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Drakengard Coverart.png
North American version cover art
Developer(s) cavia
Publisher(s) Square Enix
PAL Take Two Interactive
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, mobile phone
Release date(s) JP September 11, 2003
NA March 2, 2004
PAL May 5, 2004
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) CERO: 15+
ESRB: Mature (17+)
PEGI: 16+
Media 1 DVD-ROM

Drakengard, known in Japan as Drag-On Dragoon (ドラッグオンドラグーン Doragguon Doragūn?), is a PlayStation 2 role playing game developed by cavia and published by Square Enix and Take Two Interactive. It was released on September 11, 2003 in Japan, on March 5, 2004 in North America and on May 21, 2004 in PAL territories. It was originally developed by cavia in the Enix name. Drakengard was scored by Takayuki Aihara and Nobuyoshi Sano.

The game's sequel, Drakengard 2, was released in Japan on June 16, 2005. It takes place 18 years after the events of the original game.



Drakengard features ground missions, aerial missions, and Free Expedition Mode. It also has two difficulty modes, which are Easy and Normal. The player does not need to erase the game and start over for any reason whatsoever. It is optional to go back to an earlier chapter or verse if the player has missed something. In Drakengard the dragon gains greater attack power as it gains experience and levels up. At certain points of the story the dragon evolves into a different, more powerful form, which enhances the dragons attack powers, magical attacks and allows to lock on to more enemies.

Drakengard is divided into chapters and subdivided into verses. Missions numbered with Roman numerals lead to endings other than the one merited in Chapter 8, and can only be played if the player meets certain requirements. The Game has four additional alternate endings. Each of these endings, along with the canonical ending, are achieved by certain events in the game. The first ending deals with Furiae resurrected by Inuart using a Seed of Destruction, and then the second has Angelus revoking her pact with Caim and fighting him to the death. The last two deal with the Grotesqueries revealing themselves and the "world of the gods", Tokyo, is shown in one of them. These last two are used in the sequel to explain the true nature of the world of Drakengard and the Grotesqueries themselves.




The game's protagonists are Caim, his best friend Inuart, and their companions. The plot revolves around a war between the Union and the Empire in a somewhat altered medieval Earth. Every playable character makes a pact with a powerful beast, and pays a price for joining the pact. This concept in the Drakengard series is called "pact pricing." In the process of forging such a pact, humans are branded with a mark called a "pact emblem," which appears on a part of their body associated with the price they pay - They either lose use of a physical attribute (Voice, Sight, etc), or can lose 'intangible' attributes, such as one's joy, or ability to age. However, the bonds that tie a human with the magical creature he/she made the pact with in life, also binds them both in death as long as the creature allows it so.



  • Caim: Son of the Royal family (in the Japanese version, the kingdom is named カールレオン (Caerleon), a location deeply connected to Arthurian legend. In the English version, it remains unnamed), Caim was forced to witness the brutal murder of his parents by an Imperial black dragon. Since then, he swore vengeance on the Empire and Dragons, fighting as a soldier in the army of the Union. Mortally wounded, he encountered the red dragon Angelus, who was near death as well. Though he hated dragons, Caim demanded Angelus to accept his offer of a pact that would save both of them. Since then, Caim lost his voice in the exchange, marked on his tongue, and thus the only human Angelus revealed her name out of their new-found respect for each other to before becoming the new seal. Age 24.
  • Angelus: A Red Dragon that is over 10,000 years old, Caim forced a pact with her in order to live that she reluctantly accepts. Being of a kind revered by others as masters of the natural world, Angelus comes off as arrogant, seeing humans as inferior, careless and defiant. But in time, Angelus made an exception in Caim whom she revealed her name to.
Note: Angelus' name in the Japanese version of Drakengard is "Angel".
  • Arioch: Arioch was a loving elf mother and wife until she was driven mad by the murder of her family at the hands of the Empire. Since then, she has become an insatiable murderer, only a pure joy as her young prey fall victim to her insanity. Formed a pact with Undine and Salamander in exchange for her fertility, marked on her waist. As an ally, Arioch is a threat to herself and others. Age 24.
  • Seere: Manah's twin brother, he felt it was his fault Manah was neglected/abused by their mother who loved him. Though he shares his sister's magical abilities, he possessed the gift of prophecy. After his village was destroyed, Seere formed a pact with his new found "friend", Golem, in exchange for his "time" (the ability to age), marked all over his body, thus can never grow up. He joins Caim's party to search for his lost sister, only to feel more guilt seeing what became of her. Age 6.
  • Leonard: A kind-hearted man who distasted the horrors of war. He was constantly tormented by the knowledge of his faults and past mistakes; blaming himself for the deaths of his brothers enough to attempt suicide upon seeing them dead, but couldn't do it. By then, Faerie appeared and took advantage of Leonard's instability at the time to force a pact upon him, robbing him of his sight that is marked on his eyes. He befriended Seere, who seemed to remind him of his brothers. Age 32.


  • Furiae: Caim's younger sister. Raised as a royal princess, she struggled to come to terms with her appointed role as the goddess at the time of her parents' death. As her cursed fate unfolded, Furiae began to despair. Living in her brother's castle, sitting quietly and offer silent prayers. She was abducted by Inuart, as she is the Final Seal that keeps the Grotesqueries from appearing in their world. Age 19.
  • Hierarch Verdelet: The hierarch whose duty allows him to speak directly with the goddess, Verdelet is a pious man who is always careful of his words and of doing the right thing, but places himself first should the situation becomes dire. When young, he made a pact with a dragon that is now in a petrified state that left a mark on his head, losing his hair and ability to grow more in exchange. In the end of the game, Verdelet performed the sealing ceremony over Angelus. Age 72.
  • Inuart: Caim's former friend and son of a noble of the kingdom once ruled by Caim's family. Inuart possessed a beautiful singing voice and master of the harp. Though sincere and honest, his heart is weak and relies on his former betrothed, Furiae. But Inuart was taken by the Empire and tortured by them until he swore allegiance to them. He then made a pact with the very Imperial dragon that killed Caim's parents, sacrificing his talent for singing to cement the pact with a mark on his neck. He did this to fulfill his desire to protect Furiae instead of Caim, who was the object of Inuart's envy. He battles his former friend, taking Furiae to the Empire where he believed she will be safe. Age 20.
  • Manah: A mysterious young girl who commands the empire as high priestess of the Cult of Watchers. But the truth, Manah was driven insane by outerworldly entities that she refers to as "the Watchers", who are using her body as a means to direct the Empire in the goal to destroy the world by removing the seals that prevent chaos from ensuing. Prior to it, Manah suffered abuse from her mother, which led to her current state of mind. Though released from her benefactors' control, Manah still dared Caim to kill her so she can find peace. But when Angelus revealed that there is no peace for her, Manah soon realized what she had done and was taken off by Caim and shown the suffering that she had caused so she would "never forget." Age 6.
  • The "Grotesqueries": A mysterious otherworldly race that are tied to Manah's possession and would appear once the seals that keep them out of the world are no more. Though they failed to achieve their goal in the canonical ending, they did in the two alternate endings which revealed them to resemble giant human infants with teeth. They are in turn led by a more human adult-like queen. Their true identity is revealed in Drakengard 2.


Prior to the beginning of the game, Caim's parents were killed by a black dragon sent by the Empire, breeding a hatred in him toward both the Empire and dragons. During the war against the Empire, Caim is mortally wounded, but comes across a red dragon imprisoned by the Empire. Although neither Caim nor the dragon are fond of each other, they cannot deny that they need each other's help to survive and become pact partners. The price Caim paid to enter the pact was his voice, rendering him mute and causing a pact emblem to appear on his tongue.

Together, Caim and the dragon fight against the Empire with the help of allies they meet along the way, including other humans, elves, and other pact creatures. Together, they eventually discover that the Empire is led by a six-year-old girl named Manah, high priestess of the Cult of Watchers. Having been driven insane, the young girl has been possessed by otherworldly entities that desire the Goddess and the seals that prevent chaos from overwhelming the world and destroying it. In the end, Caim and the dragon manage to stop them, though the dragon, whose name is revealed to be Angelus at the game's end, volunteers to become the new seal and disappears. This is one of five endings and is the one which leads to the events of Drakengard 2.

The second ending involves Inuart and Furiae after she is killed. Inuart takes Furiae and tries to resurrect her through evil. Although she is revived she is a monster, now having godly powers and wings. She kills Inuart and Caim must now kill his own sister. After a long and grueling battle Caim kills the monster, but you see that although he has killed his own sister, the world is now filled with these creatures that look like Furiae and all is lost.

The third ending contains Caim and Angelus. After Manah sees that things are lost for the empire she tries to summon a dragon but the dragon eats her. All her evil power goes into Angelus, and she now becomes the Chaos Dragon. After becoming this new dragon the pact between Caim and Angelus is broken. But Angelus, although still having respect and love towards Caim feels that if he is not killed all of humanity will be lost. After this fight Caim pulls through and defeats her but after killing her he hears more dragons coming his way. Happy for more killing and fighting you see Caim run outside full speed to battle until his final breath.

The fourth ending consists of Caim, Angelus and Seere. After Seere had to kill his own sister, Manah, the world comes crashing down and all order is lost. Giant babies, also called Grotesqueries, come falling from the sky. They are eating and destroying everything in sight. Arioch sees all these children and becomes obsessed with them. She run towards them and they eat her. Then Leonard sacrifices himself by blowing himself up to clear a path for Angelus, Caim and Seere. After doing this, the Queen Grotesqueries, which looks like a giant woman with no hair, comes up from the ground. Angelus and Caim know that their world is lost without a miracle when they realize what to do. Seere, whose sacrifice for a pact was time, has the ability to freeze time, but he must sacrifice himself. Caim, Angelus and Seere fly towards the Queen Grotesqueries and let Seere drop on top of her. Angelus is then bitten by the Grotesqueries and you see Caim's sword fly through the air as if to say they are both dead. Seere asks for Manah to forgive him and send bursts of light out from him. You then see that the area with the Queen Grotesqueries and all her children are covered in a thick, black fume and time is frozen in the black gas.

In the fifth ending, Caim and Angelus travel across the dimensional boundary to fight the grotesqueries, and in a strange twist end up flying over modern Tokyo. After defeating the grotesqueries, they are both killed by a fighter pilot that shoots them out of the sky.


Jun Iwasaki, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix USA, described Drakengard as a "perfect hybrid of genres" due to its blend of action, character growth influenced by role-playing games, and a "solid story that binds it all together". According to him, the game is intended to appeal to gamers looking for a "deeper action game".[1]

The Japanese version of Drakengard, Drag-On Dragoon, featured such taboo plot points as incest and pedophilia. However, this was toned down or outright removed from all western versions, but not completely (Angelus: Because you are brother and sister? What manner of excuse is that?).

The Japanese version of the game featured several very adult oriented themes, and many characters had more than questionable sexual orientations and/or perversion. Leonard, in the Japanese version, is actually a paedophile, and Furiae feels sexual desire for her brother. Arioch, who has lost her womb from her pact and gone mad, enjoys killing children. While all of this isn't reflected in the actual game play, it is inside cut scenes and conversations between characters. Most of these were removed in the American version of the game, making certain cut scenes very difficult to understand. For example, when partly possessed by "The Watchers", Furiae chooses to kill herself, rather than reveal her feelings for her brother, but the censorship makes the reasons for her actions very unclear.



Drag-on Dragoon Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Nobuyoshi Sano & Takayuki Aihara
Released October 22, 2003 (Vol.1)
November 21, 2003 (Vol.2)
Length 1:03:14 (Vol. 1)
1:15:50 (Vol. 2)
Label Marvelous Entertainment
Producer Square Enix
Professional reviews

The Drakengard soundtrack was edited as a twin album, under the names Drag-on Dragoon Original Soundtrack Vol.1 and Drag-on Dragoon Original Soundtrack Vol.2. The disc were released in Japan only, and use the game's Japanese title, but they are sometimes referred to in English as "First Attack" and "Second Attack"[2]. They were released on October 22, 2003 and November 21, 2003, under the catalog numbers MJCG-80125 and MJCG-80137.

The soundtrack were composed by Nobuyoshi Sano (佐野信義?) & Takayuki Aihara (相原隆行?). Although each track on the album is credited to one artist only, they were said to have worked together on multiple tracks. The music is usually described by critics as experimental and that it wouldn't please everyone. Most of the tracks present repetitive 2 second sounds/samples, that repeat during the entire song, as would an old scratched vinyl disc. During the course of these tracks, those sounds may vary sightly and/or others may be added or removed. The overall result, while not being praised for its musical quality, was highly appreciated for its integration within the game, and its overall corrupt and broken atmosphere.[3][4]

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The titles to the songs are unusually straightforward, merely being the name of the chapter in which they appear. If a chapter has more than two songs, then they are just referred to as 1 and 2. The game's main theme, which is present on the game's trailers is "Route B Staff Roll 'Exhausted'". It is interpreted by Eriko Hatsune. Vol.2 Features two songs which were not present in game.


Besides the original Song "Growing Wings" performed by Kay Jemsen ("Tsukiru" performed by Eriko Hatsune in the Japanese version), Drakengard featured samplings from Antonín Dvořák (Othello, Op. 93; Carnival Overture, Op. 92; Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"), Béla Bartók (The Miraculous Mandarin), Claude Debussy (La Mer), Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 5), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Le Nozee Di Figaro), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (The Swan Lake; Capriccio Italien; The Nutcracker Suite; 1812 Overture Solennelle; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture), Ottorino Respighi (Feste Romane), Richard Wagner (Götterdämmerung; Die Walküre; Tannhäuser), Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Capriccio Espagnol) (credited twice, once without "Nicolai"), Modest Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition) and Gustav Holst (The Planets).

Voice cast

Japanese actor Shinnosuke "Peter" Ikehata voiced both the Dragon and the protagonist Caim. He expressed his affection for the story of the game and the relationship between the two characters.[9]

Character Japanese Voice actor English Voice actor
Caim Shinnosuke "Peter" Ikehata Charles Rubendall
Angelus (Angel) Shinnosuke "Peter" Ikehata Mona Marshall
Furiae Eriko Hatsune Kari Wahlgren
Seere Sota Murakami Mona Marshall
Leonard Koichi Yamadera Paul St. Peter
Fairy Yuko Miyamura Wendee Lee
Verdelet Iemasa Kayumi William Frederick Knight
Arioch Megumi Hayashibara Michelle Ruff
Salamander Richard Epcar
Undine Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Inuart Toshiaki Karasawa Charles Rubendall
Manah Natsuki Yamashita, Daisuke Gori (possessed) Sherry Lynn, Daran Norris (possessed)
Fighter Jet Pilot Kirk Thornton

Reception and legacy

Drakengard sold more than 122,000 units in its first week of release in Japan, taking Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space's place at the top of the sales charts.[10] By the end of 2003, the game had sold 241,014 copies in the region.[11]

Mobile version

A Europe-exclusive mobile phone adaptation of Drakengard was co-developed and co-published by Square Enix and Macrospace. The game is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.[12] It features four different locations and two battle modes: a side-scrolling ground mode and an aerial dragon-riding mode. Achieving high scores unlocks hints and tips for the PlayStation 2 version of the game.[13]


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  2. ^ "Amazon Soundtrack Name". Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
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  9. ^ IGNPS2 Staff (2003-07-24). "Drakengard Voice Actors". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  10. ^ IGN Staff (2003-09-22). "Drag-On Dragoon Flies off Shelves". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  11. ^ "GEIMIN.NET/2003年テレビゲームソフト売り上げTOP300" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  12. ^ "Square Enix and Macrospace Team Up For Mobile Content". Square Enix Mobile (Europe). Square Enix. 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  13. ^ "Game Details: Drakengard". Square Enix Mobile (Europe). Square Enix. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 

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Box artwork for Drakengard.
Developer(s) Cavia
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Take-Two Interactive
Japanese title ドラッグオンドラグーン
(Drag-On Dragoon)
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action, RPG, Shooter
System(s) PlayStation 2
Mode(s) Single player
ESRB: Mature
CERO: Ages 15 and up
OFLC: Mature Accompanied & Restricted
OFLC/NZ: Mature
Website Drakengard website
Followed by Drakengard 2
Series Drakengard
For the mobile version, see Drakengard (Mobile).

Drakengard is a mixed genre 3D Beat 'em up and aerial Shooter game with RPG elements for the PlayStation 2. Developed by Cavia and published by Square Enix and Take Two Interactive, the game was released on September 11, 2003 in Japan. Drakengard’s music was scored by Takayuki Aihara and Nobuyoshi Sano.

The game's sequel, Drakengard 2, was released in Japan on June 16, 2005. It takes place 18 years after the events of the original Drakengard.

Drakengard takes place in a fantasy medieval time that combines technology, magic, and mythical beasts. Players get to control various humans, wielding powerful weapons and the ability to call for help from their respective "pact beast."


Taken from the Drakengard website

"It is an ancient time, and dragons still roam upon the earth. Two great powers, the Union and the Empire, wage fierce war for the control of a goddess who protects the harmony of the world. Hidden in three sacred places scattered throughout the world are the great seals. A fourth seal, which unites and protects the others, is embodied in the life of a single woman. This woman is called the goddess.

The legends say that should these seals be broken, the gods themselves will sow upon the earth the Seeds of Resurrection. Some claim that these seeds will bring forth the salvation of all mankind."

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Beginnings
  1. Verse 1: The Blooding (Movie)
  2. Verse 2: To the Castle
  3. Verse 3: Dragon (Movie)
  4. Verse 4: The Way of the Sword
  5. Verse 5: A Pact (Movie)
  6. Verse 6: Shared Battles
  7. Verse 7: Quarry Chosen
  8. Verse 8: Hate's Strength
  9. Verse 9: Pact Price
  10. Verse 10: Infestation
  11. Verse 11: A Goddess Saved
  12. Verse 12: Inuart's Song (Movie)
Chapter 2: Complications
  1. Verse 1: The Voice
  2. Verse 2: To the Elf Village
  3. Verse 3: The Untrod Path
  4. Verse 4: Despair
  5. Verse 5: Ominous Words
  6. Verse V: A Distant Sound
  7. Verse 6: Last Words
  8. Verse 7: A Hidden Shrine
  9. Verse 8: A Secret Plan
  10. Verse 9: The False Country
  11. Verse IX: Liberation and Slaughter
Chapter 3: Chance Encounters
  1. Verse 1: Reunion
  2. Verse 2: To the Dungeon
  3. Verse 3: Prisoners
  4. Verse 4: Verdelet Released
  5. Verse IV: Regret
  6. Verse 5: The Temple in the Desert
  7. Verse 6: The Seal
  8. Verse 7: Dark Creatures
  9. Verse 8: Sacred Remains
  10. Verse 9: The Harp
  11. Verse IX: An Unquiet Voice
  12. Verse X: Goal
  13. Verse XI: Laughter
  14. Verse XII: An Invitation
  15. Verse XIII: Release
  16. Verse XIV: Found
  17. Verse XV: Arioch Lives
Chapter 4: Betrayal
  1. Verse 1: Inuart's Confession
  2. Verse 2: Pride
  3. Verse 3: The Holy and the Profane
  4. Verse 4: Strength Remains
  5. Verse 5: Violent Lands
  6. Verse 6: Caim's Past
  7. Verse VI: Seere's Sister
  8. Verse 7: Forbidden Places
  9. Verse 8: The Last Seal?
  10. Verse 9: Voice of Stone
  11. Verse X: A Mother's Farewell
Chapter 5: Destruction
  1. Verse 1: War (Movie)
  2. Verse 2: Turning Point
  3. Verse 3: Rapture
  4. Verse 4: A False Peace
  5. Verse 5: Pandemonium (Movie)
  6. Verse 6: The Gods Speak
  7. Verse 7: Emergence
  8. Verse 8: Menace
Chapter 6: An Old Enemy
  1. Verse 1: Love Debased
  2. Verse 2: A Black Dragon
  3. Verse 3: Destiny
  4. Verse 4: Unholy Prayers
  5. Verse 5: Mute
Chapter 7: Tragedy
  1. Verse 1: Realization (Movie)
  2. Verse 2: For Her
  3. Verse 3: A Decision (Movie)
  4. Verse 4: The Sorrowful Sky
Chapter 8: Seals
  1. Verse 1: Things Inhuman
  2. Verse 2: Living Myths
  3. Verse 3: The Capital
  4. Verse 4: Joy Unknown
  5. Verse 5: A Peaceful Casket
  6. Verse 6: Struggle (Movie)
  7. Verse 7: Unrelenting
Chapter 9: Requiem
  1. Verse 1: Dragonfire
Chapter 10: Astray
  1. Verse 1: Barriers
Free Expeditions
The Castle of the Goddess
  • In the Sky
  • The Castle Environs
  • The Castle Keep
The Sky Fortress
  • In the Sky
  • Inside the Sky Fortress
The Silent Forest
  • In the Sky
  • The Elf Village
The Desert of the Moon
  • In the Sky
  • The Temple of the Desert
The Winter Wastelands
  • In the Sky
  • The Hidden Mountains
The Blue Mountains
  • In the Sky
  • The Highlands
The Imperial Capital
  • In the Sky
  • The Destroyed City


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Developer(s) cavia, inc.
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Take Two Interactive
Release date September 11, 2003 (JP)
March 2, 2004 (NA)
May 21, 2004 (EU)
Genre Action
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
CERO: 15
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Mobile phone
Media 1 DVD-ROM
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