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Bravely Default

Exploring Dungeons

By
Vincent Lau

(1 of 2) Dungeons are both dangerous and rewarding. Either way, you’ll have to explore a lot of them before you can save the world.

Dungeons are both dangerous and rewarding. Either way, you’ll have to explore a lot of them before you can save the world. (left), (right)

Dungeons are enemy-infested labyrinths comprised of multiple floors; you can use the stairs provided to move between different floors. Like on the world map, you will be beset by random battles as you attempt to navigate the dungeon.

Unlike in towns and on the world map, the dungeon map on the bottom screen isn’t complete when you first enter. Instead, the map will gradually fill up as you explore the dungeon; the map will also display unopened treasure chests and stairs to the other floors.

As you can’t save whenever you want, we recommend you be extra vigilant in dungeons. Try to keep your HP high at all times, in case of a surprise attack and don’t hesitate to backtrack to the entrance to replenish your supplies (you can switch off encounters from the Config menu).

Tricks and Traps

Occasionally, you may encounter dungeon devices, such as levers; simply approach them and press the A or L button when the “Inspect” prompt appears to trigger them. Generally these devices will help you to progress further into the dungeon, by opening locked doors for instance.

Saving Your Progress (and Sanity)

(1 of 2) When you spot the Adventurer chilling deep inside a dungeon, that’s a good sign there’s a boss battle just up ahead! So be sure to save!

When you spot the Adventurer chilling deep inside a dungeon, that’s a good sign there’s a boss battle just up ahead! So be sure to save! (left), (right)

Once you reach the end of a dungeon, finally you’ll be allowed to save your progress by speaking to the familiar-looking Adventurer with the red hat.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    14 February 2014
  • Last Updated
    23 January 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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