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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PlayStation 3)

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Also known as: Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki (JP)
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Publishers: Nihon Falcom (JP), NIS America (EU), XSEED Games (US)
Platforms: PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3
Released in JP: September 26, 2013
Released in US: December 22, 2015
Released in EU: January 29, 2016
Released in KR: June 24, 2014

AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.

NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page

To do:
  • Figure out how to load the Debug menu located in scena.pkg > debug.dat.
  • The game seems to have Japan-only DLC, detail this.


Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Debug Maps
Lots of goodies here!
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Unused Enemies
Development-Related Text

Unused Items & Costumes

Rean's Awakened Costume

Rean's awakened form is actually a costume and can be put into the player's inventory with hacks.

Cold Steel Awakened 2.png Cold Steel Awakened 1.png

Rean's Alternate Shirt

Rean normally only has one of his shirts, however another one titled: "Rean - Long Sleeves (Dev Use)" can be put into the player's inventory with hacks. It appears to be the exact same as the used version, which is titled: "Rean's Shirt".

Cold Steel Rean Costume 2.png Cold Steel Rean Costume 1.png

Sara's Swimwear

Normally only Class 7 has their swimwear, but Sara also has her own that can be used with hacks. This costume also has text associated with it that goes unused. It cannot be normally removed once applied.

Cold Steel Swimwear 1.png Cold Steel Swimwear 2.png

Unused Weapons

A set of unused weapons for Millium, Crow, Alisa, Laura, and Fie can be seen below.

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Unused ARCUS Cover

An unused color scheme of the Thor's ARCUS cover can be seen below.

Cold Steel Unused Items3.png

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Party Members

Angelica (Alternate Costume)

Strangely Angelica can be put into the player's party with her alternate costume. Oddly she has a Anton's portrait when this version of her is put into the party. She never joins the party with this costume. She can attack on the field but has no stats and cannot enter battle.

Cold Steel Angelica.png


Claire with her casual wear can be put into the party with hacks. Claire does not appear in the player's party until the sequel. She has no voice when switching to her on the field, she cannot attack enemies on the field nor does she have any stats and cannot appear in battle.

Cold Steel Claire.png

Test Girl

The test girl from some of the debug maps and shown in an early magazine photo can be put back in a semi functional state. This appears to be a early version of Alisa. She does not have any proper voices or crafts. She has three unique animations which are her walking animation, battle stance animation and attacking animation. Her attacking animation is slightly incomplete.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused NPC Text

A file present inside talk > tk_ply996 appears to be a debug talk file, staring Bleublanc. Below is what the message reads.

I am speaking from the talk files. I repeat, I am speaking from the talk files. Hello, my pets. It is I, Bleublanc, invading your ever-so-beautiful debug files.

Unused Music

A total of eight songs go unused in this game. The unused music in this section are not present in the US and EU releases of the game.

Practical Exam (Alternate Mix)

An alternate more foreboding mix of "Practical Exam" can be heard here but ends up being unused. It's unknown where or why this would have played. It does not appear on any soundtrack.

Abend Time (Without Radio Filter)

Normally you hear the song "Abend Time" with a radio-like filter applied on the song in-game, however there is another version without the filter applied that goes unused. This version does not appear on the soundtrack either.

Roer Bar (With Radio Filter)

A more relaxed version of the Roer bar music with a radio filter can be heard here that ends up being unused. The used version always plays in the bar without the radio filter and has more instruments playing.

Steel Roar -Threat- (From Ao no Kiseki)

A song from Ao no Kiseki can be found in this game but does not play anywhere.

The Sound of Rainfall in the Academy (Alternate Version)

An unused alternate version of the track, "The Sound of Rainfall in the Academy". It was most likely going to be used for sunny, afternoon days in the academy grounds. It does not appear on any soundtrack.

Back to the Dorm (Alternate Version)

An unused alternate version of the track, "Back to the Dorm". It does not appear on any soundtrack.

Autumn Sunshine (From Tokyo Xanadu eX+)

An unused song that was used later in Tokyo Xanadu eX+.

(Source: Track title finding: Josep)

Impatient (From Trails of Cold Steel 2)

This song from the sequel appears in the game files. However, it is only heard in the sequel, not this game.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Voice Files

Rean (Orge Form)

Below is a voice file of Rean in his orge form saying "Perish!" which is not one of the dialogs he says while in his orge form.

Viscount Arseid

Below is three voices files from Viscount Arseid that are unused. Two of which are his unused S-Craft power up voices that go unused. This would have taken place before he says "Radiant Phoenix Slash!". The latter most voice file is his unused death cry. Perhaps at one point in development you could win the fight against him.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

An icon of CrossBell is randomly put in the game files and remains hidden in-game. It is internally named "c_title0".

Cold Steel 2 Crossbell Icon.png

An unused dummy enemy icon graphic:

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An unknown enemy icon:

Cold Steel 2 Battle 3.png

(Source: Original TCRF research)

An unused set of visuals only present in the Japanese version of the game. The first is Ao no Kiseki's opening -like image, the second is a temporary ending screen from this game, the third is a still image from a FMV from Ao no Kiseki and a rough FMV shot from Ao no Kiseki again.

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(Source: Gu4n)

Unused NPCs

A couple of unused NPCs, Marquis Hyarms, and Marquis Rogner remain in the game. Marquis Hyarms still went unused in the sequel.

Cold Steel Marquis Hyarms.png Cold Steel Marquis Rogner.png

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Ogre Mode Flag

To do:
Get offsets for the PS3 version of this game.

Inside of a save file is a unused flag that will set Rean into ogre form. You can walk around and fight in battle while in his ogre state. In order to enable this flag, you will need a hex editor. With your hex editor open your save file inside it, and travel to the offset below.

PC Offset: 0x67439. Set to value 02 for ogre form.

Cold Steel Rean Ogre.png

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Anti-Piracy Detection

If the game detects that the user has tampered with a certain portion of memory, specifically the scene data for maps it will force quit the game with this message:

Tampered-with data detected. Quitting the game.
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Update History

Version 1.01
  • Crash bug while saving inside train in start of chapter 2.
  • Minor text fixes.
Version 1.02
  • Added fast forward function.
  • Load time decreased.
  • Corrected typos.
Version 1.03
  • Now shows how often you cancelled an enemy's arte in the battle tab of your notebook.
  • Fixed a freeze bug when using S-Crafts.