|Dragon Quest VIII (All)|
|Candy cane‡||Attack +1|
|Oaken club||Attack +7|
|Giant mallet||Attack +13|
|Stone axe||Attack +20|
|Honking hammer‡||Attack +25|
|Golden axe||Attack +27|
|Farmer's scythe||Attack +28|
|Iron axe||Attack +38|
|Steel scythe||Attack +42|
|Battle axe||Attack +45|
|War hammer||Attack +51|
|Bandit axe||Attack +55|
|Moon axe||Attack +60|
|Hell scythe||Attack +65|
|Über war hammer||Attack +69|
|King axe||Attack +80|
|Bardiche of binding||Attack +83|
|Bad axe‡||Attack +90|
|Flail of fury||Attack +93|
|Conquerer's axe||Attack +103|
|Megaton hammer||Attack +108|
|Heavy hatchet||Attack +110|
|Flail of destruction||Attack +125|
|Dragon Quest VIII|
|Voice actor||Ricky Grover (English)|
Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese)
"Cor Blimey, don't sneak up on me like that!"
—Yelling in surprise after King Trode appears behind him
Yangus (ヤンガス, Yangasu) is a main character in Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King who accompanies the Hero on his quest. A former bandit, Yangus decided to change his ways after his life was saved by the Hero and he swore his undying loyalty to him. He refers to the Hero as "Guv" (short for "Governor") and considers him a true friend.
Yangus is a slow, but powerful brawler versed in physical combat who augments his abilities with thievery and other useful skills. He wields Clubs, Axes, and Scythes in battle and is no stranger to unarmed combat.
Yangus also appeared in Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon, Itadaki Street Special, Fortune Street and is one of thirteen playable characters in Dragon Quest Heroes. His English voice is provided by English comedian and actor, Ricky Grover, who speaks with a thick Cockney accent.
Appearance and personality
Yangus is a short and stocky man with tanned skin and gruff facial features. He is much more physically powerful than he looks, being able to lift up a chair with a grown man sitting in it above his head with ease, as seen in the bar brawl at Simpleton. Yangus has a round head with a bulbous nose and thick brows, an X-shaped scar on his left cheek, and his eyes have small pupils. He is constantly seen with stubble on his face and he has very short dark brown hair on top of his head, which can only be seen in concept art as it is always covered by his spiky yellow helmet. Another scar is located across his left bicep. Yangus wears no shirt but he wears a open fur vest, revealing his hairy chest and stomach. He also wears baggy turquoise trousers with a red sash around his waist, short brown boots, and metal wristbands. Around his waist, he also wears a leather sword belt with a cutlass hanging from his front, which he does not use.
The details of Yangus' early life are unknown outside of his failed efforts to leave his life of crime behind him, as well as his failure in retrieving the Venus' Tear jewel from the Swordsman's Labyrinth in an effort to win the affection of the lady bandit Red. Yangus is an intensely loyal man, pledging his life to the Hero after being saved by him just prior to the game's beginning. This is highlighted by the fact that Yangus has not been wronged by Dhoulmagus and has no personal motivation for pursuing the evil jester beyond wanting to assist the Hero. This continues as the stakes of the adventure become more dire and the battles fiercer, with Yangus sticking to the group through thick and thin regardless. Though he bickers very frequently with King Trode, Yangus affectionally calls the cursed royal "grandad" (Ojiisan) and puts up with his more overbearing aspects. Yangus is initially skeptical of Jessica Albert and Angelo joining the group due to the former being a seemingly helpless teenage girl and the latter due to being used as temporary decoys for blame in Maella Abbey, but as they quickly prove their worth he comes to see them as staunch allies and friends.
As seen in his personal skill set, Humanity, Yangus' development centers on discovering his humane side after years living as a criminal. This manifests in battle by developing a repertoire of abilities focused on helping his allies that rang from direct support spells such as Share Magic, to making a fool of himself to stun the enemy. Outside of battle Yangus makes an effort to be friendly when possible, such as when he attempted to console the masked thug in Simpleton after the latter lost to Angelo in cards. Unfortunately despite his best efforts, Yangus has proven unable to read a room at times, which lead to a bar brawl in the aforementioned instance.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
The game begins with Yangus already accompany the Hero, King Trode, and Princess Medea in a glen outside of Farebury. Later, during the sea voyage between Port Prospect and Peregrin Quay, Yangus explains the reason for his traveling with the group to Jessica in the form of a flashback: prior to the beginning for the game, Yangus attempted to leave his criminal ways and earn an honest living but was unable to make any headway due to his appearance and history. Forced back into banditry, Yangus set up shop on a bridge connecting Castle Trodain to the Farebury Region and would rob any who attempted to pass--dialogue implies that King Trode's entourage is the first group to encounter Yangus. Boldly claiming that this is "his" bridge, Yangus demands the possessions of the party under the threat of his axe. King Trode scoffs at the threat, stating the bridge lies in his kingdom and that his guard is more than a match for the would-be thief. Yangus loses his temper and attempts to strike, but he misses his mark and damages the ropes holding the bridge together.
King Trode drives his wagon to the other side of the bridge before it collapses, and insists the group leave Yangus to his fate as he struggles to hold on to one of the ropes. Despite the earlier attempted assault, the Hero saves Yangus by pulling him to safety, who thanked the Hero and in turn pledged his loyalty to him. It is during this scene that Yangus gives the Hero the nickname of Guv.
After the events of Ascantha, Yangus feels sorry for Trode being unable to participate in the celebratory feast the King threw for them and suggests the group travel to his home town of Pickham. A backwoods ghetto inhabited by all manner of unscrupulous persons, Yangus assumes that the seedy town is the perfect place for Trode to feel human again as no one would give him a second glance. This initially holds true as he's able to drink at the local bar, but disaster follows as Princess Medea is stolen and sold off to Red, and infamous bandit from Yangus' past. Stubborn, she refuses to yield over her new mare unless Yangus is able to follow up on an old promise of his and steal the coveted Venus' Tear jewel from the catacombs know as the Swordsman's Labyrinth. The tomb is filled with traps and mind-numbing puzzles, but the former thief is able to persevere and shares a bit of his history with the Hero--before asking him to keep it a secret between the two of them.
Back at Red's hideout, the woman refuses to relinquish Medea as she considers her to be of a higher quality than the gem. Dumbstruck, Yangus then falls to his knees and bows as he pleads with Red to return Medea for the sake of the Hero and King Trode. Shocked and flustered that the stubborn man would actually beg, Red realizes the importance of the horse to the party and gives her to them in exchange for the jewel. This act does much to repair the relationship between the two, and is strongly implied to rekindle the flames they shared. Yangus is oblivious to this at first, but later on when speaking to Red near the end of the game she will give Yangus her prized Flail of fury and demands that it be returned the moment the world has been saved. Jessica spells it out in Party Chat that Red is telling Yangus to return to her in one piece in her own aggressive way. At the end of the game, after the final boss is defeated, Jessica informs the Hero that Yangus and Red have gone into business together.
|Attribute||Starting Stats||Maximum Stats|
|Initial gear||Oaken club, Bandit's grass skirt, Leather hat|
- Yangus also possesses a 25% resistance to Frizz, Sizz, and Fire Breath damage.
- In the Nintendo 3DS version of VIII, Yangus is given a significant strength boost. The extra points start at Level 21, and result in a score of 425 at Level 99.
Yangus has the highest strength throughout the bulk of the adventure in the PS2 version, and through the entire journey in the 3DS port. But Yangus will also gain access to healing spells and the vital Share Magic if the player dabbles in his Humanity skillset, giving him some flexibility. This will help immensely in the beginning of the game, but as the journey progresses he will still be outclassed by the support and healing options of Angelo and the Hero. He also has access to some of the most protective armour in the game, which increases his survivability in combat. Yangus has the lowest MP growth of all the characters, limiting his skill and magic usage.
Each of Yangus' weapon paths has high damage modifiers and various bonus attributes: Scythes for stealing items or have access to instant death attacks, Axes for the most helpful skills against metal slimes and inflict bonus damage to various monster families, and Clubs to farm gold more easily as well as stun foes. Humanity will lead to Yangus' more comedic abilities, like Underpants Dance and Golden Oldies, as well as the aforementioned healing and support abilities. His Fisticuffs skillset is considered by many players to be the most useful variant as well.
|Helm Splitter||6||0||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that attempts to reduce the Defence of the target time. Effect accuracy depends on foe's Sap resistance.||None|
|Attack +5||12||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +5 when equipped with an Axe.||Junior cleaver|
|Hatchet Man||19||3||One enemy||--||--||Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and a 50% chance to be a Critical Hit if it connects.||Iron woodsman|
|Critical Hit Up||26||--||--||--||--||Increases chance of Critical Hit with axes from 1/64 to 1/32.||Axe-fighter|
|Attack +10||34||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +10 when equipped with an Axe.||Axemaster|
|Parallax||42||2||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that does 30% more damage than a normal attack to a single enemy and has an 1/8th chance of paralyzing the enemy for 5~8 turns.||Ace axer|
|Axes of Evil||54||2||Enemy group||Yes||First hit||Attacks a group of enemies with wind. Damage modifiers are 80% -> 64% -> 56% -> 40% -> 24% -> 16%.||Axelord|
|Executioner||66||3||One enemy||--||--||Single strike with a 50% chance of hitting the enemy and is an automatic Critical Hit if it connects.||Great axeman|
|Attack +20||82||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +20 when equipped with an Axe.||Axe royal|
|Typhoeus' Maul||100||6||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that does 50% more damage than a normal attack and deals double damage to beasts. Carries the wind element, further modifying damage.||Almighty axeman|
|Attack +5||9||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +5 when equipped with a Club.||None|
|Heart Breaker||19||2||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that deals normal damage and has a 1/8th chance of stunning an enemy for one turn.||Li'l slugger|
|Penny Pincher||25||2||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that deals normal damage and steals an extra 10% of gold from the enemy.||Heavy hitter|
|Monster Masher||32||3||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that deals 10% more damage than a normal attack and deals 50% more damage to enemies of the Material family.||Hammer artist|
|Attack +10||48||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack}} +10 when equipped with a Club.||Skullsplitter|
|Critical Hit Up||59||--||--||--||--||Increases chance of Critical Hit with Clubs from 1/64 to 1/32.||Big bludgeoner|
|Mind Breaker||71||2||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that deals 25% more damage than a normal attack and has a 1/4th chance of causing an enemy to lose a turn.||Armour-cracker|
|Attack +25||82||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +25 when equipped with a Club.||Big-league brainer|
|Gold Rush||93||2||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike causes 25% more damage than a normal attack and steals an extra 20% of an enemy's gold.||Consummate clubber|
|Devil Crusher||100||5||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike that deals double damage to enemies of the Demon or Material family, and 10% more damage to all other types.||Lord of destruction|
|Attack +5||12||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +5 when equipped with a Scythe.||None|
|Steal Sickle||22||0||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike with a chance of stealing an item from the target. Success rate is 1/4th the normal item's drop rate.||Competent chopper|
|Wind Sickles||32||0||One enemy||Yes||--||Deals damage based on level to a single target, up to Level 57.||Superb sickler|
|Attack +10||42||--||--||--||--||Increases Attack +10 when equipped with a Scythe.||Sickle sweetie|
|Grim Reaper||50||3||Enemy group||Yes||First hit||Attacks a group of enemies with a chance of instantly killing the targets. Effect accuracy depends on foe's resistance to whack. Damage modifiers are 75% -> 60% -> 52% -> 37% -> 22% ->15%||Junior reaper|
|Critical Hit Up||60||--||--||--||--||Increases chance of Critical Hit with Scythes from 1/64 to 1/32.||Sickle-sonic|
|Stainless Steal Sickle||70||0||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Single strike with a chance of stealing an item from the target; success rate is half the item's normal drop rate and damage is 25% higher than a normal blow.||Renowned reaper|
|Attack +25||80||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +25 when equipped with Scythe.||Demon reaper|
|Grimmer Reaper||90||3||Enemy group||Yes||First hit||Attacks a group of enemies with a small chance of instantly killing the targets; bonus 25% damage against the zombie family. Damages modifiers are 80% -> 70% -> 50% -> 30% -> 20%||Reaper lord|
|Big Banga||100||30||All enemies||Yes||--||Heavy Frizz damage to all enemies; 175~225 initial damage, 300~400 after Level 54.||Death's apprentice|
|Attack +5||3||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +5 when not equipped with a weapon.||None|
|Agility +10||7||--||--||--||--||Increases Yangus' Agility by 10 points.||Streetfighter|
|Knuckle Sandwich||12||2||One enemy||Yes||Yes||Inflicts 150% damage to a single enemy.||Village champ|
|Critical Hit Up||18||--||--||--||--||Increases chance of Critical Hit to 1/32 with no weapon equipped.||Local champ|
|Attack +20||25||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +20 when not equipped with a weapon.||Regional champ|
|Padfoot||33||4||--||--||--||Reduces the chance of random battles temporarily.||National contender|
|Thin Air||42||2||All enemies||Yes||No||Inflicts up to 132 points of damage on all enemies.||National champ|
|Multifists||60||0||Random||Yes||First hit||4 blows thrown at random at 33% damage each.||Continental champ|
|Attack +45||77||--||--||--||--||Increase Attack +45 when not equipped with a weapon.||World champ|
|Boulder Toss||100||4||All enemies||Yes||--||Inflicts 72-104 damage on all enemies.||Super grandmaster|
|Whistle||4||0||--||--||--||Loud whistle that immediately initiates a random battle (where applicable).||Soft-hearted|
|Heal||10||2||Ally||Yes||--||Heals a single party member for 30-40 HP.||Kind-hearted|
|Nose for Treasure||16||0||--||--||--||Field skill that gives the number of nearby treasure chests, but not their location.||Busybody|
|Warcry||22||0||Enemy group||--||--||Causes enemies to lose their next turn.||Sentimental|
|Share magic||32||Varies||One ally||Yes||--||Gives some of Yangus' MP to the targeted party member. MP donated is Level/2 +8~12, will not exceed current MP.||Considerate|
|Kabuff||42||3||All allies||Yes||--||Raises all party members' Defence by 25%.||Confidant|
|Underpants Dance||55||0||All enemies||--||--||Stuns all enemies with an outrageous dance||Big brother|
|Midheal||68||3||One ally||Yes||--||Heals a single party member for 70-80 HP.||Gangleader|
|Kerplunk||82||All||All allies||--||--||Causes Yangus to perish, but resurrects and heals all other party members.||Big boss|
|Golden Oldies||100||15||Random||Yes||--||Summons a bunch of geezers who strike random enemies four times. Damage per strike is Yangus' level multiplied by 1.5, plus or minus 10%||Beloved boss|
|Dragon Quest VIII (All)|
|Leather hat||Defence +3|
|Healie hat‡||Defence +5|
|Pointy hat||Defence +7|
|Feathered cap||Defence +9|
|Stone hardhat||Defence +15|
|Hermes' hat||Defence +20|
|Slime crown||Defence +20|
|Iron mask||Defence +25|
|Dogsbody's hood‡||Defence +30|
|Iron headgear||Defence +32|
|Mad cap‡||Defence +32|
|Hades' helm||Defence +33|
|Raging bull helm||Defence +42|
|Great helm||Defence +45|
|Skull helm||Defence +49|
|Metal king helm||Defence +55|
|Dragon Quest VIII (All)|
|Bandit's grass skirt||Defence+5|
|Liquid metal armour||Defence+101|
|Metal king armour||Defence+120|
|Dragon Quest VIII (All)|
|Metal slime platter‡||Defence +8|
|Big boss shield||Defence+50|
|Big bad boss shield‡||Defence+59|
|Metal king shield||Defence+65|
|Dragon Quest VIII (All)|
|Agility ring||Agility +15|
|Argon ring||Attack +20|
|Catholicon ring||Defence +15|
|Devil's tail||Agility +10|
|Dragon's scale||Defence +5|
|Elevating shoes||Agility +5|
|Fire dragon charm‡||Defence +5|
|Full moon ring||Defence +10|
|Goddess ring||Wisdom +20|
|Gold bracer||Defence +4|
|Gold ring||Defence +10|
|Gold rosary||Wisdom +5|
|Golden slippers‡||Defence +1|
|Gospel ring||Defence +5|
|Hearty ring‡||Defence +1|
Max HP +10
Max MP +10
|Holy talisman||Defence +10|
|Light dragon charm‡||Defence +5|
|Life bracer||Defence +5|
Max HP +30
|Lord's bracer‡||Attack +5|
|Lucky pendant‡||Defence +8|
|Metal slime earrings‡||Agility +5|
|Meteorite bracer||Agility +50|
|Mighty armlet||Attack +15|
|Prayer ring||Defence +5|
|Recovery ring||Defence +15|
|Ring of awakening||Defence +10|
|Ring of clarity||Defence +10|
|Ring of immunity||Defence +10|
|Ring of truth||Defence +10|
|Ruby of protection||Defence +15|
|Scholar's specs||Wisdom +15|
|Skull ring||Agility +15|
|Slime earrings||Defence +4|
|Sorcerer's ring||Wisdom +10|
Max MP +30
|Strength ring||Attack +5|
|Templar's ring||Defence +5|
|Templar Captain's ring||Attack +10|
|Titan belt||Attack +10|
|Tough guy tattoo||Attack +8|
- ‡3DS version only.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Yangus appears as a special guest in the Quester's Rest inn, and gives the player replicas of his clothing that can be equipped by all vocations. These include his titfer, his billy, the Cor blimey trousers, his boots, and his bracers.
Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon'
Yangus is the main character, and the game revolved around the escapades of his youth. Red also makes an appearance in the title, as does his father.
Young Yangus appears as a playable character, and is a rank D opponent.
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below
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Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End
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Dragon Quest Rivals
Yangus' likeness appears on the artwork for several cards and he can be selected as a player avatar.
Dragon Quest Tact
Yangus appears as a S-rank member of the Hero family as part of the limited Dragon Quest VIII event. He will join the party in Chapter 1, Episode 1 of the event quests and he can be fully awakened by collecting Yangus Crystals from completing various challenges. Yangus also stars in his own Battle Road.
|Rough Up*||Axes of Evil*
Coup de Grâce: Über Parallax*
|Reckless Rush / Stats Up||Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up||Physical Potency +5% / Stats Up
Max HP +50
|Zam Res +25 / Stats Up||Physical Potency +5% / Stats Up
Instant Tension Up: Raises Tension for 1 turn at battle start.
|Raises DEF of allies, including himself, by 20% in a 5x5 square around him.|
|Feel the Burn: Often raises Tension for 1 turn when attacked by enemy.||Axes of Evil Potency +2%
Über Parallax Potency +2%
|Reckless Rush: Greatly raises Move for 1 turn at battle start.|
|Frizz Resistance *||Sizz Resistance *||Crack Resistance *||Woosh Resistance *|
|Normal||Normal||Very Weak||Half Res|
|Bang Resistance *||Zap Resistance *||Zam Resistance *||Snooze Resistance|
|Very Weak||Normal||Half Res||Half Res|
|Poison Resistance||Physical Lock Resistance||Spell Lock Resistance||Martial Lock Resistance|
|Breath Lock Resistance||Hobble Resistance *||Stun Resistance *||Dazzle Resistance|
|Curse Resistance||Paralysis Resistance||Confusion Resistance||Charm Resistance|
|Super Weak||Normal||Super Weak||Normal|
- Yangus is the first party member to have already joined the Hero prior to the game's beginning. One could count the presence of Carver and Milly during the opening of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, but that sequence is effectively a playable cutscene and the two aforementioned characters are removed immediately afterwards.
- Yangus is the only character in the original version of VIII to not hold a personal grudge against Dhoulmagus--he undertakes the dangerous journey with the party solely out of gratitude to the guv.
Yangus attempting to prevent passage between the Kingdom of Trodain and Farebury Region. (Cell phone)
Yangus' attempt at peacemaking. (Cell phone)
First of many times Yangus is surprised by Trode's sudden appearance. (Cell phone)