Bermudo in Dragon's Dogma 2
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How to complete The Arisen’s Shadow in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Tom and Jerry Dragon's Dogma style.

When exploring Vernworth’s Merchant Quarter, a mysterious hooded figure will appear nearby. This will then lead you to a wild goose chase, all to complete The Arisen’s Shadow in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 The Arisen’s Shadow guide

Before we get into how to capture the Arisen’s Shadow, you may need an idea of who you’re looking for. Search around at the Merchant Quarter to locate a man with a hood who will constantly run away from you. He also tends to shout out “You!” and “This looks like trouble” when up close. Those who don’t see him can change the time by sitting on a bench or sleeping at the inn. In particular, when I slept on the bench until nighttime in North Vernworth Oxcart Station, he would appear in the distance and start running.

Arisen's Shadow in Dragon's Dogma 2
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As the quest describes, you must “confront” the individual by chasing him down. I made the mistake of continuously hailing him over to talk, but this interaction had nothing to do with the objective. You need to grab the Arisen Shadow using the corresponding button. The bottom-right corner typically shows the correct inputs, including the R2 button for PlayStation 5 users.

Bringing down Arisen's Shadow in Dragon's Dogma 2
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After capturing the hooded figure, a short dialogue scene triggers, indicating the action’s success. However, you must make a decision: Let him go and earn some money, or refuse and try to bring him down. It’s entirely up to the player how they want to approach this, but we’ll provide a brief summary of each outcome. But be warned, spoilers are ahead for The Arisen’s Shadow quest in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

What happens when you refuse Bermudo in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

Upon Bermudo’s capture, he explains that he is an “agent… of a sort” who reports to someone about your whereabouts. Refusing to let him go results in a brawl with him, but Brant will eventually put an end to it. Talk to Brant in a few days’ time while he investigates how Bermudo was able to track you down. The Arisen’s Shadow refusal outcome seems to be best for players who enjoy Dragon’s Dogma 2 story elements, as Brant will continue to decipher this mystery after the quest completion.

While the alternative decision offers more gold, 4,000 G and 1,000 XP will still be rewarded. This pathway seems like the most plausible option, yet it doesn’t hurt to try other routes.

What happens when you demand compensation from Bermudo in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

Although Bermudo is helping a presumable enemy, you can look the other way and take his money. He will provide 5,000 G and 1,000 XP for this particular route. I would recommend this outcome for those who want something short and sweet. Nevertheless, my Pawns suggested that this wasn’t the “right choice,” so bear that in mind before sparing the agent. You also won’t progress in the storyline mentioned above.


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