These pages are designed to take you step-by-step through the process of getting the game set up from scratch. Each page will list steps in order you should complete them in, including an optional VPN setup guide if you live outside of the United States or Japan. As of right now, this guide only covers the PC version of the game. This will be updated later with information pertaining to other versions of the game as well, however steps remain largely the same regardless of which version you play on.
Information is subject to change as the game and the sites become updated. Huge thanks to renaudabaj on GitHub for his original guide, where a lot of this information is sourced from.
Making a Japanese Square Enix will be the first thing you have to do as a new user regardless of which version of the game or platform you decide to play. Please make sure to follow the steps carefully to ensure you successfully create a Japanese Square Enix Account.
However, if you already have a Japanese Square Enix account, you may skip to the next step.
To start, navigate to the Japanese Square Enix Login Page.
You'll want to click on the big blue register button near the bottom of the page here, it'll bring you to the account registration page.
On this page you'll have to select "Japan" under the "Country" setting and wait for the page to reload.
Enter your information according to the image above. If you already have a non-Japanese Square Enix account, note that this account must be unique, meaning it must use a different email and User ID.
Once you complete filling out the information, complete the captcha and hit the orange button below.
You'll be redirected to the following page shown below, where you'll be asked to enter a verification code sent to the email you used to create the account.
Once you've entered the verification code, click the orange button to proceed.
Click the orange button once again and your account setup will be complete.
Please make sure to follow the next steps carefully. A lot of new users get tripped up activating their trial.
First, click this link. It'll bring you to the page below. Scroll down until you see the indicated buton.
It will bring you to the following page. Click the large blue button on top.
You'll be prompted to log in, do so, and hit the orange button on the following two pages shown below. This will register the game on your account, so you'll be able to play the trial after installing the client.
To download and install the client, the first thing you'll need to do is click this link to head back to the page we were on earlier. This time, scroll down until you see the yellow drop-down box seen below, and expand it so you can access the download button indicated in the following image:
This will begin downloading the installer for the client. If your browser marks the file as dangerous or your firewall blocks the download, disregard these warnings. After the download has completed, run the file and you'll be greeted with the installer:
If you receive the following error message below when trying to launch the setup executable, make sure to launch it from somewhere on your main drive where Windows is installed.
Follow through the installer by hitting the button indicated with a "(N) >" on the bottom right. The other button will cancel the install process. You'll be led through multiple screens. You'll be able to change the install directory later.
Next, you'll see this screen. Click the box at the top where it says すべてインストール.
Then you'll see this screen. This is just showing that you'll install both Versions 1 and 2. Both are automatically checked, so you don't need to check them. Click the middle button at the bottom that says インストール(I) to begin installing Version 1.
This installer will open to install Version 1. Click "(N) >" to continue.
Accept the agreement by checking the top choice and then clicking the "(N) >" button.
This screen will allow you to change your install directory. Do so now if you're inclined, as this will be your last chance without moving crucial game files (unstable). After selecting an install directory, continue to proceed through this installer.
At this point you'll be asked if you would like to create a desktop shortcut. Checking this box will create one for you. Afterwards, continue by hitting the middle 完了 button. This will finish the Version 1 install.
NOTE: You will see this main installer running in the background. This is what installs Version 1 and 2 in sequence. DO NOT CLOSE OR CANCEL IT. After waiting several seconds, the Version 2 installer will start.
The Version 2 installer will now start. You will see "Version 2" in the graphic on the left side. Go through the same prompts as the Version 1 installer except choosing an install location.
After the installation finishes, you'll be greeted with the screen below. Press the bottom right (F) button to finish and close the window.
Congratulations, you've now installed the Dragon Quest X client, however, the game itself is yet to be installed in the next step. The installer you just ran contains necessary files for the launcher client to run, however game files will be pulled from the server after you launch this client.
There are still a couple more crucial steps before you're able to play the game. You will not be able to play the game correctly without following these steps, as your account will have to be registered to the client itself. This portion of the guide will also go over the config client.
The first time you launch the client you'll be prompted with the following screen to wait while the game downloads and patches.
THIS WILL TAKE A WHILE. The average install time is 200-400 minutes. Your connection will be throttled. Once the download finishes, a jingle will play. Close the launcher for now.
BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER, IT'S RECOMMENDED TO DOWNLOAD AND REPLACE THE LAUNCHER AND CONFIG EXECUTABLES WITH THEIR ENGLISH TRANSLATED VERSIONS.
If you've downloaded the Config and Launcher, navigate to the install location you chose for Dragon Quest X (by default, this will be C:\Program Files (x86)\SquareEnix\DRAGON QUEST X). You will see two folders: Game and Boot.
Place the DQXLauncher.exe file inside of the Boot folder, and place the DQXConfig.exe file inside of the Game folder. These will overwrite the Japanese versions inside each folder, so it's recommended to back up both of the original files before replacing them with these English versions. Please note that these files will be replaced with their original Japanese versions whenever the game updates, so you'll need to replace them again when this happens.
This is as far as non-US players will be able to go without setting up an appropriate VPN service. Please skip to that part of the guide now if you're not playing from the US or Japan.
Next, open up the launcher once again. There should be a DQX shortcut icon on your desktop.
This is the main screen of the client. You might be tempted to log in immediately to start playing. Don't.
The first thing you're going to want to do is click on the button indicated in the image below:
Which will bring you to the following screen:
Ignore Step 1. This is registration, which by this point you should have already done. Instead, if you're ready to play (without looking at the config portion of this guide), go ahead and enter your Japanese Square Enix Account credentials and then click the green button at the bottom. This will register your account to the client. You will see the message below appear. Simply press "Enter" and the game will launch.
From now on, when opening the launcher, make sure to select your account as shown circled to the left when logging in.
If you've done everything correctly up to this point, the game should automatically start and you will see a black box with yellow text (this will be in Japanese, don't worry). Keep pressing Enter a few times to scroll through the screens and you'll see a screen with this window to the left (still in Japanese).
Select the option that is circled in red (Logout). You will be prompted two times, just select the top choice twice, and the game will close with the launcher opening itself again. The game needs to be closed to download the files needed for English translation, so now head over to the translation tools page for instructions on how to translate the game into English.
If you'd like to configure game settings, click the purple Dracky icon on the right side of the launcher window. More information about the config and its settings can be found from our friends over at Ethene Wiki: Configuring Dragon Quest X Settings