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Dragon Slayer
Developer(s) Nihon Falcom
Publisher(s) Falcom, Tokyo Shoseki, Namco, Brøderbund, Hudson Soft, Nintendo
Year introduced 1984
Genre(s) Role-playing, strategy, action-adventure, metroidvania

Dragon Slayer is a series by Falcom. It is actually made of games whose plots and settings are unrelated. The main link between the various games is the main author, Yoshio Kiya.

The earliest titles are considered some of the earliest Japanese role-playing games. Actually, they lack any form of dialogue or plot, therefore they would rather belong to the American/computer RPG genre (focused on overabundant character attributes and dungeon exploration).

The series currently counts 22 games. Only seven games were released outside Japan, but actually twelve titles are available in English today. The following table summarizes which games are available in English.

Generation Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Available in English Flag of Japan.svg Japanese only
8-bit 1. Dragon Slayer (English in the original)
2. Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu (English in the original)
2. Faxanadu
3. Dragon Slayer Jr.: Romancia (NES fan translation)
4. Legacy of the Wizard
5. Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian
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16-bit 2. Revival Xanadu 2 Remix (English in the original)
6. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
6. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II
7. Lord Monarch (Mega Drive fan translation)
1. Dragon Slayer Gaiden
5. Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (Mega Drive)
5. Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (PC Engine)
7. Lord Monarch (SFC)
7. BS Lord Monarch
8. Legend of Xanadu
8. Legend of Xanadu 2
32-bit 7. Lord Monarch Online
1&2. Falcom Classics (English in the original)
5. Sorcerian Forever
6th gen. 2. Xanadu Next 5. Sorcerian: Disciples of Seven Star Sorcery
7th gen. - 8. Tokyo Xanadu

Games[edit]

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The first two titles were released in English, even if they were released in Japan only. Hence, the English icon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg in the table below. Although they are officially labeled as "role-playing games", Dragon Slayer 1 and 2 hardly fit in the category. They both lack any dialogue with non-playable characters; DS1 also lacks permanent upgrades (some enemies can lower character attributes).

The following table lists original games only (remakes are included on same row); expansion packs will be described within the specific game guide. The Legend of Heroes originated its own spin-off series of the same name, that lists 14 games. Two online games were released in Japan, but are now defunct: Sorcerian Online (2006-2012) and Dragon Slayer: Warriors of the Crown (2012-2014).

The most apparent difference between "Dragon Slayer 2: Xanadu" and "Dragon Slayer 8: Legend of Xanadu" is the fact that the player controls a single hero in DS2 and a party in DS8. For this reason, "Xanadu Next" can be considered related to DS2, and "Tokyo Xanadu" as a spin-off from DS8.

N. Title Year Genre Systems
1 Dragon Slayer I 1984 Action-puzzle Flag of Japan.svgFlag of the United Kingdom.svg PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, FM-7, X1, GB
Flag of Japan.svgFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Saturn (Falcom Classics)
2 Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu 1985 Action-adventure Flag of Japan.svgFlag of the United Kingdom.svg PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, FM-7, MS-Win
Flag of Japan.svgFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Saturn (Falcom Classics)
3 Dragon Slayer Jr.: Romancia 1986 Action-adventure Flag of Japan.svg PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, X1, NES, MS-Win
Globe.svg NES (fan translation)
4 Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family
(US title: Legacy of the Wizard)
1987 Action-adventure Flag of Japan.svg MSX, MSX2
Globe.svg NES
2.2 Faxanadu 1987 Role-playing Globe.svg NES
5 Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian 1987 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg PC-8801, PC-9801, PC-88VA, X1, MSX2
Globe.svg MS-DOS
6 Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes 1989 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX2, X68000, SMD, SNES, BS, PS1, Saturn
Globe.svg TG16
5.2 Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (Mega Drive) 1990 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg SMD
7 Lord Monarch 1991 Strategy Flag of Japan.svg PC-9801, PS1, PS3
Globe.svg SMD (fan translation)
7.2 Lord Monarch (SFC) 1992 Strategy Flag of Japan.svg SNES
6.2 Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II 1992 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg PC-8801, PC-9801, SMD, SNES, MS-DOS, Saturn, PS1
Globe.svg TG16
1.2 Dragon Slayer Gaiden 1992 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg GB
5.3 Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (PC-Engine) 1992 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg TG-CD
8 Legend of Xanadu 1994 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg TG-CD
8.2 Legend of Xanadu II 1995 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg TG-CD
2.3 Revival Xanadu 2 Remix 1995 Action-adventure Flag of Japan.svg PC-9801
7.3 BS Lord Monarch 1997 Strategy Flag of Japan.svg BS
7.4 Lord Monarch Online 1997 Strategy Globe.svg MS-Win (online)
5.4 Sorcerian Forever 1997 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg MS-Win
5.5 Sorcerian: 七星魔法の使徒
Sorcerian: Disciples of Seven Star Sorcery
2000 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg SDC
2.4 Xanadu Next 2005 Role-playing Globe.svg MS-Win, N-Gage
8.3 Tokyo Xanadu 2015 Role-playing Flag of Japan.svg PSV


editDragon Slayer series

Dragon Slayer 1: Dragon Slayer  · Dragon Slayer Gaiden

Dragon Slayer 2: Xanadu  · Faxanadu  · Revival Xanadu 2 Remix  · Xanadu Next

Dragon Slayer 3: Romancia

Dragon Slayer 4: Legacy of the Wizard

Dragon Slayer 5: Sorcerian (Mega Drive  · PC Engine)  · Sorcerian Forever  · Disciples of Seven Star Sorcery

Dragon Slayer 6: The Legend of Heroes  · The Legend of Heroes II

Dragon Slayer 7: Lord Monarch (SFC)  · BS Lord Monarch  · Lord Monarch Online

Dragon Slayer 8: Legend of Xanadu  · Legend of Xanadu II  · Tokyo Xanadu

Collection: Falcom Classics

Sub-series: The Legend of Heroes

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