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The Merchant (商人, Shounin) is an infrequently occurring vocation in the early games in the Dragon Quest series. Merchants have the ability to pick up additional gold after a battle, as well as appraise items free of charge. In battle, merchants are only average in attack and defense, slightly better than a Priest. In Dragon Quest III, this is the only vocation required to advance the plot.


Merchants are average to poor in all attributes, with an occasionally high wisdom stat to reflect their shrewd business sense. A merchant will not win the day for any party and only contribute minor damage in battle, but their real contribution is how quickly the group can amass money with one around.

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

In addition to being able to find extra gold after battles, a merchant is also needed to progress through the story. An old man in a field on the North America-esque continent requires one to help him build a town, and will take a merchant regardless of their level. The merchant you leave will drop his/her items off at the vault (bag in the Super Famicom and Game Boy Color Version).

While the town develops well, the merchant will eventually be jailed due to pushing the townspeople too hard and succumbing to greed. Prior to being arrested, they obtain a Yellow Orb which he/she will inform The Hero is in his/her house. The merchant will not be able to rejoin the party in the NES version. In all remakes and subsequent ports, the merchant will be freed from prison after Ramia is hatched. Said merchant will be playable again if approached, and will wait for the player in Aliahan.


NES version

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 11 286
MP 0 0
Strength 4 126
Agility 3 147
Resilience 4 160
Wisdom 6 138
Luck 4 134


  • Weapons
  • Helmets
  • Armor
  • Shields
  • Accessories
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Cypress Stick Attack +2
Falcon Blade Attack +5
Oaken Club Attack +7
Copper Sword Attack +12
Divine Dagger Attack +14
Chain Sickle Attack +16
Boomerang Attack +19
Iron Lance Attack +26
Chain Whip Attack +27
Iron Axe Attack +38
Flametang Boomerang Attack +42
Abracadabracus Attack +45
Siren Sword Attack +50
Zombiesbane Attack +67
Astraea's Abacus Attack +110
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Helmet Modifier(s)
Leather Hat Defense +2
Hardwood Headwear Defense +6
King's Crown Defense +6
Turban Defense +8
Mad Cap Defense +8
Fur Hood Defense +10
Bunny Ears Defense +15
Iron Helmet Defense +16
Silver Tiara Defense +20
Top Hat Defense +20
Mythril Helm Defense +38
Mask of Implacability Defense +255
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Scandalous Swimsuit Defense+1
Plain Clothes Defense+4
Wayfarer's Clothes Defense+8
Boxer Shorts Defense+10
Leather Armour Defense+12
Tortoise Shell Defense+15
Leather Dress Defense+15
Shell Armour Defense+16
Chain Mail Defense+20
Silk Robe Defense+20
Iron Apron Defense+22
Cloak of Evasion Defense+23
Leather Kilt Defense+24
Iron Armour Defense+25
Magical Skirt Defense+25
Glombolero Defense+30
Cat Suit Defense+35
Epic Apron Defense+45
Magic Bikini Defense+65
Blessed Bikini Defense+88
Shimmering Dress Defense+90
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Shields Modifier(s)
Pot Lid Defense+2
Leather Shield Defense+4
Bronze Shield Defense+7
Scale Shield Defense+12
Iron Shield Defense+20
Magic Shield Defense+25
Tempest Shield Defense+35
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Accessories Modifier(s)
Strength Ring Strength+7
Tough Guy Tattoo Strength+8
Mighty Armlet Strength+15
Doh-Hican Defence+3
Garter Defence+3
Gold Rosary Defence+4
Leg Warmers Defence+5
Ten Ton Toupee Defence+15
Cower Ring Agility+7
Skull Ring Agility+10
Agility Ring Agility+`5
Mercury's Bandana Agility+30
Meteorite Bracer Agilityx2
Restless Heart Resilience+10
Gold Chain Resilience+10
Weightlifter's Belt Resilience+15
Recovery Ring Resilience+25
Care Ring Wisdom+15
Scholar's Specs Wisdom+15
Goddess Ring Wisdom+33
Bunny Tail Luck+8
Golden Tiara Luck+13
Hen's Tooth Luck+20
Sacred Amulet Luck+30
Elevating Shoes Luck+50
Slime Earrings
Ruby Wristband


Dragon Quest III (GBC) 
Spell Level Learned
Dig 12
Service Call 17

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

Merchant is one of the prerequisites for the Ranger vocation (along with Monster Master and Thief). Though the vocation reduces most of a character's stats, a merchant will gain additional gold at the end of battle as their rank increases.

Rank Bonus Gold
1 1/15
2 1/14
3 1/13
4 1/12
5 1/11
6 1/10
7 1/9
8 1/4

Stat Changes[edit]

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 130
Strength -5%
Agility -40%
Resilience -20%
Wisdom +20%
Style -20%
Max MP -50%
Trait Extra gold per battle


Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Huckster Peep 1 One item Reveals the nature of the treasure in a chest. Also enables item appraisal. 1
2 Peddler Muster Strength 7 Self Save up energy to bolster the next attack. 0
3 Salesclerk Dig 15 Self Dig in the dirt to unearth hidden treasure. 0
4 Pitchman Weird Dance 24 One Enemy Lowers the enemy's MP. 0
5 Trader War Cry 40 All enemies A booming yell to make the enemy recoil in fear. 0
6 Broker Body Slam 65 One enemy Sacrifice the self to slam the enemy senseless. 0
7 Magnate Service Call 95 Self Summons on-the-spot aid with a sonorous shout. 15
8 Tycoon Call to Arms 130 Special Enlist the aid of an army of mercenaries...for a price. Level x50g

Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart[edit]

Notable Merchants[edit]