Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

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Name Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Release Date NA: Apr 23rd 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3)
JP: Apr 25th 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3)
EU: Apr 26th 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3)
Jan 15th 2016 (PC)
Oct 3rd 2017 (Xbox One, PS4)
Apr 23rd 2019 (Nintendo Switch)
Genre Action RPG
Platform/s Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation®3 PlayStation®4, PC, Nintendo Switch
Rating M: Mature 17+
Price $29.99
Online Yes (asynchronous)
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom

Dark Arisen in Dragon's Dogma is an expanded version of the original game that features all of the original content and introduces a new island and questline. The game expansion comes with new skill upgrades, stronger enemies, a final boss, better weapons and armor, and the introduction of a new island called Bitterblack Isle. The dark and ominous island is filled with new enemies and challenges to defeat which brings the game to an all-new level of excitement.

Players will rise once again and continue their journey as the Arisen in this new game. The Arisen will journey towards the new island called Bitterblack Isle where dangers & exciting adventures await them. Each Arisen is accompanied by NPCs called Pawns. You start out with one main Pawn, that can summon 2 additional support Pawns that will bring the total party to 4. As the Arisen, you master nine vocations that will determine the skills to learn, weapons & equipment to use to defeat deadly enemies.

Players will travel to the grim and deadly island of Bitterblack Isle where dangers await at every turn. As encounters on the island can be difficult, it is recommended to gear up and level up appropriately before traveling to the new island to have better chances of surviving. Players will face the deadliest of enemies, discover special equipment & learn new high-level skills. 


Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Features

  • Contains all the original DLC from the previous game
  • All new high-level skills for all vocations
  • Brand new weapons and armor sets, equipment, and augments
  • Discover cursed equipment and cleanse them through Purification
  • Get better equipment by Rarifying (a new equipment enhancement system)
  • Fast traveling is now made easier and cheaper
  • Each Arisen now get an additional ring slot
  • Combat, skill, and weapon balances


Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Story Overview 

In Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, players can explore the terrifying region of Bitterblack Isle, where they must fight stronger foes as the Arisen. Explore the island and interact with some of the deadliest enemies in the game, making it a challenge for players to defeat them. To play through all the new content, it is recommended that players reach a minimum level of 50.

The Arisen can form a party of 4 with pawns to create a strong alliance and defeat the dark forces threatening the peace of Gransys. The party will set out and defeat the strong enemies of the Bitterblack Isle. The Arisen can make use of valuable treasures and cursed equipment found on the island.  

The game also features new skills for each vocation, new equipment, and special cursed equipment that can only be found on the island. These equipment are initially unusable in their cursed state, but can be cleansed through Purification, a service offered by Olra in exchange for Rift Crystals.


Preparing for Bitterblack Isle

While there are no prerequisites for entering the new island, Capcom recommends finishing the main story before visiting Blackbitter Isle or a minimum level of 50. As encounters on the island can be quite difficult, it is recommended to level up and gear up appropriately before exploring the new area. This island is considered to be the endgame dungeon and has proved to be difficult. Players can travel to the new island by talking to Olra on the pier of the starting town Cassardis during nighttime. Note that the cutscene will only be triggered when you visit the area at night. Players can make use of the inn nearby to pass the time. Once you get there, she will then take you by boat to the Bitterblack Isle. 

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What to Expect in Bitterblack Isle?

 So you arrive on the island and things are certainly darker and different. Here are some things that you should note about gameplay changes and what to expect in Bitterblack Isle:

  • The dungeon is divided into sections. There will be safe zones and Rift Stones in between, allowing you to restock on resources and regain health before continuing onto the dungeon.
  • Bitterblack Isle enemies have a weakness to holy and are immune to dark. Defeating a new enemy will give you new knowledge from each of them.
  • Players will find and discover cursed equipment. In their original states, cursed equipment is unusable but all you have to do is take them to Olra so that she can purify these items, allowing them to be used. Purification requires Rift Crystals, which you can find throughout the island.
  • There are no shops or inns within Blackbitter Isle. You have to visit the town for all services, by talking to Olra and the others.

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Bitterblack Isle is considered to be the most difficult and is the endgame dungeon. Players are advised to stock up on supplies, balance out skills, and take time in finishing the area. Make sure to keep your pawns updated and upgrade your equipment as necessary. Players will find and discover new items on the island which will prove to be useful in their journey. Make use of all the items and services available to you.


Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen Boss: Daimon

 With my every breath I cursed the eternal chain and all who would perpetuate it."

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The game introduces a new final boss in the game: Daimon. The powerful boss can be found in the Bitterblack Sanctum at the deepest level of the dungeon. Players can seek the powerful boss for a fight to the death and hefty loot and rewards. An Arisen from ages ago, Daimon refused the choice given to him by the Dragon. Then upon refusal, he was transformed into a foul and mad creature filled with despair. Daimon continues to long and despair at the loss of his loved ones. Daimon is the embodiment of chaos and little is known about his true strength. 


Dark Arisen Release Dates, Price

The game is initially released in 2013 for Xbox, 360, and PS3. Incentives will be given to the original owners of the game including 100,000 rift crystals, an Eternal Ferrystone, and the Gransys Armor pack for various NPCs in the game. 

The PC version was later released in 2016, then the Nintendo Switch version in 2019.  While owners of this version of the game do not get the additional incentive rewards for transferring their original save file, all of the same DLC are available in this version.


Dragon's Dogma System Requirements

Recommended PC Specs

  • OS: Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K
  • Graphics:  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM 
  • Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 
  • Hard Drive: 24GB or more of available space 
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection 

Minimum PC Specs

  • OS: Windows Vista (32/64bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 660 CPU
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 5870 
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM 
  • Screen Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Hard Drive: 24GB or more of available space 
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection 


Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Key Features  

New Questline, New Island

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen includes all the original DLC quests and many DLC cosmetic features from the original Dragon's Dogma. The game features the most challenging content in the game in the form of Bitterblack Isle. Embark on a journey to travel the grim island and expect deadly encounters in maze-like chambers. Experience the new quest line and fight the deadliest of foes known to Arisen, Daimon

Combat balances & other changes

Changes were made to balance out existing builds.  Some weapon stats are tweaked for balance. Certain skills and augments have been balanced out.  Tweaked stat increases for weapon upgrades. Base stats for 10 Magick Bows have been improved. Cheaper Ferrystones. New equipment enhancement system called Rarifying. Players also now get an additional ring slot.

Improved Travel Experience

With the release of the new game, players can now enjoy fast travel at a cheaper rate. Additional Portcrystals to be collected from quest locations can now be found in-game allowing faster travel. Players can now buy Ferrystones for a lower price from Fournival and The Black Cat. A new Portcrystal ring is also added outside Cassardis.

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The game introduces the 3rd method of equipment enhancement. Rarifying allows players to enhance their weapons and armor beyond the normal 3-star Enhancement and Dragonforging. Rarifying uses items and Rift Crystals to enhance Dragonforged items up to 2 additional rarified levels: Silver Rarified & Gold Rarified. This service is exclusively offered by Barroch in Bitterblack Isle.

2 Rarified Levels:

  • Silver Rarified denoted by Icon silver rarified 
  • Gold Rarified denoted by Icon Gold Rarified


New Online Event: Ur-Dragon

Players worldwide will take down the new boss Ur-Dragon. Players fight the Ur-Dragon in the Chamber of Lament found in the Everfall. Each battle fought against the boss whittles down its massive health pool, and when the first Arisen deals the killing blow, every Arisen gets their own chance to kill it within a certain time window. Upon killing the Ur-Dragon, players get unique loot and upgrades to their currently worn equipment. Players still get rewarded for participation even if they don't manage to kill the boss in time.

More skills, equipment, augments

The game introduces new high-level skills for all vocations. Each class will unlock a new tier of deadly skills to master. Find cursed equipment on the new island Bitterblack Isle and discover valuable treasures and new high-level weapons and armor sets. Gear up your pawns with new & improved augments. The game also features existing equipment balance changes, more character customization options, combat and skill changes, as well as a way to enhance weapons and armor after dragonforging-- through rarifying. A new equipment cleansing method called Purification that can be used on cursed equipment.


Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen FAQs


How do I get to Bitterblack Isle?

After downloading the Dark Arisen DLC you will need to head back over to the starting town, Cassardis. Once you've reached the town rest a the inn there until night. Once you've done that approach the NPC on the docks known as Olra, once you've spoken to her you should be able to gain access to Bitterblack Isle.

What languages are supported in-game?

The game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese text as they were originally available on the console version. There are currently no plans to add other languages. The game includes English voiceover. Japanese VO unfortunately is not supported due to licensing restrictions.


What DLCs are included? Are there plans for future DLCs?

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for Steam is the complete package. There is no additional content to purchase beyond the base game! All previously released DLCs on the console, including pre-order exclusives and bonus content, are all baked into the base game.

Does the game support more than one save slot?

No. The pawn trading system and interaction with the Rift server was designed around a single save and player profile. While hot-swapping save file outside of the game is technically possible, this will cause synchronization issues with the pawn you have uploaded to the Rift or shared out to friends and other community members.


Are there any regional content differences? 

No. There is only one version of the game. Whether you buy physical or digital, the game is identical worldwide. 

What’s Capcom’s stance on fan-made mods?

We won’t stop modders from tinkering around with the Steamworks edition of the game. The act of modding Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen and the use of modded content is not officially warranted or supported by Capcom. Play at your own risk.


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