How to Get The Lyre of Ire in Dragon Quest 1

The Lyre of Ire (A.K.A. The Silver Harp on the original NES release of Dragon Quest, or the ShinyHarp if you’re playing on the GBC) is an item you need to get in order to complete the game. To find it, you’ll first have to visit Galenholm to access Galen’s Grave.

Some tips before entering the dungeon:

  • Bring 2 Magic Keys. You can buy them on Rimuldar.
  • Be at least level 13. If your level is too low, you can grind at the south of Rimuldar.
  • Bring appropriate level gear. Buy and equip the Steel Broadsword and Full Plate Armor in Rimuldar and the Iron Shield in Galenholm. It’s also a good idea to get a Dragon Scale from any Item Shop.

Once you’re in Galenholm, use a Magic Key on the first door you’ll see to the north. Inside the building there are three chests with a Copper Sword, a Torch and 630G. There is also a room with an old lady; If you open the door with a Magic Key and talk to her, she will give you another Magic Key.

This is the building you need to visit | Dragon Quest 1
This is the building you need to visit

Head to the northwestern corner of the building, walk three steps to the right and move into the dark area to reveal a pathway. Follow the pathway and talk to the bearded man to access Galen’s Grave.

Walk up on this square to access the hidden pathway. | Dragon Quest 1
Walk up on this square to access the hidden pathway.

These are the enemies you will find on this dungeon:

NameHPMPSkills
Bewarewolf34NoneNone
Drackyma2010Heal, Sizz
Drohl Drone31NoneNone
Drohl Diabolist5410Snooze
Fightgeist 2110Sizz
Iron scorpion21NoneNone
Legerdeman2710Snooze, Sizz
Raving lunatick3530Heal, Sizz
Scarewolf 376Fizzle
Skeleton 29NoneNone
Skeleton soldier4612Heal
Spitegeist3114Sizz, Snooze, Fizzle

As soon as you’re in, open your Spell menu and cast Glow so that you can see your surroundings. Before going to the next floor you should take the pathway that leads all the way east until you hit the wall, then head north and west. You’ll find three chests with a Seed of Life, a Magic Key and some gold. 

The three chests with Seed of Life, Magic Key and gold. | Dragon Quest 1
The three chests with Seed of Life, Magic Key and gold.

Eat the Seed of Life to permanently raise your HP. Go back east and all the way south until you see a double door. Open it with a Magic Key and follow the pathway until you reach the stairs.

Open this door with a Magic Key to get to the next floor | Dragon Quest 1
Open this door with a Magic Key to get to the next floor

On the second floor there are many stairs, but the one that you need to access the next floor is the one on the southwestern corner. Try to keep your HP high as the monsters on the next two floors are tougher.

The access to the third floor is on this corner | Dragon Quest 1
The access to the third floor is on this corner

In this floor you will find Skeleton Soldiers which are the hardests mobs from this dungeon as well as Spitegeists and Drohl Diabolists who can cast Snooze on you and give you some problems. Take the path to the northeast until you find the next floor. The path is short enough that you may not encounter any monsters.

On the fourth floor just head to the east and use the stairs on the center, which lead you back to the third floor. Open the chest in this room and you’ll find the Lyre of Ire. 

The Lyre of Ire location | Dragon Quest 1
The Lyre of Ire location

Congratulations! You can open the Spell menu again and cast Evac now, to quickly get out of the dungeon. From now on you can use the Lyre of Ire to summon weak monsters, and it has unlimited uses.

Your next step on your adventure should be trading the Lyre for the Staff of Rain, but for now it is recommended you go back to Garin’s Grave a couple of times to grind until you’re level 15 before continuing the storyline.