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Video Game / The King of Dragons

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The King of Dragons is a 1991 Medieval European Fantasy-themed Beat 'em Up/Hack and Slash with a spice of Action RPG from Capcom, released first in arcades and later ported to the SNES in 1994. The game is very similar in gameplay to Knights of the Round, specially in its level-up system, but it has also weapon upgrading similar to Magic Sword. Each of the 5 selectable characters has their own strengths and weakness, and they gain experience with each slain Mook and treasure picked. Added to this is a total of 8 swords and shields, found in certain treasure chests, which enhance their attack and defense even more.

The story is set in the fictional kingdom of Malus, where the evil red dragon Gildiss has woke up after years of slumber. Following his rise, hordes of monsters loyal to him start raiding Malus, spearheaded by the Dark Wizard from Castle Garenos. With even the knights of Malus and princess Mari unable to face this threat, the task lands upon a group of wandering adventurers who have just come to Malus at the right time.

The game has 5 playable characters, originally only referred by their character class, but later given official names in one of Capcom's artbook compilations.

  • Derek, the Fighter: A 26 years old swordsman, wielding an assortment of sword (including a broadsword and scimitar). He's a well-rounded character in all stats save magic strength, which he sucks at, making him the ideal starting character.
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  • Regie, the Wizard: A 28 years old magician who fights by throwing magic blasts from his staff. He wields different types of staves, some of which grants him a two-hit ability. He's a Glass Cannon, with rather low defense and speed, but compensates with great range and (obviously enough) magic strength. Rather than shields, he finds different amulets to boost his defense.
  • Reval, the Elf: A typical elven archer. He's the Fragile Speedster, having the highest speed stat but lousy defense. His bows increase the speed he can fire his arrows.
  • Aldo, the Cleric: A 34 years old Gentle Giant who prefers maces and the like over sharp weapons. He's the Mighty Glacier, with great strength (both physical and magical), but slow like a snail. He's also able to heal his allies alongside him after picking up a healing item.
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  • Vargas, the Dwarf: The very small axe-wielding dwarf. He's a hard-hitting speedster, with good speed and great defense stats, but has weak magic strength and lacks range. Though his small size works for him in avoiding certain attacks.

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