List of personality types in Dragon Quest III
Personalities are a game mechanic added to the remakes of Dragon Quest III which effect character stat growth. The Hero is assigned one of 30 personalities through a test at the beginning of the game and recruited members are assigned a personality based on their starting stats. Personalities can be changed throughout the game with the use of book items and by equipping certain pieces of equipment. There are a total of 45 possible personalities. Note that in most Dragon Quest games, stats are determined randomly at level up, or according to a specific distribution of growth.
In the sections below, the names of personalities from the Phone version of Dragon Quest III are used. These are the only 'official' names for personalities as the Super NES version of the game was never officially translated, and the ones featured in the Game Boy Color are obsolete. However, most fan translation names are similar to the ones used in the Game Boy Color version.
Personalities and stat effects
|Name||Strength (STR)||Agility (AGI)||Resilience (RES)||Wisdom (WIS)||Luck (LUC)||Composite Total||Notes|
|Bat Outta Hell||100%||140%||100%||100%||100%||+40%|
|Lucky Devil||100%||110%||100%||100%||150%||+60%||Male only|
Opinion #1: The Vamp personality is often regarded as the best due to its +70% composite stat bonus. For this reason, choosing female characters is often preferred since males cannot have said personality. Personality does not effect anything significant in the game other than stats, so it does not benefit the player to have any character with a personality that results in a negative overall composite total. Certain personalities are better for specific vocations; for example, a male martial artist that has a lucky personality will keep his traditionally high agility and add a high amount of luck. This allows him to evade debilitating spells more easily.
Opinion #2: Since this is primarily a team-based game, personalities that give a large, focused increase in a particular stat are preferable to "even spread" options. Personalities such as Paragon, Bat Outta Hell, Wit, Tough Cookie and maybe even Lucky.
Paragon obviously works well with physically-inclined classes such as the Warrior and Martial Artist, as it will make their Attack rating skyrocket. Although their Agility will suffer, they will be able to kill many monsters in scant few hits, if not one.
Bat Outta Hell is best chosen through books later in the game. The vocations that would most benefit from the increased Agility, spell-casters, cannot start with this personality. The other alternative is giving this to the M.A. to optimize his agility early and switch to another class or personality later on.
Tough Cookie is an optimal choice for players who prefer durability. It either makes physical vocations even harder to kill, and gives precious HP to frailer ones like the Mage and Priest. The Mage will especially enjoy the increase as it will allow him to better survive enemy attack spells, so long as you don't mind the drop in MP.
Wit increases your potential MP and is a promising choice for the Hero, as Zoom, Kazap, and Omniheal are very expensive to cast. For other characters, Wit is a possible alternative as it trades potential Resilience for more Agility.
Lucky Devil and Happy Camper, while proving merely average stat gains, provide large increases in Luck which make you much less likely to be affected by status effects. This is helpful for character with multiple abilities as they are vulnerable to various effects and are more likely to be physically weak.
Possible exceptions to the above are Daredevil, Vamp, and Lone Wolf. Daredevil provides above-average Agility and Resilience which provides a balanced defense along with better priority. Vamp is popular for its multiple above-average stats with a possible weakness in its average Resilience. Lone Wolf has good increases in Agility, Resilience and Wisdom. However, those increases are balanced by below-average Luck, which makes the character more vulnerable to status effects.
Hero personality quiz
At the end of each possible question chain is an imaginary scenario in which the hero must decide what to do. These scenarios determine the final personality. There are 8 different scenarios that can be played depending on the player's answers to the questions. Some scenarios have up to 5 possible personality results depending on the actions of the hero during the scenario.
The 31 possible starting personalities for a hero are:
- Slippery devil
- Free Spirit
- Sore Loser
- Happy Camper
- Spoilt Brat
- Straight Arrow
- Good Egg
- Lone Wolf
- Shrinking Violet
- Tough Cookie
- Show Off
The 15 personalities which the hero cannot start with are:
- Lucky Devil
- Bat Outta Hell
- If your character is male, you get the Lothario personality. If your character is female, you get the Vamp personality.
Recruitable member personality
Characters which are created and recruited at Patty's place have different mechanism to determine their personality. Each character class has its own set of base statistics.
|Class||Strength (STR)||Agility (AGI)||Resilience (RES)||Wisdom (WIS)||Luck (LUC)|
|Martial Artist (M)||14||9||7||3||2|
|Martial Artist (F)||12||11||7||4||3|
As each character is created, the player is given the opportunity to use five seeds to further raise the character's stats. Each seed will increase the single stat by 1-3 poWISs. The seeds can be distributed manually or randomly by the computer if the player chooses that option. After the final starting stats have been determined, a calculation is performed to determine the personality.
The base values from the above table are subtracted from the final starting stats to get the "bonus" values, i.e. the amount by which each stat exceeds the base value for the character's gender and class. The five stats are ranked from highest to lowest bonus. If two stats have an equal bonus, the base stat value is used to break the tie. Finally, a personality is chosen based on the class, the highest bonus, the value of that bonus, the second-highest bonus in some cases, and random chance.
|Highest bonus is Strength (STR)|
|Warrior/Martial Artist||STR >= 11||Paragon/Meathead/Amazon|
|STR >= 7||Meathead/Idealist/Tomboy/Thug|
|RES is 2nd||Thug/Gourmand/Lothario/Amazon|
|AGI is 2nd||Daredevil/Tomboy/Klutz/Sore Loser|
|Otherwise||Lothario/Lout/Free Spirit/Straight Arrow/Everyman|
|Mage/Priest||STR >= 11||Meathead/Amazon/Daredevil|
|STR >= 7||Mule/Meddler/Meathead/Idealist|
|RES is 2nd||Drudge/Plugger/Gourmand/Narcissist|
|WIS is 2nd||Sore Loser/Show Off/Wimp/Socialite|
|Otherwise||Lout/Lazybones/Straight Arrow/Tomboy/Good Egg/Everyman|
|Merchant/Gadabout/Thief||STR >= 11||Meathead/Sore Loser/Tomboy/Idealist|
|WIS is 2nd||Genius/Lone Wolf/Slippery devil|
|RES is 2nd||Daredevil/Amazon/Thug|
|AGI is 2nd||Scatterbrain/Acrobat/Clown|
|Highest bonus is Agility (AGI)|
|Warrior/Merchant/Gadabout||AGI >= 12||Bat Outta Hell/Daredevil/Acrobat|
|AGI >= 7||Acrobat/Scatterbrain/Narcissist/Sore Loser|
|WIS is 2nd||Slippery devil/Lout/Contrarian|
|STR is 2nd||Thug/Tomboy/Idealist/Lone Wolf|
|Fighter/Thief||AGI >= 11||Bat Outta Hell/Daredevil/Acrobat|
|AGI >= 7||Daredevil/Acrobat/Scatterbrain/Lone Wolf|
|STR is 2nd||Sore Loser/Idealist/Tomboy/Show Off|
|RES is 2nd||Idealist/Drudge/Lothario/Contrarian|
|Mage/Priest||AGI >= 8||Acrobat/Slippery devil/Scatterbrain|
|STR is 2nd||Sore Loser/Show Off/Free Spirit|
|WIS is 2nd||Egghead/Crybaby/Clown/Vamp|
|Highest bonus is Resilience (RES)|
|Warrior/Martial Artist/Merchant||RES >= 10||Tough Cookie/Ironclad|
|RES >= 6||Plugger/Drudge/Mule/Lothario|
|STR is 2nd||Meathead/Gourmand/Free Spirit|
|Otherwise||Straight Arrow/Meddler/Lazybones/Shrinking Violet/Everyman|
|Mage/Priest||RES >= 11||Tough/Ironman/Drudge|
|RES >= 6||Drudge/Mule/Diligent/Lothario|
|WIS is 2nd||Kindly/Meddler/Defiant/Vamp|
|Gadabout/Thief||RES >= 11||Tough/Ironman/Gourmand|
|RES >= 6||Drudge/Mule/Gourmand/Lothario|
|STR is 2nd||Thug/Daredevil|
|Highest bonus is Wisdom (WIS)|
|Warrior/Martial Artist||WIS >= 10||Twisted/Wit/Logical/Daydreamer|
|WIS >= 6||Show Off/Daydreamer/Wimp/Princess|
|Mage/Priest||WIS >= 10||Genius/Wit|
|WIS >= 6||Wit/Slippery Devil/Logical/Daydreamer/Wimp|
|Otherwise||Crybaby/Kindly/Spoilt Brat/Lonesome/Straight ArrowEveryman|
|Merchant/Thief||WIS >= 10||Genius/Wit|
|WIS >= 6||Slippery Devil/Wit/Show Off/Logical|
|Gadabout||WIS >= 10||Genius/Wit|
|WIS >= 6||Slippery Devil/Vamp/Lothario/Silly/Logical|
|Otherwise||Lazybones/Free Spirit/Spoilt Brat/Solitary/Everyman|
|Highest bonus is Luck (LUC)|
|Warrior/Martial Artist||LUC >= 12||Lucky/Princess/Happy Camper|
|LUC >= 7||Happy Camper/Daydreamer/Lazybones|
|Otherwise||Lout/Spoilt Brat/Show Off/Silly/Klutz/Everyman|
|Mage/Priest||LUC >= 12||Lucky/Princess/Happy Camper|
|LUC >= 6||Happy Camper/Lout/Spoilt Brat/Lazybones|
|Otherwise||Show Off/Klutz/Crybaby/Wimp/Shrinking Violet/Everyman|
|Merchant/Thief||LUC >= 12||Lucky Devil/Happy Camper|
|LUC >= 6||Happy Camper/Meddler/Spoilt Brat/Narcissist/Free Spirit|
|Otherwise||Show Off/Lout/Crybaby/Kindly/Straight Arrow/Everyman|
|Gadabout||LUC >= 9||Lucky Devil/Princess|
|LUC >= 6||Happy Camper/Lout/Spoilt Brat/Vamp/Lothario|
Personality can be altered during the game in two ways: a character can equip a piece of equipment which forces a specific personality, or a book item can be used which changes the character's base personality. Book items can be found throughout the game, with many hidden in bookcases and pots in towns. The most highly valued book is the Vamp book which is obtainable through one of the wishes the first bonus boss grants.
SFC to Phone personality translations
The following table shows the different translations of the personality names in the SFC and Phone versions of Dragon Quest III. Note that this table uses the DQ translations English patch.