Seed of resilience

A Seed of resilience is an item that permanently raises Defense (or in later versions, Resilience) to whoever eats it. It can give off 3-4 defense points. They can be found in treasure chests, pots, drawers, and sometimes are dropped by monsters. They cannot be bought at any store. It made its first appearance in either Dragon Quest III or Dragon Quest V (see article below for more details).

Seed of resilience
Japanese スタミナのたね (DQIII only)
まもりのたね (all other DQ games)
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Old localizations Vitality seed
Seed of Defence
Found in Dragon Quest remakes only
Dragon Quest II remakes only
Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV remakes only
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest XI
Effect Permanently raises the defense of a single party member.


Dragon QuestEdit

Seed of resilience (まもりのたね Mamori no tane) 
Buy Sell Effect
N/A 100 gold Found only in the remake versions. Increases Resilience permanently by +4. Consumed after a single use.
Usable outside of battle? Usable in battle?
  YES   NO
Shop(s) This item is not sold in any shop.
Location(s) Rimuldar and Cantlin
In-game description
Mobile Increases resilience by 4 points.

Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary LineEdit

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of SalvationEdit

What we know as the resilience seed debuted here. However, in the Japanese version of this game (both the original and the remake), this item was known as スタミナのたね (Stamina Seed), and raised one's たいりょく tairyoku (can be translated as stamina or endurance). This is important to note as technically, in Japanese, this is a separate item from the まもりのたね mamori no tane (Protection Seed) which was first introduced in the SFC version of V. This distinction is lost in the modern localization, where both items are known as Seed of resilience.

This is the only game in the series where this "Stamina Seed" appears. Note that it is not exclusive to the original Famicom version, but appears in the remakes as well.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the ChosenEdit

The item was cut from the original NES version of this game, but it returned (in the form of まもりのたね from Dragon Quest V in Japanese versions) in the remakes.

Dropped by Imp, Whizzard, Demon thunderer, Red dragon, and Venus guytrap.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly BrideEdit

The まもりのたね mamori no tane (Protection Seed) made its first appearance in the original version of this game. Unlike the "Stamina seed" from DQIII, this item raised the status of みのまもり mi no mamori (protection) rather than たいりょく tairyoku (stamina/endurance) (which was removed), which was a new stat first added to this game. This distinction is lost in localization.

In all future games that came after this (but including remakes of I, II and IV) - excluding remakes of III - this item (the まもりのたね "Protection Seed") is what appears. The stat みのまもり (protection) is also, with a few exceptions, what appears in most subsequent games, rather than たいりょく (stamina).

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of RevelationEdit

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten PastEdit

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingEdit

It raises the resilience of a single character and can be sold for 15 Gold Coins. One can be used to form a Ruby of protection in the Alchemy Pot by mixing it with a Prayer ring.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry SkiesEdit

Dragon Quest TactEdit

Seed of Resilience appears as a skill that is known naturally by Kiefer at level 1 and costs 16 MP to use. It has a range of 1-2 squares away from him, can be used on himself, and greatly raises a single ally's DEF for three turns. Upgrading the skill reduces the amount of MP it costs to use.

Seed of Resilience (まもりのたね Mamori no tane) 
Ability information
Seed of Resilience
Role * Type * Element MP cost
Support Martial   16
Range Additional effects
1-2 (incl. self)
Greatly raises DEF of 1 ally for 3 turns
Naturally learnt by


Any party member can eat this to increase resilience.[1]
Any party member can eat this to increase resilience.[1]
Raise GRD of one.[2]
Any party member can eat this to increase resilience.[3]
Permanently increases the resilience of a single ally.[4]

In Other LanguagesEdit

Language Translation Meaning
  EspañolSimiente de ResistenciaLiterally seed of resistance


See AlsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cell phone and Nintendo DS Version
  2. Sony PlayStation Version.
  3. Nintendo 3DS Version.
  4. Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 3DS Version