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From bad krabbies, pink dog-looking pirates, and a genocidal robot, these two will have to go through hell in order to survive... That is, until the end.

"How about we start with the end of the world?"

Islands of Wakfu is a Single Player and multi player game with unique mix between a Beat 'em Up and Shoot 'Em Up with elements of a Puzzle Game developed by Ankama Play, and released on March 30, 2011 for Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade. It has 2D visuals and is played from an isometric perspective. It serves as the Prequel for the animated series of Wakfu and focuses on a young Eliatrope girl named Nora and her dragon brother and twin Efrim, who are both mentioned to be part of the Council of Six in the series.

The story takes place 10,000 years in the past of The World of Twelve, which was first claimed by the Eliatrope race. Nora and Efrim are the last initiates that must go through 3 Veils in order to complete their objective. Oh yeah, they just so happen to be going through the apocalypse as well. Now, they must survive and save what little they have out their civilization from good turned bad vicious animals, to the leader of the Mechasms, Orgonax who is hell-bent on killing all Eliatropes, along with his henchmen the Lu-Fu pirates, who set out to deprave the planet of their Wakfu by draining life and murdering other Eliatropes.

Islands of Wakfu contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Nora, who takes the Beat 'em Up part of the game.
  • The Alternet: The Wik-Fi Network developed by Chibi. The Manolias (flowers that feed on the Wakfu Core and are the energy source for Nora and Efrim) are linked to it, and it allows easy communication with each other via Eliacube.
  • Apocalypse How: At the end of the game, Nora inflicts a Class 6 on the World of Twelve via a World-Wrecking Wave to stop Orgonax, wiping out all life on the planet for the next several millennia.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Nora, unfortunately. Before even going to her death (as well as causing it for all life on the planet), Grougaloragran even outright says it's a sacrifice (to defeat Orgonax) before she and her brother move on.
  • Bad Liar: Qilby in one of the dialogs in the loading screens. He makes it blatantly obvious that he does have secret laboratory when speaking to the king, who was Yugo's previous self.
    Qilby: "A secret Lab? What kind of accusation is that? How can I keep a secret from the King? I am honest and truthful! I would never, never, ever do something behind your back, your Majesty."
    • It's blatantly apparent since Grougaloragran even says Qilby betrayed everyone before the dialogue can appear in the loading screen for the next chapter.
    • Captain Obvious Reveal: And then came Season 2 of the series...
  • Blow You Away: Nora's wind attacks.
  • Companion Cube: A literal example: The Eliacube handed to Nora and Efrim. It doesn't share the same properties as the Eliacube shown in the animated series but unlike the other one, this one can actually speak. It gives you information about your abilities and tips in game as well as it's own inputs.
    • Stook itself said it was an Eliacube at one point before he turned into... Whatever wooden contraption it is now.
  • Complete Immortality: Only in the Goddess Mode which is basically the easy mode for beginners; Nora and Efrim cannot die.
  • Continuity Cameo: In season 2 episode 6 of the animated series, Qilby mentions Nora and Efrim as part of the Council of Six and the two are shown to be older, perhaps even a previous incarnation, as Efrim appears to be a larger dragon than he is in the game (though still much smaller than his sibling dragons).
  • Continuity Nod: In season 1 of the animated series in episode 16: The Eliacube, Grougaloragran alludes to Nora as the one who gave him Yugo and Adamai's Dofus.
    • Keep in mind that the game was set to be released in 2009 (which is around when the episode came out) before being changed to 2011.
  • Cute Bruiser: Nora, of course.
  • Cynical Mentor: Glip, to an small extent but acts like an Old Master as well, being the one teach Nora Wakfung.
    • He does taunt Nora though, and hit her back after tasking her to hit him in a tutorial though.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The apocalypse is nigh...
    • Especially when it has Nora and Efrim having no choice but to kill their good turned bad friend Amalami, who called himself Amalama after being possessed by the Rozens.
      • It makes matters worse when he is finally lifted from the possession only to die after expressing regret and sadness.
      Amalami: "All I wanted to do was sing..."
    • Stook's line here:
      Stook: Sadly, I think we just have to wait for the world to end... What the heck are you doing here? Aren't you aware it's the end of the world out there? Raining Doom? Look at yourself, you're a mess: a sad girl and a wet dragon. You might wanna protect yourself buddy! Ah... Good old Stook is here to help! As always!
  • Divine Intervention: The Great Goddess Eliatrope communes with Nora through the Goddess Beacon (in the form of some sort of flower) for the final attack against Orgonax.
  • Doomed Hometown: The Lu-Fu's took pleasure in destroying the heroes' (as well as every other place relating to the Eliatrope race) home. And killing most of them.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Nora can use Quantum Storm; a skill that creates a clone of herself that will immediately go off to fight onscreen enemies.
  • Downer Ending: Nora's basically the last living Eliatrope on the planet (only the children are sent away to Emrub with Baltazar), and her last attack ends up killing herself and her brother as well as every other living being on the planet. They take out Orgonax though.
    • This could also count as a Bittersweet Ending too, because the dead world gets discovered by Osamodas who has his dragons fill it with life again. The also gets found by 9 other Gods (Cra, Iop, Sadida, Ecaflip, Xelor, Feca, Eniripsa, Enutrof, Sram) who also help with giving the planet more life, making it World of Ten including Osamodas, then another two (Sacrier and Pandawa) making it The World Of Twelve eventually, which is where the reborn Yugo meets his friends who are tied to some of those said Gods.
  • Elemental Powers: Nora, including all Eliatropes like Mina and Glip have the element of space.
    • Most of Nora's attacks have wind attributes.
    • Efrim is said to be a water dragon, and as such some of his attacks are water based.
  • Energy Weapon: Nora's attack, The Goddess' Song is a long pillar of destruction.
    • The Goddess' song Remix
  • Foreshadowing: The Oracle Fish you meet when getting the silver scale spills out to the heroes of the terrible danger to come.
    Oracle Fish: "I need to show you something; in a distant place, across dimensions... On an island in time, your fate hangs in the balance. I need you to understand how to change it."
  • Friend to All Living Things: Nora and Efrim are friends with a talking tree named Amalami, who composes songs with flowers. Nora is even tasked to compose a song with them.
    • Prissy the Conch is rescued from ''bad krabbies'' by Nora and Efrim and the two also find her sisters as well. Mama Conch gives Nora a pearl that reflects attacks as a thanks for helping her daughters.
    • Beebee the bee in chapter 10, who helps guide the heroes through the dark caverns with her glow.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Nora's last attack against Orgonax ends up in massive death; the whole world is literally wiped clean of life.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Nora, Glip, and the other Eliatropes who train using Wakfu. There was even a brief tutorial for fighting three male Eliatropes, and another with Glip later on.
    • One of the attacks Nora can use is literally called Fisticuffs, a multi-fisted attack that deals more damage with each blow.
  • Have You Seen My God?: The likes of Qilby, the Lu-Fu pirates, and Shamipus all believe the Goddess is a fraud or simply never existed in the first place. Even the companion Eliacube starts to doubt "her" existence.
    • Of course she does, but only Nora and Efrim can hear her, until Nora destroys the statue. It's subverted when they end up meeting "her" (the beacon) in the end.
  • Heroic Mime: Aside from a few grunts and Kiai's, Nora and Efrim.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: See Downer Ending.
    • Poor sweet Mina. She sacrifices her life and creates the bridge to Chibi's island.
  • Hurricane Kick: One of Nora's basic attacks.
    • Helix allows Nora to create a whirlwind of kicks that pushes back enemies and deals damage.
  • Initiation Ceremony: Nora and Efrim are the last initiates that must complete 3 Veils through numerous tasks in order to meet with the Goddess.
    • They end up doing that, but they won't be getting pats on the back for completing their initiation...
  • Kiai: The game counts as a Beat 'em Up after all.
  • Kid Hero: It's been said the initiation came for them too quickly, and that they are still young.
  • Killer Robot: Orgonax. He doesn't exactly have a heart...
  • Little Miss Almighty: See Physical God.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: Nora, granted she's wearing a hat though.
    • Most enemies like the Lu-Fu pirates and their leader, Odo assume she's not a threat due to her appearance, boy were they wrong.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Orgonax. You literally cannot do anything against him and have no choice but to run, until you blow off his finger, get the Platypus to make him fall off the mountain and Nora's last attack that is.
  • Making a Splash: Efrim being a water dragon, and the fact that one of his attacks is literally called Splash. There's also his Spit skills.
  • Passing the Torch: Grougaloragran asks Nora to give Yugo/Adamai's Dofus to him so that they may be reborn. 10,000 years later in the future...
    Grougaloragran: "Hand him the scepter of the future."
  • Pals with Jesus: In the beginning of the game if you speak with the NPC's, one of them being an elderly Eliatrope named Otto mentions that both Nora and Efrim have a special relationship with the Great Goddess Eliatrope, which may imply that they are the only ones to hear her voice in the game, as the others make no indication that they could as well.
  • Physical God: Nora at the end. Being able to harness the power of the Goddess kind of makes you one.
  • Secret Relationship: Between Chibi and Mina. It's implied when Chibi's testament states that all of his possessions go to her and later confirmed by the Oracle.
  • Spin Attack: After an upgrade, Nora is able to use a technique that hurts and blows away enemies surrounding her using Wakfu from a young wind spirit.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Quake, one of Efrim's attack. He smashes the ground with his own head, causing the area around him to shake.
  • Summon Magic: After the Oracle fish speaks with you, he grants Efrim the ability to summon the "mighty" Platypus. It can pick up items and Wakfu gels for Nora to heal with or Efrim to blow up, and can get into tight spots for puzzles.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Wakfung teaches the user (an Eliatrope) to use their portals in combat.
    • Some of Nora's Dimensional Skills are wind based, one attack allows her to make a clone of herself to fight off enemies.
  • The Lost Woods: The Eliatropes seem to live around a tree filled area, which becomes a deadly stage when the meteorite hits and fills it with Rozens; a plant charged with Stasis that can slowly kill the two if they get close.
    • The second chapter is called: The Forest.
  • Teleport Spam: The player can abuse the power of conjuring portals in fights.
  • Thinking Up Portals: It's part of Nora's whole fighting style of Wakfung as well as the special trait of her entire race.
  • Tranquil Fury: Orgonax is implied to be in a near-constant state of this; he's almost always depicted as an emotionless Implacable Man, but when the last adult Eliatrope and the Eliatrope children evade his path of destruction, Orgonax's fist clenches and quivers in silent but simmering rage.