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Dragon Quest series character
Dragon Quest IV
Japanese Name バルザック
Rōmaji baruzakku
Title Marquis
Race Human (originally)

Monster (actually)

Age Unknown

Balzack is a character in Dragon Quest IV. A student of Maya and Meena's father, the alchemist Mahabala, Balzack killed his teacher for the Secret of Evolution he had discovered, being an underling of Psaro.


Balzack possesses several qualities of a typical villain: arrogant, dishonest, immoral, and murderous. These traits are shown by his ruthless betrayal and murder of Mahabala. It becomes evident throughout the game that Balzack is loyal to no one but himself. After supposedly achieving the pinnacle of the Secret of Evolution, Balzack indicates that he plans on usurping Psaro the Manslayer, just as he did to his previous master. Even his fellow demons dislike him. Marquis de Léon took the chance to separate himself from Balzack when the opportunity presented itself. Balzack's minions expressed no sadness upon his death. Even Psaro, who normally does not display cruelness towards his allies and underlings, does so for Balzack. He impresses punishment of death upon him for failures (according to Marquis de Léon's dialogue after his initial defeat), something he normally does not do, and uses him as a test subject for an experiment expected to fail.

While he appears to be a pallet-swap of the Night clubbers and Pruslas in his "Baalzack" form, the Monsters games show that he is larger than the former while smaller than the latter, taking up two spaces.


Dragon Quest IV[edit]


The entirety of Chapter 4 is centered on the sisters' quest to confront Balzack, their father's murderer, whom they finally encounter at Palais de Léon. However due to the intervention of the Marquis de Léon, the sisters are defeated, thrown in jail, and ultimately forced to flee to Endor.

Balzack uses powerful magical and breath attacks, and if he is injured he will heal himself fully with Fullheal, however, he is vulnerable to the effects of the Sphere of Silence.

#198 - Balzack
Balzack DQIV NES.gif
HP MP Experience Gold
300 infinite 500 0
Attack Defense Speed
72 36
Locations Palais de Léon
Skills Spits out fireball
Spells Fullheal
Bestiary # 198
Game Dragon Quest IV
Console NES, DS


In the fifth chapter, the Secret of Evolution has transformed him into a more powerful being: Baalzack (or "Balzack+"). He has been evicted from Palais de Léon, likely due to his failure back in the fourth chapter, and now occupies the empty Castle Zamoksva. He has become astoundingly arrogant, and is disliked even by his subordinate demons. His intention, he says, is to enhance his body to be even more godlike than Psaro the Manslayer, but he lacks the Armlet of Transmutation which allows him to use the full power of the Secret of Evolution. With the help of the hero, Maya and Meena are able to finally defeat him.

After the transformation

#202 - Baalzack
Baalzack DQIV NES.gif
HP MP Experience Gold
500 infinite 6500 0
Attack Defense Speed
150 100 28
Locations Zamoksva
Skills Attacks twice per round
Cold Breath
Spells Kacrack
Bestiary # 202
Game Dragon Quest IV
Console NES, DS

Remake Changes[edit]

  • In the NES Version, the Ball of Silence in addition to disabling Balzack's magic also changes his coloring. The remakes remove the pallet swapping effect.
  • In the NES Version, Balzack's sprite through both encounters is the one used for Psaro's Pawn and Master Kung. In the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo DS versions, he takes the form of a king until the battle begins and then changes to a sprite resembling his battle form.
  • In the DS version, he has 760 HP in his first appearance.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Other Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[edit]

Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]