

        • Alfredo Muñoz Rodriguez

          just search on the vita section, they also had a big add on the rigth of the page

          • PoweredByHentai

            Yeah, just saw that. Thanks!

  • Bojan Njegomir

    I bought my PSP just to play Trails In The Sky! And really Siliconera, i would appreaciate if u stop with this kind of news, it’s really depresses me! :(

  • Duc PC-QB

    They post a short video about development and gameplay .

    Day -9999 import

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