Black pepper (AKA Proper Pepper in DQXI, formerly Pepper) is a quest-related item introduced in Dragon Quest III.
Black pepper is required before the Hero can obtain a ship. It is first heard of when the hero visits the city of Portoga. The king of that land is the proud owner of a fleet of ships, but will only allow the hero to use one of his ships if the hero can bring him some of the rare and highly desired spice from the east. Giving the hero a Royal missive to gain passage from his friend through the Nordy's Grotto mountains, the King of Portoga tasks the hero with this quest, though he doubts it shall be completed. Soon, the hero arrives in the town of Baharata, where the spice is grown and sold. However, the only shop that sells the pepper is closed due to the kidnapping of the shopkeeper's daughter, Tanaya. When speaking with the distressed shopkeeper and his daughter's boyfriend, Gopal Gupta, her boyfriend rashly rushes off to Kidnapper's Cave and is also captured. The hero must defeat Robbin' 'ood and his henchmen once more to save the young lovers and earn a chance to buy the spice. However, as a kind gesture, Gopal gives the hero the Black Pepper for free once he inherits the shop.
In most remakes, more Black Pepper can be received upon further visits to Baharata, despite the lack of purpose for the spice.
Proper pepper returns as an optional quest item, where a chef in Puerto Valor is looking for the exotic spice. Should the Luminary accept, he will be told that a gang of pirates on the Insula Australis has seized the shipment. To get it back, he needs to defeat Robbin' ‘ood and his band of merry men.
- Black pepper is powerful enough to cause anyone in proximity to sneeze violently, and is dispersed in both scenarios when this occurs.
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