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Dragon Warrior III
Dragon Warrior III.jpg
Box art of the original North American release, Dragon Warrior III, for the NES.
Developer(s) Chunsoft
Heartbeat (SFC)
Publisher(s) Enix
Designer(s) Yūji Horii
Artist(s) Akira Toriyama
Composer(s) Kōichi Sugiyama
Series Dragon Quest
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Famicom, Game Boy Color
Release date(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
JP February 10, 1988
NA June 12, 1991
Super Famicom
JP December 6, 1996
Game Boy Color
JP December 8, 2000
NA July 7, 2001
Mobile phones
Genre(s) Console role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) Game Boy Color
Media 2-megabit FC cartridge
4-megabit NES cartridge
32-megabit SFC cartridge
32-megabit GBC cartridge

Dragon Warrior III, known in Japan as Dragon Quest III Soshite Densetsu e… (ドラゴンクエストIII そして伝説へ… Doragon Kuesuto Surī - Soshite Densetsu e… ?, Dragon Quest III: And Thus Into Legend...), is a console role-playing game developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix (now Square Enix). It is the third installment in the Dragon Quest series (known as Dragon Warrior in North America at the time of its original release), first released for the Famicom in Japan, and then the NES in North America. The game later was ported as an enhanced remake on the Super Famicom in late 1996 and then on the Game Boy Color.[2] This game was never released in Europe.

Dragon Warrior III introduces a Class system, which is later seen in Dragon Quest VI and Dragon Warrior VII, that allows the player to customize his or her party. This game remains close to the previous Dragon Quest games, keeping battles turn-based and in first-person.

This is the final game in the Loto trilogy and is the first chronologically.[3] The story follows the traditional Dragon Quest Hero, who is on an adventure to save the world from evil. Putting together a party of assorted classes, the Hero must travel the world, stopping at various towns and other locations, eventually making his or her way to the Demon Lord Baramos' lair.



Dragon Warrior III is noted for greatly expanding upon the original Dragon Warrior and Dragon Warrior II. The game uses basic console role-playing game conventions, such as leveling up by gaining experience points and equipping items.[4][5] Battle is turn-based and in first-person, like the other games in the series.

Dragon Warrior III features a class system, in which each character has a certain class. While the Hero always keeps the Hero class, the other characters can choose among the following: Soldier (Warrior in the GBC version), Fighter, Pilgrim (Cleric), Wizard (Mage), Merchant (Dealer), Goof-Off (Jester), and Sage, which was available only in the later versions. The choice of class greatly affects the character's stats and spells he or she can learn.[4][5][6] Furthermore, upon reaching experience Level 20, a character has the option of changing classes at the temple of Dhama, found halfway through the game.[7] The game starts with just the Hero in the party, who then is able to recruit a party of three at the local tavern. Unlike most Dragon Quest parties, aside from the Hero, the party is not made up of characters involved in the story. Although only four characters can be in the party at a time, extra members of the party can be kept at the tavern, allowing room for new recruits.[8] Another innovation is an arena where the player can place bets on the outcome of monster battles.[9]

The remakes incorporated some interface changes from later games in the series, such as simplified door opening; the bag, which replaced bank item storage; the item sorting "Tidy Item" and "Tidy Bag" commands; and the "Full HP" command, which can be used outside of combat to automate the process of casting healing and status restoring spells.


At the start off the game, the player starts out as a single hero, male or female.[3] After the quest begins, the player can eventually build up a team of diversified party members through the local tavern in Aliahan. This team can be made up of Wizards, Pilgrims, Goof-offs, Fighters, Soldiers, Merchants, and Thieves (only in the remakes) in either male or female form.[3] The Hero cannot change classes, but all other characters can change classes at Dharma once they have reached experience Level 20, and can change classes any number of times. A character who changes classes has their stats halved and restarts at experience Level 1, retaining their spells and, in the remakes, their personality. This allows a player to create a character that knows Wizard spells, but has the defense of a Soldier.[3]

In the remakes, after selecting a character, the player can change the person's starting abilities with five magical seeds, given by the tavern listrar of heroes.[10] Also new in the remakes, each character has a personality trait, which affects the rate of stat growth. The Hero's personality is determined by the player's choices and actions during a dream sequence at the start of the game, while other characters' personalities are determined by their stats at the end of the character generation process, most personalites are available to both male and female characters, while a few are exclusive to male or female characters. A character's personality can be temporarily changed by equipping certain accessories or permanently changed by using certain consumable books.



Dragon Warrior III is set many years before the original Dragon Warrior in a world separate from the first two games.[11] A wicked fiend, Baramos, threatens to destroy the world.[12] The story revolves around the Hero,[4] son or daughter (the player can choose to be either male or female; the only gameplay effects of gender on a character is that a few items, like the feathered cap, can only be used by female characters and some dialogue changes with the gender) of the legendary and recently deceased Ortega.[13] On his or her sixteenth birthday, the Hero is summoned to the castle and is given by the King of Aliahan the challenge to follow in his or her father's footsteps to try and rid the world of the evil archfiend Baramos.[14] The Hero then is able to recruit up to three traveling companions to fight Baramos with.

The Hero leaves his or her home country of Aliahan to travel the world and complete his or her father's quest to defeat Baramos. A major portion of the adventure is the quest to acquires the last two of the three keys needed to open doors throughout the game. After saving two people of the town of Baharata from the rogue Kandar and stealing back the King of Romanly's crown, the Hero receives Black Pepper, which he/she then trades for a sailing ship at Portoga.[15][16] Kandar later appears in the Dark World, in Tantegal's prison, telling the Hero where to find the Sunstones.[17] With the ship, the Hero acquires the Final Key and the six mystical orbs which are used to revive the legendary bird Ramia (in later versions, Lamia).[18] Ramia allows the Hero and his party to travel to Baramos's castle, which is surrounded by mountains.[19]

After defeating Baramos in a ferocious battle and returning to Aliahan, the Hero's celebration is cut off as Zoma, Baramos's master, the true villain, reveals his existence, attacks and opens a pit to the Dark World.[20] The Dark World is in fact Alefgard (of the previous installments of the series), where the Hero must acquire several of the artifacts that were collected in the original Dragon Warrior, including the Sun Stone and the Rain Staff.[16] Rubiss, a legendary sage has been turned to stone and is rescued by the Hero. In return, the Hero receives the Sacred Amulet.[21] These items, as in the original game, create the Rainbow Bridge, which leads the Hero to Zoma's castle for the final confrontation. Along the way, the party must defeat the revived Baramos, turned into Baramos Bomus and Baramos Gonus. With the Ball of Light, given by the Dragon Queen, the Hero defeats Zoma.[22] For his or her bravery, the Hero receives the title of Erdrick (or in later versions, Loto).


The game starts in the castle town of Aliahan. Like the rest of the Dragon Quest worlds, this castle is set in a medieval time period, complete with knights and magicians. The party explores several caves, ruins, and castles during the adventure. The geography of Dragon Warrior III largely corresponds to the actual geography of the world,[3] with the beginning setting of Aliahan roughly corresponding to Australia. In addition, many towns correspond to their real-world cultures, including "Romaly" for Rome, "Portoga" for Portugal, "Assaram" near present-day Iraq (perhaps derived from "Assyria"), "Jipang" for Japan and even a "New Town" in eastern North America that experiences a revolution against an overbearing ruler.


As with the other main games in the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Warrior III's scenario was designed by Yuuji Horii,[23] whereas the artwork was done by Akira Toriyama, of Dragon Ball fame.[24] Kōichi Sugiyama composed all the music for Dragon Warrior III.[25]


Comparison of graphics from original, Super Famicom, and Game Boy Color Version. Hero outside of Aliahan

The Super Famicom version, released in late 1996, during the last days of the SNES in North America, was never brought to North America, due to Enix America Corporation's closure in 1993. By the time Enix of America returned, the SNES had left the North American market. In 2009, it was unofficially translated into English.[26] However, the next remake, for the Game Boy Color, was released in both Japan and the US.[2] The Game Boy Color version is based on the Super Famicom version. For the North American release of the Dragon Warrior III Game Boy Color remake, Enix decided to give the packaging an anime feel, due to fan demand on Enix's message boards.[27] Both remake versions of Dragon Quest III offer many new features and changes. No version of Dragon Quest III was released in Europe and Square-Enix has not yet made any announcement for future planned releases of any version of this game.

Battle from the enhanced Super Famicom version.

Many of the names of the classes were changed in the English localization of the Game Boy Color version, such as Soldier to Warrior, and a new class, the Thief, was added to the roster. Also, in the new versions was the ability to change into the Jester class at Dhama, which was not allowed in the original.[4][5][6]

New mini-games were added to the remakes, including Pachisi (called Suguroku in Japan), which is a giant board game style adventure from which the player can win items.[9] This game is based on Horii's series Itadaki Street.[28] The Tiny Medal system, which lets players collect hidden medals to gain new items, seen in later Dragon Quest games (it originated in Dragon Quest IV), was added.[9] Another medal system, Monster Medals, lets players collect medals from fallen enemies, was also added. In the Game Boy Color version, two players could trade Monster Medals via a Game Link Cable.[29] Two bonus dungeons become available after the main quest is over.

The remakes feature updated graphics.[28] An overhauled introduction for the game was made, similar to the one in the original Dragon Warrior III, which included Ortega's battle with a dragon. Monster and attack animation in battles were added,[11] a feature first introduced in Dragon Quest VI.[30]

A personality system was added to the remakes of Dragon Quest III. A pre-game sequence in which the player answers moral dilemmas similar to that in Ultima IV determines the Hero's personality. The personality of the other members of the party is determined by the seeds that the player gives them upon creation. Personalities determine which stats increase when a character levels up.[31] The personalities may be changed by use of special items and books.

Related Media

Dragon Warrior has spawned some related media, notably a manga series and video game soundtracks.


The manga series, Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō (ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章 ?, Dragon Quest Saga: Roto's Emblem), was written by Chiaki Kawamata and Junji Koyanagi with artwork by Kamui Fujiwara and was published in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from 1991 through 1997.[32] The series was later compiled into for 21 volumes published by Enix;[33] in 1994 it was released on CD and will be released on December 11, 2009 on the Playstation Portable as part of manga distribution library.[34] In 1996 an anime movie based on the manga was released on video cassette.[35] A sequal series, Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō ~Monshō o Tsugumono-tachi e~ (ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章 ~紋章を継ぐ者達へ~ ?, Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō - To the Children Who Inherit the Emblem), published by Square-Enix started in 2005 and is still ongoing; nine volumes have been released.[36] The first four volumes were written by Jun Eishima and the last five volumes written by Takashi Umemura. All of them have been supervised by Yuji Horii with artwork done by Kamui Fujiwara.[37]

Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō is meant to take place between Dragon Warrior III and Dragon Warrior. After monsters possessed the Carmen's king for seven years, the kingdom fell to the hordes of evil. The only survivors were Prince Arus and an army General's daughter, Lunafrea. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Loran, a child by the name of is born with the name Jagan per the orders of Demon Lord Imagine. As Loto's descendant, Arus, along with Lunafrea, set out to defeat the monsters and restore peace to the world.

Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō ~Monshō o Tsugumono-tachi e~ takes place 25 years after the events in Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō. The world is once again in chaos and a young boy, Arosu (アロス ?), sets out gathering companions to once again save the world from evil.


Kōichi Sugiyama composed and the music for the game. Dragon Warrior III's music is featured on Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 1, Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 2, and Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 3, each album a compilation of music from the first six Dragon Quest games.[38][39][40] This game's music has also been featured on other Dragon Quest compilation albums, such as Dragon Quest on Piano Vol. II, which was released in 1990,[41] and Dragon Quest Best Songs Selection ~Loula~, released in 1993.[42]

A compilation of Dragon Warrior III's music was put on Dragon Quest III ~And Into the Legend…~ Remix Symphonic Suite which charted 16 times on Oricon's list topping at number 2.[43] The album was published by Sony Records in 1996.[44]

All songs written and composed by Kōichi Sugiyama. 

Reception and sales

 Reviews (Game Boy Color)
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87%[45]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7 of 10 [46]
GamePro 4 of 5
GameSpot 7.6 of 10[11]
IGN 10 of 10[47]
Nintendo Power 4 of 5[46]

Dragon Quest III sold over 3.8 million copies in Japan.[48] It is often mistakenly known as being the game that in 1988 caused the Japanese government to outlaw further releases of Dragon Quest games on school days. In truth, Enix themselves decided to hold off the release of future Dragon Quest games until weekends.[49] A survey conducted by the magazine Famitsu in early 2006 among its readers placed Dragon Quest III as the third best game of all time, being preceded by only Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII,[50] and the best game on Famicom.[51] In Japan, the Super Famicom remake sold 1.4 million units, with nearly 720,000 units sold in 1996 alone.[52][53] The Game Boy Color version sold a lower 604,000 copies in Japan by the end of 2001.[54] However, together, with the sales of the remakes, Dragon Quest III is the most successful title in the series and one of the best selling role-playing games in Japan.[55]

The North American release of Dragon Warrior III did not meet as much success. Considered an improvement over the first two games, Dragon Warrior III "kept the same ugly graphical style and clumsy interface", explained Kurt Kalata of Gamasutra.[3] North American's poor sales are also partly due to the fact that the game was released after the release of 16-bit gaming systems, making it seem even more archaic to gamers.[3] Critics found the new day/night system and the addition of an in-game bank praiseworthy.[3]

As is the case with other early North American releases of the series, Dragon Warrior III did not come close to meeting the success of its Japanese counterpart, although the Game Boy Color remake received very good reviews from critics. GameSpot gave the Game Boy Color version a "good" 7.6/10, saying that "DWIII is a worthy port of its old NES ancestor, but its firm grounding in the RPG old-school means that only the hard-core need apply."[11] Nintendo Power gave the remake a respectable 4/5, while IGN gave the game a perfect 10/10.[47] Dragon Warrior III was 176 on Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list.[56]

Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō - To the Children Who Inherit the Emblem has sold well in Japan. For the week of August 26 through September 1, 2008, volume 7 was ranked 9th in Japan having sold 59,540 copies.[57] For the week of February 24 through March 2, 2009, volume 8 was ranked 19th in Japan having sold 76,801 copies.[58] For the week of October 26 through November 1, 2009, volume 9 was ranked 16th in Japan having sold 40,492 copies for a total of 60,467.[36]



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Dragon Warrior III
Box artwork for Dragon Warrior III.
Developer(s) Enix
Japanese title ドラゴンクエスト (Dragon Quest)
Release date(s)
Game Boy Color
Genre(s) RPG
System(s) NES, SNES, Game Boy Color
Players 1
ESRB: Teen (GBC)
Preceded by Dragon Warrior II
Followed by Dragon Warrior IV
Series Dragon Quest

Dragon Warrior III (known as Dragon Quest III: And into the Legend… in Japan) is the conclusion of the trilogy of the first three games in the. It greatly expands upon the gameplay of the first two by giving you a choice of eight different classes for your four controllable characters, new enemies, new spells, and a massive world larger than the first two combined.

Dragon Warrior III was originally released on the but was later ported to the, which included several new areas, subplots, and a new character class.


Dragon Warrior III follows the adventures of the son (or daughter) of Ortega, a valiant warrior who fell trying to defeat the Archfiend, Baramos. On the hero's sixteenth birthday, the King of Aliahan sends you out on a journey to finish what your father started. The hero and his three companions will travel across, over, and under the entire world, save two lands from evil, and become legends.

Table of Contents

  • Aliahan
  • Romaly
  • The Pyramid
  • The Ship
  • Dhama
  • The Final Key
  • The Sword of Gaia
  • The Six Orbs
  • Castle Baramos
  • The Hero's Armor
  • The Rainbow Drop
  • Zoma's Castle


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Dragon Quest III

Developer(s) Chunsoft
Super Famicom
Game Boy Color
Publisher(s) Enix
Designer(s) Yūji Horii
Release date Famicom:
February 10, 1988 (JP)
March 1992 (NA)
Super Famicom:
December 6, 1996 (JP) (JP)
Game Boy Color:
December 8, 2000 (JP)
July 16, 2001 (NA)
Genre Console role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) N/A
Platform(s) Famicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Famicom
Game Boy Color
Media 2 Megabit Cartridge
4 Megabit Cartridge
32 Megabit Cartridge
Super Famicom
Game Boy Color
Input NES Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Dragon Quest III (Dragon Warrior III in North America) is a game released the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was later remade on the Super Famicom and Game Boy Color.

The game is the sequel to Dragon Quest II and is the third game in the Dragon Quest series and the last game in the Erdrick/Loto trilogy.


The game is the first game in the series with a class-change system and the ability to choose the main character's gender.

The Game Boy Color remake added a personality system that affects the stat gains by characters upon leveling up, and some dialogue was made dependent on the main character's gender.


Dragon Quest series
Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior | Dragon Quest II/Dragon Warrior II | Dragon Quest III/Dragon Warrior III
Dragon Quest IV/Dragon Warrior IV | Dragon Quest V | Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII/Dragon Warrior VII | Dragon Quest VIII | Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest Monsters series
DQM/DWM | DQM II/DWM II: Cobi's Adventure & Tara's Journey | DQM III: Caravan Heart
DQM: Joker
Slime Morimori series
Slime Morimori | Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
Other games
Dragon Quest: Shounen Yangus no Fushigi na Daibouken | Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors | Dragon Quest Wars
Animation and Comics
Dragon Quest: Abel Yuusha | Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken | Dragon Quest: Emblem of Loto
Dragon Quest: Maboroshi no Daichi | Dragon Quest: Warriors of Eden
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