Recipes are used for the forge mini-game and it can help you craft some nifty gear early in the game. They are not found easily if you have a tendency to ignore exploring surrounding locations.
Recipes will be automatically added to the forge menu for crafting once you have found them. You can try to get them as soon as possible so that you will benefit from the equipment upgrades and save some money and the hassle of buying them from the shop.
How To Find Recipes In Dragon Quest XI
You can find recipes in Dragon Quest XI through a variety of different ways. The first and most common way is to check for a red book in a bookshelf during your visit to each town. These red books will often contain bits and pieces of lore about the area but most can also offer you recipes that you can unlock for forging equipment.
The second way is to finish sidequests that offer recipes as a reward. Once you have accepted a quest, you can check to see if it has offered a recipe as a reward by going into the quests menu. Some quests will give you powerful recipes early in the game so keep an eye out for them.
The last method is by looking into treasure chests. This is the least common way but recipes can also be discovered in treasure chests that are scattered around the land. Don’t miss out on any of them.
How To Craft Recipes In Dragon Quest XI
Once you have unlocked recipes for crafting, you will have to find a campsite to access the forge menu. You can get the recipes for new equipment in each particular category this way e.g. steel swords and armor upgrades. To find the materials for the recipes, make sure to unlock and discover each shiny spot on the map and then once you have done it for a particular area, all the materials that are available in that shiny spot will be easily seen on the map and you can then grind for them as needed by the recipe.
If you are interested in reading more guides on Dragon Quest XI, check out when to unlock fast travel, easy experience farming guide, how to forge equipment and upgrade them, how to unlock mounts, how to use skill points, unlock and use DLC items or read our review of the game.