Dread dagger

From Dragon Quest Wiki
(Redirected from Dread Dagger)
Dread dagger
DQVIII3DS - Dread dagger.png
Japanese よるのパピヨン
Romaji Yoru no papiyon
Old localizations None
Found in Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest of the Stars
Dragon Quest Walk
Effect Has a chance to inflict paralysis when attacking.
Inflicts bonus damage to Bugs.
Has a chance to inflict confusion when attacking. (VIII and X only)

The Dread dagger is a recurring knife in the Dragon Quest series. It deals additional damage to monsters of the Bug family and has a chance to inflict either paralysis or confusion when attacking. Though very similar to the Poison moth knife, the dread dagger is not always the upgraded version of that weapon.


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

A short blade that occasionally leaves those it cuts confused.[1]

The dread dagger has an attack bonus of +78 and has a 1/8th chance to inflict confusion when attacking. It can only be equipped by Jessica and Red as long as they are at least level 30. The knife can be sold for 34,000 gold, but it is not recommended to do so as only one can be acquired in the game.

The dagger was available to Japanese players by redeeming points through the Dragon Quest Portal App. It became available to international players for a short time in 2017, but after 2018, all DLC items for the 3DS version became unavailable.

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

DQIX Dread dagger.png  Dread dagger  (DS)
Rarity ★★☆☆☆
Attack +57
Recipe Batterfly knife + Disturbin' turban + Butterfly wing x5
Equipable by Mages, Thieves, Warriors, Omnivocational Knifemaster
Class Knife
Buy Price N/A
Sell Price 3,250
Flavor text An unnerving knife that paralyses its prey part of the time.
Notes 18 chance to paralyze foe.
Inflicts 120% damage to bugs.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

The dread dagger has an attack bonus of +39, a style bonus of +6, and increases the wielder's weight by 4. It has a 3% chance of inflicting confusion when attacking and can be equipped by Thieves, Minstrels, Mages, Dancers, and Gadabouts. The dagger can be crafted by a weaponsmith.

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

Dread dagger DQXI Logo EN.png
Dread dagger xi icon.png
A knife so breathtakingly horrible to behold that it sometimes scares enemies stiff-literally
Stats with forge buffs
Attack +67/70/73/77
+20% damage to Nature family
8% chance to paralyze target
Price Location
N/A - 2,250 Fun-Size Forge
Forging difficulty
Platinum ore x2 + Coagulant x2 + Evencloth
Erik sprite walk.gifSylvando sprite walk.gif

The recipe book The Mothmask Prophecies contains the recipe for the dread dagger. It can be purchased at the casino in Puerto Valor for 1,000 tokens.


  • Papillon is the French word for butterflies.



  1. Nintendo 3DS version.