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After the events of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'', the descendant of Erdrick/Loto married Princess Gwaelin/Lora and sailed away from Alefgard. They founded the kingdom of Torland where the couple and their children happily lived out their days. Generations later, chaos broke out with rumors of a powerful evil being emerging from the southern impassible cliffs of the frozen plateau, Rhone. His name was Hargon, an EvilSorcerer bent on world destruction. He chose Moonbrooke Castle to launch his reign of terror.

Hargon's army swept in and decimated the castle, its inhabitants, and the King within minutes. A lone, injured guard escaped and walked to the nearby fortress of Midenhall Castle. No sooner had he told the king of Moonbrooke's defeat that he perished. Now as a descendant of Erdrick, The Prince Of Midenhall must venture out to meet his two cousins and stop the evil hand of Hargon. With a world four times larger and many new monsters, the heroes have a much harder and dangerous adventure than their ancestor.

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!!Examples:

* AlmostDeadGuy: One Moonbrooke guard escapes the besieged castle, limps all the way to Midenhall, and promptly [[EverythingFades dies]] after delievering the news. Given all the overworld threats, how urgent the message was, and that he's just some castle guard, he easily qualifies as BadassNormal and {{Determinator}}. He doesn't fade in the remix. He just lays there dead. Although the king makes sure he gets a proper burial.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler:The Princess of Moonbrooke gets turned into a dog before you meet her, forcing you to find out how to break the curse before you can recruit her.]]
* BettingMiniGame: Just a simple lottery, but notable because it was the first such minigame in the series.
** It also set the standard for the series' fabulous grand prizes. 25% off everything in stores? Aw yeah.
* BossRush: One in the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* TheCameo: The trio of heroes from this game appear as summonable helpers in the arcade game ''Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road Victory'', both supporting the player and their monsters with defensive buffs and finishing their enemies off with Kazapple, also known as Alldain or Thordain -- a spell that didn't exist until ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''. The Cousins also pop up in ''VideoGame/FortuneStreet'' spinoffs.
* CanonName: The English localization of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' gives the cousins' names as Princeton and Princessa. In ''VideoGame/FortuneStreet'' (at least in Japan), they're known as Cookie (Cannock) and Pudding (Moonbrooke) -- how Toriyama-esque.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Maybe. An NPC in Midenhall castle is implied to be head over heels for the Prince, and even wanted to confess to him before she knew he was going to go on his quest. She never gets brought up again, so the player never learns if she eventually confesses or not.
* ChromaticArrangement: Midenhall wears blue, Cannock wears green, and Moonbrooke wears- well, ''pink'', but a particularly dark shade.
* {{Combo}}: The Falcon Sword. For the first time in the series, a character could strike twice in a row. Unfortunately, the Attack buff was only PLUS FIVE (Seven in the remix, but still, whoopdeedoo).[[note]]In comparison, the Sword of Destruction, which is available at the same time, gives more than 11 times the attack buff of the Falcon Sword. Granted the [=SoD=] is cursed, but even comparable level non-cursed equipment is 7 or 8 times more powerful than the Falcon Sword.[[/note]]
** In the original, depending on your cash flow, this is Cannock's best weapon, despite being weaker than the Iron Spear's single strike (by 15, sure, but do the math, especially when you factor in critical hits). However, it is REALLY expensive, even with the Gold Card, and you may not even bother once you're rich enough in the final area, [[NintendoHard because you'd have to go through the final area all over again.]]
** The point of the Falcon Sword is probably to increase your chances of killing {{Metal Slime}}s and Metal Babbles, since you can only deal ScratchDamage to them regardless of attack power. It essentially doubles your potential damage to them.
* {{Curse}}: Hargon really likes his curses. He curses the entire castle of Moonbrooke after its fall, turns [[spoiler:the princess into a dog]], and as the heroes draw closer to his kingdom, [[spoiler:he curses the Prince of Cannock to become bedridden, prompting a side quest to cure him (Remake only. Furthermore, you can beat the final boss without him, hard as it may be)]].
* DependingOnTheArtist: The Princess of Moonbrooke. Technically, Akira Toriyama does both of her designs, but several FanArt depictions have her act in different manners and personalities, depending on whether she has purple or blonde hair.
** This is sort of ironic, considering Toriyama created a character in Manga/DragonBall named Launch. Whenever she sneezes, she switches from a Blue Haired Nice Girl to a Blond Haired Evil Woman.
** The American box art gives the Princess rather {{Stripperific}} attire.
* TheDragon: Hargon has three: Atlas, Pazuzu, and Belial. Also, [[spoiler:Hargon himself is one for Malroth]].
* EvilSorcerer: Hargon.
* EvilWeapon: Sword of Destruction/ Demon Sword. Really high attack, but curses the user. There's also other "Evil Gear" in armor.
* {{Expy}}: The "classic" version of the Princess of Moonbrooke looks ''suspiciously'' like a palette-swapped version of Manga/{{Nausicaa|OfTheValleyOfTheWind}} with slightly longer hair. This may explain the explicitly blonde redesign that popped up for the SNES remake. (The more recent artwork for the Wii compilation and related material opts for making her hair aggressively ''purple''.)
* GetOnTheBoat: The series first. Which lets you explore the world, even returning to Alefgard!
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Malroth (Sidoh in the Japanese version.) In the original NES English translation, at least. Absolutely nothing in the entire game even hinted at his presence aside from a quest item called the Eye of Malroth. In the Japanese version and further English translations, Malroth is revealed to be the demonic god that Hargon worships.
** In the SFC/GBC versions, the AlmostDeadGuy does mentions Hargon's master plan is to revive a demon god to destroy the world, but considering any further references to said demon god don't show up until when said demon god appears, it still feels like this trope.
* GogglesDoNothing: Oddly enough, both Princes wear goggles as part of their headgear.
* HauntedCastle: [[spoiler:Moonbrooke is haunted by the flaming spirits of those slain by Hargon's forces. This includes the King himself. Talking to him after saving the Princess leads to a [[TearJerker rather depressing conversation]].]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: The Prince of Midenhall. The Prince of Cannock and the Princess of Moonbrooke have their names randomly selected from an internal list. [[spoiler:You can rename them yourself after recruiting them by highlighting the save file and holding Left/Right + A.]]
* JackOfAllStats: In this case, it's ''NOT'' the main character who qualifies; it's the Prince of Cannock.
* JumpedAtTheCall: The Prince of Midenhall. Even shown literally jumping from his throne to listen to the Moonbrooke guard in the Japanese manual.
* JustAKid: Pretty much the Prince of Cannock's reason to his younger sister on why she can't come with your party. Given that the party is only about 16 or so, she can be assumed to be rather young. She likely didn't have any formal training either, which would have made her TheLoad in your group.
* LightningBruiser: The Prince of Midenhall; his main weakness is that he can't cast magic.
* MasterOfIllusion: Hargon.
* MythologyGag: Only in Japan. Tonnura (トンヌラ) was one of Cannock's possible names in the Famicom version. Supposedly, the name sounds "odd and stupid" to several Japanese people, which fit how weak the prince was on the FC. It became an in-joke as a "weak and uncool" name (but not "hated"), and popped up in a few later games. It is speculated that Yuji Horii came up with this from Ernest Tonnelat.
** Perhaps a western equivalent would be something like "Derp". (The localizers of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' apparently weren't aware of the joke in the Japanese version and instead call him Prince Princeton of Cannock.)
* NintendoHard: Whoever said this game is easy is either a liar or very, ''very'' good at [=RPG=]s. You will need to level grind '''INTENSELY''' this time out, and even when you do, it isn't enough.
** Can go beyond NintendoHard to plain unfair. The Gold Batboons/Bat Demons will randomly cast Sacrifice, [[RocksFallEveryoneDies wiping themselves out and taking your whole party with them]]. [[{{Unwinnable}} There's no way to prevent this.]] Yes, that's right. You can get a GameOver ''through no fault of your own''. And they can do this ''in the very first round before you even have a chance to do anything'' if so inclined. At least the Rockbombs in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' and beyond would wait until you pounded them to near-death.
*** Adding to this, in the NES version, the run option wouldn't always be effective in Rhone Plateau (even if all characters are maxed out in levels).
** The remix is easier, mostly thanks to extra stuff/boosts in the remix, but Rhone Plateau remains pretty hard regardless.
* PrincessesPreferPink: The Princess of Moonbrooke, though again, it is a rather dark shade.
* RegionalBonus: For those who played this on the Japanese MSX cart, they got an extra scene of the Princess of Moonbrooke in a "Dangerous Swimsuit". And yes, this is what ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' was referencing.
* RetiredBadass: The messenger didn't go to Midenhall to get the prince to help. He wanted ''THE KING''. Unfortunately, the two kingdoms have probably been out of touch for a while, as Midenhall's king notes that he's a bit too old to be adventuring about. Have at it, my boy.
** He officially retires as the Prince of Midenhall gets his AwesomeMomentOfCrowning in the finale. Not a bad boost from your "parting gift" at the start.
** {{Justified|Trope}}, considering that he is a descendent of Loto/Erdrick along with his royal counterparts in the other kingdoms.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Shadowtime cult that Hargon leads.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The party, of course.
* SequelDifficultySpike: If you thought the first game was hard, oh boy...
* SmashMook: The Cyclops, the Gigantes, and (if you count bosses) the Atlas. These enemies do one thing only and do it well; smash your party into goo with a club.
* SquishyWizard: The Princess of Moonbrooke. The Prince of Cannock also has elements of this early on, but [[JackOfAllStats grows out of it eventually]].
* TakingYouWithMe: The Prince of Cannock eventually learns the Sacrifice spell. As he's also the only member capable of ''reviving'' others with his magic in the original version, this is a last-ditch tactic. Unfortunately, certain RandomEncounters can also cast this for a TotalPartyKill...
* TookALevelInBadass: The Prince of Cannock. In the NES, his best gear was roughly The Prince of Midenhall's early to middle-game gear, and due to everyone only having TWO non-HP/MP stats, he could die A LOT if you weren't careful. He was upgraded notably in the I+II Remix. The Princess of Moonbrooke also qualifies, but to a far lesser extent.
** This is taken to RuleOfFunny levels in FanArt based off his NES days. He's often waking up or sleeping in his coffin, or just dead.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Averted: all three of them are immediate cousins.
* UselessUsefulSpell: Averted with prejudice. If you don't utilize your arsenal of debuffs, you'll spend a lot of time dead. There's several brute force spells, but they are much more expensive to cast and aren't always a OHKO, meaning the enemy is still hitting you. Having both spellcasters repeatedly debuff while your hero kills the enemy party one by one is actually a pretty good tactic in the late game.
* VillainOpeningScene: In a sense; the game opens with a ''long'' sequence depicting the attack on Moonbrooke.
** The scene was added in the North American version. It [[CanonImmigrant became canon]] in the remakes, with new music. (The US NES version simply used the battle theme.)
* WithThisHerring: In order to ensure your journey is a successful one, the King bestows upon you... a Copper Sword and 50 gold. Thanks, Dad.
** To be fair, it IS more than you get in the first game, and the Copper Sword is stronger than a few other weapons. Heck, Cannock only had a club. Also, none of the nations are technically implied to be "rich", just in charge.
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