Dragon Quest's Timeline - Chronologically Confused

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Dragon Quest is the longest running Japanese RPG ever. There's 11 games in the franchise and a ton of spin-offs and remakes. You would think it would be simple to follow, like Final Fantasy, with each game being basically closed off story-wise... BUT, no, each Dragon Quest game has so many connections to other games in the series that it gets pretty confusing, pretty fast. Chronologically confusing that is!! So, today I'm diving in and giving you a run down of the games in their timeline order. Oh, a bit about why it's called Dragon Warrior in America too... well, for a while anyway. Special thanks to sackchief for helping me with researching and editing!
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    CinemassacreCinemassacre3 ամիս առաջ
    • How is dragon quest XI a could be prequel to the Erdrick trilogy, I mean I get it though I am still trying to complete act 3. But the tockles in tockletown say the journals are from the past and the armor of Erdrick already exists in one.

      Jason FordJason Ford2 ամիս առաջ
    • As a wise man once said, "multiverse theory is a @&$#"

      Max StoneMax Stone2 ամիս առաջ
    • Please stop using smoothing filters for gameplay.

      SuperPlumbus IdkSuperPlumbus Idk2 ամիս առաջ
    • I gotta say I've played most these games and you surprised me with these connections. I knew about most of the timeline but this video was great.

      JesterFace05JesterFace052 ամիս առաջ
    • Please get Square Enix to port Dragon Quest 10 to the US.

      SuperPlumbus IdkSuperPlumbus Idk2 ամիս առաջ
  • The timeline of the release of the DQXI S-version on gamepass, playing it for 80+ hours, then doing research on where this game sits in the timeline, writing it all out, going a little crazy and then filming and releasing this video all kind of works out conveniently to me. That may be pure speculation, but there was a huge rise in interest in the game after the S-version released on Xbox/PC Gamepass.

    The Fat TurtleThe Fat Turtle23 ժամ առաջ
  • I hadn't played a DQ game since the NES, but I recently bought the definitive edition of XI S and it is really great. They somehow managed to keep it classic in mechanics while feeling contemporary visually. It's really worth a play.

    Christian FerloniChristian Ferloni2 օր առաջ
  • i actually didnt know any of them connected. here i assumed it was like final fantasy and all the games were different but similar universes.

    DmC_CrimsonDmC_Crimson4 օր առաջ
  • Sadly I had to stop at 15:23 cuz I didn't finish the game yet

    ShaynanGamerShaynanGamer4 օր առաջ
  • Dragon Quest timeline is so confusing.. Marvel and DC would like to say hi.

    crewcutter2030crewcutter20304 օր առաջ
  • The King of the Console RPG. I love the franchise and have covered some of the music from it. Koichi Sugiyama is a genius. Akira and Yuji Horii working together is awesome!

    Jon-Mark WJon-Mark W5 օր առաջ
  • Heh, when I approach an RPG franchise, I expect to experience a well thought out story. Without the story it's just leveling up while bashing monsters.

    TruckedTrucked5 օր առաջ
  • Okay 19:46 that makes sense bc dq8 is in the erdrick timeline

    LJdaboyman 3LJdaboyman 35 օր առաջ
  • Played 6, 9 and recently 11 and it felt like playing completely different games with no connection lol

    Lukas23DLukas23D6 օր առաջ
  • 11>3>1>2>6>5>4>7>8 9>10

    Eustass D. CAPTAIN KiddEustass D. CAPTAIN Kidd6 օր առաջ
  • The timeline might fix itself in the upcoming dragon quest game which would explain 9-10 mentions of both timelines

    Moist Mail ManMoist Mail Man8 օր առաջ
  • We can call 9 and 10 along with 11 the Yggdrasil timeline.

    Mak MakerMak Maker8 օր առաջ
  • If you like Dragon Quest, then Dragon Ball will make more sense to you

    Daniel Murúa MartínezDaniel Murúa Martínez9 օր առաջ
  • And I thought Zelda's timeline was confusing

    LetniMLetniM9 օր առաջ
  • I'm surprised he hasn't reviewed the dragon quest movie on netflix.

    jdgjordanjdgjordan11 օր առաջ
  • I think that what creators wanted there to make is a more open-ended for interpretation timeline. At the end of the day it's a role-playing game, it's player's story. Giving some very vague but not decisive connections here and there for players to interpret on their own let them create in fact their own stories in their head. This is also why authours are avoiding any clear answers - they don't want to affect OUR versions of DQ timeline. That's also why skipping so much of the game and even ignoring the main quest in DQ I was so cool, too - even if it was not intended, it lets players to choose how they want to end the game on their own terms.

    Mix-n -MatchMix-n -Match14 օր առաջ
  • You're wrong with the sword theory, the Supreme Sword of Light can't be made until the post game

    Daniel PedrazaDaniel Pedraza15 օր առաջ
  • Also, Toriyama Akira does the Artwork/Character design.

    Steven BorgensSteven Borgens16 օր առաջ
  • WAIT! HOLD UP RIGHT THERE! THERE IS A THIRD TIMELINE! RIGHT AT THE VERY END OF XI, SERENICA GETS THE POWERS FROM THE LUMINARY AND GOES BACK IN TIME TO SEE THE OTHER LUMINARY AND PROBABLY DEFEATS CALASMOS BEFORE HE GETS HIS POWER, SO THE LUMINARY WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE REBORN! THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE NINE AND TEN COME FROM

    The Everyday Autistic TeenagerThe Everyday Autistic Teenager17 օր առաջ
  • Buying a video game because the box looks cool is always a bad idea

    DontSuspend IonlyspokemymindDontSuspend Ionlyspokemymind17 օր առաջ
  • They dialed it to 11.

    David HendelDavid Hendel20 օր առաջ
  • So DQ XI pulled a OoT on the series?

    The Academic TaskmasterThe Academic Taskmaster21 օր առաջ
  • 2:45 “In Japan” What about the West?

    Superstar5Superstar522 օր առաջ
  • More dragon quest content!!!

    BlaiseBlaise23 օր առաջ
  • i didnt realise james played jrpgs

    Chic CanyonChic Canyon24 օր առաջ
  • Thanks for putting this together and also noting that the games are solid enough that you don’t need to have a timeline that completely makes sense

    Kacy JonesKacy Jones25 օր առաջ
  • 10:21 fredfucks

    Louis Fuck jerLouis Fuck jer25 օր առաջ
  • This makes sense because they use dq11, dq3, dq4, and dq8 characters in smash

    Colt 45Colt 4525 օր առաջ
  • To this day Dragon Quest 4, the original NES version, is one of the best, if not the best JRPG I have ever played, and I have played a lot. (Final Fantasy 6 is on par with it, though.) If there's only one game you would ever get to play on NES, and you can choose, I would warmly recommend DQ4. (Well, Dragon Warrior 4 as it was released in the west.) I think that game transcends the console.

    WarpRulezWarpRulez25 օր առաջ
  • I don’t really understand the “Serenica timeline” that leads to Dragon Quest 9. Can someone explain?

    Chill bro It’s just a prank broChill bro It’s just a prank bro26 օր առաջ
    • Isn't that based on how after the true boss was defeated, the Luminary let Serenica go back in time to save Erdwin from being betrayed, thus creating this 3rd timeline?

      wchan39wchan3926 օր առաջ
  • Ichiban Kasuga there's a secret in this message

    Ninja BoyNinja Boy27 օր առաջ
  • The legend of zelda serie: FINALLY A WORTHY OPPONENT

    wail27wail2728 օր առաջ
  • in dragon quest IX there are cameos of almost every character from previous games and you can fight the final bosses of the previous games

    Aragorn CestarelliAragorn Cestarelli29 օր առաջ
  • Dqb2 takes place in a dream world created after Hargon was killed

    F FF FԱմիս առաջ
  • Recently replayed DQ9 to completion for the 12th time, I still love it (that ending still leaves me a touch mixed though). I should probably try out some of the other ones at some point, huh?

    Paradox OptimistParadox OptimistԱմիս առաջ
    • Play 8 or 11. You won't regret it.

      YuushaYuushaԱմիս առաջ
  • Actually harder to get into as big chunk of the games never made it to the west!

    K JK JԱմիս առաջ
  • DQ and FF work as series as you really don't need any knowledge of any of the games as (mostly) they are unconnected worlds and you can jump into any game in the series. It's how I got into both series and how I found out that DQ isn't just a Final Fantasy Rip-Off which looking back I don't know how I believed that one

    J HillJ HillԱմիս առաջ
  • My head.

    AleousMajorAleousMajorԱմիս առաջ
  • Not even a mention of the obvious Dragonball art style?

    RuslPrimeRuslPrimeԱմիս առաջ
  • FredFuck 😂

    kushviperkushviperԱմիս առաջ
  • Dragon warrior? Oh, no - not - THE VELOCIPASTOR! Also - I would listen to the classic song by the Who called Zenithia (Castle In the Sky).

    ErickCErickCԱմիս առաջ
  • James seriously needs to cover the Shin Megami Tensei series on CC next.

    WeeabossWeeabossԱմիս առաջ
  • 10:23 The companion names

    _Marcvs3__Marcvs3_Ամիս առաջ
  • Games like this are similar to Mad Max in that they are connected by their themes more so than their characters or events in the story.

    HennimoreHennimoreԱմիս առաջ
  • You didn't even talk about the tinkertons which pulls every timeline together it is a sub plot of 11

    Alex SHowsAlex SHowsԱմիս առաջ
  • I remembered something in 7 there where people in aeoulus vale that can fly around and also in 7 there was an yggdrasil tree in one of the islands you have to save and there was also a fairy there

    Jose III LubisJose III LubisԱմիս առաջ
  • fun fact: dragon quest V,VI, remakes and the afterwards are drawn by akira Toriyama,the creator of dragon ball

    jayson Vancouver officialjayson Vancouver officialԱմիս առաջ
  • 10:20 i see what you did there mister. I''m missing Lick Joe tho :D

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  • Dragon Warrior II on the NES is the most miserable gaming experience I've ever had. Grinding and grinding and grinding for a month.

    Cozmic MojoCozmic MojoԱմիս առաջ
  • The closest we ever got to a DQX release in the west was a crossover event in Final Fantasy XIV, complete with the Puff Puff joke.

    Prich319Prich319Ամիս առաջ
  • I still have Dragon Warrior and my NES. Loved playing that game.

    Sky IrwinSky IrwinԱմիս առաջ
  • My theory would be world tree fuckery. I haven't played all the dq games but in Norse myth the world tree is meant to exist in like different planes of existence. I can easily see there being multiple human realms that exist simultaneously with their own history and backstory while objects magic welders pop in and put of it.

    Alan HagertyAlan HagertyԱմիս առաջ
  • Makes me really want to play DQ IX and Rocket Slime again.

    AppleAppleԱմիս առաջ
  • Bro, I started playing dragon quest 11 and I watched that movie that came out on Netflix. And I really wanted to learn more about the world.

    Grace AxtellGrace AxtellԱմիս առաջ
  • I jumped into DQ11 on gamepass without playing other games before, and loved it!

    Łukasz SmithŁukasz SmithԱմիս առաջ
  • There's a connection in DQ8 you missed: in the monster arena, you face Torneko and Ragnar from DQ4

    john wittkoppjohn wittkoppԱմիս առաջ
  • I Love You James Rolfe I Hope You Love Manga And Anime Stuff Like Me And Everyone Else Thank You For Talking About Dragon Quest Franchise Series And I Hope You Talk About Things About Japanese Manga And Anime Things It's so Awesome!!! Later.

    TR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiTR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiԱմիս առաջ
  • I Love Japanese Manga And Anime Style Stuffs And Also The Creators The Best Creators of Manga And Anime Things I Love Okay James!!!

    TR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiTR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiԱմիս առաջ
  • Like I Said Akira Toriyama He Was a Creator of Dragon Ball Dragon Ball Z And Other Works He Did And He Did Do Chrono Trigger And Dragon Quest Franchise Series And More He The Best Japanese Manga And Anime Artists Ever You Should Talk About That One Day Soon For High Hopes..

    TR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiTR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiԱմիս առաջ
  • To James Rolfe I Love Your Video That You Talk About I Love Dragon's And Yes I Love Manga And Anime Style You Forgot to Mention And Honorable Mention The Japanese Manga And Anime Artwork And Character Design Style By One of All I Love And One of The Best Japanese Manga And Anime Creators On The List is None Other Than Akira Toriyama He Was The Guy That Help With The World of Dragon's Quest Franchise I Wish You Should Talk About Him He Awesome James Rolfe I Love Japanese Manga And Anime Style It's Awesome!!! You Should Give It a Try James!!!

    TR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiTR.Collins a.k.a TomtokyoYugiԱմիս առաջ
  • Dq8 is the best, my personal recommended starting point for anyone looking to get into the franchise.

    Kaledarkwind6151Kaledarkwind6151Ամիս առաջ
  • I now realise Metal Gear Solid 1-3 is similar to DQ 1-3 in some areas. Mgs1= Play as son of Legend(Big Boss) Mgs2= Play as successor to MGS1 hero. MGS3= Play as the Legend. Learn how his Legend began.

    Totto LandTotto LandԱմիս առաջ
  • Achshuallyyy

    Just An Oak Tree PicJust An Oak Tree PicԱմիս առաջ
  • That’s an enormous task trying to sort this timeline out lol.

    WCGS ProgrammingWCGS ProgrammingԱմիս առաջ
  • All I know is the warrior Ortega should be mentioned more.

    Uno CarbUno CarbԱմիս առաջ
  • This is the perfect example of a series mucking up it's own timeline. It is fairly obvious that the games were supposed to be connected, but then I believe that different writers came up with different concepts, finding it cool to always making connections to the past games without any regard for how they actually fit within the continuity. Most likely this is why the creator keeps ducking the timeline questions.

    Egobyte83Egobyte83Ամիս առաջ
  • Should do a timeline video of metal gear/ solid.

    Aj DemetriAj DemetriԱմիս առաջ
  • Shoutout to Woodus's website! Too bad Dragon Quest Tact doesn't work.

    masterclifmasterclifԱմիս առաջ
  • I remember playing Dragon Warrior 3 on gameboy color. Every new area had a ridiculously level of grinding. I had to do like 1 or 2 battles right outside the nearest town so I could go back and heal.

    KeijiMaeda86KeijiMaeda86Ամիս առաջ
  • What was that sword peripheral?

    Chris GerryChris GerryԱմիս առաջ
  • So I never considered anything outside of 1, 2, and 3 as a timeline.

    TheSpiralAimTheSpiralAimԱմիս առաջ
  • I didn't even know there was a timeline

    Rocky Desert FlowerRocky Desert FlowerԱմիս առաջ
  • Super interesting video. I have mixed feelings about the timeline tho. There are shreds of evidence in various manga and in-game lore that would place VIII before III and not the other way around. But hey, still a cool video!

    Alexis PolenneAlexis PolenneԱմիս առաջ
  • 3 is my favorite the sfc version tho

    Chris SkullChris SkullԱմիս առաջ
  • Spioiler alert would have been nice

    stevenstevenԱմիս առաջ
  • Dragon Quest V is one of my all time favourites.

    Daniel FigueirasDaniel FigueirasԱմիս առաջ
  • since James also loves Zelda i wonder if he has played Ys, would be amazing if he were to make a video about it

    gunna’s interngunna’s internԱմիս առաջ
  • Too bad they discontinued that DW7 manga a long time ago. DW7 is one of my favorite in the series. I just loved travelling to so many different islands to meet people and monsters and read different stories. I was so involved. The Dharma adventure was my favorite.

    Moki MokiMoki MokiԱմիս առաջ
  • 22-minute video that concludes in stating that it was pointless. I want a refund on my time spent.

    Pan LimakPan Limak2 ամիս առաջ
  • Trinston was here...

    Trinston MichaelsTrinston Michaels2 ամիս առաջ
  • 7:30 I am not a native English speaker but did he say Scion or Skyion ????

    supercool1412supercool14122 ամիս առաջ
  • you shou.ld have mentioned about the creator of Dragonball Akira Toriyama and his influence and artwork for the games

    FourshotFourshot2 ամիս առաջ
  • As of the end of XI there’s definitely atleast somewhat of a timeline. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next DQ game was a 3 Remake.

    Young King KushYoung King Kush2 ամիս առաջ
  • Now I feel extra bad for not finishing my gamefile of DQ XI up to the real final boss.

    MushroomfieldsMushroomfields2 ամիս առաջ
  • Dragon Ball just copied the art style of Dragon Quest.

    paco ramonpaco ramon2 ամիս առաջ
    • The same guy drew both of them. It’s not as much a ripoff, as it is his artstyle

      Tom FfrenchTom Ffrench2 ամիս առաջ
  • You should do a Zelda CC Part II, the thing is a mess.

    paco ramonpaco ramon2 ամիս առաջ
  • The loss of the box art is the worst part because it's the same artist from the Dragon Ball series which I think was already a success in the west. Poor marketing.

    David HallDavid Hall2 ամիս առաջ
  • Thanks to you, I picked up Dragon Quest 11 for the switch. It’s one of my favorite games now and I can’t put it down!

    Dick GraysonDick Grayson2 ամիս առաջ
  • xmen movies too

    FOUR AZTECASFOUR AZTECAS2 ամիս առաջ
  • Final Lap Twin (TurboGrafx-16, 1990) RP mode looks a lot like Dragon Quest. It has to be the same engine.

    Jajafe EdynsJajafe Edyns2 ամիս առաջ
  • The origin of isekai anime.

    G PG P2 ամիս առաջ
  • We don't talk about caravan heart...

    Sam EashSam Eash2 ամիս առաջ
  • Dragon Quest VI best dragon quest

    Sam EashSam Eash2 ամիս առաջ
  • Nobody tell him about the world-or-time-?-hopping only in the 3DS and Switch versions of DQ11, and how you visit some games in remake-form or in original-form

    SamSam2 ամիս առաջ
  • Literally every character looks like a variation of Goku, Vegeta, or the Chrono Trigger cast.

    Perchetu ValiPerchetu Vali2 ամիս առաջ
  • Is it just me or was Dragon Quest's original box art drawn by Akira Toriyama?

    shr00mheadshr00mhead2 ամիս առաջ
  • not time lines. multiverse?

    rip607rip6072 ամիս առաջ
  • Let me guess. Square Enix asked yoiu to advertise Dragon Quest Tact but you had zero background with the franchise and took a quick peek on the wiki. Am i wrong? 😂

    Zylo Wolf 2.0Zylo Wolf 2.02 ամիս առաջ
  • You should do more timeline videos. I enjoyed this!

    Marc MartoniMarc Martoni2 ամիս առաջ
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