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 bodies.
  • After-Combat Recovery: This game, as well as subsequent entries in the SaGa series, uses this setup along with free post-battle resurrections, but only with health points: LP is lost every time a character is KO'd and attacked while they're down, or hit with attacks that directly target LP; and once it hits zero that character is gone for good.
  • Anyone Can Die: Due to its multi-generational setup, the game will force you to lose some or all your current party characters permanently due to death from old age or due to the Take Up My Sword trope.
  • 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.
  • Auto-Revive: The Revive spell does this.
  • 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.
  • Beef Gate: The Canal Fortress Gate, which is a door guarded by 4 regenerating monsters. Each time you take down one or two, they will respawn. Destroying the gate will allow you to enter the fortress; but if you do, you cannot recruit the City Thief Class and you will also have trouble finding your way around the fortress. Also, said gate fight will have to be repeated if you leave the area and try to get back in. Pretty much all the Seven Heroes except the first Kzinssie battle are Beef Gates.
  • 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.
  • Bonus Dungeon: The Ice/Snow/Sand Ruins, as well as a hidden town which allowed an deeper explanation of the game's backstory.
  • Charm Person: Rocbouquet's Temptation ability charms all males in the party; and there are other techniques as well that can charm allies.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: There is one such volcano. If you let it erupt, you can get Shadow magic; but lose the Salamander class character in exchange.
  • 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!
  • Continuing Is Painful: LP does not replenish by staying at the inn. It's not okay to have a lord running low on LP during an important mission, which can sometimes render the entire quest uncompleted by the next lord.
  • 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, and 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.
  • Generational Saga: The story chronicles a roughly 500-year lineage of emperors.
  • Generation Xerox: This game takes this trope Up to Eleven. It runs on a generational system, but except for Leon, Victor, Gellard, and the Final Emperor/Empress, there will always be the same lines of characters available to provide you quests and similar recruitable characters with Palette Swap to fill your class rosters no matter how many hundreds of years have passed.
  • 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!
  • Global Currency: Crowns.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: You have to eliminate all Seven Heroes as the story unfolds.
  • 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.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Implied to have happened to the Seven Heroes themselves. Both the Ancients of Austeros and the four memory bosses of the Maze of Memories imply that the Heroes used Assimilation Magic to craft powerful bodies for themselves from the flesh of monsters in order to fight monsters. This process may have warped their minds and souls to some degree. Being thrown into hell after saving the world doesn't help.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Subverted with every character but the final generation ones.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Village of the Ancients.
  • High-Altitude Battle: Hakuro Castle; AFTER the inner sanctum of the castle is ripped straight out of the ground!
  • Hive Queen: There is an eponymous villainess leading an army of termites against Avalon. A Bonus Boss called the Dread Queen is a much stronger version of the Hive Queen.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Strange thing is that Noel does not hate Kzinssie at all and STILL sees potential in him.
  • 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.
  • Lamarck Was Right: The game has a system of inheriting the previous Emperor's abilities. Justified with magic, though.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Komulune Volcano.
  • 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 Salamanders depending on what action you take during the second Komulune Island event; Iris, if you use the Helicopter to reach Wagnus.
  • Magic Music: The 5 instruments of the bard are packed with this. They are required to meet with the Iris race.
  • 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.
  • Mutually Exclusive Magic: This feature has been carried over from the previous Romancing SaGa game. However, you can combine specific elements if they are not opposite to each other to create new and more powerful spells.
  • 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.
  • No Hero Discount: Averted. As a monarch, the player has access to ungodly sums of money from the country's treasury that he/she never has to worry about being able to afford equipment from stores. Building new facilities in the empire, on the other hand...
  • 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.
  • Nonstandard Game Over: If you fail the Komulune Island mission and allow the volcano to erupt, or perform the South Sea Mermaid quest. These will only happen as the Last Emperor/Empress, though.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Seven Heroes gradually join the amalgamated form in the final battle for every 6,000 damage dealt.
  • 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 recruitable 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.
  • Power Limiter: If you kill Rocbouquet before Noel, he will not allow you to make peace with him and will attack at full power. It is even worse if he is the only remaining hero since he will be the penultimate boss in the final dungeon; he will be in his second form and without the limiter, meaning he will use every technique at his disposal.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: 3 of them; all sidequests.
  • Samurai: East Guard.
  • Sequential Boss
  • Seven Bad Band
  • 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Linearity vs. Openness: This game can hover between levels 5 and 6.
  • Standard RPG Items: An aversion: the only known item that can restore Life Points can be bought from a witch for 10,000 (the money Cap).
  • 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.
  • Trauma Inn: If you have the Artifact of Doom equipped while sleeping anywhere other than the emperor's/empress' bed, you lose LP.
  • 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.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: You actually fight Subier either underwater or on a boat depending on your actions. Killing the Master of Ocean will always net you his second form and immediately after clearing the shipwreck.
  • 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.