Lightning staff

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Lightning Staff
Japanese いかずちのつえ
Romaji Ikazuchi no tsue
Old localizations 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
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest Monsters
Torneko no Daibouken
Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon
Dragon Quest Heroes II
Dragon Quest Rivals
Effect Casts Woosh, Sizzle, or Zap

The Lightning staff is a recurring wand in the Dragon Quest series. When used as a tool in battle, it can unleash either lightning or fire to damage a group of enemies. It is typically a powerful weapon for spellcasters.

In Dragon Quest XI, the Lightning staff is now classified as a Heavy wand.


The staff has had two distinct designs over the years. From its debut in the second game until VII, the lightning staff appeared as a long green wand with a crystal at its tip and topped with a gold orb. The gold orb has two spikes on its side, a blue gem in its center, and a design of a dragon perched on top. It also has cloth or leather wrapped around the top of the staff underneath the crystal.

Starting with VIII, the lightning staff is now a long purple staff with gold accents. The top of the staff has a curved crescent-shaped design with a small green crystal in its middle. It became reclassified as a heavy wand in Dragon Quest X.


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

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +15 (upgraded to an impressive +45 attack in all remake versions of the game) and can be equipped by all three characters. The staff is dropped by the Whackolyte in the dungeon of Midenhall. When used in combat, the staff casts a lightning-themed variant of Woosh.

It is the most powerful weapon that the Princess of Moonbrooke can equip. In the NES version, players can continually sell it for money, then saving & resetting the game and fighting the whackolyte again. The remake versions of the game only provide one lightning staff per game.

A staff which crackles with the wrath of the heavens.[1]

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +45 (+30 in the NES version) and can be only be equipped by Mages and Sages. It can be found near a well in Persistence, can be sold for 1,875 gold coins, and casts Sizzle when used as an item.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[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 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 its location. These snippets are found in various bookshelves in the game.

The Staff is also used by the Hell raiser monsters.

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

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +29 and casts sizzle when used in battle. It can be picked up in the Faerie Palace, and the Hero, Bianca, and Nera can equip it. Monsters belonging to the wizard equipment group can also equip it, such as the old man of the sea.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

The lightning staff increases attack by +28 and style by +24, and deals 20~30 fire damage to a group of foes. Nevan can be equipped with it in all versions, as well as the battering ram and high djinks recruits in the SNES version.

The staff is given to the party by the King of Somnia in the Lower World after defeating Murdaw, and can be sold for 2,475G.

The enemies Ne'er-do-well and Hirsute hexer can use it in battle.

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

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +28 and a style bonus of +24. It can only be equipped by Maribel and Sir Mervyn. It is found in Hubble after Hybris is defeated, and can be sold for a paltry 1,650G.

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

The Lightning staff has an attack bonus of +24 and deals 29~58 fire damage to a group of enemies. The staff can only be equipped by Jessica and Angelo. It can be found in treasure chest in western Argonia and can also be sold for 2,300 gold, but there is only one in the game.

Hurls vicious thunderbolts at the enemy when used as an item in battle.[2]

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

 Lightning staff
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Attack +28
MP Absorb +3.5%
Equipable by Armamentalists, Magi, Paladins, Priests, Sages, & Omnivocational Wandmaster
Recipe Stolos' staff x 1, Thunderball x 3, Magic water x 1
Sold in Sold in Gleeba & Batsureg
Buy Price 8,100 Gold
Sell Price 4,050 Gold
Flavor text A staff that summons savage lightning if used as an item in battle.
Notes Deals 17~27 lightning/blast damage to one enemy group.

Upgrades into the Lightning conductor by mixing with five thunderballs and one sage's elixir.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

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

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A wand which can be used in battle to call down lethal barrages of lightning
Stats with forge buffs
Attack +24/26/28/30
Magical Might +22/24/26/28
Magical Mending +10/11/12/13
MP Absorb +9%
31~41 lightning damage to one group
Dropped by Wight prince at 1128, Professaurus at 164
Price Location
4,600/2,300 Sold in Lonalulu & Phnom Nonh
Forging difficulty
Pink pine x2, Thunderball x1, Royal soil x1
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The recipe book for the Lightning staff, Electrifying Equipment is found inside a treasure within the Eerie Eyrie.

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

The bolt staff appears as a single-use tool that can cause around 50 points of lightning damage to enemies. The staffs can be found throughout various Travelers' Gates or can be purchased from the Bazaar for 3,000 gold.



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