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''Wild [=ARMs=]: The 2nd Ignition'' is the second in the series of [[RolePlayingGame roleplaying video games]] produced by the Sony Company. Released in the year 2000, the game shares stylistic elements (combining the {{Western}} genre with both {{Fantasy}} ''and'' ScienceFiction) with the previous game, but no direct story connection.

Like the other ''[[Franchise/WildArms Wild ARMs]]'' games, the story takes place on the planet Filgaia, which, long ago, was attacked by a powerful demon. A magical sword chose a young woman, known as the Sword Magess, to wield it against the monster, banishing it to another dimension. Centuries later, when a young man is possessed by the demon, he is also granted the sword's powers, which not only returns him to normal but grants him great powers. Because of that, he is chosen to become part of the A.R.M.S., a new international anti-terrorist organization, to combat Odessa, a group that seeks to rule the world. Joining him are various heroes from around the planet.

Most of the playable characters have (noncanonical) cameos in ''[[VideoGame/WildArms5 Wild ARMs 5]]'', just like all the other heroes in the series. Marivel also stars in a story that the characters read in ''[[VideoGame/WildArms3 Wild ARMs 3]]''.
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!!This game provides examples of:

* AdjectiveNounFred: Most bosses are named like this.
* TheAlcatraz - Ilsveil Prison.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs - At least once.
* [[ArcWords Arc Word]] - Hero. The entire game is an analysis of what it means to be a hero.
* AscendedExtra - You'll be surprised to see how much Tony took Marina's screen time in the Drama CD.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Irving and his sister both had to die to destroy the Kuiper Belt. And, as always, Filgaia is still a wasteland that is slowly recovering.]]
* {{BFS}}
** Ashley's weapon isn't actually a sword, but a rather normal rifle...equipped with a ridiculously large bayonet that may as well ''be'' a sword.
** The sword Argetlam might as well count. While it won't rival some other [=BFSes=], it's as large if not larger than Ashley's bayonet.
* BFG - Brad's weapons of choice are generally this, especially his Railgun.
* BlindIdiotTranslation - The game script has signs of this throughout and it's jarring when one comes upon them, but overall the translation is actually fairly decent for a Playstation-era Japanese RPG. Not to say it's great, but it's definitely better than both versions of ''VideoGame/WildArms1''.
** Liz's poetry is this; since it's originally a mass of Japanese cultural references, translated directly it becomes a mass of gibberish.
* BefriendingTheEnemy: Ashley & company develop a friendship this way with Kanon. Kanon, a demon hunter, has made it her mission to assassinate Ashley who [[SuperPoweredEvilSide is possessed by]] the ancient demon Lord Blazer who Kanon's ancestor sealed away thousands of years ago. The team reluctantly fight repeated battles with Kanon, until Ashley manages to convince her that he's a good person, and asks her to join the group plus entrusting her with the responsibility of striking him down (and killing Lord Blazer) if he can't control the demon's influence any longer [[spoiler: when this moment finally does arrive however she can't bring herself to kill Ashley as she's developed feelings of friendship with him and the other members of ARMS.]]
* BlockPuzzle
* BonusBoss - Lots of them, entrapped within the sealed pyramids you see floating around certain towns and dungeons.
* BoxedCrook - Prisoner No. 666 Brad Evans.
* BossSubtitles
* TheCameo - Axel and Ruka (translated as 'Luka' in the English version) from ''Gunner's Heaven'' appear in a bar named after their game of origin.
* ChildMage - Tim and Lilka.
* CognizantLimbs - A lot of bosses, which grant bonus experience at the end of the battle if you destroy the parts before the core.
* CombinedEnergyAttack - [[spoiler:How the BigBad is destroyed.]]
* CurbStompBattle - The second battle with Trask after Ashley [[spoiler: gains his superpower]]. What was about half an hour ago a reasonably tough boss battle for Ashley, Lilka and Brad is now a powerless wimp for Ashley by himself. Trask can barely hurt Ashley with the big damage attack, and does single digits (or 0 depending on your level and gear) damage with its regular attacks, and seems to always miss with the poison breath. All it can do is flail around helplessly while you murder it.
* DesertPunk
* DiscOneFinalDungeon - Heimdall Gazzo, which leads up to [[spoiler: Ashley temporarily being stranded in outer space]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything - If you've played ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', many things about ''Wild Arms 2'' will seem oddly familiar.
** The navigation has extremely similar camera rotation and platform mechanics, but unlike in ''Xenogears'' you aren't able to jump up. The sprites on 3D background were in an extremely similar visual style as well.
** Both games' worlds have extremely violent histories that at least once or twice involved the a planet-wide near-genocide. But the theme of Filgaia being a scorched world is common to the ''Wild Arms'' series in general.
** The Sword Magess was a fairly ordinary girl who became a Hero of extraordinary means and elevated to legendary icon SacrificialLion, reminiscent of Sophia's tragic canonization in ''Xenogears''.
** Though a trend already started in the first ''WildArms'' game, Filgaia is a scorched world, having seen the trauma of cataclysms in the past. Similarly, the world of ''Xenogears'' has been battered just as badly, with one continent shattered and another continent all but desertified -- the latter being similar to Slayheim's utter desertification in ''Wild Arms 2''. There seems to be at least mild cross-pollination of concepts.
** Ashley holds two conflicting personalities within him, one of which is a veritable EldritchAbomination, which is very reminiscent of Fei's cataclysmic Id in ''Xenogears''. In both cases, the protagonist gains effective partial control over their dark size and summon it to battle when necessary. But neither have total control over it.
** Brad and Rico are both tall half-WalkingShirtlessScene MightyGlacier {{Badass}}es wearing an ExplosiveLeash while sitting in prison for years, slated to become mighty heroes with a potent LGBTFanbase factor. And considering that Rico's chronic roommate is a smaller AmbiguouslyGay guy [[spoiler:whom Rico later mourns and frequently reminisces about]], it begins to seem like Brad is all but a RaceLift CaptainErsatz of Rico.
** Valeria Chateau feels very much like the Yggdrasil in ''Xenogears'', being simultaneously a base of operations, a small town of inhabitants, a fairly complex explorable structure, and later actually gains the ability to [[GlobalAirship fly]].
** [[spoiler:Marivel]] is the last of [[spoiler:her]] kind after they were wiped out suddenly by Lord Blazer. In ''Xenogears'', Dominia Yizkor believes herself to be the last of her exotic [[OurElvesAreDifferent elf-like]] race, which was all but wiped out overnight by Id, who as mentioned above also has interesting parallels with Lord Blazer.
** Just as ''Xenogears'' introduced a dizzying complexity of world background and plot turns that rarely seemed so numerous in a game of its time, the ''Wild Arms 2'' story and game script seems endlessly detailed. But this trend was increasingly arising in most console {{RPG}}s of the day.
** Not having anything to do with Xenogears, Tim's friends are apparently [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080424183604/wildarms/images/a/a0/Tony_Stark.png Iron Man]] and [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080424194233/wildarms/images/d/d2/Scott.png Cyclops]]
* [[DoNotAdjustYourSet Do Not Adjust Your Mirrors, Windows, and Pools of Water]] - Odessa makes itself known to the world by transmitting Vinsfeld's message across ''every reflective surface in the world.''
* {{Doppelganger}} - [[spoiler:Several fashioned in Brad's image.]]
** GoneHorriblyRight - [[spoiler: copied so well they include his ExplosiveLeash. Oops.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome - The Dreamseers of the Baskar have this ability, granted by the Guardians.
* DuelBoss - Trask (the second time), Caina (the last time), [[spoiler:Brad's doppelganger]], Judecca, Vinsfield, the [[spoiler:Kuiper Belt roots]] and [[spoiler:Lord Blazer]]. Possibly even more. There are a lot of 'em.
** Until you get your fifth party member, you can arrange for any battle to be one.
* EdgeGravity
* EldritchAbomination - Lord Blazer, along with the SealedEvilInACan like Ragu O'Ragula. And then there's [[spoiler:the Kuiper Belt]], which is somewhere between this and...
* EldritchLocation - [[spoiler:[[BossSubtitles Encroaching Parallel Universe: Kuiper Belt]]]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt - ''Everyone'' in Meria assumes Ashley and Marina are going to get together sooner rather than later, no matter [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend how much Ashley protests]]. It doesn't help his case that Ashley spends his first leave from [=ARMs=] visiting her, or that he instantly decides to give her a gem he finds. Not to mention he goes into a genuine panic when someone brings it up.
* EvolvingCredits - The opening animation changes depending on how far into the game you are.
* EvolvingWeapon - You can buy upgrades for Ashley's and Brad's guns.
* ExplosiveLeash - On Brad.
* FakeDifficulty - You can't buy healing items (though as with later games, this is justified as Filgaia is mostly a barren wasteland). You also can't take back Personal Skill points once you've used them to buy skills. Did you buy a useless skill? Sorry! [[spoiler:Put everything into Up HP first and don't ever get the status resistances, with the ''possible'' exception of Ability Block.]] However, see the GameBreaker entry on healing items.
* FamedInStory: "The Eleniak Witch-Girl", Lilka's older sister. Which makes it odd that she's [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Only Known By Her Nickname]].
* FantasticNuke - One mission has you intercepting a "nuclear weapon". It gets unleashed and it's a nuclear breathing ''dragon''.
** Also the Angel's Halo, which was used on the country of Slayheim prior to the start of the game and left behind nothing but endless plains of salt.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture - The American Old West combined with the Modern World
* FreeRotatingCamera
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar - See GRatedSex below. Also, [[spoiler:Irving and Altacia are very strongly implied as [[BrotherSisterIncest being in a relationship]]]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere - [[spoiler: The Kuiper Belt]] is not even hinted at for the entire first disc, and is the focus of the second.
** On a smaller scale, there are also plenty of random giant monsters for the party to fight throughout the story.
** Played with by [[spoiler:Lord Blazer]]. It was obvious [[spoiler:he and Ashley would eventually fight]], but not many expected [[spoiler:him to be the ''FinalBoss''.]]
* GRatedSex - [[spoiler: Ashley and Marina]]. The scene does a FadeToBlack, but the subtitles that stay are pretty much GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
** Likewise [[spoiler: Irving and Altaecia Valeria]]. The same thing happens, but it's somewhat less G-Rated considering [[spoiler: it's incest]].
* GuideDangIt - Some of the puzzle solutions, especially on the second disc, are quite obscure and would have required references on TheOtherWiki if TheOtherWiki had ''existed'' back then. Also, if you don't receive recommendations on which Personal Skills to pour your points into ([[PointOfNoReturn which you can't take back, by the way, unlike the games that followed]]), it's very easy to have an underpowered party and struggle through the game.
* HelloInsertNameHere - To a rather ridiculous extent; you can name not only the party members and Lilka's spells, but almost every single plot-important NPC ally in the game.
* HeroicSacrifice - [[DeconstructedTrope This is a major theme throughout the game. Apparently, it's the job of heroes to sacrifice their happiness and their lives so the common people don't have to fight.]] The game makes a heavy point of pointing out all the myriad flaws of this idea. [[spoiler:In the end a planet-wide CombinedEnergyAttack is much more effective.]]
** The Sword Magess, when the Blaze of Disaster previously attacked Filgaia.
** [[spoiler:Brad left in what appeared to have DroppedABridgeOnHim, but it was really FakingTheDead as the sacrifice was actually one of his {{Doppelganger}}s.]]
** [[spoiler:Irving and Altaecia.]]
* HonorBeforeReason - Kanon is obsessed with her family honor, as is Irving. [[spoiler:Not particularly surprising as they are in the same family, after all.]]
* HomoeroticSubtext - Caina and Vinsfield (Caina was [[ShesAManInJapan male in the Japanese version]]); definitely also Billy Pilder and Brad Evans, who even manage to avoid being HeterosexualLifePartners by failing to be heterosexual in any way.
** Caina is male for the ''entire first disc'' of the American version, as well. And part of the second.
** Apparently, in Japan, Brad and Billy were slanted as an actual couple, and North America tried to [[HideYourGays tone it down]] when they brought it over. Obviously, it didn't work.
* HumongousMecha - Marivel uses these as her summons. Some of the Bosses are Mecha as well.
** "Dragons" in this series [[OurDragonsAreDifferent are essentially Humongous Bio-Mecha]], but especially Lombardia, who can [[TransformingMecha turn into a jet]]. [[spoiler:She even gets a Gundam-esque "launch sequence" when you first recruit him as your GlobalAirship.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser - Lilka (umbrellas) and Marivel (robot-things)
* InsufferableGenius: Marivel, mixed with [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]]. And Liz. especially Liz.
* InterchangeableAntimatterKeys - Duplicators.
* JustifiedTutorial - All three characters' introductory chapters, since they can be done in any order.
* LetsSplitUpGang - For the final three sub-boss fights.
* TheLifestream - Glaive Le Gable.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero - Way to go, [[spoiler:Irving]]. You genuinely saved the universe, and all it took was a boatload of NecessaryEvil that [[DespairEventHorizon tore the heroes an emotional new one]]. Oh, and did I mention that the demon inside of Ashley feeds off of negative feelings? [[spoiler:The demon that ''you put there!?'']]
* NonLethalBottomlessPits
* [[NoNameGiven No Name Given]]/OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Lilka's sister, "The Eleniak Witch-Girl". Quite odd, considering she's FamedInStory to the point of Lilka having a bit of an inferiority complex.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Unlike in the other Wild Arms games, the demons here are not aliens, but actual supernatural beings.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They're sentient, bio-mechanical airships.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent - [[spoiler:Marivel]] and the other Crimson Nobles. They're still pretty traditional Vampires as far as this trope is concerned (Exposure to sunlight is life-threatening, they drink blood, they even have the fancy collars and [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} annoyingly-designed castle]]).
* PartyInMyPocket
* PensieveFlashback - The Memory Maze
* PercussiveMaintenance - Using Brad's kick ability on a malfunctioning computer terminal in the prison level makes it work again, giving you access to a room with a few bonus stat boosters.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty - Some of the dungeons are tailored to the party's skills to a ''ridiculous'' extreme.
* ThePowerOfFriendship - A mild theme throughout the game, [[spoiler:exemplified in Ashley's Impulse ability in the final battle]].
* RecurringBoss - You fight almost every major villain three times, including each member of Cocytus, Kanon, Liz and Ard, and Vinsfeld [[spoiler:(the third time is his ghost, as a BonusBoss)]].
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Drama CD only. Believe it or not [[Creator/TakahiroSakurai Ashley]] is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] ''AND'' [[Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa Irving]] is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]]! And this is even before that [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren movie]] relates those two!
* SavePoint: The [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals Memory Service Ladies]] who appear in towns and the Amazing Stones that are found in dungeons.
* TheScapegoat - Brad is in jail for a crime he didn't commit; later, Ashley and company almost get executed [[spoiler: but SuperPoweredEvilSide [[DeusExMachina Ex Machina]] happens]].
* SealedGoodInACan - Lilka's sister is [[spoiler: trapped in another dimension; unusually for this trope, she never gets freed from the can and Lilka even has to ''give up the hope of ever getting her back'' to save Ashley instead]].
* ShoutOut: The land of Urartu was once the home of the [[spoiler:Crimson Nobles]], but was genocidally depopulated during the past rampage of Lord Blazer. Urartu is an archaic name for UsefulNotes/{{Armenia}}, where a RealLife genocide in WorldWarOne killed 1.5 million Armenians, including nearly the entire Armenian population in most of the former West Armenia.
* SolemnEndingTheme: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr08LGkX4gM Atomic Arms]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1d4y9Qge3E Zephyr's]]", the ending themes of Disc 1 and 2 respectively.
* SpritePolygonMix - Overworld sprites, polygon battle screens.
* StableTimeLoop - Ashley meets [[spoiler:the Sword Magess, Lucied, and Marivel]] during a time travel sequence.
* StupidSacrifice - Luckily averted in [[spoiler:Tim's]] case, and is a major theme throughout the story.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
** Transforming into Knight Blazer is accompanied by an awesome theme song that lets it be known that you're about to kick some serious ass.
** The final boss theme is a remix of the game's main theme, "[[YouAreNotAlone You'll Never Be Alone]]". [[spoiler:Appropriately, Ashley has just transformed into a warrior capable of wielding the Argetlahm and using ThePowerOfFriendship to kick ass.]]
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon - The final dungeon in this game sees the party heading into [[spoiler: the living, mud core of the planet called Glaive Le Gable,]] where [[spoiler: an encroaching parallel universe has been manifested into a physical form.]] Before this dungeon was a huge, inverted Spiral Tower located conveniently on the center of the world map, and on the highest point to boot.
* TheVoice: Lilka's sister.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
** Odessa wants to unify the world... with themselves on top, of course, in such a way that they're also WesternTerrorists.
** Kanon starts out as this when you first meet her, but she gets better.
** Then there's the man behind Odessa: [[spoiler:Irving.]]
* WhatTheHellHero - To say Ashley is outraged over [[spoiler:Baskar Village's [[StupidSacrifice plans]] for Tim]] would be a ''huge'' understatement. He's also outraged that [[spoiler:Irving arranged for him to be sent to Ilsveil Prison, risking both his and Lilka's lives, just to recruit Brad.]]
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