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Dragon Quest Rivals (ドラゴンクエスト ライバルズ) was a free-to-play trading card game game with characters and monsters from the Dragon Quest series. While the closed beta test started on June 9, 2017, the game was first officially released on Android and iOS on 2 November 2017. A Web browser version was made available through Yahoo! Games on February 22, 2018 and a Nintendo Switch version was released on February 14, 2019.

It was superseded by Dragon Quest Rivals Ace in August 2020, where a single-player mode, "Solo Battle Adventure," was added to the game. The PC version was then switched to Steam, and the Yahoo! Games Player version was shut down. The latter's players were able to carry their save data to the Steam version.

The game service ended on July 5th, 2021. The shutdown was announced on April 2, 2021, stopping gem purchase. Producer Tatsuhiro Futagi cited the business continuation difficulty as an on-line battle game, due to the decreasing number of players.


Dragon Quest Rivals is a trading card game (TCG) in which the player has 30 cards in his deck and seven characters to play with, each with different skills. The objective is to decrease the rival's HP to zero. Like in most TCG, the combats are one-on-one. Both combatants have MP to select the cards to be used. Rarer cards require more MP. As the player progresses, so does his stats, also unlocking more cards in the process.

The game has rewards the player with daily gifts, but the player can also pay microtransactions to get more cards and/or extra content. New cards and content is constantly added through updates, free of charge. With the different versions available, the player can link his account in mobile devices, PC and Nintendo Switch to play with the same cards and characters.

Card types

  • Unit card
  • Weapon card
  • Special skill card
  • Hero card
  • Anti-hero card
  • Building card




Playable Character


The games had been downloaded 7 million times in just the first five days since its launch.[1] By November 21, 2017 the game had already reached 10 million downloads[2] and 12 millions by December 18, 2017.[3]




  1. Sato (2017-11-07). "Dragon Quest Rivals Hits 7 Million Downloads In Just Five Days". Siliconera. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  2. Sato (2017-11-21). "Dragon Quest Rivals Reaches 10 Million Downloads". Siliconera. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  3. Sato (2017-12-18). "Dragon Quest Rivals Surpasses 12 Million Downloads, Announces New Weekend Tournaments". Siliconera. Retrieved 2020-03-30.

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