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Published November 10, 2018

The best thing about Dragon Quest XI Open World is being able to go anywhere and everywhere you want as long as you have the right transportation, it goes without saying that getting around in the world would become a little overwhelming if you didn’t have the Zoom ability at your disposal (Thanks Veronica).

Exploring the open world gives you the power to go whereever you want and that means you can go do every sidequest there is along with exploring other places in the post game. Although you can explore the open world during the first and second half of the game, you won’t really appreciate it until the post game.

One thing I always got into the habit of doing is starting with the places that seem like the hardest to get to like the places in the open waters and the good thing about that is that you’ll be able to get it out of the way if you don’t like exploring by boat like me.

So, now I ask you, where are you in the game; how far have you made it? Is there anything impeding your progress and are you looking for help of any kind? I’m going to discuss where I am in the game, why I am and my advice to you if you’re in the same place in the game and possibly a tip or two.

Where I am at Present

At this very moment, I just got to the Arborian Highlands and I’m scouting the area for any hidden treasure that I might have left behind previously. I want to go on record as saying that this is very arduous and time-consuming but I also can’t help but wonder if there isn’t some trophy awarded after finding all the treasure in the world (Don’t tell me!)

From there I’ve been going backwards on the world map and my journey led me to Phnom Nonh where I took care of the crazy malicious character that was in charge of cursing everyone in Phnom Nonh by going into the mural in the ruins. I want it to go on the record that I’ve taken the liberty of killing any enemies who cross my path.

I’ve gone up a few levels and I feel like I’m ready to take on anything in the game, but I have to ask you; where are you in the game right now?

Why I am here

Along with the exploring the Dragon Quest XI Open World, I’m at the point that I am at right now because I’m traveling the world to get stronger so I can go back to the Trial of the Luminary and destroy the boss(es) at the end; I was no match for them before but I also didn’t have the Blade of Ultimate Power!

I just not too long ago finished exploring all the Insula(s) in the open waters because, as I’ve said before, I hate exploring the open waters by boat but it does have its benefit such as destroying the high level sea monsters; the Squidzillas aren’t even anything to worry about at this point in the game.

Another reason why I am here is because I feel like it is my obligatory duty to 100% the game and I feel like the only way to do that is by exploring everywhere and that means leaving no stone unturned; that includes going to Yggdrasil to get the Yggdrasil Dew just to have it on hand for a battle which I suggest you do.

My advice, don’t ignore the enemies on land in the areas you visit; they’re super strong but give you mucho experience. Currently, my team is at Lv. 86+ So, where are you in the game right now?

If you’re at this point, my advice

Exploring the Dragon Quest XI Open World in the post game sort of feels like you have a huge chore list of things to do before you face off against Calasmos. If you’re at this point then here’s my advice. First, get out in open waters and explore all the Insula(s).

With them out of the way, you won’t have to worry so much about them when you’re putting the final preparations on the game before you head to the black star.

Second, talking to everyone in every town is advised but pay close attention to the pink bubble people and those with sidequests; they take precedence and you WILL be doing some traveling.

If you want to attempt the Wheel of Harma trials then you very well may but when you get to the final trial, you may want to back off until you’re stronger and have found a way to get a hold of some pep pop (Derk, hint, hint). The last trial is going to demand that you have 99% of your abilities and be pepped up; everyone. Where are you in the game?

Use Noah’s Archive and find treasure along with the Ultimate Key treasures

I mentioned in a previous post about Noah’s Archive; well, now it’s the best chance you have at finding all the treasures that are still hidden in the various towns and battle areas. As I also mentioned, if you’re looking for a valuable treasure as the archive mentions, you’re looking for a treasure chest.

So, go backwards starting from Drustan’s Labyrinth’s own Trial Isle trials and seek the items there then work towards finding the Ultimate Key treasures because they are many and they are vast not to mention valuable.

This goes without saying but if you’re not sure where the Ultimate Key locations are then look at the map anytime you enter a town or a battle area.

If you haven’t rebuilt Cobblestone yet then now is a good time to do that as well because now that you have both the Magic and the Ultimate Key, you’ll be able to get all kinds of treasures. Here’s a hint: When you get to Arboria, and you use Noah’s Archive, it’ll say there’s one valuable treasure left.

Want to know where its precise location is, go to Serena and Veronica’s house, go upstairs and look beside the leftmost bed. I found it there yesterday when I went looking for it; imagine my surprise. Are you here in the game or where are you precisely?


Where are you at in the game, where are you going; if you’re going to explore the Dragon Quest XI Open World then start exploring the Insula(s) then travel the world getting stronger so you can go back to where you battled that strong monster and got killed and beat it.

You can optionally do the Wheel of Harma trials right now as well but if you’re going to then stop before you get to the final trial and leave it until you learn the rest of your powers and abilities. Use Noah’s Archive and find the Ultimate Key along with other hidden treasures while fighting the enemies and getting stronger.

So, where are you in the game, how far have you come; do you feel you need a hand on where to go next; if you do then leave me a message regarding this post and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Thank you and Happy gaming.




  1. MatthewMatthew

    I have stumbled upon your site a few times now while I have been looking for new computer gam3es for my son for Christmas and it looks like you know what you’re talking about, but, this Dragon Quest XI Review you have written shows in detail how to play the game so it sounds really exciting but do you have any images to show what’s the gameplay actually looks like? I would love to see it in action

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Yes Matt, i do actually. I made a post regarding a video that’s in the post regarding a battle that I fought with a monster or extraordinary might. Check out the post here https://strategiesforactionadv… 

      Watch that video and you’ll get a full understanding of how the battle is like and how the game is played; it’s more about strategy and thinking outside the box than just using strength as a means of winning battles. Plus, I have dozens of posts on my website regarding Dragon Quest XI. Just use the search box to find all Dragon Quest XI articles.

  2. free4lifefree4life

    Seriously?!? You are ridiculous in how much detail you have here. Love the hints too, thanks for those. I don’t normally even play this game, but you have opened my eyes up to it through your site here. I do have friends who are more into the Dragon Quest RPG. The open world helps me alot though, I love to be able to interact with others. Thanks for the info and great site 

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Thanks free4life, I have to admit I was a little alarmed by your opening statement, “you are ridiculous” but I understood it the more I read your response and yes, I do have a lot of content on that page simply because I know there are people playing the game I’m trying to open some rapport.

      Another reason why I went this route is because of the engagement element, I feel that gamers play games but they don’t really talk about where they are in the game because of either being shamed or being made fun of. But, I seek to engage them because its good to talk to likeminded souls who are playing the same game. 

  3. LeoLeo

    Video game, my preferred game when I was a child many years ago. In my age there were simple graphics video games, however it was really nice to play and we were impatient to wait for the time to play (usually at 18.00 pm after finishing the homeworks). Nowadays the games are developed so much with so much colors and different themes.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Indeed buddy, games have come a long way but they have gotten way more enjoyable than the Nintendo games (hard as they were) from back in our day.

  4. DaniellaDaniella

    Hi Rodney,

    Awesome article, I really loved the reading!

    My son is a fan of video games, and soon he will turn out 16 years old. For his birthday, it would be a nice present! 

    I don’t know much about video games, but what I know is that my son likes to play with friends. So my question is how many people can play the Dragon Quest XI open world? Also, if he doesn’t like the game, is it possible to change it to another one? I wouldn’t want him to be disappointed:)

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Dragon Quest XI is an open world game but the world becomes more open as you travel; many places are off limits until you get to that particular part of the game. However, when you get to the post game there’ll be no place that your son won’t be able to go. 

      I would do a little research on the game before you buy. There’s an awesome youtube video about the game with the title, 15 things you should know before you buy Dragon Quest XI. Check out that video.

      That way, if you and your son look at the video, which I recommend you do with him, you won’t waste any money on the game. But, I encourage to buy it though because it is a good RPG; its predecessor Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2) is another good one.

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