Cantlin (Mercado in the GBC translation) is a walled city located in the south central region of Alefgard. It exists in Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. It does not appear in Dragon Quest II, similar to many other locations in Alefgard. Cantlin is most famous for being guarded by a golem in the original game. It was recently featured in Dragon Quest Builders as the starting city, followed by Rimuldar.

Main series synopsis

Dragon Quest

In Dragon Quest, the fortress city of Cantlin is typically the last major city the hero visits, albeit in an optional manner. It is surrounded by some of the strongest outer world monsters. When first approached, the city is guarded by a golem monster, which is triggered when the hero first attempts to enter the outer wall surrounding the city. Forced into a fight, the descendant of Erdrick has no choice but to destroy the guardian, a task made easier thanks to the assistance of the Faerie flute, which put the titan to sleep. Thankfully the populace bears no ill will to the hero for loss of their guardian, and the young man is still permitted to freely visit the city, of which its weapons and armor shop, hidden behind a locked door sells the best equipment the young man could hope to find, barring the fabled Sword of Erdrick.

In the south-west of the town, in a house with two locked doors, reside a lone villager. He is the grandson of Magog, the guardian of Erdrick's armour. When Damdara fell to the monster armies, his family, with the exeption for his grandfather, was able to evacuate and safely resettle in Cantlin. Talking to him offer clues on the exact location in which the armour was buried and, if talked to after the Dragonlord's defeat he will fondly remenber his grandfather, hoping that he and the rest of Damdara's victims can now rests in peace.

Dragon Quest II

Cantlin has no significant role in Dragon quest II, and as such it is not possible to visit, not even appearing on the overworld map at all.

Dragon Quest III

In Dragon Quest III, Cantlin contains references to its future representation in Dragon Quest, such as a man contemplating the construction of a golem to protect the city from attackers. Although all of the shops listed below exist, none of them are occupied or sell anything. The residents of the town have given up working due to the archfiend.

Dragon Quest XI

Curiously Cantlin makes a small cameo in Dragon Quest XI. Inside The Royal Library, there is a book in which, apparently anachronistically, are recounted the events of the origin of Cantlin's guardian Golem. Many years ago a powerful wizard was asked by the city population to provide a mean to defend themself from the marauding monsters. While racking his brain in search for an answer, the wizard ended up tripping over a rock. Impressed to how a mere pebble could bring a man of his power to his knees, the wizard decided to construct a guardian for the city made of solid rock.

Weapon/Armor shop 1

Dragon Warrior (NES)
Item Price Attributes
Bamboo Pole 10g G +2 Attack
Club 60g G +4 Attack
Copper Sword 180g G +10 Attack
Leather Armor 70g G +4 Defense
Chain Mail 300g G +10 Defense
Large Shield 800g G +10 Defense
Flame Sword 9800 G +28 Attack
Silver Shield 14800 G +20 Defense

Dragon Warrior (GBC)
Item Price Attributes
Bamboo Pole 10g G +2 Attack
Club 60g G +4 Attack
Copper Sword 180g G +10 Attack
Leather Armor 70g G +4 Defense
Chain Armor 300g G +10 Defense
Iron Shield 800g G +10 Defense

Weapon/Armor shop 2

Dragon Warrior (GBC)
Item Price Attributes
Iron Axe 560g G +15 Attack
Steel Sword 1500g G +20 Attack
Steel Armor 3000g G +24 Defense
Magic Armor 7700g G +24 Defense
Heals 1 HP every 4 steps

Weapon/Armor shop 3

Dragon Warrior (GBC)
Item Price Attributes
Flame Sword 9800g G +28 Attack
Casts Firebal when used as an item
Silver Shield 14800g G +20 Defense

Item shop

In the NES version, the item shop is referred to as a tools shop.

Dragon Warrior (NES)
Item Price Attributes
Medicinal Herb 24g G Heals a small amount of HP
Torch 8g G Lights a radius around the Hero
Dragon scale 20g G Provides a small amount of Defense
Chimaera wing 70g G Warps the Hero to Tantegel Castle
Holy water 38g G  ??

Dragon Warrior (GBC)
Item Price Attributes
Dragon scale (D-Scale) 20g G Provides a small amount of Defense
Chimaera wing (Warp Wing) 24g G Warps the Hero to Tantegel Castle


100g (Dragon Warrior,NES)
 ? (Dragon Warrior III,NES)

Dragon Quest Builders

In Dragon Quest Builders, this is the starting point of the player, starting by being found dead by Rubiss inside a crypt. The player is revived, and the player starts their quest from here, digging up 10 blocks of earth with a stick, journeying out into the plains, and reestablishing light to the beaten ruins of the town.

Cantlin is the first city the player is asked to rebuild. After placing the Banner of Hope down, the town boundaries are created and the player can start receiving quest from Pippa to rebuild the town.

The player has to build rooms, collect materials and food, acquire residents, make specific items and weapons, complete blueprints, level up the base to the player's and the residents' liking (up to level 5), and bolster the city's defenses. They will have to defeat the golem and enter a stream of light to complete the chapter. The player must complete 5 challenges to unlock more recipes in Terra Incognita, the so called "nirvana" of the game.

The only residents that will fight beside you are:

The 3 lands further out of Cantlin are:

  • Hammerhood Heights- source of stone, broken branches, butterbeans, bones, coarse cloth, leather sacks, fur, silver, coal, and copper.

Nearby enemies


  • Mason's Workstation
  • Banner of Hope
  • Blue Teleportal

Other languages

Other languages
French Cantelin
German Cantlin
Spanish Canteria
Italian Cantlin
Dutch Unknown
Swedish Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean 멜키드
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