See Ultima VII: The Black Gate/Trainers for an overview of the Ultima VII stat system and an explanation of the "rubber band" effect. Not much has really changed since the first part of Ultima VII, save the starting stats of certain characters. The Avatar starts with 25 Intelligence and and 29 Mana, reducing or completely eliminating the need for magic-related training.
The Silver Seed add-on makes two additional trainers available as well as several stat boosting items.
- Erinon's Axe adds 10 points to Combat,
- the Gauntlets of Quickness add 10 points to Dexterity,
- the Belt of Strength adds 10 points to Strength and Hits as well, but it is bugged.
For the purposes of training, the Gauntlets of Quickness do affect stat gain, meaning the Stat Gain equation treats the item-modified stats as base stats. Holding these items can bring a character to maximum stats, but at that point they can prevent actual base stats from increasing, so be cautious.
For every level the Avatar and his Companions gain, they will receive 3 training points. Level 16 is the maximum.
|1||0 - 99||9||12 800 - 25 599|
|2||100 - 199||10||25 600 - 51 199|
|3||200 - 399||11||51 200 - 102 399|
|4||400 - 799||12||102 400 - 204 799|
|5||800 - 1 599||13||204 800 - 409 599|
|6||1 600 - 3 199||14||409 600 - 819 199|
|7||3 200 - 6 399||15||819 200 - 1 638 399|
|8||6 400 - 12 799||16||1 638 400 - 3 276 799|
List of trainers
|Name||Location||Cost||Train. pts.||Str. & HP||Com.||Dex.||Int.||Mag.|
|Luther||Monitor (list field, 9:00-12:00)||50 Monetari||3||3|
|Caladin||Monitor (list field, 9:00-12:00)||50 Monetari||3||2||1|
|Shazzana||Monitor (list field, 12:00-15:00)||50 Monetari||3||3||2|
|Brendann||Monitor (list field, 15:00-18:00)||50 Monetari||3||3||1|
|Wilfred||Sleeping Bull||30 Monetari||2||1||1|
|Tsandar||Serpent's Fang (cells)||200 Gold||2||1||2|
|Elissa||Serpent's Fang (basement)||150 Gold||2||1||1|
Note: Numbers obtained with an Avatar with stats all at ten (10), save for Magic as that could not be lowered.
Note 2: When a character maxes out a particular stat, trainers cease charging Training Points for it. This is also true when maxed from holding a stat-boosting item.
- Shazzana trains Combat +1, but also gives 2 extra combat points for training Dexterity.
- Brendann trains Combat +2, but also gives 1 extra combat point for training Dexterity.
- Only the Avatar can train with Elissa.
Practicing with any of the Monitorian trainers involves fighting in the list field. Each trainer is only available during certain hours. The Avatar or a companion will temporarily lose their normal equipment and instead fight in leather armor and a selected weapon. Companions fight automatically while the Avatar is controlled by the player. The chosen character doesn't actually have to win the fight to receive a training gain. Losing is good enough.
The remaining trainers teach in the "old fashioned" Black Gate method of merely paying to receive improvements.
Example: training a character with items
To get a better understanding of using items to gain stats, we'll examine a hypothetical character with a Dexterity of twelve (12) and Combat of eight (8). In all cases, the character trains with Shazzana. This example also demonstrates the rubber band effects of the Stat Gain Equation.
|22||8||0||Starting stats with Gauntlets of Quickness.|
|24||17||3||First training, gained two (2) to Dexterity and nine (9) to Combat.|
|26||23||3||Default gain to Dexterity, Combat gained six (6).|
|16||23||0||Removed the Gauntlets of Quickness. No training occurred.|
|18||28||3||Combat gained five (5).|
|20||30||2*||Combat is now maxed.|
|22||30||2||Shazzana now only trains Dexterity, so she only charges two Training Points.|
|24||30||2||Continues like this until Dexterity reaches its limit.|
This character could potentially max out his relevant stats by level eight (8) or nine (9) as long as training points are spent carefully and frugally.
*Shazzana actually only consumes 2 training points at this stage. Apparently, she teaches Dexterity first, which caused a two point increase to Combat, thus she never consumed a third training point. All trainers seem to not consume these excess points.