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Dragon Quest XI

The New 2DS XL was only just revealed today, and it already has its first special edition. The Bubble Metal Slime New 2DS XL will be available in Japan on July 29th for 22,480 Yen. It will be released in a bundle with a physical version of Dragon Quest XI. In addition to that, the bundle also contains a download code for a Bubble Metal Slime home menu theme.

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Last week, Dragon Quest XI’s Skill Panel system was revealed via Shonen Jump. Today, the game’s official website was updated with a section on the Skill Panel system (thanks to Gematsu for the translation). It doesn’t really reveal anything new, though it does provide a look at some of the skills you can get, such as Camus’ “Slime Blow”, Veronica’s “Magical Awakening” and Silvia’s “Flute of Fascination”.

The website also revealed an interesting new system – the Spell of Restoration. This is essentially a sort of cross-platform save date transfer. By entering a code, you can continue your adventure at roughly the same point in the story on another platform. However, only the main character’s name and your progress in the story is transferred over – your party’s levels, gold and items will change to a pre-determined value based on your progress in the main story. This sort of save data transfer will initially work with the game’s 3DS and PS4 versions. However, it seems likely that the Switch version will be compatible with this feature as well, once it is released.

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Character growth and progression is always one of the key features of an RPG, and Dragon Quest XI has just revealed how you’ll be able to develop its characters. The latest issue of Shonen Jump (kindly translated by Gematsu) reveals that this system is called “Skill Panel” – each character has a Skill Panel that has unique skills and abilities and is shaped differently for each character. You can use Skill Points, which can be obtained via leveling up, to unlock panels, which in turn give you skills. The unique twist is that you can only activate panels which are adjacent to panels you’ve already activated, meaning that it’s crucial which “path” you take through the panel.

Here are some of the unique skills that the characters can learn:

Hero – “Giga Slash”: Mow down the enemy using a lightning blade

Camus – “Steal”: Steal items from monsters

Veronica – “Awakening”: Increases the power of spells

Senya – “Melody of Fire”: A flame of protection guards you

Silvia – “Flute of Fascination”: Charms monsters using flute sounds

Martina – “Vacuum Kick”: Hits the enemy with a powerful kick

Row – “Aesthetic Enlightenment”: Attains enlightenment and increases spell effects

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Update 2 (4/17): Square Enix made the full recording available again. We have it below.


Update: Square Enix has quickly taken down the recording for whatever reason. For now, we’ve added in unofficial uploads of the footage below.


The Japanese Dragon Quest XI Release Date Presentation has wrapped up, and the full recording is now online. The main highlight here is the tons of footage shown of both versions. Unfortunately, there was no specific news about Switch.

The official Dragon Quest XI website has been updated with some new screenshots and pieces of artwork which show some important characters from Delcadar, which is the biggest country on the continent where Dragon Quest XI takes place. The folks at Gematsu have translated the following info:

The Rare Emperor – King of Delcadar

The ruler of Delcadar. He is called “rare” because he has all the qualities of a king – he is generous, but also strict and decisive when the order of the kingdom is disturbed. He is a master swordsman, and knows the hero very well.

The Great General – Greig

The brave general of Delcadar. The best swordsman in the kingdom, he has never been defeated despite having been in countless battles against monsters. He is extremely loyal and willing to sacrifice his life for the king. In a certain town, there is a statue dedicated to Greig’s military prowess.

The Cold-Blooded Strategist – Homer

The extremely skilled strategist of Delcadar. He has achieved great things on the battlefield, such as besting a large army with only a small battalion. His ability to quickly and accurately judge situations and execute the correct strategy has led to countless victories. He is also a powerful magic user.

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A new trailer for the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI was shown during the recent Japanese Nintendo Direct. Give it a watch:

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Earlier today, we learned that the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI will launch on July 29th in Japan. Nothing was said about the Switch version in the announcement stream though. However, journalist Takashi Mochizuki reached out to Square Enix regarding the Switch version of the game and received the following reply:

“It is still planned but no announcements today. Whether it launches together on the same day as PS4 and 3DS or not we cannot say today.”

A fairly noncommittal reply – at this point it seems unlikely that the Switch version will launch on July 29th as well, though Square Enix aren’t ruling it out.

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New Dragon Quest XI trailers

Posted on 2 weeks ago by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, Switch, Videos | 6 Comments | 0 Likes

Update: Added in new trailers focusing specifically on 3DS and PS4 (plus Switch?) below.


Original: Square Enix has prepared a brand new trailer for Dragon Quest XI. You can give it a watch below.

Dragon Quest XI boxart

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Square Enix debuted the Dragon Quest XI boxart during its Dragon Quest XI Release Date Presentation today. Check it out above.

The 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI will cost 5,980 yen. Square Enix will also offer a double pack with the PlayStation 4 version for 14,960 yen. This will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix e-store, Lawson. and HMV.

It also sounds like a hardware bundle is planned. Nintendo should be sharing details at a later date.


Dragon Quest XI finally has a release date in Japan. On 3DS, the game is set to release on July 29.

Square Enix made today’s announcement during its Dragon Quest XI Release Date Presentation. However, it neglected to say when the Switch version will be made available.

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