|Japanese:||Boui (translated: Bowie)|
Bowie is the character you play as and leader of the Shining Force. You can name him what you like, as Bowie is just his default name.
He starts out in the game as a rather young looking Swordsman, as the picture on the right shows. However, after promotion to Hero status he looks a lot older.
He can use magic, though he only has 2 spells. The only weapons he can use are swords. An unlikely Hero at first, he’ll soon prove his true strength if you remember that he needs to fight too, not just stand in the back hoping that he won’t be killed. Of course you must protect him – if he dies, the Force retreats (and you lose half your money) – but he can end up very strong if you use him!
Incidentally, many people think that Bowie is supposed to be the son of Shining Force‘s hero, Max. My Shining Force Chronology at Shining Force Central disproves this, but suggests that Ian, the hero of Final Conflict could be Bowie’s father.
Many thanks to Wolfgang Landgraf for these animations!
Swordsman Class (SDMN)
Hero Class (HERO)
Statistics & Growth
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The graphs below show the growth rate of Bowie’s statistics throughout the game, starting at level 1 (level 1 stats are based on growth rate if the character joined at any other level). These are adapted from the ASCII/Famitsu Shining Force II Guide Book, and so should be pretty accurate! However, please note that the charts are based on a standard game, in which no extra training is given to any characters. The growth may vary with extra training, and even from game to game, due to the random level-ups.
Swordsman (SDMN) Class Weapons
Can also be equipped following promotion
Hero (HERO) Class Weapons
Can only be equipped following promotion
Below is a list of the spells learned by this character, and at which level the character needs to be for the spell level to increase.
Note: The game always assumes that a character has been promoted at level 20. For example, a spell learned at level 37 could be gained at level 37 before promotion, or level 17 after promotion if promoted before level 37. For more info on how the spells work, see the Spells Page.
Retreat from battle
Damages enemy with lightning