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Dragon Quest Builders 2

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Dragon Quest Builders 2

Also known as: Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidō to Karappo no Shima (JP)
Developers: Square Enix, Koei Tecmo
Publishers: Square Enix, Nintendo (US/EU, Nintendo Switch)
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows
Released in JP: December 20, 2018
Released in US: July 12, 2019
Released in EU: July 12, 2019

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is Dragon Quest meets Minecraft... again. Also involves something about some twerp befriending a freshly-revived God of Destruction, but that's probably not important.

To do:
  • The original short Japanese demo released before the game came out might be worth looking at.
  • Document debug build. (Can be used to access the Battle Atoll as well as a developer test area.)

Unused Graphics

To do:
Finish going through these. Check which of these are just the graphic, and which have actual items/models present.

Dragon Quest Builders Leftovers

This game reuses many item graphics from the first, included with these are leftovers from the first game. Most of these are either items rendered redundant by mechanical changes or were story and quest-specific.

Graphic Notes
Dragon Quest Builders 2 water crystals.png The Water Crystal (left) and the Hot Water Crystal (right), items from the first game that served as sources of water. Due to the introduction of the Bottomless Pot key tool in this game, these were rendered unneeded.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 flooring series.png Icons for the "(Material) Flooring" and "(Material) Cladding" series of items. A key tool with essentially the same function was introduced in this game, the Transform-O-Trowel, rendering these items from the first games redundant.
(Source: BenXC)

Unused Item Icons

There are graphics for both completely unused items as well as for used items that are never given the opportunity to use icons for various reasons. There are also some that appear to be earlier versions of used icons.

Unused Used Notes
Dragon Quest Builders 2 placeholder icon.png -- A placeholder black rounded cube present as several duplicates.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 unbreakable block.png -- An icon for the unbreakable blocks that make up the "bedrock" of the game. While the blocks themselves appear if one digs down far enough, they are never obtained or seen in any way that renders this icon visible.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 scales block unused.png Dragon Quest Builders 2 scales block used.png A rather flat looking, presumably early, icon for a block of Malroth's scales. The outline thickness and angle of the unused icon isn't quite right compared to other block-type icons, either.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 glove II icon.png -- A crudely-drawn glove with "II" superimposed onto it. Possibly a placeholder for an upgrade to the Builder's gloves, which never get upgraded or improved in any way during the course of the game.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 babs outfit.png -- What appears to be Babs's version of the Cottontail Costume, which cannot be obtained by the player in any way. The icon also appears to be somewhat unrefined, lacking stylistic flourishes present in used icons.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 infernal workbench unused.png Dragon Quest Builders 2 infernal workbench used.png What appears to be an early version of the Infernal Workbench's icon.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 mini medal sign.png -- Icons for the signs at puzzles that give out mini medals, left for the incomplete puzzle state and right for the solved puzzle state. While these dot the game's landscape in many areas, they cannot be obtained or seen in any way where these icons would be used.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 monster chest.png -- These locked chests open and turn into regular treasure chests when the nearby monsters associated with them are defeated. While in the "cursed" state they are indestructible and unopenable, meaning there is no way for the player to see this icon for them.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 metal barrel.png -- A distinctly un-stylized metal barrel. There are no metal barrels resembling this one in the game, though there are wooden barrels.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 fan.png -- A crude icon of a fan. It does not resemble anything used in the game. There is a trap, the Woosh Widget, that makes use of wind, though it looks nothing like this.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 bottle.png -- A crude icon of a bottle with a skull on it. It does not resemble anything used in the game.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 scaly things.png -- Two icons of... something... textured with Malroth's scales. While they appear to just be flipped versions of each other, they are actually very slightly different. The hint of yellow on the bottom suggests these would either be from Malroth's tail or paws; segments of his tail are already obtainable as the "Twisting Tail" item.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 durian.png -- A set of unfinished looking icons for what appear to be durians, including a rare variant, as a farmable plant. Durians do not appear in the game anywhere at all.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 grapes.png -- Unfinished icons for grapes, though they don't seem to have anything for a rare variant. Grapes do not appear in the game anywhere at all.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 banana unused.png Dragon Quest Builders 2 banana used.png Icons for what appears to be a rare variant of the banana exists, suggesting that at some point they were a properly farmable crop. Regular bananas can be collected in the game in certain areas, but they cannot be grown (and thus produce rare variants) by the player.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 starfish unused.png -- What appears to be an icon for a "harvested" food item version of Malroth's nemesis, the starfish. While starfish appear in the game, they are simply placed in the inventory as regular decorative items instead of one that can be used in cooking.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 starfish dish.png -- An icon for a detestable dish that includes starfish. Its existence is perhaps connected to the above possible food version of the starfish.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 vine.png -- A crude icon for a vine. Vines and vine-related materials appear in the game, though this specific early-looking icon is not used.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 Orbs of Heroes and Magic unused.png Dragon Quest Builders 2 Orbs of Heroes and Magic used.png Early icons for what appear to be the Orb of Heroes (the red one) and the Orb of Magic (the blue one). The Orb of Power does not appear to have an early icon here.
(Source: BenXC)

Battle Atoll

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Battle Atoll world map icon.png

An unused graphic for a location on the world map that is never visited or unlocked by any released DLC exists.

(Source: BenXC)

Builderpedia Monster Icons

There are several unused icons for the game's monster "dex".

The Goregon is an enemy from Dragon Quest II and a recolor of Madusa, a boss that does appear in this game. Pazuzu and Belial were underlings of Hargon in Dragon Quest II; while both do (barely) appear in this game, they're never added to the Builderpedia.

Zoma, the final boss of Dragon Quest III, does not appear in this game in any fashion whatsoever.

Untranslated Labels

Cacti speak Japanese.
...But what does it mean?
This game has text or audio that needs to be translated. If you are fluent with this language, please read our translation guidelines and then submit a translation!

Various labels for menus and general notifications/popups are present in the English version that remain untranslated.

(Source: BenXC)

Revisional Differences

To do:
Ideally, elaborate on the vague updates notes.

Version 1.1.0

Released December 20, 2018.

  • Various bugfixes.

Version 1.2.0

Released December 27, 2018.

  • Added compatibility the with New Year's item pack, which can be downloaded from the online store for free.

Version 1.2.1

Also released December 27, 2018.

  • Fixed some gameplay progression-related bugs.

Version 1.2.2

Released January 9, 2019.

  • Some bugfixes.
  • Adjusted appearance rates of monsters on the Isle of Awakening.
  • Adjusted Malroth's attack power when equipped with a weak weapon during certain battles.
  • Fixed a bug where the Furrowfield Retriever could not be petted, making it impossible to progress.
  • Adjusted items dropped by some monsters.
  • Increased probability of befriending some monsters.

Version 1.2.3

Released January 11, 2019.

Version 1.3.0

Released January 31, 2019.

  • Added the ability to create Buildertopias, randomly-generated empty islands that the player can build freely on.
  • Added additional NPC dialogue.
  • Added items that prevent monsters from appearing on the Isle of Awakening.

Version 1.4.0

Released February 28, 2019. Either this update or v1.5.0 fixed an item duplication glitch.

  • Added compatibility with the Hotto Stuff Pack DLC.
  • Added setting to enable or disable being able to see water through glass.
  • Added setting that directs characters to look at the camera in photo mode.
  • Added expression change feature to photo mode.
  • Doors can now be opened with switches.
  • Increased number of dyes available from crops.

Version 1.4.0b

Released March 5, 2019.

  • Fixed a bug with obtaining a trophy in the PS4 version.

Version 1.5.0

Released March 28, 2019.

  • Added compatibility with the Aquarium Pack DLC.
  • Added visual setting that enables the glass of aquariums to seamlessly mesh with water.
  • Added visual setting for water opacity.

Version 1.5.1

  • Fixed a bug with the display water through glass setting not being saved after resetting the game.
(Source: Japanese official website, Japanese "DQB2" Wiki)

Version 1.6.0

Released May 30, 2019. The international versions of the game released with this version number.

  • Added compatibility with the Modernist Pack DLC.
  • Added ability to ride befriended Golems.
  • Added ability to bottomless pot that allows shallow water to be placed.
  • Added some new items.
  • Added ability to dye some existing items.

Version 1.6.1

Released July 18, 2019.

  • Minor bug fixes.

Version 1.7.0

Released August 18, 2019. The last major free content update, dubbed the "Epilogue Update" by the developers.

  • Added a short story section involving a group of characters from the endgame whose fates were unresolved in previous versions of the game. Consequently, this resulted in several new unique NPCs that can be added to the player's home island.
  • Increased available save "profiles" from one to three, resulting in a total of six actual save slots, though three of these are autosaves.
  • New setting for the Buildnoculars item allowing the cursor movement speed to be adjusted.
  • New setting allowing plant growth to be disabled.
  • A counter for the number of rooms on the current island was added to the pause screen. This is useful due to a 100-room cap on active rooms.
  • Added several new hairstyles for the player character based on those used by NPCs.
  • Added new items that allow the player to control the weather.
  • Removed "learned a recipe" animation when unlocking recipes with gratitude points. (Considering the player would have to do this dozens of times, possibly at once, when unlocking these, this is a blessing for one's sanity.)
  • Directional arrow demonstrating which way an object will face when placed was added.
  • Additional functionality was given to the War Banner item. The player may now call non-combat NPCs to their side with it; previously, it could only be used to call NPCs capable of combat.

Version 1.7.1

Released November 4, 2019, and referred to as "1.7.1a" in Nintendo Switch copies.

  • Added compatibility with the Jumbo Demo, though said demo wasn't actually announced when the update went live.

Version 1.7.2

Released for the PC version only on December 23, 2019. This fixed several issues present in the PC release relating to control mapping and game performance.

  • A problem where certain mice caused issues with camera speed was fixed by providing a setting relating to it.
  • Change to how graphics settings are determined on initial game startup.
  • Fixed detection issues relating to the game running above intended framerates.
  • Fixed an issue where remapping of the jump command to certain inputs prevented NPCs from being able to jump.
(Source: DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 - Producer Letter – Dec. 20th, 2019)

Version 1.7.3

Released for all versions March 19, 2020.

  • Fixed a bug relating to decorative photographs becoming invalid on other user's islands.