Dragon Quest XI details battle types, encounters, spells and abilities, more - Gematsu
Dragon Quest XI details battle types, encounters, spells and abilities, more
posted on 03.26.17 at 11:55 PM EDT by (@salromano)
An introduction to battles in the upcoming RPG.

Square Enix has updated the Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time official website with new information and screenshots introducing the game’s battle system, as well as official artwork of new characters Martina and Row.

Get the details below.

■ Two Ways to Battle

PlayStation 4 Version

In the PlayStation 4 version of Dragon Quest XI, you can enjoy two battle types: “Free Movement Battle,” where you can freely move the character and viewpoint, and “Auto Camera Battle,” for battles full of presence.

—Free Movement Battles

Freely move your character.

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Sneak up behind enemies.

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—Auto Camera Battles

Scenes full of presence.

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Offense and defense are also of major importance.

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3DS Version

In the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI, you can enjoy two battle types: “3D Mode,” where you can enjoy battles with lively moving monsters on the field, and “2D Mode,” where you can battle in classic pixel graphics.

—-3D Mode

Battle with lively moving monsters on the field.

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—2D Mode

Battle with classic pixel graphics.

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■ New Monsters

Mandra

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A monster that looks like a plant growing from the ground that one day appeared. It is said that those who hear its war cry stop moving.

Ocobolt

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A monster that looks like a small ogre. It is always surging with anger and quarrelsome.

■ Battles with Monsters

PlayStation 4 Version

Battles begin when you come into contact with a monster roaming on the field or in a dungeon. Use commands such as “Attack” and “Spell” to defeat them. When you defeat monsters, you will level up and your party will become stronger.

—Use commands like “Attack” and “Spell” in battle.

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—Go into battle with an advantage by landing a preemptive strike.

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—At night time, monsters may even be sleeping in the field.

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3DS Version

You’ll encounter monsters as you roam around the field. Use commands such as “Attack” and “Spell” to defeat them. When you defeat monsters, you will level up and your party will become stronger.

—3D Mode: A monster will attack when it notices the protagonist.

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—3D Mode: Come across monsters disguised as mushrooms. Try to land a preemptive strike.

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—2D Mode: Battles will suddenly begin as you walk.

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■ Spells and Abilities

Not only can you use direct attacks with weapons like swords, you can also use familiar spells and abilities in battle. Fight making the best of each character’s individuality.

PlayStation 4 Version

—“Sizzle”

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—“Falcon Slash”

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3DS Version

—“Thwack”

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—“Tiger Claw”

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■ More Battle Elements to Come

There are even more surprising new elements to battles to come. Stay tuned for more information in the future.

■ New Characters

Martina

“With you, I’ll protect everyone… That is my fight!”

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Row

“I’ve been waiting for you all to arrive.”

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Dragon Quest XI is due out for PlayStation 4 and 3DS in Japan in 2017. A Switch version is also planned.

View the new screenshots at the gallery.

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