How to play

Combat

The DRAGON QUEST® XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition game presents a modern twist on turn-based battles, featuring mechanics simple enough for beginners, but with enough depth to satisfy hardcore fans.

As your adventure continues, you’ll meet powerful new allies and learn incredible new abilities to take down even the most fearsome foe.

Gather your weapons—and your courage—and follow these tips to turn the tide of battle!

Turn-based battles

Using the turn-based battle system, you can dictate every move or you can simplify things by setting a strategy in the Tactics menu and letting your team do all the work!

Sneak attacks

During your travels, you’ll run across plenty of monsters in the wild. You can navigate to avoid them, or you can try and get the drop on them and strike first using pre-emptive attacks! Battling monsters in the wild is a great way to pump up those experience points and level-up your team!

Swap 'em and drop 'em!

You can mix up what you’re wearing and wielding even while battling baddies. Simply select “Equipment” from the menu and you can pop in anything in that character’s inventory. You can even swap out characters if you’ve got enough in your party!

The power of pep

If a character is attacked a lot, or undergoes certain other trials and tribulations, they'll eventually enter an innervated state known as being “pepped up” which will boost their powers for a while.

Character Builder

With the Character Builder, you can use skill points to teach your party members new spells, abilities, and improve their attributes. When you unlock a particular panel, the ones surrounding it will become available, expanding your options even further.

Think carefully about what to unlock when, and work your way toward the ultimate abilities!

Side quests

Looking to earn a little extra coinage? Select “Nearby Quests” from the map menu to see a list of people in the area in need of aid, plus any local quests you currently have underway, along with the awards available for completing them.

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