Breath of Fire IV/YMMV

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  • Awesome Music: There's a lot of really good music. Arguably, it's even better than Breath of Fire III.
  • Complete Monster: Captain Rasso and Yuna.
  • Foe Yay: Ryu with Fou-lu. In Japan, this is in fact such a popular pairing (despite the fact it counts as either Twincest or even Selfcest) that it's even earned its own Portmanteau Couple Name.
  • Game Breaker: Using the Kaiser is a lot more tolerable this time, since you can EASILY stock up on Wisdom Seeds by shop in the Fairy Village. And find all the dragon summons? WIN.
  • Love to Hate: Yuna. Despite quite possibly being one of the most disgustingly evil villains in the franchise whose actions cannot possibly be defended, he's quite popular with the fanbase. Admittedly, the majority of that group wants to see him die in a fire for all he's done, but he's still widely regarded as one of the better antagonists.
  • Nausea Fuel: Fairy Drops. You start out thinking it's a stone or a precious metal. Turns out it's actually Solid Gold Poop, complete with a scene where the fairy is obviously dropping a deuce behind a bush. Eww. Made even worse with Nina commenting on how "pretty" it is, and Scias being the sole member of the party even remotely disturbed that they're admiring fairy turds.
  • That One Boss: You desire to beat Breath of Fire I and Breath of Fire II at the Emperor's Tomb? No dice. However, there's actually a way of fighting them that forces them to use the attacks you want. Good luck figuring it out on your own though. The whole thing isn't helped by the annoyingly long dungeon (with puzzles) and even another boss that will have occurred between your last save point and Breath of Fire I and Breath of Fire II.
  • That One Level:
    • Kyria and all of the time wasting traps, especially in the woods where you need to find the mayor and track the monster.
    • Senesta, where the party must take on the exceedingly difficult task of chasing down an incredibly fast orphan.
  • That One Sidequest: Good luck finding the Sea Dragon. The difficulty of this sidequest is even foreshadowed by Nina: "It's going to be hard finding him in all this ocean..."
  • What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: There are scads of references to Taoism, Buddhism and even the occasional shamanic reference including the Prophetic Title "Arukai no Ryuu"/"Yorae Dragon". In at least one case in the artbook, it includes references from all three religious traditions combined for a symbol on Fou-lu's clothing (complete with showing its work).