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Dragon Quest XI: Best Weapons in the Game

Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a massive 100-hour JRPG, with countless sidequests, secrets, and pieces of equipment. Dragon Quest XI is good about constantly giving you new items and equipment to play around with, and there’s a big emphasis on crafting your own weapons using the Fun-Sized Forge in camp. Of course, as you get near the end of the game you’ll need to get your hands on the best weapons in Dragon Quest XI, especially if you want to take on Calasmos the true final boss.

The best weapons in Dragon Quest XI clearly have stats outstanding from the rest. Getting the best weapons in the game can be no easy task, however, so we’ll try and give you a few tips for what to focus on.

Before we do that, though, it should be noted that many of the best weapons in Dragon Quest XI will require you to evolve a current weapon you have at the forge. To do this you’ll need to get your hands on certain recipe books so you can craft the upgraded weapons. Here are the books you’ll need to have.

  • A Hero’s Book of Basic Weapons – Found in a chest in the Tower of Lost Time. Use the moving platforms to get to it.
  • A Hero’s Book of Better Weapons – Found in a chest in the Eerie Eyrie section of the Disciple’s Trial. Near the wall of light in the south.
  • A Hero’s Book of Brilliant Weapons – You’ll need to make your way to Drustan five times in the Disciple’s Trial. Beat the bosses/trial five times, and make all five wishes to get the book.

After gaining these three books you’ll have access to all the crafting recipes you’ll need. Now you’ll just need to get the material for the best weapons in Dragon Quest XI.

Swords – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

(Hero Exclusive) Supreme Sword of Light

There’s basically an entire subplot at the end of the game to get this weapon, the best sword in the game. First off you’ll need to make the wish “I want a super powerful weapon,” when completing Drustan’s trials to get the recipe.

Go to Hotto and complete the subquest with the leader of the town to get the Crucible Key. Head to Gallopolis and get first place in the Platinum Cup at the horse races to get the Forging Hammer. Finally, head to the bottom floor of Battleground to get additional pieces of Orichalcum.

Additionally, you’ll need to talk to the man outside of the item shop in Hotto with the pink exclamation mark. Give him a piece of Orichalcum and wait a while.After some time has passed you’ll be able to buy the Sword of Kings at the item shop for 35,000 gold, another item needed to craft the Supreme Sword of Light.

Now the only thing you need is Crimsonite, Uber Agate of Evolution, and Spectralite. Crimsonite can be gained from the Black Cup horse race (also unlocked through one of Drustan’s wishes), or by trading Serpent Souls to Krystalinda.

You should have quite a few Uber Agates by the endgame from opening chests. Spectralite is easy to get as you can purchase the item from the item store in Drustan’s Labyrinth. Put it all together at the forge and you’ll have the best weapon in the game.

  • Stats: 196 attack, 100 charm, 3% chance to remove enemy buff, deals lightning damage, and cures an ally of negative status if used as an item.

Hypernova Sword 

  • Final evolution of the Stardust Sword. You can get the Stardust Sword in the final dungeon before the first ending. Alternatively, you can grab it at the Fist Forest Whale Way Station if you miss it in the dungeon.
  • Stats:196 attack, 50 charm, 24% chance to reduce enemy defense.

(Hendrik Exclusive) Drustan’s Sword

  • Found in a chest in Drustan’s Labyrinth, the Luminary’s Trial.
  • Stats: 85 attack, enemies more likely to target wielder.

Greatswords – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Brilliant Blade

  • Rewarded for completing the Wheel of Harma’s final trial in 30 turns or less.
  • Stats: 353 attack, 11% parry chance, 100 charm, deals light damage.

Metal King Gooreatsword

  • Crafted from recipe book Making Things With Metal Kings. You get the book as a reward for completing the “Long Lost Literary Love” quest in Arboria late-game.
  • Stats: 324 attack, 3% parry chance, +1 damage to metal enemies.

Axes – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Galaxy Axe

  • Final evolution of the Bad Axe. The Bad Axe is found in a chest at Battleground.
  • Stats: 196 attack, +20 max MP, 50 charm, 24% chance to reduce enemy attack power.

Aristocrat’s Axe

  • Purchased for 48,000 gold at the rebuilt Cobblestone in late-game. You’ll need to talk to Gemma in Cobblestone and complete her objectives to rebuild the town.
  • Stats: 180 attack, +20 max MP, 8% chance to not consume MP, +10 damage to Demons.

Knives – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Dynamo Dagger

  • Final evolution of Deft Dagger. The Deft Dagger is your reward for turning in 65 Mini Medals at L’Academia de Notre.
  • Stats: 176 attack, 1% evasion chance, chance of surprise attack increased by 5%

(Erik Exclusive) Timeshear

  • Crafted from the recipe book Big Hitters of the Battlefield. It’s found from a chest in the Luminary’s Trial of Drustan’s Labyrinth.
  • Stats: 162 attack, 42 agility, 10% chance to stop time on attack

(Sylvando Exclusive) El Stupendo

  • Crafted from recipe book Big Hitter of the Battlefield.
  • Stats: 160 attack, 3% evasion chance, 15 deftness, 36 charm

Boomerangs – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Galaxarang

  • Final evolution of Meteorang. You can get teh Meteorang at the Manglegrove Whale Way Station.
  • Stats: 141 attack, 40 charm, deals lightning damage.

Metal King Goomerang

  • Crafted from recipe book Making Things With Metal Kings. See above entry for Greatswords.
  • Stats: 129 attack, +1 damage to metal enemies.

Wands – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Sceptre of Time

  • Crafted from the recipe book If I Could Turn Back Time. Needs Rusty Sceptre, which is acquired through the story. Recipe book is found in the Luminary’s Trial of Drustan’s Labyrinth, right near the end before you cross the chasm.
  • Stats: 70 magical mending, 19 magical might, 88 attack, 8 MP absorb, 100% chance to start with Alma Mater, 10 MP restored per turn.

Naughty Stick

  • Awarded for clearing the Wheel of Harma’s fourth trial, no turn requirement.
  • Stats: 1 attack, 50% chance of critical hit

Cane of Compassion

  • Purchase for 36,000 gold at the rebuilt Cobblestone.
  • Stats: 68 magical mending, 19 magical might, 86 attack, 8 MP absorb, 4% chance to not consume MP, 50% chance to start battle with Caster Sugar.

Heavy Wands – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Aurora Staff

  • Final evolution of Bright Staff. The Bright Staff is your reward for clearing the Wheel of Harma’s third trial in 15 turns or less.
  • Stats: 100 magical might, 80 magical mending, 112 attack, 16 MP absorb, 100% chance to remove enemy buffs.

Staff of Eternity

  • Crafted from recipe book Big Hitters of the Battlefield. See above entry for Knives on how to get.
  • Stats: 94 magical might, 47, magical mending, 103 attack, 15 MP absorb, casts Acceleratle when used as an item.

Rod of Paradise

  • Purchased for 30,000 gold from rebuilt Cobblestone.
  • Stats: 89 magical might, 76 magical mending, 100 attack, 15 MP absorb, 3 % critical spell chance

Spears – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Split-Pot Poker

  • Final evolution of Poker. The Poker is found in a chest in the final dungeon before the first ending, or in a chest at the First Forest Whale Way station if you miss it in the dungeon.
  • Stats: 266 attack, 3% parry chance, 90 charm, attack cannot be blocked or parried.

Metal King Spear

  • Crafted from recipe book Making Things With Metal Kings. See above entry on Greatswords for how to get book.
  • Stats: 251 attack, 3% parry chance, +1 damage to metal enemies, 12% chance to beguile Slime type enemies.

Whips – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Uber Gringham Whip

  • Final evolution of Gringham Whip. The Gringham Whip is gotten by trading in 750,000 tokens at the Octagonia Casino.
  • Stats: 194 attack, 40 charm, deals full damage to all enemies

Hellbeast’s Leash

  • Crafted from recipe book Big Hitters of the Battlefield. See above entry on Knives for how to get book.
  • Stats: 180 attack, 6% chance to freeze enemies with fear, +20% damage to dragons.

Anchor of Ranchor

  • Purchased for 36,000 gold at rebuilt Coblestone.
  • Stats: 175 atack, 4% critical chance, 10% chance of Oomphle at start of battle.

Claws – Best Weapons in Dragon Quest XI

Xenlon Claws

  • Final evolution of Beastmaster Claws. Beastmaster Claws are your reward for beating the Wheel of Harma’s third trial in 20 turns or less.
  • Stats: 118 attack, 5% critical chance, 50 charm, +20% damage to dragons.

(Jade Exclusive) Decimators

  • Crafted from recipe book Big Hitters of the Battlefield. See above entry on Knives for how to get book.
  • Stats: 108 attack, 5% critical chance, 56 charm, 15% chance to not consume MP,

That covers all of the best weapons in Dragon Quest XI. Of course, there are plenty of other weapons to collect along the way so make sure you’re searching every nook and cranny for new items and recipe books. If you happen to find any other great late-game weapons, feel free to add them int the comments down below.

For more tips and tricks on the game, make sure to check out our Dragon Quest XI wiki guide. If you’ve reached the first ending of the game and are looking for what to do, you can also check out our list of six things to do after you’ve beaten Dragon Quest XI.

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