What are Pawns in Dragon’s Dogma 2? AI companions explained

Aryan Singh
A party of four characters in Dragon's Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is just around the corner and the upcoming title will reintroduce several useful features from the previous, like the Pawns. Here’s everything you need to know about them in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is Capcom’s latest title as the 2012 cult classic Dark Arisen will be receiving a sequel, based in the same massive region known as Gransys. With a bunch of old and new features added to the title, DD2 is already regarded as one of the most promising titles of 2024.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen featured a strong variety of Vocations and had a massive focus on exploration and innovative combat, and the upcoming title aims to continue its legacy with even more gameplay options for players.

One of the biggest selling points of Dragon’s Dogma 2 is definitely the AI companions known as Pawns, which will be with you throughout the playthrough. If you’re looking to learn more about these companions, here’s everything you need to know about Pawns in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

What are Pawns in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

Pawns in Dragon’s Dogma 2 are companions committed to serving the player character, also known as the Arisen. You’ll create your first and Main Pawn while creating your character at the beginning of the game. These companions can be of human or the Beastren race, and they have no will of their own.

Rift Stone in Dragon's Dogma 2
Pawns can be hired after entering The Rift in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

Your party will consist of three Pawns in total, and you’ll recruit the other two from The Rift. Players can enter it by using Rift Stones, which transports the Arisen to a realm populated by these companions. Pawns found in The Rift have been created by other players online, and they come with all the quest-related knowledge gathered by that player during their adventures.

Every Pawn has its own Vocation and Specialization. While Vocation essentially refers to its playstyle and abilities, Specialization refers to its proficiency in a specific skill. For example, the Woodland Wordsmith Specialization lets a Pawn understand Elvish, while the Chirurgeon Specialization lets it heal party members.

In terms of assisting the player, Pawns will lend a hand during combat, point out the weaknesses of some enemy types, and serve as a guide during exploration. Based on the information they’ve gathered, these companions can also open up new paths or provide helpful quest-related information.

Pawns can also get afflicted with Dragonsplague, a mysterious illness that boosts their abilities but slowly transforms their behavior.

And that was everything you need to know about Pawns in Dragon’s Dogma 2. For more on the game, check out our other guides:

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