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Arc the Lad II continues the sojourn through the magical land introduced in the original game by greatly expanding gameplay, adding a whole new cast of characters with unique weapons, skills or spells, increasing manageable character elements (e.g., abnormalities), and taming, renaming and releasing monsters. Game options now include the ability to change the opacity of the text and menu boxes, adjustable window colors, music toggles, puzzle resets, and more.
The Hunters Guild offers a place to get jobs, check wanted posters, chat with other characters, and receive bounty payments, while Shops provide the wherewithal to buy and sell items, weapons, and armor. Item Smiths increase armor, weapon, and item abilities to higher levels, and Combine Shops let you create new weapons or items. Visiting Mother Claire allows you to change monster classes and add or sell abilities, while the little robot machine, Diekbeck, lets you divide experience points among party members.
The main protagonist in Arc the Lad II is Elc, the last of the Pyrenians, a fire-controller who uses various aspects of his craft to great advantage. Lieza, a member of the Beasttalkers tribe, captures and tames monsters, Shu uses ninja and thief talents, Shante heals and fights, Sania specializes in mental powers and teleportation, and Gruga utilizes explosive and light abilities in berserker style. The integrity of the storyline is continued in Arc the Lad II by appearances of characters from the original game.
Battle mode remains unchanged with free movement within grid-like environments, with increasing role-playing elements for characters based on attack, defense, magic, agility, throw, catch, counterattack, jump, range, and special effect abilities. Like its predecessor, Arc the Lad II is a Japanese only release. ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide