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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.


The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight Apple II The shoppe
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight Commodore 64 A fight in progress
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight PC-98 Wilderness. Trees and all
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight Amiga Loading screen

Promo Images

The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight Magazine Advertisement
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "The Arch Mage's Tale" -- Pre-release title
  • "Bard's Tale 2" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

A brilliant game that clearly deserves the title of epic masterpiece. Commodore 64 Rob Von Strahd (7)
This Sequel is BETTER than the runaway hit Original ! Amazing! DOS XplOrOrOr (16)
Yes, the sequel is better! DOS ex_navynuke! (48)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Dec, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1987 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Tilt Apple II Jul, 1987 17 out of 20 85
All Game Guide DOS 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Sep, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 75 out of 100 75
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Jun, 1987 Unscored Unscored


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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.

Related Web 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
  • 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.)
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