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Fou-Lu
フォウル Fouru
Fou-LuArtwork
Portrait Fou-LuFace1 Sprite
Sprite Foulusprite Foulugod Fouluemporer Fouluoverw
Home
Tomb
Occupation
Emperor
Affinity
Water
Age
600
Birthday
May 1st
Height
176cm (5'9")
Weight
66 kg (145.5 lbs)
Weapon
Royal Sword
Voice actor
Isshin Chiba
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Fou-Lu is a playable character who appears in Breath of Fire IV. He is an Endless, improperly summoned to the world by the Fou Empire, and is the other half of Ryu. Due to this, both share similar (although polar opposite) abilities and strengths. While initially a playable character during a few segments, he eventually becomes the game's primary antagonist and final boss.

When he was summoned to the world, the summoning ritual was incomplete, so the soul of Fou-Lu was parted in two. The other part arrived in the world six-hundred years later than his alter-ego. Once Fou-Lu founded the Fou Empire, he fell into a deep slumber, awaiting the arrival Ryu.

Role in Breath of Fire IV[]

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When Ryu appeared, Fou-Lu reawoke and ordered Won-qu to guard his tomb and walked out of his tomb into the forest.

Fou-Lu then encountered two soldiers who boasted about the Fou Empire being able to crush even dragons, Fou-Lu summoned the Astral Dragon and said with a sadistic grin "They art but gods" and had the two soldiers killed.

In the forest, Fou-Lu encountered General Yohm, a powerful sorcerer who serves the current Emperor. He greets Fou-Lu by summoning a powerful flame monster that the newly awakened god defeats. Yohm then orders his troops to light the forest on fire and corners Fou-Lu on a bridge, revealing that the current Emperor would prefer that he sleep for eternity and sends him falling to his doom.

Fou-Lu is shown to have survived and is in Bunyan's care. He then heads down the mountain and is cornered by Yohm again, who summons another monster to fight him. Fou-Lu dispatches it, but is exhausted due to being incomplete, and then transforms into Astral Dragon and flees, being chased by several more of the monsters. After a long chase and with little strength left in him, Fou-Lu is injured further and crashes into the forests to his doom.

Fou-Lu then awakens in a farming village under the care of a simple and kind woman named Mami. Fou-Lu hears from a man about a "God" who has being threatening the village, and leaves to investigate and finds that it is merely a Rock Golem who has absorbed the essence of a "God" who was in the area.

Upon returning to the village, he finds the village to be under attack by Empire soldiers and escapes with Mami's help. He arrives at a area that is then immediately hexed the moment he steps into it. Despite the immense damage it causes and the fact he took the blast at the point of its impact, Fou-Lu merely falls unconscious. He also realizes, before blacking out, that Mami's life was used to fire the Carronade at him, resulting in his growing hatred for humanity.

The next time Fou-Lu is seen, he has arrived in the capital. He then forces his way into the Imperial Castle. Inside he encounters A-tur, his second servant, who proclaims the emperors who succeeded Fou-Lu did not keep the promise. Proceeding into the castle he encounters Yohm. The old summoner calls on Kahbo and Khamyu, stronger versions of the creatures he had previously used. Fou-Lu effortlessly disposes of them. Yohm declares he knew the risks of his mission, saying that although mortals are not as powerful or live as long as the Endless, the value of their lives is in how they die. Yohm then proceeds to commit suicide by fire. After reaching the inner sanctum, Fou-Lu meets with Yuna, who plans to seal Fou-Lu's powers. He then calls forth elite guards and diviners to cast a magical net over the area, rendering them invincible so they can weaken the First Emperor. However, the power of the dragons easily breaks the barrier and the troops are wiped out. Yuna flees after witnessing this event.

In the throne room he meets the 13th Emperor, Fou Soniel. Soniel attempts to kill the First Emperor using the Dragonslayer, but Fou-Lu is unaffected, and instantly beheads the traitor. He takes his place at the throne and awaits his missing half.

Ryu and his companions meet with Fou-Lu who reveals that he plans to merge with Ryu and wipe out humanity for all the evil they have done and Ryu and Fou-Lu fight on the roof of the castles.

After Ryu and Fou-Lu fight for the first time, Fou-Lu then asks Ryu questions and the player must choose which is the answer he or she desires to get the good or bad ending.

To answer "I don't know..." continues the questions and eventually leads to fighting Fou-Lu with Ryu and the party.

Ryu and the party fight Tyrant and then the Astral Dragon, defeating them both.

Fou-Lu then realizes that humans are not as bad as he first thought and merges with Ryu to become the complete Yorae Dragon God. With the remaining dragon gods of the world deciding to now leave life in humanity's hands, they remove their presence from the planet. With Ryu's godhood now gone, he rejoins the group as a mortal and they leave the palace together to return home.

If the player selects "Maybe so..." , Fou-Lu absorbs Ryu and effectively eliminates his existence.

Fou-Lu summons the Infinity Dragon and fights the other party members. The player can choose to effortlessly defeat the party or allow Nina, Cray, Scias and Ursula to kill the dragon and get a standard Game Over. After annihilating the party, Fou-Lu then moves to eradicate humanity, resulting in the bad ending.

In Battle[]

Fou-Lu is only playable at a few points in the game, in which the player only controls him. For practical purposes, he's essentially Ryu starting out with all of his dragon forms, but his abilities are more offensive based (such as an instant death spell), as he travels and battles alone, so he has no need for support abilities. Though Fou-Lu is used on his own, the segments controlling him are considered extremely easy because Fou-Lu starts off at an extremely high level (though there are instances where he can be KOed, so caution must be exercised regardless). Fou-Lu has an affinity for water, so fire-based attacks are his bane. Additionally, because of the connection they share: every enemy skill Fou-Lu learns will also be learned by Ryu (and vice-versa) meaning that players can use Fou-Lu's segments to gain and then pass on certain rare and powerful enemy skills, like Ebonfire or Blitz, to Ryu much earlier than normal. Ryu, on the other hand, can also pass on the skills he learns from Masters to Fou-Lu, as the Fou-Lu cannot be apprenticed under a Master during his playable sections.

Fou-Lu can be hacked into the game and become a playable member by means of various game changing memory edits or AR (Action Replay codes), thereby allowing the player to play as Fou-Lu in areas of the game in areas he is usually not supposed to be playable. It is advised to only use him as the single party member during battles, because using him in outside battles will lead to various glitches, such as being unable to get random encounters in various areas of the game. Here is a little demonstration of how it looks--in this case, Fou-Lu fights Rider, who is notably the strongest enemy in the game: [1]

Stats
Lvl HP AP CP Pwr Def Agl Int Info
1 230 6 3 10 10 2 7
2 254 7 3 11 11 4 8
3 284 9 3 13 13 5 10
4 306 12 3 14 15 8 12
5 346 14 4 16 16 10 14
6 378 16 4 19 18 11 15
7 407 20 4 21 19 14 17
8 438 23 4 23 21 17 18
9 476 26 4 26 23 19 20
10 527 36 5 29 25 24 28
11 556 40 5 32 26 27 31
12 587 43 7 34 28 31 33
13 636 43 7 35 31 34 37
14 683 46 7 39 33 36 40
15 735 50 7 41 36 40 42
16 780 55 8 44 40 42 46
17 826 59 8 48 42 45 49
18 873 64 8 51 43 48 54
19 921 69 9 53 46 50 57
20 977 84 10 58 49 57 69
21 1012 90 10 62 51 61 73
22 1061 95 10 65 54 66 76
23 1111 100 10 71 58 69 81
24 1156 107 11 74 60 72 84
25 1202 112 11 76 63 77 88
26 1249 116 11 80 67 79 92
27 1297 124 12 85 71 82 95
28 1348 130 12 88 76 87 98
29 1383 135 12 92 79 91 102
30 1446 149 14 97 84 97 115
31 1493 156 14 101 89 100 118
32 1543 162 14 104 93 104 122
33 1588 168 14 110 96 107 126
34 1634 171 15 114 99 110 131
35 1687 176 15 119 104 114 134
36 1735 184 15 122 108 119 138
37 1785 192 16 129 114 124 140
38 1838 199 16 133 118 128 145
39 1890 206 16 139 122 131 149
40 1974 221 19 143 127 137 164
41 2036 229 19 149 132 141 169
42 2102 237 19 154 138 146 173
43 2174 241 20 161 142 150 178
44 2247 244 20 165 150 153 184
45 2318 254 20 168 156 157 189
46 2400 261 21 176 161 162 192
47 2464 271 21 181 165 168 197
48 2544 279 21 189 172 172 203
49 2622 287 21 196 178 176 208
50 2720 302 23 204 185 181 223
51 2792 311 23 212 191 186 227
52 2858 318 24 218 195 190 232
53 2911 321 24 222 199 193 238
54 2972 327 24 229 204 197 242
55 3024 334 24 233 208 200 247
56 3071 336 25 236 214 202 250
57 3109 339 25 241 218 204 254
58 3151 344 25 243 221 207 256
59 3185 347 25 247 223 210 258
60 3243 360 27 249 226 212 273
61 3281 362 27 251 228 214 274
62 3311 363 27 252 231 217 276
63 3343 364 27 253 233 220 279
64 3381 364 27 255 234 227 280 Starting level
65 3416 376 28 259 237 230 293
66 3448 386 28 265 239 231 305
67 3478 392 28 267 240 233 316
68 3506 400 28 270 242 234 324
69 3528 412 28 272 245 235 337
70 3549 427 29 280 247 239 346
71 3573 438 29 283 250 243 359
72 3593 447 29 289 251 246 367
73 3614 455 29 291 253 248 374
74 3633 465 30 296 258 249 379
75 3651 472 30 298 262 251 385
76 3667 477 30 302 264 252 389
77 3682 481 30 304 265 252 394
78 3698 484 30 305 267 253 398
79 3712 490 30 307 268 253 401
80 3728 495 31 310 271 255 402
81 3740 497 31 310 272 255 402
82 3753 498 31 311 272 255 403
83 3767 498 31 311 272 256 404
84 3779 498 32 311 273 257 404
85 3790 502 32 312 273 257 405
86 3800 504 32 313 273 258 406
87 3809 507 32 313 274 259 406
88 3817 508 32 313 275 259 406
89 3825 509 33 314 275 260 407
90 3834 516 33 314 276 261 409
91 3841 519 33 314 276 261 410
92 3847 520 33 315 276 261 410
93 3855 520 33 315 277 261 411
94 3860 522 34 315 277 262 412
95 3866 522 34 315 277 263 412
96 3870 523 34 316 277 263 412
97 3876 524 34 316 278 263 413
98 3880 524 34 317 278 263 414
99 3887 529 35 317 279 263 415

Battle[]

See also: Fou-Lu (Boss)
See also: Tyrant (Boss)
See also: Astral (Boss)

At the end of the game the player must face Fou-Lu one-on-one with just Ryu available for the fight.

Trivia[]

  • It is interesting to note that, originally, there was to be a scene containing him beheading the emperor, though this was censored in the English version, along with many other scenes. A video can be found at [2].
  • Fou-Lu is the first final boss in the Breath of Fire series to not be a demon.
  • Fou-Lu's eventual fate differs between the game and the manga. In the game Ryu absorbs Fou-Lu fully after defeating him, but in the manga Ryu does not and allows Fou-Lu to coexist with him, asking him to travel and see the world as Ryu sees it.
  • According to developer interviews, the character of Elyon from Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter is based on Fou-Lu.

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