Drakes are an astoundingly hardy and powerful adversary, possessing many powerful attacks, the means of flight, and the ability to use Fire Breath. They can seize control over the will of Pawns for a brief period and then use them against the Arisen. The Drake bears a glowing chest where its heart resides which serves as an exploitable weakness.
DescriptionEditThe smaller cousin of the titular Dragon in Dragon's Dogma. The drake is one of the lesser dragonkin encountered in the game. The drake will most likely be the first dragon-kind encountered in a player's game, as it is the only dragonkin to exist on Gransys prior to The Final Battle.
Defeating a Drake has a chance of dragon forging your equipment, as long as it has at least one level of enhancement.
Information and StatsEdit
Base Exp of 25,000
|Health||Attack||Defence||Magick Attack||Magick Defence||Weight|
|Fire Breath||Mag||A massive stream of fire is let loose from its mouth. Can cause Burning . The Drake can use this move while moving forward or backing away from its target(s).|
|Dive||Phys||A powerful lunge from the air.|
|Charge||Phys||Charges at a target on the ground.|
|Grab (Arisen)||Phys||The Arisen is grabbed and then slammed into the ground.|
|Grab (Pawn)||Spec||A Pawn is grabbed, but instead of being slammed into the ground, the Drake tries to seize control over the pawn. Causes Possession, which turns the Pawn against the Arisen.|
|Slam||Phys||Will take flight and slam its stomach into the ground, dealing massive damage.|
|Spin||Phys||If the Arisen or one of his/her Pawns are holding onto the Drake while it is in flight, it will spin rapidly, draining a massive chunk of stamina.|
|Stomp Attack||Phys||A powerful attack with its feet, staggers targets.|
|Sweeping Blow||Phys||A sweeping blow with Front Claws.|
|Tail Sweep||Phys||A powerful spinning attack with its tail, knocks targets off their feet.|
|Roar||Spec/Status||A mighty roar that kills all Pawns within range, staggers the arisen and causes Skill Stifling.|
- Mighty bend with Ice Enchanted bow will instantly cause the drake to hit the ground. This can be pulled off everytime the drake is using fire attack or holding a pawn.
- Bring some Empty Flasks so a player can bottle the Spring Water in the Healing Spring southwest of the Drake's spawning area in Devilfire Grove. Being able to heal you and your Pawns at the same time helps a lot, especially after the Roar attack. It is also possible, with some patience, to lure the Drake all the way to the Healing Spring.
- The Drake is weakest against Ice elemental attacks.
- The heart of the Drake on the front of its chest is its weak spot. The exposed heart must also be struck, when the Drake is nearly dead, for the killing blow. This can only be done by the Arisen.
- When the Drake grabs a Pawn and begins possessing them, the move can be interrupted by directly attacking the claw holding the Pawn. Dealing enough damage to the Drake until it staggers will also release the captured Pawn.
- When the Drake is writhing on the ground with its heart exposed, the heart takes exponentially more damage from attacks than it does when the drake is on its feet.
- When the Drake takes to the air, attacks to its heart, head or wings can bring it down. Oftentimes, this can be used to put the Drake in a cycle, as when it recovers from the fall, it will likely fly again. Repeated attacks to the wings will eventually disable the Drake's ability to fly.
- When the Drake flies into the air and goes off to a new spot a little distance away, if the player does not immediately follow it, it's often far away enough that one can save the game and then go to re-engage it in battle.
- If the Drake is in the air, try to grab its tail and climb up to its heart and attack. This is much easier with Assassin and Fighter vocations.
- Standing behind a tree can render the Drake's attacks --- most notably the Fire Breath and the Roar --- harmless.
- If the player and his/her Pawns can dash behind the Drake as it rears up to roar, it will have no effect.
- When using a bow wielding vocation, use Fivefold Flurry or Tenfold Flurry combined with Blast Arrows to make short work of this battle; simply hitting the Drake's heart at close range with two of those attacks will make it drop and writhe in pain, allowing for further attacks. This can be done again as soon as it gets up, effectively stun-locking it and preventing it from retaliating, all while exposing its heart for attacks.
- If the player's party has a Warrior that has the skill Indomitable Lash, this can make short work of a downed Drake, more so if the Warrior is wielding Malignance, a rather powerful Ice Based Elemental Weapon, it can also render a Drake's wings useless in only a few slashes.
- The Drake usually uses a grab attack after using Roar. If there's any Pawns near the drake, do not revive them first or they will be grabbed. You should move out of the way and revive Pawns that are further away first.
- After the Drake grabs the player and slammed him/her to the ground, it will follow with a charge attack. Blocking or countering abilites like Masterful Kill, should be employed for a massive payback.
- The Sorcerer spell High Maelstrom works well against the Drake as it has a wide attacking radius and can easily hit the heart without having to aim accurately, the multiple hit from this spell can sap away the Dragon's health quite quickly and keeps it staggered often. A whole team of Sorcerers, spamming High Maelstrom can fell a Drake in no time.
- Mystic Knight's Great Cannon is extremely effective against the Drake, provided you have an ice enchanted weapon like Almace equipped (or enchanted via spell). Have the Pawns distract the Drake long enough for you to cast at least 2 spheres of the Cannon and fire away, the amount of shots are enough to generate a fair amount of continuous damage and also hit almost every part of the Drake's body, allowing for easier parts break. You can even use the cannon to deal the killing blow on the heart, so there's no need to move in close for the final hit. Combining the Cannon with other augments such as Bloodlust and Acuity for an even better result. The Wyrmking's Ring also helps a lot. If done right, you can finish the fight without taking even a single point of damage (though the same cannot be said for the Pawns...)
- For those who want to kill a Drake earlier than normally possible try this method. Using a long range vocation (Magic Archer works best thanks to the auto aiming of your bolts) go to Devilfire Grove. Clear out the hill opposite the grove where the Hobgoblins and Cyclops are. Once that hill is clear go into the grove just far enough to shoot the Drake and get it's attention. Quickly run back to the hill you just cleared and stand in front of a chest by a tree. Staying there use your long range skills to shoot the Drake everytime it cycles back towards you and your pawns. It will go in a loop of towards you, get to main path, turn around, go to the woods, turn around and come back to towards you. It may take you a long time but you can kill it this way. You can save your game everytime it goes back to the groves. WARNING: If you knock it out of the sky by the main pathway be careful how much you attack it, especially as it gets up. It may decide to break the loop and come over onto your hill after you. A quick dash away from it without engaging will send it flying back to it's grove but it is best not to risk it if you and your pawns are underleveled for this fight.
IMPORTANT: There is the chance that when a drake swings its whole body around that it can knock your lantern light out and in the heat of battle you might not even think of re-lighting it, which can make finding the Drake rather hard since it can only be seen by the glow from its mouth and chest.
CAUTION: Support pawns that are used are at a higher level than that of the Arisen,can be possessed and can annihilate the entire party. Proper potions/curatives that remedy Possession should be carried and utilized as necessary.
|Location||Map Location||Visual Location||Respawn Time|
|Devilfire Grove||7 Days|
|Conqueror's Sanctuary||3 Weeks|
|Estan Plains||7 Days|
|Chamber of Fate in the Everfall||7 Days|
|Dropped Item||Regular Drop (%)||Drake Horns Destroyed (%)||Drake Wing Destroyed (%)|
|Amber Dragon Scale||32%||-||5%|
|Great Dragon Alula||-||-||80%|
- Killing the Drake gives a percentage chance of dragon forging equipment depending upon enhancement level of the equipped gear.
- The horns can still be broken off when the drake is dead, but there is a short time window to do so.
- After a reload or retry the dragon's horns regenerate. This effectively means that after a save and reload more horns can be broken off allowing for multiple Dragon Horn drops in one fight.
- Having all three dragon tears in your inventory guarantees the drake will drop a Wakestone (Post-Game Only and you must be in the everfall.), and improves the chances of receiving the above drops.
- After defeating The Dragon, a special version of the Drake can be found in the Conqueror's Sanctuary. It has more HP than the common drake; and unlike other Drakes, this particular one speaks in English as opposed to Latin.
- When the Drake uses its Roar attack, it may come with dialogue. "Arisen!"
- Being the only draconic enemy available before the Post-Dragon Campaign, fighting Drakes is the easiest way to get Dragonforged equipment earlier in the game.
- When fighting the drake at Devilfire Grove, resting at the nearby Rest Camp near Lake Hardship is the best way to quickly rest for 7 days to respawn the Drake. A good gauge would be to assault and kill the guards at the camp site as they take 7 days to respawn as well. There's a Rift Stone for lost pawns or updating old pawns when you level up.
- The Drake's Tear increases the drop rate percentage of rare loot, which icludes increasing the drop rate of Wakestones and Wakestone Shards in the Everfall . When in your inventory with the Wyrm's Tear and Wyvern's Tear, the drop rate percentages increase further.
- The Drake is a lesserkin of the dragon, and is the fire-based counterpart to the Wyrm and Wyvern.
- The Drake is also the only one of the dragon lesserkin to be available to fight (in Devilfire Grove) before killing Grigori.
- Latin Quotes:
- "Arisen!!" (Battle Start)
- "I am your master." (when possessing a Pawn).
- "Slay your master!" (when possessing pawn)
- "The seat of god lies beyond..." (death throes)
- "Am I to die...?" (death throes)
- "You are not the vessel..." (upon killing the Arisen)
- English Quotes:
- "Arh..Ah! ... Who are you?"
- "I must feed...slate my hunger!"
- "Your heart, give it here!"
- "What have I? Ngh? Wauuugh!"
- "Aye, that is the way, chosen one!"
- "Show me your power!"
- The generic wyrms and wyverns share the Latin dialogue.