This Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes guide will tell you everything you need to know about all the classes Hawkeye can become in the original Seiken Densetsu 3/Trials of Mana for Super Famicon and the Collection of Mana on Switch.
If you’re using Hawkeye in Seiken Densetsu 3 aka Trials of Mana, you’re going to have to decide which one of Hawkeye’s 4 final classes you’re going to pursue. That can be quite a challenge, because you also have to keep in mind potential class combos.
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Duran Classes Guide – Kevin Classes Guide – Hawkeye Classes Guide
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NOTE: This is the class guide for the original Trials of Mana/Seiken Densetsu 3. CLICK HERE for Hawkeye’s Class Guide for the Trials of Mana Remake!
Here’s a rundown of all of the Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye classes:
Thief – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
Thief is the starting class for Hawkeye. It’s pretty standard. Hawkeye hits twice, so it pumps out a fair amount of damage. He’s a little bit on the fragile side, but not too much. He’s not as strong as Kevin or Duran, probably about on par with Reisz. The only problem is because of the way that damage calculations work, where a character like Reisz may hit once for, say, 12 damage, Hawkeye may hit twice for 1 damage. But that doesn’t come up too often.
STR 9, DEX 12, CON 9, INT 9, PIE 12, LUC 9
Ninja (Dark) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
If you decide to take the dark path when it comes to Hawkeye classes in Trials of Mana, you’ll get the Ninja. Ninja is a very popular option for Hawkeye. It gives him damaging spells that also reduce the stats of targets. These are particularly useful against bosses, especially defense down. The amount of utility that Ninja provides is exceptional.
STR 15, DEX 18, CON 15, INT 15, PIE 14, LUC 17
Shuriken, Water Jutsu, Fire Jutsu, Earth Jutsu, Thunder Jutsu
Ranger (Light) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
On the other hand, if you decide to go for the Light Side classes for Hawkeye in Trials of Mana, you’ll become a Ranger. Hawkeye’s Light Side classes are, in general, more caster-type classes. Unfortunately, in Trials of Mana, casters are not particularly good. Angela is the best caster by far and even she can barely find a place for herself on many teams. Ranger gets a few weak spells and a few status effect spells. In general, it’s worse than Ninja in every conceivable way. If you pick this class based on your desire to get to the advanced Light Side classes, it’s important to remember that you get those advanced classes super late, and you’ll be stuck as a Ranger for 95% of the game.
STR 14, DEX 17, CON 15, INT 14, PIE 15, LUC 18
Arrow, Spike, Sleep Flower, Body Change
Ninja Master (Dark-Light) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
Ninja Master is Hawkeye’s Dark-Light option, and it learns how to multitarget the elemental shurikens that Hawkeye learned as a Ninja. This is decently powerful for clearing rooms, as you can quickly cast Thunder Jutsu and apply Defense Down to all enemies. However, in general, you only really need to cast stat downs on bosses, so if you go with Ninja Master you’re trading in a lot of the extra utility and power that Nightblade provides for marginally useful increased crowd-clearing spells.
STR 17, DEX 22, CON 19, INT 18, PIE 16, LUC 21
Shuriken*, Water Jutsu*, Fire Jutsu*, Earth Jutsu*, Thunder Jutsu*
Nightblade (Dark-Dark) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
When it comes to final classes for Hawkeye in Trials of Mana, Nightblade is where it’s at. Nightblade has the highest attack power, all the Ninja shuriken stat downs, and several high-utility spells including better a crowd clearing option than what Ninja Master gets (Black Rain). He gets a silence (Blow Needle), which is useful on multiple enemies, especially ones with multitarget techs. He also gets Deadly Weapon, which immediately shaves 20% off of any boss’s health. Nightblade is objectively Hawkeye’s best class and, honestly, probably the best class in the game overall.
STR 18, DEX 21, CON 19, INT 17, PIE 17, LUC 20
Poison Breath, Flame Breath, Blow Needles, Deadly Weapon, Black Rain*
Rogue (Light-Dark) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
Rogue doubles down on Hawkeye as a spellcaster and gains the only damaging spells of the Dryad element. This class is extremely bad. It’s not a good attacker (it will often to 1 damage). It’s not a good caster (no multitarget spells, spells are all weaker than Angela’s). There’s nothing particularly good about the Rogue at all. I would recommend that you don’t choose this class.
STR 17, DEX 21, CON 19, INT 17, PIE 17, LUC 22
Rock Fall, Land Mine, Silver Dart, Cutter Missile, Crescent, Rocket Launcher, Axe Bomber, Grenade Bomb
Wanderer (Light-Light) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
Wanderer is an interesting class in terms of utility. It gets a wide variety of spells. Most of them are pretty useless, but some are useful. He gets Lunatic, which does the same thing Nightblade’s Deadly Weapon skill does, but worse. It gets Aura Wave, which is a great spell, but also available in Kevin’s Godhand class. It gets Poison Bubble which totally eliminates any reason to go Rogue (a better Dryad MP stealing spell than what Rogue gets). So it can do a lot of things. The real problem is this: honestly in Trials of Mana it’s usually better to just hit things to death. Wanderer reminds me of that scene from Indiana Jones where the guy does all the sword tricks and then Jones just shoots him. Wanderer has a lot of tricks in a game where tricks don’t really amount to anything useful.
STR 16, DEX 20, CON 19, INT 16, PIE 18, LUC 21
Poison Bubble, Lunatic, Trans Shape, Life Booster, Aura Wave, Half Vanish, Counter Magic, Energy Ball
Conclusion – Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes
Nightblade is, hands down, the best option when it comes to Seiken Densetsu 3 Hawkeye Classes. You might pick another class for variety’s sake, but you’re downgrading from Nightblade for sure. Nightblade is objectively the best both in terms of damage potential and utility. As I mentioned above, not only is it the best of Hawkeye’s classes, it’s most likely the best overall class in the game.
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