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Ryu
リュウ Ryuu (Dragon)
BoFI Ryu Artwork
Portrait BoFI RyuPortrait
Sprite Ryu1sprite Ryubattle1 Ryubattle2
Type
Playable Character
Home
Dragnier
Occupation
Wanderer
Height
160 cm (5'3")
Weight
52 kg (114.6 lbs)
Weapon
Sword
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Ryu is a playable character in Breath of Fire, who serves as the game's protagonist. He established the basic template that later Ryus would follow: teen-ageded, blue haired, proficient with swords, and a member of the Dragon Clan. While he was a silent protagonist in the Japanese version of the game, he was given sporadic lines of dialogue for its English language release.

The character did not possess a name, either in-game or in any official materials related to the original Super Famicom and Super NES releases. Throughout the manual for the SNES game, the text simply referred to as "The Hero," however its in-game screenshots show him with the name "JEFF." He has been referred to as "Ryu" in each of the game's Japanese re-releases, as well as in subsequent official series material. A notable exception to this is the GBA English language release where he is referred to as "Zack."

Role in Breath of Fire[]

Ryu is the main protagonist and is a descendant of the Light Dragon Clan. He naturally possesses the ability to transform into elemental dragons, though his powers of transformation are sealed during the first part of the game. Further throughout the game he is able to fuse with his fellow party members to become the ultimate dragons: Rudra and Agni. Losing his parents at an early age he lives with his sister, Sara a priestess of the clan. Ryu begins his journey to save his sister who was kidnapped during a brutal assault of his home town Drogen. After setting out out save his sister, Ryu soon discovers that his sisters disappearance plays a part in a larger scheme by the evil Black Dragon emperor Zog. He ultimately sets out to prevent Zog from unleashing the goddess of desire, Tyr, using the 6 Goddess Keys.

Although it isn't overtly stated, it's heavily implied that after the events of the game, Ryu became romantically involved with Nina. Nina appears in Breath of Fire II to talk to her descendant and reveals that the Wing Clan lost their ability to transform into birds because she "fell in love with man from another tribe", thereby weakening the ancestral powers of her own tribe.[1] The man in question is believed to be Ryu.

Abilities[]

Ryu can equip fishing rods, which allow him to trigger a fishing mini-game at a number of ponds situated throughout the world map. There are five different rods available throughout the game and using better rods will result in gaining better items and fish. For example, the pieces of dragon equipment needed to undertake the Dragon Trials can only be obtained through fishing with the game's best rod.

Battle[]

Ryu is a powerful frontline fighter who uses his swords to deal high damage to the enemies. His stats are well rounded and he has good speed, meaning the weight of equipment will have a dramatic effect on when his turn in combat will come. Ryu can also utilize the powerful Boomerang weapons that allow him to to deal damage to whole groups of enemies making him very useful crowd control and help conserve resources like items and AP.

Ryu also has access to the powerful Dragon forms which deal tremendous damage, making him one of the best damage dealers in the party.

Dragon Transformations[]

By traveling to the various Dragon Clan temples and bringing proof of his worthiness in the form of the dragon equipment, Ryu can undertake trials to earn the power to transform into his clans true form. Ryu can transform into nine different dragon forms, largely elemental forms, but also Kaiser and Agni forms. Dragon forms each cost a set amount of AP to transform, they completely restore Ryu's HP and each do a set amount of damage unless exploiting an elemental weakness or landing a critical blow. Ryu remains in these forms until the player chooses to revert his form, Ryu is killed in combat, or the battle is ended. Agni is unique among the forms because it is considered a fusion and will only work if the whole party is available (i.e. not in a Karn fusion, dead, or afflicted with any other negative status condition) and it will take the place of the whole party and give Ryu a huge HP boost.

Dragon Form Name AP Cost Description
Snow Drake 7 AP 100 Ice Damage to single target
Flame Drake 10 AP 115 Fire damage to single target
Thunder Drake 12 AP 130 Electric damage to single target
Ice Dragon 20 AP 190 Ice damage to all enemies
Fire Dragon 27 AP 210 Fire damage to all enemies
Bolt Dragon 30 AP 225 Electric damage to all enemies
Gold Dragon (Holy Dragon) 40 AP 375 Holy damage to all undead enemies
Rudra (Kaiser) 50 AP 320 damage to all enemies
Agni (Infinity) 60 AP

999 damage to all enemies

Equipment[]

Weapons Attack Weight Value Notes Locations
Sword Breath of Fire spriteDirk
たんけん
5 1 50 Starting equipment for Ryu
Shop in Drogen
Sword Breath of Fire spriteSabre
やまがたな
8 2 400 Shops in Drogen, Winlan, Romero, Tantar
Sword Breath of Fire spriteBronzSD
せいどうのけん
12 3 700 Treasure chest in Camlon Castle
Shop in Winlan
Boomerang Breath of Fire spriteFoil (Rang)
セイバー
18 2 Attacks all enemies Treasure chest in Karma underground
Rapier Breath of Fire spritePoisonRP
ポイズンレイピア
20 5 3000 Shops in Prima (3300), Tunlan (2700, 3300)
Sword Breath of Fire spriteScythe
そりみのけん
20 3 1200 Shop in Tantar
Sword Breath of Fire spriteLongSD
ロングソード
26 4 2500 Shops in Nanai before getting E.Key (2250), Auria (2750)
Treasure chest in Dark D. Fort
Sword Breath of Fire spriteBroadSD
ブロードソード
34 5 5000 Shops in Auria (5500), Bleak, Prima
Sword Breath of Fire spriteBrokenSD
おれたけん
42 14 100 Treasure chest in Winlan castle locked room
Sword Breath of Fire spriteSickle
みかづきとう
50 6 6500 Shop in Prima
Boomerang Breath of Fire spriteB.Rang
ブーメラン
60 2 Attacks all enemies Breakable rock in Krypt
Sword Breath of Fire spritePowerSD
よろいくいのけん
62 8 8000 Shop in Prima (10400)
Rapier Breath of Fire spritePowerRP
ちょうのレイピア
82 0 30000 Casts Up Breath of Fire spriteAg-Up when used Flea market after using the Tonic
Sword Breath of Fire spriteWingSD
ウイングソード
96 8 10000 Shops in Gust, Spring
Sword Breath of Fire spriteMystSD
あしゅらのけん
100 3 40000 Treasure chest in Tock
Sword Breath of Fire spriteDragonSD
ドラゴンブレード
110 20 Fishing well west of Romero
Sword Breath of Fire spriteFlameSD
かえんのつるぎ
122 10 20000 Elemental: Fire Shop in Carmen
Dagger Breath of Fire spriteDarkDR
あんこくのナイフ
140 1 40000 Flea market after getting the Sphere but before using the Tonic
Boomerang Breath of Fire spriteTri-Rang
スライサー
150 2 Attacks all enemies Behind the Pagoda before it is raised
Sword Breath of Fire spriteEmporSD
こうていのつるぎ
255 1 Casts Fire Breath of Fire spriteChar when used Throne in the Obelisk
Shields Defense Weight Value Notes Locations
Shield Breath of Fire spriteSuedeSH
かわのたて
2 1 150 Shop in Nanai before getting E.Key (135)
Treasure chest in Winlan castle
Starting equipment for Sr-1, Sr-2, Sr-3, Ox, Bleu
Shield Breath of Fire spriteWoodSH
きのたて
5 2 300 Starting equipment for Ryu
Shops in Drogen, Nanai before getting E.Key (270), Winlan
Shield Breath of Fire spriteBandage
バンテージ
5 1 500 Treasure chest in Ramui Woods
Shield Breath of Fire spriteBronzSH
せいどうのたて
8 3 500 Shops in Romero, Tantar
Shield Breath of Fire spriteGauntlet
こて
8 1 800 Treasure chest in Camlon Castle
Shop in Tunlan (880)
Shield Breath of Fire spriteWrist
リストバンド
10 2 700 Treasure chest in Lament Woods
Shield Breath of Fire spriteIronSH
てつのたて
12 4 1000 Treasure chests in Agua, Krypt
Shield Breath of Fire spriteMetalSH
はがねのたて
16 5 1400 Treasure chests in Dark Tower, Nabal
Shop in Bleak
Shield Breath of Fire spriteIcySH
アイスシールド
30 5 4000 Reduces ice damage taken by 25% Shop in Prima (5200)
Shield Breath of Fire spriteGuardSH
まもりのたて
32 10 10000 Treasure chest in Tock
Shield Breath of Fire spriteProSH
クラブシールド
32 5 5000 Treasure chests in Wisdon (×2)
Shield Breath of Fire spriteFlameSH
フレイムシールド
38 8 12000 Reduces fire damage taken by 25% Shop in Gust
Shield Breath of Fire spriteMystSH
ホーリィシールド
48 5 20000 Shop in Gust
Shield Breath of Fire spriteLavaSH (FlameSH)
ようがんのたて
52 5 50000 Reduces fire damage taken by 25% Treasure chest in Agua behind locked door
Shield Breath of Fire spriteMaskSH
かめんのたて
65 8 20000 Reflects some magic damage Flea market after using the Tonic
Shield Breath of Fire spriteStarSH
ほしのたて
70 2 29000 Digging patch southeast of Scande
Shield Breath of Fire spriteDragonSH
ドラゴンシールド
128 5 Reduces fire damage taken by 25% Fishing well south of Gust
Armor Defense Weight Value Notes Locations
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteCloth
ぼろ
1 1 10 Shops in Drogen, Nanai before getting E.Key (9)
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteRobe
ぬののマント
2 1 10 Starting equipment for Ryu
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteSuedeCP
かわのマント
5 4 240 Shops in Drogen, Nanai before getting E.Key (216)
Treasure chest in Camlon Castle
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteArmPad
かわのかたあて
8 2 300 Shop in Drogen
Treasure chest in Gaia Temple before getting E.Key
Starting equipment for Bo
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteSuedeGN
かわのふく
10 6 500 Shop in Winlan
Starting equipment for Sr-1, Sr-2, Sr-3, Karn
Treasure chest in Aura Cave
Cloth Breath of Fire spritePrisonCL
しゅうじんふく
10 2 10 Fate +20 Prison cell in Auria
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteSuedeAR
かわのよろい
14 7 750 Shop in Tantar
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteHuntCL
マタギのふく
16 4 1500 Shops in Bleak, Tunlan (1650)
Treasure chest in Krypt
Armor Breath of Fire spriteChainML
くさりかたびら
20 2 2000 Shops in Winlan, Romero
Treasure chest in Wisdon
Armor Breath of Fire spritePlateAR
てつのむねあて
24 4 3400 Shop in Prima (3740)
Armor Breath of Fire spriteSageML
ゴージャスメイル
25 14 3000 Shop in Auria (3300)
Armor Breath of Fire spriteBronzAR
せいどうのよろい
25 9 3600 Shops in Bleak, Prima (3960)
Starting equipment for Gobi, Ox, Mogu
Armor Breath of Fire spriteIronML
てつのよろい
27 9 5000 Shops in Prima (5500), Spring
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteThiefCL
シーフスーツ
30 4 2500 Treasure chest in Agua
Shop in Tunlan (2750)
Armor Breath of Fire spriteMetalAR
はがねのよろい
39 10 9000 Flea market before getting the Sphere
Shop in Gant (8100)
Cloth Breath of Fire spriteRangerVT
レンジャーベスト
40 8 5000 Shops in Prima (5500), Tunlan (5500)
Armor Breath of Fire spriteQuartzAR
クォーツチェスト
50 9 10000 Reduces lightning damage taken by 25% Shop in Spring
Dress Breath of Fire spriteMystRB
ソーサルコート
60 8 6000 Shop in Tunlan (5400)
Armor Breath of Fire spriteWorldML
アースメイル
75 11 22000 Reduces lightning damage taken by 25% Shop in Gust
Armor Breath of Fire spriteIcyAR
ひょうがのよろい
80 10 26000 Reduces ice damage taken by 25% Treasure chest in Tock
Armor Breath of Fire spriteFlameAR
マグマのよろい
82 10 28000 Reduces fire damage taken by 25% Treasure chest in Spyre
Armor Breath of Fire spriteEarthRB
ははなるよろい
88 8 1000 Restores HP when struck by magic Breakable slab west of Gust
Armor Breath of Fire spriteDragonAR
ドラゴンアーマー
110 0 Fishing pond in Spring
Armor Breath of Fire spriteLifeAR
いのちのよろい
115 8 30000 Restores HP each step Dragon statue in Agua behind locked door
Helmets Defense Weight Value Notes Locations
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteTideHT
つなみのかぶと
0 0 1111 Protects from instant death attacks Drawers in Prima inn
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteStrawHT
むぎわらぼうし
2 1 200 Starting equipment for Ryu
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteBandana
バンダナ
5 1 400 Shops in Tantar, Prima
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteNiceHT
きれいなぼうし
6 3 600 Treasure chest in Ease Cave
Starting equipment for Karn
Shop in Prima
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteSuedeHT
かわのぼうし
6 3 200 Treasure chest in Winlan castle
Starting equipment for Sr-1, Sr-2, Sr-3, Bo
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteVisor
はちがね
6 2 800 Treasure chest in Camlon Castle
Shops in Winlan, Tantar, Prima (880)
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteBronzHT
せいどうのかぶと
10 4 1200 Treasure chests in Ease Cave, Stone Robot
Shop in Romero
Starting equipment for Gobi
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteTurban
はでなバンダナ
11 1 2000 Treasure chests in Winlan castle locked room, Dark Tower
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteSunHT
たいようのかぶと
12 8 2500 Reduces fire damage taken by 25% Treasure chest in Agua
Shop in Auria (2750)
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteGoldHT
きんのぼうし
14 6 20000 Shop in Prima (26000)
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteHeadGear
ヘッドギア
14 5 2800 Treasure chests in Krypt, Dreamland
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteChainHT
チェインヘルム
16 8 2500 Shop in Prima (2750)
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteIcyHT
ひょうがのかぶと
16 6 1420 Reduces ice damage taken by 25% Treasure chest in Krypt
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteSkullHT
スカルフェイス
25 10 Doubles damage taken Treasure chests in Krypt (×2)
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteEchoHT
こだまのぼうし
28 3 2000 Reflects some magic damage Treasure chest in Hidden Fort
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteIronHT
てつかぶと
32 6 7000 Shop in Gant (6300)
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteFaceMask
フルフェイス
35 6 6000 Shop in Prima (7800)
Treasure chest in Dreamland tower
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteGaiaMask
ガイアのめん
36 4 8000 Shops in Gust, Spring
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteHornHT
つのかぶと
37 6 5000 Treasure chest in Dark Tower
Shop in Prima (6500)
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteAgileHT
スピードのかぶと
42 1 5500 Flea market after getting the Sphere but before using the Tonic
Treasure chest in Tock
Digging patch southeast of Scande
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteCursedHT
のろいのかぶと
62 20 100 Treasure chest in Dreamland tower
Helmet Breath of Fire spriteDragonHT
ドラゴンヘルム
80 1 Fishing well southwest of Arad

Gallery[]

5 artwork1 sprites
Party Members
Ryu · Nina · Bo · Karn · Gobi · Ox · Bleu · Mogu
Other Characters
Sara · Tyr · Zog · Cerl · Cort · Jade · Mote · Goda
Alan · Amy · Esme · King of Winlan · Ladon · Princess of Tunlan · Terry · Wizard of Karma
Bosses
Avian · Bain · Cerl · Cloud · EyeSpy · EyeSpy · Frog · G.Fly · General · Gremlin · Grimfowl · Jade · Knight · Morte · Mortea · Mote · Mothro · Myst · Octo · Pincher · Pog · SandWorm · Sara · SlimeX · Squid · Wisp · Wizard of Karma · Zog
Locations
Agua · Arad · Aura Cave · Auria · Bleak · Camlon · Carmen · Lab · Dark Dragon Port · Dark Tower · Drogen · Gant · Gramor · Gust · Karma · Krypt · Lament Woods · Nabal · Nanai · Obelisk · Prima · Romero · Scande · South Castle · Spring · Tantar · Tunlan · Tuntar · Winlan · Wisdon · Dreamland
Tribes
Dragon Clan · Dirt-Eating Clan · Endless · Iron Ogre Clan · Humans · Manillo · People of Tunlan · Sand Clan · Wing Clan · Wolba
Archive
Abilities · Weapons · Items
  1. Capcom, 1995. Breath of Fire II (English Release). Nina (Breath of Fire): The fact is it is my fault that our family no longer has the powers of the Great Bird.. I fell in love with a man from another tribe.. and weakened the powers of our tribe.
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