YMMV / Breath of Fire III

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Peco: As they reveal themselves as Yggdrasil during the end game, it can be assumed that the Mutant and Peco are one and the same person. Clues are Peco's anger in their first appearance as something went wrong and their frustrated expression towards Momo's explaination. Another clue are the voices the party heard near at the Yggdrasil tree, as they found Peco there after reuniting with Momo.
      • In the same vein, Peco may have feigned stupidity first to resign themselves to their new fate, another reason may have been later to fool Myria, in order to catch her offguard.
    • Myria: Is she a totalitarian bitch who just wants to control humanity, or a Well-Intentioned Extremist who has spent her life working to protect humanity from the Brood? It doesn't help that the game heavily implies that Myria is actually the same goddess Bigger Bad Myria from the first Breath of Fire, making the idea that she's genuinely altruistic that just much harder to swallow.
  • Awesome Art: All sprites are hand drawn, with an insane amount of detail and commitment to making every frame on model but expressive. This is generally considered one of the game's better points.
  • Broken Base: Is the jazz-styled soundtrack a cool and unique break from the common orchestra or rock soundtracks of JRPG's, or is it ill-fitting, boring and just downright grating?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The revelation that Momo's father used to conduct experiments on chrysm ore in order to resurrect his dead wife; it makes the sight gag of finding his Porn Stash a little unsettling.
  • Game Breaker: The hybrid-Rei form is incredibly fast and has a guaranteed crit-strike ability. The Myrmidon is also ridiculously powerful, and both can be maintained longer than Kaiser. It also allows abuse of bonus EX turns with the Resist ability. Also, try this combination: Rei + Burglar Garb + Chain Formation.
    • Focus makes your next attack do 2x damage. If your next attack happens to be the same dragon form's Aura spell, you get another 2x damage multiplier on top of that. He ends up doing 2,500+ damage, where even Garr is hitting for puny 300-400s. He does all of this, in a humanoid form, by punching the enemy. No wonder that the power of the Brood is feared by Myria.
    • Although it's only of any use in a TAS, you can get up to 32 hits with Super Combo, which at that point out-damages everything else in the game by a large margin.
    • Rei's Weretiger ability normally makes him attack allies about every 1 out of 5 attacks, and he tends to do enough damage to kill them in a single hit unless they're particularly durable. Luckily, he's dumb enough to listen to the Influence skill, an otherwise useless ability you can use to sic weak enemies on each other, which ensures he will only attack a specified target as long as the target and the Influence-caster remain alive. While not the most powerful option for boss fights, it's certainly one of the easiest to set up and abuse.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Fishing, especially now that the game introduces Manillo merchants, who offer awesome rewards in exchange for fish that function as Disc One Nukes. note 
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Deis' theme sounds suspiciously like Survivor's Eye of the Tiger. Falling Green is a dead ringer for Chrono Trigger's Secret of the Forest. The Game Over theme is basically Chrono Trigger's Windy Scene's first notes repeated over and over.
  • Woolseyism: Some of the Dub Name Changes fall into this: The lumberjack Babadel was renamed like legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan, the traitorous Zurusuru was renamed like the Norse Mythology's god Loki, the generic-named Great Wise Tree and Dragon God were given mythological upgrades into Yggdrasil and Ladon and the crystal/fossil pieces found around were switched from "Ghost" to "Chrysm".