Mod Rod

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Mod rod
Japanese へんげのつえ
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Old localizations Staff of Change, Staff of Transform
Found in Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Effect Transforms the holder into a different shape.

The Mod Rod is a item that first appeared in Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation. It is used as an item to transform a character(s) into a different shape, ranging from dancing girls to ferocious monsters. This elicits different responses from NPCs depending on which shape as been assumed, allowing naughty players to terrorize townsfolk as slimes.


Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The staff is originally held by a Boss troll in Manoza, who assumed the form of the local king with it and turned the nation into a distopia before the Hero killed him. 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 of opportunity 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: Chapters of the Chosen[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 McRyan, Alena, Kiryl, Borya, Torneko Taloon, Maya or Meena Mahabala.

This staff can change the party's appearance for a short while.[1]

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

The mod rod is found in the sky key gate, specifically in Fhunt village. Speaking to a sage in the graveyard will allow the player to access the tower in the northern part of town. The staff is needed for the gate's plotline, and the player can keep it afterwards to have fun interactions with NPCs.

Dragon Quest Builders 2[edit]

The mod rod is a key item in the Moonbrooke island section of the game, allowing players to sneak into the enemy camps and gather intel on the weaknesses of Hargon's Heroes.


  1. Nintendo DS and Cell phone Version