Ladja

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Bishop Ladja is a character in Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. 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, 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 off when he failed to defeat the protagonists at Crocodilopolis. 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.

Story[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. When Pankraz arrives, he summons Kon the Knight and Slon the Rook to kill him, but fail to harm the man. Ladja changes tactics and levels 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 Sabre 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 rescued 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 it's full power to destroy it. After a boss battle, he flees. He is seen again in the Crocodilopolis, where he kills off King Korol, who was no longer needed by Nimzo after the reptiles' defeat. He is encountered for the last time in Mt. Zugzwang, where the hero and his party finally avenge Pankraz's death.

Appearances[edit]

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

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 * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
100% 100% 100% 100%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
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 * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
20% 100% 100% 100%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
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
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 * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
20% 100% 100% 100%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
100% 100% ? 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite



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Remake alterations[edit]

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

  • In the PlayStation 2 & Nintendo DS Version, he is the one to imprison The Hero and his wife in stone, whereas the Super Famicom Version had Kon the Knight doing so.
  • In the original SNES release he dies following his loss at Talon Tower, whereas in the remakes, he showed up at Crocodilopolis, he kills King Korol as punishment for his failure, while in the Super Famicom version, the power of Grandmaster Nimzo did so as he tried to open a pathway to Nadiria.

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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