Breath of Fire II (Game Boy Advance)

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Ryu was a young boy who has memories of a strange village far away and a magical doorway which sucked him through. However those are only distant memories. Ryu and his best friend Bow are apprentices in the Ranger's Guild. As adventurers they take on posted jobs needed by the townspeople. However it isn't long before one job goes awry and Bow is accused of stealing a valuable item. In order to clear his friend's name and find the meaning of his dreams, Ryu will explore the world, eventually discovering the meaning of his dreams and hidden abilities inside himself.

Breath of Fire II is a role playing game. The majority of game is played from a top-down map, however battles are seen from an isometric view. Ryu will form parties from among 8 other characters, each with their own set of skills and powers that will help him discover the truth behind the mystery.

In the GBA version, you can use a link-cable to link to a friends and exchange weapons and items to defeat the higher evils. And with the inclusion of the community system, you can build and maintain your own city while you are fed up of exploring.


Breath of Fire II Game Boy Advance Title screen
Breath of Fire II Game Boy Advance The prelude
Breath of Fire II Game Boy Advance I never liked that doggy character, did you?
Breath of Fire II Game Boy Advance The battles look like this

Alternate Titles

  • "龙战士2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ブレスオブファイアⅡ・使命の子" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Long Zhanshi 2" -- Chinese title
  • "Breath of Fire II - Shimei no Ko" -- Japanese title
  • "BOF2" -- Common abbreviation

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A good RPG, surprisingly different from its prequel. Bregalad (914) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Dark, brooding, almost a little on the morbid side but thoroughly engrossing for the most part Nick Falco (3) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews Jun 29, 2008 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) Apr 12, 2002 5 out of 5 100
neXGam 2002 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Apr, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine Apr, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GameZone Apr 22, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGFan May 07, 2002 84 out of 100 84
The Video Game Critic Jun 14, 2007 B+ 83
NintendoWorldReport May 14, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Portable Review Sep 03, 2006 25 out of 40 62


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1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Breath of Fire II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Kartanym (10764) added Breath of Fire II (Game Boy Advance) on Apr 19, 2002
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