Dragonsbane (Weapon)

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For the monster trait of the same name, see Dragonsbane (Trait)
Japanese ドラゴンキラー
Romaji Doragon kira
Old localizations Dragonsbane
Dragon killer
Dragon sword
Found in Dragon Quest II
Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon
Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon
Dragon Quest Heroes
Dragon Quest Heroes II
Effect Inflicts increased damage to dragon family monsters.

The Dragonsbane is a powerful sword in the Dragon Quest series. True to its name, it deals 50% more damage to creatures from the Dragon family in nearly every game it appears, and this multiplier will stack with skills such as Dragon Slash and Flame Slash. In later games, it can be upgraded to the Dragon slayer.


There have been two distinctive designs for the sword throughout the series. From its debut in the second game to Dragon Quest VII, the Dragonsbane consisted of a metallic blade similar to the real-world katar, a type of punching dagger from the Indian subcontinent that is held in the wielder's knuckles. The user's wrist was protected by an intricate design shaped like a Green dragon's head with gold edges and red jewels set like eyes and two curved horns on either side. The blade has four grooves on each side. Although the weapon has some similarities to the claws used by Martial Artists, it was always classified as a sword.

Starting with Dragon Quest VIII, the Dragonsbane's design changed to a conventional longsword, likely due to the fact that the games were now in 3D and the animations for swords were all made uniform. The new design for the Dragonsbane is much like a scimitar, featuring a green blade with curved metal edges, a red grip on the handle, and a dragon's fang on the sword's pommel. The sword's crossguard also featured a stylized dragon's head with red jewels for eyes and two curved golden horns much like the previous design and the sword also had various gold decorations on the blade and handle.

The sword has appeared in every game in the main series since Dragon Quest II and has even showed up in multiple spinoff games, as well.


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

The dragonsbane can be purchased for 8,000 gold coins. It has an Attack bonus of +50 and can only be equipped by the Hero, though it is merely a strong weapon without any extra capabilities in its debut.

Deals devastating damage to dragons

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The Dragonsbane has an Attack bonus of +79. It can only be equipped by the Hero and Warriors. It can be bought for 15,000 gold coins in Manoza and sold for 11,250 gold coins.

The sword starts to deal extra damage in this installment, but instead of the familiar +50%, it instead deals 16~32 extra points of damage, calculated separately from normal damage equations. This means that the effects of Oomph will not increase the range to 32~64.

Affected monsters:

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

The Dragonsbane has an Attack bonus of +90. It can be bought for 15,000 gold coins in Rosehill and Riverton and sold for 11,250 gold coins. The Hero, Ragnar McRyan, and the 9th Chosen One can equip it. IV codified the percentage-based effectiveness of the sword, and allowed for the bonus damage to be effected by Attack augmentation.

Effected monsters:

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

The Dragonsbane has an Attack bonus of +90. It cannot be purchased until Generation 3 though, at Whealbrook and Precaria, and it costs 15,000 gold coins.

NOTE: The dragonsbane multiplies damage differently depending on which version of V is being played. In the SFC version it uses the standard 1.5 multiplier, 2.0 in the PS2 remake, and 2.25 in the DS remake. The likely reasons for these improvements is response to fan criticism of the Metal dragon, Black dragon, and Great dragon enemies' obscene strength compared to average player level when first encountered.

Effected monsters:

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

The Dragonsbane cannot be purchased, but it can be sold for 11,250 gold coins or 11,625 gold coins after it's been upgraded. It has an Attack bonus of +95 and a Style bonus of +35 (+55 after it's been upgraded). It also does 1.5 times more damage to dragons. One is found in the Pillar of Pegasus and they are also dropped by Hell gladiators at a rate of 1128. The Hero, Carver, Amos, Terry, Lizzie, and Goowain can equip it.

Effected monsters:

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

The Dragonsbane has an Attack bonus of +83 and a Style bonus of +35. It can be equipped by the Hero, Kiefer, and Aishe. It can be purchased for 20,000 gold coins at Buccanham and the Den of the Dwarves in the present and sold for 10,000 gold coins. It deals 1.5 times more damage to dragons. Dragonsbanes can also be won as prizes from the Lucky Panel at the Buccanham Casino.

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

The Dragonsbane has an Attack bonus of +72, and deals 30% more damage to dragons. It can be upgraded into a Dragon slayer in the Alchemy Pot by combining it with a Mighty armlet and can be equipped by the Hero and Jessica Albert, provided she can use swords. It can be bought for 11,000 gold coins in Orkutsk and Tryan Gully and sold for 6,000 gold coins.

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

Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Attack +73
Equipable by Armamentalists, Gladiators, Minstrels, Thieves, Omnivocational master
Found Wormwood Creek
Buy Price 10,000
Sell Price 5,000
Flavor text A might masher that's merciless even against the scales of dragons.
Notes 120% damage against dragons
Dropped by Mandrake marshals at a rate of 1/128

Upgrades into the Dragon slayer when combined with one Mighty armlet.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

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A trusty sword that's especially effective against super-sized lizards
Stats with forge buffs
Attack +72/76/80/84
+20% more damage to dragons
Price Location
11,000/5,500 Sold in Octagonia, Sniflheim, & Lonalulu after the first act
Dropped by Dragon riders at 1256
Forging difficulty
Mythril ore x2, Dragon horn x2, Red eye x2
Hero XI sprite walk.gifErik sprite walk.gifSylvando sprite walk.gifHendrik sprite walk.gif

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Dragon Quest Builders 2[edit]

The Dragonsbane increases the Builder's Attack by +52, it can be crafted with 1 unit of dragon scales, 2 gold ingots, and four iron ingots at an anvil. As in most games, it deals 150% damage to dragons.

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

Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]