Chain whip

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Chain whip
Japanese チェーンクロス
Romaji Chēnkurosu
Old localizations Same
Found in Dragon Quest III (remakes only)
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
Dragon Quest Heroes
Dragon Quest Heroes II
Dragon Quest Treasures
Effect Inflicts damage to a single group of enemies.
Targets all enemies when attacking. (Monsters: Joker series only)
Not to be confused with Chain sickle.

The Chain whip is a recurring whip in the Dragon Quest series. It is a mid-ranking weapon designed to attack a group of enemies.


The chain whip has gone through various designs throughout the years. When it was first introduced in V, the whip had a simple design that consisted of a metal chain, a handle, and a weight at the other end for striking enemies. This design appears in VI, as well as remake versions of III. When the whip reappeared in VII, the handle became more elaborate, gaining gold sections at the top and bottom, as well as a decorative golden cross at the end, true to the weapon's Japanese name. The weight at the end of the whip also became slightly larger. The Chain whip has a completely different design in VIII, featuring a sharp silver and gold arrowhead at the end and a gold and silver handle with a loop. This design is also used in IX and Heroes.


Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +27 and can be equipped by Thieves, Merchants, Gadabouts, and Sages. It can be purchased in Khoryv and Asham for 1,000 gold coins and sold for 750 gold. The whip only appears in remake versions of the game.

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

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +28 and can be equipped by the Hero, Bianca, Nera, Harry, Dracky, Fat rat, Fandangow, Ticking timeburrm, Funghoul, Powie yowie, Cross eye, Flamethrower, Minidemon, Hellion, and Beastmaster. It can be purchased early on in Roundbeck, Coburg, Fortuna, and Mostroferrato for 1,200 gold and sold for 600 gold.

This deadly whip can attack a whole group of enemies at once.[1]

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +28, a Style bonus of +18, and can be equipped by Ashlynn, Nevan, and Lizzie. It can be purchased from Wellshire, Somnia, and Amor for 1,200 gold coins and sold for 900 gold coins.

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

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +33, a Style bonus of +18, and can be equipped by Maribel, Sir Mervyn, and Aishe. It can be purchased for 2,500 gold coins from Allblades Arena, Alltrades Abbey in the present, La Bravoure, the Temple Palace in the present, and El Ciclo and sold for 1,250 gold coins. Chain whips can also be won as a prize from the Lucky Panel at the Casino at Buccanham and the Haven.

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

A whip made from sturdy metal chain. Capable of hitting multiple enemies in a single lash.[2]

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +32. It can be equipped by Jessica, as well as Red in the 3DS version. It can be purchased in Argonia and the Holy Isle of Neos for 2,200 gold coins, as well as dropped rarely by Mars rovers and Frost wyvines. The chain whip can be used to make Chain mail or a Hunter's bow in the Alchemy Pot.

  • In the Nintendo 3DS version, chain whips are no longer dropped by Frost wyvines.
Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Chain mail
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Wayfarer's clothes
DQVIII Chain whip.png
Chain whip

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Hunter's bow
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Short bow
DQVIII Chain whip.png
Chain whip

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

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A whip of linked loops that can lash a whole line of enemies at once.[3]
Rarity Stats Vocations
★☆☆☆☆ Attack +28 IXmageicon.pngIXminstrelicon.pngIXluminaryicon.png
Used to create Hunter's bow.
Price Location
3,700 / 1,850 Sold in Bloomingdale and Gleeba.
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai[edit]

The Chain whip is Queen Flora's weapon of choice, which she uses to dispatch a group of Slimes in the Cave of Trials.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +26 and, like all whips, targets all enemies when attacking. It is dropped by Captain Crow and can be sold for 1,400 gold.

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A metal whip able to strike all foes at once.[4]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +36 and targets all enemies when attacking. It can be purchased for 4,000 gold from the item vending machine onboard the Albatross after upgrading it to level 7 and can be sold for 400 gold.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below[edit]

The Chain whip has an Attack bonus of +15 and a Blocking bonus of +4. It can only be equipped by Jessica and can be purchased on the Stonecloud after the events at Sylvea for 1,200 gold.

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A flexible flail favoured by skillful whippers.[5]

Dragon Quest Treasures[edit]

The Chain whip is Treasure No. 161 in the Weapons category and can be found on the Wingswept Moors. Its base value is 220,000 gold. The design featured in this game is the original design that appears in V, VI, and remake versions of III.

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A whip made from lots of interlocking links of sterling silver.[6]

In Other Languages[edit]

Language Translation Meaning
ICON-FLAG-ES.png EspañolLátigo de cadenaSpanish for "chain whip".
ICON-FLAG-FR.png FrançaisFouet de chaîneFrench for "chain whip".
ICON-FLAG-DE.png DeutschKettenpeitscheGerman for "chain whip".
ICON-FLAG-IT.png ItalianoFrusta di ferroItalian for "iron whip".



  • The chain whip is a real-life weapon that is used in traditional Chinese martial arts, originating as far back as the Jìn Dynasty. The whip consists of several metal rods joined end-to-end by rings to form a flexible chain, with a handle on one end and a metal dart at the other end, typically used for slashing or piercing one's opponent.


  1. Nintendo DS and Cell phone versions.
  2. Sony PlayStation 2, Mobile, and Nintendo 3DS versions.
  3. Nintendo DS version.
  4. Nintendo DS version.
  5. Sony PlayStation 4 and Steam versions.
  6. Nintendo Switch and Steam versions.