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The Stairway to Zenithia is a location in both Dragon Quest IV and Dragon Quest V. It acts as the main means of access between the surface world and the floating castle of Zenithia.

Dragon Quest IV[]

Located on Central Island south of The Azimuth, it is an immensely tall tower stretching up towards the heavens. Because it serves as the gateway to Zenithia, the Hero and their party can only enter if he or she is wearing the entire set of Zenithian Equipment. It has a number of magically powered elevators, some of the only articles of high technology in the entire game.

The first floor of the Tower has a high encounter rate for metal king slimes, allowing for easier grinding for the endgame.

The tower's layout differs considerably between the original NES version and the remakes, with the former lacking the magical elevators.



Dragon Quest IV (Remakes)
Item Location
Glombolero Treasure chest, 3F (east tower)
Dragon shield Treasure chest, 4F (west tower)
Yggdrasil dew Treasure chest, 6F
Mini medal Pot, 7F
Seed of strength Barrel, 7F
Mini medal Sparkly spot, 8F
Kerplunk bracer Treasure chest, 11F

Dragon Quest V[]

The Stairway to Zenithia is located in the southern region of the central continent. Due to the shoals surrounding the area, it can only be reached by riding the flying carpet. Since Zenithia itself had sunk into a lake, the tower has fallen into disrepair, with only part of the original tower being accessible. The Hero, along with his children, climb the tower while searching for the Hero's wife. At the very top they encounter the ghost of an old Zenithian, who tells them of Zenithia's fate, before giving them a magma staff in order to access the cave leading to the sunken castle.

Due north of the tower is the lake where the elusive Faerie Palace is hidden.


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