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Agarest Senki 2 (also known as Record Of Agarest War 2) is a sequel to the original game. It is set in a parallel world opposite the Agarest World of the first game. The story follow a man named Weiss who has an amnesia after he killed a god. He then encounters a woman named Eva who tells him that it was a bad idea, and that he now has to revive them with him and three women as a catalyst. The game then follows him and his descendants trying to revive said gods while finding out who Weiss really was.

Developed by Idea Factory, Compile Heart, and Red Entertainment, this game was released in Japan on November 18, 2010 for the PlayStation 3. Gameplay-wise, it looks very similar to Cross Edge except that it is now easier to play this game rather than a Guide Dang It! battle system.

North America and Europe got it in summer 2012.


Agarest Senki 2 contains the following tropes:

  • Adventure Guild: What you will be visiting a few times if you want to advance the plot.
  • Aerith and Bob: On one hand, you have some normal names like Fiona, Eva, Victoria, and Jainus to name a few. On the other hand, you also get names like Li Ra-Lua, Felenne, and Lizerotte.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Uh yup, definitely present in battle animations. Gets more jarring when Georg's scar is located on his left eye, instead of the usual.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: For a brief while when Grey is not in your party, you can have Jude be the guy walking on the map.
  • Anti-Villain: Chaos, he even has to remind the heroes that he is the God of Darkness.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In cutscenes, you see characters talking while they're breathing heavily. Talking in real life does not work that way.
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  • An Axe to Grind: The garvels wield axes in this game
  • Badass Crew: Your party members, who are pretty famous for clearing out demons and in the end, defeat eight gods (well, it's the usual six, but Mobius had other plans and Chaos gave Mobius a taste of his own medicine in return).
  • Badass Creed: Anytime you use the Original Skills of your characters. Even Finish Strikes have these though some of them have the party members banter with each other.
  • Beta Couple: That would have to be Jainus and Chloe, and Ignis and Cynthia. Both of them do also have one child who travels with you (Jude and Lizerotte respectively).
  • BFG: Jude's gun is a little bit longer than he is. And then there's Jainus's Arc Cluster Original Skill.
  • BFS: You can equip the swordsmen with this, though Georg plays this one straight.
  • Big Bad: Mobius, doubles as a Big Bad Friend seeing as he's Fastie in human form.
  • Black Knight: The Gurgs are back in this game. Unfortunately, they also got Demoted to Extra.
  • Blade on a Stick: Victoria in the first generation, Yumil in the 2nd, and Liel in the third.
  • Boss Rush: The True Final Boss fights. First is Normal Chaos, then it's Mobius possessing Chaos, and finally Chaos getting his body back sporting new threads. You don't get to heal in-between battles.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Jude, and Vanessa will never reload in this game at all. Curiously enough, Jainus actually reloads his gun implying that he can run out of bullets.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: The protectors tradition to preserve their pure blood. For examples are: Weiss and Rena, Yumil and Rasta, Ignis and Sofia, Seraphina and her brother. None of them ends well.
  • The Cameo: Leonhardt, Ellis, Valeria from the first game, and Meu from Spectral Souls are in this game. Doubles as Continuity Cameo and Contest Winner Cameo.
  • Captain Ersatz: Jainus is pretty much Winfield 2.0 except that he's a normal human being who ages quite noticeably, and has a son named Jude. And in the second generation finale, he gets cursed by an evil ring which makes him ageless like Winfield.
  • Censor Steam: The Hot Springs Episode won't be complete with this one. Justified seeing as this game is rated to the equivalent of Teen in the US.
  • Death Is Cheap: Jainus dies, but is brought back for one last showdown against Chaos with every generation
  • Disc-One Nuke: The Old Save Bonus you get for playing Agarest Zero gives you 10,000 TP, one million gold, and 1,000 PP. You can then use it to exchange for the TP weapons at the Righteous Beheading dojo and upgrade it all the way to the max because you have the orichalcums. Generation 1 becomes a lot easier after that.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: This, apparently was a bad idea however. Subverted in the most twisted manner possible. Then plays it straight in the True Ending.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Let's just say they took this trope in Agarest Senki and bumped it up and leave it at that.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: If you think all the women beating up on Jainus and Jude is funny whenever they peep at the hot springs, then it is this trope.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Even more than before. Unlocking the true route is really hard, requiring not only having almost maxed out the Relationship Values, but checking a lot of events. But even after that, what comes after the route split is worth all the trouble.
  • Expy: Most of the playable characters can be possible expies from the first game:
    • Weiss is Leo, Grey is Ladius minus the emotion, Jainus is Captain Ersatz of Winfield, Ignis can be Zerva, Eva is Dyshana, Fiona is Ellis 2.0, Victoria is pretty much Elaine, Vanessa is both Hilda and Murmina, Yumil almost has the same storyline as Silvi, and Schwarz is pre-Character Development Duran taken to a new level.
      • Whoa, whoa, now don't tell me I'm the only one that see Cloud in Weiss, right?
    • Faz looks eerily similar to Lezard for some weird reason. And it shows.
  • Fetch Quest: Present in this game from find x number of items to kill x amount of monsters to collect items. Doing these will net you money, and also items from the NPCs that you helped out. A large part of the second generation story is pretty much a gigantic Fetch Quest in that you have to collect items so that you can save Rasta, Yumil's brother.
  • Flechette Storm: The level 3 final animation of Thousand Kill.
  • Forced Tutorial: There should be no reason why the hell Weiss needs a tutorial when he kills the Warm-Up Boss because he's already level 99! He should already know the basics on how to fight!
  • Gainaxing: Oh boy. Notable for the fact that even just a simple sentence, somehow the women must move their avatars just so they can get their point across complete with Gainaxing.
  • Gameplay-Guided Amnesia: After you get tossed to who-knows-where and having an amnesia, the rest of the party give you a tutorial. There's a good reason for that.
  • Grand Theft Me: Happens thrice in this game. First was Chaos's consciousness fully awakening inside Grey's body. If you get the True Ending, then Mobius suddenly possesses Chaos's body, and after a few minutes (read as one boss battle), the third one happens when Chaos gets his body back from Mobius, sporting new threads.
  • Guide Dang It!: This is Compile Heart we're talking here. We would not have it any other way.
  • Handsome Lech: The father-son duo, Jainus and Jude. Being the expies of both Winfield and Thoma will turn anyone into this trope.
  • Hot Springs Episode: This is Agarest we're talking about; special mention for the final one that has every heroine from all generations.
  • Idle Animation: Some enemies will do a particular action if you're just going to let them stand still. One good example is a pixie eating an apple.
  • Idol Singer: Both Fiona and Eva become one at Flens Berge. Remember that gag trailer where they pulled off an Idolmaster? That's the same thing they do in-game. Though why Eva participated on it when she's still The Stoic at this point is anyone's guess.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: How Weiss was able to handle that sword in the prologue.
  • Jerkass: Schwarz is pretty much pre-Character Development Duran. Same with Eva, and watch as they argue with their ideals a lot.
  • Kick the Dog: Danaos pretty much chains Mervina to the floor, kick her, and just be a Jerkass to her.
  • Killed Off for Real: As always the protagonist and heroines of non-last generations falls victim to this trope. But no one ever thought that Jainus is going to die too.
  • Kill 'Em All: What happened with the Sera clan at the Zaint Luke continent. This includes Real!Weiss aka the Weiss that you controlled in the prologue.
  • Laser Blade: Weiss and Grey's dagger whenever they do their Original Skills turn into a lightsaber.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Weiss has no memory of what events have transpired prior to him meeting Aina.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's hard to tell anyone else about this game without spoiling the opening where Weiss kills Summerill and Chaos who are the Final Boss and the True Final Boss of the first game respectively.
    • Hope you also read a lot about the profile of the characters in the first game, particularly Chaos's entry.
  • Lazy Backup: Despite the fact that you can switch party members, if all four main party members die on the battlefield, it's a game over even though you have a lot of characters to choose from.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Jude in regards to Jainus. From his personal choice of equipment, to his tendencies to peek at the hot springs. Of course, the similarities end there.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Definitely applies to the guys. For the girls, well it also does apply unless you bought the DLC costumes, in which you can switch their costumes.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: Not as bad as other examples, but it's still there unfortunately. Compile Heart has not released an "Install" option to be able to play this game faster either.
  • Louis Cypher: The main characters. Although role wise, Faz/Mobius plays this trope perfectly. See Expy up above.
  • Love Confession: Present in this game as well. You can only choose one girl.
  • Love Hurts: According to the prologue, the entire war started because of two people who love each other but could never be together. This is a plot point too.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Before Ignis calls Cynthia by her name, he usually refers to her as kisama. She usually would retaliate as "Kisama ja nai, Cynthia desu!"
  • Mad Man's Hot Daughter: Mervina is this in a nutshell. Complete with betraying Danaos.
  • Master Swordsman: Georg and Mervina. Their Finish Strike is even called Blade Arts.
  • Mr. Fanservice: For some weird reason, the males in this game are ripped.
  • Monty Haul: DLC is back in this game of course. While they're still powerful, they're not as godly powerful as Agarest Senki due to the fact that enhancing items in this game now also take up items instead of just paying Gordon the blacksmith EP.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the first few minutes, you kill a lesser god, and a god. You then get blown somewhere far away and then someone narrates the prologue. Finally, an upbeat Dancing Theme plays in your screen.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Sure you and your enemies get EX Skills (and while enemies get a lot more, most of the time they're useless unless it's from a boss fight), have the same restriction on what attacks you can use, but somehow enemies can perform combination attacks without needing a secondary character and use EX Skills you can use without needing to trigger the preconditions (like using Desperate Strength at full HP when the trigger requires that you need to be below 33% HP to activate said EX Skill). Of course, this gets inverted when they're restricted to cast their Original Skills; if they activated their Original Skill and your party survives it, the enemy AI can't cast it again for some reason and would likely be building up a lot of UP orbs without using any. You, however can cast your Original Skills with no restrictions.
  • Mythology Gag: Inverted this time. Weiss kills the Warmup Boss at level 99. The level of the Black Knight who kills Leo is also level 99.
  • Nerf: The Unleash All/Rile EX Skills. Unlike the first two games where you could simply just revive a dead character who will automatically go in this state, in this game you need to be at 20% HP instead of the usual 25%. Good luck doing that on later bosses.
  • New Game Plus: And what gets carried over depends on the difficulty at which you beat the game.
  • Non-Action Guy: Fastie/Faz Subverted.
  • Off-Model: In Luminous Prima III, when Fiona opens her mouth in the beginning part of the song, her mouth seems to be wider than usual.
  • Old Save Bonus: If you have a finished Agarest Senki ZERO save, you can use this to import some items to this game.
  • Out of Focus: very transparent in the first generation, heck Jainus seems to have even more role than him. Ironically, he gets a much bigger role in the True ending route as a Supporting Leader for the party.
  • PAL Bonus: The limited edition of the US version of this game came with just the Felenne blow-up doll, the game, and one mini-comic from Aksys. The European version? Let's see, a bag, a cap, the soundtrack, the visual art book, a poster, 6 mini posters, the game itself, and a free copy of Digital Devil Saga 2 with its OST (it's to compensate for the lack of letting Fiona as a child to go to the bath minigame, but considering said compensation is a full game, well...)
  • Plot Hole: If Summerill is sealed under a goddamn volcano, then how the hell did he appeared at Zendrook pillar?
  • Rank Inflation: As usual, the highest is S, and the lowest goes as low as you want.
  • Relationship Values: Present in the game as well. The higher the relationship value, the stronger the next generation protagonist will be.
  • Rescue Romance: The final scene before you finally make Ignis and Cynthia be close to each other is to rescue her from demons at Enhambre. The other men in the party even poke fun of him for that.
  • The Reveal: Oh boy, Weiss is not the one who killed Chaos, it's Faz. And while we're at it, Weiss or to be more precisely the real Weiss is Dead All Along, all of the main characters are actually Chaos in different bodies.
  • Selective Obliviousness: The flashbacks have a lot of fun with this, like remember that blood on the screen? It's not Chaos's, it's Weiss's blood.
  • Shout-Out
  • Spell My Name with an S: Even though one of the first few official trailers has Eva's name in English language, some still refer to her as Iva for some weird reason.
  • Spoiler Opening: During the opening, you see Weiss holding a sword with someone ominous at the background who is pretty much Chaos. At first since Weiss kills Chaos, you get to assume that it is a set up for an epic rivalry between Chaos and Weiss himself. Then you get to The Reveal.
    • Another nice piece of Foreshadowing would be the 2nd generation Hot Springs Episode. You'd think this was just a little Shout-Out to Ladius having a deja vu that Winfield will get beaten up for peeping on the girls even though Ladius never saw it. In Schwarz's case however, he has seen the outcome already because Weiss, Schwarz and Grey are Chaos.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: The significance of Veldafard is pretty big in this story? Do you get the sword itself just like how you got Leo's Sword/Treasure Sword of Oath in Agarest Senki if you can obtain the True End? Nope, off to Item Crafting for you.
  • A Taste of Power: Weiss kills the Warm-Up Boss at level 99 with his Infinity +1 Sword. He loses his level, but strangely enough, his sword is still with him albeit in cutscenes only. Then the game gives you the most awesome reason ever as to why.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Aside from the fact that overkilling will give you items, this game takes it further with an Ultimate Strike where your selected party (enemy must be in "Break" state, and you choose whether you attack an enemy with everyone or with just a certain number of people) will attack the enemy with all they've got, and finish them off with a Finishing Move where two or more people will do their EX Combo provided there's one.
  • Thunder = Downpour: At the start of the game no less.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Remember the gag trailer where they're showing off the exclusive CGs of each heroine, and that there's a brief shot of one hotspring? You can only get that particular CG at the credits.
  • Unwitting Pawn: You and your party members as soon as Chaos reappears out from Grey. At that point, the ones who are steering the plot are Mobius and Chaos and your party members are just dragged along for the ride.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Attacking a fairy. She'll keep apologising until she's either dead or the combo stops.
    • That cruelty feeling may be lessened when you get attacked by her, since she'll be taunting and laughing at her victim while she mercilessly try to kill your team. Most of the voiced monsters will act mostly the same, asking for forgiveness, or begging to stop your attack, only to viciously laugh at the wounds they inflict on you.
  • Voice Grunting: Averted; everyone gets voiced in this game. Including the blacksmith, the item store owner, the guild attendant, and the fortune teller.
  • We Help the Helpless: The party is after all, a group of Hired Guns helping the various NPCs of Flens Berge.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Exactly what happened to Chloe after Jainus died? Or Cynthia after marrying Ignis? Both women (except Chloe for one scene only) never appeared to the party in the third generation.
  • Wham Episode: Happens successively with a one hour cutscene! note  Starting from Jainus's Heroic Sacrifice to Fastie making a HUGE Reveal, and Sofia's boss fight just because she can't trust Chaos (pulling off a Grand Theft Me on Grey)
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: The final moments of the game are pretty much Chaos and Mobius going back and forth with their plans with the party members dragged along for the ride.
  • You Lose at Zero Trust: If your love rate with the girl in Agarest Senki 2 is low, your character will force himself on her to have a kid as part of the sacrifice.

Alternative Title(s): Record Of Agarest War 2