Dragon Nest is an online action role-playing game that combines the blazingly fast combat and visually stunning attacks of a console game with the epic story and role-playing elements of classic MMORPGs.
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Mostly Positive (24 reviews) - 75% of the 24 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (1,488 reviews) - 83% of the 1,488 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 18, 2012

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September 12

Update Regarding Service Transfer

As you know, Nexon America has decided to discontinue the North American service of Dragon Nest in September and publishing rights will be transferred to the game’s developer Eyedentity Games on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

For more information about the transfer, please visit www.dragonnest.com, Eyedentity Games’ website and home for Dragon Nest after the transfer. The developer will be posting more information in the next few weeks as we move closer to the date of transfer, so please keep an eye on that site for updates!

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May 12

Complete Patch Notes – The Nightmare Grows

Read all about the latest update arriving on May 12. Venture deep into the Nightmare Nest and make your way to the 4th Floor to meet its new bosses! The Dragon Vault will also be updated with new goodies.

New Content
- Updated Nightmare Nest
- Dragon Vault Update

Additional Updates
- Bug Fixes

Updated Nightmare Nest

The might of the Monolith has succeeded in adding an additional floor to the Nightmare Nest! Grab your friends and journey deep inside until you find the new 4th Floor. Several bosses wait for you there, including the final boss, the Nightmare Watchman, who performs spin and rush attacks and throws a powerful fireball!

To enter the nightmare, click here.

Dragon Vault Update

Royalty has come to the Dragon Vault! The Royal Viking lords and ladies are dressed to the nines, and you can look fashionable too with these new rare-grade costume sets. Pick up a package and also receive a Force Converter!

The Royal Vikings have brought their style to the Dragon Eggs as well! Dragon Eggs have been updated with a romantic wedding mount, a weapon coupon, and a Pure Royal Viking wing, tail, and decal set.

Bug Fixes

- Various texts have been updated.
- The Skill-Up Crest Pouch item now functions correctly.
- The Tinkerer’s skill ‘Class Mastery II’ now functions as intended.
- Little Winnie's Argenta costume now displays correctly.

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“If you're looking to dip your toes in the free-to-play ocean, Dragon Nest is certainly a good place to do it.”
8.5 out of 10 – IGN

“Besides from a few quirks, Dragon Nest provides an enjoyable experience with fast-paced gameplay that many other action MORPGs barely come close to reaching. Whether you’re a casual or competitive gamer that wants a good action fix, Dragon Nest in the year of 2014 will do nicely to fit the bill.”
4 out of 5 – MMOHuts

About This Game

Dragon Nest is an online action role-playing game that combines the blazingly fast combat and visually stunning attacks of a console game with the epic story and role-playing elements of classic MMORPGs. What makes Dragon Nest unique among action RPGs is the third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective. This provides both a unique combat “feel” reminiscent of first-person shooters and lets players enjoy the graceful and ferociously vicious combat moves of the characters.

Key Features

Lightning Fast Combat:
Unlike any other role-playing game, Dragon Nest features a refreshingly fast-paced, non-targeting, twitch-based combat system where the action never lets up. Be light on your feet and string together devastating combos as hordes upon hordes of enemies surround you, or when facing off against other players online in intense PvP skirmishes.

Epic Boss Battles:
Each of Dragon Nest's various dungeons has a massive monster guarding its prize. Minotaurs, dragons, demons, trolls - these are just some of the horrors you'll face. Special dungeons called NESTS act as multi-stage lairs for some of the most intense and challenging boss battles, but the harder the fight, the greater the rewards.

Choose Your Hero:
Dragon Nest features seven robust character classes to choose from, each with their own distinct strengths and abilities. Whether you're a ranged fighter, a close combat brawler, or a skilled mage, Dragon Nest has you covered.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP or higher
    • Processor:Pentium 4, Dual Core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 7600
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Windows XP or higher
    • Processor:Pentium 4, Dual Core 1 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 8000 series
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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27.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Dragon Nest is pretty addictive. I love this game.. Kinda wish there was a larger community, tho. Hope it doesn't die out completely.
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131.1 hrs
Posted: September 22
played it since beta test, loved it, thought it was the greatest mmo ever cuz of open non-targeting combat + anime graphics, then after the lvl40 level cap update things starting going downhill with "balancing" and "bot-proofing" updates making me drop the game after loving it for 3-4 years. every "balancing" update super boosted one class and basically nerfed all the rest and "bot-proofing" updates like gear farming was done by making mid-teir gear which always dropped in hardest difficulty of dungeons to small chance which overall hurt actual players than bots because it took A LOT more time to get decent gear for harder dungeons
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2.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
Increadably medocre and subpar at best, manages to hash out every thing you expect in a not trash f2p mmo but so medocre its not even funny tries to pull a unique card with a few of its systems but they all mange to be dull and boring. whell all said and done this game is not worth the download and by no means not worth the effort despite the game beaing trash easy and not offering a challenge to even the newest of MMO players. That being said if you are new to MMOs i would not reccomend this game. Try most of the mainstream MMOs they will give you a better start to your MMO playing
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135.7 hrs
Posted: September 19
A very fun game with a well written story. (For an MMO at least)
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 18
I Love this game. I've been play DN for 4 years, but NA server kind a late on updates rather than SEA and INA server. T_T
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642.2 hrs
Posted: September 17
this is THE game
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Donald Trump
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
Best free MMORPG i've ever played. But it is a bit of a grind unless they've made it easier.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
882.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I've tried.. I've really tried to get back into this game since after the update known as T5, or 3R. I frankly can't do it, its just so... Ugh. The updates that come to the game are far too slow, and then its lackluster updates. I really hope when the publisher cuts off the game that the developers can do it justice over here. (Nexon is cutting ties with Dragon Nest on the September 27th, this could be a good thing for the game).

Frankly, 3R ruined this game completely. Its more dead than its ever been, sure. Theres its hardcore audience and thats it.. Thats really it. I loved this game, and I frankly cannot recommend it until the Developers take it and publish themselves on September 27th. I really want this game to be sucessful, because I know it can be. It has everything that could make it attract an audience, it just needs to make changes.

TLDR; A good mmo just in a bad spot right now. I suggest checking it after September 28th. If you just want something to try, give it a chance. Play it on the side, and try to level to around 40-60 before giving it a final judgement. Thats where the game feels a lot better. Have a great day!


- Great combat. Top notch among mmos, if not the best.

- Decent soundtrack

- Okay storylines. Every character is different, some are cliche.. and are REALLY weird.

- Okay questing system, will reach you to level cap for the most part with minimal grinding, it has a tiny bit of grind, but it will bring you through for the most part.

- Decent PvP, at its worst at the moment, going to get big rebalance patches.


- Lack of content

- Lack of balance in any form

- A bit repetitive with mob types

- Lack of challenge OR, downright frustrating. Its one or the other. Its never just challenging.


Its a good game destroyed by lack of content, balance and a bad difficulty scaling. How is it a good game with out all that? Sadly, its combat, story elements, variety and more keep it from being a bad game, in terms of gameplay. You get some nice things out of it, just... Nothing great in terms of stuff to keep you there. Hopefully when the Developers take it back they'll release content more frequently. And that will help A LOT. Right now, its pretty lackluster. Its not a bad casual game though, just don't try to pour time in to it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18


10/10 game's ok I guess.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
One of the best Low-Spec MmoRpgs out there. despite it being free to play its still better than most free to play mmorpgs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
It's allright.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
528.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
I miss the good ol' days, when PVP was fun, PvE was grindy, and communities were made. I've followed this game for awhile now with +4000 hrs logged in (favored the launcher over steam) and i'm pretty bummed about the route this game went. One hit bossess and mobs all the way till cap in PvE, PvP is pretty dead now, and so is alot of the towns. Mostly just vets and idles lookin for them ever so juicy likes. This game will always have a great place in my heart, and wallet. Here's to hoping MapleStory 2 comes to us Westerners and that its not ♥♥♥♥ on like this. I'd reccommend if we could go back about 3 or so years...how the time flies...
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
838 of 926 people (90%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015

The reason for this is if you pay anyway other than prepaid you will get NX credit instead of NX prepaid. Why does it matter? Because you cant buy anything with NX credit (well nothing you would ever want to buy at least). No you will not get a refund and no there is no way to transfer the NX you bought into a useable form.

Please either upvote this review or put an advisory about this in your own review so that people are aware of this when decideing if and how they want to spend money on this game.

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540 of 651 people (83%) found this review helpful
1,156 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
-Installed game
-Launched game
-Watched opening sceen
(Rubbing hands with excitement)
-Opening sceen finishes and prompt comes up saying "You have been temporarily banned until 17/02/2050 due to suspicious account activity
-Would wait 35 years to play again
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157 of 182 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
4,099.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
[Note: this review was so long, it had to be continued in comments - see first reply by me for part 2. Also note that this is not your traditional dot point pro/con 5 second review. This is an editorial piece telling the story of how I fell in love with this amazing game.]

Although I like to consider myself a true gamer-girl through and through, I have to admit that there was one single genre I'd never tried - an MMO. The whole "pay to play" thing was a huge hurdle for me when I was a child, and so despite my fascination with the idea of such a large, virtual community, everquest and the like were always out of reach.

Fast-forward a decade and times have unsurprisingly changed. With nearly all MMO games becoming free to play, I finally had a chance to try out this genre that had piqued my interest for oh so many years. So around December 2012, I bit the bullet and started trawling through free-to-play MMO's, to see what all the fuss was about. And I have to admit, my first choices did not live up to my expectations. I tried games like Mabinogi and Rose online, but the combat just felt totally clunky and painful. There was little in the way of moving and dodging, with most of the focus simply being on casting skills with incredibly long cast times, and even longer cooldowns. Or alternatively, just whacking something with a stick over and over ad nauseum, before it keeled over and died. The graphics were bland, the enemies were repetitive, and the story seemed non-existant. I was beginning to think that I'd been seriously mislead about the nature of MMO's, and that they were all essentially just fancy IRC rooms.

But then I installed a lil game called Dragon Nest. Like my previous choices, I spent a large amount of time tinkering around in the character creator, eventually choosing a class called - wait for it - tinkerer. This is a cute little girl of about 13, who, when given the twin pigtail hairstyle, beared more than a striking resemblence to me at that age. The similarities were quite uncanny, which immediately grabbed my attention. Instead of roleplaying, I was simply getting to relive my youthful days as a young teen - something which meant a lot to me, being in my late 20's and utterly depressed at the fact that I'm not far off my thirties.

But the other games had nice character creations too, only to be let down by the game itself. So I wasn't all that optimistic about this game either.

My pessimism was shattered the instant I entered the game world. After a short introduction scene, I found myself in a beautiful snowy town, decorated with x-mas items and a nice big christmas tree at the centre of town, along with some really cheery christmas-y music. Not only this, but I saw many other characters running around - lil tinkerers like myself, sorcerers, and some rather charming looking clerics. The whole place was very pleasant and inviting, and I really felt a warm welcome to the game and the community as a whole.

As I ambled around the town, obtaining main story quests as well as side quests, I noticed that the story behind this game was very well executed, with lots of voice acting on all the main NPC's - a welcome change from static walls of text from mute characters that I'd encountered in nearly all my previous MMO games up to this point. I was also approached by a polite warrior gentlemen, whom, upon noting my newbie status, kindly started explaining many of the concepts of the game to me. He also invited me into his guild, which I was somewhat hesitant about as I didn't feel I would be of any use as a newbie. He assured me it was fine, and that anyone was welcome. I'm glad I accepted the offer because I went on to meet many wonderful people, who taught me a great deal about the game and were more than willing to help me complete tasks on many occasions.

Initially however, I chose to complete the dungeons solo, just to get a feel for the combat in this game. This isn't really an open world MMO, you simply have a town with many quests available, and then you have a closed instance field outside of the town for you (and any party members), with several dungeons being accessible from that field. This makes the game suitable for a wide audience, without needing too powerful of a computer (although don't get me wrong, the graphics are very pleasant too!).

Upon entering my first dungeon was my next pleasant surprise. The combat in this game is amazing! It was how I'd imagined all MMO's would play, prior to actually playing them. I've been told this style is called an action MMO, and it plays somewhat like a first person shooter / third person shooter, with a huge emphasis on reaction times, dodging, combo'ing, as well as carefully choosing the most ideal order in which to carry out attacks. It's very frantic, but also very rewarding. It's easy to pick up, but very hard to master. Having tried other apparent action MMO's, I have to say that Dragon Nest hands down has the best combat I've ever experienced - it's THAT satisfying.

I continued playing through about the first ten levels, but I was alone and in truth the game didn't feel that much different to single player RPG's that I'd played. This all changed when, upon my next visit to town, I was invited to my first party. I think this was the point where the game stole my heart, and I knew that I was going to be playing this for a long time. In fact, I ended up playing for 24 hours straight that very day, it was *that* endearing to me.

The game promotes teamwork heavily, with many abilities to help each other out in the form of buffs, debuffs, heals and the like. Not only this, but it was just simply fun to feel a part of something so grand. Even just chatting in town (which we ended up doing for hours) was immensely satisfying, and I met over 30 friends in that first day alone.

From this point on, the game consumed me - I played it all day, everyday, whenever I had the free time to do so. I was really eager to see what would happen next in the main story, while at the same time being happy to party with those of similar level (or even help those at lower level catch up to me). Before I knew it, my friends list was maxed out at 100. I had to tell people to add me and just send me a message whenever they wanted to party, as I had no room left on my list. Such friendships made me feel really happy - something that had been sorely lacking in my real life ever since an incident that left me scarred with PTSD, during which some brutish man tried to kill me (literally) over a road rage incident. He very nearly succeeded too, as he pushed my car towards a tree at 100 miles an hour, which I missed by mere inches. But I digress, this review is about the game not my own injustices. I merely wished to portray that my friends here really helped me come a long way to recovering from this incident.

So back to the game now - at this point I was steadily getting through quests and making my way towards the level cap. So now is probably a good time to talk about the "pay" features that you have in any free to play MMO. Dragon Nest adheres to the policy of paid items being primarily cosmetic in function - this is not a "pay 2 win" game, and there are many well known players who have not paid anything for the game at all, whom are still some of the most powerful and well-geared characters on the server. Of the few items that *do* help make a character more powerful (namely jellies for enhancing items, and stamps for allowing to sell certain high grade items on the market) both of these may be purchased from other players with in-game gold, negating the need to spend real world cash.

[Part 2 of review continued in comments to this due to length restrictions. Please don't leave your own comments guys, it will ruin the order of my replies]
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174 of 222 people (78%) found this review helpful
294 people found this review funny
1,881.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
run while you can
don't play this game

live your life, be free
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