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[[caption-width-right:350:Yes, the 4 heroes of light. They are heroes. They are of light. There are even 4 of them!]]

->''To thee I grant this gift of Light,\\
upon thy head a crown of might.''

''Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light'' is a GaidenGame or "spin-off" from the [[RunningGag ball-throbbingly popular]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. It was released for the Nintendo DS console in Japan and was released in North America on October 5, 2010. The game is the second to be released with the ''Final Fantasy Gaiden'' subtitle in Japan, after ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden]]'', though the two games have no relations to each other. Character design was done by Akihiko Yoshida, and Matrix Software, developers of various titles such as ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'' and the DS remakes of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV IV]]'' has returned to develop this title.

The story of the game begins on Brandt's fourteenth birthday, when he comes of age and is immediately handed a task to SaveThePrincess. He picks up three more companions (including said princess) who are not exactly hero material and are nevertheless told by the Crystal that they are ''the'' Heroes who must save the world from darkness. They return to a cursed kingdom, where they immediately split up because they're teenagers with poor judgment. In their misadventures, it becomes clear that [[CrapsackWorld the world has needed help for a long time now]] and darkness clearly has the upper hand.

Like several titles of old, this game uses a ClassAndLevelSystem, here called the Crown System, but its unique variation lies in the fact that every character is essentially an [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight]] in that they can equip anything; the jobs instead affect their usable skillset. Powering up the crowns involves a unique form of leveling via the application of [[VendorTrash disposable]] gems.

It spawned a spiritual successor in ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', which has significantly more bells and whistles, but the same monster designs and same-but-not-quite job classes to the main ''Final Fantasy'' games.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* AbilityRequiredToProceed: Abused frequently once you get the transform staff.
* AllInARow: Rubber band variant. Party members follow the leader in a sort of disorganized clump.
* AlwaysCheckBehindTheChair: Each town has eight items hidden in random places with no visual hints, although animals will sometimes let slip the location of one.
* AnachronicOrder: The party splits up and joins up in different pairs at times, with each separate group's adventures happening simultaneously, with the BookEnds of some chapters making more sense when you see what the other party was doing. (e.g. [[spoiler:Brandt leaving Yunita to team up with a cat of all things... who has a map... because she's actually Aire.]])
* AnimalTalk: You can talk to any animal in animal form. They often provide hints as to where to find items or what challenge is coming next.
* {{Animorphism}}: Once you get the Transform Staff, [[IncrediblyLamePun go wild]].
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Abused heavily in the Urbeth shopkeeping minigame. Jusqua can literally go to a store down the street, buy some items, and sell it down the street for double the price.
* ArabianNightsDays: The desert city of Guera.
* ArtificialStupidity: Targets are selected automatically (physical attacks target the first enemy on the left, magic on the right), instead of being chosen by the player. This can result in, for example, your Black Mage using a Quake spell, ignoring the enemy who's vulnerable to earth-based damage, and instead aiming at the flying enemy that's immune to the attack.
** It can also result in your WhiteMage using [[StatusBuff Esuna]] to heal the other characters of any status ailment under the sun that still allows them to fight and gain experience, but ignoring the one who's been [[TakenForGranite petrified]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: A lot of the level 3 crown skills. For example, the Elementalist's Elemental casts a series of spells of every element. This sounds pretty cool, except (1) the bosses that really matter are going to be resistant to every element but one, maybe two, and (2) given the previous, the only seemingly practical use of the skill would be exposing those few elemental weaknesses, but who needs that when you can just look up a guide?
* BagOfSharing: While the characters' personal inventories are, well, personal, certain key items are carried between characters when the perspective shifts, and the storage building is universal.
* BalefulPolymorph: Aire becomes a cat and Brandt becomes a plant. In the second half you find out that [[spoiler:Torte was a human turned into a mouse as punishment--and Ankel the parrot is ''the real King of Horne''.]]
* BareYourMidriff: The Dark Fencer's top is a vest with no shirt for both sexes.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The towers all start getting ''wider'' floors as you go up.
* BladderOfSteel: No quicksaving or saving on the world map. You're going to have to wait for the fedora guy just like everybody else. Thankfully, it's a portable title, and a DS one at that, so the game can be put into sleep mode if it ''needs'' to be put down at any time.
* BonusBoss: Along with the bosses in the [[BonusDungeon towers]], there is the [[HopelessBossFight Ogre Bear]]. Hope you brought an Energy Screen.
* BonusDungeon: The towers, which are all randomized and contain {{Bonus Boss}}es.
* BossRush: In the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* BrokenBridge: All over the place in the first half of the game. They either only clear when you activate a certain event or prevent you from going back.
* CastFromHitPoints: The Dark Fencer's skillset centers around this.
* CentralTheme: Learning from your mistakes. Also, evil triumphs from within your heart.
* CharacterDevelopment: By the end of the game, Aire is no longer a selfish brat, Jusqua actually cares about people other than himself, Yunita has stopped being a FailureKnight, and Brandt... Well, Brandt's still an IdiotHero, but at least he's not abusing the "I must be stronger than everyone else!" cliché quite so hard anymore.
* CharacterSelectForcing: Unless you are ''really good'' at this game, you will need an Elementalist, at the very least to help you take down bosses. Party-wide element resistance buffs are nice like that.
* ChekhovsGun: Remember that sign explaining how to handle sheep?
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Ankhel, Brandt's parrot]].
* TheChosenMany: The Crystal chooses the four as Heroes of Light at the beginning of the game. They proceed to bicker, ditch each other, not focus on their quest, and generally not have their act together until halfway through the game.
* ClassAndLevelSystem: The Crowns, gained after completing parts of the storyline.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman:
** By all appearances, wearing [[NiceHat hats]] is the only reason the quartet have any powers beyond their spell tomes.
** Not to mention the fact that good clothing -- not just armor, but also the stuff made of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin actual cloth]] -- gives higher base defense bonuses than ''the best shields''.
** Heck "Steel Armour" (Which you get early in the game) has lower defense than most tunics.
* CoolHelmet: The Paladin and Dark Fencer crowns.
* CoolMask: The Bandit, Shaman, Beastmaster, Storyteller, and Ninja crowns.
* CopyProtection: If you pirate the game, the enemies have infinite HP.
* CrapsackWorld: Even if you discount the fact that [[spoiler:demons are apparently running everything behind the scenes]], and instead just take everything at face value, most of the places you visit aren't very inviting places to live. Horne doesn't seem so bad [[spoiler:until everyone is turned to stone]], and Liberte's pretty nice (except for the pirate kidnappings), but every other city? Hoo boy.
** Guera: The residents are trapped by a vicious sand demon and no one has entered or left the city in years. Also, an entire race of people was wiped out save for a SoleSurvivor.
** Arbor: The fairies dislike and distrust humans so much that any human who approaches Arbor, even if they mean no harm, is transformed into a plant. No, the fairies won't help you. You get to stay like that.
** Urbeth: A town obsessed with money, where the poor are barely dressed in rags, are barely able to eat, and are treated like second-class citizens.
** Invidia: It's constantly freezing, everyone is miserable, and it's ruled by a bitter man who is waiting on his son to finally come home to rule the world.
** Spelvia: Run by a misanthropic man who has been living with nothing but his hatred for hundreds of years. All of his robots are programmed to kill humans. [[spoiler:Also, when the group finally manages to get him to let go of his hate, it turns out to be powerful enough to poison the rest of the world.]]
* CreditsMedley
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Crystal prefaces granting you the [[spoiler:Dark Fencer]] crown with the rather ominous "To thee I grant this gift of might, upon thy head a crown of... forbidden might." Shortly afterward, King Horne presents you with the spell [[spoiler:Desolator]] with similar gravitas.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Possibly. Dying strips you of half of any one category of gems -- which is devastating if the game randomly selects your Diamonds; not so much if it chooses the Rubies, or another lesser gem you have in low number.[[note]]You can prevent this by shutting off the DS when you die.[[/note]] This trope is in full force if someone has equipped the Freelancer crown, which negates ''any'' penalty beyond being warped back to the last [[SavePoint Adventurer]].
* DegradedBoss: Trollud, the Liberte boss, is a normal monster in the ice caves before Invidia. Later, Behugemoth is added to the same caves, except the trope is inverted and he's ''much'' harder than before.
** In the second half of the game, a [[PaletteSwap palette-swapped]] Minotaur can be found in the Quicksand Castle.
* DevelopersRoom: A limited and very obscure version: if you manage to make it to the northern part of Liberte early in the game during nighttime when it's normally blocked by a sand whirlpool (either by dying in battle during nighttime before you save your game for the first time or using a Dragon Wing), the [=NPCs'=] dialogue changes to various messages from programmers.
* DoomedHometown: Everyone in Horne [[TakenForGranite turn to stone]] after defeating the Witch of the North.
* DualBoss: Geri and Freki.
* DynamicDifficulty: After opening the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, [=NPCs=] will inform you that monsters are now leveling up alongside the party, so don't think level-grinding is going to solve any problems.
* ElementalPowers: Light, Dark, Fire, Water, Wind, Earth. In this game, ice is included with water and thunder with light.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: How well you do in boss battles later on largely depends on how well you play their vulnerabilities and resistances.
* EmergencyTransformation: Of a sort. [[spoiler:Brandt]] is transformed from a plant to a [[spoiler:puppy]], with the logic being that it's much easier to transform someone back to a human if they're already a conscious being.
* [[EveryManHasHisPrice Every Monster Has Its Price]]: The Merchant's Ransom ability allows a character to give up the gil equivalent to the damage s/he would have taken. With a full bank account[[labelnote:*]]Have fun abusing [[GameBreaker that Urbeth minigame]][[/labelnote]], a Merchant with the Ransom ability, and the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Shield of Light]] equipped, you could theoretically defeat the final boss without taking a single scratch.
* EvilKnockoff: The Dopplegangers, which first appear in Rolan's soul, later in the second run of the Witch's Manor and the final dungeon. They're the protagonists in their original clothing, but with shadow-black faces and Dark element attacks.
* {{Expy}}: Krinjh serves a similar purpose to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Minwu]], in that he serves as a CrutchCharacter early on, and also [[MythologyGag is a Spell Fencer (i.e. Mystic Knight). The costumes for male Mystic Knights in FF5 were based on Minwu]].
* FireIceLightning: Rather differently from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' norm, however; Thunder is [[LightEmUp Light-elemental]] and Blizzard is of the [[MakingASplash Water element]].
* FisherKing: [[spoiler:Rolan, almost literally. Helping him regain his confidence inadvertently released the darkness from his heart, putting the world in a time loop.]]
* FloatingContinent: Spelvia. It's described by the golems alternately as a fortress to protect the world, or a fortress to ''conquer'' it. It's also the site of the ClimaxBoss, which divides the first half of the story from the second.
* GenderedOutfit: Most of the job classes use dresses or have more subtle alterations between the male and female versions.
* GenreThrowback: To the 8-bit era of [=RPGs=] and their {{Nintendo Hard}}ness. You can't save anywhere you want, inventory space is limited, and don't expect help if you ask "NowWhereWasIGoingAgain?"
* GlobalAirship: A dragon hatched from the egg in Invidia.
* [[GoodMorningCrono Good Morning Brandt]]: Nearly verbatim.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Krinjh the Spell Fencer in Guera, Torte the Sage in Arbor, Rekoteh the Dancer in Invidia, and Rolan the Hero in Spelvia. Note that these are all Crowns that you won't have yet when they're in your party.
* GuideDangIt: ''So much''. Let's put it this way, you won't know a lot of things about the game without a guide.
* HelloInsertNameHere: All four heroes are nameable.
* HeroicSacrifice: In the first half, [[spoiler:Lillibelle sacrifices her life to bring Aire back from being killed by the Ogre Bear]]. This gives Aire a real kick in the CharacterDevelopment.
* HighClassGlass: Comes pre-packaged with the Salve-Maker crown.
* HopelessBossFight: Cat Aire vs Ogre Bear. (In fact, the Ogre Bear is in the same place [[spoiler:after the TimeCrash. If you go back in after freeing Lilibelle, it will still be there to kill you.]])
* IdiotBall: Brandt dumping Yunita in an inn. Aire getting turned into a cat by blatantly cursed treasure. Everything Jusqua does between that and dumping Yunita in a ''different'' inn.
* InventoryManagementPuzzle: Each character can only hold 15 non-stackable items, including equipment and spells, though key items are separate. The storage can hold up to 99 of any item, of course.
** Don't forget abilities - there are only 6 slots for spells and Crown abilities.
* JackOfAllStats[=, =]MasterOfNone: Jusqua, whose Strength, Intellect, and Spirit stats all max out at 65.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Rolan's heart has been festering in resentment and self-hatred for hundreds of years; in order for him to help the party, they must enter his heart and cleanse him of his demons.
* KarlMarxHatesYourGuts: Averted in Urbeth's shopkeeping minigame, where the wealthy locals will pay several times the going rate for something you bought in the next street, or even the same shop. Unlimited profits, here we come.
* LethalJokeCharacter: The game seems to revel in kicking the shit out of the concept of {{Useless Useful Spell}}s, since most of the crowns are extremely purpose-built but manage to be absolute game breakers, such as the [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower seamstress]], [[CombatMedic salve-maker]], and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney merchant]]. The typical "I like swords" classes from the mainline ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, on the other hand, are average at best.
* LightIsNotGood: Lucifer has light based attacks and is vulnerable to dark damage. Curiously, Satan (who is an entirely different being in this games universe) is the opposite (uses dark attacks and vulnerable to light)
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: While it's possible to kill just about every enemy you come across with physical attacks, you ''will'' need to rely on magic spells and Crown abilities, especially in the second half of the game where the enemy's levels scale to match yours.
* LongSongShortScene: The dragon riding tune is much longer than necessary, considering how small the game world is, and how quick it takes to ride from one place to another.
* LostForever: Lots of items. Talk to everyone before and after certain plot flags, such as Kuore after being entrusted with the mission to go to the Witch's Mansion to rescue Aire.
* LowLevelAdvantage: Halfway through the game every monster will be adjusted to the players level if they are higher than the monster's level.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: While the defense boosts on these aren't as large as those you get from [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman clothing]], it's the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental resistances]] that will really come in handy.
* MagicKnight: Spell Fencers can charge their physical attacks with spells.
* MagikarpPower: Remember that King's Shortsword Aire was carrying at the start of the game? ''Don't sell it.'' It's the strongest weapon in the game if you upgrade it, as it grows in effectiveness twice as much as regular equipment - ''including'' the Light set of equipment.*
* MartialArtsHeadband: A red-and-yellow striped one for Fighters.
* MeaningfulName
** Horne is known for its wind. It's also known for its agriculture, making the name a probable horn of plenty reference. Also a visual pun - the 'r' and 'n' in 'Horne' together look like an 'm', thus making the name of the village 'Home.' As in, literally, your 'Home Town.' Which is then [[DoomedHometown doomed]].
** Liberte is Latin for "freedman". The local pirates go on about freedom a lot.
** Vulpes (Urbeth in English) may refer to the [[CunningLikeAFox fox-like cunning]] necessary to make it in a city full of hard-playing merchants.
** Arbor is housed in the [[WorldTree Great Tree]]. Its [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Japanese name]], "Elva", is [[HiddenElfVillage obvious]].
** Invidia is Latin for "[[GreenEyedMonster envy]]", and the locals are rightfully envious of the fact that other people get the occasional sunny day and they don't.
** Superbia (Spelvia in English) is Latin for "pride"--befitting of a floating city meant to enslave the world below and ruled by a hero who regards himself as above humanity.
* MiniGame: Two - a shopping mini-game in Urbeth which is used to grind for ''so much'' money, and a maths game in Invidia. Both can get you a bonus job class if you score high enough.
* MoneySpider: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], enemies drop VendorTrash rather than straight-up gil. Double averted, in the fact that the VendorTrash are gems, which you need for character and item leveling, and are impossible to get outside of combat.
* MythologyGag: The plot of the game initially concerns [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI saving a princess at the beginning]], and later on breaking a [[spoiler:StableTimeLoop]].
** To add to the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI FF1]] References, the Final Boss is named Chaos. In addition, one of his attacks is called [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Big Bang]].
** Krinjh is based on [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Minwu]], up to and including [[spoiler:dying to save his country from an evil ruler.]] Unlike Minwu however, [[spoiler:he survived in the changed timeline.]]
** There is a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' potion sitting on the counter of the weapons store in Urbeth.
** The GlobalAirship is a [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV dragon]].
** Your CoolBoat in Part 2 is almost literally [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Syldra]]]] with [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Balamb Garden sitting on top of her head.]]]]
** The latter part of the game has the party [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII sneaking into a]] CrystalSpiresAndTogas [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Utopia through the backdoor, being forced to fight its misanthropic ruler, and then having to deal with the world's time periods being thrown into singularity]]]].
** The Ninja and Sage crowns are in the BonusDungeon Towers, similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' where they were sealed in Eureka.
** The Storyteller is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gogo]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI the Mime]]. Both are optional, performance artists, wear concealing clothing, and can use every skill and ability mastered.
* {{Necromancer}}: The Monk crown allows the wearer to reanimate dead allies and increases power the more times the wearer has been revived from death.
* NiceHat: Every class has one, except for the Freelancer and Dancer.
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Heroes]]: By saving [[spoiler:Rolan from the darkness in his heart]], the heroes manage to [[spoiler:unleash that same darkness across ''the entire world'']]. Bravo. Somewhat subverted by the fact that this [[spoiler:sets them on the road to turning a previously CrapsackWorld into a much nicer place by destroying many great forces of evil]], but ''still''.
* TheNightThatNeverEnds: After [[spoiler:darkness spreads across the world]], the world looks like it's in the middle of one of these.
* NintendoHard: "[[http://www.cheatcc.com/ds/rev/finalfantasythefourheroesoflightreview.html This game is so hardcore it doesn't even include a tutorial.]]"
** That said, once you get a handle of the battle system and how to utilize the different Crowns to their fullest, things get laughably easy until TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, [[spoiler:where you're stripped of all your Crowns and have to [[BossRush fight all seven demons again]] to get them back.]]
* NoCureForEvil: Averted in a few cases. The Aire Doppelganger can use Cure and Cura, for instance, even though the Dopplegangers are dark-element enemies.
* NostalgiaLevel: This whole game, really. The title music really hits hard for anyone who grew up on 8 and 16-bit {{RPG}}s.
* NotCompletelyUseless: Many of the Crown Abilities fall into these.
* NowWhereWasIGoingAgain: Averted with gusto until you get the Transform Staff, after which you can ask the Adventurer's fox for direction.
* PeekABangs: Rolan.
* PlotDevice: The key items.
* PurelyAestheticGender: Female monsters with "Entice" have no trouble affecting Aire or Yunita.
* RainOfArrows: The Ranger's "Covering Fire" ability does this.
* Really700YearsOld: The Dragoniers of Invidia have much longer lifespans than normal humans. [[spoiler:Rolan]], for example, looks the same age as the heroes despite being three centuries old.
* {{Retraux}}: Nearly everything. This game could have easily been done in 8 bit or 16 bit, and it would have fit in perfectly. The soundtrack itself ''is'' 8-bit.
* RuleOfSymbolism: So, Urbeth has an uncompleted tower that was intended to reach into Heaven? Interesting... although not ''quite'' the same as Babel. Its state of incompletion isn't from divine disapproval, but because the citizenry lost their faith and abandoned the project themselves.
* SavePoint: In the form of the Adventurer, who appears in every town and in front of every boss room. No saving on the world map like usual, though.
* SceneryPorn: The art style's more notable points are its ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]''-esque vivid colors and lack of outlines, resulting in very pretty visuals more or less everywhere. [[http://ff4heroes.com/na/?page_id=1531 Arbor]] is a strong example of out-and-out scenery porn.
* ScratchDamage: Averted in the second half, where the enemy's levels scale to match yours.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: With Ransom and Money Talks, the Merchant crown is ''made'' of this trope.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The entire point of the game's second half.
** Horne: [[spoiler:Defeat the fake King Horne and save Queen Horne(Aire and Carino's mother)'s life.]]
** Guera: [[spoiler:Save Krinjh and Ariadne and depose the demon that replaced King Guera.]]
** Invidia: [[spoiler:Restore the Sun Temple lift the winter that's turned everyone into a JerkAss.]]
** Spelvia: [[spoiler:Find the source of Rolan's darkness, Lucifer, and defeat him.]]
** Urbeth: [[spoiler:Stop the charlatan who caused the plague from convincing the high priests that faith is worthless next to money.]]
* SevenDeadlySins: See FauxSymbolism. But it gets weird, since some towns and their demons don't match the sins they were given.
* ShoutOut: The Claustrum staff rather resembles a [[KingdomHearts Keyblade]].
** The Metal Flan is reminiscent of the MetalSlime -- it's not immune to magic, but gives amazing XP and is highly resistant to everything. And it has bigger, angrier brothers.
** Urbeth is the name of a city in ForgottenRealms.
** Louhi is named after the main antagonist of Literature/TheKalevala, the Finnish national epic, who is also a shapeshifting witch from the GrimUpNorth.
* SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration: Unless you turn your lead party member into an animal, the golems in Spelvia attack when you try to talk to them--but you can also get around it by making ''Rolan'' your lead party member, since he's their master.
* SocializationBonus: Playing the game in Multiplayer Mode increases the number of Battle Points which can be spent on equipment that can be upgraded to InfinityPlusOneSword.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: [=NPCs=] come with unique equipment, and when they leave, they take everything with them. Your party also does not have a universal inventory, although the storage and money system is universal -- so make sure to drop off some gear in the storage unit between bosses.
** You can also invert this by taking ''their'' unique gear, letting you get better weapons and armor than you might have had.
* SomethingAboutARose: The Dancer crown isn't a hat. Instead, characters clench a rose between their teeth.
* SongsInTheKeyOfPanic: The music [[VariableMix gains a bell/siren and changes tempo]] when you are at critical HP. Interestingly, one is used when bosses are at critical health, as well.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Data on the Japanese ROM give different spellings for almost all the towns' names: Horn vs. Horne, Gula vs. Guera, Elva vs. Arbor, Vulpes vs. Urbeth, and Superbia vs. Spelvia. The Japanese website also calls Krinjh 'Kirinjyu'.
* SupportPartyMember: Bard, Salve-Maker, Dancer, Party Host, and Scholar are geared around buffs / debuffs and have poor offensive power.
* TakenForGranite: Whatever contract King Horne had with Louhi, he broke it, and everyone in Horne is turned to stone as a result.
** Also the result of being petrified, which is considered by game mechanics to be an almost identical condition to death. [[DeathIsCheap Just as curable, though]].
* ThisCannotBe: [[spoiler:Satan, Beelzebub, Chaos, and Mammon]] upon death.
* TimeCrash: [[spoiler: One is caused by the unleashing of Rolan's evil. Fortunately, this allows the heroes to reach timeframes where they can do the most good.]]
* TurnsRed: The very first boss (Minotaur) when in critical health.
* UselessUsefulSpell: Averted with Status Spells and the Shaman.
* VendorTrash: The gems. Although they are necessary to upgrade crowns and equipment, you end up with way more low-level than you can use under normal circumstances, and you can use the Merchant to farm even more. They're also the quickest way to make money outside of Thauzand's minigame.
* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: A world of darkness rising up out of the ocean, which will eventually encroach upon the real world if not stopped.
* VideoGameStealing: The Bandit crown does this.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Eventually, once you get the Transform Staff. Oddly, neither Jusqua nor Yunita are at all alarmed to find themselves suddenly turned into animals with no real explanation.
* WhereItAllBegan: Horne is the last town to be liberated from its demon in the second half.
* WideOpenSandbox: The second half of the game thanks to the dragon.
* WithThisHerring: For someone so desperate to have his daughter rescued, the King of Horne is a rather insidious penny pincher. Despite having an entire armory stocked with weapons and armor, he sends Brandt on his merry way with little more than a Steel Sword and a firm pat on the shoulder. [[spoiler:Makes sense, considering who it really is.]]
* WombLevel: The whirlpool at Liberte, with its squishy pink walls and [[HollywoodAcid acidic]] pools of green fluid.
* WorldTree: The Great Tree, from which all magic originates.
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