Dragon's Dogma 2 'The Sorcerer's Appraisal' and 'Spellbound' mage maister quest guide: talk to Myrddin, and get Maelstrom and Meteoron

Dragon's Dogma 2 The Sorcerer's Appraisal quest
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Dragon's Dogma 2 is here. It's awesome. It's also complex. That's where we come in. 

Dragon's Dogma 2 is an adventure-first action RPG from Capcom, where players take up various fantasy vocations to do battle in a dark medieval world. Every few decades, a Great Dragon arrives, and curses a human being by stealing their heart. The "Arisen" must end the dragon, and reclaim their spirit, or linger in undeath for eternity. 

Dragon's Dogma 2 just hit Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC, and we have tons of Dragon's Dogma 2 guides in the pipeline for all sorts of common questions, including a huge Dragon's Dogma 2 skill list, and many more. In this latest guide, we're going to be going over the quest "The Sorcerer's Appraisal," and detailing how you get the Maelstrom spell for sorcerers. 

Dragon's Dogma 2: "The Sorcerer's appraisal" quest and the Sorcerer maister

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  1. You'll find Myrddin in his manor at the top of the Checkpoint Rest Town. You can get there easily using an ox cart from the west side of Vernworth city. 
  2. He won't open the door to you unless you're wearing the Courtly chest and leg pieces, you can find these scattered around in various houses in the noble quarter of Vernworth city. Don't sell them, since they're used for various quests. 
  3. Myrddin will ask you to find a bunch of grimoires for him. A high level Pawn will be able to guide and give hints about where to get them, but here's a quick overview. 

    NOTE: If you create forgeries of the books via the Dragon's Dogma 2 forger, Myrddin will remark that you've given him fakes. However, it seems that if you give him three simultaneously at least, he will still accept three forgeries anyway. This means you can complete both this, and the other Sorcerer maister quest "Spellbound," which also includes a mage maister item.

    It's worth noting that there's another NPC that wants these books, and she can be found directly north of Melve, near the cave called The Mountain's Secret. Just to the South West of that cave, a mage-in-training Trysha also wants the books for the quest "Spellbound." If you give them to her, you can get a different spell. The book locations are as follows. See below for more details. 

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  1. The first grimoire is actually in Myrddin's house, "Let There Be Light." However, if you loot it, he will go nuts and attack you for theft. The trick is to get into the room without using the stairs. Use levitate on the wall outside, or some other trick to enter his room via the window. 
  2. The second grimoire "Fulminous Shield" can be found in Melve village, purchasable from the travelling vendor near the entrance of the village. Depending on the state of Melve at the time, you may need to resolve a quest or two before he becomes accessible. 
  3. The third grimoire "Towering Earth" is offered for free by Magistrate Waldhar once he has access to the tome library beneath the Vernworth slums area. To get access to him, you need to complete a couple of other quests in the area, which include freeing the Magistrate from the gaol (jail). You'll also need to rescue a lost boy, Malcolm, who has gone missing from the slums area. The quest triggers automatically the first time you enter the main area in Vernworth slums. 

The location of the Waterfall Cave. Fully explore it to find two bosses (Chimera and Lich), as well as a chest containing the two tomes. I'd recommend being level 23-26+ before tackling this one.  (Image credit: Windows Central)
  1. The fourth and fifth grimoires "Nation's Death Knell" and "Howling Blizzard" are found in the dungeon Waterfall Cave above, which is directly east of the Borderwatch Outpost. This dungeon is fairly big, and contains two fairly difficult bosses. I wouldn't attempt this until you were level 25+, owing to the Chimera and Lich guarding the treasure. The Lich will spawn out of the treasure chest containing the books, towards the end of the dungeon. 
  2. After granting three of the tomes (but use forgeries, if you want to also complete Spellbound), he will allow you to proceed in the quest, although you will need to
    find the other two anyway for Spellbound later on. 
  3. He will give you an item that will teach you Maelstrom, an absurd high-end magic spell that summons a twister. 

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Dragon's Dogma 2: "Spellbound" quest and the Mage maister

Dragon's Dogma 2 Spellbound guide

The location of Eini's house.  (Image credit: Windows Central)

In addition to the above, you can also get the spells Meteoron (sorcerer) and Celestial Paean (mage) if you give Myrddin forgeries of the tomes he asks for. Here's what you need to do for the quest Spellbound. 

  1. After the story quest involving the coronation of the False Arisen (Sovran), you can head to the house in the map above, north of Melve, and find a young lass named Trysha who wants to use magick at Eini's house. 
  2. She asks for the same books Myrddin wanted, whose locations are outlined in the above section. You must give her the real books this time, instead of the forgeries. 
  3. Sleep at a nearby camp, and return to her house. You will hear a scream, and Eini and Eino (her grandparents) are struggling to contain Trysha's magick. 

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  1. Simply keep avoiding Trysha's spells, and wait until she tires out. You will know she's tired by her idle stance.
  2. When she's tired, run up and grab her to the ground. 
  3. Some time will pass, and then speak to both Trysha and Eini until they give you the spells for Meteoron (sorcerer) and Celestial Paean (mage). 

Dragon's Dogma 2 is epic

Dragon's Dogma 2 is a vast game filled with secrets, as well as diverging quests, gear to obtain, and more. This is a game that doesn't hold the player's hand, and instead tasks them to use their wits to survive through the bleak world. 

Be sure to keep it locked to Windows Central for more Dragon's Dogma 2 guides, and let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the specific quest above. 

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