Storyline text and attempted translations from...

Chronicles of Estpolis II

...copyright Taito 1996. The NA version of this game is called "Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals". The images used are also from the game. Don't go claiming them as your own or anything silly like that. This document is not intended for any commercial purpose, real or imaginary. It exists primarily out of curiosity about both the Japanese language and the changes between the Japanese and English versions of the game. If you're interested in the game, go out and buy it if you haven't already... a summary of what happens can't compare to actually playing it. One of the most underappreciated games on the SNES, in my opinion... ...though also rather glitchy especially in the NA version...

伝記 (denki) most often means a biography, but can also refer to a historical narrative. "Estpolis", I'm told, is the name of the world the series takes place in. Rumor also claims this game was originally meant to be the first in the series, but was delayed for technical reasons while what became the first was completed.

Recent Updates

2017-10-28: A reader requested monster name translations, and I'm not sure why I hadn't already done that, so here they are, along with drop rates for good measure. While I was at it, I also added a place name list, fleshed out the information on exactly what some of the spells and skills do, pulled in some data on equipment special effects, and cleaned up the story text pages a bit.

2016-11-06: A few minor corrections.

29 Apr 2012: Very minor revisions (mostly capitalization of item names).

21 Aug 2010: Split up the item list into less cumbersome pieces. Put line breaks in the translated story text to improve readability.

16 Jan 2009: Changed Iai cut to Fast draw, new information on the Suhr Custom 11, and the Nawaroa is now "fabled" rather than "legendary". Then it was pointed out that I had the name wrong on the Iris treasures, so I redid the item, spell, and IP lists too. Finally, I've finally standardized my spelling of the name "Lexus".

07 June 2008: Another revision, and a little more text too.

30 Dec 2007: Full (?) revision of translation for currently included text, and some improvements to the capsule monster page. Little 'new' content.

16 Sep 2006: Several more 'chapters' of story added, plus a very preliminary capsule monster page.

26 Jun 2006: I've divided the storyline into more digestible chunks, and proofread as I went along, hopefully improving the overall quality.


I've found the dialog and other text in the ROM (both versions), but dumping it directly isn't as simple. In addition to normal encoding and compression, this game uses sort of a sophisticated "ditto mark" that allows blocks of text from the recent lines to be repeated concisely. The system works well enough, but normal script dumpers aren't equipped to handle it, so I've had to write my own little program to reverse the ditto codes so that standard utilities can handle the result as usual. It's not perfect, but it sure beats copying text from the screen by hand, which is what I had to do before.

Tutorial Dungeon
The Stolen Key
The Catfish
Another Stolen Key
Rescuing Hilda
The Ruby Apple
Treasure Sword
Boundary Kingdom
Northern Labyrinth
Gades's Threat
Showdown with Gades
Wedding Interlude
Abduction (incomplete)

Gruberik and the Ancient Cave (incomplete)

Non-Story Information and Translations

Items (names and descriptions complete)
Spells and IP skills (names: 100%, descriptions: 90% or so)
Monsters (names and item drops)
Capsule Monsters (has images, names, and skill names, but needs much work)
Places (name list dump)

Various Notes

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