Erdrick Equipment

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

In the first two games the items bare Erdrick's name as a part of his iconography, but in Dragon Quest III each piece has a distinct name: the Sword of Kings, Auroral armor, and Hero's shield. No Helmet exclusive for the hero existed in the original 8-bit version, but subsequent releases have added Ortega's helmet to fill in the gap.


Erdrick's armour[edit]

Dragon Quest[edit]

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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.

GameDescription
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The armour of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]

Dragon Quest II[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 but no longer recovers HP while walking. It may be equipped only by the Prince of Midenhall.

GameDescription
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The armour of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

The auroral armor is found in the third floor of the Tower West of Kol, the radiant suit of mail will add +85 (+75 in the original) to the hero's defence, cuts breath/magic damage by 1/3rd, and recovers 1 HP per step.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

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%.

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

The auroral armor is available for to players in chapter 5, and requires three chunks of zenithium, two ingots of Orichalcum, one gold ingot, one ruby, two pelts of fine fur, and a length of cord to assemble. It increases the Builder's defence by +30 and renders them immune to poison and lava.

Dragon Quest Builders 2[edit]

Erdrick's helmet[edit]

Dragon Quest[edit]

Helmets are included with armor in the game's illustrations, and as such Erdrick's helmet is drawn as part of the armor.

Dragon Quest II[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.

GameDescription
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The helmet of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

The helmet is only available in the SF version and subsequent remakes, and originally belonged to Ortega. It is found in the village of Muor. The helmet will add +30 defence, but offer no protection against debilitating magic except in the GBC version, where it 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.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

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%.

Erdrick's shield[edit]

Dragon Quest II[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.

GameDescription
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The shield of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

The Hero's 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.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

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%.

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

The hero's shield can be forged in chapter five of the game, and takes two chunks of zenithium, a gold ingot, one ruby, two steel ingots, and two blocks of wood to assemble. It increases the Builder's defence by +16 and has no special effects.

Dragon Quest Builders 2[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Hero's shield is the weapon the Hero uses if the player selects the protagonist of the third game.

Erdrick's sword[edit]

Dragon Quest[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 final confrontation much easier.

GameDescription
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The sword of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]

Dragon Quest II[edit]

The sword is once again found in Charlock castle, left there by the previous hero. Unlike the armor, no one has attempted to restore the sword to its original glory, and the +40 attack bonus means it will not be effective during the game's finale.

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.

GameDescription
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The sword of the legendary hero Erdrick.[1]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

Legendary since 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 reforged, 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.


Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Whoever pre-ordered 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

GameDescription
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A sword of legend, said to have been used by the great hero Erdrick himself.[2]

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

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]

The sword of kings is available in chapter 5 of the game, and requires three lumps of Orichalcum, two steel ingots, one gold ingot, one silver ingot, and a drop of magic dye. It increases the Builder's attack by +50, and does not wear down with use like other weapons.

Dragon Quest Builders 2[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Sword of Kings is the weapon the Hero uses if the player selects the protagonist of the third game.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Sacred Amulet[edit]

Exclusive to Dragon Quest III, the amulet is given to the hero by Rubiss and will grant +30 luck, along with complete immunity to instant death and kamikazee.

Erdrick's gauntlets[edit]

As Dragon Quest IX has split armor into three categories, the gauntles that originally came with the auroral armor have become their own equipment for the game.

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%.


Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

Reference[edit]

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