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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 Even some urban locations may contain random battles!
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The first in-game cutscene shows Nina and Cray searching for an important person...
Breath of Fire IV Windows Intro video showing one of the dragons in the game
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Ruins dungeon with ladders and treasure chests

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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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A great RPG... PlayStation Daniel Backhaus (3)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Jul 18, 2006 5 out of 5 100
PSM PlayStation Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan PlayStation Oct 18, 2000 87 out of 100 87
IGN PlayStation Dec 04, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82 (UK) PlayStation Sep 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2001 8 out of 10 80
HappyPuppy PlayStation Dec 26, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
RPGamer PlayStation 2000 7 out of 10 70
PC Zone Benelux Windows Jun, 2003 46 out of 100 46


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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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