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The lightning staff (also known as the staff of thunder, thunder staff or bolt staff) is a recurring wand in the Dragon Quest series. When used as a tool in battle, it can unleash either lightning or fire to damage a group of enemies. It is typically a powerful weapon for spellcasters.

Characteristics[]

The staff has had two distinct designs over the years. From its debut in the second game until VII, the lightning staff appeared as a long green wand with a crystal at its tip and topped with a gold orb. The gold orb has two spikes on its side, a blue gem in its center, and a design of a dragon perched on top. It also has cloth or leather wrapped around the top of the staff underneath the crystal.

Starting with VIII, the lightning staff is now a long purple staff with gold accents. The top of the staff has a curved crescent-shaped design with a small green crystal in its middle. It became reclassified as a heavy wand from Dragon Quest X onwards.

Appearances[]

Dragon Quest II[]

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +15 (upgraded to an impressive +45 attack in all remake versions of the game) and can be equipped by all three characters. The staff is dropped by Wrecktor in the dungeon of Midenhall. When used in combat, the staff casts Woosh. It is the most powerful weapon the Princess of Moonbrooke can equip. In the NES version, players can sell it, then saving and resetting the game and obtain another by fighting Wrecktor again. The Super Famicom and Game Boy versions only provide one lightning staff per game.

Dragon Quest III[]

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +45 (+30 in the NES version) and can be only be equipped by Mages and Sages. It can be found near a well in Persistence and casts Sizzle when used as an item.

Dragon Quest IV[]

The lightning staff is hidden in Castle NadiriaBorya and Maya are able to use it. It has an attack bonus of +29, and casts Sizzle when used as a tool in battle. In the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo DS remakes, it can also be found in the Vault of Vrenor in a hidden stairway that's revealed when you search the chest that originally contained the Armlet of Transmutation, locked behind a jail cell door.

Also in the remakes are the memoirs of Rowand the Wandering Wandsman, which hint to the staff and its location.

The staff is also used by the Hell raiser monsters.

Dragon Quest V[]

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +29. It can be picked up in the Faerie Palace.

Dragon Quest VI[]

The lightning staff increases attack by +28 and style by +24, and deals 20~30 fire damage to a group of foes. Nevan can be equipped with it in all versions, as well as the Battering Ram and high djinks recruits in the SNES version.

The staff is given to the party by the King of Somnia in the Lower World after defeating Murdaw, and can be sold for 2,475G.

The enemies Ne'er-do-well and Hirsute hexer can use it in battle.

Dragon Quest VII[]

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +28 and a style bonus of +24. It can only be equipped by Maribel and Sir Mervyn. It is found in Hubble after Hybris is defeated.

Dragon Quest VIII[]

The lightning staff has an attack bonus of +24 and has the same effect as Zap when used as an item in battle, but can only target one group of enemies. The staff can only be equipped by Jessica and Angelo. It can be found in a treasure chest in Western Argonia and can also be sold for 2,300 gold, but there is only one in the game.

Dragon Quest IX[]

Attack 28
MP Absorb 3.5%
Rarity Stars1
Equipped by Priest IconMage IconDQ9PaladinIconDQ9ArmamentalistIconDQ9SageIcon
Location Gleeba & Batsureg shops
Buy Price 8,100 G
Sell Price 4,050 G
Flavor Text A staff that summons savage lightning if used as an item in battle.
Notes Deals 17~27 lightning/blast damage to one enemy group.
Recipe Stolos' staff + Thunderball x3 + Magic water

Dragon Quest X[]

Reclassified as a heavy wand from this game onwards, it acts the same as in its last two appearances and can be equipped by Mages, Armamentalists, Sages, and Druids. The Talisman Guardian wields this weapon during its boss fight.

Dragon Quest XI[]

Lightning staff - Dragon Quest XI
Stat boosts Attack +24/26/28/30
Magical Might +22/24/26/28
Magical Mending +10/11/12/13
MP Absorb +9%
Flavour text A wand which can be used in battle to call down lethal barrages of lightning
Info 31~41 lightning damage to one group
Found Dropped by Wight prince & Professaurus
Lonalulu & Phnom Nonh shops
Recipe: Pink pine x2 + Thunderball + Royal soil
Buy price 4,600 G
Sell price 2,300 G
Equipped by Veronica & Rab


Dragon Warrior Monsters[]

The bolt staff appears as a single-use tool that can cause around 50 points of lightning damage to enemies. The staff can be found throughout various Travelers' Gates or can be purchased from the Bazaar for 3,000 gold.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[]

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Level Skill/Spell Description MP Cost
1 Armamentalist Agility +7 Increases Armamentalists' AGL by 7 when wielding this weapon.
1 Sage MP +5 Increases Sages' MP by 5 when wielding this weapon.
1 Cock-a-doodle-doo Cures all allies of sleep. 9
10 Sizzle Damages 1 group of enemies with flames from the underworld. 14
15 10% Damage to Malroth Increases damage dealt to Malroth by 10% when wielding this weapon.
20 Bang Spell Damage +10% Increases Bang spell damage by 10% when wielding this weapon.
25 Kaboom Deals major Bang spell damage to all enemies. 38
30 Bangmurta Deals small Bang spell damage to 1 enemy 4 times. 33
33 Damage to Demon Family +5% Deals 5% more damage to monsters of the Demon family when wielding this weapon.
36 Damage to Undead Family +5% Deals 5% more damage to monsters of the Undead family when wielding this weapon.
40 DEF Down Rate +10% Increases the chance to reduce 1 enemy's DEF by 10% when wielding this weapon.
50 Magical Might +12 Increases the wielder's Magical Might by 12 when wielding this weapon.

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Other languages[]

Other languages
French Bâton de foudre
German Blitzstab
Donnerstab (Stars)
Spanish Báculo de luz
Italian Bastone del fulmine
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
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