Dragon Quest XI Leveling Guide

Dragon Quest XI is finally out, and like any JRPG, there is a little bit of grinding. Mind you, most of the game doesn’t require that much as it’s pretty well paced, but if you want to get to level 99, it can be a chore — at least without knowing a trick. There is one way to max out your characters in no time, going from level 40 to 99 in a couple of hours. It may be a repetitive process, but it’s one that will save you a lot of time in the already excessively lengthy RPG. Here are 20 easy steps of earning upwards of 8 levels per battle!

  1. You’ll need to be in the second portion of the game when your team is somewhat scattered.
  2. You will need Erik, Jade and Slyvando to pull this off, so at least make sure they’re in your party.
  3. Erik needs the Critical Claim ability at the top of his Guile skill tree (requires his quest to be completed).
  4. Jade’s Thunder Thrust spear ability can also come in handy, same with The Luminary’s Pep Up skill.
  5. Get into battle anywhere in the world (best would be The First Forest because enemies can heal you).
  6. Ensure Jade, Erik and The Luminary are pepped (if not, continue to guard or use a Pep Pip).
  7. The Luminary’s Pep Up skill will ensure he enters Pep status instantly.
  8. Use the Hallelujah Pep Power that will boost your EXP and Gold, along with ensuring you get item drops.
  9. Continue to guard or use Pep Pips for The Luminary, Jade and Slyvando.
  10. Use their Electro Light Pep Power to summon Metal Slimes.
  11. Be warned that there is a chance that this will summon robotic Killing Machines. Be sure to save before hand to avoid losing items.
  12. When you’re below level 70, you should only get Metal Slimes and Liquid Metal Slimes, which give you upwards of 200k EXP each.
  13. When you’re above 70, you will always get one Metal Slime King which will increase your EXP and Gold take, along with gain Pep Pip drops.
  14. Try to use Accelerate on Erik to boost his speed so he has a chance of skipping the line.
  15. Use the Critical Claim skill on an individual enemy. It will always crit and kill the Slime.
  16. Use Thunder Thrust with Jade, although be prepared for it to miss more than it hits. When it lands it will kill a Slime immediately, though.
  17. Hopefully the Slimes won’t run away by the time Erik’s turn continues to come around.
  18. You should receive 100-200k experience each from regular Metal Slimes, and even more from Metal Slime King.
  19. The most I’ve ever received from a Metal Slime King and two Liquid Metal Slimes was just shy of 1,000,000 EXP.
  20. This should boost players anywhere between 3-8 levels and takes 8 minutes each time.

And there you have it. Hopefully that has helped you get everyone up to their max level. You will need to obtain Skill Seeds to completely max out your characters’ skills, but this should send you on your way to Level 99 in no time flat.

Be sure to check out our review alongside our various other guides as you go on this 100+ hour journey!