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The poison needle (formerly poison knife) is a weapon in the Dragon Quest series. It is a novelty weapon that has a 1/8th chance to instantly kill an enemy in a single strike, but otherwise can only inflict one point of damage. Both of these attributes make the needle an invaluable weapon against metal slimes.


Dragon Quest III[]

The needle has an attack power of +10 and a death chance of 6.25% (1/16th) in its debut appearance, making it less useful than in later titles. It can only be equipped by Mages and Thieves, and is found in a chest behind the item store's counter in Khoryv. It can be purchased in Persistence for 10 gold, and is also dropped by Betterflies at a rate of 1/128 and by Hoodies at 1/64.

Dragon Quest IV[]

Maya and Borya and equip the needle, increasing their attack by +0. The death chance has been increased to 1/8th (12.5%), and is available for purchase in chapter 4's Havre Léon weapon shop.

Dragon Quest V[]

The poison needle will only deal 1 point of damage (never zero) and has an increased chance of making a critical hit, so it is useful against metal slimes. It can be purchased in Coburg & Hay.

Dragon Quest VI[]

Milly, Ashlynn, Nevan, Terry, and the slime buddies can equip the poison needle. It is not for sale, and can be found in Arkbolt, the Seabed Shrine near Howcastle, as well as winning rank C of Slimopolis. The needle retains the special effect rate from the previous game, and will also increase style by +15.

  • In the SNES version, the needle is bugged and will not affect monsters that are immune to Whack.

Dragon Quest VII[]

The poison needle has an attack bonus of +1 and a style bonus of +15. It can be equipped by MaribelRuff, and Sir Mervyn. It is obtained from the Medal King after turning in 45 mini medals.

Dragon Quest VIII[]

The Poison Needle is a weapon with no bonus attack and will always do 1 damage. However, it can randomly kill a non-boss enemy. The needle can only be held by Jessica and is required for various alchemy recipes. It can be bought for 1900g and sells for 1000g.

Dragon Quest IX[]

Attack +1
Rarity Stars1
Location Dourbridge & Bloomingdale shop
Equipped by DQ9 Warrior IconMage IconThief Icon
Buy Price 1900 G
Sell Price 950 G
Flavor Text A prickly pin that can fell a foe with a single stab if correctly aimed.
Recipe Magic beast horn + Manky mud x3

Dragon Quest X[]

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Dragon Quest XI[]

Poison Needle - Dragon Quest XI
Stat boosts Attack +1
Death rate +4/5/6/7%
Flavour text A piercing, pin-like weapon that can instantly kill an enemy if it strikes the right spot
Info N/A
Found Dropped by Fandangow
Zwaardsrust Region shop
Buy price 1,900 G
Sell price 950 G
Equipped by Erik & Sylvando

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Series[]

Reappearing from Battle Road II onwards, it can be equipped by Mages and has a strength of +5 and an agility bonus of +38.

Skill/Spell Description
Pressure Pointer Deals single digit damage or damage equivalent to the HP of one enemy
Venom Breath Exhales a toxic breath that damages all enemies while potentially envenomating them

Dragon Quest Swords[]



Location Info
Castle Avalonia Sold by Minimoggie (20 mini medals




Dragon Quest Builders 2[]

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Dragon Quest Treasures[]

The Poison needle is No. 133 in the Weapons category worth 290,000 G.


Other languages[]

Other languages
French Aiguille empoisonnée
German Giftnadel
Spanish Aguja envenenada
Italian Pungiglione
Dutch Unknown
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