Once an area is cleared of creatures, it will stay empty for a period of time - smaller foes can reappear several times in a Day and Night cycle, others reappear after a day or so. The largest foes such as Drakes or Evil Eyes take a week to reappear.
Quest related encounters do not re-occur; of all the monsters in Gransys, only The Dragon cannot be farmed, appearing only once per questline.
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 over a million gold.
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.
The reappearance of creatures is far more rapid on Bitterblack Isle than in Gransys. There are two more ways to encounter additional foes - via reentering the arena like areas Rotunda of Dread and The Black Abbey after a set of enemies has been killed; and also creatures that are attracted to the corpses of others - these are known as Necrophages.
Death, Garm, Elder Ogre, and Cursed Dragon
- For a list of the types of Necrophages than can be lured in specific locations see Necrophage.
If a creature is killed swiftly enough before the meat decays, exiting and re-entering may cause a second necrophage to appear.
- Once a bait has been used in an area and decayed, further immediate placements of bait may not work.
- Save-reload exploits (Save-Godsbane-Reload) can be used to repeatedly re-summon creatures in the same area.
- Exiting Bitterblack Isle, returning to Gransys, and sleeping for ~3-4 days before returning should also reset the spawn.
- When multiple necrophages can appear, the appearance sometimes depends on the other foes present - this can sometimes be changed by exiting and re-entering an area.
Daimon can be battled continuously after he has been killed for the first time, re-appearing whenever the Arisen enters the Bitterblack Sanctum. The four treasure chests within the Bitterblack Sanctum will also always be refilled after the battle.
Loot, Gold, Cursed Items, Body Parts
Furthermore partially mined out Ore deposits can be refreshed using a save-reload exploit, with waiting.
Creature Body Parts
Any item that drops as a result of severing or destroying a bodypart from an enemy can be farmed. This includes the parts from Dragons' wings and horns, Saurians' tails, Cyclopes' tusks, and even Chimeras' heads.
To do it one has to:
- Sever/destroy the bodypart/s on an enemy leaving it alive.
- Reset the enemy status, either leave and re-enter the area, or portcrystal away
- Godsbaning also works but enemies' health won't reset.
- Return and discover the part has regrown.
- Return to 1.
Level and Rank
Discipline Points are best gained by killing large numbers of smaller enemies.
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- After the quest A Warm Welcome the guards in the Noble Quarter become hostile. The Arisen can climb the Gran Soren Cathedral boundary wall and let their pawns slay the endless reinforcements of Gran Soren soldiers, whilst receiving the Experience Points and Discipline Points for the battles.
- The player may literally walk away from the game and come back in a few hours with current vocation maxed out to rank 9. Gaining levels is possible with this technique, but it is much slower than gaining vocation rank. This exploit can also be continued in in the Craftsman's Quarter - where the Soldiers give more experience when slain (600+), but are noticeably harder to kill.
- For advice on battling each foe, see their own pages.