Skull helm

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Skull helm
Skull Helm.png
Japanese ドクロのかぶと
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Old localizations N/A
Found in Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Effect Curses the wearer (effects vary)

The skull helm is a recurring piece of headwear in the Dragon Quest series. Although this monstrous skullcap imparts a deadly curse on its wearer, it can be purified with the use of Alchemy.


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

The skull helm has a defence bonus of +49, but it is cursed and reduces the wearer's attack to 0. It can only be worn by Yangus, as well as Morrie in the 3DS version. There are only two in the entire game: one in a treasure chest on Isolated Plateau which is accessible with the Godbird's soulstone and one in the Heavenly Dais. Although it can be sold for 4,500 gold, it is not recommended due to its scarcity and the fact that it can be purified into a Sun crown using alchemy.

Recipe: Sun crown = Skull helm + Saint's ashes

Although it is not ideal to equip the Skull helm doing normal gameplay, it can be useful for farming; if Yangus has the skill Steal Sickle (or Stainless Steal Sickle) and equips the Skull helm, the player can use the skill on a desired enemy repeatedly until they obtain they item they want without the risk of killing them.

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

DQIX Skull helm.png  Skull helm  (DS)
Defence +32
Found 1% chance of finding in rank 7 grotto treasure chests.
Commonly dropped or stolen from Blight knights.
Rarely dropped or stolen from Night knights.
Rarity ★★☆☆☆
Recipe Sun crown + Malicite
Equipable by Priest, Thief, Minstrel, Paladin, Armamentalist, Ranger, Sage, Luminary
Buy Price N/a
Sell Price 4,500
Flavor text A blood-curdling cap for the cranium that curses the curious. Cursed.
Notes Sometimes prevents the wearer from acting in battle.
Upgrades into Sun crown.


  • An eerie helm surrounded by an air of danger. (Description of the Skull helm in Dragon Quest VIII.)