Dragon Quest Rivals
|Dragon Quest Rivals Ace|
|Release date(s)||JP November 2017|
|Genre(s)||Collectible card game|
Dragon Quest Rivals (ドラゴンクエストライバルズ, Doragon Kuesuto Raibaruzu) Dragon Quest Rivals was a digital collectible card game published by Square Enix. Its main platforms were smartphones. The game was free with the in-game purchase of "gems". It could be played only in Japan, and the interface was only in Japanese.
The original version was released in November 2017 for Android and iOS. A PC version for "Yahoo! Games Player" was launched in 2018, and the version for the Nintendo Switch was released in February 2019.
It was superseded by Dragon Quest Rivals Ace in August 2020, where a single-player mode, "Solo Battle Adventure", was added to the game. The PC version was then switched to Steam, and the Yahoo! Games Player version was shut down. The latter's players were able to carry their save data to the Steam version.
The game service was stopped on July 5th, 2021. The shutdown was announced on April 2, 2021, stopping gem purchase. Producer Tatsuhiro Futagi cited the business continuation difficulty as an on-line battle game, due to the decreasing number of players.
This mobile game lets players create a deck of cards featuring characters and monsters throughout the Dragon Quest franchise and battle it out in turn-based combat with a variety of different strategies. The gameplay has been described as similar to that of Blizzard Entertainment's card battling game, Hearthstone. Many of the characters that appear in the game have been fully voiced for the first time in the series. Certain characters have special interactions with each other if played on the field, as well.
The player selects a "leader" character to play as and faces off against an enemy leader by summoning monsters, casting spells, or equipping weapons to attack them from their MP pool. The goal is to reduce the other leader's HP to zero. At the beginning of combat, each side has 1 MP and it increases each turn by 1. The playable cards all have their own MP costs, and monster and weapon cards have an attack stat and an HP stat (uses for weapons). Additionally, a leader character can use 1 MP to Psyche Up and build Tension. Once a leader has 3 stacks of Tension, they can use their unique Coup de Grâce. Each leader character also has cards that can be used exclusively by them.
The leaders are divided by vocations, each of which has different Coups de Grâce and can use unique cards.
- Martial Artist:
- Fortune Teller:
- Demon Swordsman:
Alef, who was only available in the "Solo Battle Adventure", could change vocations at any time when deck-building.
This is a list of characters from both mainline titles and spinoff who were playable in Rivals as cards.
- Princess Gwaelin
- Prince of Midenhall
- Prince of Cannock
- Princess of Moonbrooke
- Ragnar McRyan
- Bianca Whitaker
- Nera Briscoletti
- Debora Briscoletti
- Rodrigo Briscoletti
- Hero (Dragon Quest VI)
- Maribel Mayde
- Sir Mervyn
- Princess Medea
- Princess Minnie
- Hero (Dragon Quest IX)
- Malroth (DQB2)
- Builder (DQB2)
- Vince Vanquish
- Queen Frysabel
- Queen Marina
As part of the first anniversary celebration, Square Enix published an artbook titled Dragon Quest Rivals Visual Collection, which featured clean artworks for the cards released up to that point. Purchasing the book would grant players with a card featuring Emblem of Roto's Dragonlord.
Several of the cards from the game were produced physically and given in promotional events and in real life competitions.