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The Yggdrasil in Dragon Quest IX.

Yggdrasil, originally known as the World Tree, is the term used to denote a great mythical tree in the Dragon Quest game series. Introduced in Dragon Quest II, it commonly appears in the names of items which originate from the tree, such as Yggdrasil Leaf or Yggdrasil dew.

History

Games

Main Games

II

In Dragon Quest II, the player can obtain a Leaf of the World Tree 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 a Leaf of the World Tree, they cannot get another one.

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.

IV

In Dragon Quest IV, the 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, 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. An Yggdrasil Leaf may be obtained by searching while transversing among the leafy branches. Only one leaf may be carried at a time. The Yggdrasil Dew can be obtained from a specific resident of Zenithia.

Unique to the game is the Yggdrasil flower which is said to bloom once every millennia. Its potency allows the revival of a departed soul.

VII

In Dragon Quest VII, the tree, known as the World Tree in the game, can be found in Krage. When the party travels there in the past, the World Tree hasn't blossomed yet. It is a Sacred Tree. The residents of Krage, under the influence of WolfDevil 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 World Leaf by going to the World Tree. If the party does not have a World 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 World Dew from Krage. 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.

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.

Trivia

The Labyrinth in the series Etrian Odyssey is also known as Yggdrasil.

Etymology

Yggdrasil comes from Norse mythology. It literally means World Tree and it is the tree that supports the entire world.

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