Dragon’s Dogma 2 Beginner’s Guide – Tips and Tricks to Get You Started

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Beginner’s Guide

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is challenging in every aspect. Everything in this huge RPG, like fighting, exploring, and the pawns who stick with you, is difficult to understand quickly. Even the way you save the game is confusing. So, we have compiled this handy Dragon’s Dogma 2 Beginner’s Guide to help you start off the game with an upper hand!

Beginner’s Guide – Dragon’s Dogma 2

Below we have listed some essential tips and tricks that will guide you on your path through the game if you are just starting to play it:

Careful With Save Files

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, you can only have one save file, and there’s no official way to start a new game. The game saves your progress automatically and you can also save manually from the menu whenever you want. But here’s where it gets interesting: if your character dies, you have two choices: you can either go back to the last time the game saved, which is usually just a few minutes ago, or you can go back to the last time your character rested at an inn.

This second option takes you back to when you last paid to stay at an inn, and then the game immediately saves your current progress. Think of it as a drastic measure for when things go wrong or when you need to backtrack a lot. Once you understand how it works, you can use saves strategically to go back to important moments in the game.

Be Content With Your Character Appearance

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, you can only have one save file, so once you create your character or import one from the Character Creator app, you can’t switch to another one. You can change your job or how you look later on, but it will cost you. Once you choose to be either human or beastren, you can’t switch between them.

Augmentations For Vocations

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, you get to pick a job at the beginning: Fighter, Archer, Mage, or Thief. This job decides what weapons and armor you can use, as well as what fighting moves you can learn. As you get better at your job, you’ll earn special skills. Once you unlock a skill, you can use it no matter which job you have. So, think carefully about which job you want to get good at first. For instance, if you choose Fighter, you’ll get bonuses that make you healthier and able to carry more stuff.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Beginner’s Guide

Keep Walking

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, you’ll travel a lot across the map, mostly by walking. While there are some ways to travel faster, like ferrystones, they’re expensive and only take you to certain spots. Oxcarts are another option, but they only run during the day on specific paths. But walking isn’t all bad. There’s plenty to keep you busy along the way, like gathering resources, battling monsters, or simply discovering new places on the map.

Stick To The Road

If you walk a lot in Dragon’s Dogma 2, you might want to take a shortcut or go straight ahead. But that’s not a good idea because you can’t climb or swim, and it’s easy to fall and die. So, cutting through the wilderness will lead to trouble. The game’s world seems big, but it’s not that big or open. It’s safer to stick to the roads when exploring. You’ll still find monsters and resources without missing out on anything.

Retreating Is An Option

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, some really tough enemies block your path. But here’s the thing: you don’t always have to fight them. Usually, if you just keep running, they’ll leave you alone. And if your helpers start a fight, you can tell them to stick with you instead. If you want to defeat the big enemy later, you can mark its location on your map and come back when you’re ready.

Combine Your Items

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, you can find lots of stuff like monster parts and fruit. These things can do a little something on their own, but if you mix them, they become even better.

For instance, if you’re hurt, you can eat a regular apple to feel better. But if you mix that apple with a Greenwarish plant, you get a Salubrious Draught, which is way stronger. And if you combine two ripe apples to make dried fruit, then mix that with a Greenwarish, you get a Fruit Roborant, which is even more powerful. To mix stuff in Dragon’s Dogma 2, just go to your item menu and click “combine.” Try doing this early in the game and keep it up whenever you rest at an inn, so you always have good potions for healing and stamina.

Items Age

Dragon’s Dogma 2 changes depending on the time of day, which lasts around 45 minutes. Different monsters and resources appear at different times. Also, time matters for some tasks. But what’s really important is how time affects your inventory. For example, when you collect an apple, it starts fresh, then ripens, and eventually rots over a few days. Meat follows a similar process, changing from fresh to aged. Storing food in certain places keeps it fresh longer.

Ripened and aged foods are better for you, giving you more benefits like faster healing. However, rotten food isn’t safe to eat, although you can use it for other things like making lantern oil. Combining ripened foods can make powerful healing items.

Night Is Dangerous

When it gets dark in Dragon’s Dogma 2, scary monsters like ghosts and goblins come out to challenge you. The game tells you that nighttime is risky, so be careful. If you’re near town and the sun starts setting, it’s a sign to go back and rest. You can even camp out in the wild to stay safe.

Camp After Fight

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, when you get hurt, your overall health goes down. Using healing stuff won’t make your health go back to normal. To fix it, you have to sleep, either at an inn or by a campfire. Setting up camp needs camping gear, which is heavy, and you don’t have a lot of it. But it’s important to have one with you. If you travel with reduced health, you might not make it far. So, it’s smart to camp out often. Also, when you camp, your companions, called pawns, learn more about the area you’re in. This makes them more helpful to you and others who hire them.

Change Return Routes

Dragon’s Dogma 2 has lots of different paths to follow. Most cities have two or three gates, and some caves have multiple entrances. To discover everything on the map and in the world, try exploring different routes. If you came to a quest marker from the west, try going back to town from the east. You might find new treasures and side quests you wouldn’t find if you always took the same path. But be careful, you might also come across monster dens you didn’t know about before. So, make sure you’re prepared for a fight before going into new areas.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Beginner’s Guide

Gold Bugs And Smoking Discs

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, there are special items called Seeker’s Tokens which are like smoking discs. They’re tricky to find because they’re hidden well, and there are 240 of them scattered around. However, if you collect enough of these tokens, you can exchange them at your local Vocation Guild for a reward. Another type of collectible in the game is the Golden Trove Beetles. These bugs can be found on tree trunks and eating them will increase your inventory space by 0.15. It’s a slow process, but it’s a good way to make your inventory bigger.

Reserve Your Wakestones

Wakestones work like extra lives in Dragon’s Dogma 2. When you have one, if you die in the game, you can use it to come back to life with full health, even if you’re in the middle of a battle. Wakestones are helpful, but they’re not easy to find. In Dragon’s Dogma 2, usually, you start again right before the fight where you die. But in long battles, having a Wakestone can save a lot of time. To make a full Wakestone, you need to combine three Wakestone Shards. It’s important to think carefully about when to use them because they’re most useful in tough and long fights.

Distraction Is Good

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is good at guiding you to the next adventure. Similar to a skilled Dungeon Master in a D&D game, it might place an interesting side task in the same place as your main mission. You might also meet someone on the road who needs help getting home, coincidentally aligning with another quest you have.

This is what makes the game special. Exploring its world feels exciting and rewarding because of these unexpected encounters. So, feel free to explore and get sidetracked while playing. The game will gently steer you back to the main path when needed. Just relax and enjoy the journey, and you’ll eventually reach your destination.


When you check the Quest menu in Dragon’s Dogma 2, you’ll see some quests with hand symbols. These symbols show that there’s a Pawn, a helper character, available for those quests, and they’re currently with you. If you mark a quest as important and it has a hand symbol, it means one of the pawns will guide you. The blue hand is for your main pawn, and the brown hands labeled 1 and 2 are for the other two pawns.


In Dragon’s Dogma 2, some tasks can be tough to finish because there isn’t much help on what to do next. Players need to talk to different characters in the game to get hints and figure things out. To make it easier, players can go to Divination shops, often located in Vernworth or Battahl. They can pay 50 Gold to the shop owner and get a clue about what to do next.

Check out the guides below if you require additional help with Dragon’s Dogma 2:

This concludes our Dragon’s Dogma 2 Beginner’s Guide. Do you have any tips and tricks for us that you would like to add to this guide? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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Guides Editor at GamesHedge, Michelle enjoys playing RPGS like Witcher titles and SoulsBorne among many others like retro games and indie titles. Currently replaying Alan Wake Remastered because why not!

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