Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – Beginners Tips

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Beginners Tips

#1 There is no limit to the amount of quests you can have in your quest log, grab every quest you see whether it’s from an NPC or Notice Board – You won’t want to miss out on all that glorious experience and troves of items.

#2 None of the quests in the game are permenantly missable due to the game’s constantly repeating new game plus nature. But some quests will fail if uncompleted when reaching certain points of game, you’ll just have to remember to finish these quests on your next play through.

#3 On that note, Achievement and Trophy progress is persistent and is tallied in the background, so if you finish or restart your current game, your progress will be saved and continue into your next playthrough.

#4 Make sure you give your main pawn a Lantern and Pickaxe, even your hired pawns. Night time won’t be as scary and you may find the pawns have collected items you missed.

#5 Hammers and explosive magick will knock ore out of a mining vein. Now you’re mining with excessive power.

#6 Gather points glow white and may have butterflies surrounding them.

#7 Stockpile everything! Almost all items combine with another item into something better and not to mention, you’ll need them for enhancing equipment.

#8 Enhancing or upgrading equipment can be done earliest from Gran Soren’s Armorer Caxton or Olra on Bitterblack Isle, this is why stockpiling items is important.

#9 There’s a number of powerful DLC armours in your inkeeper storage when you first start out in Cassardis. You also can pick up an Eternal ferrystone and NPC costumes upon reaching gran soren for the first time.

#10 Only sell items that you know you can easily gain again. A good weapon may be useful in future when you change your vocation.

#11 Speaking of Vocations, each Vocation has 9 ranks. Once you’ve completely levelled a vocation, it’s recommended you move to another vocation and begin levelling that. At any point you can access an Innkeeper, you are free to change your Vocation. So don’t stress about your choice of Vocation.

#12 Don’t ignore Augments on Vocations because you think you won’t return to it. Augments can be used by any class once you’ve purchased them and some of the combinations can be incredible.

#13 You may read around the internet about players min maxing or planning their vocations for specific stat point builds. But, know that you can still wreak havok at high level no matter what the route you take. It’s not a requirement and you won’t be penalised for not taking this approach.

#14 Yes, there are no mounts in this game and Fast Travel is not as simple as other games. If you come across a Portcrystal you can teleport using a ferry stone to where ever you place this item it in the overworld. You can place up to 10 of these around Gransys.

#15 There are a bunch of escort quests in this game and we all know how boring those can be. You can save yourself some precious time by placing portcrystals at the destinations of these escort quests.

#16 When you first make your pawn, stay at an Inn, this will upload your pawn to the online rift and it will be accessable for other players to hire. What’s the benefit of this? Your pawn will gain you Rift Crystals based on the amount of activity they have in other players games. This currency can be used in a number of ways, so it’s best to stockpile it as soon as you can.

#17 A good example of RC usage is in the Encampment just outside of Cassardis. Next to the Riftstone is a monk by the name of Jonathan, this NPC will sell you cosmetic and Pawn inclination items for RC.

#18 Are your pawn’s speech patterns driving you batty? Or do they run off and collect items when you don’t want them to? Well, you can adjust their personality with a knowledge chair. These are found at most Inns and in some camps outside of towns.

#19 Do your mates play Dragon’s Dogma? Well get hype, because you can rent their pawns for free. Also, pawns at your level or below your level are free of charge as well. Anything higher does costs Rift Crystals.

#20 If you see a pawn you like out and about, talk to them and favourite them for when you return to the rift.

#21 Any items equipped on a rented pawn will be sent to the player when releasing their pawn. But items they are holding will return to your Innkeeper storage upon releasing them or if they die in battle.

#22 Forgeries can be made in Gran Soren at the Black Cat store. It will take a number of days to complete depending on how important the item is.
Always consider if a quest item could be forged and kept in your bank for a future play through.

#23 Most NPC and Enemies respawn after 7 days. So if you kill a dragon and want to get that sweet loot, just sleep it off for a few days and you’re gold.

#24 Another tip for passing by days. Switch your game to offline mode, it’ll go by much faster without the game checking if your pawn has been used online.

#25 There’s lots of dragon species in this game and they all have different weak points. For example the drake in devilfire grove, his heart in his chest is his weak point. Just look for the glowing spot on their body and start whacking away.

#26 When you kill a Dragon, some items may be dragonforged. This ehances them beyond the 3 star rating and opens them up to rarifying them when you enter Bitterblack Isle.

#27 I’ve mentioned Bitterblack a few times and what is it? It’s the DLC dungeon that came with the Dark Arisen version of Dragon’s Dogma. You should consider starting on this at level 50 if you’re just starting out. The earliest point you can get to Bitterblack is just after you’ve made your pawn. Head to Cassardis at night, and take a wander down to the pier.

#28 Bitterblack is the earliest point in the game where you can change your vocation. Keep this in mind if you want to get a hybrid class before trudging your way to Gran Soren for the first time.

#29 Your environment can be your best ally in a variety of situations. That ogre in the Everfall? You can trick him into charging you right off the ramp and into the pit below. Fatality?

#30 Want a fresh start, but don’t want to give up your character progress and items in storage? If you switch to Hard Mode, the game will be forced back to when your Arisen had his heart stolen by that dreamy dragon. You can switch the game back to Normal or Easy when you get access to the pause menu. Changing it to these easier difficulties doesn’t reset the game again.

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