Assassin's dagger

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Assassin's dagger
DQVIII Assassins Dagger.png
Japanese アサシンダガー
Romaji Asashin dagā
Old localizations Dagger
Found in Dragon Quest III (remakes only)
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest Heroes II
Dragon Quest of the Stars
Dragon Quest Tact
Effect Has a chance to instantly kill an enemy when attacking.

The Assassin's dagger is a recurring knife in the Dragon Quest series. Much like the Poison needle, it has a chance to instantly kill an enemy in a single strike, but it also capable of dealing normal damage as well. Unfortunately, it cannot chip away at the HP of a monster in the Metal slime familys 1 point at a time like the aforementioned dirk.


Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation remake[edit]

The Assassin's dagger grants an Attack bonus of +25, a 6.25% (116th) chance to instantly slay a foe, and may only be equipped by Mages and Thieves. In the Super Famicom and Game Boy Color versions, an assassin's dagger can be found on the third Treasures n' Trapdoors track near the Castle of the Dragon Queen and the Shrine of Shackles in a treasure chest. In all other versions, there is only one in the game, and it can be found in the basement of Romaria Castle, behind a door locked by the Ultimate Key.

It can be sold for 4,125 gold coins.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

A venomous barb which can inflict a critical hit.[1]

The Assassin's dagger has an Attack bonus of +30 and a style bonus of +11. It has a 12.5% chance to deal instant death to an enemy and can only be equipped by Maribel. Assassin's daggers can be purchased from various shops for 1,500 gold coin and sold for 750 gold coins. They can also be won as prizes from the Lucky Panel at the Casino or dropped by Fighting batboons and Nail blighters.

  • There is a beneficial bug in the 3DS remake where the instant death chance is calculated a second time after damage is displayed.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

A compact knife made especially for assassins.[2]

The Assassin's dagger has an Attack bonus of +37. It can only be equipped by Jessica, as well as Red in the Nintendo 3DS version. One can be found in the Arcadia Region in a treasure chest that requires the Thief's Key to open. They can be dropped rarely by Anchormen, Claws in the PS2 and Cell phone versions, Jackal rippers, and Jumping jackals. Note: using Jessica's Sudden Death technique when the dagger is equipped will not increase the likelihood of the skill's success, and the instant death effect is absent altogether. It can be sold for 1,250 gold coins. The Assassin's dagger can be made in the Alchemy Pot and can be used to create an Imp knife, as well.

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Assassin's dagger
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Eagle dagger
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Poison needle

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Imp knife
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Assassin's dagger
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Devil tail

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

DQIX Assassins dagger.png Assassin's dagger DQIX Logo.png
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A killer cutter that in the right hands can fell a foe in a single strike.
Rarity Stats Vocations
★☆☆☆☆ Attack +54 IXmageicon.pngIXthieficon.pngIXwarrioricon.png
12.5% chance for instant death when attacking.
Price Location
7,000 gold coins/3,500 gold coins Buy in Gleeba and Batsureg.
Rarely dropped or stolen from Apeckalypses and Raving reapers.
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Deadly nightblade
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Poison needle
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Evencloth x2

Dragon Quest X[edit]

The Assassin's dagger has an Attack bonus of +22, a style bonus of +2, and increases the wielder's weight by 2. The dagger now only has a 1% chance of inflicting instant death. It can be equipped by Mages, Thieves, Minstrels, and Dancers.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

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A weapon adored by assassins that can instantly kill an enemy if it strikes the right spot
Stats with forge buffs
Attack +37/39/41/44
Death rate +2%
Price Location
N/A Treasure chest in the Caverns Under Octagonia
Dropped by Hellbound hunters at 1256
Forging difficulty
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Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

The Assassin's dagger is a C-rank dagger that can be acquired as a reward for completing the Daggers: Advanced level. It has a WIS and max MP bonus of +4 and two slots for Alchemy Effects.

Other Languages[edit]

Language Translation Meaning
ICON-FLAG-ES.png EspañolDaga de asesinoSpanish for "assassin's dagger".
ICON-FLAG-FR.png FrançaisDague d'assassinFrench for "assassin's dagger".
ICON-FLAG-DE.png DeutschMeucheldolchGerman for "assassin dagger".

Related weapons[edit]



  1. Nintendo 3DS version
  2. Sony Playstation 2, Mobile, and Nintendo 3DS versions.