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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

Rab

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Jarrod Garripoli

Rab is a versatile character, as he has many thing going for him, but he fails to excel at any one of those things. He is basically a jack of all trades, and master of none. He has two types of weapons available to him, which are Claws and Heavy Wands. These are pretty much the exact opposite of one another, as one is physical in nature and the other is magical. He is the only cast that can use the Zam line of spells, and his high MP pool means he will be able to use a lot of spells. His versatility makes him great for boss fights, though, since he is able to buff your party, debuff enemies, heal and even deal some damage.

Rab in Dragon Quest XI

Categories Total Skills Total SP Needed
Heavy Wands 18 167
Claws 19 211
Enlightenment 22 348

Spells

Rab has a lot of spells at his disposal, from buffs, debuffs, damage dealers and even healing ones. A lot of his spells aren’t unique to him, so you are able to find them on other characters. For example, Multiheal is also on Serena, but Rab learns it five levels before she does. The Zam-line spells are unique to Rab and while they seem a little mediocre, they do seem to have a higher chance to critical than other spells. Combine those with something like Ring of Ruin, which Rab can actually learn, and those spells will be putting a hurting on enemies. Defuddle is another spell that is unique to Rab and can come in handy in emergencies, especially since confusion can be quite annoying to deal with in tense battles.

Insulate/Insulatle will come in handy much later on in the game, since breath attacks will become a lot more common. Of course, there are items that can be used that do the same thing, which can limit the usefulness of the spell itself. One thing that Rab is good for is healing outside of battles, since you might not be using him much during battles. Also, Pearly Gates is a great ability once he learns it, since it hits all enemies and does pretty good damage. The only problem with it is that it’s wind-elemental, so some enemies will resist it.

Name Effect MP Acquisition
Zam Light Dark damage to single enemy 6 Default
Dazzle May blind group of enemies 3 Default
Squelch Cures ally of poison 2 Default
Sap Lowers single target’s defense 2 Default
Crack Light Ice damage to single enemy 3 Default
Snooze May put single enemy to sleep 3 Default
Defuddle Cures all allies of confusion 2 Default
Insulate Increases resistance to breath attacks for single ally 4 Default
Anathemetise Lowers single enemy’s spell resistance 4 Default
Kasap Lowers defense for group of enemies 4 Default
Crackle Medium Ice damage to group of enemies 8 Default
Dedazzle Cures single ally of Dazzle 2 Default
Bounce Reflects offensive spells for single ally for few turns 6 Default
Midheal Restores medium HP to single ally 6 Default
Zing Revives fallen ally with some HP; Doesn’t always work 12 Default
Whack May instantly defeat single enemy 5 Default
Moreheal Restores large HP to single ally 12 Level 24
Drain Magic Drains small amount of MP from single enemy 0 Level 28
Multiheal Restores medium HP to all allies 32 Level 30
Kasnooze May put group of enemies to sleep 8 Level 32
Zammle Medium Dark damage to single enemy 9 Level 33
Blunt Lowers single enemy’s attack (can stack) 6 Level 34
Insulatle Increases resistance to breath attacks for all allies 12 Level 40
Kacrack Heavy Ice damage to all enemies 20 Level 44
Fullheal Restores all HP to single ally 24 Level 47
Thwack May instantly defeat all enemies 10 Level 49
Kazam Heavy Dark damage to single enemy 18 Level 52
Kamikazee Kills Rab, but either instantly defeats enemies or reduces to 1 HP 1 Level 53
Kazing Always revives fallen ally with some HP 24 Level 55
Pearly Gates Heavy Wind damage to all enemies (extra damage to Undead) 24 Story unlock

Rab’s initial skill trees

Heavy Wands

As one of the two weapons for Rab, you’re not going to get a whole lot out of the skills here. Despite that, though, it might be best to stick to Heavy Wands in the first part of the game, as Claws don’t really have much value until that tree opens up later. The one really good skill in this tree is Zing Stick, which is better than normal Zing since it guarantees revival, plus Rab will have access to it pretty much right away upon him joining your party. The other thing regarding this tree is that Rab gets a lot of passives, like +60 to both Magical Might and Mending, as well as +60 to his MP. Once you get access to the better Claw tree, though, then this one isn’t really all too good.

Name SP Notes
Beelzefreeze 3 -
MP Absorption when Wielding +2% 4 -
Antimagic 5 -
Max MP when Wielding +10 6 -
MP Absorption when Wielding +4% 8 -
Minor MP Recovery After Battle 6 -
Staff of Salvation 5 -
Ring of Ruin 10 Secret Panel [?]
Magical Mending when Wielding +10 8 -
Zing Stick 10 -
Magical Mending When Wielding +20 12 Secret Panel [?]
Magical Might When Wielding +10 8 -
Max MP When Wielding +10 10 -
Magical Might When Wielding +20 12 Secret Panel [?]
Max MP When Wielding +30 14 -
Magical Might When Wielding +30 16 Secret Panel [?]
Moderate MP Recovery After Battle 14 -
Magical Mending When Wielding +30 16 -

Claws

During the first part of the game, Rab’s Claws tree is not that good, as the majority of his great skills with the weapon are not there yet. Hawkeye Claw isn’t bad, though, since it will always hit full on, but it lacks any power behind it. The only really good skill in the first part is Hardclaw, as it hits three times and you aren’t going to lose any critical hit chance over those three hits. This will remain as one of the better skills in the tree. Once the tree expands, you will want to focus on getting Rake ‘n’ Break, as it allows you to remove buffs that enemies cast on themselves; that’s the sole purpose of it. The other highlight is Wild Animaul, which hits five times, although each hit after the first will have a lesser chance for criticals. When not focused on a high crit chance, then Wild Animaul is your go-to, otherwise, stick with Hardclaw. All of the passives should be gotten at some point, too, as they all benefit Rab.

Name SP Notes
Attack Power When Wielding +5 3 -
Propeller Blade 4 -
Dodge Chance When Wielding +2% 6 -
Attack Power When Wielding +10 8 -
MP Absorption When Wielding +2% 10 -
Can Opener 8 -
Critical Chance When Wielding +2% 6 -
Hawkeye Claw 12 Secret Panel [?]
Dodge Chance When Wielding +4% 10 -
Dodge Chance When Wielding +4% 13 -
Hardclaw 14 Secret Panel [?]
Critical Chance When Wielding +2% 10 -
Critical Chance When Wielding +2% 13 -
Air Raiser 14 Secret Panel [?]
Attack Power When Wielding +15 14 -
Wild Animaul 16 Secret Panel [?]
MP Absorption When Wielding +4% 14 -
Rake ‘n’ Break 16 -
Hand of God 20 Secret Panel [?]

Enlightenment

The Enlightenment tree is probably something you likely don’t want to invest in much in the early goings of the game, as there isn’t really much there. The only really important skill you will want to get is Benediction, as there isn’t a lot of ways to cure Curse in Dragon Quest XI. Caster Sugar isn’t a bad skill, as it’s basically Oomph for magic spells, but it can only be used on Rab himself. It can be stacked twice, though, in case you want some extra punch to your offensive and healing spells. It isn’t until the tree expands that it becomes better, so you’re best to avoid it (besides Benediction), until then.

Once it does expand, you are going to have to make a choice, as some of the better abilities are quite expensive in skill points. Both Kacrackle and Kazammle are powerful spells, but you will need to spend a lot of skill points to get them, since they are locked panels and surrounded by other locked panels, not to mention one of the more expensive set of panels in the game that are permanent. The passives are also great once they open up, since Rab can get a lot of Agility, and you can get his Pep-related passives here, too. Clear Your Mind can remove enemy buffs, similar to the Claws’ Rake ‘n’ Break, so you have that option if you decide to ignore Claws. Infinite Wisdom is pretty much like Oomphle, but for magic, although it’s still only usable on Rab himself and not anyone else.

Name SP Notes
Benediction 4 -
Max MP +10 6 -
M-Pathy 6 -
Magical Mending +5 10 -
Strength +5 10 -
Magical Might +5 10 -
Right as Rain 6 -
Caster Sugar 12 Secret Panel [?]
Magical Might +10 13 -
Max MP +30 16 -
Magical Mending +10 13 -
Agility +20 16 -
Max MP +30 16 -
Max MP +30 20 -
Pep-Up Power-Up 16 Secret Panel [?]
Clear Your Mind 25 Secret Panel [?]
Kacrackle 36 Secret Panel [?]
Agility +20 16 -
Agility +20 20 -
Pep Chance +5% 16 Secret Panel [?]
Infinite Wisdom 25 Secret Panel [?]
Kazammle 36 Secret Panel [?]

Character Build

As mentioned a few times, Rab is kind of like a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, since he doesn’t really excel at any one thing, unlike the other characters in the game. When you first get him, it’s best to ignore both Enlightenment and Claws, since you aren’t going to get much of anything from them, other than Benediction. That means the focus should be on Heavy Wands at first, until you progress enough in the main story to fully unlock the rest of his skill trees. Once you do, then you have a choice to make, as you can either go with Claws or go with Enlightenment. The latter will take a lot of skill points to fully develop, especially to the point you can grab both Kacrackle and Kazammle.

With Claws, while you may think you are going for a more physical build for Rab, you will probably want to focus more on critical hit chance. The three skills you want with Claws are Rake ‘n’ Break, Hardclaw, and Wild Animaul, plus you will also want the passives from this skill tree. The first skill allows you to remove buffs from enemies, which is always a plus in some of the harder battles, especially if you’re using Draconian settings. The other two abilities both hit multiple times, allowing for more chances to critically hit, although Wild Animaul has a lesser chance on hits past the first. When you level up high enough, you either have a choice between staying on Claws, or going back to Heavy Wands and focusing on Enlightenment.

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

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