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Most equipment can be bought, but some can only be found or dropped by enemies. Some equipment can cast spells (at no MP cost) by using it as an item in battle. This item use is limited: usually only classes that can equip an item can use it from the item menu (with some exceptions like the Staff of Thunder and Shield of Strength). Cursed items have a negative impact on your party and cannot be removed except by visiting a healer in town or using the Curse Off spell.

  • Item locations in blue refer to a chest.
  • Item locations in red refer to a monster dropping it.

All equipment parts can be sold for 75% of their original price (rounded down). Therefore, if an item cannot be purchased, its selling price divided by 0,75 is listed, instead.

Original NES version[edit]

Class abbreviations
  • Hr = Hero
  • Sr = Soldier/Warrior
  • Mr = Merchant/Dealer
  • Gf = Goof-off/Jester
  • Pg = Pilgrim/Cleric
  • Sa = Sage
  • Wz = Wizard/Mage
  • Fi = Fighter

Weapons, especially for the Hero and Soldier are the most important piece of equipment, and if you have to choose between upgrading their weapon or their armor, get the best weapon possible. As soon as you get a ship, go and buy Zombie Slashers for your Pilgrim and Sage. Weapons are a low priority for all other classes, and most weapons will actually decrease a Fighter's attack.

"Item" means "use from the item menu".

Weapon Price Atk Special Location Hr Sr Mr Gf Pg Sg Wz Fi
Cypress Stick 5 2 - Aliahan, Soo, Kandar, Kandar Henchman, Man-Eater Chest, Slime Snaii Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Poison Needle 10 1 12% chance of instant kill Kanave, Soo, Man-Eater Moth, Executioner No No No No No No Yes No
Club 30 7 - Aliahan, Kanave, Cave of Norud, Soo, Troll Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Copper Sword 100 12 - Aliahan, Reeve, Rogue Knight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Magic Knife 200 14 - Reeve, Cave of Enticement, Cave of Dreams, Assaram, Lancel, Humanabat Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
Thorn Whip 320 18 - Reeve, Soo, King Froggore, Terror Shadow Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Demon Axe 500 90 Cursed: it misses very often and 12.5% chance of critical hit. Castle of Baramos, Mimic No Yes No No No No No No
Chain Sickle 550 24 - Reeve, Romaly, Assaram, Eliminator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Iron Spear 750 28 - Romaly, Kanave, Assaram, Lancel, Tonguebear Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Iron Claw 770 30 - Kanave, Samanao, Garuda, Goopi No No No No No No No Yes
Orochi Sword 1000 63 Item: casts Defense Orochi Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
Wizard's Wand 1500 15 Item: casts Blaze Noaniels, Samanao, Tantegel No No No No No Yes Yes No
Broad Sword 1500 33 - Romaly, Kanave, Assaram, Isis, Kol, Skeleton Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Staff of Thunder 2500 30 Item: casts Firebane. Any class can use it from item menu. Soo No No No No No Yes Yes No
Battle Axe 2500 40 - Assaram, Isis, Lancel, Avenger Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Staff of Force 2500 55 Uses 3MP per attack Assaram, Tedanki No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Staff of Judgement 2700 35 Item: casts Infernos Muor, Samanao, New Town, Tantegel, Hauksness No No No No Yes Yes No No
Giant Shears 3700 48 - Assaram, Isis No Yes No No No No No No
Multi-Edge Sword 5000 100 Cursed: deals damage to both user and enemy Castle of Zoma, Frost Cloud, Elysium Bird Yes Yes No No No No No No
Sledge Hammer 6500 55 - Tedanki, Muor, Lancel, Kol No Yes No No No No No No
Staff of Reflection 7000 33 Item: casts Bounce Archmages No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Thunder Sword 7500 85 Item: casts Boom Cave of Necrogond Yes Yes No No No No No No
Zombie Slasher 9800 65 Deals extra damage to undead enemies Tedanki, Samanao, New Town, Hauksness Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No
Golden Claw 15000 55 It dramatically increases encounter rate, even if unequipped. Pyramid, Gold Basher No No No No No No No Yes
Dragon Killer 15000 77 Deals extra damage to dragon enemies, including the armored tortoises Samanao, New Town, Tantegel Yes Yes No No No No No No
Snowblast Sword 15000 80 Item: casts Snowblast Marauder, Swordoid Yes Yes No No No No No No
Falcon Sword 25000 5 Attacks twice per round; useful against Metal Babbles. Tantegel, Rimuldar Yes No No No No Yes No No
Sword of Kings 32767 120 Item: casts Firevolt. Sell Oricon to the item shop owner to get it. Needed to kill Zoma. Kol Yes No No No No No No No
Thor's Sword 43690 95 Item: casts Firevolt Boss Troll, Troll King, Granite Titan Yes Yes No No No No No No
Sword of Destruction 45000 110 Cursed: the user gets stunned randomly Rimuldar, Baramos Gonus Yes Yes No No No No No No
Staff of Rain 99999 16 Item: casts StopSpell. Needed to trade for Rainbow Drop. Cannot be sold or dropped. Shrine South of Cantlin No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Sword of Gaia 99999 48 Needed to open the path to Necrogond. Cannot be sold or dropped. Shrine Jail Yes Yes No No No No No No
Sword of Illusion 99999 50 Item: casts Chaos. Talk to a woman south of the entrance after Baramos is defeated. Female only. Cannot be sold or dropped. Portoga (after Baramos's Death), Winged Demon No Yes Yes Yes No No No No

Remakes[edit]

Weapons, especially for the Hero and Warrior are the most important piece of equipment, and if you have to choose between upgrading their weapon or their armor, get the best weapon possible. As soon as you get a ship, go and buy Zombie Killer for your Cleric and Sage. Weapons are a low priority for all other classes, and most weapons will actually decrease the Fighter's attack.

Original weapons[edit]

Some of these weapons have minor differences from their original counterpart, but the majority are functionally identical.

Weapon Price Atk Special Location DQ3 sprite Hero.png
H
DQ3 sprite Soldier.png
W
DQ3 sprite Merchant.png
D
DQ3 sprite Thief.png
T
DQ3 sprite Jester.png
J
DQ3 sprite Pilgrim.png
C
DQ3 sprite Sage.png
S
DQ3 sprite Wizard.png
M
DQ3 sprite Fighter.png
F
DW3 stick.png Cypress Stick
(stick)
5 2 - Aliahan, Traveler's Inn, Snaily Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DW3 knife.png Poison Dagger 10 10 Low chance of instant kill. Evil Moth, Kazave, Executer, Sioux, Phantom Ship No No No Yes No No No Yes No
DW3 staff.png Club 30 7 - Aliahan, Kazave, Norud the Dwarf Cave, Sioux, Samanosa, Troll Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
DW3 sword.png Copper Sword 100 12 - Aliahan, Reeve, Rogue Nite Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
DW3 knife.png Sacred Knife
(knife)
200 14 - Cave of Enticement, Romaly, Bat Man, Pachisi Track 1, Ashalam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DW3 sword.png Chain Sickle
(sickle sword)
320 18 - Reeve, Romaly, Ashalam, Eliminator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
DW3 axe.png Demon Axe 500 105 - Mimic, Baramos' Castle, Pachisi Track 5 No Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 spear.png Iron Spear
(spear)
650 26 - Romaly, Kazave, Cave of Dreams, Ashalam, Tonguebear Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
DW3 claw.png Iron Claws 870 25 - Kazave, Ashalam, Pachisi Track 2, Goopi No No No No No No No No Yes
DW3 sword.png Orochi Sword 1000 65 Item: casts Defense Orochi Yes Yes No No No No Yes No No
DW3 sword.png Steel Sword 1300 33 - Pachisi Track 1+2, Pachisi Track 1, Noaniels, Isis, Portoga, Skeleton Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes
DW3 staff.png Wizard Staff 1500 14 Item: casts Blaze Noaniels, Ashalam No No No No No No Yes Yes No
DW3 axe.png Iron Axe 2500 38 - Deathstalk, Ashalam, Isis, Portoga Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes
DW3 staff.png Bolt Staff 2500 45 Item: casts Firebane Sioux No No No No No No Yes Yes No
DW3 staff.png Force Staff 2500 65 Uses 3MP per attack Baharata No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
DW3 staff.png Staff of Judgment
(judge staff)
2700 37 Item: casts Infernos Muor, Samanosa, New Town phase 3 No No No No No Yes Yes No No
DW3 hammer.png Giant Shears
(shears hammer)
4700 47 - Baharata, Muor, Tedanki, Evil Crab No Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 sword.png Double-Edged Sword 5000 115 Cursed: user suffers 1/4 of damage dealt. Zoma's Castle, DemonSword Yes No No No No No No No Yes
DW3 hammer.png Giant Hammer
(hammer)
6500 55 - Lancel No Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 staff.png Staff of Reflection
(bounce staff)
7000 33 Item: casts Bounce Archmage, Sky World No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
DW3 sword.png Thunder Sword 7500 82 Item: casts Boom Necrogond's Cave Yes Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 claw.png Golden Claws 8000 50 - Pyramid, Gold Man No No No No No No No No Yes
DW3 sword.png Sword of Seduction
(seduce sword)
9800 50 Item: casts Chaos. Female only. Portoga, Wing Demon No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
DW3 sword.png Zombie Killer
(zombie sword)
9800 67 Deals extra damage to undead enemies. Samanosa, New Town phase 3, Kol Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
DW3 sword.png Dragon Killer
(dragon sword)
15000 79 Deals extra damage to Dragon enemies. New Town phase 4-5, Ludatorm, Domdora Yes Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 sword.png Frost Blade
(snow sword)
23000 90 Item: casts Snowblast Domdora, Swordoid Yes Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 sword.png Falcon Sword 25000 5 Attacks twice per round; useful against Metal Babbles. Rimuldar Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
DW3 sword.png King's Sword 35000 120 Item: casts Infermost.
Cannot be sold or dropped.
Kol Yes No No No No No No No No
DW3 sword.png Sword of Destruction
(devil sword)
45000 110 Cursed: user gets stunned randomly. West Cave, Barazomb, Pachisi Track 5 Yes Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 sword.png Thor Sword 65000 95 Item: casts Firevolt GrandTitan, Troll King, Pachisi Track 4, Pachisi Track 5 Yes Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 sword.png Gaia Sword 99999 51 Cannot be sold or dropped. Shrine Jail, Sky World Yes Yes No No No No No No No

New weapons[edit]

Weapon Price Atk Special Location DQ3 sprite Hero.png
H
DQ3 sprite Soldier.png
W
DQ3 sprite Merchant.png
D
DQ3 sprite Thief.png
T
DQ3 sprite Jester.png
J
DQ3 sprite Pilgrim.png
C
DQ3 sprite Sage.png
S
DQ3 sprite Wizard.png
M
DQ3 sprite Fighter.png
F
DW3 knife.png Bronze Knife 80 8 - Reeve No No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
DW3 claw.png Beast Claw 550 95 - Tedanki (1.Riddle) No No No Yes No No No No Yes
DW3 hammer.png Steel Needle
(fan hammer)
1300 31 - Pachisi Track 2, Muor No No Yes No Yes No No No No
DW3 spear.png Holy Spear 2300 35 - Ashalam, Isis No No No No No Yes Yes No No
DW3 staff.png Mist Staff 3300 20 Item: casts Stopspell Pachisi Track 2, Portoga No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
DW3 staff.png Sleep Staff 4200 30 Item: casts Sleep Elven Village No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
DW3 knife.png Assassin Dagger
(dagger)
5500 25 Low chance of instant kill. Pachisi Track 3, Romaly, No No No Yes No No No Yes No
DW3 staff.png Rune Staff 6800 40 - Aliahan No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
DW3 claw.png Power Knuckle
(power claw)
7100 40 - Lancel, Samanosa, Ludatorm, Kol No No No Yes No No No No Yes
DW3 abacus.png Magic Abacus 7700 45 - New Town phase 3-5 No No Yes No No No No No No
DW3 axe.png Battle Axe 8700 60 - Sioux No Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 hammer.png War Hammer 9500 70 - New Town phase 3-5, Kol No Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 staff.png Sage Staff 15000 50 Item: casts Healmore Kol No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
DW3 claw.png Dragon Claw 17000 85 Deals extra damage to Dragon enemies. Small Medal Prize (80), Pachisi Track 5 No No No Yes No No No No Yes
DW3 abacus.png Justice Abacus 25000 110 - Small Medal Prize (60) No No Yes No No No No No No
DW3 sword.png Bastard Sword 31000 105 - Rimuldar Yes Yes No No No No No No No
DW3 staff.png Vivify Staff 45000 33 Item: casts Vivify Small Medal Prize (90) No No No No No Yes Yes No No
DW3 staff.png Rain Staff 99999 16 Item: casts Stopspell.
Cannot be sold or dropped.
Spirit Shrine No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Weapons that hit a group of enemies
DW3 whip.png Spiny Whip 320 18 Attacks a group. Small Medal Prize (5), King Toad, Shadow Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
DW3 whip.png Chain Whip 1000 27 Attacks a group. Kazave, Ashalam No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
DW3 whip.png Morning Star
(mace whip)
1700 30 Attacks a group. Pachisi Track 2, Baharata, Tedanki, Elven Village No No No No No Yes Yes No No
DW3 whip.png Steel Whip 3100 40 Attacks a group. Portoga, Tedanki, Lancel Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No No
DW3 whip.png Dragon Tail
(dragon whip)
6600 52 Attacks a group. Pachisi Track 3+4 Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
DW3 whip.png Gringham Whip
(ultimate whip)
28000 105 Attacks a group. Pachisi Track 4, Ice Cave Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No
Weapons that hit all enemies
DW3 rang.png Boomerang
(wooden boomerang)
550 19 Attacks all enemies. Pachisi Track 1 Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
DW3 rang.png Bladerang 1200 24 Attacks all enemies. Small Medal Prize (20) Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
DW3 rang.png Flamerang 6500 42 Attacks all enemies. Pachisi Track 3, Rubiss Tower Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
DW3 whip.png Wrecking Flail
(wreck whip)
37000 135 Attacks all enemies. Sky World Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes