Chain whip

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Not to be confused with chain sickle.
Chain whip
Japanese チエーンクロス
Old localizations Chain cross
Found in Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
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 Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below
Effect Inflicts damage to a single group of enemies.

The chain whip, known as chain cross in Japanese, is a recurring weapon in the Dragon Quest series. Like most whips, it is designed to attack a group of enemies. It is typically a mid-ranking weapon.


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 chain 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 used in IX and Heroes.


Dragon Quest III[edit]

The chain whip has an attack bonus of +27. It can be bought in Khoryv and Asham for 1,000 gold and only appears in remake versions of the game. It can only be equipped by Thieves, Dealers, Jesters, and Sages.

Dragon Quest V[edit]

The chain whip has an attack bonus of +23. It can be bought early on in Roundbeck, Coburg, and Fortuna for 1,200.

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

Chain whips can be bought in Wellshire, Somnia, and Amor for 1,200 gold and sold for 900 gold. They have an attack bonus of +28 and a Style bonus of +18. Ashlynn, Nevan, and Lizzie can equip them.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

Chain whips can be bought for 2,500 gold and sold for 1,250 gold. They have an attack bonus of +33. Maribel, Melvin, and Aira can equip them.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

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, as well as dropped rarely by Mars rovers and Frost wyvines. The chain whip can be combined with a Longbow in the Alchemy Pot to create a Hunter's bow.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

Chain whips can be bought in Bloomingdale and Gleeba for 3,700 gold. They can be sold for 1,850 gold. Chain whips have an attack bonus of +28 and a 1 star rarity. Mages, Minstrels, and Luminaries can equip them.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Chain whips can be sold for 1,400 gold and have an attack bonus of +26. They are dropped by Captain Crow. Its in game description is "A metal whip able to strike all foes at once."


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



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.