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Set forth, Arisen! Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Now Available Worldwide on Switch

Time to fight some dragons!

Gather your forces and steel your nerves! Dragon’s Dogma®: Dark Arisen brings its tale of swords, sorcery and revenge to the Nintendo Switch™ system, and is now globally available for MSRP $29.99.

Become the Arisen, the last in a line of warriors burdened with defending the realm of Gransys against a cataclysmic cycle of ruin and rebirth. Arisen do not carry this responsibility alone, as they can create and recruit skilled AI companions known as Pawns to assist in their journey. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen entices players to explore a flexible and rewarding combat system, complete with a wide range of devastating skills and potent magicks for tackling any obstacle. Whether beheading Hydrae, grappling Griffins or blinding a Cyclops, each of the game’s nine vocations offer unique playstyles for players to experiment and master.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen on Nintendo Switch brings the complete high-fantasy epic to a handheld device for the first time, and comes complete with all previously released extra content, DLC and the challenging Dark Arisen expansion.

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

The critically acclaimed action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen combines exhilarating and deep combat with the freedom to explore a huge open world. Enter the high-fantasy setting of Gransys, a land where dragons, chimeras, and other fabled monsters roam.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen - docked/handheld footage, plus framerate test


Let's get a good look at how Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen performs in both docked and handheld modes. Are there any big dips in performance between the two? Check out the footage above to see how things play out.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen - Switch Vs. PS4 comparison, plus gameplay

Can you tell the difference?

There really doesn't seem to be much of a difference here at all. Both platforms seem more than capable of handling this last-gen game. I'm sure the PS4 version has the edge in terms of how things run overall, but hopefully Switch players are in for a smooth experience throughout.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen - another round of gameplay

The critically acclaimed action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen combines exhilarating and deep combat with the freedom to explore a huge open world. Enter the high-fantasy setting of Gransys, a land where dragons, chimeras, and other fabled monsters roam. Choose between three different starter vocations, which you can further develop for a total of nine unique vocations.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arise - 'Mage vocation' trailer

Lightning Bolt!



Mages are spellcasters, employing primarily a magick Staff to enable them to cast offensive and defensive spells. They can be skilled healers, give aid in battle through weapon enchantment, or fight with magick in their own right, with a wide range of powerful spells in each of the Five Archmagicks. For armor or clothing in general they can wear Spellcaster Armor Sets and like components - iron, such as found in armor, due it its deleterious effect on magic is avoided like the plague.

Mages have low physical defense, as well as low health and low stamina - though both their magick and Magick Defense are good -as such they should avoid direct contact with hostile creatures, engaging with spells froma a safe distance. Their attack power comes primarily from their magick power, and have very limited access to physically damaging attacks.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arise - 'Fighter vocation' trailer

Who's ready for a fight?



Embark on your epic adventure with three AI companions, known as Pawns. These partners fight independently, demonstrating prowess and ability that they have developed based on traits learned from your playing style. Share these Pawns online and reap rewards of treasure, tips, and strategy hints for taking down the terrifying enemies. Pawns can also be borrowed when specific skills are needed to complete various challenging quests.

Dragon's Dogma x Travis Strikes Again crossover event announced

The dog days of Travis

Well here's something I don't think any of us expected. Suda51 has revealed that Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen are going to have a bit of crossover fun. On the Travis Strikes Again side of things, a t-shirt with the Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen logo will be available, Over in Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, a Travis Touchdown pawn will be added. The Travis Touchdown pawn includes Travis' trademark beam katana, and the character will be available to download for free on day one.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen - handheld footage

The critically acclaimed action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen combines exhilarating and deep combat with the freedom to explore a huge open world. Enter the high-fantasy setting of Gransys, a land where dragons, chimeras, and other fabled monsters roam.

IGN Video - The First 15 Minutes of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen on Switch

Check out the first minutes of Capcom's beloved open world RPG, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, running on the Nintendo Switch

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