How to get the Yggdrasil Leaf in Dragon Quest II
Dragon Quest II: Getting an Yggdrasil Leaf

Extremely useful for its ability to revive a fallen ally and necessary towards the end of the game’s story, the island Yggdrasil Leaves can be found on is a destination all Dragon Quest II players should mark on their map.

Some Quick Tips for those looking to get these items:

  • Limited Resource: You can only have one Yggdrasil Leaf at a time, so always make sure you have one stocked up.
  • Beran Sickness: You’ll need it to cure the Prince of a sudden illness when you get to Beran.
  • Endgame Preparation: Having an Yggdrasil Leaf for the final boss is going to save you a lot of pain and turmoil down the line.

Sailing to Yggdrasil Leaf Island

Once you have the Ship, which you unlock in Rippleport, you’ll be able to sail to the island of the Yggdrasil Leaf at any point in the game. While there is a closer starting Zoom point in the form of Burrowell, this guide will give instructions for traveling from Midenhall, since it is an accessible point from earlier in the game.

Midenhall castle, this game’s starting point | Dragon Quest II
Midenhall castle, this game’s starting point

From Midenhall, board your ship and sail directly south.

The Shrine of Rubiss, a landmark for your adventure | Dragon Quest II
The Shrine of Rubiss, a landmark for your adventure

Continue south, passing the Shrine of Rubiss. If you are in the midst of the Sigil collection quest, it would be good to note the Shrine’s location, as you’ll have to enter it to finish that quest.

Fire Shrine to the east, Yggdrasil Leaf island to the west | Dragon Quest II
Fire Shrine to the east, Yggdrasil Leaf island to the west

Eventually, your journey will lead you to a small cluster of islands in the southeast corner of the map. West and south of the island with the shrine on it (which is the Fire Shrine that houses the Sun Sigil) is an island surrounded by mountains and containing a single tree. 

The island with the tree | Dragon Quest II
The island with the tree

Sail around to the island’s western side, and disembark, heading for the tree in the center.

What luck! | Dragon Quest II
What luck!

Congratulations! You have yourself an Yggdrasil Leaf.

Use of the Yggdrasil Leaf

The Yggdrasil Leaf’s main function is simple yet extremely effective: When used as an item, the Leaf will revive a fallen party member with maximum HP, mimicking the effect of the spell Kazing (which is learned by the Prince at level 29 and the Princess at level 27, with an MP cost of 15).

Having an Yggdrasil Leaf on hand can save you a costly and time-consuming trip to a House of Worship, especially if you’re in the midst of a dungeon and don’t have a recent Quick Save slot. 

The main drawback of the Yggdrasil Leaf is that you can only have one for the entire party at any given time, meaning that whenever you use one, you’ll have to make the trip back to the Yggdrasil Leaf island to acquire another Leaf. 

This is going to be indispensable in the very end of the game, however, as heavy hitting enemies with powerful enemies and spells like Kaboom are going to have more than a small chance at knocking out party members. 

Having your Hero carrying a Leaf in Hargon’s Castle (both to compensate for inability to cast Kazing himself and his high HP/Defense making it unlikely that he’ll end up being knocked out most of the time) is going to be an extremely important contingency plan, should your casters end up unconscious during an endgame fight.

Healing the Prince

Aside from the utility it has in combat, the Yggdrasil Leaf is also needed for an important story beat towards the end of Dragon Quest II.

The Prince, in his weakened, cursed state (1) | Dragon Quest II
The Prince, in his weakened, cursed state (2) | Dragon Quest II
The Prince, in his weakened, cursed state

The floating city of Beran, the last town you’ll visit before the final region, Rendarak, there is an Inn. Unlike the other Inns found across the world, however, resting at Beran’s Inn will cause the Prince of Cannock to fall deathly ill at the hands of Hargon’s magic.

He will urge you to go on without him, but there is one thing that can cure him: An Yggdrasil Leaf.

A crisis averted with the Yggdrasil Leaf (1) | Dragon Quest II
A crisis averted with the Yggdrasil Leaf (2) | Dragon Quest II
A crisis averted with the Yggdrasil Leaf (3) | Dragon Quest II
A crisis averted with the Yggdrasil Leaf

Feed your Prince the Yggdrasil Leaf, and watch him spring back to life, rejoining your party and saving you the stress of losing an entire character. Congratulations! 

Make sure you go back to get another Leaf before you go to the Cave to Rendarak, or before entering Hargon’s Castle.