Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[1] (ドラゴンクエストXI 過ぎ去りし時を求めて lit. "Dragon Quest XI: In Search of a Passing Time" in Japanese) is the eleventh instalment of the main Dragon Quest series. The game was initially released on the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation 4 game consoles, and later for Microsoft Windows via Steam and the Nintendo Switch

The game was first revealed during a livestream on July 28, 2015. The game was released on July 29th, 2017 on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS in Japan, on the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows via Steam in the West on September 4, 2018. An enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch, titled Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, was released on September 27, 2019. The Definitive Edition is planned to be released for both Xbox One and PC on December 4, 2020.[2]

Story

The game protagonist is a young man who grew up in a serene, quiet town. When he participates in the village's coming-of-age ceremony, he discovers that he is the reincarnation of a hero that once saved the world, and is burdened with a great mission. He sets off across the world of Erdrea, where he is joined by allies, including a snarky child prodigy, a blunt thief, and an over-the-top entertainer.[3]

Gameplay

The three editions of the game.

Gameplay of Dragon Quest XI varies by console. In the 3DS version, there are two modes that players can toggle between while playing. One version of the gameplay is traditional to the early games of the Dragon Quest series where it is 2D, while the other is that of IX gameplay with a slight mix of the old style of gameplay. The PS4 version is similar to that of X gameplay, where it is more fluid than it would be on a handheld console, due to restrictiveness of quality on handheld consoles.

Square Enix predicted that the game will take 50 hours to complete; 100 if one completes all its side activities. The player can traverse the world using the Zoom spell, a ship and various monsters, including a giant whale.[3] Although the Luminary is central to the story, he does not need to be in the active party to progress through it. The game also has 58 Achievements/Trophies to unlock.

Combat

The turn-based battle system provides an accessible experience that features mechanics simple enough for the novice but with enough depth to satisfy hardcore fans. Heroes can use physical, magic, and special attacks. Squads can be tweaked with an occasional substitution, to try to find the perfect combination to take down particularly tricky monsters. During combat characters can also get pepped up, increasing their stats. When a character gets pepped up, they will gain bonuses to several of their attributes. When more than one party member is pepped up, they can work together to unleash collaborative attacks known as pep powers.

Certain party members pair better than others. For example, the Luminary works best with Erik. These pairings are intuitive based on the story. The Luminary pairs with Erik, Jade with Rab, Veronica with Serena, and Sylvando works well with everyone.

Side Quests

Aside from the main story, there are many side quests available. The Quest Catalogue serves as a guide to browsing completed quests and those still underway. Quest are received from NPCs with a purple icon over their heads. Quests can vary from retrieving things for the person to completing tasks and more. On completion of the quest, the player will be given a pop-up informing them of its completion and that they should return to the requestor for a reward.

Character Builder

The Character Builder is where players can use skill points to teach their party members new spells and abilities, and also improve their attributes. When they unlock a particular panel, the ones surrounding it will become available, expanding options ever further. Different skills cost different amounts of points which can be There are also secret skills that are only unlocked when all the surrounding skills have been unlocked. Each character has different skill paths they can follow, for example the Luminary has swords, greatswords, etc.

Camping

Camping allows the party to recover all their HP and MP just as a stay at an inn would, but for free. Players can also record their progress by praying at a sacred statue, and some campsites even have their own merchants. Camp sides are scattered throughout the word and can be identified by a fire icon on the map. After camping with Erik you will receive the fun sized forge which allows you to craft different items using materials from your inventory. You unlock blueprints for items by finding them in the world or receiving them from npcs.

S: Definitive Edition

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, otherwise referred to as the "Definitive Edition" of Dragon Quest XI, is a complete version of the game initially released for Nintendo Switch worldwide on September 27, 2019 and scheduled for release on Xbox One, Xbox Gamepass, PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft Windows (Steam/Microsoft Store/PC) on December 4, 2020. The Definitive Edition combines the features of the 3DS and original PS4/PC versions of the game. It includes the following new features and improvements based on the PS4/PC release:

Gameplay

  • Battle speed selector that allows the speed of the battle to be set both in battle and out of battle
  • A Quick Commands menu that can be accessed through pressing "+" on the controller for the Switch
  • Fun-Size Forge can be used anywhere through the Quick Commands menu
  • Photo Mode that allows screenshots of the party line-up to be taken with various features such as: hiding/showing party members, poses, blurring out the background and free camera movement
  • Horse Hailer can be accessed from the Quick Commands menu to summon the horse
  • Ability to switch between 2D and 3D mode at any church or priest
  • The party line-up are all visible when traversing the overworld
  • Addition of cosmetic outfits that are separate from equipment, overriding a party member's appearance when selected
  • Cutscenes can be skipped at any time
  • Knocking over monsters while mounted gives experience points
  • Harvested materials go straight into the party's bag
  • Can switch camera modes between Classic and Free Movement in battle
  • More Draconian Quest options are available
  • The overall lighting for the game has been improved over the PS4/PC versions
  • Option to toggle the Hero's voice & breathing sound effects
  • More monster species are now rideable
  • Shiny spots where items can be found stand out more
  • Positions of party members at campsites have been adjusted
  • Can use Skill Reset on the Character Builder at any point
  • Learn Multiple Skills is available from the beginning
  • Ability to look up and purchase materials at the Fun-Size Forge
  • Can navigate UI elements with the joystick
  • Defeated monster list appears on the map menu
  • Rarefied monsters appear on defeated monster list
  • Status ailments are displayed in the line-up menu
  • Appearance-altering equipment are now clearly labelled
  • Some of the events in Heliodor Sewers have been revised
  • The time when you can visit Tickington is made earlier than in the 3DS version
  • Tockle (with pastwords) locations are changed from the 3DS version

New Content

  • Option to choose between orchestral (symphonic) and MIDI (synthesised) soundtracks
  • Ability to choose between the Dragon Quest XI and Dragon Quest VIII soundtracks
  • New voice overs that include reworked lines and the option to pick between English and Japanese voiceovers
  • Tickington is added as an 8-bit 2D world where the party can visit realms knows as pasttimes after discovering their respective pastwords from Tockles in Erdrea
  • New monsters are added as a result of Tickington's addition to the game
  • An 8-bit 2D mode that transforms the entire game into a 2D graphical experience that also alters various gameplay aspects from the 3D version as well
  • A range of new cosmetic outfits and equipment for each party member
  • Baumren's Bell from Dragon Quest VIII is available in the Quick Commands menu, allowing the Hero to summon and ride a large Great Sabrecat and switches to the identical soundtrack from DQVIII
  • A Party Talk feature has been added that allows the Hero to speak to their party members and hear what they have to say at any point in the game; accessed through pressing "-" on the controller for the Switch or in the menu
  • Marriage & partner options are now available
  • Additional story content that focuses on various party members
  • A Voice Drama that is exclusively available as part of the Gorgeous Edition in Japan only
  • Madame Cherie is added as a new character, located at L'Académie de Notre Maître des Médailles
  • A priest Tockle has been added to a certain area
  • Party members now have dialogue in battles that appears at the top of the screen

Other Changes

  • The crossbow minigame from the original has been cut out, although the crossbow itself remains
  • Game models are downscaled from the original for both optimisation and visual purposes
  • Tickington and pasttimes are no longer in 3D as they are in the 3DS version
  • First-person camera feature has been removed

Characters

The Party

  • The Luminary - A young man from the village of Cobblestone who is, in fact, the reincarnation of an ancient hero that once saved the world. He was born with a mysterious mark on his left hand.
  • Erik - A blue-haired thief that the Luminary encounters in the dungeons of Heliodor who decides to accompany him on his journey. Despite his rough-and-tumble appearance, he is a kindhearted and loyal friend.
  • Veronica - A strong-willed tomboyish girl who hates being treated like a child and will stand up to anyone, regardless if they are an adult or monster. She is gifted with magical might.
  • Serena - A kind, dependable, and compassionate young woman who has a talent in magical mending and the lyre. Her hapless personality sometimes causes trouble for her sister and traveling companion, Veronica.
  • Sylvando - A flamboyant and carefree entertainer with a dream to make people smile around the world. He is described as the mood maker of the party and has a strong sense of justice.
  • Jade - An expert martial artist who travels the world with Rab in order to fulfill a mysterious goal. Her beauty and dignified demeanour suggests that she is more than just a talented fighter.
  • Rab - A mysterious elderly man who looks like nothing more than a simple traveler, but in combat, he wields ferocious martial arts skills and high level magic. He seems to know someone in every port and town around the world.

Eighth party member mentioned here

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  • Hendrik - A Heliodoran knight and general who is initially opposed to the Luminary and is tasked by the King of Heliodor to capture him. After a change of heart, he vows to become the Luminary's sword, shield, and unswerving companion.
Thou hast defeated the spoiler.


Supporting

  • Amber - A friendly woman who helped raised the Luminary as his caretaker
  • Chalky - A kindly old man from the village of Cobblestone who finds the Luminary as an infant while out fishing. He decides to adopt the boy as his own grandson
  • Dave - A sailor who keeps watch over the Salty Stallion
  • Derk - An old crime partner of Erik's
  • Eleanor - The Luminary's mother
  • Father Benedictus - The Holy Father of Arboria
  • Gemma - Childhood friend of the Luminary, who was born on the same day as him. The two undertake a coming-of-age ceremony together, just before the young man departs on his journey
  • Grand Master Pang - The head priestess of Angri-La
  • Hendrik - A Knight of Heliodor, who sees the Luminary as the Darkspawn and is tasked by King Carnelian to capture him
  • Irwin - The Luminary's father
  • Jasper - A cruel strategist from the Kingdom of Heliodor. His cold methods have led to many victories
  • King Carnelian - The wise and respected ruler of Heliodor. He is known as a master swordsman and dubs the Luminary as Darkspawn
  • Krystalinda - A witch with the power to freeze cities
  • Michelle - A mermaid waiting for her true love, Kai
  • Noah the Know-It-All - An information monger that travels with his daughter
  • Prince Faris - The son of the Sultan of Gallopolis
  • Queen Frysabel - The newly crowned queen of Sniflhiem
  • Queen Marina - The ruler of the merpeople of Nautica
  • Snorri - A scholar in service to the crown of Sniflhiem
  • Sultan of Gallopolis - The ruler of Gallopolis
  • Vince Vanquish - The owner of the Octagonia orphanage. He wins the local tournament to get money for the orphanage
  • Ickle the Tockle - A tockle tasked with finding a hero to save Tickington (3DS and Definitive Edition exclusive)
  • Stickle - The mayor of Tickington in charge of guarding the sacred tomes (3DS and Definitive Edition exclusive)
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  • Don Rodrigo - A knight that taught Hendrik swordsmanship. He is also Slyvando's father
  • Mia - Erik's biological sister. When Erik gets her a necklace that can turn things into gold, she goes ham over it. When she tries taking it off, she gets turned to gold in the process
  • Erdwin - The previous Luminary
  • Drustan - A good friend of Erdwin
  • Serenica - An ally of Erdwin's who eventually falls in love with him
  • Morcant - An ally of Erdwin's on the search for knowledge
Thou hast defeated the spoiler.

Side

  • Beningo - A friend of Placido's
  • Connie - A young girl that travels with her father
  • Da - A father who lives in Phnom Nonh
  • Flint - A lumberjack and bridge builder that resides in The Manglegrove
  • Kainui - A fisherman from the fishing village of Lonalulu
  • Miko - The Priestess of Hotto
  • Placido - The son of the mayor of Gondolia
  • Golden Boy - A fighter in the Octagonia Masked Martial Arts Tournament
  • Servantes - The butler of the Rodrigo family
  • Sinderella - A fighter in the Octagonia Masked Martial Arts Tournament and fighting partner of Whambelina
  • The Abominable Showman - A fighter in the Octagonia Masked Martial Arts Tournament and fighting partner of The Underdigger
  • The Underdigger - A fighter in the Octagonia Masked Martial Arts Tournament and fighting partner of Showman
  • Whamebelina - A fighter in the Octagonia Masked Martial Arts Tournamentand fighting partner of Sinderella
  • Maxime Medaille - The principal of L'Académie de Notre Maître des Médailles

Reception

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic gettting a metascore of 80/100 on PC and 86/100 on PS4. While its Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch is tagged as a "Must-Play" game holding a metascore of 91/100.

Languages

Other languages
French Dragon Quest XI: Les échos d'un Elusive âge
German Dragon Quest XI: Echos einen schlüpfrigen alter
Spanish Dragon Quest XI: Los ecos de una época difícil de alcanzar
Italian Dragon Quest XI: Echi di un Elusive Age
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Dragon Quest XI: Ecos de uma Era indescritível
Russian Dragon Quest XI: эхо недостижимой возраст
Chinese 勇者斗恶龙XI - 追寻逝去的时光
Korean 드래곤 퀘스트 XI 지나간 시간을 찾아서

Gallery

Box Art

Artwork

The Party

Screenshots

Videos

External links

References

  1. Dragon Quest 11 Logo Appears Ahead of Reveal on GameSpot
  2. Definitive Edition for Xbox and PC
  3. 3.0 3.1 Game Informer #90: Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time
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