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I'm playing Dragon Quest IX, and I'm at the part where I just got the boat. What is the fastest way to make a bunch of money? I need about 10,000 to buy the best equipment and grinding takes a really long time when you only get a few hundred per enemy.

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Early on the game, the best technique is to fight the highest level monsters that you have access to.

Here are some more techniques:

  • Gold Golems, which you can find in the ditch south of Gleeba, drop 505 gold each.
  • Use Alchemy to make Ear Cosys (Fur Hood + Bunny Tail + Lambswool) and sell them. You can buy the ingredients at Slurry Quay (Fur Hood), Porth Llaffan (Bunny Tail) and Batsureg (Bunny Tail).
  • Use Alchemy to make Gold Mails (Silver Mail + Gold Ring + Gold Bracer) and sell them. You can buy the ingredients at Bloomingdale (Silver Mail) and Porth Llaffan (Gold Ring and Gold Bracer).
  • In mid level (Copper, Bronze, Steel, Silver, and Gold) Cave and Ruin grottoes, you might find Gem Jamborees - these are worth 1130 gold each, and drop Gleeban Gold Pieces or Gold Bars.
  • In high level (Platinum, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire or Diamond) Ice (Snowhall, Tundra, Glacier) and Ruin (Crypt, Ruins, Path, Maze, Lair, World) grottoes, you might find Gem Slimes - these are worth 10080 gold each.

(Most of these techniques require finishing certain points of the game.)

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  • Where are the gold golems? – Apreche Sep 7 '10 at 19:39
  • I'm told they "in the ditch south of Gleeba". – KatieK Sep 7 '10 at 19:51
  • @Apreche In Gleeba west of the desert on an island. – user12942 Oct 5 '11 at 23:27
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I choose to make ear cosies. Killing gold golems are more fun but is not very efficient. I am pretty sure making gooey gear is most efficient. To get a lot of slimedrops I go to the plateau by Angel Falls and kill slimes.

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I just fight grotto bosses. It's inefficient I'm sure, but you got lots of exp. and a nice bit of gold, and sometimes nice drops (especially legaxy bosses)

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Grinding takes a while, but I made 16,500 gold in an hour battling non-stop.

Faffing about using alchemy and buying ingredients will take just as long, and you don't get any of the experience you'd get from battling, so it's an easy choice, really.

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  • Once you have 96000 or so gold, you can make 99 Ear Cosies. That gets you about 22000 gold and takes maybe 5 minutes. It's much faster than battling. – Qiaochu Yuan Dec 23 '11 at 2:34
  • and gold armor is even faster, but takes a lot more starting gold – l I Apr 2 '12 at 21:42

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