Erdrick Equipment

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The Erdrick Equipment is a set of powerful and crucially important items from the original three Dragon Quest titles. The equipment consists of the sword, shield, armour and helmet belonging to the legendary hero Erdrick.


Dragon Quest[edit]

Erdrick's armour[edit]

DQ Hero Erdricks Armour.png
DQII Erdricks Sword.png
DQII Erdricks Shield.png

The most powerful armour in the seminal game by far, it is located in the ruined town of Damdara and guarded by a nasty knight. When equipped it adds +28 to the player's defence, reduces magic and breath damage by 33%, nullify the toxicity of bogs, and will restore 1 HP for every step taken.

Erdrick's sword[edit]

The legendary blade is found in Charlock Castle, off of the path to the Dragonlord. Equipping it grants the player +40 attack, a substantial boost from the Flame Sword's +28. Certain third-party documentation claims that the sword is the only weapon that can cut the despot's scales, but this is completely false. That being said, it is strongly advised to acquire the blade to make the confrontation much easier.

Helmet and Shield[edit]

These two items are not present in the original Dragon Quest, presumably because the shield was left in Torland instead of Alefgard, as well as the fact that there are no helmets in the game at all anyway.

Dragon Quest II[edit]

Erdrick's armour[edit]

The mail is found in the third floor of the chasm leading to Rendarak, in the bottom-rightmost section of the floor near a set of stairs. Donning it grants +70 defence this time, along with the expected 33% reduction to breath and magic and harsh terrain immunity. It may be equipped only by the Prince of Midenhall.

Erdrick's helmet[edit]

The helmet is gained by exchanging the Emblem of Erdrick in the shrine southwest of Tantegel Castle. It grants the Prince of Midenhall +20 defence.

Erdrick's shield[edit]

Erdrick's shield is found in the castle of Cannock, watched over by an old sage in the center of the building's pond. The Golden Key is required to enter the tiny islet. Once obtained, the shield will boost Midenhall's defence by +30.

Erdrick's sword[edit]

The sword is once again found in Charlock castle, left there by the previous hero. Unlike the Armour, no one has attempted to restore the sword to its original glory, and adds +40 attack as before.

The sword can only be equipped by the Prince of Midenhall in the NES, while the Prince of Cannock can also equip the sword in the SF and all ports of the remake after.

Dragon Quest III[edit]

Auroral Armour[edit]

Found in the Tower West of Kol, the radiant suit of mail will add +85 (+75 in the original) to the hero's defence, as well as the extra protection granted in the previous titles.

Ortega's Helmet[edit]

When the player reaches the town of Muor, they will witness a cutscene of a young boy mistaking the hero for their father. After speaking with the villagers and learning of boy's attachment to Ortega, as well as the man's affect on the town as a whole, they can speak with the boy to receive the memento he left behind. In the SF version, the helmet will add +30 defence, but offer no protection against debilitative magic. In the GBC, however, the helmet will reduce the chance of being afflicted by snooze, dazzle, and sap by 50%. This aspect was removed in the subsequent mobile phone release.

The helmet doesn't exist in the NES version. In its place is a novelty item called the water blaster.

Hero's Shield[edit]

The shield is located in the Nail Mark north by northwest of Tantengel castle. When equipped, it will boost the hero's defence by +65, and reduce magic/breath damage by 33%. When both the shield and armour are equipped, the shield's reduction properties will take effect after the armour's.

Sword of Kings[edit]

Legendary long before the events of Dragon Quest III, it is said that it took Zoma three years to sunder the blade in twain. Because of this, the player must first locate a piece of Orichalcum and a smith of godly skill in order to restore the weapon. Once restored, the Sword of Kings will boost the hero's attack by +120, and will deafen a group of enemies with an earth-shaking thunderclap when used as an item in battle.

Sacred Amulet[edit]

Given to the hero by Rubiss, this accessory will grant +30 luck, and complete immunity to instant death and kamikazee

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Whoever preordered the 3DS version of the game in Japan obtained the code to download Erdrick's sword. In game, the sword must be reforged in the Alchemy Pot to reach its true potential. Ye Olde Sword of Erdrick became available to download for international players on February 24, 2017. It has an attack bonus of +20 and can be equipped by the Hero, as well as Jessica and Red if they have enough skill points in Knives. After the sword has been reforged, Erdrick's sword has an attack bonus of +120, being second to the Dragovian king sword and the most powerful sword for both Jessica and Red.

Recipe: Ye Olde Sword of Erdrick + Liquid metal sword + Orichalcum

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

Various pieces of Erdrick's equipment appear in the game, but the player must reforge the rusty pieces with the help of the Krak Pot. All of the rusty armour pieces are acquired from Extra Quests in the game, while the rusty sword can be found in the Realm of the Mighty. For a time, rusty pieces were also available on the DQVC, allowing the player to make more than one set of Erdrick's legendary armour. This also marks the first time gauntlets are included, as hands are a new equipment slot in the game. However, there is no corresponding lower body armour or boots.

DQIX Erdricks armour.png  Erdrick's armour  (DS)
Defence +82
Style +108
Rarity ★★★★☆
Recipe Rusty armour + Glass frit x9 + Orichalcum
Equipment Class Armour
Equipable by Warrior, Minstrel, Gladiator, Paladin, Luminary
Buy Price N/a
Sell Price N/a
Flavor text Archetypal armour once worn by a heralded hero.
Notes Reduces damage taken from fire, ice, wind, and lightning attacks by 20%.

DQIX Erdricks shield.png  Erdrick's shield  (DS)
Defence +39
Style +54
Block chance +9.0%
Rarity ★★★★☆
Recipe Rusty shield + Glass frit x9 + Orichalcum
Equipment Class Shield
Equipable by Warrior, Priest, Mage, Minstrel, Paladin, Armamentalist, Sage, Luminary, Omnivocational Shieldmaster
Buy Price N/a
Sell Price N/a
Flavor text A shield purportedly spored by the original legendary hero himself.
Notes Reduces damage taken from fire, ice, wind, lightning, and darkness attacks by 10%.

DQIX Erdricks helmet.png  Erdrick's helmet  (DS)
Defence +42
Style +55
Rarity ★★★★☆
Recipe Rusty helmet + Glass frit x9 + Orichalcum
Equipment Class Helmet
Equipable by Warrior, Minstrel, Gladiator, Paladin, Luminary
Buy Price N/a
Sell Price N/a
Flavor text Historic helm that harbors the might of a legendary hero.
Notes Reduces accuracy of instant death, dazzle, and paralysis by 30%.

DQIX Erdricks gauntlets.png  Erdrick's gauntlets  (DS)
Defence +25
Style +40
Rarity ★★★★☆
Recipe Rusty Gauntlets + Glass frit x9 + Orichalcum
Equipment Class Gauntlets
Equipable by Warrior, Minstrel, Gladiator, Paladin, Luminary
Buy Price N/a
Sell Price N/a
Flavor text High-grade gloves once graced by he hands of a legendary hero.
Notes Reduces accuracy of Spooky Aura and Divine Intervention by 20%.

DQIX Erdricks sword.png  Erdrick's sword  (DS)
Attack +158
Style +90
Rarity ★★★★☆
Recipe Rusty sword + Glass frit x9 + Orichalcum
Equipment Class Sword
Equipable by Warrior, Thief, Minstrel, Gladiator, Armamentalist, Omnivocational Swordmaster
Buy Price N/a
Sell Price N/a
Flavor text A well known weapon once wielded by a legendary lionheart.

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

In this game, the Sword and Shield of Erdrick come under the possession of the King of Darkness, a Prince o' thieves-type character who can call raving lunaticks to fight at his side. He has 1,120 HP.


  • Erdrick's sword
The sword of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]
The sword of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]
A sword of legend, said to have been used by the great hero Erdrick himself.[2]
  • Erdrick's armour
The armour of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]
The armour of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]
  • Erdrick's shield
The shield of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]
  • Erdrick's helmet
The helmet of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]



  • The iconography of Erdrick bears a distinct resemblance to Ramia, appearing on the sword, shield, and armor of legend. Even the hero's emblem bears Ramia's visage, likely owning to her significance in III's chain of events.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mobile, Android and iOS version
  2. Nintendo 3DS version