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Published November 6, 2018

For many gamers playing or have played Dragon Quest XI are aware that the post game is the biggest thing in the game which means that no matter how much you prepare, you can still get ambushed by a tough enemy or a boss.

The thing about Dragon Quest XI is that the post game usually involving gamers grinding so they can be ready for the tough challenges ahead.

However, such a thing is not always ideal when you’re planning to do Dragon Quest XI Post Game Grinding because grinding doesn’t always save you; need proof, head on over to the Trial of the Luminary, get to the end and face off against Abject Terror and Darkest Despair, you’ll see what I mean.

The post game is all about tying up loose ends and seeing to it that you’re ready for Calasmos, but you’ve got a long way to go if you just started and even longer if you’re finishing the second half.

Crystalotl is one of the hardest bosses in the game you’ll ever face and having adequate protection will help you in the fight.

Crystalotl is no reason to do any post game grinding, in fact, I’ll discuss everything you need to do to bring down the crystal harboring behemoth starting…now.


As I mentioned previously, you don’t have to do any Dragon Quest XI Post Game Grinding to bring down Crystalotl; really, the Character Builder is the thing but more importantly, the skill points you got saved up. In a past post, I made it known that saving up your skill points can really get you some good skills.

To get this arduous quest started, you’ll need to talk to the Watcher on the eastern island at Havens Above and he’ll tell you that he’s aspiring to become a better harp maker and wants to make Serena’s his guinea pig so to speak; you’ll need to undertake the mission and retrieve the item needed to enhance Serena’s harp.

Also, its worth mentioning that you can buy your skills as you accumulate the points to do so which would give you an advantage if you were looking to grind before the fight with Crystalotl; that thing is a beast and be warned, pulling your punches is not an option. It helps if you are protected against paralysis; the creature’s spiked missiles can paralyze you.

I believe that it is enough to be able to get the skills you need, I’m not saying that increase to magic mending and magic might along with critical hit increase aren’t important so don’t ignore those in the least bit.

In a small way, if you’ve been saving up your points from the completion of Trial Isle up to the point of going through the entire Battleground area, you should be more than ready points-wise.

Powers, Divide, Blade of Ultimate Power

Naturally, if you’re going to go after Crystalotl then I suggest you have some powers on hand that’ll make the battle easier and not give Crystalotl a chance to drag out the fight hence giving it a chance to end you. One of the biggest powers that you’re going to need is Erik’s Divide ability.

This ability is boss in any fight because I was able to deal the monster 9x more damage over the course of the fight, but it goes without saying that more is better especially when you’re facing down Crystalotl. Dragon Quest XI Post Game Grinding might get you Divide in the shortest time but where’s the fun in that?

Another great ability that I would DEFINITELY suggest you have is the Blade of Ultimate Power; this ability sealed Crystalotl’s fate and my win against the monster using it. The ability hits hard which is exactly what you want when you’re battling this cretin.

Rab or Serena

Now, both Rab and Serena are healers as you well know and you also know that Serena has a slight advantage in the healing department over Rab; she has Omniheal (if you got that for her at this point, I did).

However, having Rab in the party means he’s not likely to die as quick as Serena but Serena is an ace healer with Omniheal in her deck so it’s either or.

I want to go on record as saying that if you take Rab then just know that his Multiheal ability is nothing to scoff at; it got me out of trouble and saved me from taking more damage from Crystalotl’s spiked missile attack during the fight, it’s up to you who you want to take with you as the healer.

Another thing to consider when you’re taking Rab with you is that Rab has the Ring of Ruin ability which can give your team’s powers and abilities a huge damage increase which will definitely have Crystalotl taking more damage per attack.

Personally, I went with Rab because I didn’t feel Serena, despite having Serenica’s outfit on and Omniheal, she wouldn’t have been up to the task of helping destroy the monster.

Hendrik, obviously

Hendrik, the Zwaardsrust born bruiser and honorable knight of Heliodor; Dragon Quest XI Post Game Grinding is not needed to turn Hendrik into a beast for this fight.

However, I do want to stress the importance of him having his ancestors’ armor set equipped – Drustan, before you consider taking on this sidequest because the shield will keep Hendrik alive and recovering HP while paralyzed.

Outside of that, Hendrik is needed for this fight because his Gyrfalcon Slash and his Double-Edged Slash really brings the pain in this battle not to mention that they hit hard enough to damage the monster a great deal so whatever you do, make sure you have these skills.

Hendrik also has Magic Barrier and Kabuff; abuse Kabuff. The rationale, Crystalotl’s physical attack deal lethal damage so its important to make sure you have that up; I didn’t and I was okay but be better than me when I say abuse Kabuff. Magic Barrier does little to stem the tide of damage you take from his whirlwind attack.

I want to go on record as saying that Hendrik is a big asset in this battle so you want him there when you’re going toe to toe with this thing; he’s your key to staying alive.


Dragon Quest XI Post Game Grinding is not as needed or necessary as some gamers believe, but Crystalotl is no joke so being at a good level to destroy it is warranted. Regarding preparation for the fight, a crap load of skill points and decent armor will win the day.

Powers like Divide and Blade of Ultimate Power is enough to get the job done during the fight without spending more time in the Battleground area in order to get strong enough to destroy Crystalotl effortlessly. Rab or Serena are ideal choices for taking into this fight; their healing powers will come in handy.

Hendrik is another plus and a valuable ally in this fight, his Double-Edged Slash and Gyrfalcon Slash can really deal some damage. If you have any question about my post then please feel free to send me a message and I’ll get back to you immediately. Thank you and Happy gaming.


R.J’s Last Minute Tip

If you’re having any trouble with the fight or just need some clarification then my video here will help you.




  1. Olonisakin KehindeOlonisakin Kehinde

    Thank you, your video was helpful and i love the dragon quest Xi,,,,, i would appreciate more of your efforts whenever i run into any difficulty in the near future, but in the meantime i will get going and push harder to conquer crystalot having saved a lot of powers.

    thank you for your post i will start to follow you for more updates.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Hey Olon, thanks for the sentiment. I love Dragon Quest XI too and I just started another area of the game called the Wheel of Harma at Angri-La; a set of trials that’s meant to really push you to your limit. Stay tuned, I’m going to create another post over that as well.

  2. StewStew

    Sounds like my kind of game and the graphics and sounds are great

    I’ve been out of the game action for too long now that I have kids.  They take up my time.

    I just watched the video you posted and if my wife weren’t here I would buy the game, sneak it down stairs to my game machine and spend the night there

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      You should still buy the game even if it’ll be some time before you actually get to play it because once you buy it, you’re going to love it. The game is chalked full of surprises and you can develop your characters anyway you want. I’m a father too, my only kid at the moment is 4 years old and I still get to game no matter whether he’s here or in bed sleep. 

      Gaming is life and being a gamer is eternal, it isn’t ideal to deprive yourself of your games; try to get in some game time at some point, it’s a great stress reliever.

  3. PrincilaPrincila

    Hi Rodney,

    My gaming days are over, when I had all the time in the world to play Wario or Samus Aran or Mario. Now, as a parent, I’m looking for games that kids of this generation can enjoy. I’m actually searching for an appropriate game for my game-loving 10 year old son. 

    I’ve never been into PlayStation. Do you think Dragon Quest XI might be a good choice for a kid his age?

    Thank you in advance.  

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      I believe Dragon Quest XI is a great game for a 10 year old, there’s no nudity or excessive violence or even gory scenes. The most your 10 year old will see that’s close to extreme is the part of the game where Yggdrasil is destroyed but other than that the game is good for him plus it teaches him how to think outside the box i.e. critical thinking.

  4. travistravis

    Well it sounds like there is no grinding needed. As long as you have the right tools like divide and the blade of power and the right allies like tab. You make it sound easy but I’m sure it’s not. As long as someone follows your advice they should be sure to win. For someone new to the game how long would it take to reach that level?

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Well let’s see, when I fought Crystalotl, my crew were Lv. 79 – 82+ but you can get to that level without grinding. The Battleground area isn’t a hard area and most of the enemies, if you’re Lv. 67 or higher; most of the enemies there will run from you hence you not having to fight them. 

  5. AlexanderAlexander

    Building up skill points and decent armor, Divide ability and the Blade of Ultimate Power looks critical to defeating the Crystalotl monster. Using Rab and Hendrick with Gyrfalcon Slash and his Double-Edged Slash are also cool tips. I will use Kabuff and keep Hendrick toe to toe with the Crystalotl monster for a certain win. I will hit hard with the Blade of Ultimate Power to defeat Crystalotl, hopefully first try.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      There you go Alexander, Crystalotl isn’t hard as long as you know what to do and how to go about it. The Luminary, Hendrik, Erik and Rab are the keys to destroying that grimace smiling menace; right now I’m doing the Wheel of Harma trials at Angri-La and I’m getting ready to prepare a post on that as well so stay tuned.

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