Dragon Quest XI post game has a lot of content that keeps you going long after the second half is complete, but RPGs are usually good about one thing, treasure hunting. While it is optional and doesn’t really have significance on the rest of the game, it can be very beneficial.
Other RPGs like DQ VIII have Nose for Treasure via Yangus’ Humanity skill but DQ XI has Dragon Quest XI Noah’s Archive, a potent treasure hunting item to be sure; at times it can be the most frustrating thing taking up space in your inventory but it goes without saying that pinching the post game and the towns for everything shining and stationary, you will need it.
Take the 3 trials on Trial Isle for example, I used Noah’s Archive repeatedly to find what I thought were regular pieces of treasure but ironically, the slot machines within the trials counted as treasure; the tokens that you get from within the machines are similar to the Drasilian shillings you find hence making them treasure.
I’ll discuss the ins and out of Noah’s Archive and why you should use it not only after the trials but why acquiring it early might be a better idea than waiting.
Noah’s Archive Acquisition
Noah’s Archive can only be acquired in the post game from him after you rescue him and his daughter from the monster invasion in Gondolia; it goes without saying that if you’re going to go this route then you’re on the path to getting Cobblestone restored to its original form.
In my professional opinion, getting Dragon Quest XI Noah’s Archive early is the best course of action because when you travel the world, and you will, you’re going to want to find everything in towns and dungeons especially if the items that you’re hunting for are of the best quality such as Yggdrasil Dew, Sage Elixir or Elfin Elixirs.
All in all, Noah’s Archive is the key to you acquiring everything in the game item-wise and despite the time it takes, it would behoove you to take the time to find everything whereever you are. If you’re in a town on a sidequest, use Noah’s Archive, snoop around and find those items.
Here’s a hint. If you’re in a place like the Snaerfelt or Champs Sauvage and you use Noah’s Archive, it says one valuable item in the area; 10 times out 10, the treasure you’re looking for is a treasure chest. In towns, it’s either a treasure chest or an item you find in a barrel or pot. Remember that. I was in Heliodor almost 4 hours before I figured that out.
The benefit to using this during your 3 trials trek
If you did acquire Dragon Quest XI Noah’s Archive early on like you made restoring Cobblestone to its original form the first thing you did when you started the post game or got to that point, you’ll have the item in time for your trek during the 3 trials.
The benefit to using Noah’s Archive during your trek of the 3 trials is that you’ll have an easier time finding the special armor and weapons of Erdwin’s team.
Now, you can find these without Noah’s Archive but it just makes it so much easier using the item.
If you want Noah’s Archive, you have to restore Cobblestone
The rationale, you don’t have to worry about second guessing yourself about whether or not you’re missing an item or not, its always easier to find and get treasure on your first run through rather than to go back into the same places over and over again trying to find it.
When the time comes that you’re going into the 3 trials on Trial Isle; having this item is a must and you’ll be glad you did when you clean the place out. Personally, there’s no bigger pain in the ass knowing that you could’ve had that Yggdrasil Dew that could’ve bought you more time and life to survive. Think about it, take a second!
Ultimate Key Needed
As you may or may not know, Dragon Quest XI Noah’s Archive is but one of the things you need in order to successfully treasure hunt and break the game so to speak. The other item that you’ll definitely need is the Ultimate Key which you get in the Watcher’s Circle in the Havens Above area where it waits for you in the treasure chest.
I don’t believe I need to tell you about the importance of the Ultimate Key, it is crucial that you have it so you’ll be able to go to places like the Battleground to clean it out. Furthermore, it’ll be needed when you’re on the sidequest called “The Holiest of Harps”. However, even after you finish that sidequest, you’ve no doubt seen iron cages with iron doors that have treasure chests in them.
Case in point
With the Ultimate Key in your possession, many things become possible and so it goes without saying that acquiring that key is of the utmost importance while also stating that you won’t get very far in the post game without it; you could but why would you want to, did you in DQ VIII?
The next thing you should do
The next thing I believe you should do is, after using Dragon Quest XI Noah’s Archive to get every item in the 3 trials, head to Havens Above to complete the sidequests given to you by the Watchers.
The reason, Hendrik and Serena are going to benefit and if you haven’t delivered Erdwin’s Bracelet to the one Watcher then do that now as well so Hero’s Sword skills can get a major power upgrade.
Before I go on, its worth mentioning that you don’t necessarily have to go to the places I mentioned here in this post; this is just my strategic recommendation. Next, stop off at Yggdrasil and grab a Yggdrasil Dew; it’s a great thing to have when you’re between an Omniheal and a hard place.
Yggdrasil is entirely optional actually, you can go there for the Yggdrasil Dew if you want to but its entirely up to you because if we’re being honest here, Serena has no doubt learned Omniheal at this point (possibly, well, mine did) but the Yggdrasil Dew can still be used as an “opening act” so to speak if you need healing.
Finally, Angri-La is the last stop on your way to becoming stronger; you have the Angri-La trials to complete so head there and get it done. My advice, don’t step foot here unless you’re a Lv.80+.
The reason is simple, you and your team would’ve learned 93 – 97% of your skills via Character Builder; so there’s no real reason why you shouldn’t be ready to face whatever Master Pang and her trials throw at you.
Dragon Quest XI Noah’s Archive is the key to finding every piece of treasure in the game, but the acquisition of said artifact is up to the gamer alone; you can get it before you do the 3 trials or after; the choice is yours. If you’re going to get it before the 3 trials, it’ll be that much easier for you to find all the Age of Heroes weapons and armor sets.
The Ultimate Key is needed alongside Noah’s Archive in order to find everything; treasure hunting without the Ultimate Key is not an option so don’t make it one.
Your next course of action after the completion of the 3 trials should be to complete the sidequests at Haven Above then head on over to Angri-La, but again, the choice is up to you about where you want to go next.
If you have any questions or comments about my post, I’d love to hear it; leave me a message and I’ll get back to you immediately. Thank you and Happy gaming.
R.J’s Last Minute Tip
Ever wonder where, when you use Noah’s Archive in Gallopolis clearing it of any and all items except 2 hidden treasures. Well, there’s a Puff-Puff girl in yellow that’s standing between the armor and weapon shop; the last 2 hidden town treasures are in her house. Agree to a Puff Puff then after she let you in, search the joint and you’ll find the last two items.