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Master quartz (マスタークオーツ, masutaa kuootsu) were a new type of quartz introduced in Trails to Azure and have remained present in the series all the way up until Trails into Reverie. At the time of its introduction, the master quartz contrasted with normal, rectangular quartz in its larger size and round shape with each of the seven elements having three different types available. Master quartz are equipped in the center of the combat orbment.

What makes the master quartz unique is that, unlike normal quartz, they level alongside its user. The higher its level, the more of its elements' orbal arts the user is able to use, as well as the greater stat boost provided. Furthermore, master quartz also grant a number of additional effects that increase in effectiveness, and number depending on the type, by level. Exclusively to Trails to Azure, reaching the highest unlocked master arts (マスター・アーツ, masutaa aatsu). These particular features make the master quartz so rare that they are not mass-produced and only one of each can be obtained in the games by the party. Although, in certain circumstances a guest character may possess a master quartz already in possession of, or separate to, the party but labelled with an "EX" to distinguish in-game. This is evidence that while master quartz are rare, they aren't unique.

Master quartz remain present in the series during the entirety of the Erebonia arc and Trails into Reverie, with each game steadily increasing the number of available types. However, master arts do not return during this period with their utility instead being centered around the powerful and/or exclusive effects they provide. Trails of Cold Steel III even introduces the ability for users to insert a "sub-master quartz" into their ARCUS II combat orbment which allows for some of the effects from a second master quartz to be utilized alongside their primary-equipped. This feature remains in all subsequent games where characters utilize that particular combat orbment.

Known Types of Master Quartz

Differentiating by name alone, there are currently XX types of known master quartz as of Trails into Reverie. They are listed by element below alongside the games they appear in. As certain types may return in subsequent games as a different element, they are listed under each where relevant.

Earth

  • Aegis (イージス)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1, CS2, CS3 and CS4. Known users include Millium Orion.
  • Iron (アイアン)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Machias Regnitz.
  • Juggler (ジャグラー)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the mirage element.
  • Megalith (メガリス)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2.
  • Minotauros
    Introduced in CS3 and subsequently appears in CS4.
  • Shield (シールド)
    Introduced in Azure.
  • Skuld (スクルド)
    Introduced in CS3 and subsequently appears in CS4. Known users include Juna Crawford.
  • Tauros (タウロス)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2.

Water

  • Aries (アリエス)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2.
  • Canon (カノン)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1, CS2, CS3 and CS4. Known users include Tio Plato and Elliot Craig.
  • Magius (マギウス)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the mirage element.
  • Orochi (ヲロチ)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2.
  • Scepter (セプター)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2.

Fire

  • Axe (アックス)
    Introduced in Azure. Known users include Randy Orlando.
  • Brave (ブレイブ)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Laura S. Arseid.
  • Chevalier (シュバリエ)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the space element.
  • Criminal (クリミナル)
    Introduced in Azure as the time element and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the fire element.
  • Force (フォース)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2. Known users include Rean Schwarzer.
  • Vermillion (バーミリオン)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2.

Wind

  • Falco (ファルコ)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Gaius Worzel.
  • Kusanagi (クサナギ)
    Introduced in Azure. Known users include Arios MacLaine.
  • Mistral (ミストラル)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Jusis Albarea.
  • Pixie (ピクシィ)
    Introduced in Azure.
  • Thor (トール)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Sara Valestein.
  • Wing (ウィング)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2. Known users include Toval Randonneur.

Time

  • Calamity (カラミティ)
    Introduced in CS2.
  • Criminal (クリミナル)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the fire element.
  • Crow (クロウ)
    Introduced in Azure.
  • Cypher (サイファー)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Crow Armbrust.
  • Katze (カッツェ)
    Introduced in Azure as the mirage element and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the time element.
  • Keeper (キーパー)
    Introduced in Azure. Known users include Alex Dudley.
  • Murakumo (ムラクモ)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2.
  • Raven (レイヴン)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Fie Claussell.

Space

  • Angel (エンゼル)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2. Known users include Alisa Reinford.
  • Chevalier (シュバリエ)
    Introduced in Azure as the fire element and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the space element. Known users include Neithardt.
  • Emblem (エンブレム)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2. Known users include Angelica Rogner.
  • Genesis (ジェネシス_
    Introduced in CS2.
  • Moebius (メビウス)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2. Known users include Claire Rieveldt.
  • Platinum (プラチナ)
    Introduced in Azure.

Mirage

  • Juggler (ジャグラー)
    Introduced in Azure as the earth element and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the mirage element. Known users include Sharon Kreuger.
  • Katze (カッツェ)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the time element.
  • Magius (マギウス)
    Introduced in Azure as the water element and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2 as the mirage element.
  • Mirage (ミラージュ)
    Introduced in Azure and subsequently appears in CS1 and CS2. Known users include Emma Millstein.
  • Pandora (パンドラ)
    Introduced in CS1 and subsequently appears in CS2.
  • Phantom (ファントム)
    Introduced in Azure. Known users include Rixia Mao.
  • Rebellion (リベリオン)
    Introduced in CS2.

For individual game lists and details on each individual quartz by appearance, please refer to the following:
List of master quartz (Azure)
List of master quartz (Cold Steel)
List of master quartz (Cold Steel II)
List of master quartz (Cold Steel III)
List of master quartz (Cold Steel IV)
List of master quartz (Reverie)

Trivia

  • Aegis, Canon, Chevalier (albeit as different elements), Emblem and Moebius are the only master quartz to appear in every game the feature is present. Three of these are associated with the space element.
  • Katze means "cat" in German.
  • From Trails of Cold Steel, a number of the master quartz were named after zodiac signs including:
    • Aries and Tauros in Trails of Cold Steel.
    • Scorpio and Virgo in Trails of Cold Steel III.
  • As was common with the Erebonia arc, a number of master quartz had names which were references to Norse mythology from Trails of Cold Steel onward including:
    • Thor in Trails of Cold Steel.
    • Gungnir and Valhalla in Trails of Cold Steel III.
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