As the name implies, Dragon Quest Builders 2 allows players to develop locales through the use of a crafting system. You break resources down, and then use those materials to build other, grander things — for yourself, but also for villagers that you recruit onto your lands.
Villagers will make requests for specific things, and once you make that thing, they’ll use it. This is a great detail, as it means that players will become invested in the livelihoods of their citizens. I’ve definitely spent way too much time making something elaborate for a cute villager. The thing is, just because you put effort into making something doesn’t mean the recipients will make the best use of it.
Over the last week, Dragon Quest 2 players are finding out that the in-game AI isn’t very bright. More specifically, when you build a bathroom for your citizens, they will all line up for a single latrine even if you make more than one. Actually, in some games, villagers will just perpetually stand in line for the loo.
One of the best things about Dragon Quest Builders 2 is that everyone needs to constantly take a huge shit all of the time pic.twitter.com/QHmCsGE8GW— Mr. Doo Doo Penis (@boring_as_heck) July 21, 2019
In Dragon Quest Builders 2, the first time you build a bathroom, all the villagers rush over to watch and cheer the celbratory first shit! pic.twitter.com/metDC7IlbL— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) July 21, 2019
“I literally had a line of 10 people waiting to poop,” says Jeff Ramos, Polygon engagement editor, on what happened after he built his first outhouse.
Why would villagers flock to the bathroom? Well, the game turns poop into a crafting material, which means that some players are optimizing their bathroom builds.
I reached the part in Dragon Quest Builders 2 were you build a kitchen, then a bathroom, then you watch your villagers eat, then run to the bathroom, then you go in after to take their poop from the toilet, then you go make worm food so you can make better soil for your farm— Leesh Mae (@LeeshMae) July 16, 2019
I can't stop playing Dragon Quest Builders 2, honestly... Working really hard on my poop factory. Yes, poop factory. pic.twitter.com/RDovlBU3tS— Karine Windy (on vacation) (@KarineWindy) July 17, 2019
im sorry other games I may only play dragon quest builders from here on. every villager needs their private bathroom yaknow— normal Modron (@modernmodron) July 20, 2019
I COULD go to bed now, but where would all my Dragon Quest villagers shit— Anebriate (@Anebriate) July 23, 2019
Me playing Dragon Quest Builders 2 today: *grabs a villager* you need to take a shit. Right. Now.— ちか FFXIV (@xilliette) July 18, 2019
Well, most people. Others are intentionally being evil about how their villagers are allowed to relieve themselves.
So I started playing Dragon Quest Builders 2 and it’s fucking amazing but I just realized the bathroom I built for my village is 1 toilet and 1 towel.— BohemianTrapsody (@WubsonOfficial) July 19, 2019
For everybody. I’m a monster.
Dragon Quest Builder 2 time! I may have been my only bathrooms at the top of a giant towers with only one way up. Watching the villagers stuff themselves with food and then battle each other to reach the top first is quality entertainment.— Mitchell Adams (@MiTcHaDaMs83) July 15, 2019
#DragonQuestBuilders2 is my new addiction! I'm building up my town and I've got so many citizens but only one restroom.. I feel sorry for these guys! #NintendoSwitch #DragonQuest pic.twitter.com/XlKMxpn6UX— Marc Bantolina (@SiLeNtCovenant) July 21, 2019
I wouldn’t feel too bad for the villagers, though — not when they pull stuff like this off.
Me, a hard-working builder, just trying to build you the tiny bathroom you requested— Ju Li K (@Juleshortstuff) July 21, 2019
You, every Dragon Quest Builder NPC in my town, following me into the tiny room and making it impossible for me to place the pot toilet
The best part about all of this has to be that, inevitably, some players enjoying the game on the Switch will likely be sitting on a toilet while watching their villagers take a poop, too. Ah, the circle of life.