If you’re just starting in Dragon Quest Builders 2 (which we recommend picking up), you may have noticed that you need a currency called Gratitude to unlock a variety of different things in the game. It may not be evident right away what this currency is or where to get it, but it’s easy to maximize how much you collect with a little bit of effort, and fortunately, you don’t even have to stop progressing through the game to grind for it.
What is Gratitude in Dragon Quest Builders 2?
Gratitude is basically just what it sounds like: a measure of how happy your townspeople are with the homes you’ve made for them. You gather it by making sure people’s basic needs are met, and you’ll get even more if you cater to their specific tastes instead of just throwing any old furniture in each room and calling it a day. Townspeople give you Gratitude when they use pieces of furniture like toilers, beds, or dining tables. If the room they use matches their preferred aesthetic, they provide more.
Once you have Gratitude, you can use it for a number of things. The biggest roadblock will be using it to ring the Builder’s Bell, which you’ll need to do to upgrade your base and progress through the story at some points. Gratitude is also used to unlock new recipes and explorer islands at your home base. It’s easy enough to get enough Gratitude to ring the Builder’s Bell when you need to, but you’ll have to put in a little more work to gather enough to unlock additional content.
Gratitude Farming Basics
Keep in mind that each island tracks Gratitude separately, so spending all your time grinding Gratitude on Furrowfield won’t help you when you get to Moonbrooke. Also, the Isle of Awakening, your home island, is the only one where you can spend your Gratitude on new recipes and explorer islands, so that’s where you’ll want to focus your efforts.
As early as you can on each island, start by just making sure your townspeople’s needs are met. That means setting up enough bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, and kitchens to keep everybody happy. Don’t wait until you can build luxury amenities if you’ve already got the bare necessities on hand; a little Gratitude is more than none at all.
One thing that’s easy to overlook is keeping your homes stocked with food, but it’s also one of the easiest ways to keep Gratitude coming in. Whenever you come back to town, just do a quick check to make sure you’ve got enough food in the kitchens and dining rooms, and drop off anything you might be carrying. If you have enough ingredients to cook some high-level food yourself, make it and stick it in the pantry. If you only have raw ingredients, leave them back at town as well. Once you’ve got enough ingredients to cook with in storage, some townspeople will take it upon themselves to cook with them, giving you a bonus to the Gratitude you receive.
Faster Gratitude Farming Tips
Once you’ve got a fully functional room, it’s time to start thinking about improvements. In general, the more rooms are stocked with high quality furniture and decorations, the more Gratitude townspeople who use them will be. Each townsperson also has their own preferences for the style of rooms. At a certain point in the story, you’ll unlock the ability to see what style each piece of furniture belongs to, but even before you can do that, you can still just put pieces that look similar together. Try to have as many rooms as you can that suit the preferences of your townspeople and you’ll be raking in the Gratitude.
That’s about all there is to farming Gratitude in Dragon Quest Builders 2. It takes a bit of work, but you don’t have to do it all at once, and it’s pretty much on autopilot after you’ve got the basics down. One final thing to keep in mind: since the Isle of Awakening is the place where you’ll need Gratitude most, so remember to shift your most valuable items there when they’re no longer needed on other islands.