The dreaded Pandora's box is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Introduced in Dragon Quest VII, they are monstrous treasure chests of an imposing black color rimmed on the edges with gold and green tongues hanging out. Because they can cause instant death to the player's party (unless properly equipped), they are regarded as some of the most fearsome regular enemies in the entire series.
|Dragon Quest Monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|Romanized Japanese||Pandora bokkusu|
|First Appearance||Dragon Quest VII|
Pandora's box is essentially the most powerful form of the treasure chest monsters. It can use sudden-death moves that target the whole party, move more than once per round, and steal MP from its opponent when its own MP, which is rather low, gets too depleted for it to cast its spells.
While absent from the original, Pandora's box makes appearances in the remakes as a monster encountered in the bonus dungeon. Given its strength and the absence of items that hamper sudden-death, it is one of the most dangerous enemies in the game, especially when encountered as a group.
The first game to feature Pandora's box (localized as DorasBox due to display issues). It can be found in the Zion Cave.
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Pandora's box originates from Greek mythology as a container said to hold all the evils that were loosed upon mankind with the exception of hope. Unfortunately, unlike the myth, there is little hope to be had against this monster.