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[[caption-width-right:350: Bahamut, looking good on the cover.]]

An early StrategyRPG made by Squaresoft (now SquareEnix) [[NoExportForYou released only in Japan]]. It includes much of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' feel and characteristics, including spell names and the names of the dragons: Bahamut, Alexander, Leviathan, and Valefor, to name a few. The battle system is an early example of a Tactics-style game, and is well-loved for being practical yet NintendoHard.

The game is set in the sky world of Orelus, and follows HeroicMime Byuu as he leads the [[LaResistance The Resistance]] against the [[TheEmpire Granbelos Empire]]. Along the way, he rescues his childhood sweetheart, Princess Yoyo. The princess, a summoner, has the ability to communicate with the Holy Dragons and use their powers in battle. The heroes attempt to collect their power to use against the empire, while Emperor Sauzer attempts to gather them for himself. Their battle against the Empire and the greater threat it unleashes range all across the sky and even into the world of origin for the dragons themselves. And Yoyo's experiences with the Empire weren't all negative...

''Bahamut Lagoon'' is notable for having very pretty graphics, being one of the last Squaresoft games to be released for the Super Nintendo. It's ''also'' notable for having quite explicit sexual content (though primarily in dialogue) and an openly gay old wizard as one of its main characters.

A translation patch is available [[http://tomato.fobby.net/bahamut/download.shtml here]].

Compare ''RudraNoHihou'' and ''LiveALive'', two similar Japan-only games released by SquareSoft near the end of their SNES era.

The game directly influenced ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': the plot structures and several key characters of the two games are very similar.

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!!This game contains examples of:

* AbductionIsLove: Palpaleos kidnaps Princess Yoyo, [[spoiler: and then they fall in love.]]
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Fahrenheit's main function besides being an HQ, just replace Aircraft with Dragons.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[spoiler: Poor Byuu.]]
* AnotherDimension: [[spoiler: Altair.]]
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Both Sauzer and Palpaleos.]]
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: The number of units allowed on the field is determined by how many dragons are under your control, with four humans being assigned to each dragon.
* ArtificialStupidity: Don't expect your dragons to differentiate between a switch and normal floor. Even if that switch will trigger a trapdoor that instantly kills four of your characters.
** The enemy falls victim to this as well--they will always attack the unit that's dealt the most damage to them, even if that unit happens to be invincible or if there's a helpless healing party not too far from it. It also has a compulsion to always attack a single character, never next to a character, so you can easily exploit that to prevent splash damage.
* AssassinOutclassin: When you recruit Sajin and Zeroshin into your army, they also give you a free assassination as a bonus. You can choose the target to be either the RebelliousPrincess, a MightyGlacier or a RedShirt. No prizes for guessing which target is the only one they actually succeed in killing.
* BackFromTheBrink: Set to liberate all of the Orelus years after it was completely conquered by TheEmpire.
* BittersweetEnding: The game ends with [[spoiler:Palpaleos apparently dead, and Byuu wandering the sky alone]].
* BlackAndWhiteMagic
* BonusBoss: The game has special "side quests" - essentially single battles - available throughout the game. One of them, appropriately named Hard Dungeon, is only available in the last seven chapters and is far more difficult than the final boss.
* BrattyHalfPint: Melodia.
* TheCaligula: Gudolf, oh so much.
* CampGay: Sendak.
* CharacterDevelopment: A surprising amount. Mostly for Yoyo.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler:Byuu, of the Unlucky kind. Yoyo ends up choosing Palpaleos over him.]]
** [[spoiler:Matelite]], in a way, is the Unlucky one as well.
*** Then again, [[spoiler: Palpaleos end up dead and Byuu wandering the sky on Bahamut's back, so Matelite]] still has his chances, thanks to the competition being gone (who said that [[UndyingLoyalty thick headed loyalty]] did not pay?)
* TheChosenOne: The Dragnar.
* CognizantLimbs: The FinalBoss, [[spoiler: a five-headed dragon]]. Sadly, the engine doesn't handle it nearly as well as it could have.
* [[TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches Console RPG Cliches]]: Bahamut Lagoon is notable for [[AvertedTrope averting]] or [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] a great number of them.
* CoolShip: An entire floating ''continent''.
* DamselInDistress: Yoyo. A good part of the game is spent attempting to rescue her from the Empire. [[spoiler: Associated tropes are subverted, though, in that she falls for her kidnapper and is actually the one of most powerful characters in the game, in terms of both story and gameplay.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: See ChildhoodFriendRomance above.
* TheDragon: Palpaleos to Emperor Sauzer.
* DragonRider: Every squad of up to four characters rides a single dragon which gives them powers based on its abilities, and the ability to command that dragon in combat.
* DualWielding: Byuu and Palpaleos.
* ElementNumberFive: Earth, Light and Dark aren't visible in your dragons' stats. Earth is the first extra element, a dragon who knows [[FireIceLightning Fire, Ice and Lightning]] magic can use Earth at the same level as its worst element. Then, a dragon with maxed out Earth, Healing, Poison, Strength and Defense will gain access to the Light and Dark elements. Very few monsters resist these elements, and finishing off enemies with them gives a chance to drop the best items in the game. Unfortunately, they also cost a lot of MP to cast.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors
* TheEmpire: Granbelos. [[spoiler: Subverted in ending - Kahna itself becomes an empire from LaResistance's work in-game, but is obviously not evil.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Subverted - Yoyo becomes the queen of Kahna after its liberation.
* FanTranslation
* FireIceLightning
* FishingMinigame: Very briefly, to catch Donfan, of all things.
* FloatingContinent: Every single piece of land in the game.
* FragileSpeedster: The Light Armor Warriors Lukia, Jeanne and Mist.
* GayOption: You can choose to have Byuu be interested in Sendak instead of Yoyo.
* GeoEffects: Different terrains hurt, heal or protect, and all can be altered with the right elemental attack.
** GrimyWater: The poison swamp Geo Effect, which could be changed to a normal swamp via healing magic.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: The Light Armor ladies tend to drink a lot.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Palpaleos.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Byuu actually uses ''two'' swords, to establish him as cooler than the stock sword-wielding units.
* HeroicMime
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sauzer and Palpaleos.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Sajin and Zeroshin.
* HomoeroticSubtext: [[spoiler:Sendak's attraction to Byuu]].
* IllGirl: Frederica.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: While not having specific characters with improbable weapons, it does have various items that all characters can throw to cause damage or status effects. These items include Sweet Memory, Porno Mag, and Botched Cookie.
* JackOfAllStats: Cross Knights Byuu [[spoiler:and Palpaleos]] and to the lesser extent the Knights Rush, Truce and Bikkebakke.
* TheKingdom: Every other nation besides the Granbelos Empire.
* KleptomaniacHeroFoundUnderwear: Byuu finds quite a number of "drawer things" - things from a drawer in the wink and nudge sense. You can also find "Princess' ???", usually in the suspicious location of Yoyo's bed. However, you can also find "Gunso's ???" by talking to him at pretty much any time...
* LaResistance: The Resistance/Orelus Liberation Army.
* LadyOfWar: The Light Armors - Lukia, Jeanne, and Mist.
* MagikarpPower: Minidevils and Dancing, paired with an Uni Uni or Black Dragon.
* MagicKnight: Every physical combatant, courtesy of the dragons.
* MightyGlacier: Royal Guard Matelite and the Heavy Armor Warriors Taicho, Gunso and Barclay.
* NeatFreak: Persona.
* {{NINJA}}: Assassins Sajin and Zeroshin.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When you liberate Cambell from TheEmpire 's grip, most of the people (including the queen) are displeased with you doing this. One man says that [[AntiVillain "If we obeyed [The Imperial Soldiers], they were actually nice guys," and another says that Palpaleos told him he'd grow up to be strong.]]
* NoNameGiven: Zora's son. [[spoiler:Eventually revealed to be Orelus, the same name as the world. No plot relevance, though.]]
* NonElemental: Uni magic. It's typeless, does double damage, but also has a 50% failure rate.
* NotSoDifferent: Sauzer. [[spoiler: He wants to usher in the new age and prevent apocalypse, just with ''himself'' as the Dragnar. Given Yoyo's weakness and the other part of the prophecy...]]
* Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: a total of 32 playable Characters.
* OneWingedAngel: The final boss starts as a giant [[spoiler: dragon]], and after defeat transforms into a giant, five-headed [[spoiler: dragon]] that takes up the whole map.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Both the dragons and the Holy Dragons.
* PlotCoupon: The Holy Dragons.
* RandomEffectSpell: The Mini-Devils' Dances are entirely unpredictable; the pool of effects can be changed based on the dragon associated with them, but there's rarely more than about a 60% chance of getting a positive result. Results can range from various element attacks with varying ranges, healing your party, healing the enemies, healing ''everyone'', putting targets to sleep or poisoning them, etc.
* RebelliousPrincess: Yoyo.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Yoyo, again.
* TheSkyIsAnOcean
* SmallNameBigEgo: Donfan.
* SummonMagic: The Holy Dragons.
* TalentedPrincessRegularGuy: Byuu might be a pretty good knight, but he takes a back seat, both in power and story role, to Princess Yoyo.
* ThisIsTheFinalBattle: Subverted. Hornet tells you the final battle is about to begin in chapter 18, but it doesn't actually happen until chapter 23.
* TitleDrop: during the ending. [[spoiler:Bahamut claims Orelus as his lagoon.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: Melodia.
* UnitsNotToScale: Units, forests, castles, houses - they all take up one square. This even has the added bonus of combining this trope with PartyInMyPocket.
* UnsoundEffect: The "weird noises" that seem to pop up spontaneously during dialogue seem to indicate arousal (Donfan's trademark "boing" sound, natch), scheming (Ectarina's), and spitefulness (Mist).
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The game offers ample opportunities to rudely break poor Sendak's heart over and over and over again. ("I don't need any, you old man!")
* VillainousFriendship: Sauzer and Palpaleos.
* WeatherOfWar: The Sandstorms.
* WhatTheHellHero: Played for humor (sort of). Byuu gets called out on the torture of an enemy soldier if the player chooses to do so.
** [[ButThouMust Not that the player has any real choice there.]]
* WhipItGood: Barbarella's weapon of choice.
* WombLevel: The Imperial flying giant nautilus.
* WordOfDante: A rumor persists that Bahamut Lagoon was originally developed as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', as described above, but no WordOfGod confirms this.
* WorldInTheSky
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