New to Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen? This May Be a Good Place to Start!


Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is finally available for PC players today, and I’ve noticed a significant spike in traffic here for a few of the guides I wrote during its prime on consoles. Rather than ask you to use the search function at the bottom of the page, I wanted to save you the trouble and post them all in one spot instead.

If you’re new to Dragon’s Dogma, I have a list of starter tips right here. Capcom doesn’t do the greatest job explaining the game’s intricacies to new players, and with over 300 hours of gameplay under my belt, these are the things I wish I’d known at the beginning.

One of the neatest features in Dragon’s Dogma is the ability to rent another player’s Pawn and add them to your adventuring party. However, it’s not that simple. Pawns are tricky to manage, and again, Capcom doesn’t really explain inclinations very well. Having a pawn that’s not only rated well by other players, but rented out frequently, allows them to gain invaluable battle knowledge, treasure locations, rift crystals, and return home with more sweet, sweet loot.

If you’re struggling in this department, or want to get an upper-hand in building the best Pawn possible, check out my guide right here.

This last guide may be a little obsolete for PC players, but I’ve created a Dragon’s Dogma FAQ for new (and now returning) players. How do you unlock new vocations? What’s the best party setup?  Do you need Dragon’s Dogma to play the Dark Arisen expansion? All that and more are answered here.

I haven’t played Dragon’s Dogma in a year or so, but if you have any questions that weren’t answered in the three links above, feel free to drop them down in the comments. I’ll try and answer them to the best of my ability.

Have fun out there in Gransys!

9 thoughts on “New to Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen? This May Be a Good Place to Start!

  1. Thanks for maintaining the page and guides. I’ve found Guide to Pimping to be useful and lucrative.

    Do you think you’ll be tempted back to play some more?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, it’s stuff like that that made it worth writing. I’m glad it’s been helpful!

      I’ve played through it 3 times on console already, so I don’t see me picking up the PC version. If it becomes backwards compatible on Xbox One I *might* pick it back up, but there’s just so many new games nowadays that it’s hard to go back to the older stuff–especially the ones I’ve already played for hundreds and hundreds of hours. =)


  2. Great guide, I’v read through all your links and feel ready to retry this game. Bought it on impulse from a secondhand store, played it once last year, died repeatedly (mostly from retarded pawns and wandering around at night.) Now I feel ready to go kick some names and take some ass ;) Thanks alot.


  3. Hmm, previous comment not showing. Lets try again.
    Great guide, left this game to gather dust after my first attempt last year, didn’t get very far, had retarded pawns, and tried to get things done at night when I was lvl4….lol on me, right. Thanks alot, and keep it up. Capcom should pay you for completing what was missing from a amazing game.


    1. Oh, your comment shows just fine, it’s just pending moderation if you’ve never commented here before. No worries!

      Night time is definitely not your friend at early levels, haha. I’m glad you found the guides useful, so thanks for stopping by!


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