The second entry into the long-running and popular Franchise/BreathOfFire Japanese RolePlayingGame series. It was released for the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] in December 1994 in Japan and December 1995 for North America. It was later ported to the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance in December 2001 in Japan, April 2002 for North America and June 2002 for Europe. It includes updated {{Character Portrait}}s, a dash button, upgraded graphics for the menu screens, a trade option between games (with a few bonus items) and a re-balancing of Exp/Money given by enemies.

Ryu Bateson seems to have the ideal life as a young child. Sure, his mom is missing, but his sister Yua and father Ganer love him very much. However, that all changes when, after saving his sister from a rampaging monster, he goes back into his hometown of Gate only to realize that [[RetGone no one remembers not only who he is, but who his father or sister are]] (the two of them have disappeared, natch). After spending the night at the local church's orphanage with his new friend Bow Doggy, he decides to flee his hometown for greener pastures.

Flash forward 10 years where he and Bow are now Rangers, working to protect the people of [=HomeTown=] from various monsters. One day, they get a mysterious call from a princess of Windia that will change their lives...

There are two things that stand out most about this game. The first is the [[BlindIdiotTranslation terrible, terrible job that Capcom did translating it (and by some accounts the GBA port's translation is even worse!)]] from the original Japanese, particularly all the butchered names. The second is the fact that despite this being the '90s, when Nintendo of America's censorship policies were in full swing, this game got away with having numerous and explicit references to both religion and death. The BigBad is a deity, for crying out loud! It's pretty much the opposite of what happened with VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV.

There exists a [[Characters/BreathOfFire character sheet]] for the series. Place any character-related tropes there.

!! Provides Examples Of:

%%* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The toilet.
%%* AlmightyIdiot: Deathevan after he goes OneWingedAngel.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The page picture is the original Japanese box art. North America got something close to what one would find in ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''. In short, [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/ba/Breathoffire2_box.jpg Bow looks like he wants to chew you... with the rest of the crew trying to do the same to you.]]
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: In some events you take control of Sten, then Nina, and then [[spoiler: Ryu's mother Valerie]].
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Particularly if you're in the Church of Saint Eva. Tiga, Claris, Ray, Rand's mother, and potentially Ganer all bite it in that area.]]
* ApatheticCitizens: Two flavors:
** First: The citizens of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Fantasy Counterpart Amphibian France]] Sima Fort on the whole can tell that the person claiming to be prince Jean is an impostor bent on stealing the throne. They also on the whole care a great deal more about [[FrenchCuisineIsHaughty haute cuisine]] and pursuing their various artistic passions than they do about the ongoing coup d'etat.
** Second, and more disturbing: The citizens of Evrai, [[spoiler: who, when not mindlessly and joyfully praising St. Eva, are little more than {{Empty Shell}}s incapable of independent thought and action, with their ability to communicate cut down to vague mutterings of distress using as few words as possible.]]
* ApocalypticLog: The deserted hunter's lodge contains a diary, with this summation: Do NOT go into the woods.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Averted by the Death spell; unlike most SNES JRPG's this one is SimpleYetAwesome since it works on a majority of non-boss enemies (but has a pretty simple animation).
%%* BadassPreacher: Ray.
* BerserkButton: You do NOT mess with Ryu's friends. EVER. [[spoiler: Not even if you are God.]]
%%* BigBad: Deathevan.
* BilingualBonus: Eichichi's PunnyName, for starters.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: A famous exponent, to boot; this game came as close to a TranslationTrainWreck as is possible without becoming totally incoherent. Led to the ''extremely'' well-done d4s German FanTranslation (complete with the GBA gameplay tweaks added into the SNES game and a new intro that makes great use of original game art). The d4s version has since led to other-language retranslations of the game, such as Ryusui's 2009 English translation.
* BookcasePassage: The hidden entrance to Bando's crypt. A [[PercussiveMaintenance sharp blow]] from Katt's stick reveals it.
* BottomlessPitRescueService: Nina, if she's leading your party in a dungeon, and not transformed into her angelic shaman-fused form. Averted in Thieves' Tomb, though, possibly due to the pits moving around.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Surprisingly little. Among the worst, most blatant Bowdlerisations is the writing of man-crazy witch's name Nimpho Mani (as in, nymphomania) as Nimufu Mani.
* BrokenAesop:
** There's a touching scene with Katt/Lin/Rinpoo (depending on translation), where she [[spoiler: explains to Tiga that people don't just fall in love at first sight. Then it turns out that Ganer and Valerie, Ryu's parents, fell in love at first sight]].
** [[spoiler:Since we never really see how long Ganer and Valerie dated before they got married, the point may be that it's not good to rush things, especially with love-at-first-sight cases. After all, Tiga practically proposed to Katt the very second he laid eyes on her, which Ganer did ''not'' do.]]
* ButThouMust: Quite a few, such as when Petape [[BrokenBridge sinks your boat]], leaving you with no way out of Sima Fort and therefore no choice but to save Jean. She later forces you to [[ForeignQueasine eat the food]] during the CookingDuel then complains when you [[VomitDiscretionShot find it unpalatable.]]
* CantCatchUp: It takes roughly half the game to clear Bow's name, by which time he'll be far behind everyone else in [[CharacterLevel exp]] when he rejoins.
** To be fair, he ''can'' catch up; it'll just take some time grinding him. (And it's well worth it too, as he becomes the party's best healer.)
** Pretty much everyone compared to Ryu. Since you CantDropTheHero, he will almost always be higher-leveled than the rest of your party.
** Since this game avoids LeakedExperience, anyone who you don't use will remain at their original level. This isn't a problem in most cases, even when the game forces you to use a particular character, because you always have at least your other three "mains". Except in two cases, with Sten and Rand. Sten will have to fight a tough boss (albeit with little HP) and go through a short dungeon on his own. The game forces you to use him before then long enough so that he should barely survive. Rand, however, is a completely other story. If you've never used him, he'll be around level 7 or 8 when he will have to solo a very strong enemy with high HP and strength. Be ready to grind a few hours to get Rand up to par!
* CashLure: You can catch the fish man merchant Maniro by baiting your hook with a gold bar.
* ChekhovsGun: Arguably [[spoiler: the Township itself]], for a role it will play in the true ending of the game.
* ClearMyName: Bow. Infamous for being one of the longest {{Fetch Quest}}s in JRPG history. Humorously, this plot culminates in rescuing Jean, after he's jailed for [[{{Irony}} impersonating the Prince]], which is another quest for [[ClearMyName clearing the name]] of another character. This whole quest takes up about 4 out of 10 chapters.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Sima Fort. The resident are so laid back, they don't even care if there's a coup d'état.
* CockFight: Optional; if you choose to claim there is something between Katt and Ryu, Tiga will challenge Ryu to a duel, which, sadly, [[HopelessBossFight isn't winnable]].
%%* ColonyDrop: In the best ending.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Each of the Shamans' [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hair color]] corresponds to their respective element.
* {{Confessional}}: A selectable option at every St. Eva church. The priest's response changes according to Ryu's current mission.
* ControllableHelplessness: Used to initiate the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in the YMMV tab.
* CookingDuel: A literal example.
* CorruptChurch: [[spoiler: Evarai can be seen as this]]. One of the first games to pull this trope off effectively.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Rather than showing up the development staff, the credits lists the names of ''every single'' character in the game, even minor {{NPC}} and town dwellers, some times in full-name basis. This is also so full of {{Shout Out}}s to western culture that it counts as BilingualBonus for the Japanese.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: It is simply implausible that anyone could take out Ryu so easily in a one-on-one fight, and then die like a chump not two hours later. Unless you're [[HopelessBossFight Tiga]].
%%* CrystalDragonJesus: The BigBad is one.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Much moreso than the first ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'' game. Heck, compared to a lot of SNES games at the time, this certainly fit.
* DeathMountain: Mt. Fubi, Mt. Rocko and Mt. Maori.
* DeathOfPersonality: The reason why being transformed into a "[[GiantFlyer Great Bird]]" is a heroic sacrifice [[spoiler: when Mina does it in Nina's place]]. To quote one NPC [paraphrased]:
--> "If you become a bird, your mind becomes a bird's. Isn't that the same as dying?"
* DemonicPossession: Several boss characters. Most are humans who were corrupted by power or greed.
* DisadvantageousDisintegration: When hunting, Bleu/Deis [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rains lightning bolts down on all the animals on the screen]]. This makes her the easiest character to hunt with... if you don't mind getting a lot of nearly-useless Charcoal. %%And despite some rumors, no, Charcoal is not useful for cooking.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Because you humor Jean's sister Petape in her attempts to expose the impostor Prince Jean (about which literally no one else, including the ''real'' prince Jean, cares all that much), he will have you executed.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Katt wearing a nun's habit.
* DubNameChange: Plenty, mostly due to the BlindIdiotTranslation as it seems the translator doesn't even knew how to render names right (''Rand Marks'' instead of Land Marks). Other cases are due to space restrictions (Jean and Spar), making up new ones (Katt) or, randomly, because they wanted to adhere to VideoGame/{{Breath of Fire|I}}'s translation (Bleu, some magic spells).
* DuelBoss: More than a few. Ryu gets a couple, though one (Tiga) is unwinnable and the other (Barubary) is optional. Nina, Rand, Sten and Bow (optional) get theirs as well.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler:The worst ending]] shows the silhouette of the BigBad, far before he normally appears.
* EldritchAbomination: The more you go through the game, the more the enemies start becoming this. In the beginning, we're talking things like two-headed werewolves. By the end of the game, you'll be seeing mini-Cthulhu's in priest gear, giant bloated scorpions with ''human skulls for heads'' and... And... [[http://spriters-resource.com/snes/breathfire2/sheet/19935 and whatever the hell THIS is supposed to be]]!
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Infinity is an ''underground'' variant. Specially seen in the game's intro.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: A wizard shrinks the party in order for them to enter the body of Tunlan's Queen, who is growing obese due to the demons inside her.
* FlashbackEffects: Scenes from Ryu's past are DeliberatelyMonochrome. The game itself begins in black & white, but abruptly turns color when young Ryu enters the woods.
* ForeignQueasine: The frog-people's culinary, with its use of worms, roaches and flies. Ryu gets to taste some... With [[VomitDiscretionShot predictable results.]]
* FreeFallFight: Sten and Trubo battle on a collapsing bridge as it plummets.
* FusionDance: There are six recruitable shamans. Most of the party members can merge with up to two of them at a time. Ryu, on the other hand, absolutely ''can not'' because of his draconic heritage, but attempting to do so unlocks his dragon potential.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As stated above, numerous - and explicit - references to both death and religion. Even more bizarre that Nintendo allowed this, yet denied the SNES version of Final Fantasy II/IV from using the word holy.
** In the ending credits, Eichichi's full name is given as [[PunnyName A. Titi Efcup]] and Nimufu's full name is given as Nimufu Mani.
** Father Manson.
** Killing the Gold Fly in the dungeons of Simafort prompts it to say "Damn...", at a time when swearing in video games was extremely rare (if not outright unheard of) in North America. Same for the "battlefield of hell" remark in Highfort, though it's ''slightly'' more understandable, given that it was using "hell" in the sense of a place.
* GiantMook: Any RandomEncounter on Monster Island counts as one. This also presents the debut of the series-recurrent [=GooKing=] enemy (or K.Sludge as its named in this one).
* {{Glamour}} / MassHypnosis: Evrai seems like a utopia full of happy citizens. [[spoiler:Try to leave, however, and they're revealed to be muttering, brainwashed puppets.]]
* GlassCannon: Katt. She can't take much physical abuse, but she can dish it out better than any other character in the game.
* GlobalAirship: The Great Bird, and later [[spoiler: Township]].
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The entire point of the [[spoiler: St. Eva]] scam.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Averted by Nina ([[PurpleIsTheNewBlack "black"]] bird wings) and Patty (dark bat wings). Played straight by various demons.
* GuideDangIt: Finding the guy who teaches Ryu's Elemental Dragon upgrade isn't terribly obvious. Fittingly enough, the Prima Strategy Guide actually references this secret with the heading, "Why People Buy Strategy Guides". Miss your first chance, and Wildcat, a boss who would be a total pushover with said upgrade, instead becomes ThatOneBoss and you have no way of going back for the upgrade. Your second chance lasts the whole game after a certain point, but it's still quite well hidden. And you don't get the Gold Dragon upgrade, which surpasses it, until very late in the game. Up to that point ''every boss'' is ThatOneBoss because they are all designed expecting you to be using the Elemental Dragons and therefore dealing far more damage than you're capable of with your pathetic Elemental Puppies.
** Avoiding the BittersweetEnding requires picking out a certain NPC to live in your new village, saving [[spoiler: the old man strapped to the Eye Machine boss]], and finding the hidden control room under the village. Miss the first, you'll never see the third. Miss the second, you'll never get the third to work. You'll not get a single hint as to what it does until you've already got it working.
** The Township's potential inhabitants themselves are a large GuideDangIt on top of that. To the uninitiated: From an early point in the game, you're tasked with turning a single run-down building into a bustling town. The first step is to find a carpenter to build a few houses; the choice of carpenter decides the layout and style of the residential buildings, as well as the function he and his wife serve in their own building. (Hint: The one you want will eventually allow you to cook items, which is a huge GameBreaker when you consider that you can buy two cheap items and turn them into one item that permanently raises one's stats.) Pick a carpenter you don't like, and you can't change them. More to the point, your town has a rather paltry maximum of six houses, so if you're too generous early in the game, you're stuck with losers like Poo (who sits around thanking you and eventually sells an item... ONCE) or El (who literally does nothing). Inviting some of these losers leaves you unable to give houses to people like Yozo (who offers the unique deal of raising one's max AP) or the {{Permanently Missable|Content}} Barose (who offers the equally-unique deal of granting spells to any party member you want). The real problem comes into play when you realize that each tenant will only occupy a "certain" house in the township; if you invite El, you can never invite Yozo. A real GuideDangIt for people wondering why a prospective tenant suddenly lost all interest in moving into your town.
** Another example involves a secret character: [[spoiler: Deis, a recurring character from the first game.]] Sure, finding this character isn't as hard as some of the others on the page, but it's still a GuideDangIt in its own right. The search involves two simple steps: First, you have to walk into a random (albeit marked) spot in the middle of a desert to find an empty abode, containing little more than two unhelpful spirits that simply proclaim that "[their] master is away". Then, you're expected to visit a building in the first town -- one that you've had no business in for the whole game -- and talk to a random NPC within, who inexplicably transforms into [[spoiler: Deis]]. Considering that the character is met at a high level (relative to the level you're expected to be when you first enter the aforementioned desert) and knows a ton of powerful magic, pulling this off [[GameBreaker makes things considerably easier.]]
** Yet ''another'' example: Finding all six of the elemental shamans. Using these can power up your characters drastically, but only two of them are encountered in the course of normal play, and of the remaining four, only one (Shin) fails to qualify for this trope, and you get her right before TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. Seso is at least possible to run into by chance... Except that when you do, she's TakenForGranite, and good luck remembering to go back for her after you lift the curse on everyone in the tower. Solo requires you to donate 2000Z to Namanda, when the game only lets you donate 100Z at a time - the only hint you're given is a wise tree telling you to "be generous with your donations!" and it's entirely probable for a player to miss this tree altogether. The worst part is that Solo won't even show up until after [[spoiler: you level the St. Eva Church]], in a place the player is less than likely to return to, and if you didn't donate 2000Z by this point, Solo is [[PermanentlyMissableContent lost forever]]. And the last shaman, Seny, somehow manages to be even worse - randomly showing up in a dungeon the player beat three hours ago, with no indication whatsoever that anything is different there. This, by the way, is the second method of finding Seny - the first method is such utter GuideDangIt that it took the playerbase '''fifteen years''' after the game's release to find it. If this isn't indicative of ''II'' taking GuideDangIt UpToEleven, nothing is.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: [[CatGirl Katt]], [[BeastMan Tiga]] and [[SnakePeople Bleu / Deis]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: Ryu and his sister - their father is human, but their mother is of the Dragon Clan.
%%* HandInTheHole
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Sten fakes us out of one, then Nina gets robbed of hers by Mina. Just after you enter Evrai, the amount of sacrifices is considerably increased; Tiga and Ray go down for your sake, followed by Rand's attempt only for his mother to switch places with him, and Ganer is more than willing but it depends on you; some time later it's Valerie's turn so you can progress; and finally Ryu has two different situations: One in which everyone is willing but he must ''not'' sacrifice a friend, and the last one in the [[MultipleEndings normal ending]] where he takes up his mother's place.]]
* HolyCity: Evrai. You may [[FridgeHorror never want to leave!]]
* HopelessBossFight:
** The first battle with Barubary.
** Optionally, the duel with Tiga.
* HumanResources: There are several ancient machines powered by draining life energy. [[spoiler: One under Evrai, in which Ryu's father has been imprisoned, one in Highfort, which the princess must be rescued from, and one under the Township, which Ryu's father [[HeroicSacrifice insists on powering]] if you rescue him, allowing Township to fly.]]
* IHaveNoSon: Windia's royal family has disowned Nina. Her mother refuses to acknowledge they're even related. [[spoiler: They were supposed to kill Nina because of a prophecy about a black winged royal bringing destruction to Windia. Instead, they sent her to [=HomeTown=] when she was a little girl, and they faked her death to ensure that she would be safe]].
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:The Church of St. Eva]], after Rand's mother refuses to donate her land.
%%* InevitableTournament: The contest in Coursair.
* InformedDeformity: It would make a lot more sense if Nina's black wings were actually... You know, black. This might be explained by 1) with the 8-Bit engine, if they really were black, they'd likely just look like a shadow following her, and 2) you meet Nina around the same time you meet Patty, so the colour change was so you wouldn't mistake one for the other.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Witch Tower and Sky Tower.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:Midway through the game, the Rangers Guild gets what their most veteran members declare an impossible task to slay a monster near the town of Gate, where Ryu and Bow first met. They quickly realize it's Barubary, the same monster that nearly killed them as children and [[JumpedAtTheCall take up the mission without a moment's hesitation]]. You can opt to ramp this trope's invocation UpToEleven in the final dungeon, by having Ryu take Barubary on ''solo.'' Revenge will ''never'' be sweeter.]]
* JapaneseRanguage: The cast lists at the end of the game is filled with blatant misromanizations of proper English words. Apparently, lumberjacks in in this game are called "ramberjacks".
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: The arc about entering Gandaroof's dreamworld.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The trope that sets the plot into action. Later, you get to meet the guy who fired the laser.
* LastOfHisKind: Katt thinks she's one, as she's not saw any other around. [[spoiler: Tiga later explains to her that there are very few of them scattered all over the world.]]
* LeotardOfPower: They actually have an armor called [=LeotrdCL=], wearable by the female characters. Not very protective, though.[Note]Apparently, "[=CL=]" stands for either "Cloth" or "Clothing"[/Note]
* LetsYouAndHimFight: When you enter [=CotLnd=], Tiga decides to fight Ryu because he thinks there's something going on between him and Katt.
* ListingTheFormsOfDegenerates: The [[FanTranslation fan retranslation]] has Father Halk delivering such a litany when describing "all of society's refuse" that the Church will nonetheless gladly take in. [[spoiler:[[ReligionOfEvil No doubt as fodder to summon]] [[EldritchAbomination their dark god.]]]]
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: Patty is actually Yua, Ryu's sister]]. This is barely alluded to, with only one quick line ("[[spoiler: I want my brother!"]]) despite being a central aspect of the TheDragon's plan, and is never followed up. See What Happened to the Mouse?
* LostInTranslation:
** Most of the {{Punny Name}}s and ThemeNaming.
** Gandaroof should've been Romanized as Gandalf.
** The "A" in "A. Sludge" stands for "Atomic", which might explain [[spoiler:why most of the monsters in the island where you fight them are giant]].
* LostSuperweapon: [[spoiler:Highfort]]. Surprisingly for a JRPG, Shupkay ''fails'' to reactivate it.
* LoveTriangle: Trubo hates Sten for abandoning the Princess, who loves him. Made more complicated by the fact Trubo pines for the Princess, himself.
* MeaningfulName:
** [[FloatingContinent Township]].
** Father [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Manson]].
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:She's around, she's just not able to do much...]]
* MobileMenace: Teleportation is the ''only'' possible explanation for Habaruku serving as both leader of the St. Eva church ''and'' [[spoiler: priest of a tiny backwater village on another continent]]. For ten years. (Granted, the game ''does'' have a "Warp" spell.)
* MoneyForNothing: Get the cook carpenter for Township, and you'll be able to make gold bars out of fish or other cheap things.
* MovingBuildings: The entire city of Township gains the ability to fly after an optional quest. This is required for the best possible ending.
* MultipleEndings: There's a bad ending [[spoiler: where everyone gets killed and the demons win]], a bittersweet ending [[spoiler: where the world is saved but Ryu sacrifices himself to seal the entrance to the underworld]], and the good ending, [[spoiler: where Ryu's sacrifice is averted by his father, who plummets Township onto the underworld's entrance, sealing it under thousands and thousands of tons of rock]]. You can only get the good one if you don't kill a certain person during a boss battle.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: Each of the six Shamans can only be fused to one character at a time, with several characters' most powerful forms requiring a specific combination of Shamans. Want to use Nina's most powerful fused form? Then you're not gonna be having Sten's or Jean's in the same party.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Ray knows that [[spoiler: the Church of St. Eva is bad]], but fights you anyway out of loyalty to his adopted father.
* {{Nerf}}: The original allowed you to stay in dragon form indefinitely after an initial outlay of AP. In this game, the dragon transformation is a [[SummonMagic one-off deal]], and it consumes all your AP with it. The damage the dragon forms deal also relies on how much AP Ryu has at the time of casting. Somewhat mitigated by the fact Ryu can cast the dragon forms multiple times if the player constantly replenishes his AP.
** Makes some sense in-series as Ryu is half-breed, unlike the other Ryu's in the series (he's the only one who isn't full Brood) thus his access to the dragon genes would be weakened (as is explained in-game. Inter-breeding with other clans can lead to loss of clan abilities and eventually leads to the future generations becoming Clanless - humans, that is. It's a well established piece of lore in the series and made clear when Nina has her little talk with an old friend...)
* NobleDemon: Barbaroi/Barubary. If Ryu decides to face him [[DuelBoss one-on-one]], he will praise him for his honor and courage. Win, and he'll give the location of a useful accessory.
* NobodyPoops: Averted. ''II'' is the only game in the series to include bathrooms in every house, and even two instances where the bathroom ''is the dungeon''.
* NoobCave: Mt. Fubi.
* OptionalPartyMember: Bleu/Deis is not necessary to finish the game. That said, she's an [[GameBreaker absolutely badass mage]] with a skill that recovers her HP for free and she likely starts several levels above your other characters, so it's probably wise to pick her up.
%%* OrphansPlotTrinket: The Dragon Tear.
* PaperThinDisguise: The [[FakeKing fake Jean]] looks nothing like the real one. Subverted in that his subjects [[ApatheticCitizens don't really care]], thus the fake Jean can get away with being thinner and handsomer.
* ParentalBonus: Tied in neatly with GettingCrapPastTheRadar, above.
* PathOfInspiration: [[spoiler:The Church of St. Eva]]. Probably one of the earliest examples of a video game using a religious organization as an antagonist force.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling:
** Monster Island.
** The area right near Sima Fort. Just Southeast of it, is a signpost. South of this signpost are orange crabs that are meant to be fought a bit later that will come out and they give far more XP than normal, and they all die very fast to Nina's S.Boom spell that she learns about the same time you get to this area.
* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** Building up the [=TownShip=] community requires previous planning, as there are only 6 available houses, each one with their corresponding tenant. Since it only takes speaking to the tenant to make him/her join, it is quite easy to talk to the wrong {{NPC}} and have a house with an important one occupied forever.
** The [[spoiler:Great Bird]], lost very close to the end, leaves Ryu's InfinityPlusOneSword out of reach.
%%** The Earth Shaman, as mentioned under GuideDangIt.
* PlanetOfHats: Nobody speaks a word in Tunlan, instead communicating via flute music.
* PlotlineDeath: [[spoiler: Tiga and Claris.]]
* PowerUpFood: Biscuits (a fairly easy item to make) will permanently boost one character's stats by +1 per biscuit. If one doesn't mind grinding to get the proper ingredients, you can max out your party's stats, regardless of level, by the game's halfway point.
* PunnyName. Alzheimer (Aruhamel), Aspara Gus (Spar), Eichichi (chichi literally means "udders"), Land Marks (Rand) and Nympho Mani (Nimufu) were LostInTranslation. Algernon and Town Ship made it in, though.
** The FanTranslation preserves Eichichi's PunnyName by naming her Gigi Kupp.
* RelationshipValues: It also measures how close are the characters to Ryu. Subverted in that it barely has any impact in the storyline. It allows Ryu (and by extension, the player) to figure out the feelings of the person he's talking to, which can be useful to get some nice upgrades from a (very shy) recruitable NPC.
* ReligionOfEvil: Played with [[spoiler: the Church of St. Eva]]. While it's secretly bad to the bone, its believers (and many of its puppet preachers) genuinely believe it's so good and noble as they were told.
* RequiredPartyMember: You need Sten to get to Highfort. And Katt to enter the Whale and [=CotLnd=].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: It doesn't matter if you think you're God: [[spoiler: If you kill his friends in front of him, Ryu ''will'' bring you down no matter how many explosions you throw at him.]]
* SaintlyChurch: The Dragon Clan and their religious beliefs. There's something very Literature/BookOfRevelation-y about the story, with the people ignoring the benevolent deity and [[spoiler: worshiping a demon who poses as one]].
* SevenDeadlySins: An interpretation of the major demons fought throughout the game: Joker is lust, Trout is gluttony, etc.
* ShoutOut: The tenants are full of these: The fortuneteller is named after Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, the old guy Barose/Burroughs from the dreamworld is named after a character from ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', artist Salvador is named after Creator/SalvadorDali, etc...
** Kilgore Trout is a fictional character created by Kurt Vonnegut of Slaughterhouse Five fame. Kilgore and Trout are the feuding rich folks in [=HomeTown=].
** The Gargoyle enemy sprite bears a striking resemblance to [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Firebrand]].
* ShoutOutThemeNaming:
** Elforan and Gedd are named after ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' characters.
** Resistance members such as Tiga (Tigger) and Daisy (Daisy Duck) are named after Disney characters.
** All the bouncers on Wildcat's Cafe have their names given in the CreativeClosingCredits. They are all characters from Creator/{{Capcom}}'s WrestlingGame ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlammasters''.
* StormingTheCastle: The Grand Church of Evrai.
* {{Stripperific}}: Katt only wears a small top, foot coverings, and gauntlets. Patty dresses in a LeotardOfPower. All the Elemental Shamans barely wear anything at all as they are just strips of cloth.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** One happens as a SecretTestOfCharacter. To obtain the ultimate power of Anfini, Ryu is told he must sacrifice one of his party members. [[spoiler: The correct choice is to refuse to sacrifice any of them.]]
** In the best ending, [[spoiler: Ryu is told that [[BigBad Deathevan]] [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil may return]], so he prepares to sacrifice himself by using his dragon form to seal the entrance to the underworld just as his mother did (which is what happens in the bittersweet ending). Then Ryu's father shows up, flying [[FloatingContinent Township]] overhead, which he [[ColonyDrop drops onto the gate]], burying it completely.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Not only is it actually a running theme in the game about how far Ryu will go for his friends, or how much all of his companions are willing to go for him for being there for each of their own problems, [[spoiler: it also turns out that this is the true power of Anfini: to revive all of Ryu's friends after being killed by Deathevn so they can help in the final battle.]]
* ThemeNaming: All the tenants who sell weapons are named after gun manufacturers (Heckler, Beretta, Kalashnikov, Remington). [[BlindIdiotTranslation Obviously, the translator never figured this out...]]
* TournamentArc: Coursair's battle tournament. Subverted by Augus, the crooked manager, into a BloodSport.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Several locales in this game use this trope with Evrai being the most prominent example.
* TraumaCongaLine: Sets the record for sheer number of Trauma Conga Lines in a single game in the franchise, damn near being a Trauma Conga Limbo Party in and of itself with most of the cast.
* UnderTheSea: The Upa Caves and Sky Tower.
* UndergroundLevel: The Dry Well of Capitan.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Ryu and Patty's parents. Their mom is a hot young winged woman who can turn into a gigantic dragon and their dad, while not necessarily ugly, is a normal old human:[[http://images.wikia.com/bof/images/2/2e/958876-bof2_ganer_super.jpg Ganer official artwork]] / [[http://images.wikia.com/bof/images/4/4b/Valerie.jpg Valerie official artwork]].
%%* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Infinity.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Augus. He gets two turns every round, and one of his actions is to charge up his next attack to do extra damage. Charging up then attacking in the same round will [[OneHitKill one-shot]] Katt even at full health (and Ryu and Rand if they're not pretty close to full health). Oh, and he can heal himself. It's also worth mentioning that charging up his attack doesn't guarantee he won't also get a critical. If he happens to get a critical on his charged attack, it'll easily one-shot even Rand.
** Also Terrapin, found in the dried up well in Capitan. One of the harder bosses of the game if you're underleveled.
** And let's not forget Algernon and her friends who... Well, let's say she's been known to put a stop to progression for many people.
* WarmupBoss: The [[GiantMook giant Roach]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: Averted when Rand's mother [[spoiler:sacrifices herself to save him]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** After Patty ([[spoiler:who is really Yua, Ryu's long-lost sister]]) serves her purpose in the plot, close to the end game, she is unceremoniously thrown in the tall grass and ''never seen again''.
** An attempted aversion is made in the GBA remake as TheStinger shows her watching over the area from a tree, but she still effectively disappears without a word.
* WhereItAllBegan: [[spoiler:Ryu's hometown Gate is where the final dungeon is located]].
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Ryu gets a lot of flak for his alias, "Baba(del)".
* WiseTree: Gandaroof the Great Wise Tree. There are also several "minor" trees around the world.
* WombLevel: Grampa the Whale and the Queen of Tunlan.
* WrenchWench: Eichichi ([[FanTranslation a.k.a. Gigi]]). Has massive breasts and finds machines... Stimulating. Probably would be MsFanservice, too, if the sprites in this game were large and detailed enough.
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