"Into the depths of an unknown darkness"
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is the re-release of the original game containing massive new content. The game was revealed at the 2012 Tokyo Game Show. This release contains the full original Dragon's Dogma game, but with new additions such as new enemies, quests, locations, character customization, weapons and armors.
The game comes with 2 disc set for Xbox 360 version. Disc 1 contains the original Dragon's Dogma with the Dark Arisen expansion and with some game tweaks while Disc 2 contains the HD texture pack with Japanese voice acting. Each file has a size of ~1.5gb making a total of ~3gb to be installed on the hard drive.
Although it must be noted that the HD texture pack does not enhance the visuals of the original game. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is a big game that is impossible to be fitted into a single DVD9 disc. Instead the visuals in Disc 1 are downgraded to save space for Dark Arisen expansion. The players must install Disc 2 HD texture pack to play the game with its original visuals.
In other words, owners of the original Dragon's Dogma cannot just add the Dark Arisen expansion pack and play the game. Players must own the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen game.
The expansion pack features stronger foes than the original game. As such the game will prove a challenge for both new players and veterans alike.
New quests await the Arisen on the cursed island known as the Bitterblack Isle which is located on the outside of Gransys. Players will face new fearsome enemies and discover valuable treasures. Players will be able to take their characters to new heights with brand new high-level skills and augments as well as all new weapons and armour sets. Furthermore, owners of the original Dragon’s Dogma will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones and the Gransys Armour Pack consisting of six brand new costumes for free, upon purchasing Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen.
For those that missed Dragon’s Dogma the first time around, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen provides the opportunity to start their journey from the very beginning before tackling the all-new content.
Based on player feedback, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen will make the Dragon’s Dogma gameplay experience even more satisfying with improvements such as easier travel and a more intuitive menu system. For those who already own Dragon’s Dogma and then purchase Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, these improvements will be automatically retrofitted to their original game save data.
And borrowing drom Dashui's old thread:
are the first tier of the nine available vocations. They are unique to each other and each one provides various strengths. Basic vocations can eventually be upgraded to Advanced vocations.
There are three Basic vocations available:
Fighter - The Fighter focuses on the combination of sword and shield abilities.
Strider - The Strider uses a combination of daggers and bows and is capable of performing a double-jump.
Mage - The Mage uses a variety of magic and is the only vocation that can use curative magic.
are the second tier of the available nine vocations in Dragon's Dogma. They are more powerful versions of the Basic vocations and can combine to achieve Hybrid vocations.
The available Advanced vocations are:
Warrior - A more powerful version of the Fighter that focuses on two-handed weapons.
Ranger - A more powerful version of the Strider that focuses on longbows.
Sorcerer - A more powerful version of the Mage that focuses on offensive magick.
are the last tier of the nine vocations in Dragon's Dogma. As the name implies, Hybrid vocations combine aspects of the three Advanced vocations. Only your main character, the Arisen, is able to become a Hybrid vocation.
There are three Hybrid vocations available:
Mystic Knight - The Mystic Knight combines aspects of the Warrior and Sorcerer, and is the only class that can use magick shields.
Magick Archer - The Magick Archer combines aspects of the Ranger and Sorcerer, and is the only class that can use magick bows.
Assassin - The Assassin combines aspects of the Ranger and Warrior, and has no unique weapons but can use a large variety of other weapons.
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Dark Arisen brings many new challenges in Bitterblack Island
- Example builds
- DD at Gamefaqs
- Pawn inclinations by PA's Blain
Pawn Inclination troubleshooting
- Prioritize ranged / support class enemies. Good for attack pawns.
- Prioritize the biggest enemy. Good for tanking pawns.
- Use tactics / buffs. Some people don't like some of the behaviors this causes (monster grabbing instead of just attacking sometimes). But it also encourages sorcerers to team cast for faster spells. Possibly the greatest late game inclination when pawns have a lot of monster knowledge.
- Heal. Good for healbot, but even then probably not in primary because they'll abort other spells to heal.
- Prioritize weakest enemies. Usually acts like Challenger, but switches to Useless Kill Stealer randomly.
- Pick up items. - Even in combat when your team needs you. A tiny bit useful out of combat as the AI sees gathering spots you might not notice and saves you time / weight by gathering for you. But still... no.
- Guard the Arisen. Not bad in theory, but implementation stinks.
- Guard other pawns. Ditto. I still might put it on a tank so that I can pretend I've done my due diligence protecting the casters and can go willy nilly with my great stupid hammer.
- Run ahead. - Largely useless and also pulls every monster in creation.