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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Also known as: Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King (EU)
Also known as: Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi
Alt. name(s): Dragon Quest 8 JOTCK

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How to get easy gold: Use the following trick to get easy gold on the Island Of The Temple Of Neos. Just southeast of Simpleton are Gold Brick monsters. They are best found on the southern half of the island, around the temple entrance. They are fairly common. They have about 100 HP and the drop about 726 in gold. Sometimes you can find multiple ones.
How to get easy gold (2): When you are trying to make money to buy items at the bazaar, go to the Isle of Neos. The enemies there are not too strong compared to you, and the battles should be easy. You will often encounter Gold Golems, which drop just over 700 gold each.
How to get easy gold (3): Use the following trick to earn more gold from Gold Golems. Gold Golems are found in the desert island of Neos, in the central ocean. They appear as single enemies or in groups of two, three and four. They are also mixed in groups with other monsters. You will earn 54 experience points and 726 gold by defeating just one Gold Golem. They sometimes drop, or you can steal from them, Gold Bracers and Gold Rings. This trick only works if there is a combo of one or two Gold Golems and one to three Tap Devils together. This is also a risky tactic. Tap Devils have the ability to confuse members with their Fuddle Dance and kill team members with their Death Dance. Start by killing any Gold Golems first. Allow the Tap Devils to cast the spell Kerplunk. If this is successful, they will revive the fallen Gold Golems, and the Tap Devil that cast it dies. Then. kill the Gold Golems again. You will earn double the experience and gold, as if there were two to four Gold Golems, instead of one or two.
How to get easy experience: To gain about 1,000 to 2,000 experience points early in the game, once Angelo asks you to check on the Abbot, go to the Ruined Abbey slightly north of there. Instead of flying through the dungeon, walk around until you encounter a Metal Slime. Metal Slimes will run usually on the first turn, but if not, try hitting it. Metal Slimes have low amount of HP and sometime appear in groups of two. Make sure your main character is equipped with a Boomerang -- if you fight two you can hit both of them. Have Yangus attack normally, and do the same with Jessica. Do not use spells, as they have no effect. If you manage to kill the Metal Slime(s), you will be rewarded with about 1,000 to 2,000 experience points, and about 299 to 499 gold. Repeat this as much as desired.
How to get easy experience (2): Metal Slimes in the Ruined Abbey (after you acquire Angelo's Templar ring) are worth about 1,300 experience points per kill; They also work rather well later in the game, but only until about level 22 to 25. Also, do not always wait until your characters are at a few HP/MP unless they have the Evac and Zoom spells. Fight the Dingaling squads who summon Jargons, and only kill the Jargons with Yangus and the Hero from psyching. This will give you some earlier experience than Metal Slimes, and the experience gained is more stable than trying to kill Metal Slimes.
How to get easy experience (3): In the room with the two treasure chests (one of which contains the magical key) in Trodain Castle, there is a creature called Liquid Metal Slime. Use Yangus' Whistle technique to try to encounter this enemy. It may take a while for you to encounter this creature. Once encountered, use Metal Slash for both Angelo and Hero and use Twin Dragon Whip Slash for Jessica to defeat it before it runs away. It is the same as the Metal Slime in the ruined Abbey, but it has about 10 HP and high vitality. If you managed to defeat it, you will gain 10,050 experience points.
How to get easy experience (4): This trick requires the Godbird acquired later in the game. East of Orkutsk and north of the tall tower is an elevated forest (non-snowy area). Every type of Metal Slime can be encountered here, including King Metal Slime. Metal Slimes appear very frequently. It can take awhile to encounter Liquid Metal Slimes and King Metal Slimes, but it is possible to get into a battle with one King Metal Slime surrounded by six Liquid Metal Slimes.
How to get easy experience (5): At Dark Ruins near to where you face Dhoulmagus, there is a break in the wall where water comes out and forms a pool. This pool completely restores HP and MP. Either run around outside the break (no monsters go in that room) or use Yangus' skill Whistle. The battles range from 210 experience points (a lone troll) to over 1,000 experience points (depending on how many enemies you face and whether they are "kazing" their fallen comrades back to life). Whenever you run low on HP/MP, return to the pool of water to get fully restored.
Game completion bonus: Successfully complete the game and continue from your cleared saved game file to play the Dragonvian Trials bonus dungeon. Successfully complete that dungeon and defeat the final Boss of the game again to unlock an alternate ending sequence.
How to get the Gospel Ring: Fight all 295 different types of monsters. The Gospel Ring will be available when you view the enemies defeated section of the battle records menu. This item will prevent random battles.
How to get the Thief's Key: In Farebury, go on top of the church (where the bell is located) and get the Thief's Key recipe. On the ship (just after you defeated the sea monster), search around to find the Bronze Knife. Talk to Trode to get the Alchemy Pot. Once you get to Peregrin Quay, go to the Inn and talk to the man with the black hood. He will talk to you about his days as a thief, then give an Iron Nail. Once you have acquired all the items, put those two items (Bronze Knife and Iron Nail) into the Alchemy Pot. Wait a while until it makes the Thief's Key.
How to get a faster alchemy cook time: Alchemy cook time seems to be based on the number of steps taken. To speed up the process, begin a recipe in a town and run in place against a building or object. Corners seem to work best. Your recipe should be ready in a little less than two minutes.
How to beat Metal Slimes: In the medical shop, buy the Holy Water. Go to battle with Metal Slime. Choose command item and use it on the Metal Slime. It will always do 1 damage. Do this four times for Metal Slimes when you are at levels 20 to 25.
How to get Monster Arena awards: Get the indicated rank at the Monster Arena to receive the corresponding award: Bardiche of Binding: Rank B. Bunny Suit: Rank F. Dragon Robe: Rank S. Hero Spear: Rank A. Mighty Armlet: Rank D. Ring of Clarity: Rank E. Saint's Ashes: Rank C. Strength Ring: Rank G. Call team ability for hero: Rank E. Hero Statue: Rank S. No entry fees: Rank S. Fight against your team option: Rank F. Second monster team: Rank B. Three more reserve monster slots: Rank D. Three more reserve monster slots: Rank G.
Items at the casino: Spend the indicated number of tokens at that Casino game to obtain the corresponding item: Agility Ring: 1,000 Tokens at Pickham. Falcon Blade: 1,0000 Tokens at Baccarat. Gringham Whip: 2,00000 Tokens at Baccarat. Liquid Metal Armor: 5,0000 Tokens at Baccarat. Magic Water: 100 Tokens at Pickham. Platinum Headgear: 5,000 Tokens at Pickham. Prayer Ring: 1,000 Tokens at Baccarat. Rune Staff: 3,000 Tokens at Pickham. Saint's Ashes: 5,000 Tokens at Baccarat. Silver Platter: 500 Tokens at Pickham. Spangled Dress: 3,000 Tokens at Baccarat. Titan Belt: 1500 Tokens at Pickham. 
Buying Mini Medals: Give the indicated number of Mini Medals to to Princess Minnie to receive the corresponding item: 28 Mini Medals: Fishnet Stockings. 36 Mini Medals: Posh Waistcoat. 45 Mini Medals: Staff of Divine Wrath. 52 Mini Medals: Gold Nugget. 60 Mini Medals: Meteroite Bracer. 68 Mini Medals: Miracle Sword. 75 Mini Medals: Sacred Armour. 83 Mini Medals: Orichalcum. 90 Mini Medals: Metal King Helmet. 99 Mini Medals: Dangerous Bustier. 110 Mini Medals: Flail of Destruction.
Trading with Dodgy Dave: Trade the indicated item after Dodgy Dave opens his special shop to get the indicated item: 1,200 gold: Trade a Reinforced Boomerang. 500 gold: Trade a Special Medicine. 6,000 gold: Trade Robe of Serenity. Bandit Axe: Trade Ring of Immunity. Big Boss Shield: Trade Crimson Robe. Happy Hat: Trade Sandstorm Spear.

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