Coup de Grâce

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Coup de Grâce is a special battle ability in Dragon Quest IX. Each vocation has a different Coup de Grâce with different effects. The ability becomes available during battle randomly when certain conditions are met. When a character is able to use a Coup de Grâce, a notification is given saying:

[party member] is primed to perform a coup de grâce!

The effects of Coup de Grâce last for only a short period of time. They do not carry over after the battle ends, or if the character dies. If all four party members are primed for a Coup de Grâce, they can together perform a Co-op de Grâce.


The frequency of a Coup de Grâce occurring is amplified by the following conditions:

Condition Boost
Critical fan equipped +6%
Overcritical fan equipped +7%
Hypercritical fan equipped +8%
Dire critical fan equipped +10%
Combat action medal +3%
Martial artist, Ranger, or Luminary +3%
1 other party member primed +0.8%
2 other party members primed +10%
3 other party members primed +36%
10% damage taken +0.75%
20% damage taken +1.5%
30% damage taken +3%
40% damage taken +6%
50% damage taken +12%
60% damage taken +24%
70% damage taken +48%
80% damage taken +95%

List of Coup de Grâce by vocation[edit]

Name Vocation Effects
Critical Claim Warrior This coup de grâce unleashes an attack that always inflicts a Critical Hit.
Roaring Tirade Martial Artist Similar to War Cry, except it cannot be resisted. Further, it also increases tension by one level.
Choir of Angels Priest Restores 30%~40% of Max HP to allies and cures status effects at once
Rough 'n Tumble Minstrel Evasion increases to 50% and the ability to counterattack goes to 25%.
0 Zone Mage Reduces MP cost to zero for a short while.
Itemized Kill Thief Guaranteed item drop from the enemy it is used on.
Knight Watch Paladin Attacks will do nothing for a few turns on the person who used it (not even Disruptive Wave can get through). All of the opponents are enraged to the person who used it.
Brownie Boost Ranger Boosts the user's attack, defense, and breath resistance by one level.
Tension Boost Gladiator Boosts tension up to 50 or 100 (maximum).
Voice Of Experience Armamentalist Increases the amount of EXP you get from the battle if you win by a variable amount (1.1 through 1.6 multiplier)
Spelly Breath Sage Recovers 20% of Max MP to the caster.
Disco Tech Luminary Causes all enemies to boogie and raises tension by one level. This is functionally identical to Roaring Tirade.

List of Co-op de Grâces[edit]

If all four party members are primed for a Coup de Grâce, then upon using them they will perform a Co-op de Grâce, selected from a menu. The available choices for Co-op de Grace are based on the party's current vocations. For example, if the party is made up of only warriors and rangers, only the Quadraslash option is available.

Name Vocations Effects
Quadraslash Warrior
All four party members attack at once. Damage is sum of allies attack minus enemy defence.
Omnipotense Martial Artist
Increases all party members' tension by 3 levels.
Soul Asylum Priest
Renders the entire party invincible for a few turns (similar to Knight's Watch).
Cast Away Mage
Reduces the party's MP cost to zero for a few turns.
Haulellujah Armamentalist
Chance to earn extra exp., gold, and items. Exp and gold multiplier is 1.5~3.0
Electro Light Minstrel
Turns all enemies into metal monsters.