How to restore the third red pillar in Dragon Quest VII
How to restore the third red pillar in Dragon Quest VII

You need three Red Fragments to restore this pillar. You’ll find them all in Gröndal. Restoring it will let you travel to El Ciclo, where you can continue your main quest.

Warning: this guide contains some minor spoilers for Dragon Quest VII.

Finding the first fragment

Recommended level: 22

You’ll need to save the village of Gröndal first to get this fragment. You can go there after you restore the third Green Pillar.

When you reach the island, you can rest at the inn near the teleport pod. If you don’t need to, just follow the main road west to find the town of Gröndal.

Follow the main road to reach Gröndal (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Follow the main road to reach Gröndal (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Follow the main road to reach Gröndal

Inside the town, head to the building on the top left and talk to the mayor, who’s sleeping in the bed. When you try to exit the building he’ll wake up and ask for your help.

The mayor will ask you to help the town (1) | Dragon Quest VII
The mayor will ask you to help the town (2) | Dragon Quest VII
The mayor will ask you to help the town

Exit the town through the north and you’ll see Yggdrasil just a few steps ahead. Talk to the girl sleeping in the hut to the right of the tree, then go back to the mayor’s house and talk to him.

You’ll need to wake up the elf girl (1)  | Dragon Quest VII
You’ll need to wake up the elf girl (2)  | Dragon Quest VII
You’ll need to wake up the elf girl

Head back to Yggdrasil and after a short dialogue you’ll trigger a boss fight.

The Stranger | Dragon Quest VII
The Stranger
350 HP, can attack twice, can throw his lantern to damage your group
He can hardly be considered a boss. His lantern attack will do at most 20-25 damage to your group. Just keep attacking him while keeping your party with more than half their HP and you’ll end the fight in no time.

When the fight is over, head back to the hut, talk to the girl and pick the Pixie Pitcher on the floor. Use it to collect a Dew of Life from the Yggdrasiltree.

Grab the Pixie Pitcher and use it on the base of the tree (1) | Dragon Quest VII
Grab the Pixie Pitcher and use it on the base of the tree (2) | Dragon Quest VII
Grab the Pixie Pitcher and use it on the base of the tree

Use the Dew of Life on the girl, then head back to Gröndal and use the same item on the mayor. He’ll tell you to use that drop to clean the well, but when you try to do it, the people in the village will stop you.

The people from the town won’t let you purify the well | Dragon Quest VII
The people from the town won’t let you purify the well

Talk to the mayor and head back again to Yggdrasil. The girl in there will open up a passage for you to reach the well from the underground. 

The elf girl will open up a passage for you | Dragon Quest VII
The elf girl will open up a passage for you

The path is quite long, but completely linear and without any optional treasures. At the end of it, you’ll be at the well, which is guarded by a Well Wisher. Kill him and use the Dew of Life in this area to purify the well.

Use the Dew of Life from your items menu to purify the well | Dragon Quest VII
Use the Dew of Life from your items menu to purify the well

Exit the pit through the north and you’ll see everyone is healed, but before you can celebrate, a boss fight will start.

Fighting Baboon | Dragon Quest VII
Fighting Baboon
600HP, can cast Oomph and Multifists
This boss can sometimes do a devastating combo casting Oomph on himself and then Multifists, an attack that can hit up to four times. Whenever he casts Oomph, defend with your entire party.To finish him as quickly as possible, cast Sap twice and then continuously attack him while healing every time a party member has less than 60HP.

Once you finish this fight, speak to the mayor and rest. The next day, talk to the farmer on the right side of town. He’ll give you the first Red Fragment. After this you can also talk to the girl in Yggdrasil to receive a Staff of Salvation.

This farmer will give you the first fragment | Dragon Quest VII
This farmer will give you the first fragment

Finding the second fragment

After you helped the people in Gröndal in the past, go back to the present and visit the island sailing to the northeast of Al-Balad. 

Walk to Gröndal and enter the big mansion on the top right of the town. You’ll have to enter through the back door, as the main door is locked. 

Enter the mansion through this door | Dragon Quest VII
Enter the mansion through this door

Head to the basement and speak to the maid so she lets you pass. You’ll find the second Red Fragment in the eastern room.

The red fragment is in the mansion’s basement (1) | Dragon Quest VII
The red fragment is in the mansion’s basement (2) | Dragon Quest VII
The red fragment is in the mansion’s basement

Finding the third fragment

Head to Yggdrasil to find out the tree has fully grown. If you don’t have any Yggdrasil Leaf in your inventory, you can find one here. Near the base of the tree you’ll find the last Red Fragment lying on the floor.

The last fragment is in front of the Yggdrasil tree | Dragon Quest VII
The last fragment is in front of the Yggdrasil tree

Now that you have all the fragments you can just Zoom back to the Shrine of Mysteries and place them all on the middle Red Pillar. Doing this will teleport you to El Ciclo, where you’ll continue the main story and help a town stuck in a time loop!

This is how the pillar should look once you restore it (1) | Dragon Quest VII
This is how the pillar should look once you restore it (2) | Dragon Quest VII
This is how the pillar should look once you restore it