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Dragalia Lost is a Free-to-Play Action RPG co-developed by Nintendo and Cygames released for Android and iOS on September 25th, 2018, for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, and the US, with plans for it to be released in other regions later on. It is Nintendo's first wholly original IP for mobile.
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Alberia is a kingdom dominated by dragons, with its royal family sworn to pacts with several dragons. Your player character is a prince who is seventh in line to the throne, but has long avoided forging a pact to avoid competition with his siblings. However, he is tasked with making a pact with a dragon as part of the mission to investigate the weakening of the Sacred Shard, their one defense against numerous hordes of monsters. But as he sets out, an unspeakable tragedy occurs and he is left to his own devices as he unravels what led to such an unfortunate disaster.

Aside from the main game, Dragalia Lost has also branched into other types of media.

  • An official Gag Series webcomic/manga titled Dragalia Life, which can be accessed in-game. It is also freely accessible here!
  • A manga adaptation drawn by Ayumi Fujimura on Cygames’ Cycomics platform.
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Tropes used in this game:

  • Actor Allusion: Megumi Han voices Jeanne D'Arc in this game as she also does for the incarnations of Jeanne from other Cygames franchises such as Rage of Bahamut, Granblue Fantasy and Shadowverse (even though said incarnations aren't technically on the same universe).
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts:
    • From the Teams -> Collection menu, you can sell extra weapons, wyrmprints, and dragons for cash or Eldwater. However, aside from the Eldwater the bounty for doing so is a pittance and is almost completely useless for contributing to actually getting the funds for buying anything stronger than the thing you just sold.
      • Promoting adventurers to 5* also fits into this. Generally, promoting a 3* adventurer to a 4* adventurer is generally worth it, as it's only a humble 2500 Eldwater cost and it's required to unlock the fourth level of the mana circle. Promoting an adventurer to a 5*, however, costs 25,000 Eldwater, and it generally isn't worth it in the long run.
      • The nodes final Mana Circle costs for your adventurer costs around 20,000 to 30,000 Eldwater each to unlock. Not only that, unlocking the final Mana Circle requires resources that can only be obtained from events, obtaining duplicates of adventurers or selling duplicates of dragons and wyrmprints.
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    • The Crafting menu lets you build weapons for cash and resources, and later Enhance those weapons into stronger forms. Actually doing so, however, is enormously expensive. You'll need five copies of the weapon you intend to enhance (four to Unbind the one you will be Enhancing), plus a load of Whetstones and scrap weapons to level up the weapon to its maximum level. Then, after spending more resources to actually do the Enhance, you will be left with one copy of the new weapon, with no unbinds, at level 1. Be prepared to repeat the process all over again in order to make extra copies of the weapon for further unbinding, and of course, the new weapon will be mostly useless until you feed it more whetstones and scrap weapons to get that level up too.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: In Chapter 7, Mym mentions that some ruins near Saint Loiter used to be part of an advanced civilization long ago. Its destruction came about because the dragons were angry that the civilization's development of technology was disrupting the flow of mana, so a vast number of them descended upon the area and laid waste to everything.
  • Advertised Extra: The character Leif is usually presented in loading screen tips like he's important along with characters like Euden, Notte or even Harle despite only showing up for all of one chapter segment in the entire story. The only other time he's shown up is in Dragalia Life and in wyrmprints. He finally returns in Chapter 8, revealed to be biding his time doing the Dyrenell Empire’s bidding waiting for an opportune moment to join Euden and strike.
  • Aerith and Bob: In such a fantastic setting, one would come across names such as Ezelith, Cibella, Ranzal, Elisanne, Sarisse, Joe, Sophie, Vanessa...and that's just a handful of the characters.
  • Alan Smithee: Subverted, some of the characters credited in the English dub are credited with actual voice actors, but the rest are generally pseudonymous names. It's implied that the English dub was done in Canada barring one exception. note 
  • All There in the Manual: The history of Alberia is detailed in two pre-release videos, including information of the Dyrenell Empire and the name of the sixth greatwyrm. The website also includes two relationship charts, one for the story characters up until the middle of the second chapter and another for the royal family. Notably, it shows Euden's relationship with even his siblings that have yet to be properly introduced.
  • And I Must Scream: In "The Accursed Archives", a village's residents are transformed into books through a ritual. From what can be read on the books, it's an agonizing experience.
    STOP STOP STOP MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP STOP STOP MAKE IT STOP ME STOP ME STOP ME STOP ME STOP
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • Failing a quest won't cost any stamina (or Getherwings, if you join someone else's quest). This is helpful if you accidentally use the wrong team, have connection issues, or get saddled with a bad player.
    • The AI behind your computer-controlled allies is staggeringly bad and tends to just sit there and die instead of making any effort to avoid the danger indicators of area-effect attacks. Thankfully, if you use one of your special attacks, the invulnerability frames you gain during the attack animation will also protect your AI companions from harm.
    • Complete a time-limited endeavor but forget to turn it in? Fear not, as any completed endeavors will remain even after they've expired, so you won't miss out on their rewards.
    • If a co-op quest is abruptly interrupted by either disconnecting or the host giving up, you'll be switched to solo play. This might not be enough for the tougher ones, but otherwise, you still have a shot at finishing it.
    • Your first summon of the game will always give you a 5-star adventurer. Even if your subsequent pulls get you junk, you'll at least have something cool to start with.
  • Animal Motif: The Boar Clan of Hinomoto has boars and pigs for their clan, based off of the Year of the Pig in the Eastern Zodiac.
  • Arbitrary Mission Restriction: Some levels fix the stats of your party. On one hand, this means you can't cheese the quest by bringing in high-level adventurers; on the other hand, this means you don't have to miss out if you only have low-level characters.
  • Apocalyptic Log: During "The Accursed Archives" the heroes stumble on the diary of a deceased priest stationed in an ominous village. It starts off normally, but as they go through the diary, its entries become more deranged, up to the last few pages where all that is written are Madness Mantras.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: "The Hunt for Harmony" reveals that Luca keeps a variety of Trick Bombs with him for pranks. This comes in handy when he has to stop a rampaging dragon, as he happens to have a Calmbomb DX for that moment.
  • April Fools' Day: In 2019, starting up the game brings players to Notte's Slumber Shot, a top-down shmup in which Notte takes on fiends, with Midgardsormr as the boss. The difficulties available? Sweet, Sassy, and Molassy.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Elly has a very strong reaction to Louise reading her romance novels out loud.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Unfortunately, your AI partners leave much to be desired. They don't attack nearly as frequently as you do and they will rarely get out of the way of attacks. Thankfully, the creators are making a point to work on them so they aren't as useless.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Five-star characters. Because of the astonishingly low rates for summoning five star anything, a rate that is divided between characters, dragons, and wyrmprints (That is, until wyrmprints were removed from the gacha from April 2019 onwards), it's very rare to find any five-star character. It's simply a better strategy to build a team of four-star or even some three-star characters and train them well than hold out to get five-star characters.note 
  • Bare Your Midriff: A common trait in Sylvan fashion, both to male and female characters of that race. Cleo is the only Sylvan shown to not show her belly (and this helps mark her as an oddball among Sylvans), although she does bare hers on her Dragonyule alt.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A kingdom north of Alberia wished for their own dragon so they could have power equal to them. What they got was Juggernaut, who promptly proceeded to cow them into submission and terrorized the people of the kingdom.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jeanne d'Arc's dragon story focuses on a woman who was falsely declared to be pactbound to the dragon of note. She leads an army to a nest of fiends, but everyone gets separated in a fog generated by the fiends. When all hope seemed lost, a hand breaks through and guides the woman through, and the army miraculously manages to rout all the fiends. While the others mention they were able to find their way by the faint image of a flag, only the woman knew the whole truth - that Jeanne herself came to their aid.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • The Advanced Dragon Trials, featuring a High version on one of the Greatwyrms. They're much more fierce than their regular counterparts, with souped-up versions of their regular attacks and many new and tricky moves. They require a high amount of Might to unlock, and even then if you're not careful you'll find yourself downed in short order. Taking them down requires high-end equipment and an incredibly powerful and coordinated team, but if you win, you'll be able to use the High Greatwyrm, who is on the same level as the summonable 5-star dragons, as your shapeshift dragon.
    • The "Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes" event adds Alfonse as one to the event, making his attacks hit like a truck and also using force strikes like the players can, letting everyone know why he's called “the Benchlord.”
  • Boring, but Practical: While 4-star weapons and 5-star Void weapons aren't as strong as 5-star elemental weapons, they're much easier to power up. Not only are they much cheaper to fully upgrade than 5-star elemental weapons, they only require materials that can be obtained infinitely, while 5-star weapons need materials that can only be obtained from events in limited quantities. In fact, there are some 4-star weapons and 5-star Void weapons that are actually better to equip on certain adventurers than their 5-star elemental weapon counterparts.
  • Break Meter: Bosses have a separate meter that builds as it takes damage. Once the meter fills, it enters an overdrive state, becoming much more aggressive. Attacking the boss while it's in overdrive depletes the meter, and once it's empty it enters a break state and becomes vulnerable.
  • Breaking Old Trends: High Mercury differs from the other High Greatwyrms in that her opening attack is significantly weaker, to the point where melee adventurers can survive it without her associated Wyrmprint. High Mercury also lacks unavoidable attacks besides her first one and has around twice the HP of High Brunhilda, meaning the challenge is based less on surviving and more on beating her before time runs out.
  • Breather Episode:
    • "New Years Tidings Fortune from Afar" can be seen as one, airing after the release of an eventful Chapter 7 and having no real antagonist, unlike the previous raid events.
    • The Valentine's Day Episode, "Valentine's Confection," is all about the main characters and the representing Valentine-variation of the adventurers and their business. Unlike other events, it has no storyline nor bosses, and the resource for the event is acquired by just completing quests.
    • “The Hunt for Harmony” is a lighthearted Easter themed romp compared to the Lovecraftian horror of “The Accursed Archive.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: You can pay real money for a variety of boosts, currency to perform summons, instant enhancement materials, and more. DL does stand out, however, for having a few of the cheapest options for this on the market (like a daily paid-currency pull that is one-fifth the cost of a usual pull, and options for getting paid currency that reduce the cost of this to as low as 36 cents a day).
  • Calling Your Attacks: Adventurers will call out the names their personal skills. Subverted with characters from the Fire Emblem Heroes crossover, who say a Pre-Mortem One-Liner instead, and weapon skills, which adventurers say a more general line when using.
  • The Cameo: Several Rage of Bahamut characters appear in wyrmprints like Forte in "Lord of the Skies", Cerberus (with Coco and Mimi) in "Fireside Gathering" and Albert in "Levin's Champion". The Jeanne d'Arc dragon also takes some obvious cues from the Jeannes in Rage and Granblue Fantasy, including being voiced by Megumi Han in Japanese.
  • Cap:
    • Adventurers, weapons, dragons, and wyrmprints all have a level cap, which depends on their star rating and, for the latter three, their unbind level.
    • You can have at most 999 Stamina and 99 (was 50 at launch) Getherwings in reserve.
  • Character Portrait: During story scenes, the characters use their illustrations which are slightly altered. There are a few characters who use entirely different illustrations as their portraits, like the Prince, Elisanne (regular and Halloween), Luca, Elias, and Vixel.
  • Character Select Forcing: Or Wyrmprint Select Forcing.
    • Early events included Wyrmprints that gave event-specific benefits, like dealing extra damage to the event's raid boss or getting more event items. Usually, this meant that the event Wyrmprint was all but required in order to get the most out of the event. Boss-specific Wyrmprints were phased out in later raid events and the ability to equip a second Wyrmprint was later implemented to encourage more diverse usage of Wyrmprints.
    • There are Wyrmprints that reduce damage done by a specific High Greatwyrm. They are absolutely required for their respective Advanced Dragon Trial, as they open with a massive damage attack that will kill you if you don't have the Wyrmprint equipped.
  • Charged Attack: Force strikes are of the hold type. By tapping and holding on the screen for a bit, you can unleash a stronger attack that can break enemies' guards.
  • Christmas Episode: The event "The Miracle of Dragonyule" is one, with Cleo, Nefaria, and Xander donning seasonal attire. There is even a Yuletree to add to the castle.
  • Circus Episode: The “Dream Under the Big Top” facility event is this.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: The game is mostly playable with other people. Raid battles, in particular, require you to play in co-op.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Crosshair Aware attacks come in three colors. Red ones come quickly but have small areas of effect, yellow ones are slower but hit in a larger area, and purple ones are massive and additionally will hit anyone within its area regardless of what they are doing.
  • Cool Horse: “Scorn the Destrier” is a wyrmprint that tells the story of the horse that Emperor Dane rode on, that whoever broke him in would be king.
  • Cooldown Manipulation:
    • Skill Prep and Shapeshift Prep pre-fill your respective gauges by a certain amount at the start of a quest.
    • Skill Haste and Dragon Haste boost the fill rate of their respective gauges.
  • Critical Status Buff: The Last series of abilities give a substantial boost the first time its user's HP falls below a certain amount.
  • Crosshair Aware: Some of the enemies' and bosses' stronger attacks will have colored areas appear on the ground indicating where and how soon it'll hit.
  • Crossover: A crossover promotional event occurs between Dragalia Lost and Fire Emblem Heroes. During the event, players could summon Marth, Fjorm, and Veronica, while Alfonse is the Guest-Star Party Member requiring friendship points to be a permanent member.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Ilian Church is basically the Theme Park Version of Catholicism if Jesus were a woman and also had a pet dragon.
  • Dangerous Phlebotinum Interaction: During the Fire Emblem Heroes crossover, it turns out that the Askran and Emblan dimensional powers from Fire Emblem interact very badly with the Dragalia world. The Prince and his allies already deal with rifts to the space between worlds on a regular basis, and the presence of Alphonse and Veronica together causes these rifts to open and shut uncontrollably, tearing the world apart. Emblem villainess Loki even set up the crossover for this very purpose, in order to mess with everyone for laughs.
  • Darkest Hour: So far, the end of Chapter 5 and the first half of Chapter 6 deliver. See Wham Episode below.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Adventurer and dragon stories give focus to that particular character, detailing how they joined the Prince's group, shows a bit of their time at the castle, and may reveal some of their backstory.
    • Events can bring some characters to the forefront, like the Halloween 2018 event giving Althemia and Edward a starring role.
    • Dragalia Life is a gag comic which does this to different characters, usually those from a new showcase.
    • Wyrmprints also have stories based on one or more characters on the card.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: Played for laughs in Dragalia Life Comic #26 when Melsa figures out Ranzal and Luca have not only stolen two bread rolls, but have also stolen some other food. Elisanne says they don't get dinner that night.
  • Dialog During Gameplay: Certain quests have characters converse about recent story events. During single-player, your party might make some general comments during certain events as well.
  • Difficulty Spike:
    • The game gets progressively harder with each quest cleared. However, the last boss of Chapter 5 recommends an staggering 5200 might, 500 more than the previous quest and 150 more than the last boss of the next chapter.
    • The Advanced Dragon Trials is a significant difficulty boost when compared to Imperial Onslaught and Dragon Trials /Master difficulty as the dragon bosses have stronger and powerful attacks that can wipe your adventurer from full health to zero. To demonstrate how hard the Advanced Dragon Trial is, having a max unbonded 5* elemental weapon is almost a requirement for your main damage dealer, and 5* weapons utilize materials that can only be obtained from events. Cygames introduced Void Battles to help fill the difficulty gap between Advanced Dragon Trials and Imperial Onslaught/Dragon Trials, with some weapons craftable that help newer players to easily transition into High Dragon Trials (such as 5* weapons that deals bonus damage to high dragons and a Flame facility to help players start off in High Midgardsormr).
    • The "Dream Big Under the Big Top" facility event introduced a new difficulty level for challenge battles, Master difficulty. This is almost the same as other facility events' challenge battles where the player needs to face 5 waves of enemies, except the difficulty is jacked Up to Eleven, as normal Mooks are capable of dealing 200-300 damage per attack while all of the bosses' attacks can instantly kill your adventurer.
    • In the "Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes" event, the normal and hard versions "The Alberian Front" are manageable, even if some errors occur. The Lunatic version, on the other hand, requires your team to be agile and coordinate well, as the enemies are far more hardy and strong. One wrong move and you'll find yourself failing the level in short order.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Soloing hard content and boss fights (especially timed ones) using one adventurer, it requires the player to have some of the strongest wyrmprints, weapons, and dragon to do this effectively. But this requires precise timing on dodges, skill activation, and animation canceling in order to solo a boss while still maintaining DPS. For ranged characters, this is generally easy to do, but much harder to perform with melee based characters. The awesome part is that soloing hard content is generally more viable than taking an AI team with you in some cases due to massive Artificial Stupidity of the AI. And keep in note that ANY adventurer with reasonable DPS can solo anything, even 3 star rarity ones.
  • Diminishing Returns for Balance: Only one copy of a co-ability can be active on a team. If multiple characters have the same co-ability, only the highest value will be used, while the others will do nothing.
  • Doomed Hometown: While the prince is off completing his task in the first chapter, the kingdom of Alberia falls and reforms as the Dyrenell Empire. Most of the soldiers protecting the kingdom have similarly converted.
  • Double Unlock: There's quite a lot that needs to be double unlocked in terms of building units in your Halidom and also in crafting weapons.
    • For leveling up your main Halidom, it involves your Facility Level, your cumulative upgraded buildings as well as having money and materials needed.
    • For enhancing weapons to new tiers, it first involves having the previous one be fully Unbound to its tier 4, then having it maxed out in level as well as having materials needed to create it.
  • Draw Sword, Draw Blood: The flavor text of the 5 star tier 3 shadow sword, Dáinsleif, tells that it's an evil weapon that it cannot be returned to its scabbard until it has tasted human blood.
  • Easter Special: “The Hunt for Harmony” is this involving not only a spring event, but also the Sylvans as a race of Easter bunnies.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Water beats Flame, Flame beats Wind, and Wind beats Water. Like Cygames' Granblue Fantasy, Shadow and Light are weak to each other in a fashion that always benefits the player (e.g., Shadow players deal more damage and take less from Light monsters, and vice versa).
  • The Empire: The backstory of the game has the Dyrenell Empire as its evil empire as it was infamous for crushing countless peoples underfoot. Alberia suddenly renaming itself after this empire and declaring war on the world is the first sign that something has gone seriously wrong with the status quo.
  • Equipment Upgrade:
    • Weapons and Wyrmprints can level up by using dedicated itemsnote  or different weapons or Wyrmprints on them respectively.
    • Weapons can be upgraded into a new form once they're fully unbound and reach their max level.
    • Wyrmprints gain stronger effects if they're fully unbound. After the April 2018 update, it was buffed so that they have upgrades every two unbind levels, making a fully unbound version even stronger.
  • Experience Booster:
    • The prince has an unlockable skill that increases Player experience received if he participated in the quest. This effect can trigger in co-op even if he isn't the lead character by having him in the same team as the chosen character.
    • Some wyrmprints increase Player experience, but they don't stack with each other or the prince's skill.
    • The Bronze Fafnir increases Adventurer experience for everyone in the party, and its effect can stack with other Bronze Fafnirs, especially if each one is max unbound.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The Dáinsleif and Mistilteinn, the Infinity Plus One Swords for shadow sword and lance, respectively, have eyes on their bodies as well as dark backstories.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Nidhogg's Dragon Story tells the tale of a noble who was cast out and exiled to Nidhogg's toxic swamp. Rather than despairing over his situation, he uses his last moments to ask the dragon about the afterlife. His last words before he passes away are of excitement as to what may come next.
  • Face Doodling: The "Hanetsuki Rally" Wyrmprint has this happen between Luca and Euden doing it to each other as they trade victories against each other by marking one another with X's.
  • Fairy Companion: Notte, a faerie the Prince and Zethia met when they were young.
  • Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables: In their Valentine's story, Ranzal and Luca look for somnium apples which are meant to be sweeter than any apple. Turns out they have better luck looking for them at night since they glow with moonlight. Now they just have to avoid eating them all before Euden gets a taste.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Hinomoto is a fantasy version of feudal Japan. It's an island nation like Japan, it has a hierarchical structure reminiscent of its country of inspiration, samurai are everywhere, and if the Boar Clan is any indication, the Twelve Wyrmclans are based off the eastern zodiac.
    • The land of Taiwu, where the people of Peng Lai come from, is based on China.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Especially with regards to the gacha mechanics. For instance, gameplay-wise, you get most adventurers by summoning them. Story-wise, they join the Prince's group through a variety of other circumstances.
  • Gag Series: As a counterpart to Grand Blues! from Granblue Fantasy, this game has Dragalia Life which also focuses more on comedy, particularly various character and event-related gag skits.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The antagonist of "The Accursed Archives" is taken out in a story sequence. The boss you fight in the repeatable quests at the end is one that doesn't show up anywhere in the event's story and has no explanation for its presence.
  • Guest Fighter: As part of a crossover with Fire Emblem Heroes, Marth, Alfonse, Veronica, and Fjorm are playable adventurers.
  • Halloween Episode: The "Trick or Treasure" event is this with Althemia, Edward and Elisanne getting dressed as vampires to get closer to the fiends attacking them.
  • Harder Than Hard: The rerun of "Resplendent Refrain" introduces the Nightmare difficulty for the raid boss Sabnock, where he's even tougher than his EX version.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The main character, canon name Euden, is re-namable, though he is often referred to by his title of prince.
  • Hidden Elf Village:
    • The “Hallowed Mountains” wyrmprint show that the Qilin clan are heavily isolated and rarely make contact with humans.
    • The Sylvans are very reclusive due to their lifestyle of living with nature. Due to the Dyrenell Empire attacking Luca and Sarisse's village, the siblings are aware of the danger of this isolation and try to warn other Sylvans of the potential threat as seen in "The Hunt for Harmony".
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Notte's hitbox in Notte's Slumber Shot is only the size of the dot centered in her. This is necessary because the higher difficulties are Bullet Hells where the gaps in the enemies' attacks are smaller than Notte herself.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: An Evil Empire named Dyrenell.
  • I Have Many Names: In Mistilteinn's flavor text, it's described as not the name of a single weapon. It's been a sword, a lance and the sprout of a plant.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Cupid's dragon story, he is approached by a lady who wants to fall in love with an amazing man. When Cupid learns that the lady wants to be with a gardener, he's about to object, but stops when he realizes that he was only going to mention himself, and knowing fully that the two were perfect for each other. He hooks the two up as promised and redoubled his efforts to spread love to others.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels:
    • The difficulty levels in Notte's Slumber Shot are Sweet, Sassy, and Molassy, named after a phrase Notte said back in Halloween.
    • The difficulty levels in the "Lost Heroes" event are Normal, Hard, Lunatic, and Infernal, like Fire Emblem Heroes.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: The Fólkvangr sword that you can get during the "Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes" event is outright stated to be just a replica of Alfonse's sword and is only slightly better than a fully unbound and leveled up 4 star sword. It does have the bonus of increasing strength once the wielder has their HP under 50% health.
  • Interspecies Romance: It's not unheard of for dragons, even nonhumanoid ones, to be attracted to or fall in love with humans or Sylvans, and several dragons you can summon will express attraction to or fall in love with the Prince.
  • Invulnerable Attack: Special attacks, such as the Prince's Blazing Circlet, leave the user mostly invulnerable during the attack animation. This can be exploited to power right through most large area-effect attacks without harm. However, attacks marked with a Purple area indicator will bypass your invulnerability and must still be physically avoided.
  • Item Crafting: The game's stronger weapons can be created at the smithy by using materials and money.
  • King Mook: Some bosses you face are souped-up versions of regular enemies.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: During "Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes", the Prince's crew come across Alfonse escorting Veronica. As the Prince's crew saw someone resembling Veronica leading Dyrenell troops earlier, they assume Alfonse to be part of Dyrenell and demand that he and Veronica surrender to them. Alfonse, on the other hand, saved the real Veronica from Dyrenell troops pursuing her and assumes the Prince and crew to be part of Dyrenell as well. As neither side refuses to submit to the other, they square off.
  • Level Grinding: Leveling up dragons, wyrmprints, weapons, and adventurers in general. As their levels get higher, so do the amount of EXP required, to the point that it's more convenient to use specialized items to level them up instead (i.e. Crystals and dragonfruit for adventurers and dragons respectfully). In the case of weapons and wyrmprints, it's generally better to level them up using Gold Whetstone and Consecrated Water respectfully than using weapons and wyrmprints obtained from drops at higher levels.
  • Level Up Fill Up: Raising your player level will fill your current stamina by an amount equal to your new maximum stamina, and you gain 12 Getherwings. If this exceeds your maximum stamina and Getherwing count, excess stamina and Getherwings will be stored.
  • Limit Break:
    • There are skills each character can activate once enough damage is dealt, which can range from more damaging attacks to healing and buffing the team.
    • Transforming into a dragon is controlled by a meter, which builds by killing enemies and damaging bosses.
  • Little Bit Beastly: All members of the Sylvan race have ears that look like a cross between a cat's and a bunny's.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The game launched with sixty characters and thirty-five dragons, with a whole lot more to come. It's a big cast.
  • Madness Mantra: One of the people-books the Prince's group read in "The Accursed Archives" repeats "MAKE IT STOP" and "STOP ME" intermittently.
  • Metal Slime: Rare enemies sometimes show up during levels. These enemies are much stronger and more aggressive than the other enemies in the level and can disappear if they aren't killed in time, but the rewards they drop are also better.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Adventurers cannot be on the same team as an alternate version of themselves.
  • Mythology Gag: In the main home screen, the characters can be seen walking and/or bobbing their heads to the tune of the background music "Bokura no Network". On November 16, 2018, when DAOKO uploads the official music video for the song on YouTube, there are indeed citizens walking on the streets alongside DAOKO, and one bystander bobs her head sideways, just like in the game.
  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: Sunlight Stones and Damascus Bricks also exist in this game, with their names unchanged, and icons looking like their Granblue Fantasy counterparts.
  • New Year Has Come:
    • The “New Year Tidings Fortune From Afar” event is this mixed in with Lunar New Year with Ieyasu being the leader of the Boar Clan, with 2019 being the Year of the Pig.
    • A proper Lunar New Year raid is in the “Skyborne Spectacle” event.
  • No Casualties Run: Many quests grant a bonus award if no one in your party is incapacitated.
  • No-Damage Run: Some quests grant a bonus if the character you control never takes damage.
  • Non-Combat EXP:
    • Crystals can be used to level up adventurers outside of combat. They come in bronze, silver, and gold varieties.
    • Dragons can only level up by giving them dragonfruit or sacrificing a different dragon to them.
    • For weapons and wyrmprints, the player can use weapons/wyrmprints obtained as loot to level them up, but the player can also use whetstone and waters to level them up respectfully, which can normally be obtained from events or certain starter packs.
  • Not the Intended Use: While Damascus Ingots and Steel Bricks are supposed to be used to upgrade weapons more easily, they can also be used to quickly obtain rare materials. By unbinding a weapon and then dismantling it, the player receives all of the materials that would've been needed if they tried to unbind the weapon without Damascus Ingots/Steel Bricks. This is helpful if the player is trying to make a different weapon or upgrade certain facilities.
  • One Stat to Rule Them All: Of all the stats in Dragalia, dragons and wyrmprints that boost the strength stat or adventurers that can boost the entire party's strength are highly valued over defensive-based adventurers, as the Timed Mission nature of certain quests and battles means the player needs to kill the boss as quickly as possible before time runs out.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons come in all shapes and sizes. Some low-rank dragons are called imps, for example. Some dragons can also assume a more humanoid form, with this setting's Jeanne d'Arc being the most obvious example in the gacha. Brunhilde proves it goes even further at the end of Chapter 3.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Sylvans are archetypal wood elves in every way but one — they have rabbit ears instead of simply pointed ones.
  • Phantasy Spelling: Holy knights in this game are called Paladyns, not paladins.
  • Play Every Day: There are plenty of incentives to check in each day, like rotating dungeons, login bonuses, and daily missions.
  • Power Levels: Might is used as a rough indicator of how strong a character is. It's determined by the character's rarity, skills, and stats, along with the rarity and stats of their weapons, Wyrmprints, and dragons, with a dragon's Might also being determined by its bond level. Each stage has a Might requirement that has to be reached before it can be entered.
  • Protection Mission: The first part of a Defensive Battle requires you to defend a key location from advancing enemy troops.
  • Relationship Values:
    • You can build bond levels with your dragons by giving them items. A higher bond level increases the amount of time you can stay transformed as them.
    • Events can have a character temporarily join you for the event's duration. However, you can build friendship with them by taking them out on quests. If you fill it up enough, the character will permanently join you, even after the event ends.
  • Reused Character Design: A typical trend when it comes to titles made by Cygames. Several Rage of Bahamut characters make cameos in this game in the form of Wyrmprints. But the notable examples of this trope include the dragons, the designs of some are based on another Cygames title, Knights of Glory. Other cases include having exactly the same version of existing Rage characters but with minor changes (such as Lily and Leviathan), or Dragalia characters being look-alikes of those who originate from other games made by this developer (such as Dragalia's Harle being almost identical with Sandalphon of Granblue Fantasy, from the hair down to the color scheme of his armor).
  • Self-Imposed Challenge:
    • Much like every gacha games, it's relatively common for players to challenge themselves like this. Some popular examples include: not equipping any dragon into your character, using the default standard weapon on your character, solo runs using one adventurer (which is considered Difficult, but Awesome, but it's considered a viable strategy in hard content due to Artificial Stupidity), completing a boss fight without taking any damage, solo adventurer raids (during the first event, such as this video), using an underleveled team to beat higher level quests, and using 3-4 star rarity adventurers/weapons/dragons runs.
    • Some endeavors from events have this, which requires you to defeat a boss within a time limit. Mainly, the reward for completing these endeavors are a title given to the player for bragging rights.
    • Facility events utilize a "point" system that reward the player more points in certain quests if certain conditions are met (such as not taking damage or completing the quest in a certain time limit). Fulfilling these challenges will reward the player more points and allow the player unlock the rewards faster.
    • The Void Dragon battles, Steel Golem and Void Zephyr, can be this, as the player opt not to bring a Void weapon with Dull resistance and instead equip an actual 5* elemental weapon on the adventurer to defeat it. Normally, this means your damage output will be significantly higher than a Void weapon since the said weapons will be stronger, but it requires good timing with one's dodges and invincibility frames to avoid the Dull effect.
  • Shout-Out: Edward's Halloween Outfit resembles a vampire, of all the beasts he could portray... Now wasn't there another popular vampire named Edward?
  • Socialization Bonus:
    • You can bring a support character set out by other players and use their skill once during a level. However, if you're friends with the other player, you can use it three times instead. When friends use your support character, you earn mana as well.
    • Some missions can be made considerably easier by playing them in co-op.
  • Spiritual Successor: Is this to Cygames' now defunct game Knights Of Glory, a precursor to this game with a similar premise. It even imports some of the old dragon and class designs from that game into Dragalia Lost.
  • Standard Status Effects: There are 12 different status effects, which all prevent you from transforming while they're active. Some of them can also be inflicted onto enemies by certain characters.
    • Blindness makes the character's attacks miss frequently.
    • Bog makes the character slower, reduces the distance rolling covers, and increases damage received.
    • Burn damages the character every few seconds.
    • Curse prevents the character from using any skills or helper skills.
    • Frozen immobilizes the character in a block of ice, but can be ended early by a teammate hitting the ice.
    • Paralysis occasionally stops the character and damages them.
    • Poison damages the character every few seconds. It lasts longer than Burn, causing it to deal more damage overall.
    • Stun immobilizes the character and cannot be ended early.
    • Sleep immobilizes the character, but it ends early if they're hit.
    • Caged traps the character in place, but the cage can be destroyed by attacking it.
    • Defense Down and Attack Down are Exactly What It Says on the Tin, although they're the only status effects that don't prevent transforming.
  • Stripperiffic: It's pointed out that Elisanne and Althemia's Halloween costumes are rather revealing. Althemia explains this is intentional because they're trying to dress up like vampires, which are known for being seductive.
  • Subsystem Damage: Raid Bosses have multiple body parts that can be attacked. Destroying them can disable or weaken some of their attacks.
  • Super Mode: You can shapeshift into a dragon once the dragon gauge is filled enough, becoming extremely strong with access to powerful skills for a limited time.
  • Tech Points: Mana works similarly to Tech Points. You use it on character-specific Mana Circles, which can grant more HP, Strength boosts, and new and improved skills.
  • Temporary Online Content: There are frequent special events, which can take one of several forms —
    • Facility events are events that gives the player a facility to place in their Haildom. The facility will not only boost the strength and HP of adventurers of a particular element, but will increase their damage output during the event, hence making it easier to defeat the boss during the facility event. The facility level can be upgraded with currency obtained from the event (which can also be used to exchange items from the shop) and the facility itself is permanent after the event is complete. The facility event features a "point" system which the player is rewarded more points based on several Self Imposed Challenges fulfilled (with the challenge quest rewarding the most points) as well as a shop system where the player can exchange various currencies obtained from the event for items such as orbs, mana, rupies, wyrmprints, and decorations for the facility. Facility events will also feature a daily quest that can be completed once that rewards the player various items and currency for the event, and a special repeatable challenge quest where the player needs to fight 5 waves of enemies before facing the boss itself (which cannot be done with co-op, hence requiring a strong team to beat the said boss when the final wave comes in).
    • Raid events are events where four players team up in a co-op with a team of 16 adventurers to defeat a raid boss within a time limit, hence being a "raid" event. Raid events will generally give the player a free 4* adventurer to counter the raid boss (i.e. a Water raid giving the player a Wind adventurer to fight the Water raid boss) and the adventurer will become permanent in the player's roster after raising enough "friendship" points. Raid events utilize a special lottery system that uses "blazons" to obtain rewards from the lottery boxes. The lottery boxes includes a 5* Dragon of the raid element as well as a special wyrmprint, both of which can be maxed out. Raid events also utilize an emblem system that consist of bronze, silver, and gold emblems, all of them can be obtained by completing the raid and boss events. Players can obtain otherworld fragments, which can be used to host a co-op for the raid event. The otherworld fragments can be obtained exclusively from the boss event. Occasionally, they will have access to an "EX" mode of a raid boss, which is generally harder than the normal raid boss fight, but yield more emblem rewards.
    • Story events usually have no exclusive quests, but instead a series of short stories focusing on certain characters. Their corresponding event currency can usually be earned by just playing any quest in the game, which you use to unlock those stories or buy items from the event shop.
  • Timed Mission: Some levels require you to clear it under a time limit, and if it runs out, you automatically fail.
  • Title Drop Chapter: The third portion of the second chapter's fifth segment is titled "Dragalia Lost". In it, Midgardsormr explains the concept of 'dragalia', which is the bond between humans and dragons, and that it has been slowly lost for the second time three hundred years since the second Binding War.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The initial story trailers presented the game's conflict as being the prince versus his siblings, and with Zethia being abducted in some way. That's all about... 50% right. It left out the fact that Zethia ends up possessed by the Other, kills a now-non-possessed Aurelius, and the Other declares her/itself "Empress Zethia, Auspex of the Nether" to the public, becoming the primary antagonist.
  • Turns Red: Bosses have an overdrive meter that fills when you damage the boss. Once it's full, the boss becomes stronger and more aggressive.
  • Unblockable Attack: Force strikes can break enemy guards.
  • Underground Monkey: All over the place. If there's an enemy type, there's very likely a version for each element.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: April Fools' Day had a mini-game called "Notte's Slumber Shot" where you play as Notte in a 2D bottom-to-top Shoot 'em Up.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: The “Valentine's Confections” event is this.
  • Visual Development: Characters with three stars have plain podiums in their official arts. If they're promoted to four stars, their appearance stays the same, but the podium becomes personalized. Similarly, four star characters that are upgraded gain an even more grandiose and personalized podium to stand on.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Players can scale up and assume their chosen dragon forms for a time. Brunhilde/Mym proves it goes the other way, too, to everyone's shock.
  • Weapon of Choice: There are eight types of weapons:
    • Swords are quite balanced with no notable strengths or weaknesses.
    • Blades play similarly to Swords. The last hit in their combo becomes stronger if you attack after the character sheathes their weapon.
    • Daggers are very swift weapons that propel the user forward.
    • Axes have slow attacks, but they have a wide reach that makes them perfect for fighting large groups of enemies.
    • Lances possess the best range of the melee weapons, but most of their attacks only focus on one enemy, making it difficult for them to fight large groups.
    • Bows are ranged weapons that fire quick multishots, but their projectiles don't home in on enemies like the other ranged weapons.
    • Wands fire multiple homing projectiles at enemies.
    • Staves come with skills that heal allies, but they only fire one projectile at a time unlike wands.
  • Wham Episode: Surprisingly, the launch content contains one toward the end in Chapter 5. This chapter fully reveals the existence of The Other, who is possessing Aurelius and making him restore the Dyrenell Empire. Now, this is something the team's suspected as far back as Chapter 2... but then comes the revelation that The Other's goal this whole time has actually been to Body Surf into Zethia instead. And it succeeds. The Mystery Girl is also revealed as a Zethia from... elsewhere, who has now comprehensively failed as she wasn't able to team up with "our" Zethia to expel the Other in time, and cryptically tells Euden to not worry about "her" life and to seek the "Dawnshard" on his own. She uses the last of her strength to teleport Euden's party to safety... leaving the Other, in Zethia's body, to pin the death of Aurelius on Euden and to declare itself "Empress Zethia, Auspex of the Nether". With that, Zethia (well, "Zethia") is now the central villain, Aurelius is dead (though still within Zodiark to some degree), the family is shattered, and Euden is left wondering how on earth to proceed. What makes this work and makes it a wham is that none of this was even remotely teased in promotional material, and some of that material can even make the player anticipate a different set-up.
  • Wham Line: The end of Chapter 5 has a good one.
    Possessed Zethia:You mean... before she stabs you in the back?
  • Wham Shot: From Chapter 5 again: the moment of Zethia's eyes glowing red behind Euden, who has just realized something is terribly wrong.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: This gets asked in-universe during Chapter 6. The Prince is 7th in line to the throne, Emile is 6th and Valyx is 4th. This makes Ranzal ask what happened to the 5th. The Prince has no idea since whatever happened was well before his time.
  • Yonkoma: The format for the series of Dragalia Life comic strips accessible in-game.
  • You Mean "Xmas":
    • The Alberian equivalent of Christmas is called Dragonyule, and covers both the religious (in that it celebrates the birth of a messiah figure, in this case Ilia) and secular (there's a Santa stand-in, Saint Starfall) sides of the holiday.
    • The equivalent of Easter is called the Vernal Banquet, and it's a holiday celebrated by sylvans. It even comes with an egg hunt. It makes sense that there would be a vernal equinox celebration, but little in-universe reason is given for the resemblance to the actual holiday (and unlike Easter, the Vernal Banquet has no religious connotations).
    • Both New Years' (calendar and lunar) are celebrated just as in real life. Their resemblance to actual Japanese and Chinese traditions is justified by being presented by Dragalia's Fantasy Counterpart Cultures to Japan and China.
    • Funnily enough, Halloween and Valentine's don't get the same treatment and remain the same holidays that we know. If nothing else, the chances of a namesake "Saint Valentine" existing in the Dragalia world are very slim.
  • Zerg Rush: In Raid Battles, four teams of players fight against the Raid Boss, meaning up to 16 characters can fight at the same time.

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