Dragon Quest IV: chapters of the chosen, called Dragon Warrior IV in its original localization, is an action role-playing game, the third installment of the popular Dragon Quest series developed by Enix and released in North America in 1998, and the fourth of its Zenithian trilogy. This release was produced by Enix’s subsidiary company Square Enix and directed by Yuji Horii, who did the first two games.
The title Dragon Quest IV refers to four quests in the main storyline. Each one is a different quest from previous installments in the Dragon Quest series. They include a quest to save the Earth, a quest to defeat evil spirits, a quest to recover a magical artifact, and finally, a quest to free the seven dragons, all mythical creatures. In addition, each quest has its own set of enemies and allies to fight and complete the quest.
The title Dragon Warrior IV is a tribute to Horii’s love for Japanese mythology and his love for the Legend of Zelda series. Horii was also very familiar with the Zelda franchise, as he attended the same college and was once an assistant to Shigeru Miyamoto. Horii had the ability to translate a Japanese story into a fantasy game and used Zelda as a major inspiration for the story and graphics of Dragon Warrior IV.
Characteristics like Link, Ganon, King Dedede, and many other characters from the Legend of Zelda series have been adapted into the game. The main story line is a classic adventure story about a young boy’s quest to recover the seven magical artifacts called “Oils”. These seven oils are needed in order to defeat a terrible evil that resides in the world of Zenith, where the story takes place.
Zenith is a realm that appears as a large mountain in the sky. The realm has seven gates that appear as different colors of light and each gate leads to a different area of Zenith, such as a cave or a forest. The seven gates serve as entrances to the seven temples of Zenith. At the temple entrance, the hero must find seven torches that can be lit by using a special device called the “Rune”.
The seven temples are the areas in which the hero must rescue princess Zelda and her three companions from the evil Ganon, who possesses the seven temples and rules Zenith. He plans to steal the seven holy artifacts called “Mosses” that contain mystical powers. If the hero manages to save Zelda and her friends from Ganon, he is able to defeat the evil Ganon and obtain the seven holy artifacts, while at the same time defeating Ganon and his evil master, Karsh, Ganon’s master and brother. As the hero collects the seven sacred oils, he must fight their way through the seven levels of Zenith. Each level contains four dungeons and each has its own unique set of enemies and puzzles to solve.
Each level has a boss, or boss in the Dragon Warrior V sense, and each one of these bosses is made up of two parts, a physical form and a spirit form. In the physical form, Ganon is very powerful and is able to cast spells and attack the hero with a variety of magic attacks. The form has a head, torso, legs, arms, and tail, all of which have a special attack, called “Drakka”, that makes Ganon vulnerable to attacks.
The dragon forms of the three other bosses are the king of Hyrule, Karsh, who possesses the ability to fly, and Ganon, who can use the same magic skills as Ganon. but does not possess the head, body, legs, arms, and tail of his physical form. These forms are also weak against fire and ice magic, but they are more resistant to lightning. The spirit forms of Ganon and Karsh are also very difficult to defeat as they have a barrier surrounding them. When the hero defeats all of these enemies, Link is able to enter Ganon’s castle, where Zelda and her friends are being held captive by Ganon.