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Submission #5777: Hoandjzj's DS Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in 6:06:01.94

Console: Nintendo DS
Game name: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Dragon Quest IX - Sentinels of the Starry Skies (US)(M3)
Emulator: desmume-0.9.11-win32
Movie length: 6:06:01.94
FrameCount: 1313897
Re-record count: 27169
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Author's nickname: Hoandjzj
Submitter: Hoandjzj
Submitted at: 2018-01-02 14:42:04
Text last edited at: 2018-08-26 13:29:05
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:

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Happy New Year 2018 :D

Emulator and version: desmume-0.9.11-win32

Goal choice: Beat the game as fast as possible

How to sync the movie: Please change the firmware to this setting to sync the movie:

"Advanced bus level timing" must be on.

Gameplay: Dragon Quest IX continues the Dragon Quest tradition of turn-based combat, with a few modern twists. The game allows players to have a cooperative wireless multiplayer experience with up to four players. Unlike the other games in the main series, Dragon Quest 9 is a 3rd person RPG in battles and there are no more random encounters. Instead the enemies are on a open world map and can chase you if they see you, very similar to Dragon Quest monster Joker.


Details of the run:


  1. I: has the skill EGG ON to raise comrade's tension and sometimes needed to use SAP to decrease the boss' DEF so I changes class to Armamentalist.
  2. X: the main damage of the team, need skill PSYCHE UP to raise her own tension, and skill DOUBLE UP to raise ATK so X changes class to Gladiator.
  3. Y: needs to imbue X with different elemental power and uses SAP to decrease the boss' DEF so Y changes class to Armamentalist as well.
  4. Z: is the tank of the team so Z changes class to Warrior to has skill WHIPPING BOY (takes damage instead of other heroes)

RNG manipulation:

Potential Improvements:

Special thanks:

ThunderAxe31: Judging.

ThunderAxe31: While this run takes inspiration from the RTA strategy, it's one hour and half faster than the world record, mostly thanks to faster grinding and better execution of fights.

There are some minor mistakes that the author listed in the submission text, but these are negligible since they waste little amount of time and are hard to catch by naked eye.

About the aesthetic side, this run is very long and features many dialogues and unskippable cutscenes, but the nice graphics, good music, and deep plot keep the movie enough enjoyable, and the audience reception was also good.

Accepting for the Moons.

Spikestuff: Lyin' on the floor. Publishing, Publishing.
See y'all in 2019.

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