There are a number of Farming Exploits in Dragon's Dogma and in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen which can be used to rapidly and or repeatedly kill foes either for Experience Points, Discipline Points, or loot and Gold.
Dragons can be killed for several forms of reward - in addition to experience, they can be used to Dragonforge equipment, and certain species may give Dragon's Tears which are useful in The Everfall. For Dragonforging or item drops, the Godsbaning exploit can be used to gain the desired result. Early in the main quest, the only dragon in Gransys is the Drake in Devilfire Grove - if killed, one will re-appear after one week.
The offline Ur-Dragon is much easier to kill than the online version and can be relatively easily farmed for its loot drops. (Lvl.50+, Lvl.80+ recommended).
Destroying the Dragon's hearts yields useful rewards, including large amounts of Putrid Dragon Scales which sell for over 20,000 Gold, as well as other Dragon parts, and fairly common drops of Ambrosial Meats. Each heart gives two or three items, with 30 hearts on the Ur-Dragon.
Once killed, the Dragon always rewards the Arisen with 20 Wakestones, and a special holy enchanted weapon - both of which sets can be sold for up to 1 million gold.
Use a Rancid Bait Meat in the Duskmoon Tower or Midnight Helix to lure Cursed Dragons. Duskmoon Tower will only spawn Cursed Dragons and no other monsters. When the Arisen first arrives there, Barroch is present and can be used to store and replace any dragonforged equipment when heading to the Midnight Helix.
Cursed Dragons spawn in the area as long as the Rancid Bait Meat persists. This means that killing the Cursed Dragon and re-entering the area will immediately spawn another Cursed Dragon. This can be done multiple times as long as the Rancid Bait Meat persists.
- In the Duskmoon Tower (Pre-Daimon), a Cursed Dragon will spawn immediately when using Rancid Bait Meat; (Post-Daimon) killing the Dire Dragon is required when not using Rancid Bait Meat. If one does not place a Bait Meat, the Cursed Dragon will spawn only after the corpse of the Dire Dragon has decomposed. If one places the Meat with the Dire Dragon still alive, a Cursed Dragon will spawn alongside the other Dragon.
- An exploit for low-levels: In Midnight Helix you can make the Gorecyclops duel the Cursed Dragon. For that you must free the Gorecyclops and then summon the Dragon using Rancid Bait Meat. Preliminary clearing the tower of Gargoyle and Skeleton Magi is highly adviced. In case the Cursed Dragon appears before the Gorecyclops is free, it's better to stay on the bridge and shoot the Dragon down when it flies while breaking Gorecyclops' helm and attacking its eye. After both enemies are free, just flee into one of the bottom tunnels, the one leading to poisoned river or the one leading to exit. The Gorecyclops' mindless attacks will harm the Dragon, which will respond and so the duel will begin. An exit tunnel is advised, although it's not that safe from the Cursed Dragon. It allows you to observe the fight and help the one you want to win by distracting their opponent onto yourself for a moment. That also can be used to maintain their health near equal so that it'll be easier to finish off the winner in the end. A small tip: If you can use distant attacks (e.g. Bows or magic) you can break the Gorecyclops' helm off, then hide in the tunnel, summon the Dragon, wait till it flies, and then shoot Corecyclops' eye from safety to make him break free. Make sure you deliver the finishing blow to the Dragon, otherwise you won't get any experience, only dragonforging will be done.
Post-Daimon, Death can be made to appear in the courtyard of the Garden of Ignominy, provided the stench of death there is high. This can be achieved either by killing enemies, or, more easily, using Rancid Bait Meat.
The foes in the Garden of Ignominy can be changed by simply entering and exiting a Riftstone, or by exiting the main entrance and re-entering. After Death is routed from sustaining too much damage, re-zoning after dropping another bait can cause him to re-spawn immediately.
To "Farm Death" the following steps can be taken:
- When in the Garden of Ignominy defeat all enemies (Note: Saurian corpses attract Death, while Goblin corpses attract Garm.)
- Save the game.
- Die via Godsbane or return to the main menu.
- Reload the save.
- Upon reloading drop a piece of Rancid Bait Meat. Death will Spawn.
- Damage Death as much as possible until he retreats.
- Zone the area by leaving and then re-enter - eventually, enemy corpses will decompose. Enemies must be refreshed and killed again.
- Repeat the steps 2-7 above to re-spawn Death again.
Spawning Garm is very predictable, as any room that spawns a Garm will always consistently spawn Garm, usually in a pack of two or three. The spawn rate and number of Garm spawned may change after defeating Daimon for the first time, but their spawn locations will always remain the same. As with all Necrophagic enemies; the more corpses are present in an area, the more likely these creatures will spawn.
The following steps can be taken:
- When in the Garden of Ignominy (Or any other location Garm frequently spawn) defeat all enemies  that spawn.
- Save the game.
- Stab the Arisen by using the Godsbane.
- Reload the save.
- Upon reloading drop a piece of Rancid Bait Meat. Garm will spawn.
- Defeat all the Garm.
- Zone the area by leaving and then re-enter.
- Repeat the steps 2-7 above to re-spawn Garm again.
An Elder Ogre can be spawned in the Fortress of Remembrance Pre-Daimon, much earlier than the below method. Using a Bait Meat in the Fortress Pre-Daimon will only spawn an Elder Ogre, whereas the above Stockade method may spawn Death instead.
That can lead to a lot of tedious rezoning and wasted bait, and that issue is of no concern in the Fortress Pre-Daimon method. The only downside is after your bait/dead enemies disappear, you have to respawn the undead on the bridge to lure more Elder Ogres. You can still lure 2 - 3 Elder Ogres per bait though, even 3 - 4 if one spawns "naturally" while you're slaying the undead on the bridge before any bait is placed (which is not uncommon actually), and so you won't need to respawn the enemies more than once or twice to get their coveted crafting materials & the Immortal's Bracers from completing the Wages of Death II quest. To respawn the undead on the bridge, simply go back to Gransys and sleep for 3 days.
Here's the method broken down by steps:
- Enter Fortress of Remembrance, dealing with Death as you are able. He will always spawn the first time you enter the Fortress Pre-Daimon, but won't after that in that spot. Kill the undead on the bridge, which may spawn an Elder Ogre before bait is even placed.
- Save game for precautionary measures. Place bait anywhere on bridge, and kill the Elder Ogre.
- Exit/re-enter the way you came in via the Corridor of Emptiness. Kill the new Elder Ogre that has now spawned. Repeat this step until the bait/dead enemies disappear, and no Ogre spawns upon re-entry.
- Go back to Gransys and sleep for 3 days.
- Return to BBI, and repeat steps 1 - 4.
One other advantage here is that you will have quick easy access to both Olra and Barroch because you are just past the first shortcut gate in the Corridor of Emptiness. Barroch sells Rancid Bait Meat, and that's a big help because most players won't have gathered a lot of bait yet at this point in their first Pre-Daimon BBI run.
An Elder Ogre can be spawned infinitely in The Bloodless Stockade using Rancid Bait Meat. For best results, the below method should be done Post-Daimon with Gorecyclopes present in the First Level Underground as there is seemingly a higher chance of Death spawning instead when Living Armor are present in the First Level Underground. If a Rancid Bait Meat spawns an Elder Ogre, then all remaining Rancid Bait Meats should spawn an Elder Ogre.
Method for spawning an Elder Ogre infinitely:
- Place Rancid Bait Meat on walkway before stairs leading to Sparyard of Scant Mercy
- Defeat the Elder Ogre
- Save game
- Use Godsbane/exit to main menu
- Load save
- Enter Sparyard of Scant Mercy
- Exit Sparyard of Scant Mercy to re-enter The Bloodless Stockade
- Repeat steps 1-7
Daimon can be "farmed" continuously for multiple runs, without the need to wait or sleep at an inn. Although the treasure chests within Bitterblack Isle will only re-spawn after 3 (in-game) days, Daimon will always re-spawn whenever the Arisen enters the Bitterblack Sanctum. The four treasure chests within the Bitterblack Sanctum will also always re-spawn after Daimon is slain.
In Dragon's Dogma, the Evil Eye tentacles could be farmed for Malecryst Shards when encountered during the early quest Lure of the Abyss. In Dark Arisen, these tentacles no longer drop any items. The tentacles found in the outer halls of the Chamber of Sorrow do not drop Malecrysts, only those found in direct association with the Eye itself.
During a conventional Evil Eye battle, the tentacles can be farmed in a similar fashion for rewards, whilst doing little damage to the Eye itself. Active Pawns may interfere with such a scheme by killing the Eye of their own volition.
Chests and other loot
Discipline and Experience points
Noble Quarter Guards
Post game spoiler follows
After meeting the Duke during the quest A Warm Welcome, and entering the Noble Quarter of Gran Soren, an endless supply of guards will pursue the Arisen. The Arisen can simply climb the Gran Soren Cathedral boundary wall and let the pawns slay the endless reinforcements of Gran Soren soldiers.
The player may literally walk away from the game and come back in a few hours to find the current vocation maxed out to vocation rank 9. Gaining levels is possible with this technique, but it is much slower than gaining vocation rank. This technique should really be used specifically for growth in vocations the player simply does not wish to grind through to learn that vocation's augments and skills.
This exploit can also be continued in in the Craftsman's Quarter - there are multiple safe rooftops to hide on. Soldiers in this area give more experience when slain (600+) than those in the Noble Quarter (80+), but are noticeably harder to kill.