The Trialmaster

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Portrait of The Trialmaster Ixchel
The Trialmaster
Ixchel
The Trialmaster Ixchel
Area: Maps (random)
Functions: Offers Trials of Chaos
Quest:
The Trialmaster
The Trialmaster
The Trialmaster
Level(s) 81-83
Location(s) Ultimatum
Modifier(s) Action Speed cannot be modified to below 70% of base value
Cannot be Knocked Back
Humanoid

The Trialmaster is an NPC and unique boss first introduced in the Ultimatum league. He can be randomly encountered in maps. He will offer you the Trials of Chaos (also known as Ultimatum encounters) to the player as directed by his master, Chaos. The Trialmaster also has a chance to be encountered as a boss in these Ultimatum encounters in areas of level 81 or higher, replacing the tenth wave and teleporting the player to special arena.

As a boss

When encountered as a boss, the Trialmaster will teleport the player to a small circular arena. This arena also contains hazards selected from the Ultimatum encounter preceding this fight, and the encounter can be failed either by dying or by gaining 7 stacks of Ruin. Ultimatum modifiers that create hazards around the Ultimatum altar instead affect the center of the arena. Defeating the Trialmaster will teleport the player back to the original area, dropping the accumulated rewards as well as one of his exclusive unique items.

Abilities

  • Abyss Slam: "Fall before me!" - Charges up, slamming the ground and launching a blue Ground Slam/Sunder in a direction
  • Cyclone: Swings his weapon around while moving slowly towards the player for a duration
  • Shockwave: "Feel his power!" - Charges up, slamming the ground and causing a red shockwave in an area
  • Trialmaster's Heart: "Be still!" - Places his heart in the arena, linking via a chain (Trialmaster's Tether) to the player. Moving away from the Heart will sever the link, causing Physical Damage and always inflicting Stun with 250% increased duration
  • Spear Pulse: "Chaos aid me!" - Fires a ground-targeted spear towards the player which causes a Physical nova
  • Tri-Elemental Mortar: throws three projectiles, each doing Fire/Cold/Lightning damage
  • Spike Mortar: throws five projectiles dealing Physical damage
  • Omega Projectile: Fires a large blue orb that bounces off the arena's walls, exploding on impact
  • Timestop Slam: "Ultimatum!" - Pauses time, teleporting and slamming the ground three times, causing delayed red Sunders
  • Timestop Projectiles: "Might of Chaos!" Pauses time, teleporting and creating three blood orbs that bounce off the arena's walls, exploding on impact
  • Hostile Currency: "Take it. Go ahead." - Summons interactable Chaos OrbChaos OrbStack Size: 20Reforges a rare item with new random modifiersRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it.s and Vaal OrbVaal OrbStack Size: 20Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictablyRight click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.s around the arena which drop their respective items when clicked

Drops

The Trialmaster has new drop rates as of version 3.23.0.

The Trialmaster will always drop one of the following uniques when defeated:

  • Ixchel's TemptationIxchel's Temptation
    Gold Ring
    Requires Level 20(6-15)% increased Rarity of Items found+(10-15) to all Attributes
    Adds (7-10) to (15-18) Chaos Damage to Attacks
    Adds (9-12) to (19-22) Fire Damage to Spells
    +(15-20)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
    +(80-100) to Armour
    +(80-100) to Evasion Rating
    +(30-35) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(25-30) to maximum Life
    +(20-25) to maximum Mana
    +(8-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
    (6-8)% increased Attack and Cast Speed
    Maximum Quality is 200%
    CorruptedChaos offers possibility, not outcome.
    Our own imaginations ensnare us.
  • Glimpse of ChaosGlimpse of Chaos
    Vaal Mask
    Evasion: (207-239)
    Energy Shield: (37-43)
    Requires Level 62, 79 Dex, 72 Int<Can roll a special implicit when corrupted>Can be modified while Corrupted
    (30-40)% increased maximum Life and reduced Fire Resistance
    (30-40)% increased maximum Mana and reduced Cold Resistance
    (30-40)% increased Global maximum Energy Shield and reduced Lightning Resistance
    Chaos Resistance is Zero
    CorruptedMan retains sanity and strives toward civilisation
    only under the blessed veil of ignorance.
  • Yaomac's AccordYaomac's Accord
    Vaal Sceptre
    Sceptre
    Physical Damage: 37-70
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.40
    Weapon Range: 1.1 metres
    Requires Level 64, 113 Str, 113 Int32% increased Elemental Damage(80-120)% increased Damage with Vaal Skills
    (8-6)% reduced Soul Gain Prevention Duration
    Gain an Endurance Charge, Frenzy Charge, and Power Charge when you use a Vaal Skill
    Shepherd of Souls
    Their three serpentine heads found unity in balance.
  • Mahuxotl's MachinationMahuxotl's Machination
    Steel Kite Shield
    Chance to Block: 26%
    Armour: (146-167)
    Energy Shield: (30-35)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 46, 60 Str, 60 IntCorrupted Soul
    Divine Flesh
    Eternal Youth
    Everlasting Sacrifice
    Immortal Ambition
    Vaal Pact
    The Banished Architect sought to employ all the
    darkest secrets of the Vaal... at the same time.
  • HateforgeHateforge
    Ancient Gauntlets
    Armour: (338-432)Requires Level 72, 68 StrSocketed Gems are Supported by Level 30 Rage
    (120-150)% increased Armour
    (25-10)% reduced Rage Cost of Skills
    Vaal Attack Skills you Use yourself Cost Rage instead of requiring Souls
    You cannot gain Rage during Soul Gain Prevention
    The first Karui born on the fringes of the Vaal empire developed a blood fever born of corruption.

The Trialmaster also drops a stack of Tainted CatalystTainted CatalystStack Size: 10Applies a random quality type and amount of quality to a Corrupted ring, amulet or belt
Replaces other quality types
Right click this item then left click a Corrupted ring, amulet or belt to apply it. The maximum quality is 20%.
s, and can drop a stack of other catalysts if Brave The Tower is allocated.

Although The Trialmaster appears to drop items immediately upon being killed, the items cannot be picked up until after the death animation plays, kicking the player out of the arena and adding his loot in addition to your other cumulative Ultimatum rewards.

Temptation StepTemptation Step
Shagreen Boots
Evasion: (486-756)Requires Level 55, 97 Dex(170-250)% increased Evasion Rating
+(19-29)% to Chaos Resistance
15% increased Damage for each Poison on you up to a maximum of 75%
10% increased Movement Speed for each Poison on you up to a maximum of 50%
Poison you inflict with Travel Skills is Reflected to you if you
have fewer than 5 Poisons on you
The High Priests ensured the loyalty of their slaves by habituating them to narcotic stimulants with lethal withdrawals.
and Relic of the PactRelic of the Pact
Sage Wand
Wand
Physical Damage: 23-42
Critical Strike Chance: 8.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.20
Requires Level 30, 119 Int(17-21)% increased Spell DamageGrants Level 1 Blood Sacrament Skill
Your Critical Strike Chance is Lucky while on Low Life
Crush your enemies with your essence, so that you may drink of theirs.
were part of The Trialmaster's unique pool between Version 3.19.0 and Version 3.22.0 during which the Trialmaster was encountered via The Tower of OrdealsThe Tower of Ordeals
Engraved Ultimatum
Map Level: 83
Map Tier: 16
<5-6 random Ultimatum modifiers>CorruptedOn the outskirts of Utzaal, at the Temple of Chaos,
the Trialmaster awaits your challenge.
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
, but were moved to regular Ultimatum rewards instead following the reintroduction of the Ultimatum mechanic.

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Dialogue

Introduction

Greetings, challenger. My master felt your yearning, your desire to be tested once again. Chaos bade me return to these strands of possibility, to this small span of days that you live over and over again, so that we may determine the capabilities of your strange existence. I truly hope you have honed your skills since last we met, for I have prepared new and deadly challenges to test your mettle. Push the limits... if you dare.

The Trials

Long have I walked this world in search of suitable challengers. My master, Chaos, has charged me with this task. Many have attempted my trials in search of greatness. Scholars, criminals, heroes, and the meek. All have stepped forward, and most have fallen. The rules never changed for them, and the rules will not change for you. Bring only that which you can afford to lose-including your life.

Chaos

My master is the essence of all that might be. He is the flip of the coin, and he is the roll of the die. Whether you win or lose, his purpose is still served. And yet-your changes can be influenced by your skill, by your intellect, and by your might. That is what fascinates Chaos. Skilled mortals can bend their chances in their own favour, for in the headwinds of the unknown, the arrow of a master falls more assuredly than the arrow of a novice. Show him your mastery, and he will smile upon you. Surprise him with utmost talent, and he may even laugh. Fortune will rain upon those who bring humour to Chaos.

Doryani

I was once mortal, and I know the mortal I once was would have felt about certain things. That man would have hated Doryani with a passion for bringing about the fall of the greatest civilization this world has ever known. Fortunately, I am no longer troubled by such attachments. Through the grace of Chaos, I now understand that all things that can happen, do. Even now I am testing the might of another survivor who washed up on Wraeclast instead of you, and to her, you are dead. All that you accomplish is meaningless. All that Doryani ruined was equally meaningless.

Atziri

The Queen represents an odd island of stability that Chaos cannot comprehend. Almost all events come laden with possibility, but the history of her existence is a single unbroken course. There is no world, real or imagined, where Atziri did not lead our people to ruin.

She gazes into a mirror still, somewhere beyond the reach of my master, in a place of crimson madness and nightmare... my master adores the uncertainty of chance outcome, but he abhors cosmic enigmas with no clear answered, especially when such enigmas seem to possess the power to impress determinism upon the fabric of existence.

The Anathema

My lord Chaos has often felt there is a sinister force lurking in the unknown mists of raw Creation that seeks to oppose him. It does not show itself. No, it is a cowardly Impulse, one that subtly tangles the threads of Fate to bring together mortals in each era for the purpose of Order, a cold conflict that has raged eternal - with only one exception.

The Order of the Djinn

I knew those of the Djinn well, when I was mortal. Despite that accursed word in their name, Order, they did not knowingly answer to a higher Impulse. I found it curious that the vagaries of Fate kept bringing such exceptional individuals together, and for a time, I believed that I was exceptional. My hubris was my own undoing, just as it was theirs... several times, in fact. Yet, they always reform. There is always a new gathering. Or hadn't you noticed your increasingly eclectic collection of allies in that increasingly crowded hole you call a hideout? The chaotic Impulse in a Perandus heart recently struck a great blow for us, but here you are, a mere heartbeat later, stitching the threads back together all over again...

Hinekora

You stink of the meddling Witch of Prophecy. You must know that she is a liar. She has no power of prophecy. Her power is only that of memories. She remembers what happened, and only what happened. She does not see the possibilities — what could be, or could have been, the way my lord Chaos does. Worse still, like all memories — even mine — hers fade with time. Would you entrust your Fate to a senile old woman that can hardly keep herself awake? The very fact that she tells you certain paths lead to doom means they happened. Those paths did lead to doom. Her prophecies are nothing more than painful memories of all the times she failed. What makes this go around the mad wheel any different? Chaos promises nothing, only the truth: today is not special. You are not special, unless you make yourself so. In that truth, there is utmost freedom.

Exception

It is not so simple a thing to determine whether a being serves Order or Chaos. These two Impulses suffuse all who possess a will of their own—some more than others. This perverse opposition has fueled the inner struggle of living beings since the Beginning of Time, and will continue to do so until its End. However, there is one thing upon which both inclinations agree. In the eyes of Chaos, there can be no amusement or unlikelihoods in a dead world. And, while such a realm would be perfectly Ordered, there would be no one left to enjoy the... supposed fruits of such a domain. I am not certain that Order exists as a thinking being like Chaos does, but the forces that serve both have agreed to a narrow alliance against a rather existential crisis.

We — and I shudder to use that word, we — already sacrificed all we had to buy this world one stay of execution. It only cost the lives of my entire people, and everything they ever built. The decaying temples and cities of the Vaal Empire are not rotting monuments to hubris. They are a legacy, a silent reminder of what was given so that the other peoples of Wraeclast might survive. What will you sacrifice when the moment comes?

Existential Crisis

Ah... best you don't know. You'll fight on to the bitter end, so long as you never realise the truth. Who knows? You might even win. Out of all the countless possibilities, it has happened... once. All it took was the death of Truth itself; the creation of a world of perfect Order, with no free will, and no Chaos. Needless to say, that route to survival is... unacceptable, both to my master, and to mortals such as yourself. It will not be repeated... hopefully.

Ixchel

How do you know that name? You mock me with remnants of a life long since turned to dust, with freedom and hope that can never be more than scraps of memory. Do not dare to insult me again!

The Beginning of Time

Oh... I'm only a couple of thousand years old. If you want to know more about the Beginning of Time, you'll have to ask the Titans. Well, Titan. Or that insufferably cryptic owl... if you don't mind paying such a horrible price...

The End of Time

I eagerly await the End in any form, if it exists. It is my only chance of escape... until then, not even death can save me from servitude. I have escaped a thousand different ways, and every time, Chaos just brings me back from the paths in which my escape failed. I need all paths to end, if I am ever to rest.

The Viridian Wildwood

There's something very strange afoot in Wraeclast. My lord Chaos believes that forest didn't exist until recently, but to me, it has always been here. This isn't the first time this has happened, either...

Random dialogues

The following dialogues depends on how many success or fail the player has in the trials:

winning a lot greeting:

Is this some farcical joke?

This trial will see your downfall.

I am being punished, aren't I?

winning a lot goodbye:

How do you keep winning?!

I should have become a priest of Yaomac instead...

This is insufferable...

Lore

As described in the Ultimatum Scarabs, the Trialmaster was formerly a Vaal citizen known as Ixchel. During the peak of madness within the Vaal Empire, the Order of the Djinn rescued him, bring him into their ranks. He was tasked with infiltrating the Priesthood of Yaomac and stealing the diety themselves, a three-headed snake. After gaining the title of "Godstealer", he was tasked with infiltrating the Temple of Chaos to do the same. However, he (and the order) realized that Chaos was not a deity, but a cosmic force known as an Impulse, and Ixchel was forced to become a servant of Chaos until the End of Time.

Version history

Version Changes
3.23.0
  • Ultimatum has been added to the core game, replacing Metamorph. You will have approximately an 8% chance to find the Trialmaster and his Trials of Chaos in Maps.
  • You now have a chance to be teleported to The Trialmaster's Arena for the 10th round in areas with a level of 81 or higher, rather than this being guaranteed.
  • Monsters in Ultimatum Encounters no longer drop loot, other than The Trialmaster, though they still grant experience.
  • The Tower of Ordeals Unique Engraved Ultimatum Map can no longer be opened in a Map Device.
3.19.0
  • The Trialmaster has returned! The Trialmaster boss fight can be accessed through the newly introduced Tower of Ordeals Unique Map.
  • The Trialmaster can now also drop Relic of the PactRelic of the Pact
    Sage Wand
    Wand
    Physical Damage: 23-42
    Critical Strike Chance: 8.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Requires Level 30, 119 Int(17-21)% increased Spell DamageGrants Level 1 Blood Sacrament Skill
    Your Critical Strike Chance is Lucky while on Low Life
    Crush your enemies with your essence, so that you may drink of theirs.
    , Mahuxotl's MachinationMahuxotl's Machination
    Steel Kite Shield
    Chance to Block: 26%
    Armour: (146-167)
    Energy Shield: (30-35)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 46, 60 Str, 60 IntCorrupted Soul
    Divine Flesh
    Eternal Youth
    Everlasting Sacrifice
    Immortal Ambition
    Vaal Pact
    The Banished Architect sought to employ all the
    darkest secrets of the Vaal... at the same time.
    , and Temptation StepTemptation Step
    Shagreen Boots
    Evasion: (486-756)Requires Level 55, 97 Dex(170-250)% increased Evasion Rating
    +(19-29)% to Chaos Resistance
    15% increased Damage for each Poison on you up to a maximum of 75%
    10% increased Movement Speed for each Poison on you up to a maximum of 50%
    Poison you inflict with Travel Skills is Reflected to you if you
    have fewer than 5 Poisons on you
    The High Priests ensured the loyalty of their slaves by habituating them to narcotic stimulants with lethal withdrawals.
    . [Undocumented This change was not documented by any official sources. It was discovered through player testing or datamining.]
3.14.1
  • Added a short grace period when being teleported to The Trialmaster's arena.
  • Improved various visual effects in The Trialmaster encounter.
3.14.0
  • Introduced to the game.

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