Charlock Castle

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Charlock Castle (竜王の城, Ryūō no Shiro, DracoLord's Castle; ゾーマの城, Zōma no Shiro, Zoma's Castle) is the name of the final dungeon in Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III, and the lairs of first Zoma and then the Dragonlord. It is located in the central area of Alefgard, across the water to the southeast of Tantegel.

It also appears as a dungeon in Dragon Quest II, but is not vital to the plot of the game.


Charlock Castle generally serves as a main hideout for evil enemies. This is slightly less true in Dragon Quest II, where it has been primarily abandoned.

Dragon Quest[edit]

Ruled by the Dragonlord. Erdrick's sword is found here.

Dragon Quest II[edit]

No great evil dwells here now, merely the grandson of the Dragonlord. Once again, Erdrick's sword is located here.


Nearby monsters[edit]

Other treasures[edit]

(NES Version)[edit]
(GBC Version)[edit]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

Ruled by Zoma. It is also the place where Ortega meets his death at the hands of King Hydra.

The castle itself is notably larger than the castle in Dragon Quest. This seems backwards as the events of Dragon Quest actually take place several hundred years after the events of Dragon Quest III. Overall, a majority of the floor layouts are nearly identical between the two games.

Nearby monsters[edit]



Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

The castle serves as the final dungeon in the game, where the hero must defeat The Dragonlord

Captain N: The Game Master[edit]

The castle appeared in the episode "Three Men & A Dragon" and was referred to as Castle Charlock. Princess Lana & Mega Man entered it, as they were unaware of it being the home of the Dragonlord. They ended up captured, and while in the dungeon, they encountered The Three Keepers of Power.

Places of interest[edit]

Hidden staircase[edit]

The castle has a hidden staircase on the first floor which is the correct path to reach the innermost areas of the castle in both Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. This staircase is referred to by various NPCs in both Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. In order to find the stairs, the hero must search behind the thrones in the middle of the first floor. All other paths from the first floor lead to a neverending maze.


In the remake of both Dragon Quest II, the music used for the castle is the same as Dragon Quest, whereas in the NES Version, the game's regular dungeon music was used. The remake of III used the new BGM from The Castle of Baramos.

Another addition to the remake of Dragon Quest II is the throne room being present as it was with the first game, albeit in ruins.




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