Shimmering dress

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Shimmering dress
DQVIII Shimmering Dress.png
Japanese ひかりのドレス
Romaji Hikari no doresu
Old localizations Light dress
Dress of radiance
Found in Dragon Quest III remakes only
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
Effect High chance to reflects spells

The shimmering dress is a recurring dress in the Dragon Quest series that first appeared in Dragon Quest IV. This radiant yellow gown sometimes reflects incoming spells from both enemies and allies, with exact the frequency depending on the title. Design wise, it has shifted from a loose-fitting robe to a regal ballroom gown as of the seventh game.


Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

The shimmering dress has a defence bonus of +90 and reduces damage taken from breath and magic attacks by 33%. It is the strongest piece of armour in remakes of the game, but it can only be worn by female characters. In the SNES/GBC remake, one can be found as a prize for completing the 4th T'n'T board (1st Goal) & more can be purchased from the 5th board in one of the shops for 19,000 gold.

  • As T'n'T boards were removed from the smart phone versions of the game, a single shimmering dress replaces one of the mimics in Zoma's Castle.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

This diaphanous dress may reflect magic back at the caster.[1]

The shimmering dress has a defence bonus of +50 (+45 in the NES Version) and can be worn by The Hero (female), Alena, Maya & Meena. It can be sold for 6,600 gold. It has a 33% chance to reflect spells back at the caster. They can be found in Baron's Folly and Doorway to Nadiria.

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

The shimmering dress has a defence bonus of +45, and a 33% reflection rate. It may be purchased in Gotha and Lofty Peak for 8000 gold, and can only be worn by Bianca, Nera, and Madchen.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

This time, the dress is a reward for completing the Best-Dressed Contest instead of being purchasable, and as such is unsellable. It provides +55 defence and +65 style, with a whopping 50% chance to reflect magic. Combine with a silver tiara and glass slippers for a massive +186 style boost for Milly and Ashlynn.

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

The shimmering dress has a defence bonus of +75 and a style bonus of +61. It can only be equipped by Maribel and Aishe and it reflects spells in battle 33% of the time. The shimmering dress can be found at the Multipleximus Maximus. The shimmering dress receives a massive +40 style bonus for the Best Dressed Contest of the Excellence Grading Organisation if it is worn with a silver tiara and glass slippers.

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

A mysterious dress that occasionally reflects a spell cast on the wearer back at the caster.[2]

The shimmering dress has a defense bonus of +67 and a 20% chance to reflect all spells barring Insulatle. It can be worn by Jessica and Red. Shimmering dresses can only be made using the Alchemy Pot and can be sold for 8,800 gold. They can also be upgraded into a divine bustier by combining it with a dangerous bustier, a princess's robe by combining it with an angel's robe and a gold rosary, or a Shamshir of light by combining it with a light shield and a rune staff.

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Shimmering dress
DQVIII Gold bracer.png
Gold bracer
DQVIII Ruby of protection.png
Ruby of protection
DQVIII Spangled dress.png
Spangled dress

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

DQIX shimmering dress.png Shimmering dress DQIX Logo.png
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A nebulous number that's not unknown to reflect spells
Rarity Stats Vocations
★★★☆☆ Defence +35
Charm +100
20% chance to reflect spells
Upgrades into Princess's robe
Price Location
NA/7,750 Krak Pot
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
DQIX spangled dress.png DQIX Brighten rock.png x3 Pink pearlIXicon.png

In this game, the shimmering dress has received a male counterpart in the form of the twinkling tuxedo. Reflect rate is 20%.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

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

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Shimmering dress xi icon.png
An enchanted evening gown that sometimes sends spells back where they came from
Stats with forge buffs
Defence +67/69/62/75
Charm +62/65/68/71
20% chance to reflect spells
Price Location
NA/5,500 Fun-Size Forge
Forging difficulty
Glimmergrass xi icon.png x2 Pink pearl xi icon.png x2 Brighten rock xi icon.png x2 Sparkly sap xi icon.png x2
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Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

The shimmering dress appears on one of the Alena variant cards.

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