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Maya Mahabala
Dragon Quest IV
Sprite(s) Dq4mara-sprite-NES.gif DQ4-NDS-MAYA.PNG
Maya mimic transparent.png
Japanese name マーニャ
Romaji Manya
Old localization Mara
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 is a playable character in Dragon Quest IV, first appearing in chapter 4. Meena Mahabala is her younger sister, though characters frequently mistake her as the younger sibling due to Maya's more childish demeanor. She is a dancer and a mage on a quest to avenge the death of her father with her sister.

Appearance and Personality

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 and playful, if slightly scatterbrained, person. Her occasional spells of ditzy-ness are the main source of the sibling friction between the girls. One example is Maya referring to a cow in Aubout du Monde as "Moona". Oftentimes Maya will be distracted by the luxuries a town or castle has to offer, prompting Meena to remind her sister the true purpose of their travels. As shown in her activities in Endor, Maya is overly frivolous with her and Meena's money. Combined with her addiction to gambling, Maya disastrously spends all their money on the slots, much to her sister's chagrin.

When Maya 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 and unrestrained nature. She has a noted 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. Despite her own coquettishness, Maya herself easily gets fed up with "eve-teasing men" as she puts it, and sympathizes with dancers who work in bars. Maya seems to be infatuated with Psaro.


Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen

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.


As a dancer 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.

Level Learned Original Japanese NES Version DS Version Spanish Version MP
1 Mera Blaze Frizz Miniataque ígneo 2
3 Rukani Sap Sap Debilitación 3
7 Gira Firebal Sizz Miniincendio 4
8 Rura Return Zoom Telerregreso 4
9 Riremito Outside Evac Telehuida 4
11 Io Bang Bang Miniexplosión 5
14 Begirama Firebane Sizzle Incendio 6
16 Mahotora Robmagic Drain Magic Absorber magia 0
19 Merami Blazemore Frizzle Ataque ígneo 4
21 Toramana Stepguard Safe Passage Paso seguro 2
23 Iora Boom Boom Bum 8
27 Begiragon Firevolt Kasizzle Superincendio 10
30 Doragoramu Bedragon Puff! Puff! 18
33 Merazoma Blazemost Kafrizzle Superataque ígneo 10
36 Ionazun Explodet Kaboom Superexplosión 15


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
  • PSX version


  • Weapons
  • Helmets
  • Armor
  • Shields
  • Accessories
Dragon Quest IV (All) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Poison Needle Attack +0
Cypress Stick Attack +2
Falcon Knife Earrings Attack +5
Divine Dagger Attack +14
Hunter's Bow Attack +18
Iron Fan Attack +22
Poison Moth Knife Attack +24
Lightening Staff Attack +29
Holy Lance Attack +33
Thalian Staff Attack +33
Staff of Antimagic Attack +50
Somatic Staff Attack +55
Magma Staff Attack +63
Cobra Claw Attack +80
Gringham Whip Attack +135
Dragon Quest IV (All) 
Helmet Modifier(s)
Leather Hat Defense +2
Hairband Attack +5
Feathered Cap Attack +8
Golden Tiara Attack +12
Happy Hat Attack +15
Death Mask Defense +200
Dragon Quest IV (All) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Plain Clothes Defense+4
Wayfarer's Clothes Defense+8
Dancer's Costume Defense+8
Silk Robe Defense+10
Leather Dress Defense+14
Fur Coat Defense+22
Cloak of Evasion Defense+28
Robe of Serenity Defense+33
Pink Leotard Defense+38
Spangled Dress Defense+40
Flowing Dress Defense+43
Magical Skirt Defense+45
Glombolero Defense+47
Shimmering Dress Defense+50
Angel Leotard Defense+60
Dragon Quest IV (All) 
Shields Modifier(s)
Liquid Metal Shield Defense+60
Dragon Quest IV (Remakes) 
Accessories Modifier(s)
Strength Ring Strength+8
Mighty Armlet Strength+25
Mercury's Bandana Agility+15
Meteorite Bracer Agilityx2
Prayer Ring Defence+5
Gold Bracer Defence+5
Fishnet Stockings Defence+8
Kamikazee Bracer Defence+15
Kerplunk Bracer Defence+15
Recovery Ring Defence+15
Ruby of Protection Defence+15
Goddess Ring Wisdom+33
Lucida Shard Luck+5
Bunny Tail Luck+8
Gospel Ring Luck+50
Elevating Shoes Luck+50

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

Maya is present along with the rest of the Chosen in the near-future version of Reaper's Peak. She is sitting in the bar, bored with how dull the town is and expressing her frustration that Meena has already started telling fortunes. After venting, she reconsiders and thinks that resting even in a boring village can be alright if her little sister is enjoying herself.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

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

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

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.


Maya is a name found in several languages, ranging from Sanskrit to Spanish and Japanese.


  • There is a pair of sisters in Greenthumb Gardens who are a reference to Maya and Meena, in Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.
  • 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.


Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below