Skull helm

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Skull helm
Skull Helm.png
Japanese ドクロのかぶと
Romaji Dokuro no kabuto
Old localizations N/A
Found in Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest Treasures
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]

An eerie helm surrounded by an air of danger

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.

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Sun crown
DQVIII Skull helm.png
Skull helm
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Saint's ashes

Although it is not ideal to equip the skull helm doing normal gameplay, it can be useful for item farming: if Yangus has the skill Steal Sickle (or the upgraded version) 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 the target.

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

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A blood-curdling cap for the cranium that curses the curious. Cursed
Rarity Stats Vocations
★★☆☆☆ Defence +32
Charm +36
Sometimes prevents the wearer from acting in battle
Upgrades into Sun crown
Dropped by Blight knights & Night knights
Price Location
NA/4,500 1% chance of finding in rank 7 grotto treasure chests
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
DQIX Sun crown.png DQIX Malicite.png -

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

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Horrifying headgear that slightly surprisingly provides protection against curses and darkness-based attacks
Stats with forge buffs
Defence +49/51/53/55
-25/30/40/50% Dark damage
+25/30/40/50% curse protection
Dropped by Calasmonaut at 1/256
Price Location
NA/11,000 Heliodor dungeon, requires ultimate key
Forging difficulty
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