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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,278 reviews) - 84% of the 1,278 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 18, 2012

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"There’s a lot to be amazed at in this game, an all-round polished offering that any self-respected MMO fan should try."
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November 12

Complete Patch Notes – Mists of Peril

Complete Patch Notes – Mists of Peril

Read all about the latest update arriving on November 12. The level cap has increased to 90 and five new dungeons are available! Many nests have undergone changes, including the arrival of new Battle Dragon nests. Several systems have been revamped, and lots of skills have been revamped and adjusted. There are also new cash items in the Dragon Vault!

Heart of Merka

New town, new troubles—The opening of the Monolith has awakened the parallel dimension, which means new and powerful enemies! Travel across the dimensional rift of the Terminus Gateway to visit Heart of Merka, a parallel town that was conceived by the sister of the Goddess. Visit the five new dungeons in this area and do battle with the monsters within!

To prepare for battle, click here.

Dragon Vault Update

Argenta’s influence over the Dragon Eggs continues with the last egg of the set, the new Cold-Blooded Silver Dragon Egg! Get your wing, tail, and decal and transform into Argenta herself!

To crack open an egg, click here.

The sweet smell of roses has taken over the Dragon Vault! Go back to nature with these new rare-grade costumes and dress like a newly blossomed bud.

To see the rosy regalia, click here.

Garden of Eternity Renovation

The opening of the Monolith has generated too much power, and the Garden of Eternity has all but consumed itself. However, the implosion did not fully destroy the Garden. Some things survived, and some things were recreated.

Nests that succumbed to the implosion:
Cerberus Nest / Apocalypse Nest / Archbishop Nest / Titan Nest / Typhoon Krag Nest / Professor K Nest / Guardian Nest / Mist Nest / Volcano Nest / Arendel Trial Nest / Volcano Trial Nest / Sea Dragon Nest / Green Dragon Nest / Desert Dragon Nest / Black Dragon Nest / Dragon Expedition / Dark Banquet

Nests that survived the implosion:
Minotaur Nest / Archbishop Nest / Manticore Nest /Red Dragon Nest /Hero’s Battlefield

The Mad Spiral Ruins
The implosion has merged the Archbishop Nest and Manticore Nests! Though they are now in the same portal, they have each maintained their individual prominence.
- Recommended Level: Lv. 90
- Party Size: 1-4 Players
- Portal Location: North East Portal
- Clear Count: 3 per week
- Rewards: Epic Armor, Epic Weapons, Epic Accessories, Epic Enhancement Plates, Goddess Aura

Battle Dragon Nests

The Dragons have emerged from their lairs to pose a challenge to all those in Altera. Face off against Leviatha (Sea Dragon), Kalahan (Green Dragon), Aisha (Desert Dragon), and Pether (Black Dragon) alone if you’re strong enough—or with party. In these nests, you can engage in the boss fight immediately without having to fight through waves of lesser monsters.

- Recommended Level: Lv. 40 - Leviatha (Sea Dragon)
- Recommended Level: Lv. 50 - Kalahan (Green Dragon)
- Recommended Level: Lv. 60 - Aisha (Desert Dragon)
- Recommended Level: Lv. 70 - Pether (Black Dragon)
- Party Size: 1-4 Players
- Portal Location: Port Hermalte - Leviatha (Sea Dragon)
- Portal Location: Liverwort Marina - Kalahan (Green Dragon)
- Portal Location: Liverwort Marina - Aisha (Desert Dragon)
- Portal Location: Arendel – Pether (Black Dragon)
- Clear Count: Unlimited
- Rewards: Plates, Armor, Accessories, Dragon Gems

Daredevil Faire Renovation

The opening of the Monolith caused some dungeons, such as the Treasure Run, to be removed. Daredevil Faire now has the following dungeons:

- Gobarta
- Gobsersia
- Gobarta Revival: The Goblin Strikes Back
- Gateway of Memories
- Secret Room (we’d give you more information, but it’s a secret).

Enhancement Transfer System

The Blacksmith NPCs can now transfer enhancement levels between armors. Here is the list of armors that can use the system:

- Lv. 80 Epic Equipment
- Lv. 80 Unique Equipment
- Lv. 90 New Epic Equipment

Bug Fixes

- Various texts have been updated.
- The Universal Ape Crests now function properly.
- The Universal Ape Crests now have the proper text.

UI Changes

- Altera has been reverted back to its original state.
- The login screen has been updated.
- The opening video has been updated.
- The mini-map has been moved to the upper-right corner of the screen.
- The skills bar UI has been re-tooled.
- All of the window UI has been updated.
- The Level Up Box from Levels 81 to 90 have been added. The Level Up Box is no longer an NX item.

Dungeon Changes

- Nests have been reset.
- The difficulty settings in the dungeon areas (Port Hermalte, Lotus Marsh, Arendel) surrounding Saint’s Haven have been adjusted to Normal and Master.
- PWR consumption is now set to 60 across all dungeons regardless of party size.

Achievement Changes

- Ladder has been reset.
- Achievements have been updated to reflect the new state of Nests.
- Already acquired achievements will not be removed.
- The Weekly Achievement Window has been updated and will go live on Saturday: Manticore Nest, Archbishop Nest, Hero’s Battlefield, and Hero’s Battlefield (Hardcore).

Crafting Changes

- Transcendent Lustres can now be crafted.
- Lv. 80 Quality Dragon Gems (Attack) have been updated to include a basic stat when crafted.

NPC Changes

- NPC Andromeda has now left Altera.
- The Quackum event has ended but NPC Cassie has stayed.
- Count Spookula has stayed in Altera.
- NPC Irine has changed back to her normal outfit.
- NPC Cassie now has the R Coins Shop.
- NPC Mocha and Rosetta now have the Goddess Aura Shop.
- NPC Honest Ed’s Achievement Shop has been removed.

Item Changes

- Dimensional Crystal Fragments have been updated. They can be placed in Shared Storage.
- Skill Crest Pouches can now be traded in the Marketplace.
- Apple Juice of Life now only works in Red Dragon Nest and Red Dragon Nest Hardcore.
- MP Recovery items have been removed from shops, titles, and various items.
- The Entry Pass for Red Dragon Nest has been removed.
- Some skill-up accessories affected by the skill revamp have been changed.
- Special Dragon Gems are no longer supported.

For a more in depth look at class changes: Click Here

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September 16

Feel the Fury of the Red Dragon!

Feel the fury of the Red Dragon with this new Lv. 80 dungeon! Pether, once thought to have lost the source of his power, has returned stronger than ever. By ripping a hole in the fabric of space-time, he has re-created the nest of Rajuul on the island of Ravea. You must venture to the far side of the continent, enter the nest, and destroy Pether once and for all!

In the first stage, you take on Flame Lord Barbatos – the King of Dragons. He delivers a Sky Drop attack that absorbs your energy! He also summons multiple dragons to his defense. Jump quickly to stay on your feet! At certain percentages, he sets the floor aflame, and you must be quick to escape the flames.

Then you must face down Monarch of Pain Crudelis, who attacks with a mix of fire and ice. Beware his Fire Tornadoes and deadly Flame Rush! Heat is not the only danger as he also possesses fearsome Ice Spikes and an Ice Field. At certain percentages, you must destroy his spawns to escape certain death!

In the second stage, you face Guardian of Flames Nouvelle. He has a deadly Rush Attack, and attacks with spears in addition to fire. He is also not alone, as he summons three flame statues to fight beside him!

In the third stage, you enter the Hyper Dynamo Core. Controlled by Jasmine, it can release a devastating Laser Attack, as well as fire missiles! At certain percentages, you must also prevent the core from exploding!

In the fourth stage, you encounter Immortal Knight Tacitus. He delivers powerful Flame Sword Attacks, and also has the ability to teleport in order to attack you quickly! At certain percentages, you must prevent him from absorbing lava into his blade. As he nears his demise, you will have to work hard to dodge his attacks.

In the final stage, you face the Black Dragon’s Phantom, who is armed with Fire Tornadoes and deadly Black Dragon Breaths. His Claw Stomps can take you down, and he also possesses the ability to confuse you.

Once you defeat the Black Dragon’s Phantom, you must face the Red Dragon himself, Red Dragon King Pether. The Red Dragon can curse one member of your party, while burning the other members with his fiery breath! He can also create deadly Fire Tornadoes, or cause damage with Claw Attacks. As the fight progresses, he gains additional skills and will also summon monsters to fight by his side!

  • Recommended Level: 80 and above
  • Party Size: 5 – 8 Players
  • Portal Location: North Portal-->Garden of Eternity
  • An entry pass is required. You can obtain the Red Crescent Gem from the Volcano Trial Nest.
  • You can enter twice per week.
  • Lv. 80 Weapons and Armor (unique-grade)
  • Lv. 80 Crafting Items (unique-grade)
  • Lv. 80 Accessories (unique-grade)
  • Cooking Recipes (unique-grade and legend-grade)

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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

Mists of Peril

The level cap has increased to 90 and five new dungeons are available! Many nests have undergone changes, including the arrival of new Battle Dragon nests. Several systems have been revamped, and lots of skills have been revamped and adjusted. Enter the Mistlands, a strange world that is parallel to Altera but ruled over by a dark and terrible goddess. From the new town of Heart of Merka, you can access the five new dungeons and meet the bosses within!

Learn more about the new dungeons here: http://dragonnest.nexon.net/news/news/00Im6/
Read the complete patch notes here: http://dragonnest.nexon.net/news/update/00Im3/

Nexon Player Appreciation Event

We here at Nexon America want to show all of our loyal players how much we appreciate their support by giving out free items across all of our games. Login to each game during the event period to receive FREE in-game items and special limited offers!

Atlantica Online: http://atlantica.nexon.net/News/Detail/110/00Ils/1
Dirty Bomb: http://dirtybomb.nexon.net/news/4803/
Dragon Nest: http://dragonnest.nexon.net/news/event/00Ilt
Mabinogi: http://mabinogi.nexon.net/News/All/1/00Ilu/
MapleStory: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/4801/
Vindictus: http://vindictus.nexon.net/news/4802/

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
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
335.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Background Information:
Dragon Nest is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG published by Nexon NA (Steam Version).

Play Style/Game Play
It uses a non-targeting combat system (which most MMORPG have), so basically you have full control of the players movement using the keys "W, A, S, D". You are able to use your skills using the short cut keys "1-10" or change your key bindings to see which better suits you. Dragon nest consists of 2 game modes or 2 of both, PvP and PvE. You start off as PvE but later through the levels you can change to PvP or do both. The game consists of 8 Characters of which they have their own unique skills and abilities.

Classes have 'specialisations' where they can change into their first and second job and focus on that particular area of combat. Specialisations are granted at level 15 and level 44.
The 8 classes include:
  • Warrior
  • Archer
  • Cleric
  • Sorceress
  • Tinkerer
  • Kali
  • Assassin
  • Lancea
For more information of the classes and what specialisations they have go to the Nexon website @ http://dragonnest.nexon.net/guides/class-guide

Like every game they have their pros and their cons. Here are mine:
+Gameplay system. The choice of movement and mechanics are great
+Community. Everyone is nice but you do get the occasional person that isn't so nice
+Exp rate. There are so many opportunities you get with bonus exp to level up your character as fast as possible
+Simple. Easy to learn but takes practice to learn the mechanics of the characters. Practice makes perfect

-The lack of designing your character. The class you choose has already determined of what type and style you are. You don't really have that much of a choice to change your personal features, and the gender has been set to that class.
-Repetitive. The game can get a little repetitive at times, doing the same dungeons over and over again. But it isn't really that much of a bother if you have a friend to play with you

I've played Dragon Nest when it was in Beta, but I've kept quitting and coming back 3 times. I've finally stuck with the game. Leveling can be hard at times and you have no choice but to the grind to get to the level you desire, but that's with most MMORPGs. When I reached the level cap, I thought it was worth all the hard times of grinding. You'll think that reaching the max level will be the end, but it's a whole new chapter and there are far more things to do and goals to be set.

Here's my friend's guide for leveling:

tl;dr. it's good.

Feel free to add me or ask me any questions in the comments!
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55 of 80 people (69%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
1,269.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
I only played for a little while but so far it seems good.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
108.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Spent a lot of hours playing this with my girlfriend, been too long since I last played but I highly suggest. Great game, lot of fun played with a party, less fun playing alone but still a good experience for anyone who likes RPG games. The combat is probably my favourite thing about the game, real-time action and a lot of moving around and dodging. The graphics are still really good and can run on older computers with no problem. The only critique I can make, as well as being an aspect that I really like and something unique about the game is the session-based arenas in which all combat takes place. On one hand I quite like having them in sessions and having a set objective and path each time, but it becomes repititive if you have to complete several quests over some levels in the exact same area. I do, however, enjoy having to master each location and looking at different ways on dealing with the mobs/bosses. Overall, if I ever get the time/companions to play this game again, I totally would. 10/10 fun.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Well. I tried all of the classes but Lancea was by far my favorite one. Probably one of the better ones too because of the wave clear : ))) I got a little annoyed with the farming experience but I usually stack up on all of the quests in the town then to go the dungeons i need too.

I have never really played or got into a MMORPG game but this got me hooked.

+ not p2p more like f2p
+ cool story line
+ graphics are cool
+ u can make npc your babe (i lov u lunaria )
+ cool ♥♥♥ level designs
+ community is nice and v helpful especially in guilds.
- cant switch genders when making character??
- can be boring playing by yourself
- i dont have any friends
- cant marry lunaria or lena
- blacksmith kinda gives off a weird feeling and breaks your ♥♥♥♥ if you dont give him jellies
- argenta = bdsm

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19 of 32 people (59%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
860.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
>Enhances weapon
>Blacksmith got salty and broke +10 weapon
>didn't know peanut butter and jellies prevent breaking
>jellies are expensive af
>grinds 8 town
>gets bored
>enhances weapon again

10/10 would wipe jellies allover me again .
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