Bodkin archer

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The Bodkin Archer is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Debuting in IV, they only appeared in spin offs until reemerging in VIII.


Squat little munchkins, the Bodkin family resembles goblins of Welsh myth. Bodkins perfer to fight from a distance, letting fly with long-distances arrows while supporting their front-line friends with Buff. Their complexion changes as they become more deft with their bow, and gain new accolades to reflect this.


Dragon Quest IV[edit]

Bodkin archer DQIV Logo.png
Original (NES)
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense Agility Experience Gold
Bodkinarcher DQIV NES.gif 21 3 26 20 20 13 15
Bestiary No. 011
Spell(s) Buff
Skill(s) None
Location(s) Strathbaile Tower
Item Dropped Plain clothes(164)
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance *
064 0% 0% 75% 0% 0% 0%
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Bracer Resistance Poof Resistance Snooze Resistance Fuddle Resistance Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance
0% 0% 25% 75% 0% 0% 0%
Drain Magic Resistance Sap Resistance *
25% 0%
Remakes (PSX, DS, Mobile)
Sprites Notable Changes
Bodkin archer ds.png None

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Bodkin archer DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
DQVIII PS2 Bodkin archer.png 21 2 10 8 22 18 12
Bestiary No. 14
Family Humanoid
In-Game Description Diminutive but resourceful monsters. Upon encountering an enemy, they keep their distance and let fly with long-range bow and arrow attacks.
Spell(s) Buff
Skill(s) None
Location(s) Alexandria Region
Item(s) Dropped Bandana132
Plain cheese1256
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
064 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Ice breath
Stone/Strike Resistance * Zap Resistance * Troop Resistance * Death Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Shock Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0% 15% 15% 15% 0%
Sleep * Confusion * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Dance Sealing Resistance Sap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
15% 0% 0% 100% 15% 0% 0%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Sprite Notable Changes

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

#007 - Bodkin archer
HP MP Experience Gold
17 5 9 16
Attack Defense Speed
16 12 10
Dropped Item Plain clothes (common, 1/16)
Leather hat (rare, 1/64)
Locations Angel Falls
The Hexagon
Skills Use herb
Family Humanoid
Bestiary # 007
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console DS

These can be found outside Angel Falls and the Hexagon. }}

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

The bodkin archer is a Rank C monster.

Dragon Quest Swords[edit]

Dragon Quest Heroes II[edit]

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

Bodkin archer DQB-LOGO-ICON.png
Chapter 2
HP Attack Defense Item(s) Dropped
20 6 0 Broken branch (★★★)
Swamps of Sickness

The Archers act as normal enemies in the first area of chapter 2, but also appear as NPCs in the Prickly Plains section accessed through the blue teleportal. Several are friendly towards humans, and will reward the Builder for countering their own parlaying perils.

The fishing Archer explains that, being newcomers to Alefgard and the Dargonlord's legion, his kind are bullied by other monsters on the regular. In particular, the Killerpillars cause great strife for the little goblins, to the point that a duo of sharpshooters mount an attack on the main nest in the area out of fear that their village will be wiped out if they don't.


A bodkin defines a small, blunt needle with a large eye used to punch through cloth and leather. In terms of archery, it means the archer is using less than ideal ammunition.

Lilliputian are a diminutive, humanoid race described in Gulliver's travels.

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