"This is the Legend of the Seven Heroes...
Once, they subdued countless hordes of demons, and saved the world...
And then vanished from it...
Kujinshi... Subier... Dantarg... Noel...
Bokuohn... Rocbouquet... Wagnas...
And one day, so they say, they will return to save the world again..."
Long after the people were scattered across the world, they told the legend, and were thankful for their salvation...
However, as peace and prosperity came, the legend was forgotten...
The world of man was once again prosperous. The peaceful times that brought stability to the nations came to an end. An era of division and war began...
And the names of the Seven were spoken once more...
...and then... they came...
...so they say....Romancing SaGa 2
is the fifth game in the SaGa
series, released only in Japan
. 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 Kujinshi 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. Que the annoying Fetch Quest. But as a benefit, you unlock the Nereid Class
- Back from the Dead: Kujinshi and the Hive Queen who receive massive upgrades.
- 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 Kujinshi.
- Big Bad: Wagnas is the Leader of the Seven Heroes. Also, he's also the most difficult.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The termites complete with Hive Queen in which you have to fight twice by the way.
- Bonus Boss: Victor and the Dread Queen (Stronger Hive Queen) only in the Updated Re-release on i-mode
- Charm Person: Rocbouquet's Temptation ability charms all males in the party; and there are other techniques as well that can charm allies.
- 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.
- 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: (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.
- 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) Will only appear in Final Generation
- Horrible Judge of Character: Strange thing is that Noel does not hate Kujinshi 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)
- 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 Wagnas.
- 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 Export for You: SaGa is fairly good at getting across the pond, but this game never made it. Recently rereleased on the Virtual Console in Japan, but there's no word on a translation. A Fan Translation by Aeon Genesis was in the works, but never made it out of Development Hell.
- No-Gear Level: If you choose to sneak aboard Bokuohn'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 Villain: 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...
- 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. Also, the music from the Game Boy SaGa games is used in one scenario.
- Sixth Ranger: Kujinshi 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 Wagnas and Co uses him as a meat-shield.
- Supporting Leader: Noel is Wagnas' best friend and the one whom organizes the group. For instance, he recruited Dantag and Kujinshi. 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.
- Take Up My Sword: Leon to Gellard.
- Thanatos Gambit: To allow Kujinshi 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.
- The Chessmaster: (Bokuohn; as he commands a large number of the monsters under the command of the Seven Heroes)
- The Empire: You are the ruler this time around!
- The Strategist
- Thieves' Guild: Using the empires' own graveyard as their 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 Kujinshi.
- Trojan Horse: The only way to sneak aboard Bokuohn'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 and the i-mode phone. Includes 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.