Doodis said:Argh! This is very upsetting. Very upsetting indeed.
You will miss out on the essence, but I believe the game will give you the items you miss in the trials in the normal game. The items will either appear in chests/on dead bodies elsewhere, or you will be able to purchase them in the store. On my first play through without the rod I noticed I got a lot more items like Talismans/Jewels/etc... in the normal game than I did when I got the rod in other play throughs and got the items in the trials.