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Nina, the princess of Wyndia, and Cray, chieftain of the cat-like Woren tribe, are searching for Cray's relatives who disappeared under mysterious circumstances during a diplomatic mission. Flying through the sky on their sandflier, Nina and Cray are attacked by a worm shaped dragon. With their vehicle damaged, Nina returns to the city to find parts, bumping into a naked young boy named Ryu along the way, who is unsure of where he is. At the very same time, Nina is again attacked by a dragon. Confused by the strange events taking place, Nina agrees to help the young boy. Meanwhile, the ancient Emperor Fou Lu awakens from his slumber in his tomb. His plan is to return to the world of human, conquer it anew, and impose his iron rule on it...

This fourth installment of the Breath of Fire series is a fairly traditional Japanese-style RPG, with turn-based combat, party management, linear story progression, and other characteristic elements of the genre. As in the previous game, characters become stronger and learn new skills by performing tasks for "masters" living in different towns. Ryu, the main protagonist of the series, has retained the series' trademark gameplay element: the ability to turn into a dragon during combat. Breath of Fire IV is rich in mini-games of various types, including the popular fishing mini-game that was present in previous installments as well.


Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The colorful village of Pauk in the Zhinga region. Note all those animals!
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Do these symbols mean something?..
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Ryu's dragon attacks are all-out 3D eye-candy animations, just like in contemporary <moby gamegroup="final fantasy">Final Fantasies</moby>. This here is Rainstorm!..
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Battle against a cyclops, a recurrent regular enemy with obscene amount of HP. Displaying the principal battle menu

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Alternate Titles

  • "龙战士4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Long Zhanshi 4" -- Chinese title
  • "Breath of Fire IV: Utsuro Wazaru Mono" -- Japanese title
  • "ブレスオブファイアIV うつろわざるもの" -- Japanese spelling

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A great RPG... PlayStation Daniel Backhaus (3)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Jul 18, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Game Revolution PlayStation Dec, 2002 B+ 83
IGN PlayStation Dec 04, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82
RPGDreamers PlayStation 2003 8 out of 10 80 (UK) PlayStation Sep 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows May, 2003 74 out of 100 74
Legendra Windows 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70 Windows Apr 11, 2003 12 out of 20 60
PC Zone Benelux Windows Jun, 2003 46 out of 100 46


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English version

The English versions remove some sexually suggestive scenes as well as a violent sequence in which the anti-hero Fou-Lu decapitates a character.

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