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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky Signature Series (Bradygames Signature Guides) Paperback – July 7, 2010
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LEARNING THE BASICS: Standard intro. for a guide that covers the basic info. for the game. It's short, but sweet.
GAMEPLAY: This provides tips about creating a versatile party. It also has a nice Skill Point Levelling Table. The Advanced Combat Mechanics is where the strategies come into play and it covers them well with many different party combinations, like stacking damage for combos. It also covers levelling and obtaining gold, as well as Alchemy. The Challenge Quests and Treasure Maps are also briefly touched on.
VOCATIONS (CLASSES): This is where you have your info. about the different classes and the skills they learn. Each skill is fully explored, showing how many skill points you need to learn a certain ability. Benefits about each class are also explored. There are 12 Vocations in all.
WALKTHROUGH: This leads you through the main story and some of the post-game content. It covers each town and event, but doesn't spoil the story by explaining what will happen. It tells you where to go and what you can find there (Mini Medals, Items, etc.). This is where the Mini Medals are located, however, there are bosses in the game that have a 100% Drop Rate with Mini Medals and they can be fought over and over. In other words, there is an endless supply of Mini Medals in this game.Read more ›
Beautiful artwork - the maps, monsters, and other art scattered throughout the guide is amazing. Brady Games did a great job illustrating this guide.
Fantastic main quest walkthrough - shows the location of every treasure chest, monster, and shop.
Great leveling strategies, alchemy guide, and class information.
Lacking a world map. Many guides of this size will have a fold-out large map. In this guide, it could show all the harvest locations to reduce page flipping.
Some side quests are not complete - an example of this can be seen in quests 63 and 64. There are others like this, where the location of the quest is given without information for solving them.
Table of Contents lacking - considering the information contained throughout this guide, it would be great to have a detailed table of contents. If the guide wasn't so long I would suggest listing harvest points and shop inventories in their own section, but a simple solution would have been to provide a table of contents showing which pages show shops, harvest points, etc.
This is a great guide, I just wish it had those few things mentioned above. I find myself going online to search for where to find specific alchemy ingredients or which shops sell specific accessories, and that shouldn't be the case considering I purchased a strategy guide already. When compared to some of the guides Prima has done, or even some of the other strategy guides from Brady Games, this one seems less complete. Its presentation is fantastic, the information is almost all there, but I find the execution lacking.
Not only does the guide cover the game basics, but it also provides and extensive walkthrough, details of side quests, vocations, bestiary and even downloadable content! (Which we didn't even know existed until we got the guide).
Bottom line, this is an absolute MUST HAVE if you love getting everything of your games!
Firstly, the game itself requires a person to play for at least two-hundred hours to achieve even half of what's in this game. And as all Dragon Quest games tend to be, there are parts of the game that you're forced to just figure out for yourself. Anyone remember playing early Dragon Quest games and getting to a point where you had no idea where to go? Well Dragon Quest 9 has that everywhere (mostly in the sidequests). Dragon Quest 9 is an extremely foggy game, and this strategy guide is the lighthouse that guides you through it (wow, that was melodramtic)....
I'm going to skip the main-walkthrough. It's very well-done and shows you everywhere you should be going, and offers optional routes as well. No, where this strategy guide pays for itself is in the sections after the walkthrough. The quests in Dragon Quest are difficult to complete (most times) and often time consuming. This guide helps to expediate that process without taking any of the enjoyment out of the gameplay. I'd give this guide a five on that alone. But nope, they continue with a very in depth bestiary that shows you every item dropped by every monster and the rarity in which the items can be dropped (oh and it shows vitals and stats and what-not). Why is this important? Because getting items for alchemy can be very difficult, and having a blue-print of where to look is a great start.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
arrived as advertised. cleaner than expected. great addition to my collection.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived in perfect condition, if I ever need another one I'll be back~Published 8 months ago by E. Mi
Gives a good walkthrough without spoiling too much. And there's plenty of info on the game.Published 11 months ago by Carrie Brown
A lot of things are omitted from the guide book, which doesn't make for much strategy. Nice collector's item though.Published 13 months ago by Mauser
Incredibly big guide for an equally big game. I was shocked by how big this guide and game are considering that this is a title for a handheld device... maybe it's a port? Still... Read morePublished 18 months ago by ShyGuy
This guide book has an insane amount of detail. Every map every dungeon every secret item and all of there locations. Great guide bookPublished 23 months ago by Matt
This is such a long game. It'll keep me busy for...for...years. I remember the first Dragon Quest and this is way more. Everyday I learn new things. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by Alice