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Wormwood Creek is a village in Dragon Quest IX. It is a location of key importance in the plot relating to Serena and Corvus. Unless the hero arrives here along the storyline, all stores here (except the inn) will not serve any outsiders. This is probably a protection setting to prevent the player obtaining better equipment too early, since the town is reachable from Bloomingdale after the ship is acquired.


  • This town used to be called Wyrmward Creek; the natives were once wardens of a great hero. But over the years, the people forgot their purpose and the village name was changed. The great hero was named Greygnarl, who rode a mighty dragon into combat against an evil dragon in the fiercest of battles. The Hero of the Heavens, as he was also known, lived with his followers atop the Magmaroo, a volcano to the west of the village.
  • A saying in the town says "When he who seeks the way to Upover appears, open the gates of Wormwood with the light guarded by the sentry statue. " is a hint about how one should get past the Wormwood Canyon.
  • The stone tablet in the east wing of the church says, "This stone stands in place of the abomination that brought disaster on our village. Trust outsiders at your peril. Fellowship starts and ends at home. After the credits, the tablet gets replaced with the old guardian statue that was originally there.


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When the final Fygg is obtained, you board the Starflight Express. When you're (presumably) close to the Observatory, Aquila comes and asks for all the Fyggs. You reluctantly agree (selecting "No" will do nothing as the game will not progress until you agree) and give him the Fyggs. After this, he thanks you, whereupon a loud voice praises Aquila for gathering the Fyggs. Aquila attacks you and almost kills you as you are unable to attack him because the Laws of the Celestrians forbid taking arms against a superior. After this, a large, black dragon (later found out to be Barbarus) and Hootingham-Gore attack the Starflight Express, and Aquila leaves with them.

You fall off the Starflight Express and land in a village, where a boy called Wallace comes to your aid and helps you. You find out you've landed in Wormwood Creek, whereupon the mayor demands that you attend a meeting at the church that evening.

When you arrive at the meeting, everyone thinks you are with the "Black Dragon" even though you say you aren't. Wallace comes and exclaims that they should believe the hero and runs off. You must find him north of Wormwood Creek, at Hope Springs. He then leaves the little cavern that you enter.

When you leave, you see a ghost. This ghost is the same one as the one you see at the Mountain Pass (Angel Falls) and Dourbridge. She sees you and realizes you are a celestrian and introduces herself as Serena. She asks you to bring her a necklace from the town at the Guardian Statue. You go to the beaten-up and old guardian statue and Wallace comes and says that perhaps the statue used to be elsewhere. You go to the church and see a statue on the right side and observe it. There you see a necklace. You pick it up and go back to Hope Springs to give it to the woman's ghost.

She reveals her name is Serena and says you need to go to the Bowhole to get to Upover, where The Hero of The Heavens will help you. When you get to the the Bowhole, it is locked by a mysterious power and then Serena opens the way for you. When you get to the end, you see a bow and arrow, that will "reveal the way" to Upover. However, before you can obtain it, a monster appears to test you and see if you are worthy. This monster is Gadrongo.

When you beat him, you get the Bow and go to Wormwood Canyon and fire it. A bridge of light appears across the ravine, and the Wormwood Creek villagers come to see. They realize that they have forgotten the true meaning of their village. Thus ends the story of Wormwood Creek, and begins the one of Upover.
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Collectable items

Dragon Quest IX (DS)
Item Location
"Faerie Tales"
Recipes of: Purblind bow, Blinding bow, pixie boots, tricksie boots, Spirit bracer, Elfin charm
Bookshelf in Wallace's house
"Items you won't encounter anywhere else"
Recipes of : Soul breaker, King axe, Erazor-wing boomerang, Tempest shield, Raging bull helm, Payback pumps
Bookshelf in the church
"Sun Worship and Moon Gazing"
Recipes of: Lunar fan, Solar fan, Moon axe, Full moon axe, Sun crown, Apollo's crown
Bookshelf in the item shop
Mini medal Blue chest in item shop
Handwear.png Cotton gloves Wardrobe in Inn
Item icon.png Lucida shard Hope springs


8 G per person

Item Shop

Item Shop
Item Price Attributes
Item icon.pngDQ9 MedicinalHerb.png Medicinal herb 8 G Restore 30 HP
Item icon.pngDQ9 StrongMedicine.png Strong medicine 36 G Restore 40 HP
Item icon.pngDQ9 AntidotalHerb.png Antidotal herb 10 G Cure poison state
Item icon.pngDQ9 MoonwortBulb.png Moonwort bulb 30 G Cure paralyze state
Item icon.pngDQ9 ChimaeraWing.png Chimaera wing 25 G Teleport to visited towns/villages
Item icon.pngDQ9 Evacubell.png Evac-u-bell 28 G Escape from dungeons
Item icon.pngDQ9 HolyWater.png Holy water 40 G Monster repellent
Item icon.pngDQ9 AngelBell.png Angel bell 90 G Cure confusion state
Item icon.pngDQ9 MagicWater.png Magic water 500 G Restore 30 MP
Item icon.pngDQ9 Coagulant.png Coagulant 90 G Paralyze one enemy
Item icon.pngDQ9 Tangelweb.png Tangleweb 35 G Slow down one enemy
Item icon.pngDQ9 Lambswool.png Lambswool 180 G Alchemy ingredient


Item Price Attributes Vocations
Sword.png Valkyrie sword 7700 G Attack +64 DQ9 Warrior Icon.pngThief Icon.pngMinstrel Icon.pngDQ9GladiatorIcon.pngDQ9ArmamentalistIcon.png
Sword.png Dragonsbane 10000 G Attack +73 DQ9 Warrior Icon.pngThief Icon.pngMinstrel Icon.pngDQ9GladiatorIcon.pngDQ9ArmamentalistIcon.png
Lance.png Sandstorm spear 6600 G Attack +54 DQ9 Warrior Icon.pngPriest Icon.pngDQ9PaladinIcon.png
Lance.png Halberd 11200 G Attack +75 DQ9 Warrior Icon.pngPriest Icon.pngDQ9PaladinIcon.png
Knife.png Icicle dirk 9600 G Attack +62 DQ9 Warrior Icon.pngMage Icon.pngThief Icon.png

Armor Shop

Item Price Attributes Vocations

Location Attributes

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

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


  • The town was named "Wyrmward Creek", which is similar to the names of the nearby regions "Wyrmneck", "Wyrmwing", "Wyrmsmaw" and "Wyrmtail".
  • Wormwood is a term used in the bible to describe a star which falls to earth and poisons the water supply. This description parallels the effect Corvus has on the town as a Celestrian.

Other languages

Other languages
French Dracocardis
German Wurmwald
Spanish Draquipoche
Italian Filavia
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