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DQ5 DS: Monster Trainer v1.0

Hack of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

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Dragon Quest 5 has tremendous replay value, for much the same reasons Destiny of an Emperor has great replay value: players may recruit different party members from the monsters that you have knocked down. Turns out the main protagonist has a rare “ability” to fight monsters “with love”, and monsters of the right types can see that and after getting thrashed (mortally wounded?), they get so enthralled with you that they get fully healed and then they want to travel with him forever.

Naw, this doesn’t particularly make sense, but what can’t be denied is how this particular element makes the game fun. It combines a cast of very nice PCs with monsters that you recruit, and in the DS version you can bring any four characters into battle at once (the SNES version only allowed three). In addition, you can travel with up to 8 humans and monsters combined, who earn experience equally. Allowing four characters makes for more party combinations, and thus makes the monster recruiting feature just that much more fun. What’s more, the DS version of Dragon Quest 5 allows the player to recruit many more monsters than the SNES version!

Unfortunately, some of those monsters are not recruitable at a time in the game where the player would be inclined to use them. For instance, the Ghost, the Fat Rat, and the Wax Murderer are all fought early in Chapter 1, and are not exceptionally powerful when you recruit them… but you couldn’t recruit them in Chapter 2; far too late in the game, in Chapter 3, you might get a chance to recruit them!

This “Monster Trainer mod” was created to emphasize the monster recruitment feature of Dragon Quest 5. It is understood that players will likely want to travel with the Monster Trainer, Wife, Hero, and Daughter late in the game, but even still players should be given the option of recruiting monsters that provide alternate strategies if the player desires.

For those that enjoy the monster training aspects of Dragon Quest 5, this mod offers greater potential for putting together your winning party. Secondarily, it makes monsters easier to recruit, reducing the frustration in grinding to recruit your favorite potential team members. It also aims to give different monsters equipment which is better suited to their abilities and personalities. There are some changes to the stats of some human characters, as well as some monsters, but this is one of ludmeister’s more subtle gameplay mods, as Dragon Quest 5 was excellently paced and balanced already. Chapter 1 will not play much differently, but Chapters 2 and 3 should be much more fun and engaging.

A full changelog and more screenshots can be found at http://jeffludwig.com/dq5ds/download.php.

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