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The Cruelcumber is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series that made its debut in Dragon Quest IX.

It is an anthropomorphic spear-wielding summer squash.


The Cruelcumber] and their cousins are tribal looking vegetables with deranged smiles, their tongues flailing about as they fight. Interestingly, a bit of dishwater blonde hair extends from the tip of their stem, giving them a look reminiscent of the Chonmage, a traditional Japanese topknot hairstyle. Cruelcumbers have a rivalry with Orcs over who are the better spearmen, according to their bestiary entry in X.


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

Cruelcumber (ズッキーニャ Zukkīnya)DQIX Logo.png
Model HP MP Attack
Cruelcumber DQIX.png 10 2 12
Defence Agility Experience Gold
9 10 3 5
Bestiary no. #002
Family Plant
In-game description Poky little vegetables that often trouble travellers, but are terribly sour losers.

The violent vestiges of veggies vetoed by unadventurous eaters. They fight for the favor they didn't find as food.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) None
Location(s) Angel Falls
Item(s) dropped Antidotal herb18
Moonwort bulb1128
Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance * Blast/Lightning Resistance *
-25% -25% -25% -25%
Rock Resistance * Dark Resistance * Light Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
-25% -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% 0% 0%
Deceleratle Resistance * Spooky Aura Resistance* Fizzle Resistance * Stun Resistance *
0% 0% 100% 0%
Charm Resistance *

At the start of the game, one Cruelcumber and two Slimes are fought off by the Hero and Aquila before they can threaten Erinn and her grandfather.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Cruelcumbers began appearing in Version 5.0 of the game, this time being stronger than both their Zumeanie and Scourgette cousins by virtue of being introduced later in the game. They can perform Multithrust and lunging attacks with their spears, as well as being able to cast Oomph.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

Cruelcumber (ズッキーニャ Zukkīnya)DQXI Logo EN.png
Sprite HP MP Attack
Cruelcumber XI sprite.png 14 0 15
Defense Agility Experience Gold
11 5 5 6
Bestiary no. #006
Family Nature
In-game description Monsters made when uneaten cucumbers are inhabited by evil spirits. Each crafts it own spear, so no two are exactly the same length.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Deflects attacks.
Location(s) Heliodor Region (first act)
The Kingsbarrow (second act)
Heliodorian Foothills (third act)
Item(s) dropped Moonwort bulb 116
Cypress stick164
Evasion Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance *
N/a -10% -10% -10%
Rock Resistance * Light Resistance * Dark Resistance * Zap Resistance *
-10% -10% -10% -10%
Drain Magic Resistance Whack Resistance * Poof Resistance Poison Resistance *
0% 0% 0% -25%
Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Sap Resistance * Blunt Resistance Deceleratle Resistance Spooky Aura
Anathematise Resistance
0% 0% 0% 0%
Fizzle Resistance * Stun Resistance * Stumble Resistance * Charm Resistance *
100% 0% 0% 0%
Beguile Resistance * Double Down Resistance * Elemental Resistance *
0% 0% 0%

Now back to the first of its kind for the first time since its debut, they are one of the first monsters fought by the Luminary on his quest. This monster does not have a vicious, nor a malicious variant.

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]

Cruelcumber is one of the four possible starter monsters Psaro can receive at the beginning of the game. Monty will offer it if the player answers "No" to the question: “Would you say you prefer lovable monsters to more rugged types?”, "Yes" to “Would you prefer a monster with sleek skin to one that's on the furrier side?”, and "No" to “Do you like weird and wonderful monsters?”.

Cruelcumber (ズッキーニャ Zukkīnya) DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Cruelcumber DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 nature family icon.png 1,320 460
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
570 560 490 480
Bestiary No. #140
Rank G Rank
In-game description Spawned when an evil spirit inhabits a leftover cucumber, these monsters are a lesson in picky eating. Though skilled with their spears, accidents do happen and they are known to skewer themselves on occasion
Talents Blowy Slasher (lv. 1)
Guaranteed traits Stunning Skin (lv. 1)
Ultra Crafty Debilitator (lv. 20)
Bangmeister (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Tactical Genius (lv. 1)
Insult to Injury (lv. 1)
Collective Punishment (lv. 60)
Habitat This monster has no natural habitat
Items N/A
Synthesis chart Capsichum DQM3 portrait.png X Bambooligan DQM3 portrait.png
Notable synthesis
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
-25% 50% 25% 50%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
-25% 0% 0% 50%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
25% 0% 0% 0%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
0% 25% 50% 50%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
-25% 50%
Instant Death Resistance *

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Dragon Quest Treasures[edit]

The Cruelcumber appears as a statue and is Treasure No. 548 in the Monster Statues 2 category. Its base value is 80,000 gold coins.

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A model of a monster from some faraway world.[1]

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  1. Nintendo Switch and Steam versions.