Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is huge. This is a massive game. It could easily take you a month to complete, maybe even longer if you’re going to complete absolutely everything and master every job class. This makes for a great core experience, but might leave you wondering how such a title can top itself in the end game. Well, it does so by giving you more to do with all of those mastered classes and buff characters. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past brings out the post-game dungeons.
Note: There are some spoilers about post-game dungeon boss identities in this synopsis.
First, there are always the Traveler’s Tablets. People will continue creating their own and sharing them online and over StreetPass. (Especially since there is a National StreetPass Weekend being held September 30-October 2, 2016.) These supplemental dungeons will give you opportunities to harvest hearts from monsters for the monster classes. And, of course you’ll want to find at least one with Metal Slimes, so you can reap the sweet sweet rewards from battling them. You’ll also need to download the Memories of an Old Friend Traveler’s Tablet. This is an official distribution that doesn’t expire, unlike the other Square Enix tablets, and focuses on a special party member.
The other post-game dungeons will be familiar to people who played Dragon Quest VII back when it was released on the PlayStation. Both of the console version’s bonus dungeons return for the Nintendo 3DS remake. This means you will occasionally stumble across additional fragments during the course of the main game as you play, all of which never seeming to have a purpose. After completing the game once, you can resume the game and find yourself in Estard. In terms of the timeline, the game will be picking up before the final boss, but you will be able to head to the chest on the cliff to acquire a final mystery shard. Once you collect that shard, head to the Shrine of Mysteries.
The first dungeon is going to send you against not only some of the Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past’s strongest enemies, but also one of the biggest bosses. You’re going to fight the Almighty. Not because he’s secretly evil. More that he offers to see if you’re up to the challenge. This battle offers a bit of insight into what happened years before, but is mainly about fighting god for major rewards.
The fight against the Almighty is one of the strongest in the game, and one I haven’t honestly defeated in the Nintendo 3DS version. The Almighty has multiple elemental spells and can put people to sleep. Probably the best course of action is to have at least one character master the Gem Slime monster class, for its incredible defenses and resistances, so you can stand tall against those spells. This is because you need to beat the Almighty in 20 turns not once, not twice, but three times. Not in a row, thankfully. But to unlock the second post-game dungeon, you need the three shards he will offer as rewards for taking him down in under 20 turns. On the plus side, he’ll absolutely be easier to beat the second and third times!
The final Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past dungeon is practically a cakewalk after going after the Almighty three times. Again, you’re facing some of the most challenging traps and monsters in the game as you work your way toward a boss fight against the four spirits. Like the Almighty, each one has spells related to its element in its repertoire. Unlike the Almighty, you can go ahead and exploit their elemental weaknesses to win. You also only have to beat this group once to get a final reward for The Haven, which is a bit of a relief.
Once you reach a certain point in Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, it becomes all about cleaning house. It’s time to grind characters to unlock the best classes, collect monster hearts, clear Traveler’s Tablet dungeons, and conquer the two post-game dungeons. This will take a lot of time, especially since one of the bosses is the Almighty himself. This is a game where people who reach the 100% point are true masters, and it will absolutely take over 100 hours to accomplish that goal.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is now available for the Nintendo 3DS.