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Long ago, a man named Roto returned peace from the hands of evil. The peace came in the form of a ball, but not just any ball. It was the sacred Ball Of Light. Roto returned to the King with the Ball of Light and there were great festivals and celebrations. Eventually, Roto took his leave and was never seen again. Years passed and the people prospered, but one person was not happy with the way things were. He lived in the western mountain cave, far from Radatome's walls. While exploring deep within the cave, he came across a sleeping dragon. Suddenly, the dragon awoke and the man was very frightened. As he closed his eyes to stop himself from seeing his demise, nothing happened. The man grew tired of waiting and threw a stick to distract it. Surprisingly the dragon picked it up in his mouth and brought it back to the man, like a dog. After that he discovered he could make the dragon do whatever he wanted. He then named himself the King Dragon. Suddenly a disaster occurred! Charlock Castle rose from its dirt grave and everyone knew this was a bad omen. A few minutes later a swarm of Slimes, Ghosts, Dragons and other monsters attacked Radatome and the villages across the land. Though they fought bravely, the years of peace had made the people weak. The Ball Of Light and Princess Laura were stolen by the King Dragon himself!

After this terrible attack the people were terrified to walk outside again. Many men were killed traveling between places and people locked their doors at night. You could hear the Slimes scratching and mumbling along the walls of Radatome at night. The King fell into a deep depression over his kidnapped daughter, even though the legends told of a descendant of Roto coming to restore peace. The King believed it to be a myth until one day a scrawny looking young man appeared at the King's feet and asked permission to retrieve the Ball of Light and Princess Laura. Since many other hapless warriors volunteered and failed, The King had already given up hope. But he saw a light in this young man's eyes and knew he was the descendant of Roto. Giving various items and gold, the King sent the warrior out. Now you must guide the hero to victory and defeat the King Dragon!

  • This marked the beginning of the hugely popular Dragon Quest/Warrior series.
  • The graphics are crude compared to Dragon Warrior. See the picture below for a comparison.
  • All the character sprites faced the same direction
  • The shore line is absent.
  • Instead of having a save battery, it uses a password to continue your game. Some passwords had special meanings like "skeleton is rich but slime is poor".
  • The dialog was very different in Dragon Quest than in Dragon Warrior. (Swearing, religious themes, etc.)

Sorry, there are no guides yet but please refer to the Dragon Quest I+II, Dragon Warrior, and Dragon Warrior I+II pages for game help.

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Screen Shots

Radatome Castle Radatome Town Exploring the world DQ/DW Differences

Box and Manual Pictures

Hero & Dragon King talking to the hero Hero surrounded Looking out a door
Taking a break Swinging a Sword Victory! Looking at stuff
Casting a spell Frying a monster Writing it down Running around
Dragon Quest Box Dragon Quest Box back Dragon Quest Instructions Dragon Quest Instructions Back
Dragon Quest Cart      

Monster Artwork

Slime Ghost Drakee Dragon
Scorpion Chimera Druin Droll
Wolf Knight Skeleton Golem
King Dragon Form 1 King Dragon Form 2    

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