Iron helmet

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Iron helmet
Kana てつかぶと
Old localizations Iron helmet
Iron helm
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 Swords
Dragon Quest Builders
Buy for 1,110-3,150 gold
Sell for 550-2,363 gold
Effect Increases wearer's defence

The iron helmet is a recurring piece of headwwear in the Dragon Quest series. It is mid-level headgear often seen during the middle stages of games in the main series. Since its debut in the second game, it has appeared in every game since then.


The design of the iron helmet has stayed almost consistently the same throughout all games. It is a simple helmet of the kind worn by castle guards and knights, made out of grey iron plates with gold edges near the front opening and bottom, a round blue gem where the wearer's forehead would be, and a feathered plume near the back. In Dragon Quest II, the plume in the back had yellow feathers, but starting with the third game it has consistently had red feathers. The helmet's design is similar to the real world "barbute" style of helmet, which had no visor and had an opening in the front for the wearer.

Like other pieces of armor, the helmet can usually only be equipped by physically stronger characters like warriors, but often times priest-type characters are able to wear the helmet, as well.


Dragon Quest II[edit]

The iron helmet has a defence bonus of +6. It can only be worn by the Hero and can be purchased at Tantegel, Tuhn, Beran, Osterfair, and Wellgarth for 3,150 gold and can be sold for 2,363 gold.

Dragon Quest III[edit]

The iron helmet has a defence bonus of +16. It can be equipped by the Hero, Warriors, Priests, and Sages. If purchased from the armor peddler in Asham, the lowest he will sell them for is 2,000 gold, but they can be purchased normally in Isis for only 1,000 gold. It can be sold for 750 gold.

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

The iron helmet has a defence bonus of +16. They can be bought for 1,100 gold in Mintos, Stancia, Rosehill, and Riverton. They can also be sold for 825 gold. The Hero, Kiryl, Torneko, Ragnar, and Psaro can equip them.

Dragon Quest V[edit]

The iron helmet has a defence bonus of +16. They can be bought for 1,100 gold and sold for 825 gold. All male human allies can equip them, along with many monster allies.

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

Iron helmets have defense bonuses of +16 and a style bonus of +15, though it can be upgraded to have a style bonus of +26 if you pay 400 gold. They can be bought for 1,100 gold in Amor, Clearvale, Wellshire, Ghent, and Scrimsley. They can be sold for 825 gold, but if they are upgraded, they will sell for 900 gold. Cauldrones and Pot Shots will drop them. The Hero, Carver, Amos, Terry, Lizzie, and Goowain can equip them.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

The iron helmet has a defence bonus of +16 and an appearance bonus of +15. It can be equipped by the Hero, Kiefer, Sir Mervyn, and Aishe. It can be purchased from Frobisher and Greenthumb Gardens, and Alltrades Abbey for 1,100 gold and sold for 550 gold. Iron helmets can also be won as a reward from the Lucky Panel at the Casino near Pilgrim's Rest.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

The iron helmet has a defence bonus of +16. It can be worn by either the Hero or Angelo. They can be bought in Pickham for 1,100 gold and sold for 550 gold.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

In this game, the iron helmet can be upgraded twice using Alchemy.

DQIX Iron helmet.png  Iron helmet  (DS)
Defence +11
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Equipment Class Helmet
Equipable by Warrior, Priest, Thief, Minstrel, Gladiator, Paladin, Armamentalist, Luminary
Buy Price 1,100
Sell Price 550
Flavor text A humble hat made of iron.
Notes Buy in Alltrades Abbey, Porth Llaffan, and Dourbridge.
Commonly stolen or dropped by Axolhotls.
Rarely stolen or dropped by Metal slime knights.
Upgrades into Steel helmet.

Dragon Quest XI[edit]

Dragon Quest Swords[edit]

 Iron helmet
Defense +10
Equipment Class
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Iron helmet
Location Info
Castle Avalonia Sold at armor shop (1150gold)




Its dashing design is beloved of the brave.[1]

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