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Poison moth knife
Japanese どくがのナイフ
Old localizations Venomous dagger
Bug knife
Found in Dragon Quest IV onwards
Buy for Varies
Sell for Varies
Effect Causes paralysis

The poison moth knife is a recurring knife in the Dragon Quest series. Of unusually elaborate design for a dagger, it can induce paralysis on strike in all appearances with a rate of 1/6th to 1/8th, depending on the title.


Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

The poison moth knife has an Attack bonus of +24 and a 18 chance of paralyzing its target. It can be wielded by Borya, Torneko Taloon, Maya & Meena. Laurel has one among his equipment.

It can be purchased for 750 gold coins, and sold for 562. Tessie will sell it at Torneko's shop for 1,125.

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

The poison moth knife has an attack bonus of +24 and paralyses at a rate of 1/8. It can be purchased in Stockenbarrel for 900 gold.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

The poison moth knife may be equipped by Milly, Ashlynn, Nevan, Goowainn, and the slime buddies. It has an attack bonus of +24, and a style bonus of +13. It is dropped by Giant moths, appropriately enough, and the paralysis effect will trigger with all slash and punch skills 1/6th of the time.

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

The poison moth knife has an attack bonus of +23, a style bonus of +13, and a paralysis rate of 1/6th It can be equipped by Maribel and Sir Mervyn. One is given to the party after the events at Faraday in the past and another can be found at the Roamers encampment. It cannot be purchased from any shop, but they can be sold for 475 gold. Poison moth knives can also be won as prizes from the Lucky Panel at the Casino.

The paralysis effect will trigger with all slash and punch skills 1/6th of the time, as in VI

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

The poison moth knife has an attack bonus of +29. It can only be equipped by Jessica or Red and will paralyse foes 1/8th of the time. This effect will not trigger on if her knife skills are used. It can be purchased in Pickham for 950 gold.

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

The Poison Moth Knife has expanded into a alchemical family of blades, each carrying a 1/8th chance to stun on normal attacks. Additionally, they will also deal a base +10% damage to bugs.

 Poison Moth Dagger
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Attack +25
Equipable by Mages, Thieves, Warriors, Omnivocational master
Buy Price 1,250
Sell Price 625
Flavor text A knife that's know to paralyse prey part of the time.

The poison moth knife may be alchemized by combining a Divine Dagger with two helpings of Coagulant and one spot of Manky Mud, making for an easy upgrade. The weapon can be further refined into the Batterfly knife by combining it with three helpings of Coagulant and three Butterfly wings.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

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

 Poison moth knife
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
(forge buffs)
(+26, +28, +31)
Paralysis chance +8%
Found Sold in Hotto, Gallopolis, Gondolia, & Octagonia
Equipable by Erik, Sylvando
Buy Price 950
Sell Price 475
Flavor text A deadly little dagger that can sometimes stop enemies in their tracks with paralysis
Notes +120% damage to bugs
Dropped by the Bodkin fletcher at a rate of 164, and by Garudas and Crabber dabber doo at 1128