Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Details Online Modes; Battles & QuickFire Contests

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Details Online Modes; Battles & QuickFire Contests

Square Enix has announced new gameplay details for the upcoming Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, revealing the game’s online modes.

Firstly, online battles have returned in this entry, with the selectable modes listed below:

  • Ranked Matches: This mode pits wranglers against other players from around the globe as each competes to take top spot in the rankings. By rising through the ranks, fans can earn rare accessories and other items to strengthen monsters within their party. 
  • Friend Matches: Players will play for fun against other wranglers from within their registered friends in a player’s Nintendo account.
  • Multiplayer Tournaments: Up to eight players will clash in a knockout format against friends and rivals until only one reaches the top.

Another online gameplay mode is Quickfire Contests, which are comprised of competitions using data from 30 players to conduct battles automatically and rapidly. Rewards from these bouts are only granted once per day. Still, they include items that raise monster stats and “identical monsters (B Rank and below only) from any teams defeated throughout the competition.” The details of concluded battles can be viewed afterward for Sparring Matches. These functionalities serve as ways to analyze the weaknesses of one’s party.

Lastly, there is an online shop that updates its stock every day in real life, with story progress also altering the stock. Shop items include monster Talent scrolls, accessories, and meats.

You can view new screenshots for Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince via our gallery below:

Dragon Quest Monsters The Dark Prince will launch for Nintendo Switch on December 1, 2023. A free demo is now available via the Switch eShop.

In case you missed it, check out our impressions of the newly launched demo.

Be sure to check out our extensive coverage of this upcoming title.

In Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, the demi-human protagonist, Psaro, was cursed by the ruler of the monster realm of Nadiria, also known as his father, making the youth incapable of harming any being with monster blood coursing through their veins.

To defy his fate, Psaro becomes a monster wrangler, amassing a sizeable monster following during his quest for vengeance. Additionally, he’ll make new allies, including the elf Rose and the enigmatic Toilen Trubble.

Combat will consist of eight party members, with four being active and another four being in reserves. Further, you can manually control your monsters’ actions every turn or set predetermined tactics to let the AI decide, like ‘Show No Mercy’ or ‘Focus on Healing.’

In battle, monsters can enter a frenzied state born from desperation in dire scenarios, enabling greater damage output and additional chances to perform an action. Players can also look forward to monster fusion and several season-based environments to traverse, each with their own creatures.

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