The Sultanate of Gallopolis is a kingdom and city in Dragon Quest XI. Located on the sands of southeastern Erdrea, Gallopolis is known for its horse races and fearless desert knights.[1] By evening, the city hosts a circus.


World of Light

Pursuing a lead from Noah the information monger at Hotto, the search for a mysterious branch of Yggdrasil begins here in earnest.

Crown Prince Faris, the Sultan's sole son and heir, is slated to compete in the annual Sand National race as his rite of passage. He meets with the Luminary's party, hatching a plot to replace himself with a doppelgänger who can ride a horse as Sylvando performs his act; Faris is extremely cowardly and hippophobic. Members of the party have their suspicions, but the Luminary gives in to Faris's request.

The next day, the Luminary meets with Faris once more, and performs the switch. Donning the Prince's equestrian garb, the Luminary takes his place in the race and competes. When he finishes, Faris switches places again. This time, he goes out on his horse, much to his fear and loathing, and basks in the celebration from the crowd. Soon after, Faris agrees to meet with the Sultan for the Rainbough, as was promised the day before.

Before the prince can make his request, the kingdom is suddenly attacked by a beast known as the Slayer of the Sands. Thus does the Sultan send his son on an expedition to slay it.

Having watched the saga from afar, Sylvando has observed Faris's cowardice. As the prince sends our heroes on his mission, Sylvando offers to tag along. The party, now five strong, passes two checkpoints on the way to the beast‘s haunt on the north side of the desert. Faris is already there, but once again, his nerves get the better of him. Camping the night, they begin their search.

The Slayer of the Sands catches everyone by surprise. The Luminary’s party must confront the crustacean to subdue it and save Faris. They succeed, and Sylvando binds it with a chain. Faris carts the beast back to Gallopolis, believing it dead.

As the prince celebrates his apparent victory, the sand crab suddenly awakens from its slumber. Faris, scared out of his mind, tries to fight it, and fails miserably. Just then, Sylvando returns and finishes it off. Faris is left to confront the ignoble truth of his failure. The Sultan, meanwhile, has already sold the branch kept in his possession to a travelling merchant In order to pay for the race and its gala.


  1. Game Informer #103 - Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
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