Dragon Warrior II (known as Dragon Quest II in Japan) is a turn-based RPG developed by Chunsoft
and published by Enix
. It was first released in Japan in 1987 and was released in the United States in 1990. It has later appeared on other consoles such as the SNES
and Game Boy Color
in the Dragon Quest I & II
compilation. Terror has befallen a once peaceful kingdom and it's up to the player to enlist the help of two other royal warriors to defeat the evil threatening the world.
Like all of the other early Dragon Warrior
games, Dragon Warrior II is a basic turn-based
RPG. Encounters with monsters occur randomly
in dungeons and on the world map. However, Dragon Warrior II set itself apart from its predecesor in a number of innovative ways. First, the game was the first in the series to implement a party system, giving you full control over three distinct characters. Second, battles could now involve more than one enemy. In order to allow the Famicon processor to display the sprites of more than one monster on screen at the same time, the detailed backgrounds from Dragon Warrior I were replaced with simple black backdrops during battles. Third, the game had an improved user interface, although it still seems cumbersome by today's standards. Fourth, Dragon Warrior II allowed you to travel by ship. Finally, the world map was vastly expanded, including not only the Alefgard
region from the first game, but also several other entire continents to explore.
Dragon Warrior II was a difficult game. In the original version, progress could only be saved in certain towns, forcing the player to repeat lengthy play sessions if they died at the end of a dungeon. Carefull planning and managment of MP were key to victory and avoiding frustration. Grinding
for experience and gold was frequently required so that your party would not end up in over its head. Gold aquired from battles could be used to buy new equipment in towns. The three characters were distinct in the kinds of equipements and spells they could use. Spells were learned automatically as a result of levelling up.
Dragon Warrior II takes place after the events of both Dragon Warrior III
. You control three characters, who are all descendents of the legendary warrior Erdrick
(Renamed Loto in post-NES versions). Since the events of Dragon Warrior I, the world has enjoyed a century of peace. However, this peace is suddenly put into jeopardy when the evil wizard Hargon attacks Moonbrooke castle and begins his attempt to conquer the world. A wounded solder from Moonbrooke is able to make it out alive and travels to Midenhall Castle. When the King of Midenhall hears of the attack, he order his son (the main character in your party) to save the princess of Moonbrooke and stop Hargon from fullfilling his evil plot. In your quest, you join forces with the Prince of Cannock and the Princess of Moonbrooke, who are also descendents of Erdrick.
Party Members The Prince of Midenhall:
The Party's main character and the only one you can name. He is a solder-type chatacter who specializes in powerfull weapons and armor, but has no magic. The Prince of Cannock:
Given a random name from a list of possible choices. He is a combonation of solder and magic-user types. He can only use moderately strong weapons and equip lightweight armor, but he gains the use of some magic. This makes him the most versatile of party characters. The Princess of Moonbrooke
: Also given a random name from a list of possible choices. She has access to the most powerfull magics in the game, but as a magic-user she can only equip staffs and light clothing.
Other Characters Hargon
: An evil wizard set up to conquer the world. In battle he is capable of casting powerfull spells including sleep and explodet. He can also cure himself multiple times. After defeating him, he will also summon one final monster for you to defeat. Dragonlord's Grandson
: In Dragon Warior I, the dragonlord
was the final boss of the game. In this game, you meet his grandson during your travels. Rather that fighting him, he provides you with valuable information to aid in your quest. Rubiss
: An elemental Godess that will help your party during the quest.