Dragon’s Dogma is one of the most underrated games, combining slick fighting and climbing with classic RPG mechanics to tell a powerful tale of betrayal.
Many new players will enter Gransys now that a sequel has been announced, ready to take up arms and fight the powerful dragon and a variety of other obstacles. As you progress through the game, you will battle mythical giants and pawn army armies as you progress through the story. Here are six of the most important suggestions for those who are beginning off in Dragon’s Dogma, so that you can get started right away.
1. Avoid Taking Prolonged Trips in the Middle of the Night
Traveling across the wilds of the map at night can be alright if you know what you’re doing, but it’s definitely better to avoid it in the early stages of Dragon’s Dogma. Goblins, undead, skeletons, bats, and more will come out at night to attack you, as well as the fiercest creatures. Even the safest footpaths in the daytime can be dangerous at night.
As before mentioned, visibility is much reduced at night, necessitating the use of a torch to guide your path. This can make nighttime navigation in Dragon’s Dogma harder if you don’t have one when you start out.
First, you’ll need to level up a bit and bring along all your pawns for nocturnal travel. Nighttime encounters in Gransys can turn sour if you don’t have a full party and some experience under your belt.
2. Be in Control of Your Pawns
Even though the game doesn’t do a great job of explaining it, you may influence your pawns’ behavior in many ways. These pawns are intelligent, but they need a little help from you to do the tasks you ask of them to defeat the game’s horde of boss monsters.
You can talk to the innkeeper at the Union Inn in Gran Soren about customizing your pawn’s occupation and the specific weapon skills they can use.
At several inns throughout the game, such as the Union Inn, you can also adjust your pawn’s “inclinations” by placing them on a Knowledge Chair. You will be given a series of questions to answer, and the answers you give will influence the actions of your pawn.
And last but not least, you can offer the following simple directions during combat: Go, come, and help. Using the ‘Go’ command to send your pawns out ahead of yourself can be useful; pawns can be restored from their near-death state, so you can use them to test the waters of prospective conflict ahead of time.
3. Choosing the right members for your team is crucial to its success.
Next, you should make sure that each member of your party has a playing style that is complementary to the others in your party. This will be easier to do as you gain experience and professions to use in your team. Make sure that at least one pawn is equipped with a sword and shield for characters who prefer to use long-range weapons like bows and arrows.
Your squad configurations will have more leeway as you unlock more complex and hybrid professions. Magicians and swordsmen may be able to beat the game, but it’s easier and more fun to form dynamic groups that support each other’s play styles. Try other vocations and discover what works for you, but be prepared for terrible defeats when you realize that certain careers actually need a healer.
The “rift” stones that you’ll find all around the world let you borrow pawns from other players’ teams. To get the most out of your investment, you should look to borrow money from people that are more experienced than you in certain fields.
4. Make Your Pawns Carry Your Curatives.
The caster classes in Dragon’s Dogma can give good healing, but there are occasions when herbs, potions, and meals can be a far more effective way of restoring lost HP during combat than other methods. While there are many HP-replenishment products, the finest are those made particularly for this purpose, such as plants. To be fair, though, it’s fine to hoard commodities like food that do little to replenish health, provided your item weight is low enough.
Another vital step in “stocking up” is to provide your pawns with therapeutic objects, which they can use to heal themselves if necessary. Giving your pawns curatives also serves as extra storage, as each curative item weighs, and you don’t want your pawns to grow burdened. Give extra to your pawn team if you’re running low on curatives in your own inventory. In the future, you will be able to switch items across your inventories.
5. All the characters must be well-equipped.
Equipment has a significant impact on your numbers in Dragon’s Dogma, even if it seems like a no-brainer. Be sure to keep an eye out for new products from each vendor on a regular basis. For each piece of equipment, you’ll want to make sure that you have the best item available. There are a few pieces of armour for each profession, along with your primary and off-hand weapons.
For both your pawns and the player character, this holds true. Your money should be split between you and your followers so that you don’t wind up with one character who is better equipped than the rest.
Additionally, Caxton at the armory has the ability to change your weapons, a function that can be unlocked. If you have some money and a few goods, you can upgrade your weapons and armor up to three levels. You’ll notice a difference in damage and defense if you upgrade things you’re not planning on replacing any time soon.
Lead developer at Lost Rabbit Digital. Writer for Good2Games. Boden began freelancing for Good2Game in 2021. He got his start making games and is still interested in the inner workings of games via the modding and speedrunning communities. He is addicted to co-op crafting games, lengthy novels, and multiplayer cryptid hunts.