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Video Game: Ragnarok Battle Offline

CAUTION!
* Sara was here.
* She knows where you live.
* For goodness sake, GET OUT OF THERE!

- Quote displayed on English-Patched loadup.

Ragnarok Battle Offline is a Beat 'em Up Fighting Game made by doujin developer French-Bread. Designed as a homage and a spoof of the MMORPG Ragnarok Online, it is notable in that it is amongst one of the few fan-made Spin-Off games that have been given an official release by the developers of the original game. It embodies all the fun of Ragnarok Online without the "online" part.

Given its origins, the story can be best summed up as No Plot? No Problem! You take control of one of 14 different adventurers (seven classes - Swordsman, Archer, Acolyte, Magician, Merchant, Thief and Novice - with a male and a female variant of each class) and you go and...beat up monsters.

However, that really shouldn't matter. Because it's fun!

A translation patch for the Japanese version is available here and has a wiki here.


Tropes that apply to it:

  • Ass Kicks You: The male Merchant can do a hip press.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Plenty of monsters are invulnerable except for that one spot. Most notably, the Scorpions.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Jakk of Stage 4, Geffen Dungeon, wears a tuxedo, top hat and uses a cane to fight you.
  • Beating A Dead Player: You use it to learn and understand the pattern of the enemy boss that creamed you. This is especially useful on the Stage 8 or Arena Modes...
  • Boss Rush:
    • Stage 8. Hope you memorized all bosses' patterns!
    • Arena Mode is Up to Eleven, as there you are very likely to fight mid-bosses and bosses altogether and sometimes even FIVE bosses at same time. Needless to say, some Arenas are insanely difficult to beat alone.
  • Breath Weapon/Death of a Thousand Cuts: The most dangerous attacks from enemies are made of this since they give you absolutely no time to react, recover or get the hell out of the way.
  • Bullfight Boss: A very unusual version of it in the very first level: You fight a horde of Porings chasing Richard, the Knight who presumably Provoked them on purpose. Richard himself can ram the player while mounted on his Peco Peco and is immune to damage (you do Scratch Damage to him after you finish the "fight") so you must kill all the Porings that bother him.
  • Blank White Eyes: Practically every playable character's default expression.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: The Ex Scenarios. The first one, the Prontera Culvert, is nothing compared to even the second one, the ghost ship, also housing one of the game's most infamous bosses, Drake. And then, there's the final EX stage, which makes the easier ones seem like the Prontera grounds.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In the form of textboxes.
  • Clipped Wing Angel:
    • Subverted with Maya, the boss of Ant Hell. After destroying her exoskeleton she'll Turn Red and her attacks will do far more damage. One of them, at that point, can combo you to death.
    • Stage 7 boss, Baphomet. He gets a LOT easier once he enters in the second stage of the fight, however that doesn't mean his attacks hurts any less.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Antonio launches one after Stormy Knight is defeated.
  • Combat Medic: The Acolytes, focusing more on the "combat".
  • Competitive Balance
    • Lightning Bruiser: Swordman. Fast and quick, has strong skills and can endure decent amounts of punishment.
    • Fragile Speedster: Thieves with their lightning fast movement and combos, but one strong hit will tear apart half of their health and combos and almost always mean instant death. With the Double Attack skill they become borderline Glass Cannon.
    • Glass Cannon: Magicians. They can wipe entire screens with a well placed spell but die incredibly fast if you play sloppy with them.
    • Stone Wall: Acolytes has good HP and plenty of support abilities, but their attacks deal very poor damage. Though subverted with the female Acolyte, who can gain an absurdly high damage lariat move.
    • Archer hovers between Fragile Speedster and Glass Cannon. They have high damage potential, just very costly skills, and are nearly as fast as Thief class. Both can also stay for a huge period of time airborne to avoid hazard.
    • Mighty Glacier: Merchants. Moves like a truck being started up, hits like a train.
    • Joke Character: Novice. What did you expect? But if used correctly they then become a Lethal Joke Character.
  • Confusion Fu: Part of the Novice's fighting style is made of this.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played for Laughs in Stage 3, Orc Village, where after raiding it to save a kidnapped little girl you leave a house. A lone orc outside will run in panic from you (and your partners).
  • Cute Monster Girl: Several, even those who were on the verge of Nightmare Fuel (like Sohee) become this, but Moonlight Flower takes the cake. The Possessed Kafra counts as well.
  • Cutscene: A lot of them scattered through the Stages They can be a bit annoying after repeating the same level since you can't skip them.
  • Degraded Boss: Several enemies. The game can be a bit cruel since there are enemies that count as Boss in Mook Clothing.
  • Death from Above:
    • Deviace can spit a pillar upward which will then fall, causing heavy damage.
    • One of the Doppelganger's move is jump and slam his sword on the ground. Taking a blow from this stuns your character.
    • Orc Lord has a body drop attack which hurts quite a bit.
  • Difficult but Awesome:
    • Every class has access to a Guard mechanic which will deny every blockable damage to zero if activated at the right time.
    • The Merchant class. Sluggish, but powerful. They have Discount, which if used properly will not only deny all damage but gives you money as well.
    • Novice is made purely of this. Using either gender effectively is incredibly difficult, but both have devastating potential.
  • Difficulty Spike: It pokes you near the end of the normal game in the 7th Stage. It downright spikes you in the very first Stage EX-1. The jump between the 8th and EX-1 will scare people who think that unceasingly throwing attacks will make you win the game.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: The boss of Stage 8 uses this.
  • Dual Boss:
    • You fight a pair of Golems midway through Stage 2.
    • Munak and Bongun in the Payon Dungeon in Stage 3.
    • The Dragons at the entrance of Mt. Mjolnir in Stage 7.
  • Dynamic Difficulty: Enemies gets noticeably more tougher if you play on Co-op Mode. Even moreso if one character is overleveled compared to the partners.
  • Elemental Powers: Magicians have these.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Doppelganger is this to the Male Swordman. They have the same moves, but Doppelganger's are always stronger or have an additional effect.
  • Expansion Pack: This game has had three of these released, called Extra Scenarios.
    • The first one contains the Prontera Culverts and the Sunken Ship.
    • The second one contains the Lutie Toy Factory, the Pyramid, and the Sphinx.
    • The third one contains the Amatsu Tatami Maze.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Everyone can traverse deserts and polar regions with the same clothing.
  • Eyes Always Shut: The male Archer and the female Acolyte. The latter has "normal" eyes in her art, though.
  • Flechette Storm: Shinobi enemies from Stage EX-6 does this with shurikens.
  • Flunky Boss: Nearly every boss.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: This is the best strategy if you are playing solo.
  • Full-Contact Magic:
    • Magicians can hit pretty hard even without their spells. Bonus to the male Magician's flashy flying kick.
    • Some builds are especially made to keep melee and spell combat in accordance.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Quite a few.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Many characters can also punch, kick and poke enemies aside of their weapon attacks.
  • Guide Dang It: Several, and some of them are pretty irritating.
    • The game never mentions that you need a certain amount of status to unlock new moves. The game gives absolutely no hint of how to do that, and that you even have them in first place. There is also no hint of how to perform skills and new moves. And it doesn't tell you if the skill is passive or not.
    • New players using Magicians in general will suffer a lot if they don't know how to build one properly.
    • In general, many skills which are nigh-useless in the online version become highly useful in this game. No sane Swordsman will max Magnum Break, for example, but here it can wipe a screen of enemies in one blow. Similarly, Thunderstorm is highly underpowered in the online version, but it's a fullscreen attack here.
  • Healing Shiv: Hilariously done with the female Acolyte, who slaps the Heal into the character.
  • Hellish Horse: The Nightmare.
  • Hero Killer: At the end of Stage 7 the player will notice that something appears to have ravaged the place prior to their arrival.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: With food and potions all around.
  • Improbable Weapon User:
    • Aside from using the standard fantasy fare of weaponry - swords, clubs, axes, bows, hammers - you can throw your cargo cart at the enemy or ram them with it.
    • The female Merchant can use a humongous bag of money to squash enemies.
    • Chepet of Stage EX-3 uses a phosphorus stick to fight you. In the same stage the Christmas Jakk uses a candy cane.
  • Instant Armor: Magicians' Safety Wall. The number of attacks it can take is restricted by skill level.
  • Kid Samurai: The first phase of Incantation Samurai.
  • Launcher Move: Every character has this. It is highly recommended that you learn how to pull and use them properly before the bigger waves of enemies come into play.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Two NPCs, Richard the Peco Knight and Merlin the Magician, are fond of this. Both are beaten humorously in certain Stages of the game.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: In Stage 8 a Kafra storekeeper in the original game of all things.
  • Magikarp Power:
    • Magicians are the epitome of this trope. They start out with either hard to aim skills or skills which consume too much MP and have sluggish and awkward melee moves. But as soon they start upgrading their spells wiping the entire screen comes easily.
      • On top of that Thunderstorm starts as a pitiful low damage, high cost SP skill which takes forever to cast leaving the Magician wide-open to be interrupted and juggled to death. However at higher levels it destroys nearly any kind of enemy, and entire screens for that matter. It even bypass certain gimmicks like enemies that tends to crumble after getting hit once (i.e: Skeletons).
    • Thieves are this to some extent until they get Double Attack.
  • Mascot Mook: Porings and Lunars.
  • Marathon Level: The 6th and 7th Stages are glaring examples, you might take fifteen minutes on the 6th and over twenty at the 7th with a character at right level if it is suited for solo play. Or else it could take even longer.
  • Megaton Punch: Female Acolyte's Lunar Lariat Buster.
  • Meido: The Kafras.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • Thieves can literally do this.
    • Merchants actually grab the monster to mug money from them.
  • One-Hit Polykill: Several attacks that you and the enemy, mostly bosses and sub-bosses, can inflict on each other.
  • One-Man Army: Your character is practically this.
  • Palette Swap: With a few enemies. It is averted on Co-op since you can't choose the same gender of the same class.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: Averted. In general, males have more HP and females have more SP. There are also minor variations and requirements for various special moves but the gender differences are glaring when it comes down to gameplay.
  • Rain of Arrows: The Archers' Arrow Shower.
  • Religious Bruiser: The Acolytes, natch.
  • Right Behind Me: How the Doppelganger battle starts.
  • RPG Elements
  • Schmuck Bait: Go ahead, pick the Stage EX-1 with your fresh new character and see what happens.
  • Shrinking Violet: The female Novice.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Averted with the female Magician, who is the opposite of this trope. Her Stripperific outfit doesn't help either.
  • Shout-Out: Because the game is a Spin-Off from Ragnarok Online it refers as much as possible to it.
    • If you stay sit, pressing down, your character will recover HP and SP faster.
    • Drake can use Waterball, since where you fight him there's water on the floor.
    • Most bosses are Flunky Bosses, because they spam enemies just like their online counterparts.
    • If you happen to have a Merchant with Increase Weight Limit skill partying with an Archer, you'll be able to carry more arrows.
  • Sinister Scythe: Baphomet carries one and it isn't just for show.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl:
    • The male and female Archers.
    • Both Acolytes, too.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Averted, and how. The levels and difficulty of the monsters that you fight in the online version have absolutely no relation to their RBO counterparts.
  • Sword Beam: Averted with both Swordman, played straight with the Doppelganger
  • Synchronization: One can play with multiple characters by configuring two or three controls at same time. Playing like this is exceptionally hard since every character has different pace and commands, but it's possible.
  • Theres No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Two Magicians with any maxed spell, especially if it's Thunderstorm.
    • Enemies, especially bosses, can do it back at you too.
  • Turns Red:
    • The earliest example you get is Maya.
    • Most bosses from Stage 5 and forward will change their attack pattern when damaged enough.
    • Stormy Knight's second phase.
  • Unlockable Content:
    • The Novice is unlocked by clearing the game with every other class.
    • The final part of the Arena mode is unlocked by clearing all of the unlocked ones with two characters (as of the second expansion).
  • Victory Pose: Many of them, if not all, consist of the character celebrate and then sit resting.
  • Videogame Settings:
  • Warm-Up Boss: Eclipse, the boss of Stage 1. It hits hard and spams other Lunatics into the fight. Two of the most important things you should watch out for against most of bosses onward.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: A weird variation, if playing in Co-op and one loses the last life the partner will also die. This can get irritating if your partner screws up with That One Boss. Especially in Stage 6 or 7.
  • Weapon of Choice: Every class in a Shout-Out to the original game.
  • Wrestler in All of Us
    • The female Acolyte's strong lariat rush.
    • The female Merchant dropkicks her enemies.
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