A dragon shall the sun consume,
And sibling souls be born as once before.
But till the land be steeped in blood,
May sovereign twins, however good,
Ne'er hope to rule in peace forever more.
Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End is the Sequel to the 2015 Dynasty Warriors Hack and Slash Spin-Off of the Dragon Quest franchise, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and The Blight Below, developed by Omega Force of Koei Tecmo Games. Like its predecessor, Dragon Quest Heroes II blends traditional Eastern RPG mechanics of Dragon Quest with the Warriors formula of having one character defeat hundreds of Mooks.
One thousand years ago, the Demon Lord Fractos plunged the world into a horrific war that threatened to tear the world apart. However, under the leadership of the hero king Unos, Fractos was defeated, and man and monster came to live in peace as friends and allies in seven kingdoms. For generations, the world has known peace under the leadership of the kingdom of Accordia and its High King. However, when the king of the desert kingdom of Dunisia is found murdered and the king of the nation of Harba is implicated as a suspect, tensions between the seven kingdoms flare up and threaten to engulf the world in war once again. To prevent such darkness from engulfing the land, two unlikely heroes step forward to gather a group of like-minded and familiar warriors to find the true murderer and save the seven kingdoms from war.
Similar to the first game, Dragon Quest Heroes II brings pre-established characters across the Dragon Quest franchise into this Crossover:
- Torneko and Meena (Minea) from Dragon Quest IV
- Carver (Hassan) from Dragon Quest VI
- Maribel and Ruff (Gabo) from Dragon Quest VII
- Angelo (Kikul) from Dragon Quest VIII
- Lazarel (Razael) and Teresa, the respective male and female protagonist of the game. Players designate one as the headlining character, but both co-exist simultaneously.
- Cesar - The Prince of Dunisia and Vitriolic Best Buds with the two protagonists.
- Desdemona (Ornaze) - The King of Accordia's most trusted knight and a world-renowned warrior.
The game was released for the Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4 and the Sony PlayStation Vita on May 27, 2016 in Japan, with April 25, 2017 being the launch for the North America version on the PlayStation 4 and PC.
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- Artifact of Doom: The Sword of Discord grants its user tremendous power, but also drives them to homicidal madness and fury.
- The Cup of Kings, originally a benevolent artifact, becomes this thanks to Fractos' influence.
- Baleful Polymorph: The "Subsitute" type of Monster Medals allow the player to transform into that type of monster and utilize its skills.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Loss Leaders, easily the most dangerous non-boss enemy in the game. To start with, they're a palette swap of Dhuran, who is himself a candidate for That One Boss. Dhuran is easier!. They're mindlessly aggressive, have a wide variety of attacks, do damage in the triple digits per hit, cast Oomph to boost their already immense strength, and have such an impressively high defense that if you're not equipped with the best weapons you can find, you can expect to see a nice bunch of 1's when you hit them. And god help you if you have to deal with two of them. Mercifully, they're only found in an out of the way area in the post-game.
- Crisis Crossover: The characters from previous Dragon Quest titles are brought into the Heroes II world to help stop the Big Bad in order to prevent him from invading their worlds with his world-destroying castle.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Done twice.
- The King of Al-Kazam is set up to be the final challenge to peace in the seven realms. Then the High King reveals his true colors.
- The King of Accordia is set up as the Big Bad after revealing his true colors, only for Fractos to reveal himself as the true villain after defeating the King.
- Disc-One Nuke: The day one "Explorer" edition of the game comes with a dozen downloadable weapons. Most are about on par with starter equipment with some nice extra abilities, but a couple of pieces (particularly the robo-sword, and the Builder's Mallet Old Save Bonus) are more powerful than anything else you'll see for the first couple of areas.
- Elite Mook: If an enemy has a "WANTED!" text above its name, it is significantly stronger than the normal versions of its type.
- The Fatalist: The High King is revealed to have secretly been this "in his heart of hearts", which allowed Fractos to easily turn him against humanity.
- Interrupted Suicide: After being freed from the Sword of Discord and realizing the extent of what he's done, the King of Al-Kazam attempts to commit suicide in penance, but is stopped by Cesar, who convinces him to live and atone for his crimes as he did.
- Like Brother and Sister: Lazarel and Teresa are first cousins who grew up together and behave this way. Played straight upon the revelation that they really are twin siblings separated shortly after their birth.
- Limit Break: Entering High Tension returns along with its bonuses of negating all damage, curing all status ailments, and allowing infinite MP for its duration before ending with a Coup de Grace.
- Old Save Bonus: If you have a Dragon Quest Heroes I save, you can unlock Luceus, Aurora and the other characters from the first game that would otherwise not be returning. If you have Dragon Quest Builders save data you unlock the Builder's Mallet as a weapon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lazarel and Teresa, respectively. Ironically their default weapon set skills are ice and fire-based.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Teresa and Cesar's official dub names are slight re-spellings of Teresia and Ceser, respectively.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Maya. She retains all of her skills from the previous game, and will periodically use her Puff Coup de Grace to deal heavy damage to anyone who forgets to block. Fortunately, she decides to join your party after the battle, saying it's no fun to prolong the fight against her sister Meena.