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Dragon Warrior III

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Dragon Warrior III is the concluding game of the first Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior trilogy, and its story takes us back to the time period of the legendary Erdrick (also known as Loto), the ancestor of the first game's hero. You are the son of a powerful warrior Ortega, skillful in physical combat and spellcasting. Your father went out to fight the evil Baramos, who is responsible for the appearance of monsters in your region, and never returned. You are sent by the king on a quest to continue your father's brave deeds and to defeat Baramos.

Dragon Warrior III is a top-down role-playing game where you travel around the overworld, caves, castles, cities and other locations while battling random encounters, buying equipment, and talking to people. You and your party members receive experience when they beat up monsters and level up with enough experience, increasing their stats. The game features a day/night cycle - as you travel, day slowly changes to night and vice versa; shops are typically closed at night.

You begin with control of just the main character but can quickly recruit three more members to your party. During the game you can choose to drop your current characters and recruit others at any time. The recruitable characters are divided into six classes: soldier, fighter, merchant, goof-off, pilgrim and wizard.

The game has a unique job system, giving you the ability to switch your hired characters' classes after they have achieved at least level 20 in their base class. Characters can switch to the other beginning classes, as well as the sage class, which is not available at the beginning. When a character switches classes, they lose all earned experience points, and half of their stats, but retain all of the abilities of the previous class. In this way, you can create powerful combination characters that are able to cast spells and fight effectively.


Dragon Warrior III NES Actions menu
Dragon Warrior III SNES Sky is the limit
Dragon Warrior III SNES Abandoned tower
Dragon Warrior III SNES Battle against four birds in a tower

Alternate Titles

  • "勇者斗恶龙III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ドラゴンクエストIII:そして伝説へ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu he" -- Japanese title
  • "DQIII" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Classic, but still fun game to play Game Boy Color Bregalad (916)
best rpg only gets better Game Boy Color Lloyd Horadan (1)

The Press Says

Nintendojo Game Boy Color 2001 9.9 out of 10 99
RPGFan Game Boy Color Aug 22, 2001 91 out of 100 91 NES Dec 09, 2011 18 out of 20 90
NES Times NES Sep 21, 2007 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Game Boy Color Aug 17, 2001 88 out of 100 88
Quebec Gamers NES Dec 05, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Game Boy Color Aug 01, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
RPGFan Game Boy Color Aug 17, 2001 76 out of 100 76
GamersMark NES Aug 04, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Game Boy Color Dec 16, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Platform split 5 Terok Nor (19317)
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Dragon Warrior III was the first RPG where the quest begins with the hero waken up by his mother. This opening has been copied by many games, such as Chrono Trigger, Golden Sun and several others.


As of 2007, the Famicom/NES version of Dragon Quest/Warrior III is the only title in the series which does not feature the Dragon Quest overture music at title screen.

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