Dark sabrecat

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The Dark sabrecat is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first introduced in Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King as a sable-coated variant of the Great sabrecat.


The Dark sabrecat is a big cat similar to the prehistoric Smilodon. It was introduced as one of the monsters originating from the World of Darkness, having a solid coat of black fur. However, in later appearances, the sabrecat's fur was changed to a midnight blue instead with black spots all over its body and a dark magenta mane running from the top of its head down its back, as well as a tuft at the end of its tail. Perhaps the feline's most striking feature is their solid set of dark magenta eyes, which sets it apart from its lighter coated cousins. It eventually gained a juvenile form, the Dark sabrecub, in later games, as well.


Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

Dark sabrecat (シャドウパンサー Shadoupansā)DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Attack
DQVIII PS2 Dark sabrecat.png 372 0 261
Defense Agility Experience Gold
177 128 507 103
Bestiary no. #215
Family Beast
In-game description Ferocious shadowcats that prowl through the darkness. It is said that no one who set eyes on a dark sabrecat ever lives to tell the tale.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Brutal hit
Gale Attack
Location(s) World of Darkness
Farebury Region
Pickham Region
Arcadia Region
Item(s) dropped Leather hat132
Saint's ashes164
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance *
064 0% 50% 50%
Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
50% 25% 25% 50%
Ice breath
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
50% 0% 25% 100%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
100% 100% 100% 50%
Snooze resistance * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance
100% 15% 100% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
100% 100% 0%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Notable Changes

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

Dark sabrecat (シャドウパンサー Shadoupansā)DQXI Logo EN.png
Sprite HP MP Attack
Dark sabrecat XI sprite.png 628 26 260
Defense Agility Experience Gold
279 186 1530 307
Bestiary no. #403
Family Beast
In-game description Silent, solitary and utterly unyielding hunters who look down on other sabrecats for their less-than-perfect technique.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Desperate attack
Battering Slam
Becomes Pepped up
Common Claws (Pep power, with Dark sabrecub)
Location(s) Zwaardsrust Region (third act)
Zwaardsrust Region - Whale Way Station (third act)
Castle Trodain (3DS and Definitive Edition only)
Item(s) dropped Evencloth132
Saint's ashes1128
Evasion Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance *
N/a -110% 25% 25%
Rock Resistance * Light Resistance * Dark Resistance * Zap Resistance *
-110% -125% 25% 0%
Drain Magic Resistance Whack Resistance * Poof Resistance Poison Resistance *
0% 0% 100% -125%
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% 99% 0% 100%
Beguile Resistance * Double Down Resistance * Elemental Resistance *
0% 0% 0%

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Dark sabrecat appears as an A-rank monster of the Beast family during the second part of the limited Beast Fest event, appearing alongside Hellsguard Veera on her banner. It can participate in the Dark sabrecub's Battle Road as a party member.

Dark sabrecat (シャドウパンサー Shadoupansā)Tactlogo.png

DQT Dark Sabrecat Icon.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Beast.png
DQTact Rank Icon A.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
120 843 303 4
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
393 322 461 142 35
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Dark Claws Dark Roar* Dark Call*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Rare Martial Potency Up / Stats Up Bang Res +25 / Stats Up Dark Call Potency +5% / Stats Up
Fourth Fifth
Zap Res +25 / Stats Up Dark Call Potency +5% / Stats Up
Leader Perks
Lowers enemy Zam Res by 10% in a 5x5 square around it.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Max HP +20 AGL +15 Dark Call Potency +2%
Perk Details
Rare Martial Potency Up: Rarely raises martial potency/effects for 3 turns at action start.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Very Weak Very Weak Normal Normal
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Half Res Half Res Normal Super Weak
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Normal Super Weak Normal Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Half Res Immune Half Res
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Normal Normal Normal

Related monsters[edit]

Similar species[edit]

Close cousins[edit]