Shep and Arendelle stand in a town.

Screenshot: Capcom / Kotaku

Early into your Dragon’s Dogma 2 playthrough, you’ll make your pawn in the character creator. This is your partner in crime who will accompany you and level up alongside you throughout the game, but they won’t be your only companion. You’ll eventually fill out a party of four with other pawns you meet during your journey. These can be Capcom-made ones, or they can be those made by other players (assuming you’re playing online). You can recruit them by talking to them either in the game world or by accessing riftstones found in different villages and towns.

While your initial pawn will level up with you, any others you pick up will remain at the same level. This incentivizes you to cycle them out as you progress, but they will cost RC, a separate currency from what you spend in shops. Before you leave the first town, be sure to recruit a full party to help you in battle. If you can, ensure your team fills out all four initial combat roles (Fighter, Archer, Thief, Mage) so you’ve got a spread of skills between you.

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