Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

The seventh entry of the Dragon Quest series and the first to be on the Sony Playstation. It was one of the first Dragon Quest games to release outside of Japan since Dragon Quest IV under the new series name “Dragon Warrior”.

Despite the formula being mostly the same as previous entries, the scale of the game is unlike any of the previous ones. A rough estimate of the time required to beat the entire game is anywhere between 80 to 100 hours, and that’s not even including side quests. This is truly a quest, both in name and in length.

To give you an idea of the length, it took a team of 20 translators nearly an entire year to translate all 70,000 pages of text from the original Japanese script to English.

GUIDES

How to summon the Fire Spirit and get the Fire Amulet in Dragon Quest VII

Item Fire Amulet Stats +25 attack, +10 Style, can be used in battle to cast a fire spell. Location Burnmount The Fire Spirit can be awakened in Burnmount. Getting the Fire Amulet from him and the other amulets from the earth, air and water spirits is needed to progress in the main story.  Warning: this…

How to restore the second Mysterious Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

This pillar is hidden deep beneath the Dig Site. You’ll find the three fragments you need to restore the pillar in Buccanham, the Divine Shrine and the Strange Shrine. You must restore this pillar to access the dungeon where you’ll fight Orgodemir for the first time. Warning: this guide contains spoilers for Dragon Quest VII….

How to restore the first Mysterious Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

The first Mysterious Pillar is in the Divine Shrine.  You’ll find the three Mysterious Fragments you need in Nottagen and Buccanham. Restoring this pillar is needed to travel to the Divine Shrine in the past and to continue the main story. Finding the first fragment You can find the first fragment after you complete the…

How to get the Skystone in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll get the Skystone after restoring the Divine Shrine. With this ship you’ll be able to fly anywhere, even over mountains, and you’ll need it to continue the main story. Warning: this guide contains spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Restoring the Divine Shrine You can fully restore the Divine Shrine after you find all the…

How to get the Ultimate Key in Dragon Quest VII

Item Ultimate Key Description Opens certain doors that would otherwise remain tightly sealed. Location Cathedral of Light The Ultimate Key is inside a chest in the Cathedral of Light, in the third chapter of the story. This is an optional item and it’s very easy to miss, but you’ll need it to get some unique…

How to get the Lightning Staff in Dragon Quest VII

Item Lightning Staff Stats +28 Attack, +24 Style, can be used to cast Sizzle Location Hubble You’ll get the Lightning Staff as a reward for helping the staff maker’s assistant, in Hubble. This is an optional item and it can’t be found or bought anywhere else in the game. Warning: this guide contains minor spoilers…

How to learn The Greater Leveller in Dragon Quest VII

You can learn The Great Leveller and later upgrade it to The Greater Leveller in the Grand Conjuratorium, in Hubble. This is entirely optional and only the main hero will learn this spell. Warning: this guide contains minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Learning the Great Leveller You can learn the first spell when you…

How to restore the fifth yellow pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll need four fragments to restore this pillar. You’ll find them in Palazzo di Bulgio, Providence, Nottagen and the Aeolus Vale. Finding all the pieces will teleport you to Vogograd, where you can continue the main story. Warning: this guide contains minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment The first fragment is…

How to restore the fourth Blue Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You need three fragments to restore this pillar. You can find them in the present time in Al-Balad, Aeolus Vale and Vogograd. Restoring this pillar will teleport you to Buccanham, where you can continue the main story. Warning: this guide contains minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment You can get the…

How to get the Vestment of Virtue in Dragon Quest VII

Item Vestment of Virtue Stats +30 defense, +45 Style, reduces damage taken from spells. Location Divine Shrine You’ll be given the Vestment of Virtue at the top of the Divine Shrine, to the east of Faraday. This unique piece of gear is exclusive to Aishe and it’s one of the relics of the Roamers. Warning:…

How to get the Sands of Time in Dragon Quest VII

Item Sands of Time Description In battle, they can reverse time itself. Location El Ciclo You’ll find this item inside a painting in El Ciclo. You’ll have to help the town and beat a boss first to find it. This unique item can be very useful near the end of the game, to help you…

How to get the Platinum Sword in Dragon Quest VII

Item Platinum Sword Stats +60 Attack, +45 Style Location Providence You can get a Platinum Sword in Providence in the past, after helping the shopkeeper from that town. This weapon is optional and is very easy to miss, as the shopkeeper won’t give it to you if you ask him after you complete the scenario….

How to recruit Aishe in Dragon Quest VII

You can recruit Aishe for your party in Roamers Encampment at the present time. You first need to finish the main questlines in Hubble, Notaggen and Providence. She’ll be the last hero you recruit in this game. Warning: this guide contains spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the Roamers Encampment After you complete the Notaggen,…

How to get the Thinking Cap in Dragon Quest VII

Item Thinking Cap Stats +37 Defense, +15 Wisdom, +21 Style. Location El Ciclo, EGO Competition You’ll get the Thinking Cap by winning the EGO Wisdom Competition in El Ciclo with a male character. This is a unique item, so you can’t find it or buy it anywhere else.  Warning: This guide contains some spoilers for…

How to restore the fourth Green Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll find the five fragments to restore the last Green Pillar in La Bravoure, Providence, Nottagen, Hubble and the Roamer Encampment. Restoring this pillar will teleport you to Aeolus Vale, where you can continue the main story. Warning: this guide contains spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment When you get the Flying…

How to win the EGO Style Competition to get the Platinum Mail in Dragon Quest VII

Item Platinum Mail Stats +63 Defense, +51 Style. reduces 20 damage points from incoming spells. Location El Ciclo, EGO Competition You’ll get the Platinum Mail by winning the EGO Style competition in El Ciclo with a male character. This is a unique item, so you can’t find it or buy it anywhere else.  Warning: This…

How to get the Canny Cap in Dragon Quest VII

Item Canny Cap Stats +0 Defense, +30 Wisdom. Location Given by Professor Wade You’ll get the Thinking Cap by helping Professor Wade in Wetlock. Doing this long questline is the only way to get this piece of armor, so it can’t be bought or found anywhere else. Warning: This guide contains some spoilers for Dragon…

How to restore the fifth Red Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You need three Red Fragments to restore the last Red Pillar. You can find them from helping Professor Wade in Wetlock, in the Sunken Citadel and from recruiting Sir Mervyn. Restoring this pillar will let you visit Hubble, allowing you to continue the main quest. Warning: This guide contains spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding…

How to restore the fourth Red Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll find the three Red Fragments to restore this pillar in Al-Balad and Wetlock. Doing this will let you travel to Nottagen, where you can continue the main story. Warning: This guide contains minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment You’ll need to have cleared the Al-Balad main quest in the past…

How to recruit Sir Mervyn in Dragon Quest VII

You can resurrect and recruit Sir Mervyn for your party at the top of The Tallest Tower, a dungeon located on Wetlock Island. You can do this part of the story after you get the Flying Carpet. You should try and find him as soon as you reach this point in the story, to make…

How to get the Flying Carpet in Dragon Quest VII

This magical item is hidden in La Bravoure, but you’ll need to do a long quest in Wetlock first. Getting the Flying Carpet will let you access parts of the world that you couldn’t reach before. Warning: this guide contains minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Getting the fake Flying Carpet After you save the…

How to restore the third Green Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll find the pieces to restore this pillar in El Ciclo and Wetlock, both in the past and the present. Restoring it will teleport you to Providence, where you can continue the main story. Warning: This guide contains minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment The first fragment is in El Ciclo…

How to restore the fourth Yellow Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll find the missing pieces from this pillar in Pilgrim’s Rest, La Bravoure, Roamer’s Island and El Ciclo. Restoring this pillar will let you visit Wetlock, and it’s needed to continue the main story. Warning: this guide contains minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment You’ll find the first piece after completing…

How to get the Staff of Salvation in Dragon Quest VII

Item Staff of Salvation Stats +15 ATK, +16 Style, can be used to cast Midheal Location Gröndal You’ll find this staff in Gröndal after you help the town by saving them in the past. This unique weapon can’t be found or bought anywhere else.  Warning: this guide contains some minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII….

How to restore the third red pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You need three Red Fragments to restore this pillar. You’ll find them all in Gröndal. Restoring it will let you travel to El Ciclo, where you can continue your main quest. Warning: this guide contains some minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment Recommended level: 22 You’ll need to save the village…

How to restore the second Red Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll need four Red Fragments to restore this pillar. You can find them in Faraday, both in the past and the present. Doing so will let you travel to Greenthumb Gardens and continue the main story. If you need help reaching Faraday, check out our guide on how to get there! Warning: This guide contains…

How to restore the second Green Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll need five green fragments to restore this pillar. You’ll find them in L’Arca, Faraday and Greenthumb. Restoring it will let you visit the Roamer Encampment. Warning: This guide contains some minor spoilers for the first chapter of Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment The first one is in L’Arca in the present time….

How to restore the third Blue Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll find the pieces you need to restore this pillar in the Roamers Encampment both in the past and the present. Doing this will let you travel to the Alltrades Abbey, where you can continue the main story and choose vocations for your characters! Warning: This guide contains some spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding…

How to restore the second Yellow Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll need five Yellow Fragments to restore this pillar. You can find them in Regenstein, Greenthumb, Roamers Island, and the Alltrades Abbey. Each piece is separated by quite a bit of playtime. Restoring this pillar will teleport you to Al-Balad, where you can continue the main story. Warning: this guide has some minor spoilers for…

How to restore the third Yellow Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll need three Yellow Fragments to restore this pillar. You can find them in Alltrades Abbey and Al-Balad. Doing so will let you travel to Gröndal and continue the main story. Warning: This guide contains some minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first fragment You’ll find the first piece after completing the Alltrades…

How to restore the second blue pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll need five Blue Fragments to restore this pillar. You can find them in Burnmount and in Grotta del Sigillo. Restoring this pillar will let you travel to Faraday, allowing you to continue the main story. Warning: This guide contains some minor spoilers for the first chapter of Dragon Quest VII. Finding the first Blue…

How to restore the first Green Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll find four Green Fragments in Ballymoloy, Burnmount and The Haven. You’ll need them to reach L’Arca and continue the main story. Each piece is separated by a good chunk of the story, so you’ll restore three pillars in total before finding the last piece. Warning: this guide contains some minor spoilers for the first…

How to restore the first Blue Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll only need one Blue Fragment to restore this pillar. You’ll get it by helping the people from Emberdale. Doing this will let you reach Regenstein and continue the main story. Warning: this guide contains some minor spoilers for the first chapter of Dragon Quest VII. Preparations Starting the Flame Festival You’ll need to do…

How to restore the first Red Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll find three Red Fragments in Ballymoloy’s island and Estard Castle, both in the past and present. With these fragments you’ll be able to restore the first Red Pillar and continue the main story. Warning: this guide contains some minor spoilers for the first chapter of Dragon Quest VII. Preparations Finding the first Red Fragment…

How to restore the first Yellow Pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You’ll need three yellow fragments to travel to the past for the first time in the game. You can find all three fragments in the starting island. You’ll have to follow the main story for an hour or so before you can unlock the Shrine of Mysteries and find the fragments. Keep in mind that…