|Found in||Dragon Quest III|
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
The Red Orb is a key item in Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation and a recurring item in the series as a whole, being an artifact of incredible power in every appearance.
- A ridiculously rare orb of richest red. Alchemise it! - Dragon Quest IX game description
The Red Orb reappears in Dragon Quest IX as a very exotic alchemy ingredient, used for some of the highest alchemy recipes. It is a rare drop from the Dragonlord, Malroth, and (at lowest levels) Nokturnus legacy bosses.
The Red Orb started out as a royal treasure of Heliodor before it was stolen by Erik about one year prior to the main events of the game. Before the Hero and Erik return to Cobblestone, they visit Downtown Heliodor to take the Orb back from where it had been stashed. When the Orb is absent from the stash, they must track down Erik's former partner in crime, Derk, who tells them that it has been taken to the Kingsbarrow. A pair of monsters attempt to make off with it in order to gain favor with the Lord of Shadows, but they are defeated by Erik and the Luminary and they take the Orb back. Note that this is technically one of Erik's possessions at this point, and does not appear in the Important Items inventory. Later on, when the Hero and his party discover that it is one of the Six Orbs needed to reach Yggdrasil, Erik gives the Red Orb to the Hero.