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• 7/1/2013

Timeline

As there is no official timeline to be found, fans of the series are left to theorize. What can be said however is that the original Breath of Fire is followed by Breath of Fire II and Breath of Fire III, this due to the second game being a direct sequel, and the third game having a mural under Dragnier depicting the fight against Myria. It is not however stated in which order the two of them comes, since Breath of Fire II takes place 500 years after the original and the age gap between the first and third game is not known.

The fourth and fifth games are more tricky to place, however, due to the thematically drastic differences in otherwise key recurring points. Some think they are not a part of the main timeline at all, but rather alternate universes.

Here is my take, note that I've only ever played the third and fourth games:

  • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
  • Breath of Fire IV
  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Breath of Fire III

My reasoning behind placing the third game after the second is the, I assume, absence of III-occurring themes, thus meaning either those events were erased from existence or had yet to happen, of which I'm betting on the latter.

The reason IV is placed before the original is due to Yuna's experiments during the course of the game, creating near immortal beings. As he is alive after the ending, in addition to his comment of continuing his experiments, leads me to believe that he is the creator of Myria. As Deis stayed after the ending events (still without her body), it is possible that Yuna was able to alter her body in a matter similar to Myria, thus explaining Deis calling her "sister" in the end of Breath of Fire III. As of the Endless departing, well...

Dragon Quarter explains that dragons forced civilization underground by wreaking havoc on the earth. However, from what I've gathered without having actually played the game, it does not mention the complete annihilation of the dragon race. In addition, dragon hybrids still exist (Ryu's able to transform into one just like in III and IV), just like they do in other installments. The ending shows that the surface world is in no way destroyed, as well as having characters showing signs of being the precursors to the Grassrunner clan. Additionally, the Age of Machines is a time period described in III as being one of technological blossoming, something I think hints towards DQ.

There is a (that I can think of) flaw with this timeline, being that I am assuming that Brood and Endless are two separate entities, despite sharing many traits. This instead hints towards IV being set in another universe or planet, and thus another timeline entirely. Simply placing IV before DQ doesn't solve this issue.

However, if my theory regarding Yuna and Myria is correct, it should be noted that Elina is an Endless, not in that game recognized as a demon (but are so in the other installments). This would then mean that both Ryu and Fou-Lu in IV are not dragons at all, but rather demons. The similarity between Endless and Brood is therefore not coincidental, as seen within Breath of Fire III where both Deis and Myria in their respective forms share dragon-esque features (dragon being the loose term the Breath of Fire series uses to define anything reptilian), as well as both of them needing to transform into their respective forms, a trademark of the Brood. To further emphasize this point, Guardians Garr and Gaist are "anti-dragons" created by Myria, yet are both hauntingly similar to the beings they destroy, as well as, in the case of Gaist, are capable of transformation. Additionally, the Brood woman appearing after the Dragon Zombie has been slayed states that the zombie in question wasn't a dragon at all, despite being a bag of bones shared every thinkable trait with your average Brood. This would then mean that he was in fact Endless.

Anyway, this is my take on the timeline. Feel free to post your opinions and own timelines!

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• 7/21/2014
76.102.96.63 wrote:

I have posted my opinion on this before on Dragon-tear.net and the Capcom forums, and I'll do it again because I love the series! lol

First off, I've played and beat all V games of the series (yes, I liked DQ).  Second, I'm aware IV and V were intended as stand alones.

To my knowledge, if you were to theoretically canonize the entire series, IV is very convincing as a prequel while V taking place after III isn't too far fetched.  In III, Myria didn't like mortals using technology and pollution.  And if you think about it, her defeat could have gradually led to the polluted conditions of the world that made humanity go underground in DQ's story.  It was implied in official content of BoF V that mankind abused their advanced technology and made the world inhospitable.



Actually, there was a fansite long ago that translated a bunch of official content on the expanded universe of the first trilogy. The first trilogy had its own backstory of how things came to be, with mentions of Titans that were replaced with lesser deities, which in turn were responsible for progenation of the differnt clans. Given Capcom's history of its treatment with the Street Fighter series plot canon (i.e. SFA being completely retconned in SFA2) BoFIV can easily fit as a retcon to how the world of the first trilogy came to be, with the presence of the Endless in the world shaping the different clans (i.e. P'ung Ryong and the Wyndians).



This is my main gripe with the announcement of BoFVI.  I was hoping that a new and overdue entry would give hope that IV and V could be retconned as canon, albeit through plot devices and indirect references.  I'm not too convinced that the current production team has enough knowledge on the series to care about including nuances like that.  Although there's still hope I guess, I saw screenshots of characters taking on robotic entities in a possibly underground setting.  A post-Dragon Quarter world, perhaps?

Hey no shame in liking DQ :)

6 in the canon might be tricky, we did see robots and apparently Nina does have some sort of wings (dispite what we actually see in most of her artwork so far). Since it looks like Capcom is trying to cater to old fans with the complete works being localized and all the promotional stuff for the older games and references in 6 maybe they will actually release and official timeline to try to stick 6 in there.

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• 7/22/2014

There are already a few big hints that BoF6 is set 1000 years after BoF3, the most glaring of which being the reference to a "severe desertification" crisis from which the world is now recovering, an obvious reference to what Myria stated would become of the world if she were defeated in 3. Extra points for the kanji used to describe that (砂漠化, sabakuka) being the same ones Myria uses in the Japanese version of 3.

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• 7/27/2014
Strider Kage wrote:
There are already a few big hints that BoF6 is set 1000 years after BoF3, the most glaring of which being the reference to a "severe desertification" crisis from which the world is now recovering, an obvious reference to what Myria stated would become of the world if she were defeated in 3. Extra points for the kanji used to describe that (砂漠化, sabakuka) being the same ones Myria uses in the Japanese version of 3.

Maybe the Forest of Dawn is even where Peco/Yggdrasil planted himself in the ending of III.  I know I'm clinging on to my own hopes lol but it would be cool of that forest ends up originating from Peco's sacrifice as well as the place we see at the ending of DQ, with the word "dawn" being a reference to DQ's ending.

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• 7/27/2014
Spleepoppetween wrote:
76.102.96.63 wrote:

I have posted my opinion on this before on Dragon-tear.net and the Capcom forums, and I'll do it again because I love the series! lol

First off, I've played and beat all V games of the series (yes, I liked DQ).  Second, I'm aware IV and V were intended as stand alones.

To my knowledge, if you were to theoretically canonize the entire series, IV is very convincing as a prequel while V taking place after III isn't too far fetched.  In III, Myria didn't like mortals using technology and pollution.  And if you think about it, her defeat could have gradually led to the polluted conditions of the world that made humanity go underground in DQ's story.  It was implied in official content of BoF V that mankind abused their advanced technology and made the world inhospitable.



Actually, there was a fansite long ago that translated a bunch of official content on the expanded universe of the first trilogy. The first trilogy had its own backstory of how things came to be, with mentions of Titans that were replaced with lesser deities, which in turn were responsible for progenation of the differnt clans. Given Capcom's history of its treatment with the Street Fighter series plot canon (i.e. SFA being completely retconned in SFA2) BoFIV can easily fit as a retcon to how the world of the first trilogy came to be, with the presence of the Endless in the world shaping the different clans (i.e. P'ung Ryong and the Wyndians).



This is my main gripe with the announcement of BoFVI.  I was hoping that a new and overdue entry would give hope that IV and V could be retconned as canon, albeit through plot devices and indirect references.  I'm not too convinced that the current production team has enough knowledge on the series to care about including nuances like that.  Although there's still hope I guess, I saw screenshots of characters taking on robotic entities in a possibly underground setting.  A post-Dragon Quarter world, perhaps?

Hey no shame in liking DQ :)

6 in the canon might be tricky, we did see robots and apparently Nina does have some sort of wings (dispite what we actually see in most of her artwork so far). Since it looks like Capcom is trying to cater to old fans with the complete works being localized and all the promotional stuff for the older games and references in 6 maybe they will actually release and official timeline to try to stick 6 in there.

And these are the tidbits that have me intrigued and waiting on some new details, generic Chibi stylization of the BoF tribes notwithstanding.

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• 1/5/2015

Lord Yuna of Breath of Fire IV takes a namesake of Lady Yuna Braska of Final Fantasy X? He acted like Marilyn Manson? Sheesh!

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• 1/5/2015
112.209.29.61 wrote:
Lord Yuna of Breath of Fire IV takes a namesake of Lady Yuna Braska of Final Fantasy X? He acted like Marilyn Manson? Sheesh!

What?

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• 6/11/2015

Hmm, I never really considered Breath of Fire V happening first, but I suppose that could happen since it ends with an inhabitable planet that humans and such can live on again.  Though there's a lot of technology that's quite a bit advanced down there, whereas other BoF games definitely have some simple towns.  I would think that if the people of BoF V rediscovered the surface, the resulting world would be a lot more advanced in general.  Perhaps something else happens though, which is how you get the whole "lost advanced civilization" type stuff.  Overall, it's probably more likely that it's just a different timeline though.

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• 1/11/2017

IV being prequel to explain the creation of myria and deis is cool, In III (my first and favorite play) I had always wonder where exactly they came from, being young I actually thought they were this fantasy worlds "God," but even at the end of III, Myria cries out to the real God, if it exists, on what she should have done. This sentiment explains her godmother-complex, as she clearly lost faith of such an idea of God when she saw humans destroying the world and the spreading desert, so she embraced her power and took it upon herself to act as God. Still I had to wonder where exactly she came from.

The anthromorph clans never had  to be explained to me I was used to Zelda and DBZ where all kinds of lookin peoples share the world. But Power needs to be explained, as Rei says. 

My only beef is how everyone keeps bringing up the desertification after killing Myria in III, because I feel it's heavily implied that they do come back. I mean Myria was the one holding EVERYTHING back, even Yggrasill, after III's credits, Peco is seen sproutingin the desert and without Myria to block his power can flourish. Momo is a good-hearted scientist and will naturally go on to create and guide the worlds new benefictial technology alongside Yggdrasil, why wouldn't they collaborate as to build a better world for both nature and tech. Nina would go on to lead the dominate kingdom Wyndia along this same collaboration of course, and it's only natural to assume Ryu will be at her side using his Powers to assisst the collaboration wherever needed, not as a God like Myria, but as a worldly guardian, a deterret, but not through oppression because everyones Ryu's friend! And Rei can really do whatever he wants haha, he probably just chills at the castle. Helps where he can. Maybe him and Momo hit it off, but ehh i dont see it.

On top of the Party's implied massive positive influence on the world, Ryu's party has made great friends and lasting relationships all over. The entire world can move forward together without Myria holding them back. This is why I don't beleive any desertification happened after 3, in fact I think Myria was unknowingly sustaining the desert. I'm more than confident our heros (especially Peco) cure the desert and lead the world into great times. Probably makes 3 the last game, unless of course the bad ending happens to be the canon one, in which case I'm done cause thats just depressing...

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• 12/8/2017
Crazy thing is in breath of fire 3 intro look
Carfully at the intro it's characters from breath
Of fire 1 in a church like stain glass window .

As I was told bof 2 takes place 500 years after
Bof 1 and it's possible bof 4 is the Genesis
.I hate 5 and 6 wish Capcom would make a
Proper traditional Game but they say turn based rpg games are a thing of the past (looks at Pokémon series )
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• 6/7/2018
As far as I've been able to determine after playing the games, Breath of Fire 4 is the starting point of the time. The story-line of the series explains the oceans were filled with mud before Myria came along.

This would then lead into Breath of Fire DQ in which Myria had started her war with the Brood using the Guardians. Meanign civilization had moved underground, possibly even into the Infinity Dungeon tower which would explain how it came to exist.

From here, Breath of Fire 3 would be next as the Brood were wiped out, Ryu was found alive in a crystal, and later defeated Myria for the first time.

Next then would be Breath of Fire 1 which would explain Myria's unsealing by Jade and the birth of Death Evan.

Next would be Breath of Fire 2 which would rreturn Ryu to the undergrounds to find and defeat Death Evan, the scar left by Myria's final defeat.

I'm not sure though if part 6 would actually fit in and may be non-canon at this point. So basically the timeline is:

4 > 5 > 3 > 1 > 2
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