Challenge Pack: A Trial for Adventurers was a free DLC pack containing Speedrun Mode and Hard Mode and was available as downloadable content items for Dragon's Dogma. It was released on December 4, 2012.
Both game modes are incorporated into the base game of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen.
The DLC is no longer available to download from the XBOX LIVE marketplace or the PSN Store due to the fact that the DLC can cause corruption to any Dragon's Dogma and/or Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen save file when installed on the console's hard drive. It is integrated into the PC version, along with all other DLCs.
Please see Notes section below for more information.
Seasoned Arisens! Experience the next level of adventure with two new modes: Speedrun Mode and Hard Mode.
This pack adds two new modes to the game and adds an "Extra" option in the Main Menu screen.
In Dragon's Dogma Speedrun Mode can be selected by selecting "Extras" in the first menu screen and then selecting "Speedrun Mode"; in Dark Arisen the mode is available from the main menu.
Hard Mode can be selected in two ways:
- By selecting Hard Mode in the pre-game menu. Please note that this will remove any active play-through ! The storyline will restart from the beginning, just as with New Game Plus.
- By loading an active game and selecting Hard Mode from the options menu. Please note that this will quit the active play-through and start a new game. Items, Levels and such are carried over.
- Main article : Speed Run Mode
Speed Run mode is a time challenge mode in which the aim is to complete the game in the shortest possible time. A previous save game can be used to initiate a speed run, including all earned items, skills and character development.
- Main article : Hard Mode
Hard mode gives greatly increased difficulty. Stamina use is increased and enemies do greatly increased damage. In compensation enemies drop much greater rewards, such as giant gold bags, and experience and discipline point gain is doubled.
- There were two hairstyles that appeared with this DLC in Dragon's Dogma, nos. 49 and 50, corresponding to Barnaby and Selene's hair. However, in order to unlock them in the original game, the Bonus Pack: A Boon for Wanderers must have been purchased prior to its discontinuance.
- Those two hairstyles have since been incorporated into the character editor in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen.
- Contrary to popular belief, both Hard Mode and Speedrun Mode are not available to original Dragon's Dogma players upon completion of the first playthrough.
- Please note: This DLC is no longer available to download from the XBOX LIVE marketplace or the PSN Store, due to the fact that this DLC has a very high rate of corrupting any Dragon's Dogma OR Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen save-game file. As such Capcom decided to take this DLC down to avoid further issues.
- Capcom said it had determined that the corruption issue was caused by a conflict between the DLC packs "Trial for Adventurers" and "A Boon for Wanderers", both of which were DLC packs available to Dragon's Dogma players. Capcom claims these conflicts were eliminated when all Dragon's Dogma DLC was incorporated into the Dark Arisen version of the game.
- It is, however, possible to re-download this DLC if it was been purchased previous to its discontinuance by accessing "Download History" on the player's console.
- Some players have reported losing their unpurified Bitterblack Weapon Lv.3 items from their inventory upon initiating Hard Mode. Further testing and verification is required to confirm this.
- Some claim max stamina was lost when switching to hard difficulty in "Dragon's Dogma", NOT the "Dark Arisen" expansion. This has not been confirmed; claims estimate around a 20-30% reduction to stamina.