Best Dragon Quest Games Ranked

Dragon Quest fans have many different types of games to play in the series. The traditional turn-based JRPGs exist, but also hack-and-slash action games, Pokémon-like creature collectors, puzzle games, and more.

The best Dragon Quest games of all time find themselves ranked here across both mainline games and spin-offs based on their gameplay, quality, use of the property, popularity, and more.

Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Echoes of an Elusive Age elevated Dragon Quest to an award-winning level and set the bar high for every game after it. 

Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King

Exploration felt so much better than other games, the cel-shaded visual style impressed, and the characters had more substance than most other entries.

Dragon Quest 5: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

The second game for the SNES in the series features the best overall story in the franchise. Its personal and intimate approach lets its cast shine as the strongest to date.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Monsters 2 improved upon everything its Pokémon-style predecessor did, with more monsters, breeding, and much better dungeons.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Minecraft-meets-Dragon Quest works so much better than it ever should. Players explore a vast world made of blocks, which they can craft and customize to their heart’s content.

Dragon Quest Heroes 2

Despite its Dynasty Warriors-style inspiration, this spin-off nails the idea of an open-world action RPG entry in the series.

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