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Crusaders Quest is a Korean RPG developed by Load Complete and published by Hangame/NHN Entertainment, which before was known as Toast.

100 years ago, there was a great battle called the Apostles War, where Goddesses and Apostles fought over the land of Hasla. The Goddesses successfully fight back the Apostle leader, El Thalnos with the help of a band of heroes nicknamed the Chrona Heroes, however this was only the beginning of things...

Prestina, the Forest Goddess is attacked by a mysterious force. Sera, the Forest Goddess in training, asks you for help. You then go around the world helping people and goddesses alike, at which the plot slowly develops from a fairly-standard 'The Chosen One' story into a much more complex one with multiple major antagonists and branching story arcs.

The game is available for iOS on the App Store and Android on Google Play, alongside a sci-fi rhythm spinoff called Ride Zero.


Crusaders Quest contains examples of:

  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Definitely. The local blacksmith, Fergus, will upgrade your weapons for a fee. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can purchase more upgrades. However, the upgrade price increases exponentially with each upgrade, and the costs can reach 10,000+ gold if you keep trying to upgrade the same weapon (but you can reset the price with some gems).
  • All There in the Manual: There are in-game tomes that give interesting trivia about the heroes and the setting of the game.
  • An Adventurer Is You: There are six distinct character classes, each with their own characteristics.
    • Mighty Glacier: Warriors always appear at the front lines and deal the bulk of physical damage. They have high defense and above-average health, but lacks resistance to most other types of damage.
    • Stone Wall: Paladins focus on healing and supporting other units, utilizing high resistance, defense and health to compensate for low damage.
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    • Jack of All Stats: Archers are ranged attackers with a balance of defense and resistance. They specialize in hitting the opponent's backline units. However, they have fairly low health themselves.
    • Glass Cannon: Hunters are ranged attackers who deal massive damage to groups of enemies on the front lines. Trading this out, however, they have low health and moderate defense.
    • Black Mage: Wizards use powerful magic attacks, but they also have low health and defense.
    • White Mage: Priests are healers who specialize in patching up their teammates and providing damage resistances, along with having above-average health to endure more than a few hits. However, their attack power is the lowest out of all classes, and such should not be depended on for damage.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: Meat is the standard fuel unit needed to go on missions and quests, and meat can only be refilled through Coliseum battles and spending gems (and leveling up your profile).
  • Artifact of Doom: The Apostle's Shard qualifies as one.
  • Captain Ersatz: A few of the heroes—Viper, Vane, and Mandy, for example—are thinly veiled parodies of characters from other works.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: There are six symbols for the six types of heroes and their weapons. Warriors are red, Paladins are blue, Archers are green, Hunters are yellow, Wizards are purple, and Priests are pink.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: After completing chapter 5, Dionne goes back to the portal and destroys it from the other side so Anut and Bella can't follow her. However, despite that, she did not leave from your party as if she stayed.
  • God in Human Form: The goddesses themselves, of course. When you unlock a goddess, you can take them to stages, which would have a bar which if one is filled, they can cast a special attack. Combat aside, you can also talk to them back in the town.
  • Guest Fighter: There are limited edition characters from Guilty Gear. The characters include:
    • Warriors: Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Millia Rage, Johnny.
    • Paladins: May, Sin Kiske.
    • Archers: Chipp Xanuff.
    • Hunters: Elphelt Valentine.
    • Wizards: Ramlethal Valentine, Jack-O'.
    • Priests: I-No.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The Bear Fancier's profile.
    Bear in mind to join a Bear Loving Meeting, one must wear a self-made bear outfit. Real bears find this unbearable as they are barely indistinguishable from actual bears. This often becomes a grizzly situation.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Many heroes can utilize their respective unique weapon called a Soulbound Weapon (also referred to as an SBW), which is forged through the use of rare in-game resources (Old Weapons, gold, iron, and crystal sword fragments). These specialized weapons will greatly enhance the passive abilities of the matching hero. They are also extremely difficult to acquire, requiring a combination of luck and resource grinding.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: There are rare six-star weapons that can be acquired for all classes. They are not as powerful as Soulbound Weapons, and they do not have special effects, but they do have very good stats.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game is actually fairly easy and manageable during the early parts of the story. However, from Episode 5 and above, the difficulty spike will slap you like a brick, covered in lemon juice. Prepare to die. A lot.
    • Episode 8 ramps it up via gimmicks such as bombs, flash grenades, and even smoke bombs that you have to use to break the enemies' defenses. Each episode revolves around different strategies; such as countering reflect damage, or parrying enemy attacks to avoid instant death.
    • Legend of the Primal Flames pushes it into truly masochistic territory; where you have to press a pattern of attacks to parry a certain attack; if you miss once, you're dead. Oh, and don't forget the environment there is also against you!
  • Non-Entity General: You play as a mute and featureless mercenary who was hired by the lady knight Lednas to mobilize various heroes for battle. When you do show up in cutscenes, you're represented as the hero you selected as your account avatar.
  • Not-Actually-Cosmetic Award: There are numerous costumes that can be bought for 40 gems each. They also boost a hero's stats by certain amounts.
  • One-Hit Kill: Certain enemies can buff themselves with Instant Death On Contact, meaning when your units come into physical contact with them, they will instantly die, no matter how much damage resistance they have.
  • Our Gods Are Different: The Goddesses aren't exactly godlike beings in the traditional sense. Instead, they were former humans promoted to divine status, and can lose their power, so the correct term would be Demigoddesses. The only exceptions were Dionne, Chronos and Elanuma as they are daughters of Cora, a true goddess.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: It's very common for Legendary and Master heroes' hair to change color upon their final promotion.
  • Random Number God: The RNG affects many game resources, such as buying contracts, weapon upgrades, skill transfers, and the Soulbound Weapon that is produced when an Old Weapon is forged. You can re-roll the results with gems and Bridget Points, but the process is still completely random.
  • Schizo Tech: The fantasy theme of the first few Episodes revolves around starts to mingle with robots, Steampunk elements and military fashion as seen in Episodes 5 and 6.
  • Socialization Bonus: You can send honor points to other players (and get free meat in return), and they can send honor points to you. In addition, you can bring the profile heroes of your friends with you on quests, which is helpful if you want to take a Soulbound Weapon for a test drive.
  • Stalked by the Bell: Episode 8-2 has a time-limit where stalling makes more enemies come after you. Even worse, the more you stall, the more powerful the enemies are!
  • A Taste of Power: The prologue titled "Stage 999: Evil Omen" starts you off with 3 invincible heroes that each have 2x attack speed and block rates. It's only after that you end up with just the 3* Leon,
  • Theme Naming: Many characters are named after important historical figures.
  • Those Two Guys: The two members of the Goddess Fan Club. They spend their time trying to flirt with the Goddesses, but their endeavors are always doomed to fail. This puts them at odds with Lednas, whose default response is to call for some men to drag the two idiots away.
  • Weapon of Choice: There are six weapons for the six Hero types.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After defeating Dark Sera, Sylunis escapes, and is never to be seen again. Aubrey had suggested a search for her, but nothing resulted from this. Much, much later however...
    • ...Sylunis returns in Episode 7 as the White Goddess. It turns out that when she tried to summon all of the Apostles to create El-Thalnos, the soul of Elanuma sealed in the Apostles entered and purified her.