Dragon Quest II: Getting the Moonshard
Dragon Quest II: Getting the Moonshard
Obtaining the Moonshard

The first in a sequence of dungeon delves that will open up the end of Dragon Quest II, The Tower of the Moon holds the elusive Moonshard, which will help you get the False Idol, and consequently, the Eye of Rubiss.

Some Quick Tips for Sigil seekers:

  • Character specific level recommendations: The Princess should be at least level 21 and the Prince should be at least level 25. They each learn extremely powerful spells at these levels, with the Princess learning Kaboom and the Prince learning Kabuff. The Hero should be at least level 28 just for the stats requirement.
  • Endgame Build: You’ll want to spend your hard earned gold on some valuable equipment here.
  • Fearsome Foes: This dungeon’s enemies are quite formidable compared to everything you’ve faced so far.

Grinding And Gearing Up

The Magic Armour and Power Shield are indispensable at this point in the game | Dragon Quest II
The Magic Armour and Power Shield are indispensable at this point in the game

The latter portion of Dragon Quest II is punctuated by a great deal of dungeons back to back. You’ve most likely finished the Lighthouse and gotten all five of the necessary Sigils, but your journey is far from over. You’ll need both the Sigils as well as the False Idol to get the Eye of Rubiss, and to get the False Idol you’ll need the Moonshard.

Before you go storming through the upcoming dungeons, however, now would be a good time to make sure your ducks are in a row in terms of levels and equipment.

First things first, levels. The biggest and most necessary thing is to get your Princess to at least level 21, as that’s when she learns Kaboom, arguably the best spell in the game, which disregards the typical grouping system of attacks and spells to hit every enemy on screen with massive damage. By that time, your Hero will most likely be around level 28 and your Prince around level 25 (when he learns Kabuff which, as its name implies, is the opposite of Kasap and raises the entire party’s defense).the entire party’s defense). 

Orc Chieftains drop 255 gold on defeat, the highest of any enemy you’ll encounter, perfect for grinding | Dragon Quest II
Orc Chieftains drop 255 gold on defeat, the highest of any enemy you’ll encounter, perfect for grinding.

The next thing to take care of is equipment. Below is a list of items you’ll definitely want to have at this point in the game if you want to save yourself some frustration:

  • Aurora Blade (For the Hero, can be used to cast Dazzle in battle.)
  • Flowing Dress (For the Princess, reduces Spell/Breath damage by 50%)
  • Magic Armour (For the Prince, reduces Spell/Breath damage by 25%)
  • Power Shield (Great for both the Prince and Hero, can be used to cast Midheal in battle.)
  • Lightning Staff (For the Princess, More powerful than the Wizard Staff, obtained after defeating the enemy Wrecktor in Midenhall’s prison.)

Once you’ve rounded up the gold needed to purchase the equipment you need, you’ll be ready to head to the dungeon.

Trial of the Tower

Slewse is the closest town to the Tower by a wide margin (1) | Dragon Quest II
Slewse is the closest town to the Tower by a wide margin (2) | Dragon Quest II
Slewse is the closest town to the Tower by a wide margin

From the town of Slewse, the Tower of the Moon is just a quick journey south down the river. 

Note: The Tower of The Moon has a few new enemies to watch out for. Here’s a short primer:

  • Heyedras have the Weird Dance ability, which can drain a party member’s MP.
  • Terrordactyls often attack twice, making them pile damage on you quickly.
  • Whackolytes are mages with access to strong spells like Sizzle, Kabuff and Kasap.
The path to the second floor | Dragon Quest II
The path to the second floor

From the first floor, head into the western corner and ascend the stairs (the chest contains a Seed of Strength, which is worth a detour).

A few Seeds can go a long way for your party (1) | Dragon Quest II
A few Seeds can go a long way for your party (2) | Dragon Quest II
A few Seeds can go a long way for your party (3) | Dragon Quest II
A few Seeds can go a long way for your party (4) | Dragon Quest II
A few Seeds can go a long way for your party

On the second floor, there will be a chest containing a Seed of Magic east of where you start. From there, head to the southeast stairs to an isolated room down on the first floor for a Seed of Resilience. Head back up to the second floor afterwards and take the stairs that are now northwest of you.

More Seed detours (1) | Dragon Quest II

On the third floor, head north and ascend the stairs.

More Seed detours (2) | Dragon Quest II
More Seed detours (3) | Dragon Quest II
More Seed detours

On the fourth floor, make a quick trip south to open up two chests, one containing a bit of gold and the other containing a Seed of Resilience, then ascend the stairs in the northeast.

Make quick trip to the south two chests awits | Dragon Quest II

On the fifth floor, open the doors and head immediately south.

This old man isn’t a monster in disguise, thankfully (1) | Dragon Quest II
This old man isn’t a monster in disguise, thankfully (2) | Dragon Quest II
This old man isn’t a monster in disguise, thankfully

From here, you’ll have to descend four flights of stairs, then you’ll arrive in a room with an old man and, more importantly, the Moonshard. Congratulations!