Tantegel

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Tantegel (ラダトーム, radatōmu, Ladutorm) is a castle and accompanying town which serve as the capital of Alefgard. It is featured in the first three Dragon Quest games: Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II, and Dragon Quest III, as part of the Erdrick Trilogy. Tantegel is the starting and central location in the original Dragon Quest and is the only location in Alefgard which has a castle and a reigning king.

In the original Famicom release of Dragon Quest, the town surrounding the Ladutorm Castle (ラダトーム城, radatōmu shiro) is called the same name as the castle, Ladutorm Town (ラダトームの町, radatōmu no machi). When the game was localized and released overseas it was decided to give the castle and town different names (Tantegel and Brecconary respectively). In all other English version releases both town and castle are referred to as Tantegel, and combined into one icon on the world map.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest[edit]

Tantegel is a location of central importance in Dragon Quest for many reasons.

  • It is the starting location for the hero of the game.
  • It is the only location where the player can save the game.
  • It is the only castle in Alefgard that has a reigning king.
  • It is the largest city (castle and town combined) in the game.
  • It contains one of the essential items to complete the game, the (Sunstone).
  • It is the location the hero returns to after completing the game.

Shops and Services[edit]

ICON-WEAPON-SHOP.png Weapon Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Bamboo lance.png Bamboo lance10+2 Attack
ICON-Oaken club.png Oaken club60+4 Attack
ICON-Copper sword.png Copper sword180+10 Attack
ICON-Plain clothes.png Plain clothes20+2 Defense
ICON-Leather armour.png Leather armour70+4 Defense
ICON-Leather shield.png Leather shield90+4 Defense
ICON-ITEM-SHOP.png Item Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Medicinal herb.png Medicinal herb24Heals a small amount of HP
File:ICON-Torch.png Torch8Lights a radius around the Hero
File:ICON-Dragon's scale.png Dragon's scale20Provides a small amount of Defense


Dragon Quest II[edit]

In Dragon Quest II, Tantegel is much less important. It is not reached until nearly halfway into the game, and the new king is hiding out of fear of Hargon. No major items/information are located there and it can be skipped altogether if desired.

Shops and Services[edit]

ICON-WEAPON-SHOP.png Weapon Shop 
Item Price Attributes
File:ICON-Wizard's staff.png Wizard's staff2500+8 Attack (NES version)
+27 Attack (SNES/GBC versions)
Casts Sizz when used in battle
ICON-Steel broadsword.png Steel broadsword1500+30 Attack
File:ICON-Sledgehammer.png Sledgehammer4000+35 Attack (NES version)
+40 Attack (SNES/GBC versions)
ICON-Cloak of evasion.png Cloak of evasion1250+20 Defense (NES version)
+35 Defense (SNES/GBC versions)
ICON-Full plate armour.png Full plate armour1000+25 Defense
ICON-Iron helmet.png Iron helmet3150+6 Defense
ICON-ITEM-SHOP.png Item Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Medicinal herb.png Medicinal herb15Heals a small amount of HP.
ICON-Antidotal herb.png Antidotal herb8Cures one party member of poison.
ICON-Chimaera wing.png Chimaera wing80Returns you to your last save location.
ICON-Holy water.png Holy water40Repels weaker monsters.
File:ICON-Banishing bell.png Banishing bell640Protects against non-damaging spells.


Dragon Quest III[edit]

Tantegel is the location of central importance in the 'dark world' of Alefgard in Dragon Quest III. It contains the essential Sunstone item in this game as well. It also serves as the location the heroes return to after completing the game, similar to Dragon Quest.

Shops and Services[edit]

ICON-WEAPON-SHOP.png Weapon Shop 
Item Price Attributes
File:ICON-Wizard's staff.png Wizard's staff1500?
File:ICON-Staff of judgement.png Staff of judgement2700?
ICON-Dragonsbane.png Dragonsbane15000?
ICON-Falcon blade.png Falcon blade25000?
ICON-Magic vestment.png Magic vestment4400?
ICON-Dragon mail.png Dragon mail9800?
File:ICON-Angel's robe.png Angel's robe3000?

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

In this game, Tantegel has two areas that can be reached by using teleportals: Tantegel Moor and Charlock Castle. The boss of the fourth and final chapter is the Dragonlord.

Captain N: The Game Master[edit]

The N Team arrived in Dragon's Den through a Warp Zone leading to Brecconary. While there, Kevin Keene/Captain N obtained Magical herb from the weapon store's shopkeeper in exchange for his digital watch.

Nearby monsters[edit]

(Dragon Quest I)[edit]

(Dragon Quest II)[edit]

(Dragon Quest III)[edit]

Item shop[edit]

In the NES versions, the item shop is referred to as a tools shop.

  • I
  • II
  • III
  • Android/iOS
Dragon Quest I (Android/iOS)
Item Price Attributes
Medical Herb 10g Restores 20-35 HP
Torch 8g Lights up the darkness of dungeons.
Dragon's Scale 20g A talisman carved from the scale of a dragon.
  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
Dragon Quest III (NES)
Item Price Attributes
Medical Herb 8g Heals a small amount of HP
Antidote Herb 10g Cures poison
Fairy Water 20g Repels monsters
Wing of Wyvern 25g Returns you to a zoom location
Full Moon Herb 30g Cures paralysis
Invisibility Herb 300g Makes party invisible for a short time
Dragon Quest III (SNES)
Item Price Attributes
Medical Herb 8 Heals a small amount of HP
Antidote Herb 10 Cures poison
Fairy Water 20 Repels monsters
Wing of the Wyvern 25 Returns you to a zoom location
Full Moon Herb 30 Cures paralysis
Invisible Herb 300 Makes party invisible for a short time
Dragon Quest III (GBC)
Item Price Attributes
Medical Herb 8g Heals a small amount of HP
Antidote Herb 10g Cures poison
Fairy Water 20g Repels monsters
Wing of the Wyvern 25g Returns you to a zoom location
Full Moon Herb 30g Cures paralysis
Invisible Herb 300g Makes party invisible for a short time

Fairy water shop[edit]

In Dragon Quest there is a Fairy water shop located behind a magic key door in the town portion of Tantegel. In Dragon Quest II this shop has been replaced by a house of healing. Fairy water was added to item shops in later games, rather than having its own shop.

  • NES
  • SNES
  • Android/iOS
  • GBC
Dragon Quest (NES)
Item Price Attributes
Fairy Water 38g Keeps low level enemies away
Dragon Quest (SNES)
Item Price Attributes
Fairy Water 12g Keeps low level enemies away
Dragon Quest (Android/iOS)
Item Price Attributes
Holy Water 12g Keeps low level enemies away

Magic key shop[edit]

In Dragon Quest there is a magic key shop located in Tantegel castle behind a magic key door. This is convenient as the hero does not have to travel back to Rimuldar in order to purchase more magic keys.

  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
Dragon Quest (NES)
Item Price Attributes
Magic Key 85g Opens a magic key door
Dragon Quest (SNES)
Item Price Attributes
Magic Key 24g Opens a magic key door

Items[edit]

  • Dragon Quest
  • II
  • III
  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
Dragon Quest (NES)
Item Location
small amount of gold x 4 4 chests behind magic key door in castle
 ? gold chest in throne room
Magic Key chest in throne room
Torch chest in throne room
Stones of Sunlight hidden underground chamber in castle
Dragon Quest (SNES)
Item Location
336 gold chest behind magic key door in castle
Agility Seed chest behind magic key door in castle
Magic Key chest behind magic key door in castle
Magic Nut chest behind magic key door in castle
120 gold chest in throne room
Magic Key chest in throne room
Torch chest in throne room
Medical Herb pot near the front of the castle
Wing of the Chimera bookcase in the inn
Stones of Sunlight hidden underground chamber in castle
Medical Herb dresser in hidden underground chamber in castle
Nut of Life dresser in hidden underground chamber in castle
There are no items to be found in the NES version, but a Repellent can be found in the pot next to the old man claiming to lift curses.
  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
Dragon Quest III (NES)
Item Location
Stones of Sunlight Chest in room connected to kitchen
Dragon Quest III (GBC)
Item Location
Mystic nut Flower bed by the weapon and armor shop
Tiny medal The other side of the town wall by a tree
Token In a jar where Kandar is staying
Lucky book Upstairs bookshelf in the building with the boy studying to lift curses
Wimpy book Upstairs bookshelf in the building with the boy studying to lift curses
Life acorn In a jar where Kandar is staying
Token Right side of the castle entrance
Token Drawer in the bedroom area of the castle
Boxer shorts Drawer in the bedroom area of the castle
Tiny medal The left vase in the kitchen area of the castle
Stones of Sunlight Chest upstairs from the kitchen
550 Gold Coins The left vase in the room with the Stones of Sunlight
Agility seed The right vase in the room with the Stones of Sunlight
Token Search on the flower next to the cat in the outside path leading to the cellar

Inn[edit]

  • Dragon Quest
  • II
  • III
  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
Dragon Quest (NES)
Price
6g
Dragon Quest (SNES)
Price
3g
  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
Dragon Quest II (NES)
Price
2g/person
Dragon Quest II (GBC)
Price
2g/person
  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
Dragon Quest III (NES)
Price
1g/person

Locked doors[edit]

  • Dragon Quest
  • II
  • III
Dragon Quest
Key Type Info
Magic Key King Lorik's chamber
Magic Key Door to treasure chests
Magic Key Access to eastern area of castle
Magic Key In town, access to fairy water shop
Dragon Quest II
Key Type Info
Golden Key Upstairs in weapon/armor shop, where the king is hiding
Golden Key Door to fairy water shop

Location attributes[edit]

   Save icon.png    This is a location where the game can be saved.

   Zoom icon.png    This location can be reached using the Zoom spell.

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Trivia[edit]

  • One reason the town may have been given a different name in the NES version, is because the localizers may have thought that it would be odd to call it the same name as its castle, as it is entirely separate from the castle on the world map. However, in Dragon Quest II and III, Tantegel is composed of both combined locations.
  • Tantegel is named after the real life village Tintagel and the nearby Tintagel Castle. They are associated with the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and have become one of the most visited places in Britain.

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