Boppin' badger

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The Boppin' badger is a recurring monster in the series, first appearing in Dragon Quest IX. It is based on the mythical tanuki of Japanese folklore.


Boppin' badgers are anthropomorphic badgers that stand on their hind legs, carrying a huge leaf in their right hands. Most of their fur is grey, with darker brown fur around their eyes that give them a masked appearance. Around their necks, they wear a necklace of acorns. The badgers are known for their captivating dancing in battle, attempting to get opponents into the groove as well. The badgers’ pelts are valued for their use in alchemy.


Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

Boppin' badger (ポンポコだぬき Ponpoko danuki)DQIX Logo.png
Model HP MP Attack
Boppinbadger DQIX DS.png 39 4 38
Defence Agility Experience Gold
28 33 60 30
Bestiary no. #023
Family Beast
In-game description Badgers with large leaves and the gift of the groove. Their moves are admired by many in the monster world.

They'd rather be dancing than doing battle, so they beat their bellies like bongos to try and get travellers tapping their toes too.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Sultry Dance
Location(s) Zere
Eastern Stornway
Item(s) dropped Medicinal herb116
Magic beast hide132
Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance * Blast/Lightning Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Rock Resistance * Dark Resistance * Light Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
0% -25% -25% 0%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance Sap Resistance * Blunt Resistance *
0% 0% 25% 0%
Deceleratle Resistance * Spooky Aura Resistance* Fizzle Resistance * Stun Resistance *
0% 0% 100% 0%
Charm Resistance *

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Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Boppin' badger (ポンポコだぬき Ponpoko danuki) DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Boppin' badger DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 beast family icon.png 1,350 310
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
580 590 510 420
Bestiary No. #225
Rank F
In-game description Who can resist that ballooning belly and the lustrous leaf it wields? Capable of taking on a multitude of different forms, this trickster loves playing pranks on unsuspecting adventurers
Talents Dancer (lv. 1)
Guaranteed traits Ultra Crafty Confuser (lv. 1)
Tit for Tat (lv. 20)
Rando-Accel (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Tactical Genius (lv. 1)
Stupefying Skin (lv. 1)
Deadly Touch (lv. 60)
Habitat This monster has no natural habitat
Items N/A
Synthesis chart DQM3 beast family icon.png X DQM3 slime family icon.png
(Either parent must be F-rank.)
Notable synthesis Mischievous mole DQM3 portrait.png X Vegandragora DQM3 portrait.png = Boppin' badger
Boppin' badger X Mandrake marshal DQM3 portrait.png = Ronin raccoon DQM3 portrait.png
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
50% 0% 50% 25%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
25% -25% 0% 25%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
0% -25% 25% 0%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
0% -25% 50% 50%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
50% 25%
Instant Death Resistance *

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Boppin' badger appeared in the 9th card pack, "Reunion and Oath of Lotozetasia" as a super rare card common to all leaders.

In Other Languages[edit]

Language Translation Meaning
ICON-FLAG-ES.png EspañolMalpache bailónFrom the Spanish mal, mapache, and bailón.
ICON-FLAG-FR.png FrançaisBlaireau bongoFrom the French blaireau and bongó, a type of small drum of Afro-Cuban origin played by beating with the hands.
ICON-FLAG-DE.png DeutschDiskodachsFrom the German Disko and Dachs.
ICON-FLAG-IT.png ItalianoKan KanideDerived from cancan and canide.


  • The monster and the rest of its kin has been changed to badgers in English and most other translations of the game, but they are based on the Japanese raccoon dog, or tanuki (たぬき), that features significantly in folklore and myths. Tanuki is often translated into "badger" or "raccoon" in English, but the two are unrelated animals that share superficially similar appearances.
  • The ponpoko (ポンポコ) in the monster's Japanese name is an onomatopoeia for the sound made by a tanuki beating their round belly drum.[1]


Similar shapeshifters[edit]