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Dragon Quest series character
Dragon Quest III
Race Human
Age 16

Erdrick (ロト Roto or Loto), also known as Loto or Roto, is a recurring legendary hero from the Dragon Quest series, and specifically the playable character of Dragon Quest III. The first three Dragon Quest games are called the "Erdrick Trilogy", as each relate to the character of Erdrick in some way. Although he does not appear in Dragon Quest or Dragon Quest II, Erdrick is mentioned heavily in the game dialog and many items bear his name. The hero of Dragon Quest III, which takes place prior to the previous two games, receives the Erdrick title at the end of the adventure.

Erdrick is referenced in many of the later main Dragon Quest games, as well as some spin-offs. The character of Erdrick is often representative of the early Dragon Quest games.


Roto with a blue cape, from an early Japanese Dragon Quest card game.

In Dragon Quest III, the hero, who may be either male or female, departs from their home, Aliahan, on their sixteenth birthday in order to follow in the footsteps of the brave warrior and the hero's father, Ortega, to defeat the archfiend Baramos. After defeating Baramos, the hero returns victorious to Aliahan only to be confronted by a new nemesis, Zoma. Taking up a new quest to defeat Zoma, the hero travels through the Great Pit of Giaga to Alefgard, which is sealed in darkness.


The Hero of Dragon Quest III, as he appears in the Monster Battle Road series. Tantegel Castle is seen in the background.

In the original Japanese version of the game the hero has black hair and wears a gold headband, a dark green or blue tunic, and a black, green, or blue cape. In later remakes of Dragon Quest III, the hero has either black or dark brown hair and wears a gold or silver headband, a blue tunic, brown leather boots and gloves, and either a red or purple cape.

Base Stats[edit]

NES Version

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 15 446
MP 6 218
Strength 8 181
Agility 6 156
Resilience 7 244
Wisdom 6 126
Luck 5 157
Initial gear Cypress stick, Plain clothes


Level Learned Original Japanese Dragon Quest III MP Description
2 メラ Mera Blaze 2 A simple fire spell; affects one enemy.
4 ホイミ Hoimi Heal 3 A simple healing spell.
6 ニフラム Nifuramu Expell 2 Blows away weak enemies.
8 ルーラ Ruura Return 8 Instantaneous travel to a previously visited location.
10 ギラ Gira Firebal 4 A weak fire spell that affects a group of enemies.
12 アストロン Asutoron Ironize 6 Makes the hero immune to all enemy attacks for a short period of time.
13 イオ Io Bang 5 Weak explosion damage to all enemies.
14 リレミト Riremito Outside 8 Exit a cave with this spell.
16 ラリホー Rarihoo Sleep 3 May put a group of enemies to sleep.
18 マホトーン Mahotoon StopSpell 3 Try to block the enemies' spell.
19 トヘロス Toherosu Repel 4 Causes weak enemies to leave you alone.
23 ベギラマ Begirama Firebane 6 This fire spell affects a group of enemies.
26 ライデイン Raidein Zap 8 Affects one enemy; the first lightning type spell.
29 ベホイミ Behoimi Healmore 5 A stronger form of Heal.
33 ベホマ Behoma Healall 7 Restores an ally to full health.
35 ザオラル Zaoraru Vivify 10 50% chance to revive a deceased party member.
38 ベホマズン Behomazun Healusall 62 Restores the party to full health.
41 ギガデイン Gigadein Lightning 30 Causes around 200 points of electrical damage to all enemies.


In Dragon Quest, Erdrick was the ancestor of The Hero. The hero follows in the footsteps of Erdrick to ultimately reach Charlock Castle and confront the Dragonlord.

In Dragon Quest II, the heroes are descendants of Erdrick, and also of the hero from Dragon Quest.

In Dragon Quest III, the origins of the hero Erdrick are revealed; therefore, the chronological order of the first three games is III, I, II.

Originally known as Erdrick to many North Americans, the hero is also known by two other names: Roto and Loto. In the original Japanese version games (i.e. Dragon Quest), Erdrick is known exclusively by the name Roto, which is also used by some import gamers. Another romanization of the name is Loto, which was used in place of Erdrick when Enix America, Inc. re-released Dragon Quest I, II, and III on the Game Boy Color. This was most likely used because the Japanese language does not distinguish between R and L.

When Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was released in North America and Europe, the name Erdrick was once again used to refer to the legendary hero of Dragon Quest III, effectively returning to the original English localization from the NES era.

In the manga series, Dragon Quest: The Emblem of Roto, the hero's real name is Arel.

Origins of Title[edit]

At the end of Dragon Quest III the King of Alefgard bestows upon the hero The Order of Erdrick, the country’s highest honor reserved only for true heroes. This implies Erdrick is a title rather than the hero's actual name. The hero is referred to by this title in all references outside of Dragon Quest III.

Attempting to name the hero "Erdrick" in Dragon Quest III for the NES will generate a message requesting the player to enter their real name; however, if a space is added at the end, the warning message will not be displayed and the game may be played with the hero being named "Erdrick ".

Items Bearing the Name Erdrick[edit]

In the Nintendo Entertainment System versions of Dragon Quest, several items that once belonged to the hero have Erdrick in their names (which are named after Loto in the Game Boy remakes).

Erdrick’s sword[edit]

Erdrick's sword, a.k.a. the Sword of Kings or the Loto Sword.
Erdrick's Armor, a.k.a. the Armor of Radiance or the Loto Armor.
Helmet of Erdrick.

Main article: Erdrick's sword
This is the most powerful sword in Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. Other names for this sword include Sword of Erdrick (Dragon Quest II) and Sword of Kings (Dragon Quest III).

Erdrick’s Armor[edit]

Erdrick's Shield, a.k.a. the Shield of Heroes or the Loto Shield.
Erdrick's Token, the proof of lineage.

The most powerful armor in Dragon Quest, which protects against the hit point damage from poison swamps and barriers. It is also known as Armor of Erdrick in Dragon Quest II and as Armor of Radiance in Dragon Quest III.

The Shield of Erdrick[edit]

The shield used by Erdrick when confronting Zoma. This is the name found in Dragon Quest II. It is called the Shield of Heroes in Dragon Quest III, and it does not exist in Dragon Quest.

The Helmet of Erdrick[edit]

The helmet worn by Erdrick when confronting Zoma. This item exists only in Dragon Quest II, and it is not a specific armor from Dragon Quest III. (It may be assumed to be Ortega's Helm in the remake of Dragon Quest III).

Erdrick’s Token[edit]

DW1 ErdricksTablet.png

An object which proves the hero's lineage in Dragon Quest, which is found in a swamp south of Cantlin (or Mercado in the Game Boy remake).

Erdrick's Tablet[edit]

A message written in stone by Erdrick in Dragon Quest III and left for the hero in Dragon Quest. It gives instructions on what items are needed to reach the Isle of Dragons, which is the location of Charlock Castle. The tablet is found in a cave called Erdrick's Cave.

Other References to Erdrick[edit]

  • In the opening scene of Dragon Quest V, the protagonist's father, Pankraz, suggests the name "Madason" for his son. His wife, Madalena, disagrees, and suggests the name which the player entered. If the player already entered the name "Madason", Pankraz will suggest "Erdrick" instead.
  • In the US translation of Dragon Quest VI (Nintendo DS Version), an NPC in Gallows Moor goes by the name of Erdrick.
  • In Dragon Quest IX the set of legendary armaments are referred to as Erdrick's, and not Loto's, reversing the localization change from the Game Boy Color remake of Dragon Quest III.
  • In the original Final Fantasy, a role playing game produced by Square, there is a grave for Erdrick (in the remakes, and the original Japanese version of Final Fantasy, the name is Link).
  • Erdrick's sword is wielded by a mark in Final Fantasy XII. It is referred to as the "Wyrmhero Blade" (In the Japanese version, it's called the Tolo Sword).
  • The manga series Gintama has a parody of Dragon Quest which starts Leukocyte King, a character based on Edrick.



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