DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

DRAGON QUEST TREASURES: Treasure Maps and Dungeons

With the release of Erik and Mia’s loot-rich adventure mere weeks away, we take a look at another activity they can undertake - seeking riches within dangerous monster-infested dungeons!
By Duncan Heaney
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We’ve previously told you about how sibling heroes Erik and Mia can discover amazing loot in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, the ins and outs of forming a gang, how battles work and more.

Now, with less than a month to go until the release of DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, we'd like to tell you about the treasure maps you'll pick up on your adventures… and the treasure dungeons they'll lead you to.

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You enter dungeons through Teleportals. If you come across one while out exploring, summon up your courage and head on in!

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Defeat the super-tough monsters that reside on a dungeon's final level and you'll earn treasure, medals and gold!

The treasures you'll find and the monsters you'll encounter are different every time you enter a treasure dungeon - and there are special rewards if you make it out in one piece!

That’s a brief summary - now let’s take a closer look:


Treasure Maps

In DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, you'll come across special items known as treasure maps. These will lead you to treasure dungeons where you can earn rewards, including treasure and medals.

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So how do you get these valuable maps? Enemy monsters will occasionally drop them when defeated!

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Monster parties you've sent out on missions can also find treasure maps for you.

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When you find a treasure map, a special quest will begin! You can check the menu to see which island the dungeon is on.

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If you search the island, you’ll find the entrance to the treasure dungeon - a swirling teleportal!


Treasure Dungeons

Step through the teleportal and you’ll find yourself in a dungeon full of valuable treasure… and also danger.

Treasure dungeons are formed of a series of separate rooms that you have to work through in sequence. The monsters you meet and the treasures you find there change with every visit to a dungeon.

Defeat the enemies that stand in your way and grab your reward!

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Defeat all the enemies in a room and the portal to the next one will appear.

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Some rooms contain mysterious stone pillars. Touching these pillars will affect your entire party in a number of ways.

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Powerful monsters await on the final level of each dungeon. Cooperate with your party to take them down!

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You might also come across some rather rare monsters inside the dungeon, including ones with metallic bodies and others that sparkle extravagantly!

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Get the better of a treasure dungeon and you'll earn treasures, medals and gold. There are also rare medals available for those who can clear dungeons quickly!

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At one point in the story, Erik and Mia will acquire a special treasure map. It shows the location of a treasure dungeon whose final level is a very special space, where a mysterious - and massive - monster awaits: Hornbull, Sentinel of the Sands!


DRAGON QUEST TREASURES is nearly here! You’ll be able to join Erik and Mia on their loot-filled adventures on Nintendo Switch from December 9, 2022!

You can preorder the game now, both physically and digitally… and there are some very awesome bonuses if you do so:

  • 5 Chimaera Wings - Returns players to base immediately without losing any treasure

  • 15 Better Buddy Bullets - Increases the likelihood of a monster wanting to join the player’s gang

  • 15 Fullheal Pellets - Fully restores the HP of a single ally

Preorder DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

We hope you’re excited to experience this treasure-filled adventure. These last few weeks of waiting may be agonizing, but if you need to distract yourself from that slowly ticking clock, check out DRAGON QUEST on social media, for fun and updates about the game and the series as a whole!

A closer look at battles in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

How does combat work in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES? Read on to find out how you can use monsters in battle… and UNLEASH THE DRAGON!
By Duncan Heaney

Over the last few months, we’ve introduced you to many elements in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, from finding loot and fighting off rivals, to exploring the world itself. Today, we’re going to talk battles!

Erik and Mia’s hunt for loot takes them across the floating islands of Draconia, where monsters roam free. Some of these are hostile and need no excuse to attack Erik and Mia. Fortunately, the siblings have a team of trusty monster allies, and together they can fight off would-be attackers!

Erik and Mia can pick up to three monsters from their gang to accompany them on their adventures.

Fend off foes with your monster pals! Attacking and dodging is as simple as pressing a button. But how exactly does it all work? Allow us to explain…


How do battles work in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES?

The action in the game is fast paced but deceptively simple!

Just approach an enemy to engage them in combat, and your AI-controlled monsters will fight to the best of their abilities. There are no complicated controls, leaving you free to enjoy the battle.

If a hostile monster spots you when you're searching for treasure, it will attack without a moment's notice!

Let the battle commence! Your monsters will decide the best course of action to win the fight.

Emerge victorious and you'll be rewarded with experience points, gold and even items! Erik and Mia can get in on the action using their Dragon Daggers and catapults or watch from the sidelines as their monsters duke it out.

If you can creep up on your enemy unnoticed, you can perform a sneak attack and inflict massive damage.

Alternatively, you can let your monsters fight while you concentrate on digging up buried treasure!


Giving monsters orders

There are two different orders you can issue to your monsters when you're out exploring.

Tell them to "Gather round!" and they'll rush to your side or shout "Go, go, go!” and they'll seek out nearby enemies to fight.


Using Dragon Daggers and Catapults

Erik and Mia can help their comrades in battle using their Dragon Daggers and catapults. Both can be used to attack enemies and support allies.

Use the Dragon Daggers to attack monsters or break open pots and crates.

If Erik or Mia suffer damage, they can use the magic of their daggers to heal themselves.

Use the catapult to snipe out-of-reach enemies. Pellets can be found in chests or purchased from Axel's workshop.

Certain pellets have healing effects, while others will buff your allies. You can even use the catapult while you're moving!

Many enemies are weak against elements such as fire, or a specific type of physical damage. All such vulnerabilities can be exploited with the right pellet!

You can also use your catapult to recruit monsters! Strike an enemy with a buddy bullet to increase the likelihood of it wanting to join your gang. Be sure to keep a few on hand because you never what powerful monster you'll meet next!


Causing major damage with a Monster Medley

If Erik, Mia and their monster minions manage to chain their attacks together in the right order, they'll unleash a Monster Medley. Here’s how it works:

Each monster has three or four different abilities at its disposal. They each also have a different line-up of abilities, and the amount can be different too, even between monsters of the same species.

Your monsters are more than capable of choosing the right ability for the situation, be it attacking a foe or supporting an ally.

If they time their attacks right, Erik, Mia and their allies can combine them into a powerful Monster Medley!

Chain together many attacks and abilities to dish out astronomical damage!


Unleash the Dragon!

Every hit Erik and Mia land on the enemy charges their Dagger Gauge. Once the gauge is full, they or their monsters will be able to Unleash the Dragon and perform a very special technique - a unique super attack.

Not only are these set-piece skills a wonder to behold, they also inflict enormous damage!

The Dagger Gauge appears below Erik and Mia's portraits and can be charged for up to three uses. Unleashing the Dragon once or activating Erik and Mia's Wild Side ability uses one charge of the Dagger Gauge.

Fill up the gauge and then instruct your slime to Unleash the Dragon!

Slimes have a super attack called Meteoric Rise, which causes huge damage to all nearby enemies.

As mentioned, Erik and Mia can Unleash the Dragon themselves with an ability called Wild Side. This special technique calls on the siblings' survival instincts, temporarily boosting all their stats and increasing their movement speed!

Wild Side allows for damaging combos and can be performed while already in motion!

Here are some more examples of what can happen when monsters Unleash the Dragon:

Restless Armours: Gigagash!

Orcs: Call the Cavalry

Loss Leader: Dark Machinations

Killing Machines: Full Beam


Medals

Over the course of their adventures, Erik and Mia will obtain monster-themed medals that can be equipped to boost stats such as attack power and deftness. Some will be contained in chests, while others may be dropped by monsters - keep your eyes peeled!

Raise your gang's rank to equip more medal.

Each medal provides a different effect, and can come in one of four ranks: bronze, silver, gold or rainbow.


We hope you enjoyed this brief look at battles in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES. You can dive into the fray yourselves from December 9, 2022, when the game releases for Nintendo Switch!

Pre-order now to get some rather wonderful bonuses:

  • 5 Chimaera Wings - Returns players to base immediately without losing any treasure

  • 15 Better Buddy Bullets - Increases the likelihood of a monster wanting to join the player’s gang

  • 15 Fullheal Pellets - Fully restores the HP of a single ally

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The world of DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

The upcoming loot-hunting adventure takes place in Draconia - a vast world full of awe-inspiring scenery and tantalizing secrets. Read on and we’ll tell you all about it.
By Duncan Heaney

Over the last few months, we’ve shared a lot of information about what you can do in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES. We’ve shared a step-by-step guide to finding loot, introduced some of the rivals vying for your hard-found booty and showcased some monsters and their fortes - special abilities that help you explore the world.

But what about the world itself? That’s what we’re going to show you today!


Welcome to Draconia

DRAGON QUEST TREASURES takes place in Draconia, but it may surprise you to learn that its islands once formed the bodies of two enormous Golden Dragons.

Over the eons, their rocky remains have eroded away to leave six floating islands.

Excluding the central hub island, Erik and Mia can scour five very different biomes in their hunt for treasure, from volcanic mountains and bone-dry deserts to frozen wastelands. Each one is inhabited by a bevy of weird and wonderful monsters.

Let’s visit each one.


The Paternoggin

This is the island where Erik and Mia start their Draconian adventure. The upper level features plains and a dilapidated factory, while the lower level is home to forests and caves. A cable car makes it easy to travel between the two areas.

The Sylphanians have set up camp on the upper level, just around the corner from the stunning Teardrop Falls.

There are ancient buildings all over the island, but few have dared explore the monster-infested lower ruins.


The Maneland

Raging sandstorms wear away at the rocky outcrops of the Maneland, where massive skeletons protrude from the dust. In this land of blustery dunes and sand rivers, the Glide Forte is sure to be a lifesaver.

This entire island is covered in sand and rock, and only the hardiest monsters are able to survive here.

Sticky, oily puddles and fast-flowing rivers of sand are known to hinder even experienced adventurers.


Cinderback Ridge

Located in western Draconia, Cinderback Ridge is a volcanic island where rivers of molten rock and sheer cliffs abound. Some of Draconia's strongest monsters inhabit the island's central region, where the floor is flooded with lava.

Colossal red cacti grow in the Lumbar Lavalands at the centre of the island.

Jump over the lava with the Launch Forte, or float to safety with Glide.


The Wingswept Moors

In the northern part of the island, jutting out from the sprawling plains, is the lofty Mount Greywing. Elsewhere, monsters lurk in sodden marshes and poisonous swamps.

The Sprint Forte will make light work of the open plains and provide a refreshing breeze to counter the muggy marshes.

Mount Greywing, with its cooling mists, sits in stark contrast to the heat and humidity of the plains.


The Hinterquarters

The perpetually frozen Lake Swishmelt marks the southern section of this island, known for its harsh wintery climate. Unrelenting blizzards make some regions unliveable and whiteouts hide deep crevasses from view.

With judicious use of monster Fortes, perilous icebergs become stepping stones to solid ground.

Many monsters, such as Glacial Golems, relish the sub-zero temperatures and stomp about in sheer defiance.


Surprises await on every island

Erik and Mia are sure to find useful items in chests and pots, but there are plenty of other surprises waiting for them in Draconia. Some secret areas are a tight squeeze to reach, and others will need a keen eye to spot, but any treasure hunter worth their salt is willing to overcome such challenges for the chance to find legendary loot!

Each island is served by several train stations. Once you repair them, you can visit each one directly from the station at your base.

Some islands have shops that are conveniently stocked with useful items, valuable recipes and local crafting materials.

You'll need to crouch down to enter caves like this, but your efforts may well be rewarded with a hidden treasure chest!

Metallic monsters are a rare sight but defeating them will earn you a bucketload of experience points. You may even be lucky enough to recruit one!

During your adventures, you may come across special monsters made entirely of precious gems. These are exceedingly rare "bejewelled monsters", and they carry exquisite treasure. But be warned - they're fast on their feet (if they have them), so you'll have to be lightning quick!

If you’re lucky enough to encounter one, they may want to join your gang - if you can defeat them, that is!

Strange balloons have appeared all across Draconia's main islands. Shambles and Shady of the Thunderous Plunderers seem to be involved somehow and are even offering a reward to anyone who can burst them all.

Balloons will pop up in the most unusual places. Time to break out that trusty catapult and pop every one you can find!


We don’t have the space for a full world tour here, but you’ll get to explore this large, beautiful and treasure-filled world in depth, when DRAGON QUEST TREASURES launches on December 9, 2022, for Nintendo Switch.

The game’s available to pre-order now, with some very lovely bonuses for those who do so:

  • 5 Chimaera Wings - Returns players to base immediately without losing any treasure

  • 15 Better Buddy Bullets - Increases the likelihood of a monster wanting to join the player’s gang

  • 15 Fullheal Pellets - Fully restores the HP of a single ally

Preorder DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

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Bases, Gangs and Rivals in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

Erik and Mia are out for treasure - but they’re not the only ones! Learn all about rival gangs, your home base and much more in this new preview of DRAGON QUEST TREASURES!
By Duncan Heaney
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Previously, we’ve introduced you to the basics of DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, shown you the ins and outs of finding loot, and highlighted some of the monsters you’ll befriend and fight.

Today, we’re going to talk about some more big elements in the game, including your home base, and the threat of rival gangs out to steal your booty!

First though, here’s a look at one of the coolest parts of the game: building your own gang!


Forming a gang

With the threat of rival treasure-hunting crews looming large, Erik and Mia form a gang of their own and even manage to snag a base of operations.

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The name of your gang is entirely up to you! Once you've settled on a great name, it's time to choose the perfect flag.

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More flags can be unlocked by defeating rival gangs or exploring the far-flung reaches of Draconia.

Every piece of loot you acquire adds to the total value of your treasure vault. When this value hits a certain point, your gang will go up a rank, unlocking new treasure-hunting abilities and the option to add to the base's amenities.

The best way to build a bigger and better gang is to collect as much treasure as possible!

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Now that their flag is raised, it's official - Erik and Mia's gang has its own base!

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As the base grows and their skills improve, Erik and Mia will soon be swimming in treasure!


Who’s in the gang?

Your gang's membership is made up of the monster inhabitants of Draconia.

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Purrsula is a mysterious creature who advises Erik and Mia and helps them to form their gang.

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After battle, some monsters will be inspired to join your gang.

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You’ll take the treasure you find together back to base, where it will be appraised and added to your collection, boosting the value of your vault as a whole.

As the value of your treasure vault goes up, so will your gang's rank.

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Each new rank comes with a host of benefits to make you a better treasure hunter, as well as adding bonus multipliers to the value of the loot you bring back.


Your home base

As Erik and Mia explore Draconia, they come across an unusual island that was once home to the HQ of the Trans-Draconic Railway Company. One of its loyal employees, Mr Euston, agrees to let them use the island as their base.

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An old, broken-down train is made operational again thanks to Erik and Mia's trusty Dragon Daggers!

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This is Mr Euston - an employee of the Trans-Draconic Railway Company who dreams of restoring the rail network to its former glory. He agrees to let Erik and Mia use the company HQ as a base, but only if they help him to re-establish the railways.

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From the base, Erik and Mia plan for their adventures, organise the monsters in their party and even send teams of monsters on missions to bring back loot. The old storeroom is the perfect place for the siblings to display their favourite treasures.

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Do a favour or two for certain monsters and they might decide to set up shop at the base!

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Taking turns is key to a happy sibling relationship, so don't forget to switch between Erik and Mia at the base from time to time!


Base facilities

As you progress through the game, you will add to your base’s amenities. Here are some of the base facilities you will get access to:

Facility 1: Treasure Vault

All the treasure Erik and Mia collect is stored in the vault. They can use the plinths there to display their favourite pieces for all the world to see.

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Raising your gang's rank unlocks more plinths for displaying treasure.

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Off-duty gang members will occasionally polish the treasure that's on display, raising its value further!

Facility 2: Worker Dormitory

Mr Muddimer will help you rearrange your party and assist when it's time to let go of monsters that aren't fulfilling their potential. When your gang rank is high enough, you'll earn the ability to send teams of monsters out on dispatch missions to all corners of Draconia.

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Mr Muddimer is one of the few remaining railway employees and head of staff.

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Speak to Mr Muddimer to organise your party. If the dorms reach capacity, he's also on hand to help let go of a few monsters and free up some much-needed space.

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Keep raising your gang's rank to unlock dispatch missions. These special expeditions allow you to send monsters all over Draconia in search of crafting materials and treasure.

Facility 3: Personnel Department

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Miss Cecily is head of the railway company's personnel department. She handles the application process for monsters looking to join the gang. Once your gang's rank is high enough, she can also help set up additional facilities, like a shop, cafeteria and pellet workshop.

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Head to Miss Cecily's desk when you need a new recruit for the gang. She'll also inform you when new applications come in.

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When it comes to useful new facilities, Miss Cecily is the woman to speak to. She'll even point you in the right direction when it comes to finding the perfect monsters to work there.

Facility 4: Item Shop

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Bricky Rix is a merchant and one-time trading partner of the railway company. He scours Draconia looking for the best products with which to stock the shelves of his emporium.

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Bricky Rix stocks food recipes, pellet formulae and the materials needed to make them. As the story progresses, he'll begin to add new products to his line-up.

Facility 5: Cafeteria

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Madame Blancmange is Draconia's premier chef. From her cafeteria kitchen she creates mouth-watering meals to power up your monsters. She can also whip up rare delicacies... provided you give her the recipes!

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Feeding your monsters can give them a quick stat boost, raise their resistances, and more.

Facility 6: Pellet Workshop

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A former railway company mechanic and train builder, Axel uses his mechanic's know-how to make catapult pellets for Erik and Mia. He stocks a range of pellets, and if you provide him with the formula, he can whip up some extra special projectiles for you.

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Some pellets cause physical damage, while others are imbued with elemental attributes, such as wind or fire.


The Snarl

Draconia is an ancient land with many mysteries, and Erik and Mia's base is no exception.

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A maze of rooms extends deep below the ground, joined by a series of interconnected teleportals. Stranger still, the maze changes every time someone enters, with different enemies to fight and new rewards up for grabs.

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Only the bravest treasure hunters dare to plumb its deepest, darkest depths and discover its secrets!


Rivals

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Erik and Mia aren't the only ones determined to discover all of Draconia's treasures. They've got rivals to contend with, and they'll stop at nothing to take your hard-earned loot.

Rival gangs will try anything to get their hands on your treasure, from attacking you out in the field, to launching a raid on your base. Rival gang members are not to be taken lightly, so be sure to have some friendly monsters in tow when you go to confront them!

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You'll be given a warning if a rival gang approaches while you're out in the field searching for treasure.

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A rival gang draws near! It's as though they can sniff out any treasure you're carrying... and now they're attacking in the hope of stealing it from you!

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If the monsters in your party drop any treasure they're carrying, it'll be snapped up by the rival gang. Fight back to keep your treasures safe!

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Some audacious gangs will attack your base in the hope of stealing the treasures you keep there, or will attack the monsters you've dispatched on a mission.

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Successfully defending a treasure from a rival gang will increase its value.

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If a rival gang overpowers you and successfully steals your treasure, they'll flee and go into hiding somewhere in Draconia. Track them down and take back your treasure!


Meet your rivals

Of all the treasure-hunting gangs that operate in Draconia, two are particularly notorious: The Thunderous Plunderers and The Sylphanian Expedition. Both these gangs have a flying ship at their disposal, and a host of hardened treasure hunters among their ranks. Let's take a closer look!

The Thunderous Plunderers

A band of sky pirates under the charismatic leadership of Long John Silverbones. The Plunderers have several hundred members, both human and monster.

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Long John Silverbones is the infamous leader of the Thunderous Plunderers. A cruel and cold-hearted pirate, he is known for immediately dispensing with anyone for whom he no longer has a use.

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Gustav is one of Long John Silverbones’ trusted officers. He is fiercely loyal, and all but worships his captain.

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Bonnie is another one of Long John Silverbones' devoted officers. She is trusted and admired by her fellow Plunderers, who see her as something of an older sister.

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Admiral Mogsworth is a feline pirate whose position within the Plunderers is rather precarious. He has been very taken with Mia ever since he encountered her in the forest.

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Shambles is a sharp-tongued sky pirate who's never seen without her sidekick Shady - despite being frustrated by his constant failings.

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Shady is a sky pirate who forms something of a double act with Shambles. He tends to be a bit of a bungler, and therefore admires Shambles' no-nonsense attitude.

The Sylphanian Expedition

The Sylphanian Kingdom has dispatched a special expedition to Draconia in search of treasure. They've established stockades on two separate islands, from where they conduct their operations.

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Captain Levanter is a bold, if rather blunt, figure who leads the Sylphanian expedition. He appears to have a long-standing enmity towards Long John Silverbones...

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Gayle is a cheerful and kind-hearted young woman who works under Captain Levanter. She's still just a novice when it comes to treasure hunting, but is working hard to improve her skills.


Additional Rivals

DRAGON QUEST TREASURES features lots of unique and interesting gangs apart from those featured above.

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One of them is led by none other than the notorious bandit Robbin' 'Ood...

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Not all rival gangs are hostile - some would prefer to strike up a friendship with Erik and Mia's gang. Keep an eye out for these characters, as they'll often be happy to share nuggets of treasure hunting know-how with you.

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Erik and Mia run into Princess Anemone all over Draconia. Not only is she an accomplished scholar, she also has all the refinement one would expect from royalty. But if she's not a treasure hunter, what is she looking for in Draconia?


We hope you enjoyed this latest look at DRAGON QUEST TREASURES. You’ll be able to start building your base and fighting off rivals on December 9, 2022, when the game launches for Nintendo Switch.

We’ll have more to share about the game as we get closer to release, so make sure you follow DRAGON QUEST on social media for the first look at all the latest info:

A closer look at monsters in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

It’s not easy finding treasure, and Erik and Mia could use some help. Fortunately, the monsters of DRAGON QUEST TREASURES can join their gang and help them out! Here’s how.
By Duncan Heaney
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In previous blogs, we’ve introduced you to DRAGON QUEST TREASURES and given you the ins and outs of finding treasure. Today we’re going to discuss another big element of the game: the monsters!

In DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, you take control of siblings Erik and Mia, who are transported to Draconia - a mystical land full of hidden treasures, and populated by multitudes of monsters.

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If you're to have any hope of finding treasure, you'll need to enlist the help of the locals!

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Luckily for you, many monsters are more than willing to team up and let you put their unique abilities to good use.

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Recruiting monsters

Monsters roam the floating islands of Draconia, and they're known to attack hopeful treasure hunters on the lookout for loot. Once defeated in battle by Erik and Mia, however, some monsters may take a shine to the siblings and ask to join the gang.

Not only can these monsters help you locate treasure, they'll also prove their worth on the battlefield as well. As your team grows in number, so too will your aptitude for adventure!

Here’s how you add new recruits to your gang:

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A monster draws near! After you defeat it, you might just see a message informing you that the monster has been scouted.

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Back at base, you can view a list of all the monsters you've managed to scout during your forays into Draconia.

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They may want to join Erik and Mia's gang, but these monsters won't do so for nothing.

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Once they've received the items they require, though, they'll happily sign up as official members!

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Each monster you recruit will be given a rating, indicated by the colour of the frame around its portrait. The frames can be bronze, silver, gold or rainbow-coloured. Monsters with a rainbow frame are the rarest - and also the most difficult to recruit.

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Before you bring a monster into the gang, you can view its attributes, resistances, traits, favourite treasures, abilities and more to make sure it's the right fit for you.

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Some aspects, like resistances and treasure capacity, are the same for all monsters of a species, but each monster is also unique in certain ways.

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Some monster species can carry more treasure than others, and each one has a different area of expertise. So if there's a particular type of treasure you're after, or a certain area you want to explore, try switching up your party to see what's possible!

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As word of Erik and Mia's exploits spreads, some monsters will apply to join the gang of their own accord. As you collect more treasure and prove your skills, the monsters will surely start flocking to your base!

Special monsters

During the story, you’ll meet some monsters who want to join the gang out of sheer enthusiasm. These special friends are unique in appearance and name.

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Oozabella, a cutie slime, is the first friend Mia makes after landing in Draconia. She's never seen without her adorable yellow ribbon.


New monsters in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

A wide variety of monsters call Draconia their home. Some will be familiar, but others are completely new to the DRAGON QUEST series. Let's take a closer look at a few of them.

Marble Slime

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A desert-dwelling slime. All the sand it swallows builds up inside its body to form a beautiful, stratified pattern.

Fiery Dragling

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An adorable dragon that inhabits lava-filled caves. It may look cute, but it spits out jets of burning breath when angered.

Stormy Sabrecat

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When this legendary beast appears it means a storm is not far behind. Its fur stands up straight due to the strong electrical current flowing through its body.

Valhalla Vulture

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An airborne hunter that soars over snowfields. Its sharp, powerful claws can grip even the most hardened of icy cliff faces.


Exploring the world with Fortes

In Draconia, treasure can be found in every place imaginable, from the highest mountains to the deepest valleys, and even in the most unassuming of hiding spots.

Erik and Mia will struggle to find it all by themselves... but fortunately, they have a team of monsters to call on when the going gets tough!

Each monster has a special ability called a 'Forte,' which allows them to soar through the air or dive into the ground to bypass obstacles en route to the loot!

Here are all the Fortes you can use:

Forte 1: Launch

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With the Launch Forte, monsters can propel Erik and Mia up into the air, allowing them to reach lofty ledges and platforms that are too high to climb to.

Forte 2: Glide

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Monsters with the Glide Forte can use their wings or jet boosters to help Erik and Mia float softly down from high places or ride on air currents to reach distant areas.

Forte 3: Sprint

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The Sprint Forte allows for rapid traversal of the terrain. Each monster moves at a different speed and has a different level of stamina for carrying Erik and Mia.

Forte 4: Stealth

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With the Stealth Forte, the monster dives into the ground with Erik or Mia - perfect for passing through very low entrances and staying out of enemy sight.

Forte 5: Scan

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When the Scan Forte is triggered, any nearby foraging points will be highlighted and the number of crafting materials available at each one will be shown.


As you can see, the monsters you team up with can have a big impact on your treasure-hunting potential. A good choice of team, and smart application of their skills, can lead to lots of lovely loot!

Experience it for yourselves from December 9, 2022, when DRAGON QUEST TREASURES launches for Nintendo Switch!

The game’s available to pre-order now physically, with some very lovely bonuses for those who do so:

  • 5 Chimaera Wings - Returns players to base immediately without losing any treasure

  • 15 Better Buddy Bullets - Increases the likelihood of a monster wanting to join the player’s gang

  • 15 Fullheal Pellets - Fully restores the HP of a single ally

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A step by step guide to finding loot in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

Join Erik and Mia on their hunt for riches, as we take the closest look yet at the world of Draconia… and take you through the act of finding treasure!
By Duncan Heaney

DRAGON QUEST TREASURES is all about the thrill of adventure - and that means hunting for treasure!

This new adventure puts you in control of siblings Erik and Mia, who find themselves pulled into the land of Draconia on the adventure of a lifetime. This strange new continent is home to countless pieces of precious loot… and if there’s one thing that this adventurous pair loves, it’s precious loot!

Last time, we gave you a general overview of this charming adventure (read that here), so today we wanted to take you a little deeper into the game. Read on and we’ll take a closer look at Draconia and its many treasures, and take you step by step through the art of treasure hunting!


Welcome to Draconia… and its many treasures

The floating continent of Draconia, where our adventure takes place, is formed from the ancient bodies of two legendary golden dragons. It comprises several islands.

It’s home to the seven legendary Dragonstones - special artifacts sought after by all treasure hunters worth their salt.

Each of the Dragonstones is shaped like a part of a dragon’s body.

You won’t find any Dragonstones on the island where your base is located. You’ll need to travel to the other five islands to find them, using hints to help you close in on their hiding places.

Of course, Dragonstones aren’t the only valuable items in Draconia. Far from it, in fact…

As you explore the islands of Draconia, you’ll find many items. These are classified as “treasures” or “bric-a-brac” depending on their rarity. Extremely rare pieces are considered “iconic!”

Iconic treasures are far from easy to acquire - and their value reflects this! Getting hold of iconic treasures is essential if you're to become the world's greatest treasure hunter.

Treasures can be placed in many different subcategories, including weapons, armor and items.

You may even recognize some of them as being very important indeed...

Iconic treasures tend to get eye-poppingly high valuations!


A guide to finding treasure

You may be wondering: how do we find all this wonderful loot? The process of finding treasure can be broadly organized into four steps…

Step 1: Choose an island to start your journey

The first step in any expedition is to choose the island on which it will take place. Check out the destinations list from the station at your base and select an island on which to go hunting for treasure!

Erik and Mia’s mysterious accomplices, Purrsula and Porcus, will provide a "Treasure Forecast" for each island that tells you what kind of goodies you can expect to find there.

In addition to the treasure forecast, Purrsula and Porcus will show you the Golden Ratio for that island. This tells you your current party’s suitability for finding treasure there.

The higher the Golden Ratio, the easier it will be for you to find treasure, so be sure to keep this in mind when selecting an island to visit.

Once you've selected a destination, it's time to hop on the train - with your trusty monster companions by your side, of course!

Step 2: Finding materials and bric-a-brac

Once you arrive on your destination island, the treasure hunt really begins! To start with, try walking around with your monsters in tow - they'll let you know if they sense any treasure. If you see your monster pals getting excited, you know there's something of interest hidden nearby!

There are lots of foraging spots on each island.

Useful materials can be found in clumps of vegetation, conspicuous mineral deposits, and other similar locations.

These speech bubbles mean that your companion monsters have detected treasure nearby. A silver treasure chest icon indicates that bric-a-brac has been detected, while a gold treasure chest icon indicates that treasure is in the vicinity.

Bric-a-brac has a silvery glow and is relatively easy to find. Its location will be shown on the map when you get close enough to it.

Any treasure you dig up will be carried by your monsters. The number of treasure chests that can be carried varies from monster to monster.

Step 3: Finding rare treasure

Real treasure is harder to find than bric-a-brac, and often hidden in rather inaccessible locations. In order to track it down, you may need to use the Fortune Finder, a special power that's only available to Erik and Mia.

The Dragon Daggers, which Erik and Mia stumble across at the start of their adventure, allow our heroes to use the Fortune Finder.

Using the Fortune Finder when there's treasure nearby will activate Treasure Visions, allowing you to see the treasure's exact location through the eyes of your monster companions.

Treasure Visions vary depending on the monster that's providing them. Compare the visions from all three of your companions and scour the nearby terrain to work out the location of the hidden loot!

Here are some examples:

Here is a Muddy Hand’s Treasure Vision…

…and a Hades Condor’s…

…and finally, a Restless Armour’s.

Once you’ve worked out where it’s hidden, the treasure is yours!

Step 4: Appraising Treasure

Once you've found some loot, take the train back to your base and have your finds appraised.

Alternatively, you can use an item known as a chimaera wing to instantly return to base from any island, with all your treasure intact. They're very precious items indeed, and nigh-on indispensable for any serious treasure hunter!

Appraisal takes place as soon as you return home and reveals the name, appearance and value of your treasures. A treasure's value depends on its condition, be it "mint", "fine", "fair", or something else.

Always try to find treasure in the best condition possible!

If you bring back a piece of treasure that you've already got in your collection, the item in the best condition will be kept while any others will be discarded.

Bringing a lot of treasure back for appraisal at once might provide a bonus to its valuation!


That’s the basics of finding treasure… but of course there’s more to it than that. You’ll have to deal with hostile monsters, rival gangs and more!

You’ll be able to experience it all for yourselves on December 9, 2022, when DRAGON QUEST TREASURES launches for Nintendo Switch!

The game’s available to preorder now both physically and digitally, with some very handy bonuses for those who do so:

  • 5 Chimaera Wings - Returns players to base immediately without losing any treasure
  • 15 Better Buddy Bullets - Increases the likelihood of a monster wanting to join the player’s gang
  • 5 Fullheal Pellets - Fully restores the HP of a single ally

Preorder DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

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Take a closer look at DRAGON QUEST TREASURES

We take a closer look at the story, characters and gameplay of DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, launching December 9, 2022 for Nintendo Switch!
By Duncan Heaney

The hunt is on!

Well… nearly. The hunt is actually on from December 9, 2022 when DRAGON QUEST TREASURES launches for Nintendo Switch!

This new game follows siblings Erik and Mia, who head to the mysterious world of Draconia in an epic journey to recover the seven Dragonstones. It’s an incredible adventure in a weird and wonderful world - as you can see from the trailer:

We’re sure you have a lot of questions about Erik and Mia’s treasure-filled escapades, so let’s take a closer look at the story, characters, mechanics and more!

What’s the story of DRAGON QUEST TREASURES?

Erik and his sister Mia live on a Viking longship, dreaming of the day they can explore the world in search of grand treasure.

One night they encounter a pair of otherworldly creatures, Porcus and Purrsula, and are whisked away to a mysterious place known as Draconia - a legendary land full of monsters and treasures just waiting to be discovered.

The adventure Erik and Mia have always dreamed of is finally underway!

Having fled the Viking longship, Erik and Mia are guided by a pair of curious creatures to a mysterious ruin.

In the ruin they come across a pair of Dragon Daggers, which triggers a chain of events that sees them sucked into a whole different world...

The world in which they find themselves is called Draconia - a floating island where monsters roam free!

With their trusty Dragon Daggers to aid them, our heroes commence their search for the seven mythical Dragonstones!


The characters

DRAGON QUEST TREASURES puts you in control of two main protagonists: Erik and Mia. Whichever you choose to play as is entirely up to you. Progress and character development are shared between them, which means nothing is lost when you decide to switch.

If you’re a fan of DRAGON QUEST, you may also already recognize this plucky pair. They originally appeared in DRAGON QUEST XI, where Erik joined the protagonist on his journey to save the world.

Let’s take a look at them as they appear in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES… and their spirit guides!

Erik

  • Voiced by: Mack Keith Roach

Erik is an inquisitive and mischievous young man who lives on the Viking longship with his little sister.

He dreams of finding incredible treasures and becoming rich beyond his wildest dreams!

Erik’s Spirit Guide: Purrsula

  • Voiced by: Laura Aikman

A curious creature rescued by our heroes, Purrsula looks like a cat and acts as Erik's sidekick.

Mia

  • Voiced by: Freya Skye

Mia is a determined and energetic young woman who lives on the Viking longship with her brother Erik.

She loves nothing more than hunting for treasure and would like to get her hands on a real haul one day.

Mia’s Spirit Guide: Porcus

  • Voiced by: Adam Diggle

Porcus looks like a pig. He takes a shine to Mia and accompanies her wherever she goes


Gameplay

Next, we’ll take a look at some of the things you’ll be doing in DRAGON QUEST TREASURES!

The world of Draconia is made up of numerous islands, all of which have their own unique characteristics. The monsters that inhabit each island are different too!

Fortunately, the Dragon Daggers allow Erik and Mia to communicate and cooperate with these monsters!

Hunt for treasure using your monsters’ abilities

The islands of Draconia are diverse and feature everything from volcanoes to glaciers.

Use your monsters' special skills to search for treasure wherever you go!

Fight side-by-side with a team of monsters

Your monster pals will come to your aid on the battlefield, and fight alongside Erik or Mia to take down pesky enemies.

Finding treasure

In DRAGON QUEST TREASURES, you’ll work with your monster pals to find hidden treasures. Here’s how it works!

The Fortune Finder is your first port of call when looking for treasure. Head in the direction indicated by the arrow.

If your monsters start getting overexcited, activate the Fortune Finder to trigger their Treasure Visions.

You’ll see the location of buried treasure through your monsters' eyes.

Use the information provided by the Treasure Visions to track down the treasure.

If you see the ground begin to glow brightly, that means you've found the loot and it's time to start digging.

Congratulations! You found some treasure!

However, you won't know how much it's worth until you get back to base.

Protect your treasure from rival gangs

Formidable rivals will make life difficult for our intrepid heroes!

Rival gangs will target your treasure and come to take it for themselves. Don't let them!

Appraising treasure

Any treasure you collect should be taken back to base so that it can be appraised. Only then will you learn exactly how much it's worth!

Collect loot to grow your base and develop into ever more talented treasure hunters!

Some of the treasures you find may even feature legendary figures from the DRAGON QUEST series!


We hope you enjoyed this dive into DRAGON QUEST TREASURES. You’ll be able to join Erik and Mia on the loot-filled adventures on December 9, 2022, when the game launches for Nintendo Switch.

We’ll have more to share about the game as we get closer to release, so make sure you follow DRAGON QUEST on social media to hear the big news first: