Mod Rod

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Mod rod
Localized As Staff of Change, Staff of Transform
Found in Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Buy for n/a
Sell for n/a
Effect Transforms the holder into a different shape.

The Mod Rod, formerly translated as the Staff of Change and Staff of Transform, is a item that first appeared in Dragon Quest III. It is used as an item to transform a character(s) into a different shape.


Dragon Quest III[edit]

The staff is originally held by a Boss Troll in Manoza who assumed the form of the king with it. The staff can be traded for the Boatman's Bone in Greenlad. Upon revisiting the old man, he will have already used the staff assuming a different form per visit. Oddly enough, he can turn into Pimiko with it, while the players can't.

It can also be used to buy items from the shop in the Super Secret Faerie Village, providing you take the form of a dwarf (or Slime in the remakes). The remakes also allow the player a chance to acquire another Mod Rod within the Treasures n' Trapdoors track in Jipang (after wishing for Xenlon to create it), and further rods can also be found as monster drops in the Ice Cave. As neither the Ice Cave nor T'n'T have been included in the mobile remakes of the game, players on the most recent releases and on the original NES release have just one window to shop at the Super Secret Faerie Village.

Turning into a monster with it allows for the player to talk to the Imp in Asham or the Minidemon on the Phantom Ship without triggering a battle. Though both will state awareness of the player not really being a monster.

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

The staff is found in a chest at the Royal Crypt. It is needed for The Hero to take the form of monsters in order to blend in at Diabolic Hall. Talking to the monsters otherwise will result in a battle. In addition, the player needs to be in monster form to talk to the monsters at the meeting so that Psaro will arrive to announce the revival of Estark.

In the NES Version, using the staff also allowed for transformations into The Hero (both male or female), Ragnar, Alena, Kiryl, Borya, Torneko, Maya or Meena.

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