Bishop Ladja

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Bishop Ladja
Dragon Quest V
Ladja.png
Japanese name ゲマ
Romaji Gemma
Old localization None
Voice actor Hirotaka Suzuoki (CD Theater, Japanese)
Kōtarō Yoshida (Your Story, Japanese)
Jason Marnocha (Your Story, English)

Bishop Ladja is a major character in Dragon Quest V.

He is one of the primary antagonists in the story, and is responsible for much of the hardships the Hero endures.

Characteristics[edit]

Bishop Ladja is one of the highest-ranking members of the Order of Zugzwang (the highest-ranking member in the DS version), frequently being paired with other cultists for missions on the surface world. He is a being of utmost evil, delighting in causing untold grief for others, spreading misery through the land by orchestrating political upheavals and ordering the abduction of innocents for slave labor. Behind this sadistic persona lies a cunning intellect and shrewd sense of practicality, as Ladja will do all he can to snuff out obstacles to the Order's goals before they have the chance to fully materialize.

While Ladja appears to be outranked by King Korol, he is the true right-hand man of the devil and did not hesitate to kill the King for outliving his usefulness. Ironically, Ladja's final moments would show that he is just as dispensable as all the other minions of Grandmaster Nimzo, with his master forsaking aiding him for his repeated failures and allowing the group of heroes to penetrate the defenses of Mt. Zugzwang.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride[edit]

Bishop Ladja is first seen in the Ancient Ruins, blocking a young Hero and Prince Harry from escaping, and easily defeats them in an unwinnable battle. Note that if the player somehow defeats Ladja in this battle, the game will carry on as if though the player lost. When Pankraz arrives, he summons Kon the Knight and Slon the Rook to kill him, but fail to harm the man. Ladja changes his tactics and levies his scythe against the Hero's neck, threatening to kill the boy if Pankraz resists any further. The doomed father is beaten senseless by Kon and Slon, and is slain by Ladja with Kafrizzle mere seconds after telling the boy that his mother still lives. Mocking Pankraz in death, Ladja notices a peculiar bauble among the Hero's possessions, and crushes it between his palms while uttering foreboding words of relief at its destruction. Their business finished, Ladja and his minions carry the boys off to Mount Azimuth as slave labor for constructing a temple for the Order of Zugzwang, ignoring Saber and expecting the cat to return to the wild.

He is not seen again until the events of Knightmare Towers, after the Hero defeats Kon and rescues his wife. He reveals that the woman is of Zenithian descent and is destined to bear the Legendary Hero, so he petrifies both of them to prevent this. Unbeknownst to him, she had already given birth to the legendary hero, who along with his twin sister would eventually rescue their father eight years hence.

The Hero and his children eventually encounter Ladja in the Talon Tower, searching for one of the dragon eyes that can restore the castle of Zenithia to its full power. Ladja is looking for the eye in order to destroy it, when he comes upon the Hero, recognising him after many years. After a boss battle, he flees in order to warn his boss of the legendary hero’s arrival and his impending progress. Ladja is seen again in Crocodilopolis, where he kills off King Korol, who was no longer needed by Nimzo after the reptile's defeat. He is encountered for the last time in Mt. Zugzwang where he strikes down and wounds Madalena. The Hero and his party finally avenge Pankraz's death, with Ladja being killed by Nimzo’s power shortly after being beaten in a boss fight.

Bishop Ladja, first battle DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Ladja DQV SFC.gif 1,024 255 120 100
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
8 0 0 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss
Spell(s) Bounce
Frizzle
Skill(s) Desperate attack
Flame Breath
Recovers 100 HP per turn.
Watches and waits. (wastes turn)
Location(s) Ancient Ruins
Item dropped Cypress stick14096
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 100% 100% 100%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Zap resistance * Drain Magic resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Poof resistance Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Dazzle resistance * Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Stun resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite
DQ V PS2 Ladja.png Ladja ds.png



Second battle DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
3,800 255 285 265
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
90 1,200 900 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss
Spell(s) Bounce
Kafrizzle
Skill(s) Occasionally acts twice per turn.
Inferno
Location(s) Talon Tower
Item dropped Mini medal14096
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 20% 20% 20%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
20% 100% 100% 100%
Zap resistance * Drain Magic resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance *
20% 0% 100% 100%
Poof resistance Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Dazzle resistance * Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Stun resistance *
100% 20% 100% 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite



Third battle (Remakes only) DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
4,000 255 305 245
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
75 12,000 900 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss
Spell(s) Kafrizzle
Bounce
Skill(s) Occasionally acts twice.
Burning Breath
C-c-cold Breath
Inferno
Location(s) Mt. Zugzwang
Item dropped Mini medal14096
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 20% 20% 20%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
20% 100% 100% 100%
Zap resistance * Drain Magic resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance *
20% 0% 100% 100%
Poof resistance Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Dazzle resistance * Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Stun resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite



Remake alterations[edit]

Ladja's role in the story of Dragon Quest V was expanded upon in the remakes.

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: Joker 3 Professional[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Bishop Ladja (ゲマ Gema) DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Bishop Ladja DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 ??? family icon.png 1,350 590
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
590 470 390 810
Bestiary No. #502
Rank S
In-game description A heretical priest who hides under a thin veil of courtesy and counts Slon and Kon as his disciples. Many is the man he has consigned to oblivion for the crime of oppossing him
Talents Bishop Ladja (lv. 1)
Guaranteed traits Frizzmeister (lv. 1)
Insta-Ping (lv. 20)
Ultra Crafty Frizzer (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Tactical Commander (lv. 1)
Major Downer (lv. 1)
Insta-Bounce (lv. 60)
Habitat This monster has no natural habitat
Items N/A
Synthesis chart Hyperanemon DQM3 portrait.png X Aamon DQM3 portrait.png
Notable synthesis Bishop Ladja DQM3 portrait.png X Jugular joker DQM3 portrait.png = Dhoulmagus DQM3 portrait.png
Bishop Ladja DQM3 portrait.png X Mechan-o'-Wyrm DQM3 portrait.png X Luneyetic DQM3 portrait.png X Bilhaw DQM3 portrait.png = Nimzo DQM3 portrait.png
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
-25% 0% 25% 50%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
0% 50% 0% 0%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
50% 0% -25% 25%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
50% 0% 0% 25%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
25% 50%
Instant Death Resistance *
0%



Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[edit]

Dragon Quest of the Stars[edit]

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Bishop Ladja appears as an S-rank monster of the Undead family as part of the limited True Dragon Quest V event where he can be confronted in the event story Chapter 5, Episode 3. Bishop Ladja also appears on his own banner alongside Mandrake marshal and he can participate in King Korol's Battle Road as a party member.

Bishop Ladja (ゲマ Gemma)Tactlogo.png
Stats


Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Zombie.png
Undead
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact AttackType.png
Attack
Max Level HP MP Move
130 1,253 461 3
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
243 351 433 498 50
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Kidnap Psycho Scythe* Killer Kafrizz*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Imperious Grin / Stats Up Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up Killer Kafrizz Potency +5% / Stats Up
Grim Gardez: Battle start or action start: Reduces damage by 30% if user's HP is 50% or over.
Fourth Fifth
Zap Res +25 / Stats Up Killer Kafrizz Potency +5% / Stats Up
Wicked Bounce: Battle start: Grants a barrier that reflects spells for 2 turns.
Leader Perks
First
Raises Frizz-type potency of all allies, including himself, by 15% in a 5x5 square around him.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
WIS +15
Max MP +15
Wicked Obsession: Heals 50% of the user's max HP and grants x1.5 spell and martial potency/recovery for 1 turn when user's HP drops below 70% or less, 1 time per battle. Killer Kafrizz Potency +2%
Perk Details
First
Imperious Grin: Battle start: Greatly raises AGL and evasion rate for 3 turns.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Normal Very Weak Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Very Weak Half Res Normal Normal
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Super Weak Normal Half Res Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Normal Super Weak Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Immune Half Res Normal



Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ladja is an alternate transliteration of ladya (ладья), the Russian word for the rook chess piece. This is likely an mix-up with Slon the Rook, whose own name means "bishop".

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