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    9 years ago #1
    Dragon Quest 8 General Information/Frequently Asked Questions Topic 3.0

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    Table of Contents:

    Pre-purchase Questions. [1.0]

    What is this game? [1.1]
    Should I get this game? [1.2]
    What should I know before playing? [1.3]
    I heard Dragon Quest is a grind fest… [1.4]

    General Gameplay. [2.0]

    Is there a New Game+? [2.1]
    Which guides should I use? [2.2]
    Does the main character have an official name? [2.3]
    Is Hero's backstory ever explained? [2.4]
    What skills should I put points in? [2.5]
    I screwed up my skills/went down the “wrong” tree! Do I start over? [2.6]
    Where's the best place for Exp? [2.7]
    What's the best way to make money? [2.8]
    How can I revive people? [2.9]
    I put on some obviously cursed equipment, and now I'm cursed! And I can't take it off! [2.9]
    Since Hero is immune to curses, does that mean he can wear cursed equipment with impunity? [2.10]
    Where can I get a world map? [2.11]
    How do I Zoom to more places? [2.12]
    How can I revive people? [2.13]
    How/When can I get 100 Tension? [2.14]
    Is Tension any good? It seems like it's just dealing the same damage as if I’d attacked twice. [2.15]
    Do monster coins do anything? [2.16]
    What are the visible monsters on the Overworld? Should I fight them? [2.17]
    What can I miss? [2.18]
    What sidequests are there? [2.19]
    I can’t beat Dholmagus! [2.20]
    When does the Baccarat casino open? [2.21]
    Dragovian Trials [2.22]

    Monster Arena. [3.0]

    When can I start the monster arena sidequest? [3.1]
    How do I get to my arena monster menu? [3.2]
    Where can I get better monsters just after gaining access to the Monster Arena? [3.3]
    How do I beat B Rank? [3.4]
    How do I beat Rank A/S? [3.5]

    Alchemy. [4.0]

    Which items should I not sell for Alchemy? [4.1]
    What should I use my Orichalcums on? [4.2]
    Time needed for the alchemy pot to finish cooking. [4.3].
    How do I make money through alchemy? [4.4]

    Useful links. [5.0]

    Recruitable Monster Location Map [5.1]
    Treasure Chest Location Map [5.2]
    Monster Arena Simulator [5.3]
    Equipment/Item FAQ [5.4]
    Auto-leveling/farming [5.5]
    Game System FAQ. [5.6]


    Pre-purchase Questions.

    What is this game? [1.1]

    This is the eighth main entry in the Dragon Quest/Warrior series. The series in question is known for providing gameplay innovations seen in many other RPGs; for example, the multiple-party member system and monster catching. Its gameplay system is also currently the most "dated", as it features standard turn-based battles, actually appreciable difficulty, and a plot that lacks convolution.

    This particular game features gorgeous cel-shading that brings its cartoonish art to life, a pleasantly streamlined old-school menu-based combat system, and a simplistic yet enjoyable storyline.