Ragnar McRyan

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Dragon Quest series character
Ragnar McRyan
Dragon Quest IV
Sprite Dq4ragnar-sprite-NES.gif
Rōmaji Raian
Class Warrior
Race Human
Age 30s
Voice Actor Shinji Ogawa (CD Theater)

"It's just hoo I was expectin' it tae be. The legend was right!"

Ragnar McRyan (Ryan in Japanese, and first localized as Ragnar on the NES) is the first character that the player controls in the original version of Dragon Quest IV (second in the remakes as the prologue lets you play as The Hero). A soldier of the Kingdom of Burland, Ragnar is sent to investigate a case of missing children in the village of Strathbaile.

Discounting the prologue, and the fact that all main characters are present in Chapter Six, Ragnar is the only member of the chosen to make cameo appearances in multiple chapters (with the exception being Chapter Four).

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Ragnar dresses in the typical pink plate armour of a warrior, with a more Roman-esque aesthetic. Naturally, he is far more concerned with improving his skill at arms than with scholarly pursuits. He is quite a compassionate person, as evidenced by his righteous fury against the demonic kidnappers and willingness to befriend an innocent monster when most would slay it. Ragnar's fellow soldiers look up to him with admiration and respect, and even the king places the utmost confidence in him. Though Ragnar takes great pride in his strength and skill, he is a humble man at heart and places the safety of others above all else.

Starting with the DS remake, Ragnar speaks with a Scottish accent (ex: "Och no! Hoo'd I manage tae get scrabbed right on the end o' ma couter?").


Ragnar's chapter begins with him receiving a summons from the King of Burland. He treks through a cave from his hometown in the south to the royal castle; to do so, he is forced to travel through a cave, where he meets Healie, a Healslime who joins him on his quest after being rejected by several of Ragnar's comrades.

After reaching the castle, the king tasks Ragnar with discovering the cause of the sudden disappearance of many of Strathbaile's children. Ragnar tracks down the kids' usual hangout spot, and from here Healie discovers a magical "spring" to a nearby fortress, which several Burland soldiers have already located and are fast on their way to perishing in, if they have not already done so. Ragnar makes it to the heart of the fortress, and confronts the demon responsible, who unveils the Underworld's master plan of killing the Chosen before he can ever rise against their Lord. Ragnar kills him and rescues the children, winning the favour of the entire country.

Despite the accolades he receives, knowing the Underworld's plan Ragnar reveals he cannot simply stand by as darkness gathers, and sets out on a quest with Healie, to find and protect the hero.

Ragnar makes cameo appearances during Chapters 2 and 3. In Chapter 2 he is in the Endor Shrine at night. In Chapter 3 he can be found in the casino at Endor in which he is looking for The Hero.

By Chapter 5, his search took him to Mintos where a couple of residents would relate his visit to The Hero.

Sometime after, Ragnar headed to the House of Prophecy to learn more about The Hero, but diverted from that search when learning about the corrupt King of Palais de Léon from a prisoner at Havre Léon.

He arrived to the castle where he is about to take on the Marquis. After the Marquis is defeated by the Hero's party, Ragnar joins forces with the hero.

After the downfall of Psaro the Manslayer (Aamon in the remakes), Ragnar reported the victory to The King of Burland and later visited The Hero in Hidden Valley with the rest of the party.



When applied to the Dragon Quest III class system, Ragnar is a warrior. He has immense strength and resilience, but low agility. Even his character design is a variation of the soldier, which was traditionally in pink armour. He can don nearly all available armour and use most weapons.


  • PSX version.
Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 27 734
Strength 7 219
Agility 4 84
Resilience 13 227
Wisdom 1 156
Luck 2 152
Initial gear


  • His original name is ライアン (Raian, or Ryan). This was romanized as Lyan in the original guidebook, but Ryan on the official DS wallpaper.
  • In the German DS localization he is called Ragnar Rauhbein. Rauhbein is a German term for a person that is uncouth, but good at heart.
  • In the Italian DS localisation, he is called Galiardo de Guglielmi.

Other Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Ragnar appears as one of the monster team owners at Morrie's Monster Arena. His team includes a Healslime, a Dullahan, and a Gigantes, which are called "Healie's Heelies," a homage to his partnership with Healie.

Non-Dragon Quest Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special[edit]

Along with Torneko, Kiryl, and Alena, Ragnar appears as a playable character in Itadaki Street Special.


In Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, the character Big Daddy bears a strong resemblance to Ragnar.