Tons of Infos about Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

The time is nigh to come back to Gransys. The add-on/including the main game Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is already beckoning. And rejoice, Arisens, there will be changes to the original Dragon’s Dogma as well. Quite a few, actually. One guy at the Capcom forums posted quite a few of them:

Player

-Various attacks and skills for all weapons have been rebalanced for all weapons.

Enemies
-Made the Ur-Dragon corpse’s collision boundary smaller so players can now pick up drop items more easily.
-Undead enemies will now come out of the ground with higher defense stats (super armor mode).
-When Saurians die after being knocked down, they will now use a special death animation for when they are on the ground.
-Goblin Shamans will appear in the Witchwood.
-Eliminators will appear on the Tainted Mountain.
-Pyre Saurians will appear on the Tainted Mountain.
-Golden Knights and Silver Knights will appear in the Everfall (before the destruction of Gran Soren).
-Gorecyclopes (condemned type) will appear in the Shadow Fort.
-Living Armor will appear in the Catacombs.
-Wyverns (strong type) will appear at Bluemoon Tower.
-Wyrms (strong type) will appear at the Watergod’s Altar.
-Drakes (strong type) will appear in the Everfall after the destruction of Gran Soren.

Pawns
-Adjusted how often pawns will talk by spacing out less important lines; in effect, making them seem to talk less.
-Adjusted and balanced the equipment and skills of all of the high-level pawns that are available to a player when they’re playing offline.
-Adjusted how much it costs to hire a pawn that is higher-leveled than yourself down to a more realistic scale.
-Added a Monthly ranking to the pawn’s Top Ranked section.

NPCs
-You will not gain Affinity with Assalam simply by talking to him anymore.

Items & Equipment
-Adjusted how much Ferrystones cost and how much they sell for. (Purchase price: 20000 >5000 | Sell price: 3500>1250)
-Adjusted how much Premium Rings and Premium Earrings cost. (Purchase price: 1,500,000>150,000 Rift Crystals | Purchase price 3,000,000>300,000 Rift Crystals)
-Tweaked stat increases for weapon upgrades (increases weaker upgrades, decreases ones that were too strong). Tweaks affect 68 different weapons.
-Dramatically increased base stats for 12 weapons obtainable by defeating the Dragon.
-Improved base stats for 10 Magick Bows

World
-A Portcrystal that allows players to return to Cassardis has been added just outside Cassardis’s gate
-A character/warp point that allows players to travel between Bitterblack Isle and Cassardis has been added to Cassardis’s pier.
-Added a removable Portcrystal to the following areas: The Gran Soren Everfall (before a certain plot point. . . .), The Shadow Fort, The Witchwood, Hillfigure Knoll.

In a nutshell: Better prices, probably some stats nerfed, some improved, more Portcrystals, more enemies. And that’s just in the “old” Dragon’s Dogma … Sounds fair enough, doesn’t it?

There’s also a video showcasing some of the new enemies in Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen:

Furthermore, let’s not forget that there’s a special treat for us Dragon’s Dogma veterans: If we transfer a save file to Dark Arisen, we’ll get the following stuff – for free, of course:

  • 100,000 Rift Crystals
  • unlimited Ferrystones
  • Gransys Armour Pack consisting of six brand new costumes
  • all previous Dragon’s Dogma DLC packs (yes, everything!)

And then, there’s Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen’s new content for everybody:

  • A massive new underground realm to explore featuring over 25 terrifying new enemies
  • More skills/equipment/augments
  • ​Level 3 Skills DD: DA provides each character class with a new tier of skills, giving players new devastating abilities and skills to master
  • Over 100 pieces of new equipment
  • All new high level weapons and armour sets for players venturing into the underground caverns
  • 14 new character/Pawn augments
  • New tiers of equipment enhancement
  • ​Increased character customization options
  • Item appraisal
  • Option to select Japanese voice over

Rabidgames rejoices: Finally, Capcom got it right! For less than 20 pounds, we got an improved version of the main game including all previous DLC (basically a GOTY version if you will) PLUS a massive new expansion with powerful enemies, new skills, new items, and maybe more not revealed yet. If we take into account Capcom’s reputation a year ago (Disc Locked Content etc.), Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen could well become Capcom’s redemption.

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