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Parthenia is a city and country in Dragon Quest IV. Once a mighty empire, famed for its special medicinal herbs, successive droughts have led to its decline, with its capital now resembling little more than a small agrarian village.


After Kiryl is taken ill in Mintos, Alena sets off for Parthenia in search of the feverfew root, a special medicinal herb said to cure any illness. Borya, concerned about the Tsarevna setting off on her own, convinces the Hero and their party to follow after her.

Upon arriving in Parthenia, the party find nothing more than a small, impoverished village, learning that droughts have all but eliminated the feverfew crop from the area. A supply of feverfew seeds remain in the nearby Imperial Pantry of Parthenia, but are inaccessible due to the arrival of monsters. Hearing that Alena has already headed to the cave with a small band of adventurers, the party follow in pursuit. Finding her making little headway but unwilling to co-operate, they are ultimately left to find the feverfew seeds themselves. Successful, they rush back to the city to plant the seeds, which rapidly begin to grow. With their livelihoods now saved, the grateful Parthenians gift the party with the needed feverfew root, which they promptly take back to Kiryl.

Shops and Services[]

Item Shop
Item Price Attributes
Medicinal herb 8 G Restores a small amount of HP.
Antidotal herb 10 G Cures poisoning.
Moonwort bulb 30 G Cures paralysis.

8 G per person

Other notable attributes[]

   Save icon    This is a location where the game can be saved.

   Zoom icon    This location can be reached using the Zoom spell.

Version differences[]

  • In the NES release the castle is considerably larger, more fitting of a royal residence. In the remakes it is nothing more than a wooden hut, further emphasizing the nation's decline.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Parthénia
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