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Dragon Quest IV is awesome!

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After beating IV this weekend I only have two games left in the series to play and beat, which are VI & VIII. Those ones will have to be pretty special to get a write up from me. Here's my "review" of Dragon Quest IV on the DS. It gets a little personal in that last paragraph lol...

https://drippyslimestar.blogspot.com/2019/06/dragon-quest-iv.html

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It is this game that made me discover the saga, it is excellent!
An interesting scenario, an excellent soundtrack, simple gameplay, endearing and diverted characters ... this game is a must have game.

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Dragon Quest IV is awesome. I just replayed it on DS and finished it up last week. There were a few things I wanted to try on this play-through:

1) Female Hero - The female MCs are almost always underrepresented when it comes to official artwork, so for both my recent DQIV replay and DQB2, I'm playing at the female heroes.

2) No buying armor or weapons for chapters 1-5. This was just a new challenge for myself. I've played this game multiple times over the years. It's my favorite classic Dragon Quest game. It was a rough start with only found weapons and armor. Ragnar finds a Cautery sword in the tower in Chapter 1, so that wasn't so bad. But Alena's chapter doesn't have any found weapons and armor for her. That was a tougher one to tackle, but I was able to make it through without buying anything and only gathering what I can find in chests, pots, caves, towers and other dungeons. Torneko's chapter for this was hilarious because at level 1, with no equipped weapon, he crits for 4 damage. This was a slow grind just to get him to level 2. It took several "workdays." By the time I got to Chapter 4 I had a good handle on it and it was easier to level with Maya using attack magic. Chapter 5 was pretty easy too, because at this point the character's strengths are compensating for the weapon weakness, while some of the best found-weapons and armor at located in this chapter. I was able to beat Necrosar/Psaro the Manslayer by the time Sofia was level 35. I used a similar strategy you did, Drippy. Sofia, Ragnar, Kyril, Borya. Occasionally I would swap in Meena for Kyril so that I could case Insulatle to protect against breath attacks. I also found that Kyril's multiheal wasn't enough and I could swap him for Alena and use Sofia's Omniheal instead. By Chapter 6, though I had a different strategy...

3) Finally beat Chapter 6 - This chapter was never available in the original NES so it gives you some bonus dungeons and some additional backstory into Psaro's character and motivation. Keeping in line with games where villains become friends he eventually joins you as a bonus character and you align against a common enemy. I was pleased to see there were two boss fights added and that the bonus dungeon was not where the final battle took place. You get to fight this goofy boss fight between two villains arguing a chicken vs. egg scenario, and instead of a battle theme they use the casino theme from DQIV. Repeating this fight over and over gave you different treasures, but the battle itself never got any harder. So I figured out a strategy for taking them down quickly using Sofia, Ragnar, Alena and Psaro (because Psaro has both Oomph and Kasap, I was able to replay Borya with him.) Sofia was my main Healer and occasional attacker, Ragnar was my tank, Alena was my speed attack and Psaro was my support and occasional attacker. The final bonus boss is tough because you're basically unable to use the wagon so you're limited to whichever four you bring into the battle. Again I almost swapped Alena for Meena for that Insulatle, but at the end it didn't matter and with the strength of the team I won anyway.

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My first play-through of a DQ game I almost never play through the bonus dungeon, preferring to digest the main story, so this was the first time I actually played through and beat IV's bonus dungeon. A few exceptions being DQIX and DQXI. The bonus content for IX is seemingly endless and grotto dungeons can be tackled at any point during the game or in the post-game. For DQXI it was because Act II is kind of a downer and there seemed like there was still a ton of story left and wrongs to be righted.

At the moment I'm playing through DQV on DS, for Nera as the wife and to complete the bonus dungeon on the DS version as I've only ever beaten the bonus dungeon on the SFC original. Bonus dungeons I still have yet to complete include: DW7, DQVIII, and DQXI--I didn't have time to complete Act III for this one, for personal reasons. Will get back to it, but most of what little console time I have is dedicated to Builders 2 at the moment.

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