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The Yggdrasil in Dragon Quest IX.

Yggdrasil (formerly known as the World Tree) is a great, mythical tree that pierces the heavens with its branches and is said to have divine healing properties. Introduced in Dragon Quest II, it is found in highly isolated and dangerous locations that prevent common folk from approaching it. The Yggdrasil Leaf and Yggdrasil dew carry the essence of the main tree within them, making them among the most potent healing items in any game.

History

Dragon Quest II

The player can obtain an Yggdrasil Leaf by traveling south of the Sea Cave to an island with one tree on it. By searching this tree, the player can obtain the Leaf. The party can only get one leaf at a time from this tree and if the player already has an Yggdrasil Leaf, they cannot get another one.

Dragon Quest III

In Dragon Quest III, the player can obtain a leaf by searching the center point between 4 lone mountains northwest of Zipangu. Simlar to Dragon Quest II, only one leaf can be carried at a time by the player's party. Once used, the player can return to collect another.

Dragon Quest IV

Yggdrasil is a location in Dragon Quest IV. It appears simply as an immense tree hundreds of times the size of any real-world tree, with the elven village of El Forado at the base. Located slightly east of Mintos and surrounded by a ring of impenetrable mountains, it is only accessible by balloon flight.

The party visits it late in the game, after acquiring the balloon. After ascending to its boughs, they encounter Orifiela, a Zenithian who fell from the sky and landed in the Tree's branches. She helps them find the Zenithia Sword, which is nearby, and, after being rescued, agrees to show them the way to Zenithia.

In Chapter 6 (Sony PlayStation and Nintendo DS Version only), defeating Foo Yung & Chow Mein will cause the blooming of the rare Yggdrasil Flower atop The Tree.

Dragon Quest VII

In Dragon Quest VII, the tree, known as the World Tree in the game, can be found in Gröndal. When the party travels there in the past, the World Tree hasn't blossomed yet. It is a Sacred Tree. The residents of Gröndal, under the influence of a Fighting batboon, try to cut down the tree before it becomes a World Tree. The party stops this from happening and the tree is able to become a World Tree. The party can obtain a Yggdrasil Leaf by going to the World Tree. If the party does not have a Yggdrasil Leaf, a bird will drop one from the tree for the party to pick up and obtain. If they do, the bird will not drop one. They can also obtain a Yggdrasil Dew from Gröndal. However, only the Hero can get in line to buy one, and, if supplies run out before the Hero gets one, the party will have to leave town and enter again to try and get another one. If they already have one, they will not be allowed to buy another.

IX
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In Dragon Quest IX the tree is part of the central plot and appears at the top of the Observatory. Yggdrasil grows a fruit, called a Fygg, when it receives enough Benevolessence.

The Yggdrasil is considered the gateway to the realm of the Almighty, as when it blossoms the Starflight Express comes to ferry Celestrians. However, as part of the events of the game, when the tree blossoms, it instead causes a disaster in the Observatory.

Additionally, there exists a lone tree on an island east of Gleeba where a Yggdrasil leaf may be found.

XI

In Dragon Quest XI the Hero has a strong connection to the World Tree and can spiritually communicate with it.

The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

In Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below, the World Tree is located in the kingdom of Arba.

Side Games

Joker 2: Professional

In Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional, the Yggdrasil is a monster made by synthesizing Watabou (alias Fluffy) and Warubou.

Etymology

Yggdrasil comes from Norse mythology. It literally means World Tree and it is the metaphorical "back bone" that supports the nine realms of the universe upon its branches.

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