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Dark Cloud Least Amount of Dungeon Trips Challenge (17 times)

Air Date: September 28, 2008

As you play Dark Cloud you will find that the game records the number of times you have gone into the dungeon. A fun little challenge is to see if you can complete the game by going into the dungeon the least amount of times possible which is 17 times (this includes the final dungeon). The trick here is to go prepared and only exit when you reach a part of the dungeon which is impassible due to an event that needs to happen in the town or a character you need to get.

I have outlined the necessary dungeon trips below along with the mandatory reasons you must leave:

Norune Village – Divine Beast Cave

Trip 1

You can make it all the way down to the 8th floor where you have to fight Seda for the first time to get the changing potion for Xiao – you must get her to jump over the river to get to floor 9.

Trip 2

You can make it all the way to the bottom of the beast cave (floor 15) but you must leave to get the key to open up the room to Dran’s lair.

Trip 3

You can complete the divine beast cave.

Matataki Village – Wise Owl Forest

Trip 4

You can get all the way down to Territory 9 and fight the werewolves. You must leave here because to need both the serpent sword from Trent and also the odd tone flute to summon the snake.

Trip 5

You have to go back to resolve Territory 9. In this trip you can summon the snake with the odd tone flute and kill it with the serpent sword. You get the necklace for Goro here but must leave again because only he can open the gate to the next territory.

Trip 6

With Goro in your party you can get all the way to the bottom of the Wise Owl Forest ( Territory 17 ). Here you must leave to finish the events in Matataki to get the Moon Grass Seed.

Trip 7

Here you can complete the Wise Owl Forest with the Grass Seed and Sun Dew to fight the boss Master Utan.

Queens – Shipwreck

Trip 8

You can make it all the way to Layer 9 on your first trip into the dungeon where you must turn back because you need Ruby to get past the Crystal door.

Trip 9

You can make it all the way to the last layer ( Layer 17) but you need to leave to get the music box key to get to the boss.

Trip 10

During this run you will have all you need to get to the boss, La Saia, on layer 17 and complete the dungeon.

Muska Lacka – Sun and Moon Temple

Trip 11

On your first trip into the dungeon you can get as far as Level 9 but will find you need Ungaga to get any further.

Trip 12

With Ungaga in your party, you can get all the way to the boss level 17, but need both the sun and moon signets to go further.

Trip 13

With the two signets you will be able to gain access to the King’s Curse and complete the dungeon.

Yellow Drops – Moon sea

Trip 14

In the initial trip into the moon sea you can get all the way to Crater No 8 where you find Osmond. He automatically takes you back to the Moon factory.

Trip 15

During this trip you can make it to the final floor (Crater No 15) but need to turn back to get a ticket to get into the coliseum.

Trip 16

With some event unfolding you get the ticket to the coliseum. Now you can get to the boss, Minotaur Joe, and complete the dungeon.

Dark Heaven Castle – Gallery of Time

Trip 17

(final trip) : You can complete the entire 24 floor Gallery of time in a single trip and also fight the dark genie to complete the game. Since you can watch Seda’s memory fragment on the fly, you do not need to leave the dungeon for any reason.

This was pretty difficult to prove so I did the following:

  1. I beat the game and saved my data to the spot that said 16 times in the dungeon as the post game saved data (note it does not count the last time in the dungeon because you complete the game on the run). This shows that it was cleared with this many trips (17).
  2. I then load the saved file. The Demon Shaft is not present because I completed the dungeon without leaving or accessing the map.
  3. What I do is then complete the sun giant and play through some cinema scenes to get to dark Heaven Castle. At this point I can access the Dark Heaven castle place on the map and suddenly the option also appears to go to the Demon Shaft. It is important to note that the Gallery of time is not on the map yet. This is proof that on 17 trips you can beat the game.
  4. I go to the Demon Shaft location and then save the game in a different location. The save screen lists the number of times in the dungeon as 16 and the place as demon shaft. If you are familiar with the game you know that this could not happen if you went into the dungeon more times than needed.