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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 Windows That's a huge fish!  Lots of damage done to it, but it's still flying...
Breath of Fire IV Windows Name your main character... all other characters cannot be named
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation This is Mud Flow - a combined super-attack courtesy of Ryu. Here you can see the final segment of the animation, with the actual enemies present
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Broken vases, vegetation on the walls... this ancient tomb has seen better times

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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
Absolute Playstation PlayStation 2000 93 out of 100 93
Gamekult PlayStation Feb 01, 2001 8 out of 10 80 (UK) PlayStation Sep 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Captain Windows Apr 23, 2003 78 out of 100 78
Just RPG PlayStation Dec 04, 2000 77 out of 100 77
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70 PlayStation Sep 06, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Svenska PC Gamer Windows May, 2003 26 out of 100 26


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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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