This Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes Guide will tell you everything you want to know about the classes available to Riesz in the original Seiken Densetsu 3 for Super Famicon and the Mana Collection on Switch.
If you’re using Riesz in Seiken Densetsu 3 aka Trials of Mana, you’re going to have to decide which one of Riesz’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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NOTE: This is the class guide for the original Trials of Mana/Seiken Densetsu 3. CLICK HERE for Riesz’s Class Guide for the Trials of Mana Remake!
Here’s a rundown of all of Riesz’s classes:
Amazon – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
When it comes to classes for Riesz in Trials of Mana, Amazon is her starter class. It’s a straightforward class that can only attack. It’s slightly weaker than Duran’s and much weaker than Kevin’s. It’s probably marginally stronger than Hawkeye’s. The difference when it comes to base classes for physical attackers isn’t that noticeable, though. Except for Kevin, of course.
STR 11, DEX 11, CON 10, INT 10, PIE 10, LUC 9
Valkyrie (Light) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
Valkyrie is Riesz’s first Light Side class, and it’s very good. It gives Riesz access to stat up spells for each stat. It’s worth noting that you can buy items which cast these spells on the black market, but the spells definitely provide a lot of utility. Riesz definitely does a great job at increasing the efficacy of your team overall.
STR 17, DEX 16, CON 16, INT 15, PIE 16, LUC 14
Protect Up, Speed Up, Mind Up, Power Up
Rune Maiden (Dark) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
Rune Maiden is the first of the Dark Side classes for Riesz in trials of mana. It’s very similar to Valkyrie, except it grants stat downs instead of stat ups. This is generally considered to be the worse of the two options, because if you’re interested in stat downs, you should just use Hawkeye’s Ninja class, which provides stat downs while also dealing damage. Pairing Hawkeye with Riesz is a very popular option for this reason.
STR 16, DEX 17, CON 16, INT 16, PIE 15, LUC 15
Protect Down, Speed Down, Mind Down, Power Down
Vanadis (Light-Light) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
Vanadis has the strongest physical attack of all of the classes Riesz has access to in Trials of Mana. However, it doesn’t provide much utility beyond that. All of Riesz’s final classes get access to a summon skill, and Vanadis gets access to a summon which shrinks enemies and makes them worth 0 XP. So, it’s not something you want to cast very often. It does get a full screen tech, which is something, but the general consensus is that Star Lancer is a much better option if you’re using Light Side Riesz.
STR 20, DEX 19, CON 20, INT 17, PIE 19, LUC 16
Star Lancer (Light-Dark) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
What sets Star Lancer apart from Vanadis is that it’s able to multitarget its stat ups, allowing you to fully buff your party in 4 casts instead of 12. The summon Star Lancer gets access to is also the best of all of Riesz’s summons, because it deals significant damage and also inflicts the silence status, which prevents certain enemies from using deadly skills — specifically, enemies with dangerous fullscreen techs like Nightblades.
STR 19, DEX 18, CON 20, INT 18, PIE 18, LUC 18
Marduk*, Protect Up*, Speed Up*, Mind Up*, Power Up*
Dragon Master (Dark-Light) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
It’s hard to say which is the better of Riesz’s Dark Side classes. Neither come close to Star Lancer in terms of utility and both are worse options that using Nightblade Hawkeye in your party. Dragon Master gains only one skill over the Rune Maiden, which is the Jormungandr summon. It does decent damage and poisons enemies. If you’re not using Hawkeye, using Dragon Master to lower boss’s stats and then using items to boost your own stats is a decent option.
STR 18, DEX 19, CON 20, INT 18, PIE 18, LUC 18
Fenrir Knight (Dark-Dark) – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
Fenrir Knight gains the ability to multitarget stat downs which is relatively useless due to the fact that 99% of the time, you’ll only be using stat downs on bosses. Fenrir Knight is slightly stronger than the Dragon Master, and her summon deals more damage. Of the two Dark Side classes for Reisz in Trials of Mana, Fenrir Knight is probably the better option.
STR 19, DEX 20, CON 20, INT 19, PIE 17, LUC 17
Lamia Naga*, Protect Down*, Speed Down*, Mind Down*, Power Down*
Conclusion – Seiken Densetsu 3 Riesz Classes
Just like Hawkeye, Riesz has a definitive best class. Star Lancer is really the only option. The only class which is physically stronger is Vanadis, and the difference is only 1 point of strength. Star Lancer gets the best summon and the most utility. If you want to use the best class for Riesz, Star Lancer is it. Of course, she won’t be useless if you go with another class; it just won’t be optimal.
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