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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 SNES Fighting some nasty things
Breath of Fire II SNES Stats screen
Breath of Fire II SNES In the town
Breath of Fire II SNES Title

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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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User Reviews

Overall fun but... LepricahnsGold (123351) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Grim, sad and dark but still maintains good sense of humor Aapo Koivuniemi (43) unrated

Critic Reviews

Video Games Mar, 1996 87 out of 100 87
RPGFan Apr 18, 2002 85 out of 100 85
Total! (Germany) Mar, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
HonestGamers Sep 16, 2011 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Legendra 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic May 10, 2007 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1995 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Players Jan, 1996 66 out of 100 66
RPGamer 2003 6 out of 10 60


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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.
Oleg Roschin (174012) added Breath of Fire II (SNES) on Jun 09, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (17480), Kartanym (10726) and gamewarrior (5060)