How to get the Magma Staff in Dragon Quest IV
Finding the Magma Staff in Dragon Quest IV
ItemMagma Staff
Effect+63 ATK, can cast Zoom, needed to access Femiscyra
LocationZamoksva

You’ll find the Magma Staff in the treasury of Zamoksva Castle after you defeat Balzack. This item is needed to progress the story and get the Zenithian Shield.

Preparations

  • Have all members in your party. You should’ve already recruited all the protagonists of the previous chapters, including Ragnar.
  • Get the Magic Key. You’ll find it by revisiting the cave to the west of Aubout du Monde.
  • Your party should be at least level 20. You’ll fight the strongest boss up until this point in the game, so you’ll have to make sure you’re on a decent level. Also, you’ll unlock Zing at this level, to resurrect characters in battle.
  • Get the best gear you can. Full Plate Armor on your Hero and Ragnar, Cloak of Evasion on your magic users, and the highest ATK weapons you can buy.

Heading to Zamoksva Castle

You’ll find out about the Magma Staff when you visit Burland again in Chapter 5. In the castle they will tell you the Magma Staff is needed to open a pass to Femyscira. They’ll also tell you the staff is located in Zamoksva Castle.

You’ll find out about the Magma Staff here in the throne room (1) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find out about the Magma Staff here in the throne room (2) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find out about the Magma Staff here in the throne room

If you haven’t reached Zamoksva again in Chapter 5 yet, cast Zoom and go to Endor. From there sail your ship down the river, and head northeast once you reach the ocean. After the narrow passage between the island and a peninsula you’ll see Zalenagrad and Zamoksva. Rest and restock in the town if you want and head to the castle.

Some indications to reach Zamoksva (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Some indications to reach Zamoksva (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Some indications to reach Zamoksva (3) | Dragon Quest IV
Some indications to reach Zamoksva (4) | Dragon Quest IV
Some indications to reach Zamoksva

Finding the Magma Staff

You’ll notice the castle is invaded by demons, just like at the end of Chapter 2. Amongst the monsters you’ll fight in the castle, be careful with the Hoodoo Gooroos and always focus on them first, as they can cast Whack and insta-kill a character. Rinothropes can tank a lot of damage, especially if accompanied by a Cureslime.

The monsters in the castle will talk to you | Dragon Quest IV
The monsters in the castle will talk to you

You can talk to the monster NPCs, and only the one in the kitchen will attack you. There are no chests to grab in the castle yet so just head to the throne room and talk to Balzack, triggering the next boss fight.

Balzack the boss | Dragon Quest IV
Balzack
760 HP – Can cast Kacrack and Cold Breath
This will probably be your hardest fight up until this point. Both Kacrack and Cold Breath hit your entire party, and they usually do more than 50 damage. I recommend having Meena constantly healing your party and reviving them with Zing, Maya to cast Sap and damaging spells on Balzack, and either Ragnar or Alena doing physical attacks. Your Hero should attack or heal depending on your needs. Even at level 20 this will be a hard fight, so if you feel the need to grind another level or two, do it.

After you beat Balzack, the monsters will go away. Head back to the first floor and open the red door on the northeast with your magic key. The magic floor in this room does a lot of damage, so cast Safe Passage with Maya to walk inside. Here you’ll find a Seed of Strength, the Flute of Revelation and the Magma Staff. 

The Magma Staff is inside this room | Dragon Quest IV
The Magma Staff is inside this room

Finally! This staff is a great weapon for your magic users, and you can use it as an item to cast Boom on enemies; I suggest equipping it on Borya. 

Now that you have the staff you can open the passage to Femiscyra and try to recover the Zenithian Shield.

Note: the Flute of Revelation you got here is also an important item. You’ll need it in Rosehill to get inside Rose’s chamber.