Climbing Yggdrasil in Dragon Quest IV
|Game||Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen|
|Old localization||World Tree|
Yggdrasil is a great, mythical tree that pierces the heavens with its branches and is said to have divine healing properties. Introduced in Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, it is found in highly isolated and dangerous locations that prevent common folk from approaching it. The Yggdrasil Leaf and Yggdrasil dew carry the essence of the main tree within them, making them among the most potent healing items in any game.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
- 1.2 Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
- 1.3 Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
- 1.4 Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
- 1.5 Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
- 1.6 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
- 1.7 Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below
- 2 Etymology
- 3 See also
- 4 Map
The player can obtain an Yggdrasil Leaf by traveling south of the Sea Cave to an island with one tree on it. By searching this tree, the player can obtain the Leaf. The party can only get one leaf at a time from this tree and if the player already has an Yggdrasil Leaf, they cannot get another one.
Yggdrassil is found in at the intersection of four lone impassable mountains in the region of the world that corresponds to China. By searching this tile, the player can obtain a leaf. As in II, the party may only have one leaf at a time.
Yggdrasil is a location in Dragon Quest IV. It appears simply as an immense tree hundreds of times the size of any real-world tree, with the elven village of El Forado at the base. Located slightly east of Mintos and surrounded by a ring of impenetrable mountains, it is only accessible by balloon flight.
The party visits it late in the game, after acquiring the balloon. After ascending to its boughs, they encounter Orifiela, a Zenithian who fell from the sky and landed in the Tree's branches. She helps them find the Zenithia Sword, which is nearby, and, after being rescued, agrees to show them the way to Zenithia.
Yggdrasil can be found in Gröndal. When the party travels there in the past, the World Tree hasn't achieved maturity yet; it is a mere sapling known as Ygg. The residents of Gröndal, under the influence of fighting batboon try to cut down the sapling before it becomes a World Tree. The party stops this from happening and Ygg is able to become a World Tree. The party can obtain a World Leaf by going to the World Tree. If the party does not have a World Leaf, a bird will drop one from the tree for the party to pick up and obtain. If they do, the bird will not drop one. They can also obtain a phial of Yggdrasil Dew at Gröndal. However, only the Hero can get on line to buy one and, if supplies run out before the Hero gets one, the party will have to leave town and enter again to try and get another one. If they already have one, they will not be allowed to buy another.
In Dragon Quest IX, the tree is part of the central plot and appears at the top of the Observatory. The Yggdrasil is considered the gateway to the realm of the Almighty, as when it blossoms the Starlight Express comes to ferry Celestrians. However, as part of the events of the game, when the tree blossoms, it instead causes a disaster in the Observatory. It is later revealed that Yggdrasil is in fact the goddess Celestria, the daughter of the Almighty, Zenus. She became Yggdrasil to stay her father smiting mortal kind, for only the Benevolessence produced by humans could undo her self-inflicted curse.
In Dragon Quest XI, Yggdrasil is once more a part of the central plot, being located in the very middle of the world map. The source of all life, it is believed that each leaf in its boughs represents an individual residing in Erdrea, falling once that life is extinguished. If evil were to seize the land in its grip, the arrival of a destined hero would be indicated by a leaf glowing especially bright upon blooming. Being chosen by Yggdrasil Herself, the Luminary as the champion is called bears a special mark that can be used to call upon divine powers. This mark also allows the Luminary to draw upon memories captured by the tree, giving them a special clairvoyance into past events.
The history of the Yggdrasil Tree dates back to ancient times when Yggdragon dueled with Calasmos, but was slain in combat and fell to the earth in Erdrea. His soul was able to be revived with the assistance of lost time spirits, taking the visage of Yggdrasil and causing life to flourish throughout Erdrea. He created the first Luminary, Erdwin to destroy Calasmos and bring peace to the world. Since he was unsuccessful, he later created the Hero, the current Luminary who succeeded in defeating The Dark One and thus was granted the title of Erdrick by Yggdragon.
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