Question from william_hittle

Asked: 3 years ago

Anyone encountered a text glitch after fighting abyss diver?

I was doing Nicholas' Necklace quest and had just killed an abyss diver and got it. Then I tried to use sterling's whistle to board the starflight express, but it failed. So I zoomed to Stornway, and the animation looked funny. A text box didn't show up saying that zoom had been cast. I wondered if I had broken something, so I thought I'd quick save and stop, but the "yes/no" text box didn't appear when I tried to quick save. I panicked and went to a church to save, but the text of the priest was garbled non-sense, and now I can't make it go away. Pushing the A button advances text, but doesn't save or cancel. Pushing the B button cancels, but the priest won't stop saying something. The text is garbled, so I don't know what he's saying. Anyone encountered this? Anyone know what caused it?

Additional details - 3 years ago

Here's the text the priest keeps repeating:

"The a bys d iv rfybat, mg rhbahb bmbyvs y rs. b , rmv a mg r yb?shbgrs. ! rbymgb rs! mrbrhf ! yyb a mg yy?s bmbs rh bys yb?shbgrs imfp"
press A
"The aby s blli vrf tvyrt. bfmghbt ryvvf.btv rthi ,av. hbf. hr g hbt dry . hfrvyybhf f v?. . bi v! ! tv g hb ybtv . abybysar. ghb s r f , p"
pressing A does nothing. press B
"The abysdd i wrfirta. fims gabs hsyabs rfs ywr.frt. ?frvg!"
press A
"The ab ysdib vsd rft. mg. f gs tfhstb vsdt ystbym gvf rb. fadtf is.?"
pressing A does nothing, press B
"The ab yabsl i vrfrv t a ,a mvrg.r g vrmvd af habv gddbrt. bvry v rvh yrsr..f,,g, .? habv drm?,at !!!"
press A
"The a bay sdivdr ia fadisdyv ad bayt . rmvdiytv . i igsh basdiyv b fgsrr."
pressing A does nothing, press B

and then the text boxes repeat.

Additional details - 3 years ago

I was not in multiplayer when it occurred.

I wound up turning my game off and reloading from a hard save. The next time I attempted the quest, the glitch didn't occur.

This question is open with pending answers, but none have been accepted yet

Submitted Answers

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I sorry, but I don't know it why occurs, but I've experienced the same glitch on a number of occations. The best way out of it is to try to quick save. I think after you select quick save and you hear noise that intigates the text box should have appeared (when it doesn't), you press R (if not R, then another button - not certain I got the button right) to have it Quicksave in this garbled state. Reload Dragon Quest 9 and everything should be back to normal. If you load your file again without reloading DQ9, it will still be glitched.

Whatever you do, do NOT talk to the priest or you will be caught in an infinite text loop forcing you to Reload your game.

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As I've said, I'm not certain why it occurs but I think I have some idea.
Where you in multiplayer when it occured?

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I've seen two similar glitches, but thankfully neither screwed up my game:

Commentary: annihilator127 sprinkles some [garbage characters] about the place. All traces of the party's passing are purged from the proximity.
annihilator127: It would be much easier for all of us just to say 'holy water'.
(This seems to only happen on an emulator)

Or when there are two genie sanguinis, A is occasionally referred to in the commentary as 'the genie sanguini'.

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The text glitch is a memory overflow error. It has nothing to do with Abyss Divers. What probably happened was that you'd used Quick Save several times in a row without going to a church to do a proper save. The more times you Quick Save, the more likely this is to happen. It's most annoying when you're on level 16 of a high-level dungeon...!

As a rule of thumb, avoid using Quick Save more than twice in a row without going to the church to do a proper save. If the text ever starts to garble, try to save immediately, and turn the DS off before trying to play again.

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