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Cantlin (メルキド, Merukido, Mercado) is a walled city located in the south central region of Alefgard. It exists in Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. It does not appear in Dragon Quest II similar to many other locations in Alefgard. Cantlin is most famous for being guarded by a golem in the original game. It was recently featured in Dragon Quest Builders as the starting city, followed by Rimuldar.


Dragon Quest

In Dragon Quest, the city of Cantlin is typically the last major city the hero visits. It is surrounded by some of the strongest outer world monsters. When first approached, the city is guarded by a golem monster, which is triggered when the hero first attempts to enter the mountain range surrounding the city. This battle is a one time event, and is the only place where a golem can be encountered. The weapons and armor shop in Cantlin sells the best equipment the character can purchase in the game.

Dragon Quest Builders

Despite all of this, Cantlin is a not a required location to visit in order to complete the game.

Dragon Quest II

Informing The Hero and his cousins about the Lighthouse containing 1 of 5 Sigils, the grandson of the Dragonlord points them to an island south of where Cantlin once stood.

Dragon Quest III

In Dragon Quest III, Cantlin contains references to its future representation in Dragon Quest, such as a man contemplating the construction of a golem to protect the city from attackers. Although all of the shops listed below exist, none of them are occupied or sell anything. The residents of the town have given up working due to the archfiend.

Dragon Quest Builders

In this game, the Cantlin region consists of four different areas that can be reached by using teleportals:

Shops & Services

ICON-ITEM-SHOP.png NorthwestItem Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Medicinal herb.png Medicinal herb8?
ICON-Torch.png Torch8?
ICON-ITEM-SHOP.png Western Item Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Chimaera wing.png Chimaera wing25?
ICON-Dragon's scale.png Dragon's scale20?
ICON-ITEM-SHOP.png Holy Water Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Holy water.png Holy water20?
ICON-WEAPON-SHOP.png Northern Weapon Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Bamboo spear.png Bamboo spear10Attack +2
ICON-Oaken club.png Oaken club60Attack +4
ICON-Copper sword.png Copper sword180Attack +10
ICON-ARMOUR-SHOP.png Northern Armor Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Leather armour.png Leather armour70Defense +4
ICON-Chain mail.png Chain mail300Defense +10
ICON-Iron shield.png Iron shield800Defense +10
ICON-WEAPON-SHOP.png Southern Weapon Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Iron axe.png Iron axe560Attack +15
ICON-Steel broadsword.png Steel broadsword1,500Attack +20
ICON-ARMOUR-SHOP.png Southern Armor Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Full plate armour.png Full plate armour3,000Defense +24
ICON-Magic armour.png Magic armour7,700Defense +24

ICON-WEAPON-SHOP.png Magic key Weapon Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Fire blade.png Fire blade9,800Attack +28
ICON-ARMOUR-SHOP.png Magic key Armor Shop 
Item Price Attributes
ICON-Silver shield.png Silver shield14,800Defense +20


Dragon Quest I 100 Gold Coins
Dragon Quest III 50 Gold Coins

Locked doors

The first game has two doors in southwestern part of town, the first of which leads to man with clues Erdrick's Armor, and the second to the hidden shops.

DQIII has three locked doors, none of which lead to vital or interesting things.


Dragon Quest (All remakes)
Item Location
Seed of Resilience Dresser in the inn
Magic Key Dresser in southwestern man's house
Dragon Quest III (All remakes)
Item Location
Tiny medal Search in the building in the top left corner of town
Wizard's ring Search in the center of the building on the lower left corner of town
Token Search by the counter in the building on the lower right corner of town
Dark robe It will be available to search for in a grassy area in the center building after getting the second riddle in Zenith
Punk ring Dresser in the inn
Token Left drawer upstair in the huge shop on the left side of the town
Party dress Right drawer upstair in the huge shop on the left side of the town
Kindly book On a bookshelf upstair in the huge shop on the left side of the town
Lady book On a bookshelf upstair in the huge shop on the left side of the town
Smart book On a bookshelf upstair in the huge shop on the left side of the town
Hero book On a bookshelf upstair in the huge shop on the left side of the town
Defy book On a bookshelf upstair in the huge shop on the left side of the town

Location attributes

   Bank icon.png    This location includes a bank or vault.

   Casino icon.png   This location includes a casino or other gambling facility.

  • Note: The vault only appears in the SNES and GBC versions of Dragon Quest. The monster arena only appears in Dragon Quest III.

Nearby monsters