Dragon Star Varnir Launches August 3 on Nintendo Switch in the West

Dragon Star Varnir

Idea Factory International have announced the western Nintendo Switch release date of JRPG Dragon Star Varnir.

As previously reported, the game follows the Knight Zephy, who is part of an order that hunts down witches – beings cursed to “give birth to dragons.” After nearly being killed during a mission, two witches revive him using dragon’s blood- granting him new powers.

Zephy ends up reluctantly joining them to save them from the curse, while fighting off the empire, dragon hunters, and “a witch more powerful than any in existence.”

Players can fly around a three-tier battlefield, where physical attacks can only score critical hits while you are on the same tier as your foe, but leave you vulnerable. Keep striking critical hits, and you can make your enemies so fearful you can use your dragon form to devour them to gain their skills. Giant bosses can take up multiple tiers, and destroying body parts will disable their attacks.

While a western release was previously confirmed for Summer 2021, Idea Factory International have confirmed the game will launch August 3rd on Nintendo Switch in the west. This will be a physical and digital release.

Dragon Star Varnir is available on Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and May 27th in Japan (August 3rd for the west) on Nintendo Switch.

You can find the rundown (via Nintendo) below.

Condemned by the dragon’s curse, what must they sacrifice?

In a world where the bones of an ancient beast tower over the land…

The Knight Zephy is part of an order whose role is to hunt down witches – people seen as cursed beings for giving birth to dragons.

He is brutally mauled by a dragon on one mission, but as he gasps his last breath, two witches save him by feeding him dragon blood – a death-defying magical substance that also grants him new witch powers.

Their fates now intertwined, Zephy reluctantly joins the witches against a slew of enemies: an Empire out to destroy his kind, ruthless dragon hunters, and a witch more powerful than any in existence.

Can they fight all this and save themselves, or will his new allies succumb to the dragon’s curse…?

Key Features
3 Tiers to Fear and MORE – Take flight in this turn-based RPG, duking it out against enemies and vicious Giant Dragons in three vertically-oriented tiers. Freely position your party members within the tiers to find unique formations to increase physical or magical attacks, and even your defenses!

Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch™ version, additional weapons, armor, and level caps previously only available for purchase on other platforms are now included FREE in-game!

Awaken Your Inner Dragon – Fill up your Dragon Gauge during battle to harness the power of dragons, drastically increasing your armor and unlocking special abilities! Transforming at low health ups the ante with more powerful attacks but weakened defenses.

Welcome to Devour Hour – Use the Devour skill on a weakened dragon to obtain skill trees from the enemy. With multiple dragons roaming the land, players can customize unique skill sets for each character!

Madness or Riches? – Three witches depend on you to bring them dragon’s blood as food. Starve them, and they go mad. Overfeed them, and they become a dragon! Will you keep them alive or sacrifice them to obtain rare items? Your choices will alter the storyline!

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Ryan Pearson


Taking his first steps onto Route 1 and never stopping, Ryan has had a love of RPGs since a young age. Now he's learning to appreciate a wider pallet of genres and challenges.

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