Orichalcum

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Orichalcum (formerly localized as Oricon due to display constraints) is a key recurring item in the series. It is a mythical metal harder than any other known substance, is typically used to create powerful weapons and/or armor in the games in which it appears. This is done using processes such as alchemy and sword tempering.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

Orichalcum is needed to reforge the Sword of kings. To accomplish this, retrieve the unrefined ingot from the stables in Damdara and sell it to the Jipanese blacksmith in Kol. The legendary sword can then be purchased from the town's item shop for 22500G.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Orichalcum is an ingredient of the alchemization items such as the Sage's Stone, Meteorite Bracer, Metal king shield, Metal king armour, Liquid metal sword, Megaton Hammer and Goddess Ring.

The almighty azure alloy can be found in the Godbird's Eyrie (light world), the Black Citadel, automatically dropped by Ruin, exchanged for 83 Mini medals, and found a chest in the post-game Heavenly Dias. Additionally, monsters Metal King Slime (1256) and Pandora's Box (1128). Using Yangus' Stainless Steal Sickle with the Skull helm will help against the latter, but will lower the acquirement rate to 1256.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

Orichalcum is again a crucial component in several alchemy recipes. It can be acquired in treasure chests of rank 9 and 10 in treasure map grottos, found inside a red chest in the cave on the lonely coast, near Apus Major's throne in a red chest, purchased for 15 mini medals a piece from Cap'n Max Meddlin' after completing the standard reward list, and it can be dropped by a Gem Slime (1256) as well as Greygnarl (Grotto) (5%). It is used to create:

Game description: A highly prized mineral of magnificent hardness. Alchemise it!

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime[edit]

Orichalcum is used as ammunition for the Schleiman Tank, and may be used in alchemy to create other ammunition, such as the orichalcum slime.

Dragon Quest Swords[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Orichalcum comes from Greek mythology, specifically Plato's tales of the fabled Atlantis. The original word, Oreichalkos, translates directly to "mountain copper", though the material is said to have been several times more durable. It's value was second only to gold, and it was used int he construction of sacred temples and government buildings.