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Charlock Castle (DracoLord's Castle, Zoma's Castle) is the name of the final dungeon in Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. It also appears as a dungeon in Dragon Quest II but is not vital to the plot of the game. It is located in the central area of Alefgard, across the water to the southeast of Tantegel.

Synopsis

Charlock Castle generally serves as a main hideout for evil enemies. This is slightly less true in Dragon Quest II, where it has been primarily abandoned.

Dragon Quest

Ruled by the Dragonlord. Erdrick's Sword is found here.

Monsters

Dragon Quest II

Mostly abandoned; inhabited by the Dragonlord's grandson. Once again, Erdrick's sword is located here.

Dragon Quest III

Ruled by Zoma. It is also the place where the Hero's father, Ortega, meets his end at the hands of King Hydra.

The castle itself is notably larger than the castle in Dragon Quest I. This seems backwards as the events of Dragon Quest actually take place several hundred years after the events of Dragon Quest III. Overall, a majority of the floor layouts are nearly identical between the two games.

Captain N: The Game Master

Charlock Castle appeared in the episode "Three Men & A Dragon" where Mega Man and Lana found it which got themselves trap in a dungeon but they escaped.

Places of interest

Hidden staircase

The castle has a hidden staircase on the first floor which is the correct path to reach the innermost areas of the castle in both Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. This staircase is referred to by various NPCs in both Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. In order to find the stairs, the hero must search behind the thrones in the middle of the first floor. All other paths from the first floor lead to a neverending maze.

Remakes

In the remake of Dragon Quest II, the music used for the castle is the same as Dragon Quest I, whereas in the NES Version, the game's regular dungeon music was used. The remake of Dragon Quest III used the new BGM from The Castle of Baramos.

Another addition to the remake of Dragon Quest II is the throne room being present as it was with the first game, albeit in ruins.

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