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The golden key is a key item in Dragon Quest II. The equivalent of the magic key in later games, it opens gold-rimmed doors. It can be found in the village of Zahan.


The golden key is one of the first major subquests the heroes of Dragon Quest II face after acquiring a ship. The search eventually leads to the village of Zahan. The previous owner of the key apparently died on a fishing voyage, leaving only his dog knowing the location of the key. By speaking to the dog, he leads the heroes to the specific tile which should be searched to find the key.


The golden key is one of the most beneficial key items in the second half of the game; it provides access to numerous excellent pieces of armour (Tectonic plate, Erdrick's helmet, Erdrick's shield), as well as the village of Burrowell, where the Jailor's key can be found.

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