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The War drum is a special item that first appeared in Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride.

War drum
DQV War Drum.png
Japanese たたかいのドラム
Old localizations
Found in Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest XI (3DS and Switch versions only)
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Effect Increases attack power of all party members when used in battle.


Dragon Quest VEdit

When used, the War drum doubles all active party member's attack power for no MP, making the spell Oomph (which doubles only one party members attack for MP) obsolete. It can only be gotten at the end of the game, so it's understandable that such an overpowered item would have gotten to the point where it would be literally useless if it weren't for the post-game bonus Boss Estark in Nadiria.

Additionally Soulspawn and Deathsquad will sometimes use them, though they aren't obtainable from either monster.

Dragon Quest XI SEdit

The War Drum is dropped by Nimclops in the Hall of Remembrance-Level 2 and it increases the attack of all party members by one stage.


Beat this battle bongo to fire up the fighting spirit.