How to give gifts in Dragon’s Dogma 2

How to give gifts in Dragon’s Dogma 2
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Learning how to give gifts in Dragon’s Dogma 2 is useful if you want to romance or buddy up with an NPC. Need a discount at a vendor? Hand over a couple of gifts. Want to deepen your relationship with Ulrika? Chuck a few gifts her way. Like many things in DD2, the act of gift giving isn’t explained explicitly and the prompt is easy to miss.

We’ll walk you through how to give gifts in Dragon’s Dogma 2. For more DD2 help, check out how to get Miasmite, our A Beggar’s Tale walkthrough, and our Dragon’s Dogma 2 tips and tricks beginner’s guide full of handy advice to start your adventure on the right foot.

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How to give gifts to NPCs in Dragon’s Dogma 2

To give a gift in Dragon’s Dogma 2, interact with an NPC then select the Give Gift option (Square on PlayStation and X on Xbox) from those displayed on the HUD in the bottom right-hand of the screen. You’ll then see the Gift menu. Choose a gift from the items currently in your inventory and tap Confirm.

A player in Dragon's Dogma 2 interacts with a non-player character, choosing items to give as gifts from an inventory menu.
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At times you won’t be able to give a gift to NPCs, typically when one is involved in an on-going quest. Additionally, gift giving is only available for named NPCs that show up in the NPC Logbook, so you won’t be able to gift an item to a random NPC in the streets of Vernworth, for example.

What items should you gift to NPCs

NPCs have preferences when it comes to receiving gifts, including favourite items that will have a bigger impact on your affinity with them. To check what you should give an NPC, bring up the Pause Menu and select History. In the NPC Logbook, scroll down to the relevant NPC and under Likes you’ll see what items they prefer.

A screenshot from Dragon's Dogma 2 showcasing a character profile for 'Ulrika,' a female human NPC with a preference for adorable and beautiful gifts.
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Their Likes are classified under item types, as follows:

  • Adorable items – Golden Trove Beetles
  • Beautiful items – Bunch of Flowers, fruit like Apples and Grapes
  • Expensive items – rare gems like Jasper or Onyx or expensive weapons and armour
  • Fancy items – rings, potions, scrolls
  • Interesting items – monster parts like Misshapen Eye
  • Rare Items – anything rare, including monster drops and gems
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Once a day is best

Note that the increase in affinity obtained from gift giving only applies once per in-game day, meaning that if you hand over multiple gifts within the same day, they won’t have any effect beyond the first gift’s affinity boost.

That’s all there is to how to give gifts in Dragon’s Dogma 2. For more guides, check out how to get a preserved Medusa head in Dragon’s Dogma 2 and the best graphic settings if you’re struggling for frames.