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Best Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik Build & Equipment

This Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik Build & Equipment Guide will teach you how to maximize Hendrik’s potential in Dragon Quest 11 so you can dominate the game.

If you’re playing Dragon Quest 11 you’re going to want to know what Hendrik’s best skills are and also where to find all his best equipment. This Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik Build & Equipment Guide will teach you just that. I’ll tell you what skills are best to invest in from beginning to end as well as how to get all of Hendrik’s best equipment.

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Skills – Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik

In Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik joins your party with access to 5 different skill trees: Swords, Greatswords, Axes, Shields, and Heroism. Later on, he gains access to a 6th tree: Fraternity.

You should make a decision about which weapon you want Hendrik to focus on. The general rule of thumb is that Axes are the best and most versatile until you can get Gyrfalcon Slash, and then Swords overtake them. Not many people use Greatswords on Hendrik since he can’t use shields with them and he has a whole skill tree dedicated to shields.

No matter what, you’re going to be putting points into Axes in order to unlock the skills in the Fraternity tree, but you don’t unlock the Fraternity tree until much later, so here’s what I’d recommend you do. Refund all of Hendrik’s points as soon as you get him to start off with a fresh slate.

Decide if you’re going to use Swords or Axes. Swords are more powerful for single target damage, and Axes have more utility. Up to you. If you’re going Swords, go straight up to Falcon Slash and grab the Attack Power +6 node to unlock Gyrfalcon Slash. Grab the Strength +20 node and the +2 crit chance node and then you’re done for swords.

If you’re going Axes, just grab everything. All the skills are good except Helm Splitter after getting Scrap Mettle (Scrap Mettle is a direct upgrade). Still, you have to take Helm Splitter and it’s just 6 SP so might as well grab it.

After that, start investing all your points in Shields, focusing on the passive defense bonuses. By the time you’ve maxed out your weapon and shield trees, you should have access to Fraternity.

Forbearance and Steadfast Forbearance are the nodes you really want, so grab the Resilience node, Defending Champion, Kazing and Forbearance to unlock Steadfast Forbearance.

Once you’ve done all that, you’ll have all of Hendrik’s best skills. From there I’d recommend filling out the weapon tree that you didn’t go with initially so that you can swap weapons are your leisure before finally going back and buying up all the useless skills you skipped over.

Best Equipment – Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik

Equipment Setup

  • Weapon: Drustan’s Sword +3
  • Shield: Drustan’s Shield +3
  • Helmet: Drustan’s Helm +3
  • Armor: Drustan’s Armor +3
  • Accessory 1: Shield Bearer +3
  • Accessory 2: Shield Bearer +3

Alternative Equipment Options: If you prefer to use Axes, you can equip a Galaxy Axe instead.

Locations – Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik

  • Drustan’s Sword: Found in a chest during the Luminary’s Trial
  • Galaxy Axe: Upgrade the evolutionary weapon Bad Axe which is found in The Battleground
  • Drustan’s Shield: Found in a chest in the Sage’s Trial – Hoarder’s Keep
  • Drustan’s Helm: Found in a chest in the Disciple’s Trial – Eerie Valley
  • Drustan’s Armor: Found in a chest during the Luminary’s Trial
  • Shield Bearer: 5 mini medal stamp reward. To get 2 you need to have one equipped at the end of Act one to receive a copy in Act 3.

That about covers it for the Dragon Quest 11 Hendrik Build & Equipment Guide. Be sure to check out the Game Guides section for more content like this, and click here for more content related to Dragon Quest 11.


  • Ryan Night

    Ryan Night is an ex-game industry producer with over a decade of experience writing guides for RPGs. Previously an early contributor at gamefaqs.com, Ryan has been serving the RPG community with video game guides since 2001. As the owner of Bright Rock Media, Ryan has written over 600 guides for RPGs of all kinds, from Final Fantasy Tactics to Tales of Arise.

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