Whether you are an old school DQIV player like I am, or a neophyte getting your feet wet with this new DQIV port, I would seriously recommend picking up this guide while it is still available. Not only is it simply GORGEOUS, filled with detailed, full color illustrations of the characters, towns, weapons, armor, etc, it is an incredibly useful tool for getting the most out of your DQIV experience.
It's true that as far as RPGs go, DQIV is not all that difficult---- I was in 6th grade when the game was first released and I did just fine without a guide. However, if you don't have months on end to stumble around caves trying to find magic switches which lead to the next floor or trying to find the best way to earn even SOME coins at the casino so you can get the best weapons and armor, I believe you will be quite grateful for the assistance this book offers. Not only does it have thorough lists of characters, weapons, armor, items, and monsters, it has a full walk-through, detailed maps, and best of all, helpful advice for sidequests such as how to get the best items from the first casino, how to build your immigrant town in order to find the hidden casino, etc. For those of you who are familiar with the old version of the game and who are caught off-guard by the 6th chapter, there is a full walk-through for that as well.
This book loses one star because while the items list is thorough and beautifuly illustrated, it does fail to list where each item can be found. However, for each town, dungeon, etc, there is a more detailed list that shows all the items that can be obtained there, so the book DOES contain information on where all of the items (including all the special new items created just for this new version) are located, however, it's not quite as convenient as it should be.
As a side note, I'd also like to say that I'm disappointed that this is the only DQIV strategy guide being released in the US. When the PS1 remake of this game was released in Japan, there were TWO guides released for it: one containing a walk-through and maps, the other focusing on characters, items, and monsters. Because there were two different volumes the books were able to go into much more detail, and they went a lot more in depth in terms of discussing strategy for which characters to use in ones party, which weapons and armor to use, etc. However, this is still an excellent guide, an excellent tool for getting the most out of this outstanding game, and a crown jewel in ANY DQ fan's collection, and as such it is HIGHLY recommended.