Alltrades Abbey is a grand cathedral in Dragon Quest VI. It is opened up after defeating Murdaw for the second time. Its primary function is to allow the Hero and his party to change vocations to unlock new skills and abilities, but also serves as a marketplace and armory.
In its previous incarnation, the Alltrades Abbey was known as a Temple of Dharma. It is found on the eastern continent, and is first explored after the Hero and Carver descend into the Real World.
After reaching a certain point the game, the destruction of Alltrades Abbey is explained. The Dread Fiends feared that the Hero would grow too powerful, and so destroyed and denied access to many important elements that would allow him to ascend to the Dread Realm. These included the Abbey, Medford Manor, Sorceria, and Castle Graceskull.
The Abbey was the most important, as it allowed the Hero and his party to strengthen themselves and evolve through combat by adopting new vocations and learning the many skills they provided. The Abbey was also the means of combining the fruits of multiple vocations and unlocking new ones.
Alltrades Abbey's sole purpose was that of allowing a warrior or the common citizen to explore new paths in life. This is achieved through adopting and mastering a new vocation. Upon unlocking the Abbey, only a handful of vocations are available, but through labor, many more are discovered.
|Warrior||150 Battles||Increased HP, Strength|
|Martial Artist||200 Battles||Increased Agility, Critical Rate|
|Mage||180 Battles||Increased MP|
|Priest||150 Battles||Increased Increased MP, Healing|
|Dancer||120 Battles||Increased Evasion|
|Thief||140 Battles||Item Theft|
|Monster Master||165 Battles||Monster Control|
|Merchant||130 Battles||Increased gold drops|
|Gadabout||155 Battles||Increased Lucky Dip effects|
Upon mastering two or three classes, they can unlock a hybrid vocation which features more abilities and stat growth. However, these come at the price of requiring more battles or classes to master.
|Gladiator||Warrior + Martial Artist||250 Battles||Increased Melee Damage|
|Armamentalist||Warrior + Mage||240 Battles||Increased Strength, MP|
|Paladin||Warrior + Priest||260 Battles||Increased Melee Damage, Healing|
|Sage||Mage + Priest||270 Battles||Increased MP, Cost Reduction|
|Ranger||Theif + Merchant + Monster Master||200 Battles||Party Support, Fleeing|
|Luminary||Dancer + Gadabout||220 Battles||Party Support, Disabling|
|Hero||Gladiator + Sage + Luminary + Ranger||150 Battles||Increased Melee Damage, Auto-Regen|
|Dragon||Dragonic Diligence scroll||280 Battles||Party Support, AOE Attacks|
|Liquid Metal Slime||Liquid Metal Mind scroll||300 Battles||Increased Magic Defense|
While the Abbey does provide a means of obtaining certain classes, some characters have shortcuts or have a vocation already assigned to them.
- All characters aside from the Hero need to clear the required classes in order to study under the Hero vocation. The Hero himself needs to master one of the four classes.
- Terry starts off with the Gladiator class upon recruiting him.
- Lizzy starts off with the Dragon class upon recruiting her.
- Mercury starts off with the Liquid Metal Slime class upon recruiting him.
Some characters also obtain skills that fall under certain vocations. Carver and Milly, for example, function as a Martial Artist and Mage respectively before Alltrades Abbey is restored. However, they still need to master the required classes in order to learn a new one.
After picking a class, one of the residents near the Abbot will offer a special service. Talking to them will allow the player to gauge how many battles are left for whichever vocation they are currently training in.