Thinking cap

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Thinking cap
Japanese ちりょくのかぶと
Romaji Chiryoku no kabuto
Old localizations Intelli helm
Found in Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
Effect Increases the intelligence of the wearer.

The thinking cap is a recurring piece of headwear in the Dragon Quest series, designed to augment its wearer's intelligence. Despite its name, it looks more like a tiara, with a green jewel in the front under three small blue jewels and larger blue ones on either side. Older concept art shows a piece going across the crown, but the modernized design shown in the seventh game does not


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

The thinking cap has a defence bonus of +40, and increases wisdom by 15 points. It is sold in Lofty Peak and Faerie Lea for 13,000 gold, and can be equipped by the Hero, Parry, and Tuppence. The helm is useful for bumping up the loyalty of fresh monster recruits, who will only obey commands when their wisdom is at least 20.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

The cap features the traditional +40 defence and +15 wisdom, but now boasts +21 style. It is sold in Despairia, and the well armour shop east of Port Haven. The Hero, Carver, Nevan, Terry, Amos, Lizzie, and Goowain can equip it.

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

The thinking cap has a defence bonus of +37, a style bonus of +21, and increases the wearer's wisdom by 15. It can be equipped by the Hero, Kiefer, Sir Mervyn, and Aishe. The cap can be acquired if a male character wins the wisdom category for the Excellence Grading Organisation.

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

The thinking cap has a defence bonus of +38, and increases wisdom by 15 points. It can be purchased for 13,000 gold in Tryan Gully and created through alchemy. It can only be worn by Jessica and Angelo.

Item Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Thinking cap
DQVIII Scholars cap.png
Scholar's cap
DQVIII Iron headgear.png
Iron headgear

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

DQIX Thinking cap.png Thinking cap DQIX Logo.png
Thinking cap IX artwork.png
A hat that heightens its wearer's magical might
Rarity Stats Vocations
★☆☆☆☆ Defence +18
M. might +1
M. mending +12
Charm +23
Dropped by Darkonium slime at 1/128
Upgrades into Scholar's circlet
Price Location
12,500/6,250 Sold in Swinedimples Academy & Wormwood Creek
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
DQIX Iron helmet.png DQIX Gold circlet.png DQIX Sorcerers stone.png

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

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A conjuror's crown that increases the magical powers of anyone who equips it
Stats with forge buffs
Defence +38/39/40/42
M. might +24/25/27/29
M. mending +24/25/27/29
Price Location
NA/6,500 Fun-Size Forge
Forging difficulty
Gold ore xi icon.png x3 Platinum ore xi icon.png x2 Equable emerald xi icon.png x2 Thinkincense xi icon.png x2
Hero XI sprite walk.gifSerena sprite walk.gifSylvando sprite walk.gifHendrik sprite walk.gif

The guide for crafting the cap, Fine Fashions for Philosophers, is the reward for completing quest #43 in the Zwaardsrust Region during the second act.

Dragon Quest Treasures[edit]

The thinking cap is Treasure No. 110, in the armour category, with a base value of 3,750,000.


The name of the thinking cap comes from the English phrase "to put on your thinking cap", a state of mind or an imagined piece of headgear that one would put on in order to solve a problem or do some serious pondering.