Status effect

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Status effects are a recurring element of the Dragon Quest series.

Status ailments damage, immobilize or otherwise debilitate a combatant. Almost every status ailment can be lifted with the help of a spell specific to that ailment. Many status ailments disappear immediately after a battle, while others can only be removed with a spell, a night at the inn or a visit to the church.

Some spells exist expressly to inflict status effects, and some weapons have a small chance of inflicting a status ailment after a successful hit. Occasionally, a special move may have a chance of causing a status effect. Some equipment bestows positive or negative status effects.

A number of these effects can be wiped out by Disruptive Wave or with a perfect panacea, if available.

List of recurring status effects[edit]

Negative Status Ailments[edit]

Image Name Effect Debut Remains After Battle?
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Blunted Attack is reduced. Dragon Quest IX No
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Confused The character may attacks their fellow party members or themselves. They might also do nothing at all. Dragon Quest II No
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Cursed The one of the character's statistics are set to 0 as a result of wearing cursed equipment, along with suffering paralysis or attacking their friends. They can only remove the equipment by visiting a church. In some installments, it is caused by certain attacks. For this type of curse, the affects are:
  • HP being reduced by 1 every four steps
  • MP being reduced by 1 every four steps
  • Randomly becoming stunned during battle
  • Spells and skills randomly failing during battle
  • Attacking a random ally
Dragon Quest II & Dragon Quest V Varies
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Dazzled The character is much more likely to miss with physical attacks, dropping accuracy to 38 or 58 depending on the spell or skill used. Dragon Quest II No
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Dead The character cannot act in any way until they are revived by a spell, item, or at the church. Dragon Quest Yes
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Decelerated Agility is reduced Dragon Quest III No
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Envenomated The character takes damage after each round of the battle. Reduces HP by 16 of maximum per turn in Dragon Quest V. Starting with Dragon Quest VI this was reduced to 18 of the maximum. Dragon Quest V Yes. The condition becomes Poisoned after battle ends.
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Fizzled The character cannot cast spells until the the condition wears off, or the battle ends. Dragon Quest No
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Paralyzed The character is unable to act during battle. Counts as a party wipe out if everyone is afflicted in III, but not so in later games. Initially cured through spells or items and walking for 32 steps on the world map, but will wear off in battle after a few turns beginning with VI. Dragon Quest III Varies
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Poisoned The character takes damage while traveling on the field. Originally, from Dragon Quest to Dragon Quest IV it was dealt every four steps. In Dragon Quest V and Dragon Quest VI it was increased to eight steps. Since Dragon Quest VII it has been every single step. Dragon Quest II Yes
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Sapped The character's defence is decreased. Dragon Quest II No
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Sleep The character cannot act until awoken by an attack, or until a random number of turns have passed. Dragon Quest No
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Stunned The character must waste a turn or two frozen in fear, rolling around laughing, knocked down, grinning after a Puff-Puff, etc. Dragon Quest III No

Positive Status Enhancements[edit]

Image Name Effect Debut Remains After Battle?
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Accelerated Agility is increased. Amount varies between titles, 25% to 100%. In VIII, this also increases evasion. Dragon Quest III No
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Bounce Reflects magic spells. Certain games only allow the spell to be used on the caster themselves. Dragon Quest III No
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Buffed Defence is increased. Dragon Quest II No
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Camouflaged User is less likely to be targeted by monsters, and cannot be seen by foes on the world map. Dragon Quest III Yes
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Dragon Morphed into a giant dragon. Will alternate between roasting and slashing at enemies. Dragon Quest III No
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Insulated Damage from fire- and ice-based attacks is decreased by 50% Dragon Quest III No
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Kaclang Turned into invincible steel. Dragon Quest III No
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Magic absorbent Spells that target the user will restore their MP. Dragon Quest V No
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Oomph Attack power doubled. Dragon Quest III No
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Reverse Cycle Reflects breath attacks. Dragon Quest VI No
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Snubbed Magical attacks have no effect on the target from now on. Dragon Quest IV No