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Alefgard Sprite Map (NES)

Alefgard is the name of the geographical setting of the original Dragon Quest. It also appears in Dragon Quest II and Dragon Quest III, as well as a cameo appearance in Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart. It is a series of continents connected by bridges and caves, making it easily traversable on foot.


Alefgard is the original "overworld" in the Dragon Quest series. It is akin to Torland in Dragon Quest II. However, in later Dragon Quest games, the concept of giving a name to the overall world map was dropped.

Although Alefgard is a set of continents divided by water, generally the divisions are quite small, requiring only bridges to connect the various land masses. The exception to this is the southeastern continent, which can be reached only via the Swamp Cave. Rather than identifying areas by geographical location, it is easiest to identify regions by the names of towns/villages in the vicinity (i.e. the Kol region).

Dragon Quest

Alefgard serves as the only geographical setting in Dragon Quest. It contains every component of the game and must be fully explored in order to reach Charlock Castle and defeat the Dragonlord.

Dragon Quest II

Alefgard has been severely minimized in favor of the larger world map for Dragon Quest II. Almost all of the Alefgard locations have been removed with the exception of Tantegel, Charlock Castle, and the Southern Shrine. Overall, Alefgard plays no significant role in Dragon Quest II.

Dragon Quest III

Alefgard is the 'underworld' or 'dark world' of Dragon Quest III and is reached late in the game. This game features a full Alefgard, including some locations which did not appear in the original Dragon Quest such as the Tower of Kol. At the end of Dragon Quest III, Alefgard is sealed off from the overworld.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart


Alefgard has its own specific world music which is used consistently in the first 3 Dragon Quest games. This musical theme is arguably the most well known in the series.


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