Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen


Nathan Garvin

You live the quiet life in Cassardis. Sure, fishing for a living isn’t easy, it won’t make you rich, and the duchy is ruiled by a negligent dragonslayer who is past his prime… but friends and family are close and it’s a living. Until the Dragon - long since thought vanquished - returns to Gransys and starts eating your vital organs. After the winged agent of fiery destruction leaves, you find yourself miraculously alive, and inexorably drawn to the Dragon, which now threatens the land.

You are the Arisen, chosen by the Dragon to test your mettle in a fatal struggle against the beast, should you prove yourself worthy of such an encounter. To aid you in your trials you have at your command the Pawn Legion; a host of not-quite-human companions who will provide whatever you, yourself, may be lacking. Along the way you’ll have to prove your skill and bravery to the Duke and his retainers, deal with political intrigue, scandalous love affairs, greedy merchants and a doomsday cult, all while trying to find clues that lead you closer to your ultimate showdown with the Dragon. Your heart, the duchy… perhaps even the fate of the entire world and generations not yet born could be at stake.

This guide will take you through the game in ideal chronological order, step-by-step, completeing every main quest, side quest, and important notice board quests along the way in one unified narrative. Along the way, monsters will be discussed when appropriate, and chests (and their often random treasures) will be detailed. Before any of this, however, you’ll be presented with a run-down of character creation, including the attributes, vocations, and suggested builds that will help you create an Arisen capable of weathering the challenges ahead.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    18 January 2016
  • Last Updated
    12 March 2021
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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You live the tranquil life of a fisherman in the small, quiet village of Cassardis, at the edge of the sleepy duchy of Gran Soren. This peaceful life of mundane obscurity is shattered one morning with the Dragon, Grigori, a beast of legend, attacks your town and you fall in its defense. Now reborn as an Arisen, you must lead the Pawn Legion into battle as you deal with court politics, combat apocalyptic cultists, and chase down the enigmatic Dragon. But beware, there could be more to the Dragon's challenge than it originally seems...

  • Full sequential walkthrough of all main quests, side quests and notice board quests.
  • Each area painstakingly described, including enemy encounters and notable loot drops.
  • How to get the best gear out of the Everfall and Bitterblack Isle.
  • Descriptions and tactics of every beast, large and small, that you'll face in the game.
  • Character creation information, so you can build the mightiest Arisen and Pawn possible.
  • New Game +, Hard Mode and Speed Run Mode fully explained.
  • Portcrystal and fast-travel system fully explained.
  • Romance information and affection-boosting guide: never accidentally romance the wrong NPC again!

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