What Is Dragonsplague in Dragon’s Dogma 2? Signs and Cures

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If your Pawn has suddenly begun to behave strangely on your Dragon’s Dogma 2 playthrough, then they may be infected with Dragonsplague. Let’s break down common signs and symptoms, and what to do when your companion falls ill.

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, much of your journey is determined by how well your Arisen and Pawn are able to work together. With improved AI, Capcom has upgraded the Pawn system from the first installment to include more advanced Pawn Inclinations and brand-new Specializations. Depending on your character’s Vocation, you’ll find your companion’s personality either meshes well with your own or tends to clash, causing some difficulty on your travels. However, there’s one Pawn illness that can cause them to behave totally out of character, a condition known as Dragonsplague. Here’s a look at causes, signs, and cures.

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  • A Grand Adventure – Dragon’s Dogma 2 begins in a subterranean jail, where the Dragon’s voice echoes in the fog of lost memories.
  • Single-Player Cooperation – Up to three mysterious otherworldly beings, known as Pawns, accompany the Arisen throughout their journey.
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What Is Dragonsplague in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, Pawns may become infected with an illness known as Dragonsplague. Contracted through the Rift and contact with infected Pawns, this can have adverse effects on the demeanor of your companion, causing them to ignore commands. However, Pawns also display uncharacteristic strength when affected by the mysterious condition.

From the onset of the illness, sick Pawns aren’t under any immediate danger, though the longer the illness remains untreated, the worse your companion will fare. If you allow a Pawn’s condition to escalate, they will eventually take on the form of a dragon and murder any nearby NPCs.

Dragonsplague Signs & Symptoms

If you’re concerned that your Pawn companion might have contracted Dragonsplague in Dragon’s Dogma 2, then there are two main signs you’ll want to keep an eye out for along with several secondary symptoms. These include:

  • A sudden unwillingness to heed warnings or obey commands
  • Drastically increased strength
  • Complaints about headaches
  • Wiping the forehead
  • Change in eye color

Generally, the first symptom that crops up is disobedience. You’ll likely notice that an affected Pawn will ignore a direct command and is generally unresponsive to orders or warnings of any kind. This typically comes with complaints about headaches and rubbing of the forehead. Especially when it comes to your Main Pawn, you’ll even note a sudden change in eye color. If Dragonsplague is left unchecked, then your Pawn’s condition will continue to worsen until they morph into a relentless dragon.

Dragonsplague Cures

When you first encounter a Pawn infected with Dragonsplague, you’ll be notified of their condition. However, this will only happen upon the first occurrence, and you’ll be left to your own devices moving forward.

If a secondary Pawn is infected with the illness, you’ll just need to dismiss them. This will allow them to heal without spreading the disease. However, you’ll also see a companion’s health improve if they do pass on the illness to other Pawns. This is more of a moral dilemma than anything else, so it’s up to you to choose what you want to do if you find yourself in this situation.

When your Main Pawn is infected in Dragon’s Dogma 2, your best bet is to kill them before spending the night at an inn. Many have suggested drowning, as it’s the easiest route. This allows your companion to return from the Rift afterward and directly prevents a massacre in the long run — no harm, no foul.

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