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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

Character Builder

Ben Chard

Building an Unstoppable Team

In Dragon Quest XI, you’ll receive Skill Points as you level up. Each character earns them at different rates and you can also earn them from the use of Seed of Skills found throughout the world of Erdrea. Use these Skill Points to develop your characters by unlocking panels in their Character Builder screen.

You can access this menu from the Misc option of the main menu and from there, you’ll be presented with a bunch of skill panels forming an image, of which is different for each character. Each section will be utilizied for a different category such as One-Handed Swords or Daggers. You can spend points in whichever category that you like however you can only unlock adjacent panels so it’s worth taking the time to plan ahead. You may also notice some panels simply feature a “?”, these won’t be revealed until you unlock a number of the skill panels surrounding it. Each “?” will say how many of the surrounding panels you need in order to unlock them.

Note that each character’s skill panel will expand with more skills to unlock after certain major story events, so don’t be too dissapointed by a character’s skill panels at first glance. Your choices will matter as once you max out your character’s level at 99, you’ll need to hunt down Seed of Skills to obtain the rest of the Skill Points.

The sole purpose of this section is to give a brief background of every character followed by a breakdown of their skill panels along with a suggestion on what routes to take them down. As mentioned in the warning at the top, the identity of the eighth character is a huge spoiler, so you have been warned.

Resetting Skills

Once Veronica and Serena join your party, you will be able to reset skill trees to refund the points invested in them. This can be done by going to any church/priest and choosing the Rectification option. You can only reset skill trees (like Greatsword or Sword) and not individual skills, plus it’ll cost you 20 gold per Skill Point. As an example, you purchase Flame Slash and want to reset it. This skill costs 3SP, so you would be paying 60g in order to reset it.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    3DS, PC, PS4, Switch
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    4 September 2018
  • Last Updated
    7 October 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Ben Chard

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An epic battle between Light and Darkness is about to begin as the Luminary awakens on his 16th birthday. Join a diverse cast of characters as you traverse the world of Erdrea on a quest to discover why you’ve been branded the Darkspawn and the many mysteries of the Luminary.

The most complete guide for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age features all there is to do and see in the world of Erdrea. A step-by-step walkthrough featuring every item, quest and side activity illustrated with gorgeous screenshots.

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