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The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight

aka: Bard's Tale 2, The Arch Mage's Tale

Description official descriptions

After a group of brave heroes defeated the wizard Mangar the Dark and freed Skara Brae from eternal winter, all seemed well in the world. However, the evil Archmage Lagoth Zanta shows up and splits the Destiny Wand into seven pieces, scattering them all over the land. The Destiny Wand has protected the lands for seven hundred years, and without it the realm will fall into chaos. Thus it falls upon the heroes to reforge it. One of them also has to ascend to the position of Archmage and use the wand to defeat Lagoth Zanta.

The Destiny Knight is the second installment in the Bard's Tale series, and a sequel to Tales of the Unknown. Like its predecessor, it is a fantasy role-playing game with first-person exploration of a pseudo-3D world and turn-based battles against randomly appearing enemies. The sequel features six towns as opposed to the predecessor's only one, and a larger overworld area. Dungeons contain more traps and puzzles than before.

The player can create a party of up to seven active characters, as well as create additional characters and store them at the Adventurer's Guild in every city. Available races are human, elf, dwarf, hobbit, half-elf, half-orc, and gnome. In addition, some monsters can join the party and be summoned during combat. It is also possible to store money and banks and gamble in the casino, though the latter feature has been removed from the PC version.

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Credits (Commodore 64 version)

20 People

Game Concept, Design, and Program Design
Scenario Design
Technical Support
Assistant Producer
Product Manager
Art Director
Package Design
EuroPackage Design
  • Grapplegroup Ltd.
Cover Painting
Manual by
Map Art
Lagoth Zanta's Name by
Package Design ©1986
  • Electronic Arts
Software ©1986
  • Interplay Productions



Subject User Date
BT2 in the Auto-mapping Game Group? PCGamer77 (3159) 2011-06-23 10:59:43



Michael Cranford, the creator, was never directly employed by Electronic Arts. Instead he was brought in as an outside contractor. He designed the second game almost entirely from his home, and after a falling out with an old friend on he decided not to get involved with the third game.

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Related Sites +

  • Bard Songs
    An online collection of Bard's Tale music transcribed to MIDI format. All from the PC versions.
  • Bard's Tale 2 - The Destiny Knight Walkthrough/FAQ
    This text solution includes monster references and more plus the full guide. Posted on CheatChaser.com
  • Fan Site
    Nice comprehensive site with links to maps, walkthroughs and other Bard's Tale 2 fan sites.
  • The Bard's Tale Compendium
    Very complete site with lots of information, hints, downloads for every game of the Bard's Tale series.

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 1273


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Alan Chan.

Apple IIgs, Apple II added by Terok Nor. NES, PC-98 added by Unicorn Lynx. Commodore 64, Amiga added by Belboz.

Additional contributors: Trixter, Vance, Jeanne, General Error, The cranky hermit, Patrick Bregger.

Game added April 3rd, 2000. Last modified May 29th, 2023.