Not every RPG has a massive cast, but if you’re playing one of the ones that does, watch out. When RPGs go big, they go really big. Chrono Cross, the PlayStation follow-up to Square’s classic Chrono Trigger, has 45 characters to recruit. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn has 75. Suikoden and its sequels have a whopping 108.
That’s a lot of characters, and if you’re a completionist — and, face it, if anything on this list feels relatable, you probably are — you’re going to recruit every last one of them. No, you won’t have time to use all of them. No, most of their abilities aren’t useful. Yes, they’ll join your party significantly under-leveled and yes, outfitting them with the right equipment is going to be a huge pain.
But the question still lingers: “What if?” What if that one companion’s exclusive quest is really, really cool? What if they they provide new insights into your favorite game’s ultra-detailed world? What if, when everyone’s teeing up against the final boss, they say something really cool? You don’t want to miss out on that. Fill up your roster. It’ll take time, but what’s a dozen hours of extra playtime versus a lifetime of regrets? Yeah, that’s what we thought.