Video Game / Romancing SaGa 2
Of all the songs of triumph I have to sing, none are as melodious as that of Avalon.
The Legend of the Seven Heroes.
They defeated countless monsters and saved the world.
But then they vanished.
Kzinssie, Subier, Dantarg, Noel...
Bokhohn, Rocbouquet, and Wagnus.
It is rumored that they will return one day to save the world once again.

Their legend was often spoken of when the world was in turmoil.

But they were forgotten when peace graced the lands.

Kingdoms come and kingdoms fall.
With each turn of the hourglass,
peace is shattered and strife
engulfs every corner of the land.

In their time of need, the people turned once more to the Seven Heroes.

Then they came.


Romancing SaGa 2 is the fifth game in the SaGa series, once released only in Japan and then to the rest of the world more than twenty years later (as an Enhanced Remake for iOS/Android) by Squaresoft. It does not focus on just one character, but the lineage of an empire.

Romancing SaGa 2 provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Lots of them.
  • Actually a Doombot: The Seven Heroes you fought through the game were only copies sent by the original. This is why you eventually fought Kzinssie a second time. To end things once and for all, you have to find and destroy their original body.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Demonstone Ring. It negates status ailments, but you must sleep in the Emperor's Bed; otherwise, you lose Life Points at an inn. And it can't be unequipped.
  • Artificial Gill: The Fishman Potion. Cue the annoying Fetch Quest. But as a benefit, you unlock the Nereid Class.
  • Back from the Dead: Kzinssie and the Hive Queen, who both receive massive upgrades.
  • Badass
  • Bag of Spilling: Subverted; all the items you are equipped with are sent directly back to storage after completing each generation. It's still annoying to reequip the characters you do have though.
  • Battleship Raid: A Land Battleship!
  • Because Destiny Says So: It was first shirked off by Emperor Leon until his eldest son was killed by Kzinssie.
  • Big Bad: Wagnus is the leader of the Seven Heroes. Also, he's also the most difficult to fight.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The termites, complete with the Hive Queen in which you have to fight twice by the way.
  • Bonus Boss: Victor and the Dread Queen (a stronger Hive Queen) only in the Updated Re-release on i-mode, iOS, and Android.
  • Charm Person: Rocbouquet's Temptation ability charms all males in the party; and there are other techniques as well that can charm allies.
  • The Chessmaster: Bokhohn; as he commands a large number of the monsters under the command of the Seven Heroes.
  • Chosen One
  • Clingy Costume: Subverted. The Iron Will, which can negate mental ailments such as Charm, but can't be unequipped if gotten through cheats. Some Classes have a permanent 4th item which cannot be removed either.
  • Combat Tentacles: One of the abilities Subier has is called Tentacles; and does it hurt!
  • Cool Sword: Moonlight Sword has a healing technique built into it in addition to Moonshades, which shoots out frigid Blue Skulls at the enemy.
  • Elemental Powers: You cannot have spells of opposite elements, though.
  • The Empire: You are the ruler this time around!
  • Evil Genius: Bokhohn basically weaseled his way into the group. The man is extremely crafty and an amazing politician.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Noel, if you kill Rocbouquet after making peace.
  • Fallen Heroes: And there are seven of them. They were betrayed by the people they saved and cast into Hell through dimensional magic.
  • Flaming Sword: The Providence Cut technique.
  • Game-Favored Gender: The Final Empress as she will be immune to Rocbouquet's Temptation in the final battle, she also has the Moonlight Sword as the default weapon.
    • The Amazon class can be recruited if only you're a woman, since they don't even allow men in their village.
    • The Emperor, on the other hand, has nearly twice as much LP as the Empress. 19 as opposed to 10, in a game where LP rarely goes near 20 making him a far more durable combatant for the vast majority of the combat. He also has the Day Sword.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Most of the Seven Heroes show up in quests that tie back into their plans and you can go in expecting to fight them. Dantarg is the exception, however, pretty much showing up to fight you without much buildup or prior warning.
    • There is a pretty good reason for that though. Unlike the other heroes, Dantarg isn't really interested in fighting the Empire and instead is on a power trip to absorb monsters to strengthen himself. Where do you meet him? Why, in caves full of monsters!
  • Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: Enemy grunts scale up as your characters gain health and skill with weapons. Bosses, however, don't. Not to say that the game is devoid of hard bosses though, it's just you will sometimes end up fighting grunts far more dangerous.
    • The Seven Heroes however are the exception, they do become stronger as you level up, the only one who doesn't is Subier, he is upgraded only if you kill Master of Ocean beforehand. Dantarg has 4 forms depending on your stats.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Subverted with every character but the final generation ones.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Strange thing is that Noel does not hate Kzinssie at all and STILL sees potential in him.
  • High-Altitude Battle: Hakuro Castle; AFTER the inner sanctum of the castle is ripped straight out of the ground!
  • How We Got Here: The Emperor you chose at the start of the game is at the bar where the Bard retells the story of the Empire.
  • Idea Bulb: This is the game in the SaGa series that started the system of learning techniques and evasions during battle.
  • Jungle Princess: Rocbouquet.
  • Life Energy: LP, as per the SaGa series standard. Run out of them, and you are as good as dead.
  • Lost Forever: Coppelia, Mountain Monk if you kill the monster in control of a certain cave, City Thief if you destroy the Canal fortress Gate, Grimoire for Shadow Magic or being able to recruit Salamander depending on what action you take during the second Komulune Island event, Iris; if you use the Helicopter to reach Wagnus.
  • Global Currency: Crowns.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Dungeon or area music would stop and change to boss music at a certain part of the Dialogue with bosses or the Seven Heroes.
  • No-Gear Level: If you choose to sneak aboard Bokhohn's landship by purposely being abducted. That being said, characters with Stuck Items keep them, making characters like the Molemen a good option for that mission.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: They can even be the Emperor once they are recruitable. They also fall under the tropes of One-Gender Race and Elemental Embodiment.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Hive Queen. Whereas most of the large-scale villainy can be attributed to either the Seven Heroes or someone working under them, the Hive Queen is an entirely separate and destructive force. And in fact, she comes further in destroying Avalon than anyone else, seeing as how she pulls an All Your Base Are Belong to Us on you near the end.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: And how!
  • Palette Swap: Every recruit-able character and emperors except Leon, Gellard, Last Emperor/Empress, and a few others...
  • Precursors: The Ancients were afraid of death and hated fighting; they had a longer lifespan that modern man, after the Seven Heroes saved the world; they were still fearful of death, they used a dimensional device or magic to escape to another dimension.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: 3 of them; all sidequests.
  • Samurai: East Guard.
  • Sequential Boss
  • Shout-Out: The names of one particular group (the Seven Heroes) are actually anagrams of stops in train lines in Japan (specifically, the Tokyo Yamanote Line). Also, the music from the Game Boy SaGa games is used in one scenario.
  • Sixth Ranger: Kzinssie was the last person to join the group and is pretty much hated even within the group, because of his ill manners. Apparently, that's the reason why the player fights him in the very beginning, because Wagnus and co. use him as a meat-shield.
  • The Strategist
  • Supporting Leader: Noel is Wagnus' best friend and the one whom organizes the group. For instance, he recruited Dantarg and Kzinssie. Considering he is the most normal one of the group, this should not be overly surprising.
  • Sword Fight: A one on one battle with Sekishusei; Retainer to Lord Ato; Ruler of the Eastern Lands.
    • Victor in the Mobile Remake has this with the Last Emperor.
  • Take Up My Sword: Leon to Gellard.
  • Thanatos Gambit: To allow Kzinssie to be defeated, the first emperor allowed him to use Soul Steal on him so that he could learn the secrets of this attack and then by mean of the transmission magic transmit it to his son Gellard.
  • Thieves' Guild: One such guild uses the empire's own graveyard as its base of operations.
  • Time Skip: From less than a year to 250 years, depending on how many enemies you killed.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gellard, after his father's death by Kzinssie.
  • Trojan Horse: The only way to sneak aboard Bokhohn's Land battleship; creating a fake one to draw the enemies away from the real one.
  • Warrior Prince: You are the Emperor who has to save the world.
  • Updated Re-release: For the Wii's Virtual Console, i-mode phone, and iOS and Android phones. The ports include new dungeons and bosses.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To get the Dark Magic, you must allow the towns of Zemio and Tsukijima to burn. This however causes the Emperor of that time period to abdicate the throne.
  • Wutai: The entire Eastern lands.