"A single jab with this in the right spot would likely finish the enemy off in one fell swoop."
—Dragon Quest VII description
|Dragon Quest III onwards
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|Mages, Thieves, Warriors, Omnivocational master
|Magic beast horn x 1, Manky mud x 3
|Sold in Dourbridge & Bloomingdale
|A prickly pin that can fell a foe with a single stab if correctly aimed
|Death rate is 12.5%
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