Maya Mahabala

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Dragon Quest series character
Maya Mahabala
Dragon Quest IV
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Sprite Dq4mara-sprite-NES.gif DQ4-NDS-MAYA.PNG
Japanese Name マーニャ
Rōmaji Manya
Class Dancer
Race Human
Age 21
Family Meena (sister)
Mahabala (father)
Voice Actor Michie Tomizawa (CD Theater)
Miyuki Sawashiro (Heroes)
Anjli Mohindra (Heroes, English)

"I'm hot stuff, huh?"

—Maya, performing her High Tension attack in Dragon Quest Heroes.

Maya Mahabala (マーニャ, Manya in Japanese, Mara in the NES localization) is a playable character in Dragon Quest IV, first appearing in chapter 4. Meena Mahabala is her younger sister. She is a dancer and a mage on a quest to avenge the death of her father with her sister.

Characteristics[edit]

Maya is very similar in appearance to her younger sister Meena, but Maya wears next to nothing, to better show off her body to her audience when she dances. Maya has long purple hair with bangs/fringe decorated with a silver hairpiece with green gems. She wears a silver bra, a long orange loincloth decorated with silver, and tan sandals. She also decorates her body with various silver accessories, such as a choker, bracelets, anklets, and an armband on her right upper arm.

Though during the game she is still grieving the death of her father, Maya is generally a very outgoing, if slightly immature, person. When she dances, she does so without inhibition, every movement filled with energy and freedom. This trait shows through in everything else she does as well, reflecting her impulsive nature. She seems to have a gambling problem, a possible result of this trait. She finds towns without casinos boring.

Maya also has a flirtatious and playful side to her personality, and is seen to be appreciative of both Luceus and Aurora's physical attractiveness. She enjoys playfully teasing the normally serious Luceus.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

Story[edit]

Chapter 4 is set with Maya and Meena performing at a town populated almost entirely by entertainers and tourists. They use their job as a cover and the town as a base to investigate the murder of their father, a prominent alchemist. Though they suspect his apprentice, Balzack, killed him in order to steal the Secret of Evolution, they have nothing to back up their claim, and keep it to themselves for the time being.

After following the trail through several towns across the entire country, they finally confront the murderer at his castle. Unfortunately, after his defeat, his master, the Marquis de Léon, soundly defeats them in battle and throws them into the dungeon. Luckily, its only other occupant points them to a secret exit, and after they escape they flee directly to Endor.

In Chapter 5, Meena is attempting to continue her fortune-telling business but Maya blows all the gold they'd earned on their journey at the Casino, leaving them fairly stranded in the city. Luckily, the Hero has been told to seek out his destined allies, and locates Meena and Maya in short order. Maya swears never to gamble again and the two sisters join the player's party for the remainder of the game.

Much further into Chapter 5, the party confronts Balzack, at Castle Zamoksva. He has used an imperfect version of the Secret of Evolution to become Baalzack, but the party is still able to kill him, avenging the death of the sisters' father.

Abilities[edit]

As a dancer rather than a warrior, Maya is physically frail, possessing practically zero Strength, and the lowest Resilience and HP for much of the game. The tradeoff is that she has fantastic Agility, good Wisdom, a great deal of MP, and a very strong set of spells, including debilitating spells like Sap, strong damage-dealers like Sizzle and Frizzle, and oddities like Puff! where she can transform into a dragon.

Earliest Lvl Learned Latest Lvl Learned Japanese Name DW IV DQ IV DS Spanish Name
1 1 Mera Blaze Frizz Miniataque ígneo
3 5 Rukani Sap Sap Debilitación
7 9 Gira Firebal Sizz Miniincendio
8 10 Rura Return Zoom Telerregreso
9 11 Riremito Outside Evac Telehuida
11 13 Io Bang Bang Miniexplosión
14 15 Begirama Firebane Sizzle Incendio
16 18 Mahotora Robmagic Drain Magic Absorber magia
19 20 Merami Blazemore Frizzle Ataque ígneo
21 21 Toramana Stepguard Safe Passage Paso seguro
23 25 Iora Boom Boom Bum
27 29 Begiragon Firevolt Kasizzle Superincendio
30 32 Doragoramu Bedragon Puff! Puff!
33 35 Merazoma Blazemost Kafrizzle Superataque ígneo
36 38 Ionazun Explodet Kaboom Superexplosión

Stats[edit]

  • PSX, DS version.
Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 16 694
MP 9 823
Strength 3 176
Agility 5 208
Resilience 2 129
Wisdom 4 167
Luck 6 215
Initial gear Dancer's costume

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

Maya appears as one of the special guests at the Quester's Rest in Stornway. This could be obtained when the DQVC was available using Nintendo's Wi-Fi Channel. When spoken to, she gives the player different pieces of her outfit for fulfilling certain conditions.

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road[edit]

Maya can be summoned to perform a special attack. After leaping from the wagon, she performs Dancing Dragons, a dance which summons two fiery serpents, which she launches at her enemies.

Dragon Quest Heroes and Dragon Quest Heroes II[edit]

Maya is one of the thirteen playable characters in the first game. She appears to have been mysteriously teleported to the land of Arba and is found dancing by both Alena and Kiryl. Her Coup-de-Grâce is Puff!, which transforms her into a mighty fire-breathing dragon, a reference to the spell she learns in her original game. Maya uses Fans as her weapon of choice.

Trivia[edit]

  • There is a pair of sisters in Greenthumb Gardens who are a reference to Maya and her sister, Meena, in Dragon Quest VII.
  • From June 10th to July 10th, 2016, a dessert called the "Manya Tea Parfait" was available at the real-life Luida's Bar in Tokyo to promote the release of Dragon Quest Heroes II. Designed to look like Maya, it contains chocolate, milk tea pudding, black sesame marshmallows and is topped with silver confectionery candy. There was also a parfait based on Meena, as well.

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