Lightning staff

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Lightning Staff
Japanese いかずちのつえ
Old localizations Lightning staff
Staff of thunder
Bolt staff
Found in Dragon Quest II
Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest Monsters
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Effect Casts Woosh, Sizzle, or Zap when used as a tool in battle.

The Lightning staff is a recurring wand in the Dragon Quest series. When used as a tool in battle, it can unleash either lightning or fire to damage a group of enemies. It is typically a powerful weapon for spellcasters.

In Dragon Quest XI, the Lightning staff is now classified as a Heavy wand.


The staff has had two distinct designs over the years. From its debut in the second game until VII, the lightning staff appeared as a long green wand with a crystal at its tip and topped with a gold orb. The gold orb has two spikes on its side, a blue gem in its center, and a design of a dragon perched on top. It also has cloth or leather wrapped around the top of the staff underneath the crystal.

Starting with VIII, the lightning staff is now a long purple staff with gold accents. The top of the staff has a curved crescent-shaped design with a small green crystal in its middle. It became reclassified as a heavy wand in Dragon Quest X.


Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +15 (upgraded to an impressive +45 attack in all remake versions of the game) and can be equipped by all three characters. The staff is dropped by the Whackolyte in the dungeon of Midenhall. When used in combat, the staff casts a lightning-themed variant of Woosh.

It is the most powerful weapon that the Princess of Moonbrooke can equip. In the NES version, players can continually sell it for money by selling it, then saving & resetting the game and fighting the Evil Clown again. The remake versions of the game only provide one lightning staff per game.

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +45 (+30 in the NES version) and can be only be equipped by Mages and Sages. It can be found near a well in Persistence, can be sold for 1,875 gold coins, and casts Sizzle when used as an item.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen

The Lightning staff is hidden in the Castle Nadiria. Borya and Maya are able to use it. It has an attack bonus of +29, and casts Sizzle when used as a tool in battle. In the remakes, it can also be found in the Vault of Vrenor in a hidden stairway that's revealed when you search the chest that originally contained the Armlet of Transmutation.

Also in the remakes are the memoirs of Rowand the Wandering Wandsman, which hint to The Staff and it's location.

The Staff is also used by the Hell raiser monsters.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +29. It can be picked up in the Faerie Palace.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +28 and a style bonus of +24. It can only be equipped by Maribel and Sir Mervyn. It is found in Mardra after Zeppel is defeated.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +24 and has the same effect as Zap when used as an item in battle, but can only target one group of enemies. The staff can only be equipped by Jessica and Angelo. It can be found in treasure chest in western Argonia and can also be sold for 2,300 gold, but there is only one in the game.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

 Lightning staff
(forge buffs)
(+26, +28 ,+30)
Magical Might
(forge buffs)
(+24, +26, +28)
Magical Mending
(forge buffs)
(+11, +12, +13)
MP Absorption +9
Special effect Deals lightning damage to an enemy group.
Difficulty ★★☆☆☆
Found Sold in Lonalulu and Phnom Nonh
Recipe: Pink Pine x2 + Thunderball x1 + Royal soil x1
Equipable by Veronica, Rab
Buy Price 4,600
Sell Price 2,300
Flavor text A wand which can be used in battle to call down lethal barrages of lightning.
Notes Dropped by Wight prince1128
Dropped by Professaurus164

The recipe book for the Lightning staff, Electrifying Equipment is found inside a treasure within the Eerie Eyrie.

Dragon Quest Monsters

The bolt staff appears as a single-use tool that can cause around 50 points of lightning damage to enemies. The staffs can be found throughout various Travelers' Gates or can be purchased from the Bazaar for 3,000 gold.


A staff which crackles with the wrath of the heavens.[1]
Hurls vicious thunderbolts at the enemy when used as an item in battle.[2]



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