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Flowing dress
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Japanese みずのはごろも
Romaji Mizu no hagoromo
Old localizations Water flying clothes
Water robe
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 Builders
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest of the Stars
Dragon Quest Walk
Dragon Quest Tact
Effect Reduces fire and ice damage.
Protects the wearer from poisonous swamps and lava tiles. (II only)

The flowing dress is a powerful robe in the Dragon Quest series, debuting in Dragon Quest II as a special piece of equipment. It offers very high protection against fire and ice attacks and is one of the most protective pieces of body armor for spellcasters. Despite its name, it can be equipped by both male and female characters in most cases.


The appearance of the flowing dress has not changed much over the years. In the majority of its appearances, the robe looks like a traditional Japanese kimono made out of sky blue cloth with the hemline of the robe blending into what appears to be flowing water or mist. It is worn with either a blue or purple sash tied around the waist, along with another cloth sash attached to a pair of golden wristbands or carried around the wearer's wrists. However, in some appearances such as Dragon Quest X, the flowing dress looks closer to a Western-styled robe with a hood and has wave-like decorations around the sleeves and hemline. As footwear is usually part of the "armor" equipment slot barring accessories, it is also typically depicted as being accompanied by a pair of light sandals, yellow or orange (in a way suggestive of leather), secured by straps on the ankle, arch and around the big toe. More recent depictions feature a pair of anklets on the left foot.

Although the flowing dress debuted as a unique and special piece of equipment in Dragon Quest II, later games in the series reduced its importance by making it purchasable in armor shops in later sections of the game or by allowing players themselves to craft it on their own. It is still a very protective in its own right, but its status as the most protective robe has been replaced by other pieces of equipment.


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

The flowing dress has a defence bonus of +35 in the original, and +65 in all other versions. It protects against fire attacks by 50% and damage caused by swamps and magma tiles. It can be worn by all three characters. The robe is obtained by giving the Subtle Shuttle and Celestial skein to Don Calico in Slewse. The wizened weaver does not finish his work until the player saves and then restarts their game or rests at an inn in the remakes.

In the original version, a second copy of the dress can be obtained by gathering the skein and shuttle again. This only works the first time. Because Don Calico wove it specifically for her, the dress cannot be received if the Princess of Moonbrooke's inventory is full.

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The flowing dress has a defence bonus of +50 (+40 in the original) and can be worn by Mages, as well as Sages in remakes. It reduces spell and breath damage by 13rd in all versions, and can be purchased in Kol for 12,500 gold and sold for 9,375.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

The flowing dress has a defence bonus of +43 and reduces Frizz, Sizz, Bang, and fire and ice breath damage by 13rd. It can be worn by Borya, Maya & Meena. Orifiela has this among her equipment. It can be purchased for 15,000 gold and sold for 11,250. If appraised by Torneko, he mentions that it goes all the way back to the time of the faeries. He also states that it is spun on a holy loom with threads of rain and dew, referencing its method of acquisition in Dragon Quest II.

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

The flowing dress has a defence bonus of +55, and reduces damage taken from Frizz, Sizz, and fire breath by 25. It can be purchased in Faerie Lea for 14,800 gold and sold for 11,100 gold. Bianca, Nera, Debora, and the Hero's daughter can equip it, along with many of the monster allies.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

The flowing dress can be purchased for 14,800 gold in Turnscote, Lower Weaver's Peak, Despairia, and in the well east of Port Haven. It has a defence bonus of +65 and style bonus of +42, and will reduce Frizz, Sizz, Bang, and fire breath damage by 30. It can be equipped by Milly, Ashlynn, and Nevan.

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

The flowing dress can be purchased from Buccanham, the Divine Shrine, a merchant at the Burnmont*, and the Sea Dragon for 16,000 gold and sold for 8,000 gold. It has a defence bonus of +65 and an style bonus of +42. Maribel, Ruff, and Sir Mervyn can equip it. It features the same elemental protection as in VI. Flowing dresses can also be won as prizes from the Lucky Panel at the Casinos in Buccanham and the Haven.

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

The flowing dress has a defence bonus of +59 and reduces Frizz, Sizz, Bang, and both types of breath damage by 13rd. It can only be worn by Jessica, as well as Red in the Nintendo 3DS remake. It can be purchased for 14,800 gold at Tryan Gully and sold for 7,400 gold. The robe can be upgraded into the angel's robe and the Oriental warrior wear through alchemy.

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Angel's robe
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Flowing dress
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Magical skirt

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Oriental warrior wear
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Crimson robe
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Flowing dress
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Lunar fan

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

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A consecrated costume that curbs fire- and ice-based damage.
Rarity Stats Vocations
★★☆☆☆ Defence +25
Magical Might +18
Magical Mending +18
Style +50
Reduces damage taken from fire and ice attacks by 25%.
Required to complete Quest #39.
Price Location
18,000 / 9,000 Sold in Wormwood Creek and Upover.
Rarely dropped or stolen from Cumulus hexes.
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Enchanted robes
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Celestial skein x3

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

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This hallowed frock fortifies the wearer with water, warding against fire and ice.
Stats with forge buffs
Defence +59/61/63/65
Fire Resistance +25%
Ice Resistance +25%
Price Location
14,800 / 7,400 Sold in Gondolia, Nautica*, Sniflheim, and Arboria during the second and third acts.
Forging difficulty
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Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

The flowing dress appears as a S-rank piece of armor as part of the limited Dragon Quest II event that can be received as a reward for defeating Atlas in a Mega Boss Battle or purchasable from the Swap Shop for 500 DQII medals each. The robe has a DEF bonus of +10, a WIS bonus of +7, and increases resistance against Hobble by 10%. It can only be equipped by Magic, Support, and Debuff units and has three slots for Alchemy Effects.


A garment woven from celestial skein.[1]
Reduces damage from fire- and ice-based magic attacks.[2]
A graceful garment that deflects damage from magic- and fire-based attacks.[2]
A sacred dress that reduces damage from fire and ice-based spells by 1/3.[3]
A consecrated costume that curbs fire- and ice-based damage.[4]
This hallowed frock fortifies the wearer with water, warding against fire and ice.[5]

In Other Languages[edit]

Language Translation Meaning
ICON-FLAG-ES.png EspañolVestido vaporosoSpanish for "flowing/vaporous dress".
ICON-FLAG-FR.png FrançaisRobe flottanteFrench for "flowing dress".
ICON-FLAG-DE.png DeutschFließendes kleidGerman for "flowing dress/gown".
ICON-FLAG-IT.png ItalianoVeste d'acquaItalian for "dress of water".


In the original Japanese, the flowing dress is known as the "mizu no hagoromo". In Japanese mythology, hagoromo are special robes or kimono worn by celestials beings such as angels or "tennin", heavenly spirits from Buddhist heaven. These robes were made out of materials like magical feathers and had special properties—if a tennin were to remove or misplace their hagoromo, they would be unable to return to heaven.



  1. Mobile and Nintendo Switch versions.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mobile, Android, iOS and Nintendo DS versions.
  3. Sony PlayStation 2, Mobile, and Nintendo 3DS versions.
  4. Nintendo DS version.
  5. Sony PlayStation 4, Steam, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One versions.