Genre: Role-Playing (RPG)
Gameplay: Japanese-style RPG (JRPG)
Published by: Capcom Entertainment
Developed by: Capcom Co.
Platforms: Game Boy Advance (GBA), Super Nintendo (SNES)
Unlike all subsequent games in the series, Breath of Fire II is a continuation of the previous part of the game, it takes place in the same world five hundred years later.
Ryu Bateson begins the game as a little boy, the son of a priest in the town of Gates. When his sister Yua Bateson goes missing, Ryu's father, priest Ganer Bateson, asks him to pick her up before she gets into trouble. Ryu's search eventually leads him to the wilderness outside the city, where he finds Yua standing near the head of a sleeping dragon. Ryu follows Yua's advice and falls asleep under the dragon. When he wakes up, his family is gone and no one in the city recognizes him. Later that night, a young orphan named Bow decides to rob the church. Finding nothing of interest, he invites Ryu to accompany him on his way to another city. On the way to another city, an unexpected downpour begins and Bow offers to wait it out in a cave, but in the cave they are attacked by a monster named Barubary.
10 years pass. Ryu and Bow live in HomeTown and carry out various assignments for the City Elder. After the Magic hood is stolen from a wealthy man's house, Bowe is falsely accused of theft and forced to flee. Hidden, Bow is forced to leave Ryu for a while until he finds the real thief.
In total, Breath of Fire II features nine permanent playable characters:
- Ryu Bateson is the main protagonist of the game, as well as the intended child whose purpose is to kill Deathevan.
- Bow is an archer (formerly a thief) and Ryu's best friend.
- Katt is a member of the Woren race, a sassy athlete from the Coliseum.
- Rand is a member of the Shell clan. In appearance, it is similar to an anthropomorphic half-pangolin half-rhinoceros.
- Nina is a member of the Wing Clan and princess of Wyndia. In love with Ryu.
- Sten is an ape-man performing a magic show in Wyndia.
- Jean is a frog prince from the kingdom of frogs SimaFort.
- Spar is a circus performer in a tent circus. Knows how to communicate with Yggdrasil trees.
- Deis is an immortal witch who is half a snake. She can be found at HomeTown after the events at HighFort.