The Rift is a world that connects pawns to a multitude of different Arisen. You can easily gain access to the Rift through rift stones, which act as a portal to the Pawn's world. In the Rift, you will have the ability to search and rent pawns. These can be your friends' Pawns, or any Pawn that has been uploaded to the network. While in the Rift, you have the ability to choose from a large variety of Pawns using the refined search options. The currency to borrow these Pawns are called Rift Crystals, which you gain by killing certain boss monsters. They can also be awarded to you when your main pawn returns from aiding another Arisen.
- The borrowing of pawns in Dragon Dogma is meant to keep the game feeling fresh and different every time you play. Typical RPGs tend to force you to pick your main party from the list of story based party members you have to choose from. The pawn system helps players to mix things up, since the pawns will evolve as they are used by different players.
- You can dismiss Pawns you don't want by walking up to them and pressing Y/Triangle. This helps clear up space in the Rift for Pawn you want to summon.
- Entering the Rift heals all the pawns in your party at no cost.