Timbrel of tension

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Timbrel of Tension
DQVIII Timbrel of Tension.png
Japanese ふしぎなタンバリン
Old localizations Timbrel of Tension
Found in Dragon Quest VIII
Effect Increases the party's tension by one level.

The timbrel of tension (ふしぎなタンバリン, mysterious tambourine) is an item introduced in Dragon Quest VIII. It's main purpose is to increase tension and appears multiple times throughout the series.


Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Timbrels of tension is an item that raises the entire party's tension by one level. It has unlimited uses. It cannot be bought and can only be made in the Alchemy Pot.

Recipe: Timbrel of tension = Sun crown + Tough guy tattoo + Magic beast hide

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below[edit]

Timbrels of tension appear as one-time use items in this game, rather than having unlimited uses. When picked up by the character being controlled by the player, it will fill the character's tension bar completely, making it useful when it comes to boss fights. Timbrels of tension can sometimes be found by smashing pots or barrels and since they do not carry over between stages, they should be used as needed.

Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]

The Timbrel of Tension returns in the sequel as a skill that can be used by Angelo. It can be learned for 8 skill points and costs 8 MP to use. Rather than increasing the party's tension, it increases the rate at which they will gain tension.


A musical instrument that raises the tension of the entire party.[1]


  1. PS2 and 3DS version