The third game in the Chaos Rings franchise.Chaos Rings II abandons the Ark Arena storyline of the first two games, and instead focuses on a character named Darwin, who is chosen to be the Nominator, and given the task of sacrificing four Candidates in order to prevent the destruction of the world.This game adds new elements to the battle and exploration systems, and allows players to choose their own paths in the story, affecting the plot.
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Arbitrary Headcount Limit: No matter what, your party can never be more than two people. Especially obvious in the Playable Epilogue, where the seven playable characters split up in order to escape the dungeon.
In the initial release, the Super MV—the best accessory in the game, which gives great boosts to all stats. The catch? It's the reward for defeating the last (and toughest) boss in the game.
The April 2012 update averts this for the Super MV, as each of the new P.U.B. bosses are much stronger than Piu Piu, making it useful. These new marks each drop a party member's Infinity+1 Swordand Armor, which are then useful against the strongest (and new final) P.U.B. boss, as well as a strengthened form of the True Final Boss.
The Azi Dahaka family have two claw-tipped tentacles that grow from the sides of their body.
The Destroyer sends tentacles to attack the location of the Rite. Although called tentacles, they seem to have mouths, vocal cords, and teeth. Lots of teeth. They also come into play during the boss fight against him, and they inflict some nasty status effects.
Choosing Pair instead of Solo in battle allows both characters to perform the same action, usually for spectacular results. This means both characters will be hit by any attacks aimed their way, but it also means that they share any damage blocking or reflecting abilities.
In the library, there are records of past Rites of Resealing. The 8th Rite lists Escher as a Nominator and fellow Ark Arena contestant Eluca as a Candidate. This becomes far Harsher in Hindsight when you find out just what happens to the Nominator after the Rite is complete.
In one of the hidden libraries, the records indicate that Amon got the idea for the Rite from myths about a "tournament to the death" where the winner rebuilt humanity. Three guesses what tournament it was.
Convection Schmonvection: Zig-Zagged. When Darwin first enters the planet's core, he's severely affected by the heat, and Lessica has to use her powers to protect him from it. However, when all the Pillars revive, right next to the core, they're all unaffected by it.
Duel Boss: Darwin gets one against Araki, then another one with him before Darwin sacrifices him. And a second one against Lessica, before descending into Abbadon. In fact, all of the Ophanim battles are this, except the final one.
Hammerspace: Where all but Darwin and Araki keep their weapons.
Happily Ever After: After Piu-Piu is defeated and allowed to regain his memories, he rewards the characters by showing his true power and destroying the Hall and Amon in one blast. This leads to the eight of them (Lessica included) safely landing on the surface of the earth. Though, it might be Bittersweet Ending somewhat, just because Piu-Piu mourns Jodie, Meg, and Catherine's burning up in space, and it ends with Darwin and the boys failing to create new cut-outs and Marie and the girls substituting for Piu-Piu's harem.
Gods Need Prayer Badly: The entire point of the Rite is to get Sopia power through prayer for the Creator, who uses that power to keep himself a alive. Apparently, he will cease to exist if no one believes in him.
Each of the pillars thinks he's doing this. It's a lie by the Creator, but it turns out that if the pillars hadn't bound themselves to Neron by becoming Sacrifices, then Darwin wouldn't have been able to defeat him, and the cycle would never have ended.
Lessica makes one, transforming into an Ophan and allowing herself to be defeated in order to bind Amon, the True Final Boss, to the physical plane (and thus making him vulnerable to the party's attacks) via her own body. She survives long enough to die in Darwin's arms after Amon's defeat.
Hopeless Boss Fight: Happens no fewer than four times, whenever the heroes try to defy the Rite or the gods themselves.
Hub Level: The cathedral-like building which is actually in orbit over Earth where the Nominator and Pillars are summoned.
All Araki wants is a fair duel to the death with Darwin. Araki gets his wish. Twice, if you count the battle with his Ophan.
Li Hua asks Bachs for time alone with Darwin. To Darwin, she asks him to take Xiao to the upcoming Festival in her stead, since she can no longer fulfill that promise to him.
Conor requests to see his parents one last time from Bachs, although Bachs only allows him to view them remotely. He asks Darwin to tell his parents how much he loves them and that he was proud to be their son, since he doesn't think he did it often enough.
Marie just asks Darwin to survive this.
Limit Break: They are called "awakenings" and can be used when one has either taken or dealt enough damage.
Love at First Sight/Love at First Punch: A very good case of both. Li Hua tells Darwin about how she and Orlando met for the first time on the battlefield and nearly killed each other, thinking they were from opposing sides of the war. Li Hua remarks that it was his eyes that got her.
Neron. After he is defeated, the planet's core begins to revert to the way it was before.
Amon. After he is defeated, his floating cathedral starts to fall from orbit.
Manipulative BastardBachs, AKA Amon. The Rite of Resealing exists only so he can receive prayers and therefore godliness.
Multiple Endings: Chaos Rings II features four after Ophan Marie is defeated, each extending the story.
Downer Ending: Darwin decides to go along with the Rite of Resealing, and ends up being mind-wiped by Bachs, and sent to destroy the world with the Four Horseman.
Normal Ending: Darwin decides to defy the Rite, and goes with Lessica to destroy Neron in Abaddon, the core of the planet. He successfully defeats Neron, and restores the five Pillars, but dies in the process.
True Ending: Darwin is revived after defeating Neron, and receives Neron's Sopia. Lessica then reveals the truth behind the plot, and the party goes to defeat Amon. Lessica dies, but she dies free and happy.
Darwin holding the mortally wounded Marie, both times. Bonus points for her name being a variation of Mary.
Darwin holding the dying Lessica. We're seeing a pattern here.
Piņata Enemy/Metal Slime: Billikins return as these. They give disproportionately high experience and monetary rewards, but tend to run from battle. Coal Billikins are especially nasty, and can even kill an underleveled party.
Powers as Programs: The Sopia Cores you collect from enemies and bosses, of which three can be equipped on any given character, and each one can hold up to 6 abilities. You also get a Sopia core from Orlando and every other Pillar, including Lessica that only Darwin can equip, that gives him all the abilities of that person.
Sadistic Choice: A significant part of the plot of Chaos Rings II. Darwin must choose which of his teammates to sacrifice as Pillars, with the knowledge that whoever he chooses, he'll just have to sacrifice another one soon enough.
Sick Episode: Darwin winds up poisoned after saving Conor from Famine. Marie and another party member go to look for a Sopia Core to cure him, despite him needing a Sopia Core in order to kill one of them, not to mention being the man tasked to kill them all and the man who killed their brother/friend/lover/rival Orlando.
You Killed My Father: Everyone but Conor bags on Darwin for killing Orlando. Orlando just happens to be Marie's step-brother, Araki's rival with whom he had an unsettled dispute, and Li Hua's former comrade and the father of her child.
Zero-Effort Boss: The final fight with Amon. Darwin cannot die and the awakening he gains during the fight takes out Amon in one hit. Also counts as an All Your Powers Combined because Darwin can only defeat Amon after being enhanced by the power of his friends' Ophanim and the power of Neron's Sopia. The fight before it however, is not a zero-effort fight.