Poison needle

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"A single jab with this in the right spot would likely finish the enemy off in one fell swoop."

Dragon Quest VII description

Poison needle
Japanese どくばり
Romaji Dokubari
Old localizations Poison knife
Found in Dragon Quest III onwards
Effect Chance for instant death

The poison needle is a recurring weapon in the Dragon Quest series. It is a novelty weapon that has a chance to instantly kill an enemy in a single strike, but otherwise can only inflict one point of damage. Both of these attributes make the needle an invaluable weapon against metal monsters. It's point resembles that of a Hell hornet's stinger, but this may be a coincidence.


Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The needle has an attack power of +10 and a death chance of 6.25% (1/16th) in its debut appearance, making it less useful than in later titles. It can only be equipped by Mages, and is found in a chest behind the item store's counter in Khoryv. It can be purchased in Persistence for 10 gold, and is also dropped by Betterflies at a rate of 1/128 and by Hoodies at 1/64.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

Maya and Borya and equip the needle, increasing their attack by +0. The death chance has been increased to 1/8th (12.5%), and is available for purchase in chapter 4's Havre Léon weapon shop.

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

The poison needle can be equipped by Bianca, Nera, Debora, Madchen, and assorted monster recruits. It can be purchased in Coburg & Hay, and now has a 1/6th (16.67%) chance to hit a weak point.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

Milly, Ashlynn, Nevan, Terry, and the slime buddies can equip the poison needle. It is not for sale, and can be found in Arkbolt, the seabed shrine near Howcastle, as well as winning rank C of Slimopolis. The needle retains the special effect rate from the previous game, and will also increase style by +15.

  • In the SNES version, the needle is bugged and will not affect monsters that are immune to Whack.

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

The poison needle has an attack bonus of +1, a style bonus of +15, a the 1/6th death rate. It can be equipped by Maribel, Ruff, and Sir Mervyn. It is obtained from the Medal King after turning in 45 mini medals.

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

The poison needle can only be equipped by Jessica in the original PS2 version, as well as Red in the 3DS port. It is sold in Baccarat for 1,900 gold, and returns to an effect rate of 1/8th.

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

 Poison needle
Rarity ★☆☆☆☆
Attack +1
Equipable by Mages, Thieves, Warriors, Omnivocational master
Recipe Magic beast horn x 1, Manky mud x 3
Found Sold in Dourbridge & Bloomingdale
Buy Price 1,900
Sell Price 950
Flavor text A prickly pin that can fell a foe with a single stab if correctly aimed
Notes Death rate is 12.5%

Dragon Quest X[edit]

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

Poison needle DQXI Logo EN.png
Poison needle xi icon.png
A piercing, pin-like weapon that can instantly kill an enemy if it strikes the right spot
Stats with forge buffs
Attack +1
Death rate +4/5/6/7%
Dropped by Fandangows at 1256
Price Location
1,900/950 Sold in the Zwaardsrust Region capmsite
Forging difficulty
Erik sprite walk.gifSylvando sprite walk.gif

Dragon Quest Swords[edit]

A poison needle is the reward for giving Minimoggie 20 mini medals in Castle Avalonia