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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 Ryu and Nina in the opening animation
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation A busy regular room in one of the many towns. Note the highlighted words during NPC dialogue
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Chiqua - a colorful, original town on a lake
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Some of your characters have special abilities while in exploring mode. Nina, for example, can fly up to scout the map

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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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User Reviews

A great RPG... Daniel Backhaus (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Legendra 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Dec 04, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82 (UK) Sep 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central 2001 8 out of 10 80
RPGDreamers 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Jun 21, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
HappyPuppy Dec 26, 2000 7 out of 10 70
RPGamer 2000 7 out of 10 70
Super Play (Sweden) Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70 Sep 06, 2001 14 out of 20 70


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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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Kartanym (12825) added Breath of Fire IV (PlayStation) on Jul 15, 2001
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