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Dragon Slayer
Developer(s)Nihon Falcom
Publisher(s)Falcom, Tokyo Shoseki, Namco, Brøderbund, Hudson Soft, Nintendo
Year introduced1984
Genre(s)RPG, Strategy, Action-adventure

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 Available in English 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
16-bit 2. Revival Xanadu 2 Remix (English in the original)
2. The Legend of Xanadu
2. The Legend of Xanadu II
6. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
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)
6. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II
7. Lord Monarch (SFC)
7. BS Lord Monarch
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. 6. Tokyo Xanadu -


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The first two titles were released in English, even if they were released in Japan only. Hence, the English icon 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).

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