Lightning staff

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Lightning Staff
Localized As Lightning staff, staff of thunder, bolt staff
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
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The Lightning Staff, also known as the Staff of Thunder or Bolt Staff, is a powerful weapon wielded by spell casters in the Dragon Quest series.


Dragon Quest II[edit]

The Staff of Thunder is dropped by the Evil Clown in the dungeon of Midenhall. When used in combat the Staff of Thunder casts Infernos. It is the most powerful weapon the Princess of Moonbrooke can equip. In the NES version, players can continually sell it for money by selling it, then saving & resetting the game and fighting Evil Clown again. The Super Famicom and Game Boy Version only provide one Lightning Staff per game.

Dragon Quest III[edit]

The Staff of Thunder can be found near a well in Soo. It casts Firebane when used as an item.

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

The Lightning Staff is hidden in the Castle Nadiria. Borya and Maya are able to use it. It has an attack bonus of +29, and casts Sizzle when used as a tool in battle. In the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo DS remakes, it can also be found in the Vault of Vrenor in a hidden stairway that's revealed when you search the chest that originally contained the Armlet of Transmutation.

Also in the remakes are the memoirs of Rowand the Wandering Wandsman, which hint to The Staff and it's location.

The Staff is also used by the Hell raiser monsters.

Dragon Quest V[edit]

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +29. It can be picked up in the Faerie Palace.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

In Dragon Quest VII, the Bolt Staff is found in Mardra after Zeppel is defeated.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +24 and has the same effect as Zap when used as an item in battle, but can only target one group of enemies. It can also be sold for 2,300 Gold Coins.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]


A staff which crackles with the wrath of the heavens.[1]
Hurls vicious thunderbolts at the enemy when used as an item in battle.[2]



  1. Mobile, Android and iOS version
  2. Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 3DS version