|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
死のさそり (VIII and X only)
|Romaji||Shi no Sasori|
|First appearance||Dragon Quest|
|Old localization||Rogue scorpion|
Death scorpions are arachnids with a highly protective dull pink exoskeleton that safeguards their reddish undersides. In their original appearance, the scorpions had teal-coloured exoskeletons protecting a red underside. This colour scheme would not be reused until both Monster Parade and Keshi Keshi. In later games, the scorpions gained the ability to inflict poison and even instantly kill with their deadly stings, true to their moniker.
Death scorpions are the strongest scorpion in the original game. They have high Attack and Defence, which makes them challenging even with their relatively low HP.
Death scorpions began appearing in Version 6.0 of the game. They are much stronger than their previous appearances, being able to act twice per turn, perform spinning attacks, and can inflict either poison with their attacks or kill instantly with Assassin's Stab.