Gadabout

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With snappy comebacks and spontaneous one-liners, the Jester is always popular. --Description in Dragon Quest VII.

The Gadabout (遊び人, Asobinin), also known as Goof-off and Jester, is a recurring vocation in the Dragon Quest series. Quite literally a joke character, the Gadabout is poor in nearly every attribute, save for their incredible luck.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

Gadabouts, although pretty much useless on the battlefield, have a great amount of luck. This allows them to avoid the affects of debilitating spells more often than other characters. The trade-off for this is the fact that these clowns have minds of their own, and the player cannot always control their actions. In Dragon Quest III, they are the only class that can turn into a Sage at Alltrades Abbey without the Words of Wisdom.

Starting equipment and Stats[edit]

NES version

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 11 240
MP 0 0
Strength 5 100
Agility 2 130
Resilience 6 131
Wisdom 2 184
Luck 8 255

A gadabout will only follow the player's instructions 75% of the time, disobeying with a randomly selected action. Every few levels, a new action is added to the list:

  • Level 1 (1/5): struck a defensive pose (Defends), just gawked at the scene(Nothing),yell for help (Nothing), run (Nothing), fell and tripped (Nothing)
  • Level 3 (1/7): smiled serenely (Nothing), keeled over (Falls asleep)
  • Level 5 (1/8): juggle stones (4~8 damage to Gadabout or monster)
  • Level 7 (1/9): sing and dance gaily (Nothing)
  • Level 9 (1/10): flick disheveled hair(F)/put on tough guy act(M) (Nothing)
  • Level 11 (1/11): tap dance (Gadabout's evasion rises)
  • Level 13 (1/12): spin finger at monster (Confuses monster)
  • Level 15 (1/13): preen with mirror (F)/goose other party member(M) (Nothing)
  • Level 17 (1/15): keel over (Paralyzes Gadabout), cast some gibberish (Nothing)
  • Level 19 (1/16): pray for peace (Nothing)
  • Level 20 (1/17): become plagued by self doubt (Nothing)
  • Level 21 (1/18): make up a pun (Makes enemy laugh)
  • Level 23 (1/20): roll a die (Nothing), sing loudly (terrible voice - makes enemy flee, beautiful voice - makes enemy lose turn)
  • Level 25 (1/21): image lewd situations (Nothing)
  • Level 27 (1/22): sneeze (Makes everybody surprised)
  • Level 29 (1/24): start a word game (Nothing), gaze sexily at monster (Makes monster lose turn (F)/Nothing(M))
  • Level 31 (1/25): tell a story (Random party member can lose turn)
  • Level 33 (1/26): put on heels and hold a whip(F)/pull out a crown and wear it(M)(Makes a monster attack other monster or itself when alone/Gadabout attacks a monster)
  • Level 35 (1/28): sneak up behind other party member (Nothing), laugh maniacally (Make monsters flee)
  • Level 37 (1/29): cheer everyone up (Casts Deceleratle or Acceleratle on the party)
  • Level 39 (1/31): guzzle a bottle of ale (Gadabout won't move next turn), heckle a monster (Nothing)
  • Level 41 (1/32): toss up a boulder (12~14 damage to party member, or 30~32 to a monster)
  • Level 43 (1/33): puff-puff a monster (Makes a monster lose turn(F)/Deals 36~45 damage to a monster(M))
  • Level 45 (1/34): use a move on a monster (Poofchop, Poofmash; deals 35~42 damage to a monster)
  • Level 47 (1/35): do something illicit (Nothing)
  • Level 49 (1/36): lit some paper on fire (Casts Frizzle on a monster)
  • Level 50 (1/37): run out of things to do (Casts Multiheal on party)

Skills[edit]

Dragon Quest III (GBC
Spell Level Learned
Whistle 13

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

Gadabout is one of the basic classes available. It is one of the prerequisites for the Luminary vocation, along with the Dancer.

Stat Changes[edit]

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 155
Strength -30%
Agility -30%
Defence -40%
Wisdom -20%
Style +5%
Max HP -30%
Max MP -40%
Trait Sometimes skips a turn

Abilities[edit]

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Goof-off Lucky Dip 1 Varies Random effect 0
2 Partygoer Whistle 12 Self Summons monsters with a whistle. 0
3 Night Owl Tongue Lashing 25 One enemy A slobbery lick to make the enemy cower. 0
4 Freeloader Puff-Puff 45 One enemy If performed by a male, it damages the enemy. If performed by a female, it may prevent the enemy from attacking. 0
5 Muckraker Nap 67 Self Sleep for a spell to restore HP and MP. 0
6 Heartbreaker Tongue Bashing 82 One enemy A punishing lick to reduce the enemy's defence. 0
7 Moodmaker Follow Suit 118 Self Gives the enemy back a taste of its own medicine. 0
8 Super Player Hocus Pocus 155 Varies Take a chance with Lady Luck! Only she knows what will happen. 20

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

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Once again, Jester is one of the basic classes available. Mastering it is a prerequisite to unlock the Luminary vocation, along with Dancer and Troubadour. When Ruff is this class, his wolf has a clown's red nose.

Stat Changes[edit]

Statistics Change
Battles to Master PS1: 130
3DS: 71
Strength -30 Percent
Agility -30 Percent
Resilience -40 Percent
Wisdom -20 Percent
Style +5 Percent
Max HP -30 Percent
Max MP -20 Percent

PS1 Abilities[edit]

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Beginner Nothing 0
2 Novice Puff Puff 7 One Enemy If performed by a male, it damages the enemy. If performed by a female, it may prevent the enemy from attacking. 0
3 Goof-Off Silliness 15 Self Caster avoids physical attacks for one turn 0
4 Buffoon Point Out 30 Self Counterattacks physical attacks for one turn 0
5 Stand-up Quick Joke 58 One Group Tells a joke which may cause one enemy group to laugh, preventing them from attacking 0
6 Comedian Tongue Lashing 80 One Enemy Licks an enemy to cause shuddering, which may prevent an enemy from attacking 0
7 Joker Tongue Bashing 100 One Enemy Licks one enemy, lowering its defence to zero 0
8 Fool Tickle 130 One Enemy Tickle one enemy, which may prevent it from attacking 0

3DS Abilities[edit]

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Open Mic-Er Pratfall 1 User Dodge all damage for one turn. 0
2 Clown Sobering Slap 4 Self Turn an enemy attack back onto them. Doesn't seem to work. 0
3 Fall Guy Weird Leer 9 Does nothing 0
Puff-Puff One enemy If performed by a male, it damages the enemy. If performed by a female, it may prevent the enemy from attacking. 0
4 Gag Merchant One-Liner 16 One group User tells a joke, can make the enemy laugh and skip a turn. 0
5 Jobbing Comedian Tongue Lashing 24 One enemy Licks an enemy to cause shuddering, which may prevent an enemy from attacking 0
6 Bill-Topper Underpants Dance 34 One group May startle enemies, which make them skip a turn. 0
Tongue Bashing One enemy Licks one enemy, lowering its defence to zero. 0
7 Household Name Rib-Tickler 46 One enemy May make an enemy skip a turn. 0
8 Comic Genius Weird Whacker 71 One group Attempt to confuse enemies, also deals damage 0

Hybrid Abilities[edit]

Hybrid Learns Target Info MP
Bard Gag Song One Group Has a chance of making one group of enemies laugh, preventing them from attacking 0
Dancer Boxer Dance One Group Causes one group of enemies to laugh, preventing them from attacking 0
Martial Artist Retaliate Self Returns any attack against the caster back to the enemy 0
Mage Kafuddle One Group Causes confusion to one enemy group 5
Thief Giggle Self Does nothing 0
Warrior Confuhit One Enemy May confuse the enemy it hits 0

Usefulness[edit]

The Jester's attributes decline in all categories might be hard to deal with at first and the skills aren't worth using, but the vocation is required for a character to become a Luminary and then a Druid later on.

Notable Gadabouts[edit]

  • Selectable class in Dragon Quest III.
  • Torneko can be considered a fusion of the Gadabout and Merchant classes, with a little bit of Thief thrown in.
  • Dhoulmagus is referred to by the party and by NPCs as a Jester. Beyond this nomenclature and a superficial resemblance, he has no real relation to the vocation.
  • Known as Player (loose translation) in Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart.

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