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Dragon Quest (A.K.A. Dragon Warrior in the old days) is a role-playing series that has been around for a while, and gained notice by many in one way or another. Regardless of its status in various circles, this page is meant to provide tips/tricks, info, and suggestions on various games of the series, most particularly when dealing with different versions, such as NES/SNES originals versus DS updates. Spinoffs and info on them are also allowed to be posted here (Such as Monsters, Slime, and Swords). Some games have their own pages as they have a lot to talk about. If you're entirely new to the series, consider the "Where to Begin?" section below.

Where to Begin?Edit

Spinoffs are pretty self-contained in terms of story, atmosphere, and gameplay. All spinoffs are easy to get into, so this section is about the main series only.

The most common starts are DQ8 on Playstation 2, DQ5 on DS, and DQ9 on DS. Each of these are great for their own reasons as games and entry points into the series.

  • VIII has great aesthetics (visuals, soundtrack, and atmosphere are top-notch), gameplay and exploration accessibility is fairly lenient , and a generally low price, since you can find it new or used for around $15 (US) or less. Some prefer to emulate it, but I don't think it quite feels the same, plus you need a pretty powerful computer to pull that off smoothly. It's a overall great intro to the series, and one many used as the start of their DQ love.
  • V is best for those who want a great story and/or only plan on playing one DQ. The monsters-as-allies aspect is also enticing for many, due to the popularity of franchises like Pokemon and Shin Megami Tensei. It doesn't work the same as either, but has an air familiarity to fans of either or both. The DS version doesn't like to emulate too well either, since it can be a bit hard to buy, but there was a recent reprint, which should make it easier to find. The PS2 version is mostly the same, sans DS-only extras, and kinda easy to buy and/or emulate, but looks a little bit weird (it came out before 8). The original V is outdated by the remix entirely.
  • IX is nice for both RPG beginners and vets. For the casual in you, the game eases in fairly softly and is very cute and colorful. For the more hardcore-crowd, the Extra Quests can be challenging and the Legacy Bosses are fearsome opponents. Thanks to lots of FREE internet-downloadable content and quests (now fully available, though the DQVC store still updates every week) you have a game with potentially great longevity due to many hours of gameplay. It took one person roughly 1000 hours to 100% the game in full! It's also nice to get a friend into DQ as well, due to multiplayer options.
  • Personally, I find IV on DS to be the best choice for DQ beginners who want to stay into the series. It provides a solid foundation and understanding of common series concepts (like "classes", battles, spells, items, and exploration), is pretty much a crash course of the first 3 games, and is rather easy due to an easy-to-navigate world and allies who level up fairly quickly. It sells for pretty cheap too, and is quite easy to find. The NES version of IV is almost as good, but Chapter 5 can be a bit of a shock without a Game Genie. Also, IV on NES can be a bit hard to buy from some places, as it sometimes goes around $80 (US). Yikes...

III, VI, and VII are best played after beating at least one other Dragon Quest.

  • III doesn't really ease you in at all, and can be easy to get lost in without a guide. However, it is fairly non-linear, and has an easy to learn Class-Change system first accessed around the 20% point of the game. The remix of 3 on Game Boy Color or SNES/SFC is best, thanks to lots of extras (the most in any remix thus far) and being fairly easy to find (or emulate, but dammit, it's worth buying). There's also a huge spoiler that will make you want to play I and II first.
  • VI has most of the same issues as III. It eases in a bit easier, but class changing takes more time to do and can easily be messed up, wasting you quite a bit of time and effort. If you use a guide, it's not so tough. Like III, there's another huge spoiler that will make you consider playing IV and/or V first, but it's not as significant. The DS version is preferable to the SNES/SFC version, as it is easy to find and expanded a bit more, but still goes for full-price in most places.
  • VII is the hardest to get into. It has an expanded version of 6's class system, a huge world, time travel, and the longest main story in the series. What's the problem? It has the longest main story in the series. It takes a real toll on the ol' patience, even for DQ vets. There's even die-hard DQ fans who just couldn't take anymore and sad-quit. That said, it's very rewarding to actually beat (if you can).

Still, there's nothing stopping you from starting with DQ1 and working your way up.

  • Both 1 and 2 are best played together. The 1+2 remix is on Game Boy Color and SNES/SFC. They're pretty easy to find and go for pretty cheap, too. If you're really impatient (or poor), you could emulate them and even take advantage of speed up and save states, but then you have to accept your scar of being a chump.
  • The NES versions of 1 and 2 are stupid-hard in comparison. The journeys themselves are ridiculously tough to travel, but the bosses are laughably easy, even the last ones! Numerous bugs and errors were fixed in the remix and all are for the better. You can play them if you're up for it, but...
  • The remix made both games more enjoyable in general. A nice overhaul of old content took place and these were brought in line with later games. Characters aren't as weak and have more equipment and items, enemies aren't (quite) as pointlessly tough, and bosses feel like appropriate challenges.


-Websites of Interest-

The following pages have more information on each game, to further help you consider which one you might start out with:

Dragon Quest Wikia intro - Barebones rundown of what the series is like in general

Dragon's Den summaries - Short summaries of each game's concepts

Hardcore Gaming 101's articles - Kurt Kalata's extended rundown on the games from DQ1 to DQ8 and some minor info on the spinoffs

Dragon Quest IEdit

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-What's in a Name?-

FUCKING EVERYTHING, THAT'S WHAT. You want to name your character Hurr, DIKBUT, or something like that? Not so fast, chum, because your name will determine that stats you get at each and every level up. This may have you ending up more physically powerful, or with more HP and/or MP, and so forth. Curiously, it's said that "!" (Yes, just "!", sans the quotes, and with no spaces, additions, etc.) gives the most balanced stats you can get. Now granted, it's possible to finish the game with any name, this is solely for those curious enough to check it out. If you want to see just how this actually plays out with charts, check this out from the official guidebook:

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-Handy Items to Find-

Dragon Scale: 20G in stores, Raises defense just a tiny bit. Great early on, and who'd turn down extra Defense?

War Ring: Found in a Dungeon. Has been up for debate a while. It's generally agreed it makes you a little stronger, but it has also been noted to ward off weaker enemies and also make Critical hits easier to pull off. Whether these last two are true or not needs verification, per version and in general.

Choker and Devil Belt: Found in Dungeons. These curse you, so don't equip them. Instead, sell them for 180 (choker) and 1200 (belt) gold respectively. May respawn in the chests they were found in from time to time.


-Search All You Can! (Remix only)-

If you've ever played an RPG, you should know that there are hidden goodies all over the place. Unlike the originals, in the Remixes of 1, 2, and 3, you're now allowed to search suspicious areas for these. Some are less useful such as clothes, which are only good for selling, but some are invaluable, such as the stat-boosting seeds. In the Originals and Remixes, this is the only way to find the Loto/Erdrick gear and the Pixie Flute. Now, it's pointless to search on the overworld for stuff (The sole exception being the Loto/Erdrick token, which should only "really" be done after getting the Lora's Love item (it's possible without it)), so only go out of your way in towns with dressers, pots, and suspiciously bare patches of grass.

-Monster Map!-

Knowing is half the battle. The other is Metal Slimes and Gold Golems.

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-Personal Challenges-

So, you beat DQ1, eh? How about seeing if you can beat it with a challenge? Choose or mix any of the below.

1) DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM STORES. Except keys, otherwise, you couldn't win. Only use what you find!

2) NO SLEEPING AT INNS. There's no time to sleep on the job, that world needs rescuing! Saving your game and visiting the MP-refilling old man is allowed though.

3) FISTS ONLY. FINAL DESTINATION. Beat the game using your fists and no other weapon. Can you do it? Armor and magic is allowed (but the latter is not for damage).


-Websites of Interest-

Walkthrough and Extra Info - StrategyWiki's Dragon Warrior page.

Dragon Quest IIEdit

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-Lottery Slot Bonanza-

There's 3 prizes specifically you'll want to get out of this.

The Best: Gold Card: Lowers costs of anything you buy with a 25% price cut. Very handy early on and even better later. Notes: It does not effect money you get from selling stuff. Having multiple cards does NOT layer discounts.

2nd Best: Wizard Ring: Heals some MP with each use, but breaks when used too many times. You'll find some along your quest for sure, but why not have some as back up? You'll want to get these last though.

3rd Best: Wizard Wand: When used as an item in battle, it casts Fireball on a targeted enemy and has unlimited uses. Perfect for the Moonbrooke early on as she isn't the best of attackers. +27 Attack in the Remix makes it even good enough to attack with. Try and win at least 1 at the first slot machine you find. 2 if you can. Additional ones you get should be sold, as each sells for 1875 gold. The Wizard Ring sells for more, but it's better to use those until they're more valuable to use.


-Gold Orc Hunting-

Gold Orcs leave the most cash per death, but they are pretty strong when you first meet them. Not only are they tough, but they can heal themselves and allies too. If you've mastered Firebane, fighting them should be relatively easy, which makes it all the sweeter to rake in the gold. More so if you know Explodet. Applesauce, bitch.


-Falcon Sword: Original vs Remix-

Original: If you're playing the original, Cannock's Prince has a limited weapon range. While the Iron Spear has more base power, consider that the Falcon sword has much higher attack in the long run, since you hit twice with it, which is better for 3 things: 1) Metal Slimes 2) Critical hits 3) Likely getting at least one hit in on evasive monsters. If you have the spare cash, especially if you have the Gold Card, then go for it. If not, stick with the Iron Spear.

In the Remix, the Light Sword is Cannock's best raw-damage weapon. However, don't quite count the Falcon Sword out. Due to the way hits are transferred to the next enemy, it's technically a second attack instead of the usual combo-strike. This can make Midenhall/Lorasia and Cannock both good clean-up hitters for Moonbrook, potentially making your journey easier after learning Explodet. However, unless you want to try using two Falcon Blades to the end, it's best for Lorasia to just use a purely strong weapon like the Light Sword or Thunder Sword.


-Bolt Staff: Original vs Remix-

Original: In the NES version, the Bolt Staff is notably weaker than its Remix counterpart. However, there are two advantages to it above the Remix: 1) If you defeat the Mad Clown who has it in Midenhall's prison, sell it for 19500 GOLD, save your game, quit, then restart your save, the clown will be respawned back in prison again and have another Bold Staff ready to drop. You can keep doing this as long as you repeat the steps for mad gold. 2) Apparently, its item effect to cast Infernos is a guaranteed hit, even against those that may normally be unaffected by it. Unverified, but it wouldn't be surprising if this were the case.

Remix: In the Remix, the Bolt Staff's physical damage has been boosted up. It still only casts Infernos when used as an item though. WARNING: The Mad Clown/Magus IS A ONE TIME FIGHT this time around, which means: 1) You can't abuse him for gold. 2) If you lose, HE'S GONE. The only other chance to get a Bolt Staff now is to wait until the end of the game at Rhone, fight Magus enemies and hope they drop one, since their drop rate is quite low. If you saved before fighting the one in Lorasia prison, he'll still be there when you reload your save, so be sure to do that if you aren't sure how tough he'll be for you.


-Water Robe Issues-

The best armor in the game to put on one of your two cousins is the Water Robe. As long as you've got the Gold, Silver, and Jail Keys, you can get it pretty early. There are a few issues to mention ahead of time though:

1) To play it safe, talk to Don Mahone, the robe's weaver, first. This should activate the Dew Yarn to show up if it hasn't already.

2) The Dew Yarn in the northern Dragon Horn/Drakhorn tower is indeed on the third floor. HOWEVER! It is in a random location each time. As long as you keep searching, You should be able to find it eventually.

3) When the weaver mentions to "come back another day" or something akin to that, he means to save at a King, go back to the title screen/turn the game off, resume your save file, and return to him. It will be done then. Note that the Field Log in the Remix does NOT count towards "another day" you must save at a King or at least someone with the adventure journal.

4) ORIGINAL ONLY: There is a glitch to obtain a second Water Cloak, however, you must follow the proper steps to do so.


-Cannock Only Run-

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Are you bad enough Cannock to solo the adventure? Pretty much have Lorasia and Moonbrooke die after you need them (some soldiers won't let you access the town with the boat without Moonbrooke), and continue on with Cannock alone. That's it. It's quite challenging, to say the least, but can be oddly fun to do. It's definitely cheaper to only buy stuff for one person, if nothing more. Obviously, it's a lot easier to do in the remix, but "supposedly" it's possible to do in the original.

-Chance Spell Effects-

Chance is a spell that produces a random effect for a chunk of MP. Thankfully, there aren't that many possibilities. The list below applies solely for the NES effects, as I haven't found a list for the SNES or GBC version off-hand. I would hope they are the same across all versions, but they might not be.

1. Defeat Spell, but affects all enemies.
2. Heal Spell, but affects all allies.
3. Increase Spell, but stronger than usual.
4. Enemies become confused.
5. Sleep Spell, but affects all enemies.
6. Defense Spell, but stronger than usual.
7. Sorcerers Call, all party members faint & all enemies run away. No EXP or GP gained. (does not work against Hargon)
8. Revives a fallen party member with full HP restored.

Special thanks to http://www.realmofdarkness.net for this one.

-Websites of Interest-

Walkthrough, Info, and Pictures - Again, a link to StrategyWiki, but this one is more fleshed out and flashy than DQ1's.

Dragon Quest IIIEdit

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-Character Building-

Well, there's no sense in just randomly picking out allies. Let's get acquainted with them in the following notes.


Starting Out:

Unless you decide to attempt a solo run (NOT recommended for a first playthrough), you'll want to have some allies. In the original, your allies all start with preset stats, even when custom-made. In the remix, you can give your allies seeds to boost their starting stats. Obviously, you shouldn't give INTseeds to non-casters, but do consider giving seeds to cover some weaknesses amongst classes. For example, Soldiers are naturally strong and durable, but do not get very fast, so give them some AGLseeds. Another important factor in the remix is the Personality System, which affects your stats, some personalities more than others. You will find accessories to alter personalities while you wear them and books which permanently change the base personalities (but can still be altered by accessories).


Class Descriptions:

In all honesty, it's best to just have three main allies to the Hero(ine) and build upon those 3. If you really want to, consider having 3 more as backup for alternate specialties, but only consider doing this after you can level them up rather easily. Before you decide on your party though, it's best to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each class:

  • The Warrior is a physical powerhouse. Good strength and stamina, and can equip alot of powerful gear. It tends to stay alive longer than anyone else. However, it tends to be slow, often going last in a fight and typically is only able to hit one enemy at a time. In addition, it can be kind of hard to keep up with the expensives of keeping it well-armed, as their heavy-duty gear can cost alot.
  • The Fighter is a more offense oriented Warrior. High strength and agility assures that they'll move first, get critical hits, and dodge more often than nearly anyone else. However, their equipment options are lacking, which can make it hard for low-level Fighters to survive magic attacks until they get some more HP and better gear later on. On the bright side, they don't take as much gold to keep supplied.
  • The Mage is pretty much the typical caster. Physically pathetic in stats and gear options, but an ace at offensive magic, especially when many of its spells hit several enemies. On top of that, it learns some very handy buffs, such as TwinHits/Bikill, which doubles an ally's offense and Increase, which boosts the party's defense. Very handy for beginners, and never really very expensive either.
  • The Cleric, unlike the Mage, is fair at combat, and being able to equip quite abit of gear helps, too. Its spell range is rather versatile as well, not only including healing and curing ailments, but also has some wind spells, buffs, and debuffs. Sadly, the Cleric becomes lessening handy at combat later on. It's still an invaluable ally though, early on, especially to avoid paying for herbs and antidotes.
  • The Dealer is an oddjob. It's fairly good at combat, and can equip some decent gear. They also find extra gold in battles. Early on, this is extremely helpful to get better gear. Later, it's not as handy. In the Remix, at least consider class changing to or from a dealer, as they learn the very useful YellHelp at Level 17, which summons an Inn, Church, or Shop on the overworld. It really is as helpful as it sounds.
  • The Jester is a joke. Pathetically weak, and has a limited gear selection. As it levels up, it will ignore fights more often and goof off. However, it does have a huge Luck stat, which is very helpful for finding dropped loot from foes. However, it is the sole class that doesn't need a special item to become a Sage. Not recommended for beginners, though, unless you know what you're getting into. Note: You can class change TO a Jester in the Remix Only.
  • The Sage is perhaps the best all-around class. It learns the spells of Clerics and Mages, can equip some pretty good gear, and has above average stats and is the best at magic. Do note that you can only class change into a Sage and only with a special item unless using a Jester. There are ONLY TWO of said items (you can't even steal any), so make sure you do not waste them.
  • The Thief is only in the Remix. It has fairly impressive stats all around, especially with an INT-centric Personality, which may boost their MP skyhigh. It can equip alot of handy gear and has some helpful treasure hunting skills, along with randomly stealing (sometimes great) stuff from enemies. Consider class changing from one early and to one later on, especially if changing different units to and from.


Spell Mastery and Class Changing:

  • Depending on how you want to play, you may have very different plans in party formations than someone else.
  • However, any ally (except the Hero(ine)) can class change at minimum of Level 20. Starting at Level 1 with half of their stats from before, and all of their spells and skills. If you do not want to use it, that's fine too. However, it might be best to change once you reach the second world if you have not done so ahead of then.
  • In general, if a class learns any skills/spells learn all of them before changing, that way, you keep your stats fairly high and have a better variety of spells and skills versus doing so at Level 20, especially since you would have to start BACK AGAIN at Level 20 to learn the what you didn't get before changing.
  • Learning is bound to a class. Example: A Cleric that became a Fighter won't keep learning Cleric spells. However, if a Warrior becomes a Cleric, it will of course learn Cleric spells. Also, Sages only learn spells they do not already know. If a Cleric became a Sage, it would learn Mage spells, but not the Cleric spells already known. It will learn the Cleric spells it did not know before though. All of these cases are with regards to the respective levels of spell/skill learning.


-Parties and Planning Ahead:-

With regards to a "Final Party", if you decide to class change, you may want to start with different classes than those you want to end with.

  • For example, perhaps start with a Warrior or Fighter, then later class change them into a Mage or Cleric, that way, it is easier for said caster to survive in combat, while still having the benefits of spell learning.
  • The Sage example aside, you can class change an infinite number of times, but remember to be aware of what your stats will look like from doing so, especially if you often class change at Level 20. Here are some general recommendations for changing to and from classes, along with some suggestions for specialty parties.


Class Change Paths:

One final note before listing some class suggestions: I DO NOT recommend trying to make some sort of "Super-Badass" catch-all class that can do everything of every class. It takes WAY too long to do, even at Level 20, unless you're really patient and really good at hunting Metababbles. Here's some class change recommendations, along with some nicknames, given their specialties:

  • "Battle Master": Warrior -> Fighter (or vice versa); This is perhaps the simplest and most purely physically powerful options you can consider. Not only do you balance the weaknesses of one class with the strength of the other, the longer you wait to change, the better the effect it will have. Just be sure to make a final choice between the two eventually, if you change multiple times.
  • "Combat Medic": Cleric -> Warrior or Fighter (or Thief); While the you may be lacking in MP and INT unless you class change much later on, as long as you learn HealUs and Revive, you can have a very handy healer on your hands. If you go Warrior, you won't usually end up dying before anyone else. If you go Fighter, you'll often go first and heal early, which is great after a harsh attack. In the Remix, Thief gets similar perks as a fighter, but also gains MP and INT at Level Ups, which is great.
  • "Ninja": Mage -> Fighter (OR) Warrior -> Mage -> Fighter (Remix: Replace Fighter with Thief); While Mages lack physical power, their buffs and spells can go a long way in faster, stronger hands. While the end result will not be as magically-strong as a Mage or Sage, the versatility makes up for it. Especially if using a weapon or spell that strikes many foes. Buff up with Bikill, and you can see lots of fast hits and lots of crits.
  • "Lucky Charm": Jester -> Dealer -> (Thief ->) Sage (NES: Just remove Thief); More of a Remix option. Not be an easy choice for beginners, but if you're confident enough, you can get a character with good Luck, have some excess cash mid-game (along with YellHelp, and some nice stuff from stealing (in the Remix)). Going beyond Dealer (or Thief), the best option might be going Sage, preferably with the Zen Scroll instead of re-Jestering. That way, you're lucky -AND- helpful.
  • "Super Sage": Mage -> Cleric -> Sage; While trying to raise all of your stats to be high up is ridiculously time-eating, making a balanced Sage is far less so, but still takes a while. Essentially, learn all Mage spells before going Cleric, and Cleric spells before going Sage. The Mage adds a nice initial boost to MP and INT and the Cleric has fairly balanced physical stats, which gives the Sage an extra edge all-around.
  • "Wouldbe Hero(ine)": Mage -> Cleric -> Warrior (or Thief); Like "Super Sage", but more balanced and less magical. If you're playing NES, go Warrior, if only for the great gear. If you're playing the Remix, by all means go Thief. You can still gain MP, be a great combatant, cover the magic bases better, AND steal some nice stuff. You won't have every skill/spell to use or be the best at anything, but you'll still be great at damn near anything.


Starting Party Recommendations:

When it comes to choosing parties, pairing up allies from some of the paths mentioned above is a fairly good idea. However, let's get a little more detailed than that. Assuming you don't double up any classes:

  • Warrior+Mage+Cleric: The party you're "given" to start with. Pretty good, just don't use those allies, and instead seed up some custom ones instead (in the Remix, of course). A good beginner party, but can be a bit pricey at times. At the very least, you shouldn't end up getting wiped out too often.
  • Fighter+Mage+Cleric: This is my personal recommendation for a beginner party. The Fighter is much more inexpensive than a Warrior, and generally better when it comes to speed and critical hits. The sole negative versus using a Warrior is that he might take damage more often and can't equip lots of gear, but you won't notice until roughly mid-game, and by that time, you'll have class changed anyway.
  • Fighter+Thief+Cleric: This is what one could consider an "Intermediate" party. It's generally a little bit of everything. The weaknesses are obvious, especially without a Mage or defense-friendly ally. However, it's good enough to get through to Dharma temple if you are careful. Best used if you have a good feeling on what you'll be class changing into. Consider a Dealer or Jester for the NES.
  • Dealer+Thief+Jester: BIG MONEY, BIG PRIZES, I LOVE IT. Or I would if this party wasn't so vulnerable. Not an easy party to start with, and NOT for beginners. Still, you might use this party to comb through some safer areas for easy money from selling often-dropped loot. Or just grind a bit until they can survive going from place to place. Definitely consider Class Changing later though. Obviously Remix Only.

Or your own choice, of course. Definitely have a plan though, assuming you class change, which, again, you really should after entering second world if you haven't done so already.


-Metal Babble Beatdown-

While Metal Slimes give some nice Experience Points, their Babble-based cousins give around TEN TIMES as much.

However, they are also a bit craftier and tend to run more often. They show up before the second world around the town of Sioux/Soo, but in limited quantities, and you'll need a boat to get to it. In the second world, they show up more abundantly, specifically around the Rimuldar town area.

By then, you should have learned the BeDragon spell. This is a real must-have when fighting these critters. Now, this won't always work (because they may run away before you use it), but if it does, you can take out a good chunk of them in a single breath blast if you're lucky. This makes it easy to rake up experience mighty fast. Utilize these areas (preferably the latter) and the Dharma temple to really boost up your party members.

Alternatively: Equip as many allies as you can with Falcon Swords or insta-kill weapons (such as the Poison Needle) and spam attack like no tomorrow.


-Solo Run-

Whoa, ho, ho. Slow down there, Captain Badass. Unless you've got Balls and/or Ovaries of Steel, you had best not do this. If you do, then here's a general heads up on the kind of stuff you should expect and know about:

  • Pros: 4x experience from battles (hey, there's nobody else to share it with), much cheaper shopping and thus more gold on hand, get better skills much more quickly, feeling of badass-ness
  • Cons: ABSOLUTE necessity to take advantage of the pros, instant death from Paralysis unless wearing protective/evasive gear against it, have to rely on items/weapons with special effects much more, Boomerangs become your best friend until you get Boom, Zap and Thordain, BALLS TO THE WALL HARD boss fights, you'll likely want to have a guide handy to find hidden treasures since you can't use Thief skills,
  • Extra Advice: For the remix, loot those pachisi tracks early on and find as many mini medals as you can. Also, get a sexy personality if you play as a female for more well rounded stat growth (either through the personality tests or by equipping a Garter). For the original... start praying, because this is gonna suck. HARD.

This is pretty much the ultimate Hero's Challenge. Nothing will quite come close to being this badass other than self-inflicted challenges (Technically speaking, outside of the necessary Dealer later in the game, you never have to use Ruida's tavern.) No matter how hard it may seem, it is indeed possible to beat this game alone. If you're ready, then go forth. Into the Legend, motherfucker.


-Beware the Pachisi Glitch! (GBC only)-

Only available in the remix. A glitch exists while playing the Pachisi board mini-game. Occasionally, you'll find a character's level to glitch and drastically shoot up, sometimes to level 99. HOWEVER, their final stats will actually be much lower than if they got their by naturally leveling up. With any other character, it's no big deal, as they can just class change and start anew, however, if your Hero(ine) was playing, THERE IS NO WAY to return them to normal without external modifications (cheating devices, etc.). This is very bad end-game, so if you do decide to play Pachisi with a Hero(ine), save first, or you'll find out the hard way just how bad this glitch can be for him or her.


-Websites of Interest-

Official GBC Enix Page - HOLY SHIT. Who would have thought this was still around? Not much content, but nice for a blast from the past.

Dragon's Den: NES GBC - Two pages from Dragon's Den, which appears often in this page. I had hoped for another page before going to that, but this is the best I know of.

Dragon Quest IVEdit

  • Note: "Gear-Effect" used here is a short-hand way of saying "special effects of equipment when used from the item screen in battle", mostly since it takes up less space.
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-Tactics: Making Your Allies do Stuff-

In the NES, once you get to Chapter 5, your allies are AI-controlled except for the Hero(ine) (because that's YOU, the player, and your allies are characters with their own choices, but willing to follow your general strategies).

NES Tactics and what they mean:

  • Offensive - Physical Attackers go all out, ignoring their health and typically ignoring gear-effects, while your Magic Casters use their strongest spells unless someone is in dire need of healing.
  • Defensive - Allies with lowered HP heal, may use gear-effects, or defend. Attackers will attack when healthy, Casters focus on casting stat-boosts until everyone's fully maxed, then they'll use offense spells.
  • Normal - A mix between Offensive and Defensive. The choices made don't seem to depend on much of anything, making this the most balanced, but also second most risky as a result of you're not sure what they'll decide on.
  • Use No MP - Pointless for Attackers. Casters will strike physically and won't cast spells of any kind, but may decide to use gear-effects occasionally.
  • Save MP - Something of a mix between Normal and Use No MP. Pretty uncertain to say the least. Probably the riskiest tactic to use, since it equates to "do whatever".
  • Try Out - Allies will concentrate on gear-effects. Pointless if they don't have any gear with special effects or the effects they do have are too weak to make a difference.

DS Tactics and what they mean:

For DS, you have the option of taking full manual control (Follow Orders) or setting tactics for everyone or individually amongst them. Thankfully, the AI has improved considerably since the NES. (US/European (maybe? I've seen two different versions...))

  • Show No Mercy/Merciless - Essentially go all out, regardless of MP costs or their current HP.
  • Fight Wisely/Act Wisely - Balance offensive and defensive actions. Like "Normal" of the NES game, but notably less random as it considers the situation of everyone first.
  • Watch My Back/Cover Me - Concentrates stat boosts and healing on the Hero(ine).
  • Don't Use Magic/No Magic - Normal attacks only and occaisonally items/gear-effects.
  • Focus on Healing/HPs First - Heal as quickly as possible, no matter how minor the damage. If everyone is fine, this seems to act similar to "Act Wisely".
  • Follow Orders- Complete control over ally's decisions. Unless you're feeling a bit lazy or nostalgic, this is definitely the way to go. A mandatory choice in boss battles, which have become rather difficult since the NES.


-Breakdown: Ally vs Ally (Original)-

So how do your allies stack up against each other then? Let's have a look:

Ragnar vs Alena: Both are great physical fighters. The trade-off of choosing one over the other is Ragnar's gear, gear-effects, and Defense versus Alena's Criticals, Power, and Agility.

  • If Ragnar has any gear with special-effects, he tends to use them. This is handy if he can use healing or damaging spells, but not with those that don't (such as Expel and Sleepmore). The Sword of Miracles is easily his best weapon, as its HP-draining effect combined with his high DEF and HP means its rare to see him die.
  • With Alena, her raw offensive and high critical chance is wasted using gear effects. She often goes first anyways, and can often end a battle versus a single foe in one attack. Stiletto Earrings can double hit and are better for pure damage because of this. Regardless, Fire Claw has its uses against random battles, as it can cast Firebane. In battles with bosses or tough foes, stick to the earrings so she isn't tempted to use her Fire Claw.
  • A physically power-centric party will have both Ragnar and Alena in it, which is far from a bad choice indeed.

Brey vs Mara: Cool old dude versus Hot dancer gal. Normally, not a hard decision, but consider this: Brey gets the Ice family of spells, Sap, Defence, Bounce, Bikill, and Speed Up, while Mara has the Fire-, Blaze-, and Explosion families of spells, and BeDragon later on.

  • The choice here arises from the number of the enemies you'll be fighting. If you're fighting lots of enemies, Mara can attack them all with her Fire spells and Explosions. Brey doesn't do as much damage with his ice spells, and only hits groups except for Icespears, which does less damage than explosions.
  • If you're up against a boss, then its time to use Brey for his stat-boosting spells. Mara's later Blaze spells indeed do high damage, but the issue is that against strong enemies, she is easily taken down due to having THE lowest HP out of everyone. With Bikill, Brey can buff your physical fighters to do close to the amount of damage from Blaze-ing them.
  • Just exchange them when needed and both will be useful. Mara's BeDragon is best used on Metal family of Slimes, since it can damage them directly.

Cristo vs Nara: Both are Priests, both being about as equally good at Combat Medic-ing if the need arises.

  • However! Unless you have your tactics to "Defensive", then you'll witness Cristo's "legacy" as a death spell spammer soon enough. As you can guess, this is pointless against bosses. However, he is the only one to learn Upper and Increase, Healus, and Revive. Late-game, these are invaluable.
  • Nara is generally better at being all-around. She can use Wind magic, and later gets Barrier and Farewell. As for the Silver Tarot Cards, some effects are great, such as Double Gold and EXP or Healusall. Others... well, be ready to risk a game over. She'll rarely use them unless Try Out is selected, though.
  • Before Cristo learns his last two spells, you should definitely stick with Nara. After that, it becomes an issue of who else you are using at the time, be it weaker casters or stronger attackers. If you give Nara the Sage's Stone, she can heal all allies like Cristo, but only at end-game and you may be better off using it yourself.

Taloon vs Doran (End-game): A middle-aged merchant who likes to do random things or a powerful dragon who's lazy. Both sound pretty bad, but...

  • Doran has the advantages of being a dragon, and has natural fire and ice damage resistance, deals decent damage physically, and deals direct damage with his breath blasts. This is great versus Metal Slime enemies. Of course, he may also just sit around and do nothing for a turn as well, which is bad.
  • Taloon is fairly good physically at later levels. However, his real "strength" comes from the actions he may pull off: Trips (Assured critical hit on a random enemy), Lullaby (puts all foes to sleep), Strange Dance (lowers one enemy's MP), Throw Sand (0MP Surround on all foes), Yell Calm Down (0MP Expel on all foes), Sweep Legs (trip one foe for a turn), Finger Hypnosis (confuse one foe), Tell Joke/Shout (can make all foes skip a turn), Build Up (doubles his next attack's damage), OR stand in a daze and do nothing. Not quite as certain as breathing fire/ice, but these are pretty damn handy (except the daze).

These last four actions of Taloon's get special mention:

  • Take damage for a random ally - Regardless of whether they need it or he can take it without dying. Still, not too shabby, especially if the ally protected actually DID need protection.
  • Steal an Item - Rare to pop up, but if done against Metal Babbles, you get a Hat of Happiness (heals wearer's MP each step taken) and from Metal King Slimes, you get a Metal Babble Helm (strongest helmet)!
  • Calls a Merchant Army - Tied with the 4 for being totally badass. Merchants deal 3 hits worth of Taloon's Attack against random enemies (or 3 on one). Have a Sword of Miracles equipped, and you drain HP from each strike!
  • Cover an Enemy's Mouth - Essentially cancels an enemy's spell that was about to be cast. What makes this so great is it DOESN'T cost Taloon his turn unlike his other actions, meaning he can still get a hit in before/after this.


-Game Genie Power! Controlling Your Allies Manually in Chapter 5-

Yes! It's entirely possible to do so! Use that there Game Genie to grant you a wish by entering "YYEXVTGE" (sans quotes) and it disables auto-fight and lets you control your allies like you would normally enter commands. There are some things to note though:

  • The Change Tactics option is gone. Auto-fight is impossible without disabling the Genie. Naturally, you can't change your party's tactics either.
  • Your party is locked unless you change the order outside of battle. If you have the wagon with you, the next 4 non-active members will jump out once the current 4 die.
  • Having the Heroine (or Hero) or anyone else who casts spells in the lead will replace their "Parry" option with "Run". Put a physical non-magic user in the lead instead, so they can choose between parrying or running.
  • You can't control when Taloon uses his abilities and he'll still sometimes act on his own. If he listens though, he'll do exactly what you tell him.
  • NPCs are still uncontrollable. Although you'll often not put them in your active party anyways.


-Breakdown: Ally vs Ally (Remake)-

Now that you have full control of your allies, you can take advantage of their strengths more fully versus their weaknesses. Most of the stronger points are the same as the NES, so let's just focus on what's new for this. Oh, and just for reference: NPC's are pretty much pointless to use unless you have to for story events. Reason being is that they are still AI-controlled.

Ragnar vs Alena:

  • Now that you can manually make allies choose to use a gear-effect or not, the sole choice you'll have to make between these two is Defense versus Offense. Again, it's probably better to use both, as long as you don't mind holding onto extra stuff in battle and potentially having a second caster sit the battle out. End- and Post-game, you should consider having at least one of them in your active party at all times.

Borya vs Maya:

  • Well, the differences between these two haven't changed much. Being able to control when Borya uses his stat boosting spells puts a lot in his favor, but Maya is still great for random battles and can be better protected in boss fights to spam her powerful Blaze spells. I have been able to verify that Puff!/BeDragon DOES NOT on Metal Slimes in the DS game like it did in the NES. So you'll have to use Poison Needles and/or Falcon Knife Earrings on Metal Slimes instead.

Kiryl vs Meena:

  • Kiryl is pretty much your best friend now that he won't spam death spells unwisely. Kabuff will keep your party safe against physical assaults, Multiheal is cheaper and better than ever, and he's the only one to learn Kazing until post-game.
  • Meena's Wind magic still pack a decent punch and ONLY she learns Insulatle. However, she doesn't get Multiheal or Kazing, so you may want to give her the Sage's Stone. Kerplunk isn't bad, but less useful than it used to be. The Silver Tarot Cards HAVE improved though, with many positive effects replacing the old negative ones. However! Beware of The Fool, which casts Thwack on your party, putting them at risk of death!

Torneko Taloon (in general):

  • He tends to goof off a bit less often now. Tripping an enemy, when successful, now seems to give a better chance of critical hitting that enemy before they get up. In addition, when tripping a foe, there's a chance that he himself may trip and deal a critical hit or choose to steal afterwards (rare though).
  • The Sand Toss, Calm Down, Merchant Army, Mouth Cover, and Taking Damage for an Ally actions are gone. However, he has a better chance of stealing because there's less to choose from!
  • He also has some new non-battle skills: Padfoot (0MP Repel), Eye for Distance (locates where the closest town, building, or cave is), Nose for Treasure (how many chests are left unopened in the immediate area), and Whistle (instant random battle). Once again, he's pretty useful when he's not goofing off, but for a serious battle or going against a boss, you may consider using someone more certain. Do note that his random actions CAN work on bosses though.

Psaro (Post-game):

  • The Big Bad Boss, now at your command. There's not really much point to argue his position on a team.
  • He gets nearly all of the strongest healing and damage spells, great physical skills that nobody else has, and can equip cursed gear without negative effects. He also has great stats, and he has a rather catchy theme song.
  • No matter how you look at it, he's going to replace one of your mains. Despite being able to fill any role, you should stick him to one, and have your other two allies concentrate on things he probably won't do as often.


-Pioneer Town and Medal King (DS only)-

Pioneer Town Basic Info:

Like DQ3 and DQ7, you can help someone start their own town in DQ4DS. At a later point in Chapter 5, return to where the Desert Bazaar was, and you'll find Hank Hoffman Jr. attempting to build his own little city.

  • Help him out along your quest, and you'll be able to gain access to lots of handy little treasures as the town grows (particularly Mini Medals!).
  • Some shops also sell some great gear later on, and you'll eventually see the town start a second casino, with its own fabulous prizes!
  • It's a bit hard to track down everything, so you may need to look up a guide for that, especially the hidden treasures in the town's different stages, as some can be lost forever if you don't.


Medal collector King Minikin:

  • Similar to the original DQ4, there's a collector of Mini-Medals you'll find as you quest about.
  • Unlike DQ4NES, you do not trade medals in for your choice of gear! Instead, you give him all of your medals, and get one special piece of gear at different intervals of trade-in.
  • This may sound kind of lame, but the prizes are a lot better than they used to be, some of which are exclusive to the DS game.


-Websites of Interest-

Illustrated Walkthrough - An incomplete walkthrough of DQ IV DS. Mostly handy because of the pictures which point out things you may miss or overlook, particularly in the "Pioneer Town".

Text-Based Walkthrough - A text based walkthrough that's actually pretty competent and easy on the eyes. The use of wiki-type buttons lets you jump to sections much easier vs. scrolling about.

RoD's DW4 Shrine - Extra stuff and where I learned the Game Genie Trick

Dragon Quest VEdit

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-Monsters You'll Want and Why (+Where and When to Find Them Earliest)-

You are unable to recruit monsters as a child. So, let's skip ahead to when you can. The monsters listed below aren't the only ones you should recruit (filling up your wagon is the best way to survive, after all), but if you can get them, then you'll be definitely be playing with power.

Obtainable 2nd Generation:

  • Slime Knight- Coburg area

Reason: One of the best all-around-ers that may ever be in your party. It's usefulness can even last long enough to fight the final boss!

  • Healslime- Fortuna area

Reason: One of the earliest to know Multiheal, along with a variety of other helpful spells. Lags later, but great to keep your party healthy early on.

Obtainable 3rd Generation:

  • Golem - Lofty Peak area

Reason: This thing is a TANK. Not only does it have huge HP and DEF, but its power and skills are great too. Use its Meditation when its at low HP and it's good to go!

  • King Cureslime - Stairway to Zenithia

Reason: While Healslime can overpower him MUCH later on, the King has better stats and spells for when it counts: NOW.

  • Great Dragon - Precaria area

Reason: Has excellent stats, resistances, and attacks. Unfortunately, it takes a while to level up. Be patient though, because it will pay you back with its raw power.

  • Killing Machine - Precaria area

Reason: Has resistances out the ass. Damn near no spells will hurt him and his physical stats can be quite the cut above the rest. He can use some nice gear, too.

Post-Game:

  • Barbatos - Estark's Labyrinth

Reason: Has some of the most powerful spells, good stats, and can equip great gear. Be warned, it can take a LONG time to get one.

(These last two are only in the remix.)

  • Starkers - Gotten after beating the Stark Raving Mad T 'n T board.

Reason: Gets some great skills and stats. Eventually one of the strongest monsters in the game, if not THE strongest.

  • ReBjorn - Get Starkers and return to the Pothold to get him (you may need to talk to a turban'd NPC in Mostroferrato first).

Reason: Almost as good as Starkers, provided you can raise him with 8 HP...


-Monster-Only Run-

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Are you bad enough monster to take up the mantle of saving the world? It's not recommended to do this the first time around due to the great story and party chat, but if you decide to replay the game, consider trying this out. Here's some things to note:

  • Your MC will always be with you. So, just put him in the wagon. If you want to be mean, unequip him of all his gear as well.
  • No other humans! If you want things to be a bit easier, you can have the MC fight alongside you, but JUST HIM, DANG IT. Don't kill the point of this run.
  • Monsters have natural resistances and weaknesses. If hit with a certain elemental skill or magic, they may naturally take more or less damage (sometimes none!).
  • Monsters only have certain equipment sets. Some monsters can equip more stuff than others. However, others are strong enough that they don't need much to equip.
  • Monsters can still use gear-effects. Even if they can't equip a weapon, they can still use it as an item for an effect. Great for those lacking spells or skills.

-For that Extra Challenge!-

  • Designate a "Hero" monster. Make the first monster you get as your hero. Always use that monster, no matter how good or bad it is.
  • Limit Your Party. Either only allow one new monster per area to join you, or only use the first monsters you get that fill the wagon. Tell all others to go away.
  • Use Low Wisdom Monsters. Some monsters never gain wisdom and sometimes ignore you. Quite an extra slap in the face. Use Wisdom boosting seeds if you want.
  • Use the Pip and/or Conk Families. These little fellas get great magic and skills, but have hilariously low MP. Can you handle these crazy guys?


-Play Those Boardgames! (Remix only)-

Traps and Treasures (or something like that) is the new name for the "Pachisi" boards from the older games. Added for the Remix, these seemingly silly little board games can hold some valuable treasures in them; And not only in the chests throughout the chest/jar/drawer panels or the victory trove at the end, but also in the shop panels. Some of these items are purely exclusive, and can't be found anywhere else (or for some, at least not without excessive effort). Don't bother putting them off until post-game or anything like that, as they can really give you a leg up on foes early on.


-Knick-Knacks to Track! (Remix only)-

Some Knick-Knacks are relatively useless... But! A number of them have special effects as items and/or can be equipped as gear for your party! Here's a list of those to pursue:

  • Batten Binnacle: Use it as an item and it acts like Sancho's Storyteller skill, but for 0 MP. It never breaks and be used an unlimited number of times.
  • Crown of Uptaten: Defense + 30; A decent helmet for the Hero or Son early on.
  • Crude Image: Can be equipped by any ally as an accessory, increasing the wearer's Luck by 15.
  • Maxi Medal: Defense + 40; This can be used as a shield for Sancho, Archdemon, Battle Pip, Brownie, Conkerer, Gigantes, Hoodlum, and Orc King.
  • Slime Curio: Defense +50; This can be equipped as armor for all Slimes, and will restore the wearer's HP in battle a little bit on each of their turns.
  • Yggdrasil Sapling: After using the Aspersorium on it, you can take a Yggdrasil Leaf from the sapling each day. As long as you wait/sleep each day, the supply is endless!
  • Zizzwizz Pillow: Use it as an item in battle, and it can put enemies to sleep for 0 MP. It never breaks and be used an unlimited number of times.


-A Weapon for Deborah (DS version only)-

As you might have known by now, the fabulous Deborah is the new 3rd marriage candidate. She has exclusive gear of her own and is something of a Support-Fighter. She isn't up to say, Alena's power potential, but she can hold her own pretty well.

  • If you choose her, you won't get any of her better gear for a while, so just stick with her normal Akillics until you get the Hela Hammer.
  • The two generally-agreed-to-be-best weapons for her to equip are the Diamond Akillics, which let her hit twice for nice damage, and the Hela Hammer, which only hits half the time, but always critical hits. If you can afford an extra Falcon Sword, and nobody else can use it, switch her to that over the Akillics.
  • Realistically speaking, you probably won't get the Gringham Whip anytime soon, due to its 250000 casino token price tag. But if you can, do so, as it hits every enemy. As for the Miracle Sword or Faerie Foil, she doesn't usually to have enough strength to take advantage of either, and they're better off in stronger hands.


-Websites of Interest-

DQ Translations - Translation page for the PS2 version DQ5 if you're interested in that. The PS2 DQ5 translation has nice attention paid to it, and uses the original name schemes if you're one of those crazy JP purists.

Dragon's Den's DQ5 page - Extra info and where I got most of mine.

Dragon Quest VIEdit

This game has so much to talk about, it has its own pages. The DQ6 page covers aspects of both the DS version and the SNES version for the curious.

Dragon Quest VIIEdit

This game has so much to talk about, it has its own pages. The DQ7/DW7 page is for the original North American Playstation 1 version (notable in case any other variants come out).

Dragon Quest VIIIEdit

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-Figure Out Your Skill Paths EARLY-

Skills are all sorts of cool, but unless you've got good luck at finding/stealing seeds of skill, they can take a long time to get. So let's analyze some of the easier and more advanced paths to take.

+Hero+

  • Don't bother using Seeds of Skill on Hero. He gains all the points that he really needs soon enough.

Spells: (naturally learns) Heal, Squelch, Evac, Sizz, Midheal, Sizzle, Fullheal, Zing, Kasizzle
Priority: 100 in Courage. Why? All magic and skills gained are extremely useful (except Kamikazee), and the lowered MP costs for the hero's spells and skills is extremely beneficial!
Main Weapon: Choose either Swords (Best for beginners and players who like dealing heavy damage) or Spears (Best for advanced and/or patient players who prefer versatility)
Do NOT put points into: Boomerangs. The benefits aren't worth it and if you want equally spread damage, use the Hero's Sizz spell line.
Auxiliary: ONLY 11 Points in Fisticuffs for Defending Champion, a useful defense skill in a pinch.

Main Weapon Paths
-Swords-
By Level 40: Sword 78, Courage 100, Fisticuffs 11
(Post-Game) By Level 45+: Sword 100, Courage 100, Fisticuffs 11, Spears 11

  • Put any points gained after Level 45 into Spears to get Mercurial Thrust then later other critical hit skills. Best pair it with Demon Spear or Hero Spear for insta-kill chances and cheap healing (assuming you don't have the Miracle Sword, or that you prefer to use Mercurial Thrust on the first turn).

-Spears-
By Level 40: Spear 78, Courage 100, Fisticuffs 11
(Post-Game) By Level 45+: Spear 100, Courage 100, Fisticuffs 11, Swords 11

  • Put any points gained after Level 45 into Swords, since you don't need Boomerangs, and you could use the Miracle Sword for cheap healing (assuming you don't have the Hero Spear, or that you prefer to use Sword skills to exploit post-game weaknesses). Gigaslash is also nice for dealing damage to end-/post- game groups over Clean Sweep.
  • After you have Fisticuffs at 11, go full swing into getting Courage at 100. When you finally get Lightning Storm, you can spam it VERY easily and drop foes like flies.


+Yangus+

  • Don't bother Using Seeds of Skill on Yangus. He gains all the points that he really needs soon enough.

Spells: None learned naturally.
Priority: 66 in Axes. Why? Hatchet Man/Executioner! This handy skill lets you crit with ease. Perfect for those damn Metal Slimes.
Secondary Weapon: Scythes, as they do nice damage, allow you to steal, and (potentially) insta-kill multiple foes.
Do NOT put points into: Clubs. They are very few in number, weaker than other weapons, and their skills just plain suck.
Auxiliary: ONLY 42 Points in Fisticuffs for Thin Air, an MP-cheap AND useful wind offense skill versus all foes. ONLY 4 points in Humanity for Whistle, which starts a random battle wherever possible for free.

Main Weapon Paths
By Level 40: Axe 66, Sickle 90, Fisticuffs 42, Humanity 4
By Level 45+ (Post-game): Axe 81, Sickle 100, Fisticuffs 42, Humanity 4

  • After boosting Axe to 82, put any points gained after Level 45 into Humanity. Some of the spells are handy now that he has the MP to use on them.
  • Note: If you want to put off Thin Air to boost Axes/Scythes faster, then go ahead. The Flail of Fury/Flail of Destruction makes a pretty good substitute for group attacks. Do still go for Padfoot though. Just note that without Thin Air, Yangus lacks a strike-all magic attack on this skill path until he learns Big Banga. (not really a major loss, but just something small to note if he's the only one alive in a fight)


+Jessica+

  • Give her 3 Seeds of skill to help get some her best skills faster.

Spells: (naturally learns) Frizz, Sap, Crack, Evac, Sizz, Snooze, Bang, Crackle, Oomph, Sizzle, Frizzle, Boom, Insulatle, Kaboom, Kafrizzle (Event at around Lv35: Kasizzle, Kacrackle)
Priority: 100 in Staff. Why? Jessica gains very beneficial support spells she won't learn otherwise, lots of bonus MP, PLUS Caduceus (an MP-free Midheal skill) and Kazing (100% revive chance at full HP spell)
Main Weapon: Choose either Whips (Best for beginners and those who like stun-striking groups) or Knives/Swords (Best for advanced players who want more single-target physical damage/insta-kills)
Do NOT put points into: Fisticuffs. Jessica gets the worst skills of the 4 versions, and Magic Burst is NOT worth it.
Auxiliary: Sex Appeal, which will be 66+ points or 16+ points, depending on your skill path chosen. The spells aren't helpful, and the only good skills are Puff-puff and Hustle Dance, but upon 16 points in, you get a small chance foe each target hit by each attack of Jessica's to be temporarily love-struck by her and lose a turn! (Puff-Puff is similar, but much more situational.)

Main Weapon Paths
-Whips-
By Level 40: 68 Whip, 100 Staff, 39 Sex Appeal
(Post-Game) By Level 45+: 68 Whip, 100 Staff, 66 Sex Appeal

  • Raise Staff to 100 more quickly with 1-3 seeds of skill, then put any points you get after into Whip finishing right at 68. After that, aim for 78 Sex Appeal for an extra charm boost.

-Knife/Sword-
By Level 40: 91 Knife, 100 Staff, 16 Sex Appeal
(Post-Game) By Level 45+: 100 Knife, 10 Whip, 100 Staff, 25 Sex Appeal

  • Raise Staff to 100 more quickly with 1-3 seeds of skill, then put any points you get after to get Knife to 100. After that, raise Whip to 10, and put any extra points into Sex Appeal afterwards.
  • Note: Make sure to give her Strength Seeds/Accessories if you go Knife/Sword. This will help her do better physical damage, even if not successful at kills/poison.
  • Consider: If you want the Hero to main Spears, you might want to have Jessica use Swords. That way, they won't go to waste. Even though she lacks Falcon Slash, Jessica's Poison and Insta-kill skills have pretty good chances of activating, considerably more so with Falcon Knife and Falcon Blade (For FKnife: buy it, don't alchemise it!)


+Angelo+

  • Give him 2-3 Seeds of skill to help get some his best skills faster.
  • Angelo has THE worst skill point growth. If you don't find Fuddle or Sarcastic Snigger to be worth it, by all means, put those 10 points in your main weapon or Staff trees (not both). For beginners, just get Squelch for 3 Charisma skill points, and never look at or put any points in that Skill Tree ever again.

Spells: (naturally learns) Heal, Woosh, Buff, Zoom, Tingle, Kabuff, Midheal, Whack, Swoosh, Zing, Thwack, Fullheal, Multiheal, Kaswoosh, Kazing
Priority: 3 Charisma. Why? Angelo is a VERY situational character to raise. The division of his miniscule skill points depend heavily on your Weapon path choice. However, it's always nice to have a standby cure for poisoned allies.
Main Weapon(s): Choose either Bow (+Staff) (Best for beginners and those who prefer more magic) or Swords (+Bow+Staff) (Best for advanced players who want a concentration on damage)
Do NOT put points into: Fisticuffs. Like Jessica, Angelo sucks with this tree. It takes too long to raise and his actual WEAPON skills are far better.
Auxiliary: Up to 13 points ONLY in Charisma. Both Fuddle and Sarcasic Snigger are honestly very situational; BUT, both can still prolong/prevent your party from being wiped out if used right. Again, if you don't like 'em don't get them.

Main Weapon Paths
-Bow-
By Level 40: 75 Bow, 67 Staff, 3 Charisma
(Post-Game) By Level 45+: 84 Bow, 100 Staff, 3 Charisma

  • Aim for 100 staff with 2-3 seeds of skill, then put any points you get after into Bow.
  • After Staff is maxed, you might as well go for 100 Bow. I don't find Needle Shot that great, but hey, you might, especially for Metal Slime grinding and post-game swarms.

-Swords-
By Level 40: 100 Sword, 18 Bow, 14 Staff, 13 Charisma
(Post-Game) By Level 45+: 100 Sword, 18 Bow, 56 Staff, 13 Charisma

  • Raise Sword to 100 more quickly with 1-3 seeds of skill, then put any points you get after into Staff.
  • Note: If you only want Squelch, put those other 10 Charisma points into staff. The sooner you get Caduceus and Oomph in the post-game, the better.
  • Consider: If the Hero's maining Spears and Jessica's maining Whips, Angelo might wanna use Swords. He can't use 'em all (he can use Falcon Blade+Falcon Slash, so never fear for damage), but there's a few cool swords ONLY he can use (like that lightsaber!). Plus, Cherub's Arrow keeps his MP ready to spam Lightning Storm like a mo-fo.


-Early Helpful Alchemy-

Use some of these recipes to gain an extra boost on the battlefield and possibly for your wallet!

Snakeskin Whip = Leather Whip + Scale Shield (Note: Keep this for later after you buy something better. You can fuse it with two Dragon scales for the Dragontail Whip, which can sell pretty well even if you don't need it.)

Hunter's Bow = Short Bow + Chain Whip (Note: Fuse the Hunter's Bow with a Garter Belt for the Eros' Bow, which is even better! Most of the ingredients are rather easy to find early on as well. Eros' Bow can later be used to make Cheiron's Bow. If you have a spare Eros' Bow, alchemise it with the Cheiron's Bow to make the best bow, Odin's Bow, which has a huge 125 attack!)

Reinforced Boomerang = Boomerang + Iron Nails (Note: Be sure to have the Thief's Key first! Iron nails aren't too common early on, but this is a good early 'rang for multiple enemy whomping if you find some more Iron nails. Sell it when you don't need it.)

Golden Axe = Iron Axe + Gold Nugget (Note: Fuse with a Slime Crown for the King Axe, which has a whopping 80 attack!)

Agility Ring = Prayer Ring + Seed Of Agility (Note 1: It can be hard to come by seeds in general so save them for alchemy!) (Note 2: 2 Agility Rings + Orichalcum make a Meteorite Bracer, great for a slow-going ally to wear, but you can't do this until later on as Orichalcum is very rare.)


Monster Teams to be reformatted here.


-Websites of Interest-

Dragon's Den - Among their other pages, this gets special notice for having extra content along with videos of spells and skills. Mondo cool.

Realm of Darkness - Not much of interest in this page, but it's kind of neat to see some pictures and learn a few neat things.

Dragon Quest IXEdit

This game has so much to talk about, it has it's own pages... Here and its discussion page for various topics related to it that may not quite be in the game itself (tag events, etc.).

Dragon Quest Monsters seriesEdit

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-The Benefits of Item Hunting: Don't Buy What You Can Find! (For DQM 1+2 mainly)-

No point in buying herbs or love-waters when you can find them in open fields, right? Don't think that one item icon means it will always be one thing either. A "leaf" may be an herb, Laural, and so on, but most importantly it may be a WORLD LEAF. These special leaves can revive an ally with full HP and also sell for a good price. A "bottle" may be love-water, potion, and so on, but it might possibly be WORLD DEW, a magical drop that fully restores the HP of all allies -or- ELF WATER, which fully restores the MP of one ally. Both of these also sell quite nicely. However, your chances of getting the good stuff are only in harder areas. It still beats buying though, especially when certain shops have higher prices than normal. That said, some items are worth buying, like SageStone, which can be used multiple times in battle to cast a healus spell on all allies, or Sirloin, the best meat for throwing at monsters you want to recruit.


-Not Enough Golds?-

Gold comes in varying degrees in different games of the Monsters series, for absolute beginners, check below for a few tips to make your wallet heavier. For advanced players, well, you'll probably know these tips already.

+DQM 1+2+

Outside of certain battles, MONEY IS NOT DROPPED IN FIGHTS. However, unlike typical Dragon Quests, it CAN be found in different worlds you visit. The amounts really vary in terms of the little coin icons you find, so be sure to check above for some items that sell for healthy chunks of change.

+Caravan Heart+

Back to the monatary grindstone! Monsters once again drop gold, making GoldSlime a primary target. You can find some random items within the world of Caravan Heart, but not to the extent that you could in 1+2. However, thanks to "Random Events" that pop up in this game Oregon Trail style, getting and losing gold tends to be a real gambling factor. Getting great items from the Fountain Spirit is a nice way to get extra gold when selling said obtainted items. Try to get the Jester's poker event to pop up (happens from a random appearance, not your own jesters). Getting enough tokens and quitting makes him fork over a gold pass, which gives discounts on all buy-able items (but NOT when buying rations!). The Merchants and their penny-pinching skills are only helpful early and post game. Early on, you get a few gold pieces to help your currently low cash flow, but post-game, you can potentially have 4 merchants in a wagon or find an "ascended-class" merchant who has the same skills as 2 merchants or more combined (depending on the capabilities of the ascended class). Between those two points of the game, it's best to leave them at the caravan camp, where they'll run shops with handy items.

+Joker 1+2+

Like CH, monsters drop gold, but randomly-laying-about items are seemingly all but removed (and random OT-style stuff was solely for Caravan Heart). As a result, in addition to fighting Gold-heavy enemies, be sure to sell some of your old gear that you won't need anytime soon, keeping in mind that different monsters can equip some gear and can't equip others (obviously).


-The Miracle of Birth: Getting Newer, Stronger Monsters and Stronger Versions of your Favorite Monsters and Skills-

Has that old slime hit max level? Do you have another monster with a really good skill, but low stats? Well, it's time for them to get frisky and make a better badass. However, you may want either a new monster or keep your ol' faithful. The specifics change a tiny bit for each "era" of DQM games, but generally follow the same rules.


+The 3 essential things to keep in mind when breeding/synthesizing monsters for NEW ones hold true throughout all games+

1) Families- Breeding two monsters of DIFFERENT families (slime, tree, beast, etc.) usually yields a new monster until all combos are exploited, but...

2) Rank- Some new monsters can be gained by breeding different ranks of monster families. These ranks are unseen until Caravan Heart (stars) and Joker (letters), but if you get different results for breeding similar families of monsters, then you know you've got a different rank on your hands. (FAQs also help.)

3) Ancestry- That little "+#" you see after breeding can make a big difference. Sometimes, a combination that would breed one monster may breed a different one when that number is higher. However, these are often "X factors" which I'll touch on later.


+The 2 essential things to keep in mind when breeding/synthesizing monsters for OLD ones hold true throughout all games+

1) Family- Breeding monsters of the SAME family (slime+slime, etc.) usually yields the same monster as the base/pedigree monster, though rank and ancestry may give you a different one, so use a bit of caution.

2) Alternate Combos- Because rank can give you monsters you had before, you might use some strong monsters you aren't fond of and get back your old fave.


+X-Factors+

Even when you think you've figured everything out, there's still things you wouldn't know without an FAQ or Player's guide! Here's some of them to keep in mind:

1) Breeding- Sometimes, breeding certain combos of monsters gives you something else entirely! For instance, try breeding a Slime with a Metal Drak in DQM 1 or 2.

2) Skills (non-Joker only!)- Keeping certain skills may lead monsters to discover a new one! For instance, a skill may grow into a new one when reaching a certain level and stat, like Heal may become Healmore, then Fullheal! Or (in DQM1+2 only!) try to keep Fireslash, Iceslash, Boltslash, and Vacuslash on a monster and see what happens...

3) Skill Combos (DQM2 only!)- With compatible personalities and skills, monsters may combine their skills in battle! Try having two compatible monsters both use Gigaslash. The result can be quite a ripping sensation! They don't learn this new attack, but it's definitely something for you to remember when breeding.


-Caravan Allies; What they can do for you (Caravan Hearts only)-

As you journey, you'll be able to have various "set" allies who can join you in certain towns and cities before post-game, and have random allies pop up at random places post-game. Each of them have different classes and skills, some to use in battles, some passively supporting in battles. and some out of battles. When two or more allies of the same class are put together in a caravan, they combine their skills in a single turn for a much better effect. They'll also give passive skills if the combined rank is good enough. To clarify, you may also find allies who are of higher "ranks" than others. These are great because they have the effects of combined allies, while only being a single unit. Weight is definitely important. The lower, the better, as this lets you add in various types of support for different situations in one go without needing to visit your base camp to swap your pals out. If you can find a high rank ally of a low rate, then you're pretty much set. Eventually, your Caravan may get too big for all of your pals, and someone will need to get kicked out. If you're lucky, the ally leaving will leave behind a replica of their "heart", which you can use when fusing monsters to give them a starting stat boost. The better rank the ally who leaves, the better their heart, and the better the stat boost. You can also get some as Casino prizes if you have a "Player" in your Caravan, though you'll likely need a rank 2 or 3 player (either of which unlock the Poker Table game) to be get nearly enough coins to buy the best hearts. If you kick out allies, they may pop up in a house at "Slimeland", a post-game island, from time to time, so you can re-recruit them if you wish. If you have a rebirther in your caravan, sometimes after battles, an enemy monster may become a human of a random class and rank, and ask to join up.

  • Note: If an class has new skills at Rank 2 (R2) or Rank 3 (R3), it can use all the skills of previous ranks. Example: The Dancer gets new dances at R2 and R3, but each can use the old dances as well.


Class Battle Active Skill(s) Passive Skill(s) Out-of-Battle Skill(s) Heart
Warrior Single hit on one foe, (R2)/(R3) damage increases with rank (R3) raises damage dealt by your monsters in-battle N/A Boosts base Strength
Cleric Heals guard monster slightly; (R2) heals guard monster more than normal; (R3) heals either all monsters slightly or the guard monster fully (R3) raises damage dealt by your monsters in-battle (R2) can call a very basic shop (good for emergency rations); (R3) can call a church (all functions except saving available) Boosts base Wisdom
Mapper Increase guard monster's speed, accuracy, and evasion slightly; (R2)/(R3) boost increases with rank N/A Opens a map; (R2) size and detail up to world map status; (R3) Map is in color Boosts base Speed
Dancer Chance to make enemies dance; (R2) Reduce all enemies' MP abit; (R3) Can heal all allies' HP slightly N/A (R3) can increase rate of random battle encounters when asked Boosts base Speed (?)
Fencer Two slashes on random enemies or the same enemy twice, (R2) Three strikes instead of 2 but acts the same, (R3) Four slashes instead of 3 (R3) Each guard monster can attack an enemy group twice, but ONLY in the first round. If the targeted group is defeated after the first strike there won't be a second one (thus the second bonus strike won't hit another group afterwards). N/A Boosts base Speed (?)
Mage Uses a Small damage spell; (R2) Medium damage spell, may also use a group damaging spell (R3) High damage spell, may also use a group damaging spell N/A (R2) casts Stepguard when asked (prevents damage from harmful floors); (R3) casts Tiptoe when asked (lowers random battle encounter rate) Boosts base Wisdom
Metal Hunter Deals 5 direct damage to one enemy (R2) Deals 10 direct damage to one enemy; (R3) Deals 100 direct damage to one enemy (R3) Encounter Metal Slime-type monsters in battles more often, and they even appear in areas where they normally wouldn't be found (!) N/A Boosts base ?
Knight Raises all guard monsters defense slightly, (R2)/(R3) boost increases with rank (R3) No surprise attacks when entering random battles N/A Boosts base Defense
Sage Casts small damage or healing spell on enemy/guard monster (respectively), (R2) Casts Medium damage or healing spell like before, can also target enemy groups for damage; (R3) Casts High damage or healing spell like before; can also target ALL enemies for damage N/A (R2) Returns the Caravan to the Base Camp when asked; (R3) Teleports the Caravan to any previously visited town/city or the Base Camp when asked Boosts base Wisdom
Medic Removes poison and sleep from guard monster; (R2) now also removes confusion and curse of guard monster; (R3) now removes all negative status effects of guard monster N/A (R2) removes poison from any guard monster when asked; (R3) removes curses from all monsters when asked Boosts base Wisdom
Cook Heals guard monster's MP by 10; (R2)/(R3) this boosts to 20/40 MP per rank respectively N/A Caravan uses less rations when traveling (effect doesn't seem to boost with rank) Boosts base HP


others later


-Caravan Hearts Post-Game-

I'm adding this simply because it can be rather confusing without any info. Anyways, that surprise after the ending wasn't ominous or anything, right? Go back to Alefgard and visit Magarula inorder to unlock Slimeland as a location that certain ships can go to. This is important for various reasons, but first: As a result of the Illusions being captured, various orbs are scattered across the land. Some are in red tent caravans, others are found in randomly generated dungeons in the world, and you may get some from the fountain spirit random event if you trade a high level item (World Dew, Elf Water, or World Leaf). They are literally all over the world. Once you get 4 (8 are generated, but you only need 4), you can open up a spirit door in the Slimeland Shrine, fight an elemental spirit, and gain an elemental orb. 8 new orbs have now been generated in new locations (any you didn't find are overwritten), so find 4 more, hopefully fight a new elemental spirit for a new elemental orb. The dungeon unlocked depends on the color-combination used, but having previous elemental orbs seem to improve your chances to get a new one for the first time around. Once you get all 4 elemental orbs, you can save the 4 illusion spirits in a special dungeon. After they're saved, revisit them (using their respective Wings or an R3 Sage's Teleport) to reobtain the Orbs of Loto. Revisit the Loto shrine, and you can take on the boss who's really been behind everything all along. After you beat him and see the second credits, you can take on the Dragon Lord for his monster heart and a get a new Guard Monster. After that, the only things left to do is fill up get every single monster entry, meet Watabou and Warubou in secret dungeons, and see if you can get better allies, since it is unlikely you'll be taking on anyone in real life at this game.


-Joker's Skill System-

+Basics+

Joker uses a skill system like Dragon Quest 8, but also based off of both the classic system of DQM 1+2 and Caravan Heart. Roughly speaking, your monsters get skill set with different names, such as Frizz & Bang, Cure-all, Slimer, etc. Based on the name and description, you should get a rough idea of the skills you can learn from that skill set. When breeding, if you have sets mastered (or for some, a minimum requirement of points in a set), some of them may give you the option to create stronger versions of old sets, or even new ones. This isn't as hard as it seems, as some a good number of skill sets don't have 100 maximum points (some only have 50 or 75), AND you get more skill points at certain level ups than you would in say Dragon Quest 8. Respectively, you get points at Levels: 5, 8, 11, 15, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 30, 35, 38, 39, 40, 43, 46, 47, 50, 54, 58, 62, 65, 69, 74, 79, 84, 86, 91, 95, 99


+Breeding and Skills+

When breeding, you can choose which skill sets to give to the child monster. When choosing an old skill set for your new monster, they will have half of the points the parent had in that set, giving your new critter that extra edge to survive. When choosing a new set, you won't have any skill points, because, well, it's a new set. It's pretty much as simple as that.

  • Special Note: If you breed a King Slime, you may notice that it might have the "Cleric" skill set. This is a misnomer. It's actually the HERO skill set, and is quite powerful, having many powerful and helpful skills.


+Getting More Skill Points+

Of course, even after breeding and leveling up, one might want to get extra points to speed things up a bit. So here's a few tips on doing that:

1) Getting an extra skill tree: During each level up, monsters with 3 skill trees gain more skill points than those with 2. Giving your monster an extra tree from an item or breeding can be advantageous to them, even if they don't really use it.

2) Finding seeds of skill: ONLY at night, you may find glowing balls of light at some spots. These are Seeds of Skill, items you can use to add a few extra points to a monster's standby total. After that, you can go into the proper menu and add the points in, or just save them for later. These always respawn at the same place, so even if you don't have much to do in an area, you might check every now and then to see if a seed of skill respawned or not.

Dragon Quest Heroes: Slime Morimori (Gusto Slime) and Rocket SlimeEdit

MoriMori- Info on the more adventure-ish game will go here.

Rocket- Info on the more tank-battlan game will go here.

Dragon Quest Kenshin and SwordsEdit

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+Intro+

You go on an adventure and swing your tiny toy sword/wiimote like a derp at monsters in REAL-TIME. Oh, but that's not all, you can also cast magic and use super attacks! Maybe even save the world while you're at it.

  • Note: These are not traditional RPGs or Dragon Quest games, so don't play them like one. Instead, they are more arcade styled, but with extended length and extras due to being on consoles. Just take it easy and have fun.


+Kenshin/Swordmaster (Standalone TV game)+

-"So, where can I find this?"-

GOOD FUCKING LUCK. This thing's been out of print and out of stock in most places for a while. If you are lucky enough to find one in an import store or site, let us know in the discussion page. However, given the rarity of the game, don't expect to spend any less than 50 bucks plus tax and/or shipping and handling. I would recommend Amazon.jp, but I don't know how if they have locations they don't ship to, which could suck for our non-USA pals.


-"What about DEMDOORS man?"-

There's two doors or so that have been giving people who actually have this trouble. Understandable since the game is only in Japanese and will likely not be translated into English EVER. Thanks to DQShrine and some random reviewer for the solutions to these:

Door 1: I'm stuck at a door that needs a combination and I can't read Japanese. What do I do? A: In this case, all you have to do is slash upwards three times.

Door 2: To proceed through the door with the puzzle element to it, after the long battle with the ape boss, you will need to do the following: Slash upwards on the first red circle, leaving the second circle as a miss hit, then slash upwards again for the third circle, leaving the fourth one as a miss, and lastly slashing upwards yet again for the fifth circle to solve the puzzle.


-Links of Interest-

Videos: Live Stage 1 (blurry, but you get an idea of what you look like playing), Stage 2 (Better quality, but still kinda off), BONUS BOSS, Commercial showing an EXTREME TO THE MAX kid kicking ass

Dragon Quest Fan Info Page - French review and direct-feed video of Stage 1


+Swords (for Wii)+

-"So I CAN find this, right?"-

Yeah, Swords is much easier to find. Thankfully, compared to its initial release price, it's actually a considerably more fair asking price of roughly $15-20. You might find it in a bargain bin or rental and/or pre-owned shop typically. You can always search for it on Amazon, where it goes for around the same price, or less if you're lucky.


-Which Element Sword to Use-

Only a few swords are non-elemental. So you'll typically be using one that is an element of some kind. For a large portion of the game, it doesn't really matter much which you use. At the end of the game, quite a few enemies are Fire elemental, so you may want to use the Ice family of swords if you are unsure. Other than that, it mostly depends on what type of master stroke setup you want to use (twirling vs. shaking, etc.)


-Which Ally to Bring-

Each one is pretty good in their own right, but it mostly depends on how you play. If you are unsure of your skill or like to leave AI on alot, use Fleurette, as she has the most healing based spells. If you are split between AI and manual commands, and want someone more well-rounded between attack and support, use Anlace. If you just prefer giving commands and want more offensive power, use your dad, Claymore. Of course, you can always go alone.


-Which Mini Medal Prizes to Get-

The last, Liquid Medal Armour, is definitely the one to really go after, but you likely won't see it for a long time if you aren't patient enough to replay the first level constantly to get 100 Mini Medals. If you think you can live without it (and you probably can), then the first you should get is the Boulderdasher. It permanently lets you break those pinkish-brown boulders that you normally can't break, and get you some minor extras from the hidden paths. After that, Gold Bars should be your next targets if you aren't quite good enough to S rank stage 7 repeatedly. They cost 30 Mini Medals each, so be sure to only get them when you need them. The additional weapons, the Kitten Claw, Astraea's Abacus, and Poison Needle aren't worth using. The first is too weak to be helpful (even when trying for the Renown bonus), the second's effect isn't helpful enough on your cash flow, and the third doesn't work on bosses, so fuck that shit. However, the Abacus sells for 3000 gold, so consider getting one if your wallet's in a pinch and you have 10 Mini Medals to spare. The Life Bracer is a helpful accessory if you aren't feeling too confident in your defending skills, but costs 50 Mini Medals, so don't expect to have it for a while.


-Shield vs SPOOOOOOOON-

You have two choices for defending yourself: A large shield that wears down vs a tiny ass teaspoon made of a magic material that never breaks. Most stick with the shield. Honestly, I think if you've got the skill to use it, the Orichalcum Teaspoon is mondo cool. Not only does it make you feel like a badass blocking assaults like they were nothing, but it also gives you a +1000 score point bonus when clearing stages. However, for the first time you're going through a stage, it is far better to use a shield, especially since some enemies must have their attacks blocked to leave them vulnerable to attacks. In this regard, the fact that the spoon can't be magnified makes it much harder for first time stage runs. Then again, it can't be reduced in size either (it's already tiny enough).


-Dem Gotdang Minigames-

First off, the Tombola is luck-based and cheap as fuck. Don't expect to get the grand prizes without save-scumming like a crazy bitch (i.e. reload constantly). For Slime Attack, the first 75 slimes have pre-set patterns. After that, you just have to trust your own wrist reflexes to finish the job. Rank S score for Crisis nets you a Gold Bracer, a pretty good defensive accessory. Rank X is just a fucking Yggdrasil Leaf, which is far easier to get in Aim High. Hit the Spot sucks. Don't bother as the best prize is one mini medal, which you can find easier elsewhere. Aim High isn't too bad, if you can get a hit in the tiny green circles, you get 200 points. 5 of these or more, in other words, 1000+ points nets you a Yggdrasil Leaf, which ain't too shabby if you don't want to blow your mini medals on them. Shooting Gallery should only be done on Normal, as getting 3500-4490 points gets a Yggdrasil Dew. all the other prizes aren't worth it.

Mystery Dungeon Spin-OffsEdit

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-Intro to the Series-

Like other Roguelike styled games, this is not your conventional RPG series. As such, you may love it or hate it. Though, it is conventionally like Dragon Quest, as everytime you leave a safe area (a church, your home, going to a lower floor, etc.), you're taking a gamble on whether you live or die. That's basically what this spin-off series is about, taking risks and hoping for pay off. Will you find huge riches, or be slaughtered in a monster lair? That's part of the reason why these sorts of games have attracted so many. The familiar characters, spells, and music-strengthened atmosphere from Dragon Quest are why this spin-off series in particular is loved. You can actually get into this without having played any other DQ game, though it is a bit more fun if you have some basic DQ knowledge ahead of time.

-"Torneko Taloon... Who the hell is he?"-

What, didn't you read the Dragon Quest IV section above? Oh well. He's basically a chubby merchant who was one of the eight heroes in DQIV. His chapter was very unconventional, as it required players to amass large sums of gold to progress certain plot points. It was up to the player how to exactly go about this. He wasn't very strong at the start of his chapter either, so you had to use roundabout ways to conquer foes, like using effects of magic weapons or hiring help from other people. Later, with hard work, he became much stronger. In addition, he would sometimes come across traveling merchants or monsters with better item/gear drops. These elements of unconventional fighting and curious randomization were expanded upon and enhanced in his spinoff games, which unlike the straight and narrow RPG aspects of Dragon Quest IV, became more action-styled, but still required a healthy amount of strategy as well. As his journey ended in DQIV, he took his lovely wife, Nene/Neta/Tessie, and loving son, Poporo/Popolo/Paulo/Tipper/(Nameless in NES original), and set off for new adventures, riches, and hopefully to start a chain of stores to truly become the best arms merchant in all the world.


-General Tips useful throughout the series-

+Chomp Down Excess Medical Herbs and Breads+

Hoyl shit, is this handy! Full HP and/or Belly? Can't pick up that kickass Explosion Scroll? Eat an herb or bread you don't see yourself needing soon. This not only makes room for extra findings, but raises your Maximum HP or Belly slightly! Great to use early on when every point counts, but be careful! You never know when you may need them! Best use them when a room is safe (i.e. only a few monsters, especially when they're far away). Granted, you can technically do this whenever you want, but it's up to you to make sure it's worth doing so. Once again, take a risk and it may pay off!


+Keep Your Distance!+

This should be fairly obvious, but: It's best to keep away from foes when you're not in a good position to fight them. Enemies typically tend to be "sleeping" or unaware of you, letting you sneak by. However, that doesn't mean you can't bash them from afar! If you're in a good position, fire away with arrows or attack wands to whittle them down, then clobber them up close! Throw an ailment-inflicted herb and cause all sorts of nasty effects on your foes, especially those that disorient them. Wand out of charges? Throw it for the same effect or damage it would cause (not like you need an empty wand). You can even hurl equipment you don't need for minor damage (every little bit counts, especially when you're on the run!). Another handy tip is to escape to narrow pathways when surrounded; as that way, you can lessen the number of attacks taken from adjacent enemies.

  • Note: I'm not sure how consistent the general formula is in the series, but the damage caused by arrows you fire depends on your Level. So even if your Strength stat has been decreased, you can still shoot for some decent damage where your fists/weapons may normally falter.


+Desperate Times Call for...+

...Using your trump cards or getting the fuck out of there! Seriously. This isn't one of those games where you can save your precious elixirs for later. If you REALLY need a helpful item, don't be afraid to use it! Blaze herbs are best saved for one-on-one confrontations, as they do HIGH damage, but only to the square in front of you. As mentioned before, Explosion Scrolls are handy as they can clear out a number of nearby enemies. Numb Scrolls are good if you have an open getaway path, as they'll freeze adjacent enemies for a while. My personal favorite is the Repel Scroll. Drop it (don't throw or use it!), and as it falls below you, it will stick to the ground, but as long as you don't move from that spot, monsters have a harder time hitting you! Great if you're up for a bit of brawling, but don't want to risk losing loot. Speaking of which, two items in particular are for truly trying times: the Outside Scroll and the Return Herb. The former is for when situations look their most grim, as it lets you escape the dungeon with all of your gear and gold. No sense in losing your hard work, right? The Return Herb, is once again, a risk to take. It warps you to another randomly chosen area in the same dungeon floor. You may end up free from danger or into a worse situation! Throwing it or using an Expel Wand at a monster has the same effect, but on the monster instead.


+Running vs Walking+

If you're in a hurry to speed through a treasureless dungeon, you can run to zip in a straight line until you reach a turn. Be careful though! Dungeon floors can have all sorts of traps. If your HP is reeling, walk, don't run. Before you take a step in a direction, strike the air with your weapon. This will uncover a trap without activating it. That way you can move around it or avoid it altogether.


+Poison?!+

Surprisingly, poison doesn't drain your health. It only lowers your strength stat by one point each time you get poisoned. 1 or 2 points lost don't make too much difference, but past that, it's best to use an antidote ASAP, especially in areas with stronger monsters who fight up close.


-Extra Info on the Spinoff Series and Websites of Interest-

Due to its unconventional nature, this series hasn't had much spotlight outside of Japan. Still, if you're interested in them, you can read some basic info about them here and some links to other pages.


Torneko/Taloon 1- Only on the Super Famicom to my knowledge. Your merchant pal from DQIV decides to expand his market and takes his family to a new location. The gold you earn helps expand your house-shop from a humble shack to a huge store with lots of customers. Later on, you can get more additions like a storehouse to save some of the gear you bring back for future expeditions. A bit basic, but still pretty fun and challenging.

Translation - A translation patch for the ROM , mostly complete aside from some slight errors here and there.

TnD1 GameFAQs FAQ - A text file containing info FAQs on the game, data, and what not

Dragon's Den page - Has info divided onto different pages. Better and worse than the GameFAQs page in some cases.


Torneko: The Last Hope (2)- On the PS1 and GBA (Japan-Only). The only title to make it overseas. This time, the family moves elsewhere to a land with MULTIPLE mysterious dungeons! Much more overhauled than the first game. After you get past the preliminary game, you can change classes to a warrior, who learns skills, or mage, who learns spells. Don't think there's not much more to explore after you've done so either! The GBA game is more pixel-based, but, as far as I can tell, doesn't discard anything in the port process. I don't know if it added anything either though. As you might guess, it's only in Japanese and doesn't have any translation patches I know of.

RPG Shrine - A good amount of data and info to check out. This even has info on some cheats and glitch exploits.


Torneko 3- On PS2 and GBA. Six years after his last adventure, Torneko's still merchanting about. After he and his family take a sailing cruise for their son's 12th birthday, they get shipwrecked in a storm and land in a tropical island. Torneko's son is bedridden with a strange illness, and the village has been having monster problems due to a mysterious dungeon arising. Thus, Torneko sets out to help the island and find a way to heal his son, even journeying to other islands and dealing with their own mysterious dungeons to accomplish the latter. The PS2 version is 3D based and has only the main scenarios, while the GBA version is sprite-based with a few extra side-modes at the start menu, in addition to the main scenario, that can be accessed at any time you choose.

Curiously, a number of additions and revisions have been made:

  • Best of all, outside of certain puzzle-based dungeons, your level won't decrease when you die nor do you lose any of your stuff! However, the game is seemingly saved right afterwards, so if some gear of yours got stolen or weakened by traps or monsters, well, consider it fucked until you fix or replace it.
  • Eating excess herbs and food does not increse health. Because of the lowered difficulty, there's not much need. Taloon doesn't get as hungry as he used to either, so you don't need to hold onto as much food. Conventional Herbs have been replaced by "healing pots" with certain numbers of charges. Select to "tap" the pot and it will heal you (and ONLY you, so beware) back to full health. When it is empty, throw it away. Herbs with special effects still exist though, and there are also some with new effects as well.
  • There is an overworld map of sorts now. It's small and divided into sections, but you can randomly find merchants, random dungeons, or "puzzle" dungeons. Puzzle dungeons are non-random dungeons set up to be solved in certain ways and temporarily drop you to level 1 with no items (most of the time). Random dungeons are just that. Short, random dungeons where you have extra stuff to find and monsters to fight. Essentially, they're best for getting gold or grinding Experience points. Merchants have a typical set of stock, from weapons to items, but can be good if there's not a town nearby.
  • You can have a partner from the tropical village join your old pal, Torneko. Depending on how you answer questions from the chief Patriarch of the village, you will have his granddaughter, Ines (a fledgling sage who can cast magic) or her brawling brother Rosa (Yes, that's not a mistake) join you. However, if they die, you must start the dungeon over that you were attempting to beat.
  • After you save him in the main scenario, Torneko's son, Poporo, has his own scenario, mode, and dungeons to explore. Like the heroes of Dragon Quest V, he is able to get monsters to help him out. How? Why, just beat the crap out of them and they may revive and join your side. He can have up to 8 with him at one time, and they act on their own accord, though surround him as guardians when no nearby danger arises to distract them. They can even get stronger by leveling up and also be stored with an old man found in certain towns. Very cool and very fun. It's easily the inspiration for and a sort of prototype for the PS2 game Young Yangus, another Mysterious Dungeon game, but one where the monster aspect is expanded, improved, and a part of the main story line.

Extra info about the 3 other characters:

  • Ines: As mentioned earlier, Ines is a sage-type of character. She doesn't use items or weapon, but instead uses 3 spells: Heal/Hoimi (on both Torneko and herself), Bang/Io (damages all enemies nearby onscreen), and Squelch/Antidote/Kiarii (purges poison/recovers strength in Torneko and herself). The spells each run on a certain number of charges and once a spell runs out, it can't be used again until the next dungeon. She only uses them when you ask her to though. She can also kick for good damage. More than Torneko's unarmed attack, but a bit (and only a bit) less than his better weapons (like the broad sword or dragon killer). She gets a little stronger each time she levels up and seems to be able to cast spells a little bit more often at higher levels.
  • Rosa: Doesn't use spells, but has a few items in his own grayed-out inventory. I've only played with him as my partner for a little while (1 hour), and I've never seen him use any though, so I'm not sure if he ever does or not at higher levels. I know that you likely can't equip him with any of it though. That said, he has higher HP than Ines and he is stronger than Torneko. This is great for stepping back and letting him take out enemies, especially when Torneko's HP is low. One warning though: NEVER FUCK WITH HIS STUFF. You can equip his things (no point since they don't do anything to my knowledge), but if you throw or use any of his possessions, he gets pissed and punches you to death. Dead serious. I don't know if he quits when you go to the next floor of a dungeon, since I've never made it to the next floor when he starts beating me down. Other than that, I'd recommend him as a challenge and Ines for beginners.
  • Poporo: After he gets healed by an old sorceress in his pop's story, Poporo is awakened to a hidden talent from his illness-healing spell: He can talk to monsters! Not only that, but they are willing to join him on his own adventures. As a result, he tells his daddy-o to kick back and let him take up the mantle of helping the village. Poporo plays rather differently than his father. The only things he can use like his dad are bracelets, rocks, food, herbs, pots, and spell wands. Melee weapons and shields are too unwieldy for him to use, but he can throw them. He can't read the runes on scrolls, so those are a no go (though, like Torneko, he can throw them for minor damage). And he lacks the finesse and gear to use the long-range weapons like arrows and boomerangs. That said, he can trade mini-medals to the medal king for extra stuff and can equip different types of gloves/claws/gauntlets to help him fight.

Official Website - Pop it into Google or some other translator for some backstory info on the story and characters. Other than that, everything else I've mentioned covers pretty much everything technical you'll see there. English Links? - None in English that I'm aware of...


Young Yangus- On PS2. A mystery dungeon game staring that loveable bandit from DQ8, Yangus, back when he was a lad with a head full of hair. It plays much like the Torneko games do. Torneko guest-stars as his "wise old mentor" and salesman of sorts, while Yangus does the dungeon looting. Like DQ8, you can pass a turn by using Tension to boost your next deal of damage dealt out. There's a strange jar Yangus has that allows him to suck up monsters and pop them out. When popped out, monsters become friendly and tameable. Said friendly monsters can join your dungeon-exploring party as well! Even more curiously, these monsters can even be bred to give birth to stronger monster allies! I'm not sure exactly how these monster systems work, but I really wish someone would work on a translation so we could find out! In addition to the main quest, Yangus can take on bonus dungeons where bosses from other Dragon Quest games challenge him. How he never remembers or brings any this stuff up in DQ8 is beyond me.

A Japanese Cell Phone port exists, but seems to be different and scaled down compared to the PS2 version, since screenshots didn't show any monster pals...

Links? - Nothing I can think of. The official website for the PS2 game is flash-based, making it difficult to use online translators. Other than that, pop the cell phone port into an online translator and see what you can find out.


5th game (?!)- Yes, there actually is a 5th game! Only on Japanese cell phones... Sadly, it looks pretty damn cool too. In addition to having most of the aspects from previous games (from the looks of things, you can only go solo), it takes a page from Chocobo's Dungeon for Wii and Torneko: The Last Hope and allows you to change classes earlier, with many more to choose from than just mage and warrior. Will we ever see it overseas? ...Probably not.

I AIN'T EVEN MAD - Okay, I'm actually mad and sad as fuck. Looking at this cool official japanese website isn't helping.


-Other ChunSoft Mystery Dungeon Games-

Unrelated to Dragon Quest, technically, but the Mystery Dungeon spinoffs follows many of the same conventions as the Torneko games, except in different worlds. They also still have much of the same spirit that DQ and the Torneko series has. ChunSoft made Torneko and both of these, and Koichi Sugiyama does some of the music for the Shiren series, making it have much of the same atmospheric flair as Dragon Quest/Torneko between it and the second. Check them out if you want some more Mystery Dungeon action, but want to give ol' Torneko a break.

Shiren the Wanderer- On SFC and DS. Shiren's first adventure, where he seeks out the legendary Land of the Golden Condor. Most find the DS version to be superior. Closest to Torneko's series.

Shiren the Wanderer (3)- Shiren's 2nd translated journey. Travels with his badass Uncle to solve the mystery of a strange mansion. Keeps most classic conventions, but adds new ones as well.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series- Concentrates on learning and using skills and utilizing critter types of you and your enemy. Most different from Torneko.

Mystery Dungeon overview - Wikipedia page containing further titles, some of which are not developed by ChunSoft

Links for more infoEdit

Dragon's Den - Pretty much THE source for your Dragon Quest needs. Granted, they don't have everything, but they've got alot!

DQ Shrine - Filled with old official art and info on the games and spinoffs. Most of this is on the "visit the old site" link of course.

Dragon Quest Wikia - Fellow wikia that's recently started to pick up speed. Has a bit of info about most games, characters, places, and monsters.

Dragon Quest Dictionary-Encyclopedia - A wiki that has info about various topics of interest. Some are quite extensive, but interesting, such as a table that compares the Japanese spell names to localized names.

Realm of Darkness's DQ Portal - Neat info with both official and fan-made content

GameFAQs - Gotta give credit where it's due, and many of the guides and FAQs were a big help when writing this article.

RPG Classics - Has info, walkthroughs, and FAQs on the old Dragon Quest/Warrior games up to VII. Very nice.

The Official Japanese Dragon Quest Homepage - Provided you can navigate through the text, you can check out some pretty cool stuff.

{http://www.mediafire.com/#31h160ddc2upe] - Complete scans of the "Book of Adventure" that was printed during the 25th anniversary celebration. It's all in noodle-language, naturally, but it contains rare illustrations and covers every game in the series, even the slime-themed virtual pet.


No thanks to: Square-Enix of North America and Europe. UPDATE YOUR DRAGON QUEST WEBSITES.

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