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Iron lance
Kana てつのやり
Old localizations Iron spear
Iron lance
Found in Dragon Quest II
Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below
Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End
Buy for various, see article
Sell for various, see article
Effect N/a

The iron lance, also known as iron spear or simply spear, is a recurring weapon in the Dragon Quest series. It is a mid-level weapon that can often be used by many different characters.


The iron lance is a common spear made out of iron with a three-pronged head. Due to its ease of use, it can be wielded by ordinary town and castle guards and can be used by a variety of different characters and vocations. It often marks the transition from weaker weapons found early in the game to mid-level weapons. The iron lance is also the first to establish the spear weapon family, which would be expanded in later games.


Dragon Quest II[edit]

The iron lance has an attack bonus of +20 and can be equipped by the Prince of Midenhall and the Prince of Cannock. It can be bought for 720 gold at Moonahan. In the NES version, the iron spear is actually the strongest weapon that the Prince of Cannock can equip.

Dragon Quest III[edit]

The iron lance has an attack bonus of +26 (+28 in the NES Version) and can be equipped by the Hero, Warriors, Martial Artists, Priests, Merchants, Gadabouts, and Sages. However, when it is equipped by Martial Artists, their attack actually decreases by 14 (-13 in the GBC version).

It can be purchased at Romaria, Khoryv, Asham, and Lanson for 650 gold coins (750 in the NES Version) and sold for 528 gold.

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

The iron lance has an attack bonus of +28 and can be used by The Hero, Ragnar McRyan, Kiryl, Torneko Taloon, and Psaro. Hardie, Oojam & Hank Hoffman Jr. have an iron lance among their equipment.

It can be purchased for 880 gold in Mintos, Endor, and the Bazaar and sold for 660 gold. Tessie will sell this at Torneko's shop for 1,320 gold.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

The iron lance has an attack bonus of +23 and a style bonus of +8, though when Ruff equips it, it reduces attack by 11. It can be equipped by the Hero, Kiefer, Ruff, Sir Mervyn, and Aishe. They can be bought for 1,000 gold and sold for 500 gold.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

The iron lance has an attack bonus of +24. They can be bought for 750 gold in Port Prospect and Peregrin Quay and can also be sold for 375 gold. The Hero is the only party member who can equip it. It can be made using the alchemy recipe of Cypress stick + Dagger. It can be upgraded to the long spear by combining it with two cypress sticks in the Alchemy Pot, as well.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

 Iron Lance
Attack +17
Equipment Class
Equipable by
Buy Price 450
Sell Price 225
Flavor text A spear made of iron for everyday action.
Notes Sold in Stornway and Coffinwell.
Upgrades to Steel Lance or Holy lance.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Iron lances can be bought from the Xeroph island shop for 310 gold and sold for 155 gold. They have an attack bonus of +9. Its in game description is "An iron lance designed to skewer slimes."


A sturdy spear of iron.[1]



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