Battle Bards Episode 161: Dragon Quest X


While Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV is enjoying rousing success here in the west, its other MMO — Dragon Quest X — never made it across the Pacific. Today, the Battle Bards assemble to examine the soundtrack to this overlooked fantasy game and see how it holds up by itself and in comparison to the Dragon Quest franchise.

Battle Bards is a the world’s first, best, and only MMO music podcast. Biweekly episodes alternate between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 161: Dragon Quest X (or download it) now:

Episode 161 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Bright Horizons,” “Soprano of Blue,” and “The Race of Water”)
  • “Overture”
  • “The Heavens” 
  • “Good Night Villagers”
  • “Town Music”
  • “Melody of the Blade”
  • “Casino”
  • “Exploring the Hills”
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes from Druidsfire, Bill Champagne, Katriana, and Wolfy
  • Jukebox Picks: “Endless World” from Dragon Quest II, “Main Theme” from Toonstruck, and “Edge Water” from The Outer Worlds
  • Outro (feat. “Comedic Fight”)

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Danny Smith

Man i adore the soundtrack, its just such a shame its from an absolute piece of shit human being. Like his horrible WW2 war crime denial and ‘racial purity’ comments are bad but you can ignore them from the music like enjoying a good HP Lovecraft story but his intentional downgrading of music in games “to keep the high quality appeal of my orchestral soundtrack releases to ensure they remain premium products” is the most shitty low tier kind of greedy. Especially when most of his output in the last 20 years was remixes of stuff he wrote in the 80’s with one or two tracks thrown in.

He’s like the Anti Soken.


A shame this never made it west, was interested in giving it a go.


While the whole Dragon Quest soundtrack is great, I don’t really like highlighting the works of its composer, Koichi Sugiyama. That guy is a Japanese Nationalist of the worst kind, to the point of denying that the Nanjing Massacre even happened, as well as being dismissive of the rights of women and LGBT.

Fans also suspect he is the reason why the international 3DS releases of DQVII and DQVIII had lower quality synthesized music, as opposed to the higher quality orchestral music from the earlier Japanese releases.