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Guide and Walkthrough by chris-williams

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 02/02/2019
FAQ of the Month Winner: February 2019


Dragon Quest XI is quite the old school JRPG. Turn-based combat in 2018 may seem somewhat archaic but sometimes, when it's done really well, the old school can show the young whippersnappers exactly how it should be done. It helps that the game looks drop-dead gorgeous and oozes charm and style. Enix have been doing this for more than thirty years at the time of writing which means they've had plenty of time to hone the formula to perfection.

Despite the numerical discontinuity, XI is really the successor to the thirteen year-old Dragon Quest VIII. Its numerical predecessor is a Japanese-only MMORPG while Dragon Quest IX was a game for the Nintendo DS and for me, at least, a hundred-plus hour RPG on a handheld console isn't the most enticing prospect. In short, I've been waiting for this game for a long time.

This is a big guide for a big game. An RPG lives and dies by the quality of its characters and its levelling system, Therefore, the first section covers the game's eight PCs. For each character I list the abilities and give levelling-up suggestions. The walkthrough proper follows. The game's narrative is divided into three acts and so is the walkthrough. A second pillar of any good RPG is the loot that you can pick up. Therefore, there are complete details of all the game's many, many items from greatswords to humble crafting materials. For convenience, I also provide a database of various of the game's collectibles, another RPG cornerstone. Finally, I list the game's trophies. To be honest, Dragon Quest XI isn't a difficult game and the platinum trophy should be achievable for anyone with sufficient patience.

As I said, Dragon Quest XI isn't a difficult game. A viable strategy for any problems that you may encounter is simply to gain more levels. The appeal of the game is the journey more than the challenge. You can add challenge if you want it through the Draconian Quest options at the start of the game where you can choose to make enemies hit harder or have your characters gain no XP when they outlevel their enemies among other options. There are certain options that you should not choose on your first playthrough, however. For example, if you are unable to gain experience from fighting enemies, getting your characters to level 99 for the related trophies is pretty-much impossible. At least two trophies require you to be able to buy stuff from shops which makes the No Shopping option problematic.

Dragon Quest XI may not be a difficult game but it is a long one. The best advice I can give you is: take your time. You will get the more out of the game the more you put in. Enjoy!

Copyright and Acknowledgements

Copyright 2019 Christopher Williams
This guide may not be reproduced without my express permission for anything other than personal use. Use of this guide on any site where permission to use has not been sought and given is a violation of copyright and forbidden. Permission to use is extended to www.gamefaqs.com.

Walkthroughs and strategies are my own original work and taken from my own playthrough.

Corrections and clarifications are welcomed. Please contact me at c.c.williams at hotmail dot com.