A First Look At Drakengard 3’s Aerial Battles On Dragonback

By Sato . October 22, 2013 . 3:58pm

In Drakengard 3, you’ll be playing as the deadly Utautai Zero, who can hold her own on land, but when it comes to aerial combat, she’ll be needing the help of her partner dragon Mikhail. Square Enix showed off some of the game’s aerial combat during a NicoNico Live Drakengard 3 event.



The video starts out with a look at what it’s like to ride on Mikhail while blasting away foes with her powerful fire breath attacks on land. After flying up in the air, she is shown shooting her attacks towards enemies with anti-air weapons.


During the flight, there’s a brief exchange between Dito and Mikhail, where the apostle is heard bad-mouthing Zero for her lack of appreciable qualities. When Mikhail claims that this isn’t true, he asks her to name some of her good qualities, which she fails to do. The exchange is interrupted when Zero tells Dito that she’ll take care of him later.


At 1:20, we get a look at some of Mikhail’s physical attacks, as she is seen tackling some enemies, followed by what appears to be a stomp. According to producer Takamasa Shiba, aerial combat will be like a shooter, but with controls similar to the action on land, and most of the commands can be done with a straight-forward input.


In our earlier report, we got a brief look at the aerial combat, which will involve plenty of dodging when enemies shoot projectiles. At 2:15 we get a look at some of Mikhail’s land-based strafing actions, that may come in handy when enemies attempt to shoot her down… although most of the time spent on Mikhail will involve burning down helpless enemies.


Once the enemies bring out their cannon around the 2:52 mark, we get a look at some of the barrel roll dodging we’ll have to do in order to avoid taking heavy damage.


For the most part, you’ll almost feel invincible taking on smaller foes while riding Mikhail; however, you’ll need to be more careful when larger enemies and other anti-air enemies appear. When things get rough, you can always charge up your gauge and activate the deadly “Utautai Mode” even while riding Mikhail, as seen at 4:00. Doing so will increase all of her parameters, making her even more powerful.


Drakengard 3 will be released on December 19 for PlayStation 3 in Japan.

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  • Tales_of_Master

    “For the most part, you’ll almost feel invincible taking on smaller foes
    while riding Mikhail; however, you’ll need to be more careful when
    larger enemies and other anti-air enemies appear”

    *Flashback to the archers in the first Drakengard*…….*shudder*

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      you mean the anti-magic armor enemy… the one that can counter dragonfire with poison gas

  • Solomon_Kano



    Going from surface to air was my favorite part of the original, and it’s looking like I won’t be disappointed here. Can’t wait.

  • Bur

    Mikhail’s voice is so damn cute.

  • Jordan Coleman

    Looks like they took some ques from Lair. Probably not, but it did remind me of that game. Still, the Dragon gameplay looks a lot better than previous games.

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      Lair actually has many interesting ability for dragon combat (biting people, one-one dragon duel, etc), it’s just that the control, the camera, and slow gameplay are horrible.

      Glad that ex-cavia people take some notes after their spam-fire gameplay in DOD1&2

  • baha

    “I will burn you alive, uguu~”

    • Ferrick

      “moe moe BURN!”

      • baha

        “I-it’s not l-like I w-want to s-see your r-roasted corpse or anything, baka!”

  • AnimusVox

    Oh Mikhail is…a girl….

    • Teh Blasterz

      Honestly, I don’t think anyone knows at this point. Yoko himself said that dragons in the Drakengard universe are genderless, so who knows.

      And before people ask, here’s a source: https://twitter.com/yokotaro/status/377763637056008192

      • AnimusVox

        Yeah, it’s just that the reporters here seems like they suddenly changed from calling Mikhail, he to calling Mikhail, she.

      • Pillbugable .

        this change is kind of odd though. At least, the official Drakengard 3 website calls Mikhail a ‘he’, but then again, Grimoire Weiss was technically genderless as well.

        Meh, curse the English language’s lack of common gender-neutral personal pronouns

    • Jordan Coleman

      That was the Dragon talking………………………oh no.

      Well I’m sure there will be something twisted about it. I can only hope.

      • Mr_SP

        I’m sorry, child-like dragon setting hundreds of humans on fire… isn’t twisted?

        • Jordan Coleman

          Just sounds kind of stupid. I want to know the context and where the game takes it.

          • Mr_SP

            The pre-release advertisements and promotions are not going to tell you the context and direction of the plot point in the game. But the concept in general does imply something kind of disturbing. Think of a child, who sees no major issues with murdering people. Then turn him into a giant lizard. Done well, that can be *very* disturbing.

          • Jordan Coleman

            Well of course they aren’t going to tell me………I didn’t say they would. Hence I said I don’t know the context.

            I have to wait until the actual game to see how I fully feel. Right now it just seems dumb and overly dark. I liked the previous Dragons. Anglus with her aggressively cold personality that warmed as the game went over. Legna with his fatherly attitude and maybe sinister motives.

          • Linq

            Mikhail seem to be a peace-lover (according to the website description). As Nowe, who if you recall right take down thousands of enemy as caim (even worst since “enemy” are no longer mind controlled foes)
            and yet Nowe background (except for his origin) and personnality is awfully normal. But indeed yoko taro was not in charge in Dod2 =)
            My point is ; behaving like a child while burning many a foe do not mean he will be as twisted as the others. at least it’s not 100%

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        the way he’s a “reincarnated” dragon, i can already think there will be something about it.

    • Aoshi00

      Mikhail just sounds so cute when she fights, the commentators were smitten by her too, I think it’s safe to say it’s she from her speech.. almost pains to see her being attacked. I could hear the faint epic music in the background too, can’t wait for the game and soundtrack!

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        Emil sounds like a girl from his JPN voice despite being a guy. It’s not that rare fro male to be voiced by female VA in japanese media (and some characters sounds like real female anyway)

        • Aoshi00

          Yeah but Emil sounded like a boy to me even in the Jpn ver being voiced by a woman, and never did I think he sounded cute.. Here Mikhail just sounds adorable lol. If they say the dragons are genderless, I think most people would think of Mikhail as a baby girl.

    • Ninastars

      Considering the name is “Mikhail” I’d say he’s supposed to sound like a male child.

  • AnimusVox

    If there was one good thing to say about Zero (to me at least) it would be that, physically, she’s gorgeous.

  • neocatzon

    Maul me to death, Mikhail~

  • Both my hype and moe meters just broke lol

  • bloodiOS

    It’s rather disappointing that there is so much screen-tearing and yet they couldn’t keep the frame-rate from dropping…

  • Vash bane

    “Zero tells Dito that she’ll take care of him later”

    am I the only one thinking kinda … wrong about that sentence? lol

    • Prinnydoom

      Well she does have a harem…………..I think. I read somewhere that her disciples are a little more than guys who fight along side her.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    hopefully there won’t be enemy that put Mikhail into this state

  • Prinnydoom

    Giant white dragon. Huge, breathes fire, strikes fear into the hearts of men and has one cute voice. Winning combo right there.

  • H_Floyd

    I hope the English localization will make Mikhail’s voice actor an adult. Story be damned, I’m beginning to lose tolerance for Japan’s obsession with trying to force “cuteness” into narratives that have no business possessing it.

    • Teh Blasterz

      He’s been stated to be a child, so I highly doubt that. He’s been stated to have childish characteristics and optimisms, so I don’t think they can just change his voice willy nilly without having weird effects on the rest of the story. Remember, Drakengard hates children

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      usually child in Drakengard has worst fate compared to adult ones

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