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Double edged sword

The Double-edged sword is a recurring weapon in the Dragon Quest series, and one of the most notable cursed items. Though the sword is incredibly powerful it will always strike the wielder with recoil damage, with the exact amount varying between titles. Furthermore, the sword is cursed in it's first two games and can only be removed at a Church.


Design wise, the sword was originally an oddly shaped, almost Christmas tree-like spread of blades stemming from the hilt. With the fifth game the sword became much a more elegant scimitar, with the lower edge of the blade curving back to the wielder's wrist and matching a similar protrusion extending from the pommel. Due to all sword animations being based on the same swinging motion, the double-edged sword was changed again for the eighth game into a bulky bastard sword style weapon that has two sections of razor blades before terminating in a spear tip.


Dragon Quest III[]

The double-edged sword has an attack bonus of +100 in the original and +115 in the remakes. It is found in a chest in the third floor of Zoma's Citadel, and may be equipped by the Hero and Warriors. Each strike deals 25% recoil damage.

Dragon Quest IV[]

The double-edged sword has an attack bonus of +99 and deals 25% recoil damage. It may be equipped by Ragnar and the Hero. It is found in a chest in Endor's secret armour store. Recoil damage remains at 25%.

Dragon Quest V[]

The double-edged sword has the same parameters as in IV, and may be swung by the likes of the Hero's SonTuppenceMoosifersGolemsBarbatosBeastmastersBlizzybodiesConkuistadorDwightKilling machinesMud mannequinsMudrakersPip fightersRestless armoursSlime knightsStarkersWarhogs, and Wax murderers.

It is found in Mt. Zugzwang on the mountain ridge, and is no longer a cursed weapon, so it may be freely equipped and removed at will. This change will continue forward in every subsequent appearance.

Dragon Quest VII[]

The sword has an attack bonus of +117, and it can be used by the Hero and Aishe. The recoil has been reduced to 1/6th (16.66%).

Dragon Quest VIII[]

An ill-fated sword surrounded by an air of danger. The double-edged sword has an attack bonus of +76 and a recoil of 1/6th. It can be upgraded into an Über double-edge with two phials of Saint's ashes or be sold for 2,500. The sword can be found in Princess Minnie's Castle.

The Über double-edge also has an attack bonus of +76, but instead of hitting the swordsman with recoil damage, it now deals 25% extra damage to the enemy.


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