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Say your prayers, Sandbag. I'm going to stop by a lot.

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.


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.


Fighting Games

  • 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.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: In Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Danger Room from X-Men serves this purpose, as it did in the original comics. And before them, the Danger Room was already a normal stage in X-Men: Children of the Atom.
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  • This is one of the two stages that comes pre-packaged with M.U.G.E.Nnote , and is often used for character demonstrations due to both the ready availability and the lack of distracting, flashy scenery.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This stage is automatically chosen in Training Mode in Street Fighter IV, complete with an announcer voice clip. Also, the "sandbag" is none other than Dan Hibiki.
  • 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.
    • As of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we now have an official training stage which takes place on a blank white background and allows players to measure launch distances with a grid. The normal stages can still be selected for Training mode if desired, just as they were in previous games.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Central Fiction versions of the stage are more elaborate.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Action-Adventure - Platform Games

  • The VR Training Mode is a staple of the Metal Gear Solid series, featuring simplistic, holographic environments (represented by the signature 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.
  • Kirby
    • Kirbys Return To Dreamland 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

  • An unintentional example with the Bloody Palace in Devil May Cry 4. 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.
  • Before the crossover fighting games, Capcom made already the Danger Room in the 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.
  • "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.

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