Trials of Mana is a remake of the classic but untranslated SNES game Seiken Densetsu 3, and it brought its trademark Rabites along for the ride. As is traditional in the Mana series, you'll be pummeling these adorable monsters for much of the game.
However, once you've cleared the story, the Rabites might get some payback. Here's how to find the hidden, ultra-difficult Black Rabite enemy in Trials of Mana.
Trials of Mana: Where to Find Black Rabite
The first step here is simply to beat the game. You can't unlock the Black Rabite battle until you've finished off the campaign. You don't have to do any of the other post-game content, however.
The second is to find the Black Rabite statue that's now appeared somewhere in the game world. Its location changes depending on your current main character.
In the original Japanese version of the game, the Black Rabite fight was exclusive to players who'd picked either Duran or Angela. This is causing some confusion now, as some people are mixing up the requirements from the original 1995 game with the new rules for the 2020 remake. For 2020's Trials of Mana, the Black Rabite can be found and fought by any member of the cast.
If you're playing as Duran or Angela, the Black Rabite statue is in the Crystal Desert, near the entrance.
If you picked Kevin or Charlotte, the statue is found in the Mirage Palace, near the entrance.
Finally, if you chose Hawkeye or Riesz, the statue is outside the cavern in the Dark Palace.
All you have to do from there is interact with the statue, and you'll be transported to the secret lair of the Black Rabite. You may have spotted the Rabite's room on your map before now, but you don't have any way inside until the post-game.
Once you defeat the Black Rabite, you'll receive the Rabite Trapper Trophy (which is only a Bronze, for some reason?), but that's a lot easier said than done.
The Black Rabite is arguably the toughest enemy in the game, with tons of HP and a comically broad array of special attacks. It can summon demons as backup, kill your characters in one hit with some of its primary nukes, and uses many past bosses' skills against you. You're going to want to promote all of your characters to their rank-4 classes, level up as much as possible, and bring plenty of curative items.
Defeating the Black Rabite rewards you with a new chain ability, Obsidian Power, which lowers the MP cost of your battle abilities to zero.
It's overpowered, yeah, but if you beat the Black Rabite in the first place, you've already dealt with the biggest challenge that Trials of Mana can offer. Now you can use Obsidian Power to take a victory lap back through the game, casting your most expensive spells on everything you see.
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