Grim Tidings is a quest available in Dragon's Dogma.


"Cortese, Merin's brother, is dead, and Elvar lacks the mettle to tell Merin. He begs of you to serve as the bearer of bad news."

Bring Merin the bad news about Cortese his brother, and save Elvar the pain of doing so.


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Grim Tidings ~ Video Walkthrough

The quest requires the Arisen to speak with Elvar to start the quest. Elvar can be generally found in his house on the road to the chapel in Cassardis, or praying in the church, and feels guilty about the death of Merin's brother, Cortese.

Deliver the News to Merin

Merin can be found in a two story house, just north of Your House, with Mayra and Lewes. Merin can also be found on the beach area by day and inside Inez's Alehouse at the evening.

Report back to Elvar

Once the Arisen has spoken with Merin, report back to Elvar the news.

Quest successful

Upon speaking to Elvar, the quest is concluded and the reward is received.


This quest can be easily missed when starting the game. It cannot be completed once the quest A Rude Awakening has been started. (Fixed on PC version)

  • Elvar might be found in his home, but sometimes wanders the streets and can be hard to find. His house is the last one on the right on the road from the Inn to the chapel. At times, he can also be found in the chapel.
  • For the time of this quest Merin can be found crouching by the northwestern corner of the ruined house where Benita treats the victims of the attack of the dragon.
  • After completing this quest your Pawns may comment about paying Corteses grave a visit to honour him. His grave is likely the one with flowers and herbs place by it - near one corner of the Village Chapel.