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Published October 11, 2018

There comes a time in every RPG that you often find yourself tying up any and all loose ends before going off and taking on the end game boss; Dragon Quest games are no different especially the current Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest XI.

Now, those loose end may come in the form of an item that you have to find for an NPC (Non-playable character) or even checking up the going ons about town.

But, the very loose ends I speak of are in the form of sidequests as well as other tasks. Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age PS4 span over 3 significant parts; the first half, second half and post game. There are 60 sidequests in all but you don’t get to access the last 13 until post game.

Anyway, there are several things to do and keep in mind as you’re getting prepared to storm the Fortress of Fear and face Mordegon. More importantly, there are some things to do before you hit Hotto to start the forging of the Sword of Light which I will discuss in this post…starting now.

Sidequest Tip

Now, with Hotto only a Zoom away; it might seem like it’s easier to do the rest of the sidequests in the postgame added onto the ones you already have to do when you get there. However, the sidequests that you have at present, do them and get them out of the way. That’s playing Dragon Quest XI Echoes of An Elusive Age PS4 with strategy!

Naturally, I don’t believe I have to explain why but there are some knickknacks that you get from completing those sidequests that can go toward forging stronger weapons and other gear that’ll help you survive. Indignus, your first boss at the Fortress of Fear is stronger than Jade was when she was under Booga’s control back in Octagonia.

The only sidequests that I see getting ignored is the Measure of a Man – Lonalulu and Ritchie’s Roulette Challenge – Octagonia; those can be done postgame.

Here’s my sidequest tip, after you get the “particular something” or complete the sidequest objective, don’t report back to the person that “hired” you just yet. Do another sidequest and do the same thing.

For example, say you complete Measure of a Man. Don’t report back to the guy yet, do another sidequest then don’t report back to that person then do another. The whole point here is to do all the sidequests but don’t report back to person until you’ve completed all others.

Why it’s good to do it immediately after getting the Orichalcum

I believe it is ideal to do the sidequests immediately after you get the Orichalcum because you’re only going to be a hairbreadth away from the Fortress of Fear for one.

Another thing, the only thing that’s going to be barring you entry is the creation of the Sword of Light which is a mandatory task that you must complete before you can put together a plan on how you’re even going to survive.

Another reason why is because you’re not that far from beating the game; technically, Gallopolis and Hotto are the only places of real importance when you get to that part of the game not to mention the volcano. Once you get the Orichalcum, getting to the legendary forge becomes the ultimate goal in Dragon Quest XI Echoes of An Elusive Age PS4

There’s no real reason to put it off and/or try to entertain the idea that you don’t want the game to end after you beat Mordegon because it won’t because the postgame is filled with surprises; surprises such as the one that the Luminary is going to get more powers.

Search for the materials for new armor and weapons etc.

As you well know, being stronger and staying that way comes in the form of armor and weapons. So my advice, take the time to get the materials for new armor and weapons; a great place to do this is the Battleground where you get the Orichalcum. I personally reaped an emperor’s ransom worth of materials such as colored eyes, densinium along with a few ores such as Platinum and Gold.

This is where finding all of those sparkly spots are going to come into play, if you took the time to find them as I suggest early on then you’ll know where to find everything that you need to make a specific weapon or armor. I advise you to get at least 7 to 9 pieces of materials so you won’t have to stop forging to find the material you’re missing.

In Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age PS4, weapons and armor are king so don’t drag your feet about making yours. Another thing, don’t feel bad compelled to make the Luminary a Metal Slime Sword; its power is on par with a Dragonsbane + 3.

Gaining Levels

You’ll find yourself gaining levels as you’re making your way across the landscape and checking out places. One of the biggest things I want to point out as you play Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age PS4 before you hit Hotto is that if you’re destroying everything that crosses your path then you should be fine level-wise.

When I was ready to go to the Fortress of Fear, my Luminary was a Lv.60; he was more than a match for everything that had an eyesight in the joint. Don’t worry so much about trying to be at a decent level or a good enough level where you think you’ll have minimal difficulty with the enemies there.

Ultimately, as long as you swap your characters in and out then you shouldn’t have to gain anymore levels than you should already have. I have to admit, the enemies wandering the Hotto Steppe are of a tough caliber but nothing you can’t handle. I probably don’t need to say this, but don’t rush to get to Hotto.

I say that because the enemies you’ll encounter will reward your haste with death if you’re not careful and attentive; two of my guys almost died from the Cyclops’ attacks.


Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age PS4 is a game where boundless strategies are needed to get to not just Hotto but the legendary forge, a particular sidequest tip to remember is to do all the sidequests but not report to the person that hired you until you’ve done all the others first.

Doing this after you get the Orichalcum is ideal because Hotto and Gallopolis are the only two places in the game besides the volcano that has any significance. Searching for materials for weapons and armor helps immensely especially inside the volcano where enemies are strong.

Gaining levels is something that’s not necessarily mandatory as long as you’re killing enemies as you’re going along; you’re not going to really need to level grind or gain anymore levels than you already have. If you have any questions regarding my post then please feel free to leave me a comment or a message and I’ll get back to you immediately. Thank you and Happy gaming.


R.J’s Last Minute Tip

Looking for the first Whale Way Station of the game, it’s Luminary Landing; you’d be surprised how many people ask this question but don’t see that its right in front of them.

Here’s something to help you for the road ahead






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    I love the fact that you attach screenshots because even if you have not yet played this game, the screenshots make you want to know more.

    I loved reading this post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Thanks for your feedback NSOH, if I was going to buy a game then the first thing I would do is check out the screenshots which is ideal because you know then you’re going to want to buy the game; I’ve made so many great gaming choices doing this. Also, what I love about attaching screenshots is so viewers know what’s going on and where to precisely find something if they’re looking for something.

  2. ShermanSherman

    Maaaaaannnnn, if the re is one thing that I can say about this article is that you went all the way in! That was about the most in depth and comprehensive post on ANY gaming scenario that I have read in a long long time. I love the way you covered all the details and there where some super great tips there. Glad i took the time to read through and super impressed at the effort that you put into writing it. Cheers!

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Thanks Sherman, I always throw myself into my posts; I think its important to entertain the audience as well as potential viewers. Thanks for the feedback.

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