How to use the Forge in Dragon Quest XI
How to use the Forge in Dragon Quest XI

The Forge is a mechanic unlocked after reaching the Manglegrove campsite. It’s a mechanic that is used to turn materials into useful items through the use of recipes.

You can get recipes in the following ways:

  1. Finding red books: Read the red books that are found in bookshelves. Some of them will teach you recipes.
  2. Opening chests: Some chests can contain recipes inside.
  3. Exchanging Mini Medals: Exchange medals for stamps in L’Académie de Notre Maître des Médailles. Some recipes are the rewards for collecting stamps.
  4. Completing missions: Some missions have recipes as a reward once completed.

To find materials, check for sparkling spots that often appear in grass, trees, mines, etc.

Hero finds a recipe book entitled 'O Holy Knight'. | Dragon Quest XI
Hero finds a recipe book entitled ‘O Holy Knight’.

Forging Process

To forge items, select the forge when you are in a campsite or in the quick commands menu for the S version of DQXI.  

Once selected, it will ask you what you want to forge. It will then show you a menu of items you can forge along with the difficulty and materials needed.

Choosing an item on the forge menu. | Dragon Quest XI
Choosing an item on the forge menu.

If you want to forge an item but don’t have all the materials, don’t worry. Sometimes you can buy the materials from the forge after selecting an item.

The forging process is a mini-game where you need to hit meters until they reach the green area or the diamond. Reaching the diamond will yield a better result than the green area.

The forging process is a mini-game where you need to hit meters until they reach the green area or the diamond area. Reaching the diamond area will yield a better result than the green area.

Forging a whip. | Dragon Quest XI
Forging a whip.

After you reach the forging menu, you will see the following options:

  • Bash:Consumes 5 focus points and does a single strike at standard strength.
  • Flourishes: Special forging abilities that you learn when you level up that consume focus points.
  • Appraise: Take a closer look at the item you are crafting.
  • Finish: Completes the crafting process.

The Bash and Flourish options will be used to hit the meters. These will consume focus points gained from leveling up.

Note: Be mindful of the temperature. The higher the temperature, the stronger the strikes will be.

Forging Results

The result of the forging will determine the bonuses the item will get.

  • Pretty well item (+1): Item with a little stat boost.
  • Really well item (+2): Item with plenty of stat boost.
  • Brilliantly item (+3): Item with a lot of stat boost

A successful forge will yield perfectionist pearls that are used to rework items. A failed forge will give you an item with no boosts and you will have to wait 5 minutes to try again (Except in the S version). 

Crafting a Brilliantly item. | Dragon Quest XI
Crafting a Brilliantly item.

Flourishes

Flourishes can be very helpful in forging when you want to save focus or hit more precise strikes.

The following is a list of Flourishes, the required level and the amount of focus needed.

FlourishLevelFocusDescription
Double-Edged Bash108Allows you to hit two stacked squares at once. You cannot hit two squares that are side by side.
Lightening Bash1210Allows you to hit one square at half strength.
Double Whammy178Allows you to hit one square at double strength.
Sizzly Puff2310Boosts the temperature by 300 degrees.
Quadrabash2612Allows you to hit four squares in a 2×2 arrangement.
Multibash317Four quick medium-strength blows made at random
Triple Whammy3511A single strike with triple the standard strength
Crackshot Bash3816A carefully aimed blow with an increased critical hit chance .
Kaquadrabash4418A double-strength strike over a set of squares in a 2×2 arrangement.
C-C-Cold Blow4612Reduces the temperature by 300 degrees
Crosscutter Blow507Lands a swift pair of strong strikes across two diagonal squares
Whoosh Bang Wallop606A strong strike on a single square that also takes the temperature down by 150 degrees.

Also after you got to level 55 you will unlock a Master Stroke called Hephaestus’ Flame. You can use this ability once and it is very helpful because it will do a critical strike that will end in the diamond.

Once you hit level 55, you will unlock a Master Stroke called Hephaestus’ Flame. You can use this ability once per forge and it will never allow the meter to go past the diamond area. 

To use Hephaestus’ Flame, you will have to wait until the Inspiration Strikes prompts on the screen. After that, go to Master Strokes and select Hephaestus’ Flame.

Inspiration Strikes prompt, allowing the use of Hephaestus' Flame. | Dragon Quest XI
Inspiration Strikes prompt, allowing the use of Hephaestus’ Flame.

Then select Bash or use a Flourish and it will guarantee a critical strike that will end in the diamond area.
Note: Be sure to save it until a square is close to the green area so it isn’t wasted.