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Cyclops

The Cyclops is an enemy in Dragon's Dogma.


Overview

QUOTE DD2
" The cyclops is a one-eyed monster possessing a huge body and fearsome tusks. Fully grown cyclopes reach a height of twenty to twenty-five feet and, as a result of their large size they are prone to sloth and apathy. However, cyclopes can be inspired to ferocious action when they are angered, so act with caution in their presence.

Cyclopes’ preferred methods of attack are primitive and unsophisticated, but devastating in their sheer force. Mainly resorting to their natural brute strength, some individuals have also been seen to employ a club as a weapon.

Cyclopes are woefully unequipped when it comes to intelligence and that is why they are often found enslaved by humans or other creatures. The secret society Salvation is known to prefer using cyclopes in their attacks, thanks to the creatures’ resemblance to the group’s symbolic icon: the Remaining Eye.

They can be surprisingly docile and will quickly take a liking to any who provides them with sustenance—but if a cyclops is hungry or angered, you will see its true brutality.

The appetite of a cyclops is voracious and they have been known to capture and eat goblins. However, goblins have also managed to enslave many cyclopes by feeding them. They view the cyclopes as useful bodyguards, and the cyclopes see the goblins as convenient masters that keep them in food.
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―Capcom official description

Cyclopes appear with differing amounts of armor and equipment, from unarmored and with a single club, to fully armored with a helmet, and a fire club - all Cyclopes will set their club on fire at night as a giant torch - which then causes fire as well as physical damage.

Occasionally a small Cyclops may be found with shorter tusks and lesser health - this "pygmy" type has only been seen in the The Watergod's Altar cavern below the Offering Chamber.

Type Monster / Boss
Experience gained 4,000
Location

Gransys :

During quests :

Post-Game :

  • The Everfall
  • Cyclops at the Watergod's Altar, and Conqueror's Sanctuary are replaced by Dragonkin

Stats

Health Attack Defense Magick Attack Magick Defense Weight
25,000 600 95 50 60 5,000

Damage Taken

Slash Bash
Fire
Ice
Thunder
Holy
Dark
100% 100% 60% 60% 180% 100% 100%

Attacks

Attack Type Description
Grab (ground) Phys

There are three types of grabs:

  • When standing, grabs a target on the ground and bites them for high damage if not forced free (wiggle L-stick).
  • When bent on its knees, grabs a target on the ground and slams them on the ground if not forced free (wiggle L-stick).
  • When enraged and standing, grabs a target on the ground and uses both its hands to try and crush the target, followed by some punches and slamming on the ground if not forced free (wiggle L-stick). Inflicts devastating damage.
Grab (Back) Phys Grabs the Arisen or Pawn ascending their back and will start to bite them if not forced free.
Grab (climbing) Phys Grabs a target on its head and bites them for high damage if not forced free (wiggle L-stick). This attack will also remove the helmet of an Armored Cyclops and can be dodged by jumping off before being grabbed.
Stomp Phys Stomps on the ground with its foot.
Sweeping Attack Phys Uses its club or hand to swipe at targets.
Rampage Phys Charges back and forth, flailing its club or fists at random targets. Usually uses this after being hit in the eye or losing a tusk.
Jump Phys Jumps at you, crushing whoever it lands on.

Occasionally a Cyclops will pick up and throw an Explosive Barrel, usually as a prelude to battle.

Item Drops (Cyclops)

Dropped Item Regular Drop (%) Tusk Destroyed (%)
Rugged Bone 40% -
Rugged Tusk - 100%
Misshapen Eye 16% -
Beast-Steak 78% 44%
Liquid Vim 3% 5%
Salubrious Brew 3% 5%
Tagilus's Miracle 2% 3%
Steel Nut Salve - 3%
Vigor Extract 8% -
Cyclops Veil 1% 2%
Scrap Iron - 33%
Mushroom Potage 3% 5%
Staminal Drench 2% -
Rift Crystal 4% -
Wakestone* 55% -
Wakestone Shard* 45% -

*Post-Game Only

Item Drops (Armored Cyclops)

Dropped Item Regular Drop (%) Tusk Destroyed (%) Armor Destroyed (%)
Rugged Bone 40% - -
Rugged Tusk - 100% -
Misshapen Eye 15% - -
Beast-Steak 20% - -
Rift Crystal 5% - -
Iron Blade Piece - - 20%
Rusted Plate - - 50%
Scrap Iron - - 30%

Pawn Bestiary Knowledge

  • Cyclops Tactics - Specific techniques on how to defeat Cyclopes.
  • Cyclops Strategy Vol. 1 - A strong hit to the arm holding the club/cudgel will make it drop the weapon.
  • Cyclops Strategy Vol. 2 - Breaking off the tusk by attacking the head will grant knowledge. Pawns will yell "Pick up any tusks broken loose."
  • Strike the eye. It is the weakest spot.
  • Weak to Lightning.
  • Use Lightning to stun.
Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen Screenshot CycLeg

Make it stand on one leg to trigger knowledge.

  • Armored Cyclops - Climb its back and make it reach for you, then jump off before it can grab you. This will make it remove its own helmet. Also works on the Condemned Gorecyclops (although its helm can be removed much more easily via attacks).
  • Climb on its leg to throw it off balance. The Cyclops must do a specific animation of it standing on one leg for knowledge to be triggered. Once done Pawns will yell "It cannot move with one upon its leg!"

The techniques from the Strategy scrolls can be learned by either using said scroll or if performed by the Arisen in front of the pawn.

In addition to witnessing these techniques, it is necessary for Pawns to participate in killing 50 Cyclopes either with their own Arisen or while travelling with others.

Tactics

Offensive

Felling a Cyclops
  • Cyclopes are weak against Lightning enchanted weapons and spells - any form of lighting will be effective both in terms of damage, and ability to stun. Cyclopes take 80% more damage from the Thunder element. Exposure to Lightning is the easiest way to make Cyclopes drop their clubs.
    • Thus a drenched Cyclops should be easy prey when hit with lightning.
  • Vulnerable to all debilitations including Torpor, Poison, Blind, Tarred in Oil, and Burning/On fire.
    • Thus Rusted Weapons, Aneled Weapons, and Gold Weapons or combinations with permanently or temporarily elementally enchanted weapons are effective - the higher the enhancement of a debilitating weapon, the higher the chance it will debilitate with each strike.
    • Debilitation can occur even if the physical attack bounces off the Cyclops' armor.
  • Vulnerable to Lowered Strength and Lowered Defense. Use either Dark Arisen weapons inflicting those statuses or try to inflict curse.
  • Disarming the Cyclops: Strong attacks on the weapon arm, or stunning the Cyclops will cause the monster to drop its weapon. Thunder based weapons and spells, Explosive Barrels and strong attacks are all effective - a Perfect Block when it attacks with its cudgel also works.
  • Helmet removal: There are several ways to disarm a Cyclops:
    • Climb up its back just below the back of the neck - the Cyclops will remove the helmet to see better and attempt to grab the climber - jump free to avoid capture.
    • Allow the Cyclops to grab one of the party - the monster will remove its helmet for a better look, or just to have a bite.
    • NB : A stunned Cyclops (such as from thunder) will be unable to remove its own helmet.
  • Armor removal: Every piece of armor (head, arm, leg) worn by a Cyclops may be destroyed once sufficient damage has been inflicted.

Vocation specific

Defensive

Ximena's shots

The Grabbing ability of the Cyclops. although slow and easily avoided, and more so easier to wiggle free, it does large amounts of damage if you are not careful enough.

  • A general defensive strategy in Dragon's Dogma is to first eliminate all weaker enemies. However, if climbed and out of harm's way, the Cyclops will likely wipe out all nearby enemies with its club anyway.
  • If a Cyclops reaches up to grab the Arisen while being climbed, Instant Reset can be used as an emergency dismount to avoid being grabbed and eaten. A heavy attack also allows quick dismounting.
  • Engage the Cyclops from long range or from high ground to avoid its club attacks and stomps.
  • Warning: Attacking the Cyclops' eye (its weakest spot) will enrage the creature, causing it to rampage around swinging its weapon blindly. Despite the haphazard nature of this strategy, it can be extremely effective as long as the Arisen prepares to evade the oncoming rampage.
  • If a Cyclops' eye takes enough damage, the creature will occasionally hold it in pain. This gives the Arisen more time to attack, though it shields the Cyclops' weak spot.

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Notes

  • To ensure the Arisen gets two Rugged Tusk reward drops, shoot off both tusks with arrows before the Cyclops is killed. The tusks cannot be obtained after the Cyclops is defeated.
  • Although the Cyclops is extremely vulnerable to all debilitations, it may only be inflicted with up to 3 at any given time, then some debilitations seem to disappear altogether.
    • For example, if the Arisen starts the fight by shooting the Cyclops with a Rusted bow, it is inflicted with Torpor (slow). Second, the Arisen slashes it with Aneled daggers and then hits it with the Assassin's Snakebite attack as a combo; now the Cyclops is inflicted with Torpor, Blind, Tarred in oil, and Poisoned simultaneously! Third, set it on fire with Powder Barrage, Comestion or a hit from a fire enchanted weapon, and the Cyclops is now Blind, Tarred in oil, Poisoned, and On fire but now no longer suffers from Torpor! The Arisen may shoot it again with a Rusted bow to re-inflict the Torpor debilitation, but then the On fire condition gets snuffed out as a result.
  • The Armored Cyclops encountered on the cliff path leading to Heavenspeak Fort can quite easily be knocked off the cliff for an easy victory if it's staggered near the edge. Items from the kill may be recovered from the body at the bottom of the cliff, if the corpse can be found.

Trivia

  • There's actually two types of Cyclops: one that is unarmed and does not equip a helmet, and another that is more heavily armed and has a helmet equipped.
  • Oddly, the Arisen may randomly be rewarded with up to three Misshapen Eye drops from a one eyed Cyclops -one theory suggests some of these ball shaped objects are from another part of the creature's body.
  • Ophis, the female bandit leader, keeps a pet Cyclops in Ophis' Domain, which can be fed.
  • According to some historians myths of the cyclops are based on the skulls of elephants, whose nasal opening resembles a single large eye socket. Their design in Dragon's Dogma reflects this, having tusks and a head based on the elephant skull but with a single eye instead of a trunk.

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