How to Build Pioneer Town in Dragon Quest IV
Building Pioneer Town in Dragon Quest IV

The Pioneer Town (also known as Immigrant Town) side quest becomes available during Chapter 5 and will ask you to build a town from scratch, recruiting people from all around the world during different stages of the story. 

This side quest is entirely optional, but each time you grow the town, you’ll get some decent rewards and new shops will open (the final stage even has a casino!).

Starting Pioneer Town

You’ll be able to start this side quest during Chapter 5, at any point after you recruit Alena into your party. 

Go to Mintos and you’ll find out that Hoffman Jr. left his work at an inn to build a town of his own, in the same place where the Desert Bazaar used to be in Chapter 2. You can quickly reach the desert by Zooming to Endor and sailing northwest from there.

Enter this new town to find Hoffman Jr. and learn about his plans (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Enter this new town to find Hoffman Jr. and learn about his plans (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Enter this new town to find Hoffman Jr. and learn about his plans

Growing Pioneer Town to the first stage

Talk to Hoffman Jr. and he’ll tell you about his idea of building a town. He’ll also ask you to find a person in Laissez Faire who wants to start a new life. That person is the nun in the Laissez Faire church. Talk to her and she’ll travel to the new town.

Talk to this nun and she’ll migrate to your town (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to this nun and she’ll migrate to your town (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to this nun and she’ll migrate to your town

Get back to the town and you’ll see it has already grown a bit, and it has some new inhabitants. Searching around you’ll find two Mini Medals and a Bunny Tail. There’s also a new item shop in town.

The Mini Medals and the Bunny Tail are inside these barrels (1) | Dragon Quest IV
The Mini Medals and the Bunny Tail are inside these barrels (2) | Dragon Quest IV
The Mini Medals and the Bunny Tail are inside these barrels (3) | Dragon Quest IV
The Mini Medals and the Bunny Tail are inside these barrels

You can also talk to Hoffman Jr. now to choose a name for the town!

Note: at this point you can talk to Hoffman Jr. to configure your town emissary, a character that can travel to other towns from other players in your local proximity. If none of your neighbors play this game don’t worry, as this mechanic is 100% optional and not needed to grow the town.

Growing Pioneer Town to the second stage

Keep playing the main story. After you’ve found the Ultimate Key, go back to the town and talk to Rocky, in the northwestern house. He’ll tell you about someone in Burland’s church who wants to move to a new town.

Rocky will tell you where to find the next settler | Dragon Quest IV
Rocky will tell you where to find the next settler

Travel to Burland and talk about the town to the man in the church, then go to Burland’s inn and talk to his friend too. They will both move to town.

Talk to this man in Burland’s church | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to this man in Burland’s church

Now that your town grew again, you can find two Mini Medals more, a Seed of Resilience and a Hairband. The item shop will also sell a couple of items more now.

Explore these places to find the two Mini Medals, the seed and the Hairband (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Explore these places to find the two Mini Medals, the seed and the Hairband (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Explore these places to find the two Mini Medals, the seed and the Hairband (3) | Dragon Quest IV
Explore these places to find the two Mini Medals, the seed and the Hairband (4) | Dragon Quest IV
Explore these places to find the two Mini Medals, the seed and the Hairband

Growing Pioneer Town to the third stage

You can reach this stage after you defeat Estark. Talk to the man in front of the inn and he’ll tell you about a couple looking for a pirate’s treasure in a cave.

Prelvis will tell you where you need to go | Dragon Quest IV
Prelvis will tell you where you need to go

If you’ve done the pirate’s treasure side quest to find the Liquid Metal Sword, you already know where this place is (if you haven’t, read our guide on how to do it!).

Zoom to Minikin’s Dominion, get on your air balloon and fly south until you find the cave. Talk to the woman in the first room and the man in the second room to convince them to move to your town.

Talk to both of them to convince them to settle in your town (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to both of them to convince them to settle in your town (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to both of them to convince them to settle in your town (3) | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to both of them to convince them to settle in your town

Now that your town has grown again, you can explore it to find three Mini Medals, a Seed of Magic and a Seed of Strength. The town will also open a second item shop, where you can buy some accessories.

The new Mini Medals and seeds are located here (1) | Dragon Quest IV
The new Mini Medals and seeds are located here (2) | Dragon Quest IV
The new Mini Medals and seeds are located here (3) | Dragon Quest IV
The new Mini Medals and seeds are located here (4) | Dragon Quest IV
The new Mini Medals and seeds are located here (5) | Dragon Quest IV
The new Mini Medals and seeds are located here

Growing Pioneer Town to the fourth stage

You’ll be able to grow the town again after you talk to the Zenith Dragon, in Zenithia. Zoom to your town and talk to Zack, the man behind the counter of the shop building. He’ll tell you about a monster in Strathbaile’s prison.

Zack will tell you about the next NPC you must find | Dragon Quest IV
Zack will tell you about the next NPC you must find

Zoom to Strathbaile and open the jail door to let the slime out. Talk to the slime and it’ll move to town.

Rescue the slime and it’ll join your town | Dragon Quest IV
Rescue the slime and it’ll join your town

At this stage, the town will be a lot bigger. You can find two Mini Medals more, a Seed of Wisdom and a Seed of Magic, besides some small items like herbs or gold. 

Finding two Mini Medals, Seed of Wisdom and Seed of Magic (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Finding two Mini Medals, Seed of Wisdom and Seed of Magic (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Finding two Mini Medals, Seed of Wisdom and Seed of Magic (3) | Dragon Quest IV

Besides the new armor shop in town, it now has a small dungeon too! You can enter near the item shop and explore it to find a Fire Claw, a Fur Coat and another Mini Medal.

Go down those stairs to find a Fur Coat, a Fire Claw and another Mini Medal (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Go down those stairs to find a Fur Coat, a Fire Claw and another Mini Medal (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Go down those stairs to find a Fur Coat, a Fire Claw and another Mini Medal (3) | Dragon Quest IV
Go down those stairs to find a Fur Coat, a Fire Claw and another Mini Medal (4) | Dragon Quest IV
Go down those stairs to find a Fur Coat, a Fire Claw and another Mini Medal

Growing Pioneer Town to the final stage

The final stage of this town can only be done after you defeat the final boss of Chapter 5, thus being in Chapter 6. You’ll need to recruit two NPCs this time.

Talk to the princess at the Inn and to Rocky (the man you talked to in the first stage), to learn about a king in Havre Leon’s Pub and a soldier in Laissez Fare’s Inn. 

Talk to Pam and Rocky to learn about the two NPCs (1) | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to Pam and Rocky to learn about the two NPCs (2) | Dragon Quest IV
Talk to Pam and Rocky to learn about the two NPCs

You simply have to zoom into both places and talk to both characters, they’ll join you without asking any questions.

You’ll find them in Laissez Fare’s Inn and Havre León’s pub (1) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find them in Laissez Fare’s Inn and Havre León’s pub (2) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find them in Laissez Fare’s Inn and Havre León’s pub

Your town became a castle now! Explore around a bit to find three Mini Medals.

You’ll find Mini Medals in these locations (1) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find Mini Medals in these locations (2) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find Mini Medals in these locations

The item shop will be selling some very expensive weapons now, like the Flail of Destruction and the Miracle Sword. There’s also a new casino in the castle, with different rewards than in Endor’s casino.

As an optional last step, you can find Sultan Farog’s body and heart inside the castle. This will break his curse and turn him into a human again.

To find the heart, walk behind the main stairs in the middle of the main room. You’ll reach a basement with four chests. The one on the top left has the Sultan’s Heart. The other chests have a Mirror Shield, a Ruby of Protection and a Miracle Sword.

The Sultan’s Heart location (1) | Dragon Quest IV
The Sultan’s Heart location (2) | Dragon Quest IV
The Sultan’s Heart location

The southern door in this room takes you to the new casino. The stairs that go down will take you to another basement where you can find a chest with a Meteorite Bracer.

You’ll find a Meteorite Bracer here (1) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find a Meteorite Bracer here (2) | Dragon Quest IV
You’ll find a Meteorite Bracer here

The Sultan’s Body can be found by going to the southwestern corner of the first floor, to the kitchen, and climbing the stairs you see there. Break the jars in there to find it. There’s also a Mini Medal and a Seed of Agility in this room.

Break the pot located here to release the Sultan’s Body | Dragon Quest IV
Break the pot located here to release the Sultan’s Body

After releasing both, you can go to the throne room and find out that Sultan Farog is no longer a frog! He’s human again. He’ll thank you with two Mini Medals.

Your last step in this side quest is breaking the Sultan’s curse | Dragon Quest IV
Your last step in this side quest is breaking the Sultan’s curse