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Dragon’s Dogma 2 Dragonsplague explained

Your beloved Pawns are susceptible to Dragonsplague in Dragon’s Dogma 2, so find out what it is and how to use it to your advantage.

Dragon's Dogma 2 Dragonsplague: A beastren Pawn succumbs to the Dragonsplague infecting him, identified by red eyes and strange wisps of dark smoke.

What is Dragon’s Dogma 2 Dragonsplague? The Pawn system returns in the long-awaited sequel to Capcom’s cult-hit classic RPG, but with a terrifying twist. Hired Pawns are now susceptible to Dragonsplague, a strange affliction that infects them as they travel between worlds.

Needless to say, we’re a little worried. Dragon’s Dogma 2 Pawns are more than just AI helpers; they’re the lifeblood of your party, remaining by your side to offer advice and a helping hand while you go up against the most challenging Dragon’s Dogma 2 bosses in the open-world game. The notion that we might lose one of them to a deadly disease seems unthinkable. Thankfully, we can tell you exactly how Dragonsplague works in Dragon’s Dogma 2 in hopes that you can avoid the potential disaster.

Dragon's Dogma 2 Dragonsplague: a shoadowy outline of a dragon.

How does Dragonsplague work in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

Dragonsplague is a deadly disease that infects Pawns as they travel through the online network. Once Dragonsplague reaches a terminal stage, the affected Pawn will go on an unseen rampage, killing all NPCs in the area.

The Dragon’s Dogma 2 official website describes Dragonsplague as a “contagious disease-like condition,” which isn’t good news for the Pawns that travel alongside them, who will die along with everyone else in the area. You can retrieve your Pawn from a nearby Riftstone, but anyone else who was traveling with you must be re-hired.

You can also revive the now-dead NPCs, but each of these revivals requires a Wakestone, so consider who is important when deciding who to bring back. Innkeepers and merchants would be your best bet, if you bring back anyone at all. Remember though, that if you guess all the Dragon’s Dogma 2 Sphinx riddles correctly, you might be rewarded with an item that would be helpful in this sticky situation.

Dragonsplague’s risk-reward factor is a running theme in the RPG game – even Dragon’s Dogma 2 fast travel can come at a high cost. According to Capcom, the final stage of Dragonsplague “will result in devastating calamity.” Which is putting things mildly, to be honest.

Dragon's Dogma 2 Dragonsplague: a text message telling about a rampage that happened the previous evening.

How to spot Dragonsplague

in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Here are the two ways Pawns can develop Dragonsplague in Dragon’s Dogma 2:

  • After fighting against a dragon, Pawns may begin to show symptoms of Dragonsplague.
  • Pawns that were already afflicted with Dragonsplague in another player’s game can be brought in from the Rift, spreading the disease to your other party members.

The symptoms aren’t shown in the Status tab, you have to actively spot them when fighting alongside your party members. Keep an eye out on your Pawn’s behavior to commands, typically they should have no problems responding to your orders, but if they ever disobey you or start to feel random pain, that’s a worrying sign. Another symptom to pay attention to is your Pawn’s eyes, they will begin to glow red from time to time if they’ve caught Dragonsplague.

How to cure Dragonsplague

in Dragon’s Dogma 2

The only guaranteed way we’ve discovered to cure Dragonsplague is to kill your Pawn. You can do this intentionally by letting them die in combat, or you can throw them off a cliff and have the Brine consume them. It’s worth pointing out that killing off your Pawns doesn’t harm your relationship with them, at worst you can always respawn them back into your world at a Riftstone.

There’s no item at this moment in time that can cure Dragonsplague, and while there are ways to suppress the ultra damaging effects of the virus. Killing your Pawn is the easiest and most effective method of solving the issue.

Now that you’re up to speed on Dragonsplague in Dragon’s Dogma 2, check out PCGamesN’s latest brush with the action-adventure game in our Dragon’s Dogma 2 review, which says the sequel “retains the same sense of mystery and discovery as the likes of Elden Ring.” We’ve also got the latest news on Dragon’s Dogma 2 on Game Pass if you’re partial to Microsoft’s subscription-based platform.