Dragon Quest Treasures breaks free from the typical Dragon Quest formula in many ways. This spin-off focuses on child versions of Dragon Quest XI party member Erik and his sister Mia. Having a pair of siblings as dual protagonists makes co-op seem like a natural fit for the gameplay. However, while Dragon Quest Treasures does feature multiplayer, its approach isn’t exactly that straightforward.

Does Dragon Quest Treasures Have Multiplayer Co-Op?

Dragon Quest Treasures doesn’t have traditional cooperative multiplayer. There’s no option to explore the world of Draconia with a buddy via couch co-op. That might be a letdown for some, but there’s still an element of co-op to the game. Multiplayer emphasizes the game’s treasure hunting mechanics through a social approach.

Players will unlock the ability to connect to an online hub called the Gang Network after reaching a certain point in the game. Connecting to the Gang Network will allow you to access a wide variety of features. You can bury any treasure you find across Draconia, search for treasure from other players, and visit their bases.

The more that your buried treasure data is downloaded, the more its value increases. The replicas you’ll dig up from another player won’t add any value to your treasure vault, but they can be sold to net you some extra cash. It gives a nice incentive to connect with the community.

You can also exchange Gang IDs with friends and set up passcodes to allow your monster buddies to visit. Your monsters will show up with one of your treasures, and your friend can increase its value by giving it a like. After your monsters flaunt your loot, they’ll leave behind a replica at your friend’s base.

It’s unfortunate that typical co-op multiplayer isn’t included in Dragon Quest Treasures, as it seems like the adventure would be even more enjoyable with a friend. Still, it’s at least fun to see how multiplayer actually incorporates the game’s main focus on treasure hunting. It should make the effort of expanding your riches all the more rewarding — not to mention that you’ll gain some bragging rights with other players for finding something rare.

Nick Ransbottom is a freelance games journalist and bad puns enthusiast. If he isn’t streaming on Twitch or sinking dozens of hours into an RPG, he’s watching reruns of MST3K with his husband and cat.