Assassin's dagger

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A venomous barb which can inflict a critical hit. --Description in Dragon Quest VII
Assassin's dagger
DQVIII Assassins Dagger.png
Kana アサシンダガー
Old localizations Dagger
Found in Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Buy for various, see article
Sell for various, see article
Effect Chance for instant death

The assassin's dagger is a recurring weapon 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 Metal slimes 1 point at a time like the aforementioned dirk.


Dragon Quest III[edit]

Appearing only in the remakes, the assassin's dagger (known as the dagger in the GBC version) grants an attack bonus of +25, a 6.25% (1/16th) chance to instantly slay a foe, and may only be equipped by mages and thieves. 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.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

The assassin's dagger, originally called the dagger in the PS1 version, 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 and sold for 750 gold. They can also be won as prizes from the Lucky Panel at the Casino.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

The assassin's dagger has an attack bonus of +37. It can only be equipped by Jessica and Red in the 3DS version. 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.

Recipe: Eagle dagger + Poison needle Ingredient: Mix with Devil's tail to get the Imp knife

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

 Assassin's dagger  (DS)
Attack +54
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Equipment Class Knife
Equipable by Mages, Thieves, Warriors, Omnivocational master
Buy Price 9,600
Sell Price 3,500
Notes Deadly nightblade x 1, Poison needle x 1, Evencloth x 2
Sold in Gleeba, Batsureg

The chance of inflicting instant death, 6.25%, is not influenced by the equipped character's deftness attribute.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

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

The assassin's dagger can be equipped by Erik and Sylvando. It has an attack bonus of +37 and an instant death rate of two percent. Assassin bloods can drop them. It also found in a chest in the Octagonia Caverns.

Dragon Quest Heroes II[edit]


  • A compact knife made especially for assassins. (Description when selecting the Assassin's dagger in PS2 Dragon Quest VIII.)

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