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Fighting Games are Serious Business. Therefore, there needs to be a serious place of study. That's why these are always there. This arena, which is usually called the Training Room or something similar, is almost always a plain-colored, distraction-free arena. The background or floor usually involves glowing or clearly defined grid lines or tiles for purposes of distance-measuring units to study attack range and Combos.

These stages are always Fixed Floor Fighting arenas. If a game has environmental hazards to differentiate the stages from one another, this stage will always be without them, which, if they're available in versus play, will almost invariably make them popular in Tournament Play.

In many competitive fighting games, the Training Stage is one of the most important tools for an improving player to use. There is a lot to be aware of when learning one's way through a Fighting Game title, and so this Training Stage features visual and kinetic tools that encourage experimentation and make it easier than ever for players to hone their craft.

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Usually a Fighting Game trope, but can also show up in other games, particularly in survival or strategy-based settings, as well referenced in other media.

Not to be confused with any room that's used for training by a character within the work, unless it matches the aesthetic. See also Virtual Training Simulation, which is another kind of Training Room, but not precisely for fighting.


Examples:

Fighting Games

  • Acceleration of Suguri 2 has "Before the War", which could count as this, since it consists of a grid-based background with Tron Lines. Bonus points for being based on the tutorial stage from sora.
  • The BlazBlue games, starting with Continuum Shift, have the "Lessons" stage, a place completely separated from the rest of the verse that serves as the stage for the Tutorial Mode. In CS, Lessons had a very Virtual Reality-ish grid in the walls and floor, while the Chronophantasma, Central Fiction and Cross Tag Battle versions of the stage are more elaborate.
  • Capcom vs. series:
  • Dead or Alive features "Tatami", an endless expanse of tatami mats with no stage obstacles or elevation changes. You can use this space to practice combos (though obviously not wall combos).
  • Lethal League and Lethal League Blaze have Room 21, a cell in a mental asylum with floor and walls completely covered in square pads whose boundaries form a grid. Considering its setting, it may be a parody of this trope. Though it initially looks featureless, once the match progresses to certain points, the security alarms start going off and the bright white lighting is replaced by the red siren lights to give it a more intense, dramatic look.
  • Killer Instinct (2013) has a training stage which is unavailable for versus play, but to make up for that, one can make it play the entire album from the first Killer Instinct, Killer Kuts.
  • M.U.G.E.N: This is one of the two stages that comes pre-packaged with the gamenote , and is often used for character demonstrations due to both the ready availability and the lack of distracting, flashy scenery.
  • Ninjala has a large perfectly cubic room resembling the interior of a Japanese temple, lined with a holographic grid. This is used only for the tutorial and for waiting in the lobby for more players to arrive, however. The gameplay, on the other hand, is designed with Free Floor Fighting in mind, so this stage cannot be played with human opponents.
  • Playstation All Stars Battle Royale provides several of these, each with different sizes and platform layouts but all with the same basic aesthetics and general idea.
  • Project M patches one of these over the Wi-Fi Waiting Room from Super Smash Bros. Brawl — it's big, it has a huge boundary to practice the all-important Offstage Game, and because of the stage it's patched over, it even has Sandbag to smack around to your heart's content.
  • Rivals of Aether has two variants of Training Stage to choose from: the "Practice Room", a grid-based stage consisting of three platforms not unlike that of Battlefield as well as having its ground extend to the blast zone on the right, and the "Tutorial Grid", another grid-based stage that's more in line with Final Destination in terms of layout as well as featuring a pretty trippy background with Orby spectating the fight. The former can only be used in Training mode while the latter can be unlocked by clearing all of the tutorial challenges.
  • Skullgirls has the "Class Notes", a special stage which is a blank training stage as a school classroom with tables, chairs and a blackboard. Used only as a training stage and as part of Mrs. Victoria's tutorial, can be unlocked for multiplayer and versus by completing the tutorial or buying the DLC with all stages.
  • Soul Calibur V has the Character Creation Stage to test out how a custom character looks in motion. It's only available in Creation Mode, though, and the opponent is always a Deliberately Monochrome Edge Master.
  • Street Fighter:
    • 'Street Fighter IV'' has the aptly-named "Training Stage", complete with an announcer voice clip. It's a featureless white room with black grid lines. Red lines flanked by gray boxes are seen running down the center of each wall, making it easy to find where the middle of the stage is. The stage is automatically selected for the combo trials mode, with the "sandbag" being none other than Dan Hibiki. The stage was pretty notorious for being almost exclusively the only stage most high-level players played on, since the grid lines helped with spacing and footsies.
    • Street Fighter X Tekken patterns its training stage after the training stage found in Street Fighter IV but with designs on the wall that imply it's happening inside the Pandora's Box.
    • Street Fighter V has "The Grid", which is fairly similar to its appearance in IV, minus the gray boxes. There's even a second version of this stage, which inverts all the colors (dark gray background with teal center lines). In-universe, it's stated to take place in an undisclosed Shadaloo testing facility. Notably, the stage is explicitly excluded from the random select stage pool and banned from official Capcom tournaments to avert the Abridged Arena Array problem described in IV's entry.
  • Super Smash Bros. franchise:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl had the Wi-Fi Waiting Room, with a layout identical to the popularly simple Final Destination, the signature tiles laid out on the floor, and an infinitely-regenerating Sandbag to smack around until the match starts. It's not available for normal play without hacking, though.
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a fully functional training stage which takes place on a blank white background and allows players to measure launch distances with a grid and trajectory lines. The normal stages can still be selected for Training mode if desired, just as they were in previous games.
  • Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is similar to Street Fighter IV training stage but also features a height gauge due to the nature of aerial combat in the game.
  • Tekken franchise:
    • This is the only stage available in Training Mode in the PSP versions of Tekken: Dark Resurrection and Tekken 6 as well as Tekken 3D: Prime Edition on the 3DS, and is unavailable in standard play. You can select these with or without walls (but no stage interactions for 6 or Prime Edition). The online waiting room in Tag Tournament 2 and 7 also matches the endless version of these training stages.
    • "Strategic Space" in Tag Tournament 2 could be seen as a training stage but it also has every kind of stage interaction possible (a wall, floor, and balcony break). It's also selectable for normal fights.
  • Them's Fightin' Herds has The Nitty Grid-y, a black and empty room with neon grids making up the floor.

Action-Adventure - Platform Games

  • Kirby
    • Kirby's Return to Dream Land has specialized Copy Ability rooms where you can test every ability in the game with a dummy, provided that you've unlocked them.
    • Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot also feature similar copy ability room and a dummy that you can test the abilities on. The latter also include the Robobot Armor so that you can test its capabilities, as the mech will appear a lot in gameplay.
  • Mega Man X5: The game has a dedicated "Training" stage not seen in any other game in the series. Through the Mission Control Alia, It teaches you the basics of the game's platforming for both X and Zero, and ends with a watered down version of Magma Dragoon from the previous game as the training boss.
  • A Noble Circle has one of these in the form of the free-to-download Prologue, which acquaints you with the gameplay mechanics and the game's unique method of storytelling.

Beat 'em Up - Spectacle Fighter

  • "The Vestibule", the prologue stage of Bayonetta, often serves as one of these for players, though there's also a dedicated practice mode on loading screens.
  • Devil May Cry franchise:
    • Devil May Cry 4 has an unintentional example with the Bloody Palace. It's supposed to be a Survival Mode, but as the arena is just the right shape and design, it's often hacked to not advance and used to either practice or show off.
    • DmC: Devil May Cry has a featureless white void where players can practice their combos on a mook at their leisure.
    • Devil May Cry 5 has a more fleshed out training room called "The Void". Taking place in an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield surrounded by four large invisible walls, the player has access to a settings menu that's fairly similar to the Street Fighter games - players can change the training dummy and/or how they act, toggle on damage and input displays, and toggle infinite use of the player character's various Mana Meter-based and ammo-based moves.
  • Before the crossover fighting games, Capcom previously did the Danger Room in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, in which characters can fight against bosses like Omega Red and Juggernaut. A similar training stage can be seen in the Spiritual Sequel Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, where you can fight a holographic version of one of the stage bosses, chosen randomly.

First Person Shooter

MMORPG

  • Dungeon Fighter Online has Pungjin's Dojo, where players can set up targets with differing stats, change their skill build, run DPS tests to see how much damage one can deal in a specific time frame, or just simply practice the game's fighting game-esque skill inputs at their leisure. There are also dropdown menus used to give the player various buffs, which is useful for those that aren't yet min-maxed.

Stealth-based games

  • Metal Gear franchise:
    • VR training missions in Metal Gear Solid feature simplistic, holographic environments with a monochrome Tron Lines grid to get the hang of the controls before going on the missions. This even remained in the Metal Gear mission pack of LittleBigPlanet, where the VR Materials could also prove useful for measuring the capabilities of the complicated gadgets one could build.
    • The VR missions in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty serve a similar purpose, but with a different design - every surface is one single flat color, Snake and Raiden are highlighted by a red box to signify their hitboxes, and bullets that hit surfaces are clearly marked by red circles instead of bullet holes. Even the enemies take on the VR aesthetic, appearing as cel-shaded humanoids in varying shades of orange, looking somewhat like armed and walking crash test dummies. The missions themselves also vary more in scope than MGS1, even covering niche situations such as catching ledges during a fall or learning how to avert Do Not Run with a Gun.
    • Metal Gear Solid 4 has a simplistic shooting range taking place in a monochrome sepia VR space, consisting of humanoid and flying targets, with concentric rings around Snake to help determine the distance to the target. This particular game's iteration of Metal Gear Online had a similar feature where players could explore the multiplayer maps at their leisure, featuring the same targets from the single player shooting range. There's additionally holographic human targets to test damage or practice CQC on. In both cases, a feed on the bottom right of the screen shows how far each damage event was and how much damage was inflicted.
    • Metal Gear Survive also has a VR shooting range in the vein of MGS4 where players can, once again, test their damage and/or gadgets on holographic targets.

Third person shooters

  • The Division has a shooting range in the Base of Operations that has several targets, some to test the player's aim and other stationary targets that take damage like enemy NPCs do, which are useful for testing builds.
  • The Division 2 also has a shooting range. Unlike the first game, there are four different range lanes for different situations, such as testing Area of Effect attacks, moving targets, close range targets and long range targets. There are also various buttons to toggle the target's health, make the player's skill cooldowns tick faster, or inflict self-damage for certain builds.

Non-Video-Game Examples

  • World Trigger has a training room fitting this look at each of the BORDER agencies' branch locations, used for testing out new weapons and running simulations. It not only has grid markers lining every surface, but height markers on the walls too.

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