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Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection is an Action RPG created by Falcom with combat system closest to Ys series. It is the direct sequel for the previous game Zwei!!. (which was released as Zwei: the Arges Adventure in the West.) The game was first released as Zwei II in Japan in September 2008; then, in December 2009, Falcom added some additional feature and re-released game as Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, which is the version that Steam version was based on. The English version was released by Xseed Games in October 2017. XSeed also released the previous game Zwei: the Arges Adventure on January 24, 2018.

Five hundred years ago, the world of Granvallen was rocked by the Great Sorcery War. The Six Demon Lords, fallen angels who betrayed the twin goddesses Apileste and Espina, attacked Granvallen and caused much destruction. Eventually they were defeated by the Holy Kingdom of Valence, who allied with the fairies and the great dragons. Afterwards magic was sealed; the magic gates linking the floating continents no longer worked and the continents lost contact with each other. In recent years, machinery has prospered and now the people of Granvallen can move freely using aircraft.


Ragna Valentine is a treasure hunter who journeys to the north-western continent of Ilvard to fulfil a job contract. As he enters Ilvard's airspace, he is shot down by a mysterious group and plunges to an imminent death. Fortunately he is rescued by Alwen du Moonbria, a vampire princess who performs a blood contract with him. Ragna becomes Alwen's Blood Warrior and instantly recovers from his fatal injuries due to his newly gained supernatural strength. When they meet again, Alwen explains that her home castle and magic were stolen from her by an unknown enemy and requests Ragna to help her reclaim them.

Please keep in mind that this page contains details for the game as well as the previous game Zwei: the Arges Adventure. So beware of spoilers!


This game provides examples of:

  • Ace Pilot: Ragna, Odessa, and Claude. Pokkle probably counts as one as well despite reservations from Pipiro.
  • Aerith and Bob: Normal sounding ones such as Mia, Fiona, Rue, Odessa, Subaru (Normal in Japan, at least)...and decidedly not normal sounding ones such as Ragna, Alwen, Dyguld, Zahar.
  • Authority in Name Only: The Grand Duke of Arges. He's just a rich guy who built a mansion near Pokkle and Pipiro's home town and declared himself to be its overlord. He spends most of his time bragging about how great a job he's doing of running the place, despite the fact that everyone ignores him - Arges is so small that the locals are perfectly capable of ruling themselves without any input from an official authority figure.
  • Batman Gambit: When Exmachina threatened to kill Ragna, Ragna told her to go ahead because he always believe that she is his little sister Mia and his little sister is never a killer she might imagine herself to be. Exmachina got mad and conjured a powerful magic to shot at Ragna. Ragna did not move, and she missed, just as Ragna thought.
  • Becoming the Mask: The reason Thermidor takes care of Mia is because he needs to cultivate Lucian's soul that was embedded in Mia as her Superpowered Evil Side. However, the times that he spends to take care of her cause he to genuinely cared for her. This prompts his Heel–Face Turn and Heroic Sacrifice towards the end of the game.
  • Book-Ends: The game started and ended with Ragna flying his plane Tristan over Ilvard.
  • Chest Monster: There is one (mimic) masquerade as a treasure chests, and there are several of them (pothead, jarhead, perfect pitcher) masquerade as clay pots that you need to destroy to platinum the level.
  • Cool Plane: Ragna has the Tristan, Pokkle and Pipiro have the Blue Star, Fiona has the Lord Valence, and Odessa has the Beowulf.
  • Corrupt Church: Played with: the nun in the Ilvard church is a heavy smoker, and charge outrageously for her confession sessions. However, as shown in the later parts of the game, she does provide genuinely good advise.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: In an action RPG game, your first instinct is probably try to smash every enemy and object in your way. However, in this game, there are several treasure chests that require you to not kill the monster. Accidentally killed the monster that was required to open the gate? You better do the dungeon again. See Guide Dang It! below.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Ragna crossed it when he finds out that Exmachina, the doll-like girl who works for Zahar, is actually his sister Mia, who went missing for seven years. Worse, Mia refuse to acknowledge Ragna as his brother, insist he got the wrong person. Ragna was so heartbroken that he went on a long period of Heroic BSoD until the attack on Starfall Hamlet.
  • Disc-One Final Dungeon: The Moonbria Castle. From the opening of the game, you are under the impression that the main focus of this game is to help Alwen to take back her castle. Here you are, inside her castle, clear three separate dungeons to fight off three mooks of Zahar, and then clear a long dungeon to finally facing Zahar himself. Then, Zahar just beat you up in a Curb-Stomp Battle. This is only half-way through the game.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Zahar, both in Moonbria Castle and in Luna Mundus.
  • Elemental Powers: There are six attributed magic in this game: fire, ice, earth, wind, light, and dark (there is also a default, non-attributed magic), Ragna's third gear has fire attribute. Fire and Ice are weak against each other, and earth and wind are weak against each other.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Alwen is a vampire princess and current head household of Moonbria clan.
  • Fictional Currency: Pennes.
  • Floating Continent: Ilvard is a floating island. It used to be much bigger but most of it was destroyed during the Great Sorcery War.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Alwen of course. Duke Guiscard is one as well.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: There are achievements for getting all of the widgets, accessories, armors, foods, character info and combo attacks in the game. Oddly, there isn't one for getting all the treasure chests. However, getting all the treasures will give you a lot of money, as well as a pet, which will be helpful to satisfy the other two achievements, one for getting 500,000 pennes and one for raising all pets to level 9.
  • Great Offscreen War: the Great Sorcery War five hundred years ago, when six demon lords rebelled against Sun Goddess Apileste and Moon Goddess Espina, they were defeated by a combined force of Holy Kingdom of Valance and a group of demon who sided with the goddesses. Fiona is the descendant of former and Alwen is the descedant of latter.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • To get every treasures in the game is kind of impossible without a guide as there are some treasure chests that can only be opened under some odd conditions, several examples:
      • There is one on Luna Mundus you have to have a weight over 99 Kg to enter, hope you have a lot of food on you.
      • There are several chests that can only be obtained if you don't kill certain monsters, such as the one going to a tea party or the one going to a court as a witness.
      • The one in Moonbria Castle santrum requires you to close all treasure chests, include the one on the back of an ogre and a mimic.
      • One of chest in Snowstorm Steppe requires you to defeat a monster masqueraded as a mushroom's hat and later put the real hat on the said mushroom. The problem is if you just walk past the said mushroom the monster won't attack you. So you'll only be aware of such monster if you knew beforehand that it's there and attacked it.
      • The other chest in Snowstorm Steppe requires you to visit the cave at the end of the maze at exactly 0, 15, 30, or 45 minutes of an hour and defeat a monster that will only appears at these times.
    • Outside of treasure chests, as with the previous game, to get the final weapon of male character (Pokkle in the previous game and Ragna in this one) invovles a long chain of item exchanges.
  • Happy Fun Ball: In the G-Coliseum, the gym build by Gallendeau, there is a cute service penguin who seemingly does nothing other than manning the gate to the gym and flapping her hands around and look cute. She's the final boss of the Coliseum Challenge, and she hits extremely hard, quickly veered into That One Boss territory. You will need a lot of preparations if you want to beat her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Thermidor, in order to stop Demon Lord Lucian from controlling Mia.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Well, hidden ninja village. Starfall Hamlet is a village hidden beyond the Starry Peak where every villagers from the village (that is, exclude the ones married into the village) are trained as ninja. This village is tasked with guarding the key to the Luna Mundus. After the event of this game, the village leader Elder Tenzan decides to disclose the existence of this village to the outside world.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The final upgrade to Ragna's anchor gear turned all of his attacks critical, how to get the said upgrade is a massive Guide Dang It!.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Occured twice in the game:
    • Exmachina/Mia transformed into Ra-Laira to try to convice Alwen to dropped the fight to regain the castle. While the appearance fooled Alwen and Ragna, Ragna rejected her advice due to his Heroic Resolve.
    • Montblanc transformed into Princess Alwen to mess with the group (especially Rue). It didn't work because Ragna is under the blood contract with Alwen so he can tell Montblanc is not the real Alwen.
  • Magikarp Power: The last pet you get, a kobold, does nothing other than following you to collect coins and foods, in contrast to other pets that can heal you, attack enemies, or throw bombs. That is, unless you raise this kobold to level 9, then it'll transform into a werewolf-like creatures and deal massive damages to enemy.
  • Meaningful Name: Meaningful nickname in this game. Odessa the Wildwolf, she is a werewolf.
  • Mythology Gag: This game provides several for the later Falcolm games. Tristan model and penguin suit both show up as collectible items in Ao no Kiseki, and Tokyo Xanadu's main Character, Kou, sport the same weapon as Ragna.
  • Non-Combat EXP: Zwei has an unusual level up system. You level up not by beating enemies, but by consuming food. Granted, outside of four extremely expensive food, you only get food from beat up the monsters in the dungeon.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Melzedek, which is a demon stronghold during the Great Sorcery War. The mere presence of it create a huge tornado, and it can continually bombard the target below.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Pipiro and Pokkle, the main character of the previous game, features heavily in the main storyline of this game.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ragna's red to Alwen's blue.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Holy Kingdom of Valence defeated six demon lords five hundred years ago. While they may not be a kingdom anymore, Fiona, the current head of Valence Family, views protecting Gravallen as her duty. Alwen counts as well.

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