Greatsword (weapon type)

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Psaro wielding a greatsword in Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

Greatswords (両手剣 , Ryōteken) are a recurring type of weapon in the Dragon Quest series, being first introduced in Dragon Quest X. Although swords have appeared since the very beginning, greatswords are differentiated from them by requiring the usage of both the wielder's hands, which prevents the use of a shield in the offhand. In order to compensate for the lack of defence provided by a shield, greatswords are typically more powerful than their one-handed cousins and even allow the wielder to parry enemy attacks.

Due to their size and weight, greatswords are typically only usable by the most physically powerful characters, such as Gladiators.


Dragon Quest X[edit]

Greatswords can be equipped by Warriors, Gladiators, Monster Masters, and Demon Swordsmen.

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

The Hero and Hendrik can both use greatswords. They are two-handed weapons, requiring the wielder to forgo a shield. However, they have a "Parry" property, which causes them to sometimes block an enemy attack like a shield. Greatswords are also the strongest weapon class in terms of raw physical damage.

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

Greatswords are wielded exclusively by Psaro.

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

Cesar has taken over duties as the main wielder of greatswords, with Psaro only being playable in co-op bonus dungeons.