How to take the fight online in DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince

Who says monster wrangling is a solo activity? In this article, we reveal some of the ways you can take DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince online.
By Duncan Heaney

We’re less than a month away from the release of DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince! From December 1, 2023, you’ll be let loose into a vast world, full of monsters, mysteries, and ever-changing seasons.

In our last preview we gave you an overview of the monster wrangling gameplay and exciting combat (read that here). Today, we wanted to take a look into the many game modes that you can enjoy via an internet connection.

As you’d hope, online matches are available in Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince. There’s also a new mode called Quickfire Contests, which use your party’s data to conduct automatic battles.

There’s something here for all types of players - so let’s dig into it!

How to get online

In true DRAGON QUEST style, every aspect of DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince is bursting with charm. Even something as simple as getting online is brimming with wit and style.

Your character, Psaro, is helped on his adventure by the mysterious Fizzy. This adorable ally isn’t just an expert at monster wrangling - she’s an internet whiz too! When you speak to her at Rosehill Tower, she’ll show you all the online options available to you!

Those options are Online Battles, Quickfire Contests, and the Online Shop. If you perform well in Online Battles and Quickfire Contests, you can earn rewards that include new monsters and rare items.

At the Online Shop, you can spend your gold coins earned in the main game to obtain items like scrolls, which teach new Talents to your monsters. Whether you want to put your skills to the test or simply do a little shopping, there are plenty of ways to improve as a monster wrangler!

Now we’ll take a closer look at each of these options:

Online battles

Online battles let you pit your monsters against other players’ in thrilling battles! There are several different battle categories to choose from:

Ranked Matches

Ranked Matches pit you against other players from around the globe as you compete to take the top spot in the rankings. By rising through the ranks, you can earn rare accessories and other items to make your monsters stronger!

Friend Matches

Looking for something a little less competitive? In Friend Matches, you play for fun against other wranglers whom you've registered as friends. No need to worry about ranking up, just a friendly competition between chums. It’s a great way to test out your party before you head for the big leagues!

Multiplayer Tournaments

Up to eight players can clash in a knockout format. Fight your friends, rumble with your rivals and don’t stop until you reach the top!

Quickfire Contests

Quickfire Contests are a fast and easy way to strengthen your party, recruit new monsters and earn useful items!

Once you register your party’s data, you can compete in Quickfire Contests.

These are massive competitions that use the data of 30 players to conduct battles automatically in the blink of an eye. As well as seeing where your team stacks up against the competition, you’ll earn valuable rewards!

You can only earn rewards from a Quickfire Contest once per day, but they include items that can raise your monsters' stats, as well as identical monsters (B Rank and below only) from any teams you defeat over the course of the competition.

After a contest, you can view the details of each battle, as well as use your opponents' party data to conduct Sparring Matches for practice. Use this information to improve your party composition and tweak your tactics!

Online Shop

Got a pocket full of gold? Don’t hoard it - spend it! The Online Shop has something of value for all types of monster wranglers: special scrolls that can teach a new Talent to a monster, many powerful accessories, as well as a selection of delectable meats available!

The Online Shop has different stock according to the day of the week (and to be clear, we’re talking real-world days, rather than in-game days), and the items available can also change as you progress through the story. Be sure to check back regularly and, again, try not to let all that gold burn a hole in your pocket!

As you can see, online functionality adds a lot to DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince. We hope you enjoy the wider world of battles beyond the main story… and the rewards that come with them.

You can experience it all from December 1, 2023, when DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince releases for Nintendo Switch.

DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince launches for Nintendo Switch on December 1, 2023. In addition to the Standard Edition, a Digital Deluxe Edition is also available:

It includes:

  • Full game download
  • The Mole Hole (Includes the 'Gothic Vestment' outfit)
  • Coach Joe's Dungeon Gym (Includes the 'Cake-Maker's Clobber' outfit)
  • Treasure Trunks (Includes the 'Monstrous Mail' outfit)
  • Burgundy Gothic Vestment
  • Warrior's Ring x1
  • Beastie Bites x10

Players who pre-order or pre-purchase the game will also receive the Head Start Set which includes:

  • Stardust Earrings x1
  • Scholar's Specs x1
  • Bonus Ball x5

The game is available to preorder now:

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