Bamboo lance

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Bamboo lance
DQ Bamboo Lance.png
Japanese たけざお
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Old localizations Pole
Bamboo spear
Bamboo pole
Found in Dragon Quest
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest X
Effect N/a

The bamboo lance is a recurring spear in the Dragon Quest series. It is very cheap, but not very powerful and only meant to get players by at the very start of an adventure.


This spear is a primitive weapon made from a length of bamboo sharpened to a point at the end. In some of the games, the spear or pole has some cloth wrapped around it as a rudimentary grip for ease of use. Typically it is one of the weakest, if not the weakest, weapon that appears in the game. Eventually, this position would be taken by the Cypress stick in later games.

In the Japanese versions of the games, the bamboo pole from the original Dragon Quest, the bamboo spear from V to VII, and the bamboo lance that appeared in IX and X are considered three different weapons, but for the sake of simplicity, all three weapons have been combined for this article.


Dragon Quest[edit]

Due to text restrictions in the Game Boy Color remake of Dragon Quest, the bamboo pole was renamed to Bamboo with a picture of a pole beside it. Additionally, Hero starts his quest with it in the Cell phone and Switch versions of the game, although it is not equipped.

Bamboo pole (たけざお Takesao)DQ-SNES-LOGO-ICON.PNG
Buy Sell Attributes
10 gold coins 5 gold coins Attack +2
Can Be Equipped By Equipment Type Can Be Used As Tool In Battle?
ICON-Hero (Dragon Quest).png Spear ICON-NO-X.png NO
Shop(s) Tantegel, Cantlin
In-Game Description
Mobile A long spear made of bamboo.

Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line[edit]

Although the Bamboo pole does not appear in the game, there is an artwork of the Prince of Cannock appearing to carry the bamboo pole.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride[edit]

The Bamboo spear has an Attack bonus of +5. It can be purchased in Whealbrook at the beginning for 50 gold coins.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

Carver starts with this equipped in his inventory.

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

The Bamboo spear has an Attack bonus of +5 and a style bonus of +1. It can be bought at Estard and Ballymolloy in the past for 50 gold coins. All characters can equip it.

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

DQIX Bamboo lance.png  Bamboo lance  (DS)
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Attack +6
Equipable by Warrior, Priest, Paladin, Omnivocational Spearmaster
Found Sold in Stornway
Equipped by any Priest that joins from Patty's Party Planning Place.
Buy Price 85
Sell Price 8
Flavor text A simple spear fashioned from fresh bamboo.

Dragon Quest X[edit]


Doesn't appear to have any special effect.[1]

See also[edit]



  1. Nintendo DS and Cell phone versions