Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (DRAGON QUEST -ダイの大冒険-, "Dragon Quest: Dai's Great Adventure") is a long-running manga by Sanjo Riku and Inada Koji set in the Dragon Quest world, based mainly on Dragon Quest III, Dragon Quest IV and Dragon Quest V. It features filler pages giving game-like character stats of the heroes, and often explains details of the spells used in the games. The manga was originally published in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1996, and was compiled into 37 paperback volumes.
The plot centers around the revival of the Demon Lord defeated in an earlier war, his attempts to conquer the world and the fight of the heroes against him.
Two anime television series based on the manga were produced by Toei Animation, the first being an incomplete adaptation in 1991, and a new adaptation starting in 2020.
- Dai, the main hero. He has grown up on an island full of friendly monsters. For a short time, he has been trained by Avan, but he always has difficulty casting spells, usually it works only when he is very angry. His birth name, given by Baran, is Dino.
- Avan, who trains the hero for a short time, but then dies fighting Hadlar. He remains ever-present as a role model, and many of the characters are former disciples or comrades of Avan. Near the end, it turns out that Avan is alive after all.
- Popp, another disciple of Avan who came to Dai's island with him. He is the first party member to join, so to say. A magic user with a lazy and cowardly streak who often has to be shamed into doing the right (heroic) thing, he provides the comic relief in the series.
- Maam, daughter of the warrior and the priest who fought with Avan in the previous war, and a former disciple of his, is the next to join. She is described as a white mage warrior. She has no offensive spells, but a gun Avan gave her that can fire spells on bullets. Popp, who initially detests her, later develops a crush on Maam. When her gun breaks, she trains to become a Warrior.
- Leona, the young princess of Papnica, a land of sages. Early in the manga, Dai saves her from a conspiracy that tries to use a ritual on the island to kill her, and falls in love with her.
- Gomechan, a gold metal slime with wings. He rarely takes an active part in battle, but is something like the mascot of the series.
- Hyunckel, the only human commander in the Demon Army. He later defects to the side of good. He is one of Avan's disciples.
- Beast King Crocodine, commander of the Beast Army, who later defects to the side of good.
The Demon Army
- Dark Lord Hadlar, who was defeated by Avan in the previous war and kills him early in the manga. He later defects into the good side in his final moments.
- Baran, Dai's birth father. He is the commander of the Dragon Army. Also, he is a Dragon Knight, like Dai. He is killed by Hadlar.
- Demon Lord Vearn, head of the Dark Army planning to destroy the world with his Dark Army regiments and generals.
- Brass, Dai's adoptive father.
- The fake heroes, a group who act as heroes but are really just after money. The members in detail:
- Derolin (でろりん), hero.
- Zurbon (ずるぼん), priest (female).
- Masopho (まぞっほ), mage.
- Hero-Hero (へろへろ), soldier.
- The King of Romos, a typical elderly, rotund Dragon Quest King.
- Matoriv, a sadistic and lecherous old mage who fought on the side of Avan in the previous war. Reluctantly he agrees to help the heroes again and trains Pop for a while. Graphically, Matoriv sticks out among the characters; both his design and the style in which he is drawn resemble Moebius rather than anything from the Dragon Quest series.
In 2020, a series of projects to revitalize the series began. This push includes: a new anime adaptation which aims to cover all the story, a prequel manga, a new line of merchandise, a card-based arcade game, a manga focusing on said card game, a high end action console game, it's own gacha mobile game, collaborations with other popular mobile games such as Dragon Quest Tact, or Puzzle & Dragons, and more.
The new anime is the center piece of the revival, with everything else borrowing from it, be it only the aspect or the music too. The 2020 adaptation cuts all the filler the older anime had, only adapting the content available in the original manga series.
The revival project also includes making the series available internationally, in some cases for the first time ever, with the new anime and gacha game being available in multiple countries. The anime can be watched on the Crunchyroll and Hulu streaming services, though Hulu only has the 45 first episodes.
Episode List (2020 Adaptation)
|Episode #||Episode Title||Synopsis||Original airdate|
|1||Dai, the tiny hero||Young Dai lives on Dermline Island, where he dreams of being a Hero. One day, a Hero and his companions come to the island. Dai is excited at first, but their true intent is to steal his best friend, Gomechan, the mythical Golden Metal Slime.||October 2, 2020|
|2||Dai and Princess Leona||Dai must take Leona to the Earth Cave for a ritual. At first, Dai dislikes Leona, but they slowly come to understand each other. Suddenly, a giant Evil Scorpion attacks. Dai defeats it, but Leona is poisoned. As Dai’s wishes to save her...||October 9, 2020|
|3||The hero's tutor||A dark power affects Dai’s monster friends, driving them berserk. Brass tries to get Dai to leave. As they argue, a Hero trainer arrives to inform Dai that the Dark Lord has returned. To save those he cares about, Dai undergoes Hero training.||October 16, 2020|
|4||The Dark Lord Hadlar's return||Avan turned into a dragon and attacks Dai. Dai fights back to no avail. To defeat Avan’s flames requires Wave Slash. As Dai clears his objective, someone enters the island. Who should appear before Avan but the worst possible being...!||October 23, 2020|
|5||The insignia of Avan||Avan is overpowered by Hadlar, who is now stronger than ever. To protect his students and the world, Avan gathers the last of his strength and faces Hadlar. Dai can do nothing but watch. Finally, the showdown between Avan and Hadlar is concluded||October 30, 2020|
|6||Crocodine, the Beast King||Dai decides to carry on Avan’s will and leaves the island. Popp joins Dai and they head to Romos Castle. On the way, in the Dark Forest, they’re saved from monsters by the girl, Maam. Beast King Crocodine appears before them to kill Dai...!||November 6, 2020|
|7||Maam's turmoil||Thanks to Maam’s help, Dai goes on the offensive against Crocodine. Popp joins in and the battle intensifies. Seeing Dai and Popp fight, Maam remembers Avan’s words to her when she was young and comes to a decision.||November 13, 2020|
|8||Furfang full assault||Dai and company arrive late at night to the castle town of Romos. The next morning, Crocodine attacks with the Furfang Legion. In Romos Castle, Dai faces Crocodine. Crocodine decides to use the weapon that Zaboera gave him.||November 20, 2020|
|9||A single shard of courage||Dai is heavily wounded by Crocodine’s Beast King Anguish Blast. Maam tries to save Dai, but is bound by a Heyedra. Masopho, the Mage from the fake Hero’s party shows this to Popp, who remains paralyzed by fear. Masopho then speaks of his past...||November 27, 2020|
|10||Onto Papnica kingdom||Having won the battle with Crocodine, Dai and company head to Papnica Kingdom, which is under attack by the Undead Legion of the Dark Army. Upon arrival, Dai sees an unbelievable sight. Meanwhile, Hadlar summons all Legion Commanders, but...||December 4, 2020|
|11||Hyunckel, the Dark Swordsman||Dai’s Avan Strash had no effect on Hyunckel. Hyunckel dons his “Dark Armour Blade” to face Dai and his companions. Just why does Hyunckel hate Avan so much? Hyunckel reveals his past with Avan to answer Maam’s question.||December 11, 2020|
|12||The collaborative Zapple||Thanks to Crocodine, Dai and Popp managed to escape. Popp says to Dai that if they don’t defeat Hyunckel, they won’t be able save Maam or Leona. Morning comes. Popp has come up with a plan to defeat Hyunckel and suggests the use of a certain spell.||December 18, 2020|
|13||The deciding moment||Hyunckel withstands the Zapple spell. His spell thwarted, Dai falls prey to Hyunckel’s Bloody Scryde. At that moment, Maam appears and hands a Soul Shell found in a hidden room to Hyunckel. It contains a shocking truth about Hyunckel’s past.||December 25, 2020|
|14||Blizzblaze General Flazzard||After their fierce battle against Hyunckel, Dai and friends set out to find Leona. They launch signal flares and are met by Amy of the Papnica Troika, who takes them to where Leona is hiding, but Blizzblaze General Flazzard reaches her first...!||January 8, 2021|
|15||The terrifying curse field||Dai faces off with Flazzard. His Magic Sword is effective, but Flazzard fires off the rocks in his body in both an attack and a signal to activate the Blizzblaze Curse Field. The surrounding area is encased in a field, and Dai’s group is weakened.||January 15, 2021|
|16||The Grand Sorcerer Matoriv||Matoriv is a Grand Sorcerer living in a cave. At first, he’s resistant to helping, but upon learning that Dai is Avan’s last student, he agrees to help save Leona. Meanwhile, Hadlar’s Dark Army prepares a scheme.||January 22, 2021|
|17||The death-defying savior||Dai and Baduck reach the Dark Flame Spire to find Zaboera, Mystvearn, and their Legion monsters waiting for them. Waiting for Popp and Maam at the Dark Ice Spire is Hadlar. Dai and his friends are in danger. Just then, an unlikely savior appears.||January 29, 2021|
|18||Hyunckel versus Hadlar||Popp and Maam are shocked by the appearance of Hyunckel. It turns out he was saved by Crocodine. Having come to help the Disciples of Avan, Hyunckel sends Popp and Maam off to Valge Tower and faces off with Hadlar.||February 5, 2021|
|19||The final Avan style technique||Dai, Popp, and Maam reach Valge Tower where they are stopped by Flazzard. Realizing he is at a disadvantage, Flazzard shatters himself into bullets of rocks and launches himself as projectiles. Just then, the words of Avan flash through Dai’s mind!||February 12, 2021|
|20||Now I slice everything||With his core destroyed by Dai’s Air Slash, Flazzard splits his body. Mystvearn appears and gives Flazzard the Shadow Legion’s ultimate armour. Flazzard attacks Dai. But having completed his Avan Style Sword Technique, Dai remains unfazed...!||February 19, 2021|
|21||Maam's decision||Dai and his friends prepare for their next battle as Papnica rebuilds. Maam hears the words of Matoriv and comes to a decision. Meanwhile, Vearn’s personal assassin, Killvearn and his companion Piroro appear before Hadlar. What will they say to him?||February 26, 2021|
|22||Off to the department store||Dai and Leona head to Bengarna Kingdom to get Dai a new weapon. Freed from her duties as princess, Leona enjoys her shopping. Dai and Popp spend their time amazed by all the new sights. New encounters and new threats await them.||March 5, 2021|
|23||The Dragon Knight||Dai faces the Dragons attacking Bengarna. His sword shatters. Dragons that Popp failed to defeat join in. All prepare for defeat, but Dai unleashes the power of the Dragon Crest. Nabara and Merle realize a truth that Dai himself doesn’t yet know.||March 12, 2021|
|24||Dragon Master General Baran||Baran reveals the duty of a Dragon Knight: to wipe out the humans. Baran explains why Dragon Knights were born. Dai rejects Baran’s words. Growing impatient, Baran blows Dai away with a powerful attack. Baran then reveals a shocking truth…!||March 19, 2021|
|25||The terrifying draconic aura||With the secret to the Dragon Knights’ supremacy, the “Draconic Aura” deployed, Baran is invulnerable to Crocodine’s attacks. Crocodine continues to stand up to Baran. And Dai, as well. They attack Baran together, but Baran forms a plan.
Note: Starting with this episode, content not in the older anime is being covered.
|March 26, 2021|
|26||The dragon masters approach||Baran summons the Dragon Masters, three powerful Dragon Riders, and heads to Teran Kingdom to reclaim Dai. Leona and the others shelter Dai in a prison cell. Detecting Baran and the Dragon Masters, the group is at a loss. Just then, Popp acts.||April 2, 2021|
|27||Land Rider Larhart||Popp faces the Dragon Masters alone and falls into peril. Hyunckel arrives to save him. Popp and Hyunckel defeat Galdandy and Borahorn. Popp loses consciousness and Hyunckel faces Larhart. But Larhart is far more powerful than Galdandy or Borahorn||April 9, 2021|
|28||Dai's secret||Baran approaches Teran Castle where Dai is kept. Leona gives Dai his knife and encourages him to fight before heading off to face Baran with Crocodine. Meanwhile, Hyunckel lies beaten by Larhart. Larhart tells him Baran’s tumultuous past...||April 16, 2021|
|29||Baran's rage||With Popp as his hostage, Borahorn threatens Hyunckel. Larhart takes unexpected action. Larhart reveals his past. Meanwhile, Baran appears at Teran Castle. Hearing of Popp’s actions, Crocodine employs a desperate strategy against Baran!||April 23, 2021|
|30||Popp's resolve||As a Dragonoid, Baran’s power is beyond imagination. Just as everyone prepares to die, Dai appears. When the meeting between father and son that they had hoped to prevent happens, Popp remembers the final moments of his master, Avan.||April 30, 2021|
|31||A father and son clash||The Dragon Crest appears on Dai’s right hand. Is it a miracle brought on by his mother, Soala...? By focusing his power, Dai gains power beyond Baran’s. Baran wields his Draconic Aura and fights back. The two Dragon Knights clash in an epic battle.||May 7, 2021|
|32||Farewell to the father||With his weapon lost, Dai must defend himself. Baran lacks the Magic Power for his full Gigabreak. Dai is given Hyunckel’s Dark Armour Blade and faces off with Baran one last time. Meanwhile, Popp remains unresponsive to Leona’s Zing spell...||May 14, 2021|
|33||Zaboera's scheme||With one final chance from Vearn, Hadlar himself heads out with Zaboera to kill Dai. Dai and his friends rest their wounds in Merle’s cottage. As Popp stands guard outside, someone makes an unexpected appearance.||May 21, 2021|
|34||The Romos martial arts tournament||Dai and his friends return to Papnica. They learn of a Martial Arts Tournament in Romos where the winner will receive a legendary weapon. Dai and Popp head to the tournament where a certain contestant’s fighting catches their eyes.||May 28, 2021|
|35||The incident at the finals||Dai and Popp were reunited with Maam. Maam promises to win the Sword of Champions. Maam wins her way through the preliminary fights. But an evil plot unfurls behind the scenes... As the finals are about to begin, one man springs into action.||June 4, 2021|
|36||The Superior Being versus Chiu||A giant body, unbelievable speed, unparalleled strength, and rapid regeneration... The Superior Being, Zamza, is a terrifying threat. Dai faces him but loses stamina too quickly. Dai falls. All hope seems lost. But only Chiu refuses to give up...!||June 11, 2021|
|37||All in an instant||The Refractor Fist is effective against the seemingly invincible Superior Being. Using her nimble skills and the Refractor Fist, Maam succeeds in freeing Dai. Dai sees her fight and discovers a clue. Dai prepares a final counterattack.||June 18, 2021|
|SP||The trail of adventure, the path forward||A special episode going over the numerous battles against powerful enemies as Dai, the Tiny Hero, and his friends continue their adventures against the new Dark Army||June 25, 2021|
|38||The world summit||To fight the Dark Army, Leona gathers world leaders for a summit. Dai hopes to learn of a new legendary weapon. In Zaboera’s hideout, Hadlar is hooked up inside a large bio-chamber. Hadlar is letting Zaboera perform a certain experiment on him...||July 2, 2021|
|39||The landing of Soverign Rock Castle||Lon Beruk, begins forging the greatest sword in the world for Dai. Meanwhile, in Papnica, the world summit of the world’s leaders begins. But the talks drag on without progress, troubling Leona. Just then a giant enemy appears...||July 9, 2021|
|40||Master of darkness against his pupil||With Mystvearn’s declaration of war, the battle begins. The companions fight, but against an endless enemy, they’re slowly forced back. Help arrives, reigniting the weakened flame in everyone’s hearts. At last, Mystvearn himself appears...!||July 16, 2021|
|41||The strongest sword||Hyunckel unleashes a strike with the Aura of Justice. Enraged, Mystbearn unleashes his Dark Aura to tear Popp and the others apart. Sovereign Rock Castle heads for the Grand Chapel. Meanwhile, Lon Beruk finally completes the sword for Dai.||July 23, 2021|
|42||The field of death||The Sword of Dai cuts Sovereign Rock Castle in half. Mystvearn tries to reveal his true power, but Killvearn appears. With Mystvearn’s anger quelled, and the two retreat. Popp gives chase. Popp reaches the dark island known as the Field of Death.||July 30, 2021|
|43||The clash of poweful swords||Hadlar was more powerful than ever. Along with an indomitable Superior Being body and an unbreakable will, he also has the ability to cast spells. Dai could only defend himself. Cornered, Dai unleashes an Avan Strash with the Sword of Dai.||August 6, 2021|
|44||The hero lost in the glacier||Dai and Hadlar’s battle ended in a draw, with Dai lost in the ocean. Killvearn attacks the despondent Popp. Popp remembers the words of Matoriv and retreats, but Killvearn pursues. Can Popp escape? And what happened to Dai...?||August 13, 2021|
|45||The orichalcum warrior||Popp, Crocodine, and Chiu search for Dai. Zaboera also leads his servants to find Dai, causing the parties to clash. Popp rescues Dai, but Zaboera unleashes his Super Spell. Just then, a mysterious shining warrior appears between them and...?||August 20, 2021|
|46||The extreme anihilation spell, Medroa||The showdown with Vearn is in five days. Dai and his friends head out to spend the remaining time training. Popp visits Matoriv to find a way to counter the Hadlar Royal Guard. Matoriv decides to teach Popp a spell that he himself fears to use.||August 27, 2021|
|47||To the final battleground||The members return, having completed their training. Dai and his friends head to Carl Kingdom. There’s a change in the Field of Death and they land with a heightened sense of tension. Meanwhile, in a remote cave, Baran and Killvearn face off...||September 3, 2021|
|48||The Hadlar royal guard||Nova is General Bowson’s son. Refusing to fight together with Dai, he heads off to fight the Dark Army. Dai and Popp hurry after him, but Nova arrives first. Nova fights valiantly, but the Orichalcum warriors reveal their true terror...!||September 10, 2021|
|49||The team battle begins||Zababa becomes the stage for the battle between Dai, with his friends, and the Hadlar Royal Guard. Our heroes fight using their individual strengths, but the Orichalcum warriors are powerful enemies. Just who will prevail in this fierce battle...?||September 17, 2021|
|50||We're the Beast King Commandos||Popp’s Medroa was strong enough to carve out the ground. Dai and his friends celebrate their victory. Meanwhile, Chiu forms the Beast King Commandos and works to uncover the secret of the enemy stronghold. But the evil hand of the enemy closes in.||September 24, 2021|
|51||The Avan Style ultimate technique||Popp, Hyunckel, and Crocodine find the wounded Chiu. Hyunckel deduces it was Fenbren who fought him, and Baran who saved him. Hyunckel sends Popp home and calls out to Baran. Sensing a change in Baran’s demeanor, Hyunckel attempts to stop him...!||October 1, 2021|
|52||Father and son dragons set out||Though shocked by Baran’s sudden appearance, Leona decides to accept his assistance. The Hadlar Royal Guard is lured to the surface while Dai and Baran head to destroy the Dark Citadel Gate. But someone awaits them at the Dark Citadel Gate.||October 8, 2021|
|53||Hadlar's challenge||Popp and his friends face the Hadlar Royal Guard. Meanwhile, Dai and Baran battle Fenbren, and Dai instinctively saves his ally, Baran. The battle with Fenbren ends. Beyond the Dark Citadel Gate, they find Hadlar ready to battle the Dragon Knights. less||October 15, 2021|
|54||Hadlar versus Baran||Hadlar’s Black Core could explode at any moment, leaving Dai and Baran unable to attack. Unaware of his own situation, Hadlar unleashes an even more intense barrage of attacks at the two. To resolve the situation, Baran attempts a risky maneuver.||October 22, 2021|
|55||The Black Core||After putting Dai to sleep, Baran turns into the Dragonoid for the final fight with Hadlar. Hadlar focuses all his strength to combat Baran. Meanwhile, from his throne, Dark King Vearn watches their battle with a cool gaze.||October 29, 2021|
|56||The inherited heart||Popp and the others have managed to survive the Black Core’s explosion. Realizing that the explosion happened while Dai and Baran were fighting, the group rushes to find Dai and Baran. There, they see a shocking sight.||November 5, 2021|
|57||The god of the underworld||Dai and his friends finally face off against Vearn, who uses his Dark Aura to blast Dai away and casts powerful spells with his overwhelming Magic Power. Vearn is in control even against five opponents. Do Dai and his friends stand a chance...?||November 12, 2021|
|58||The unlikely savior||Dai’s Avan Strash hit Vearn, but it’s not enough to defeat him. Vearn rises again and summons the Staff of Edacity, which converts Magic Power into raw attack power. With Vearn’s Magic Power, its attack is strong enough to shake the heavens and...?||November 19, 2021|
|59||The survivors||Dai and his friends faced absolute defeat. Dai is taken away by the Holy Mother Dragon and Hyunckel and Crocodine are missing. Popp and Maam wash up on a beach in Carl Kingdom. The two learn that Vearn has begun his attack on the Surface World.||November 26, 2021|
|60||Dai and Popp||The missing Hyunckel and Crocodine are prisoners of the Dark Army. A meeting is held in which it’s decided that Dai should rally the forces. Meanwhile, Dai awakens, but is unable to bear the weight of being a Hero and runs. He ends up in...?||December 3, 2021|
|61||Avan, the Hero||A story of Avan when Hadlar was still the Dark Lord. The Order of Carl faces the Dark Army with its princess, Flora. A young Avan protects the princess. Hadlar attacks Carl Castle to capture Flora and...? How Avan and Hadlar’s rivalry began...||December 10, 2021|
|62||The cave of trials||Seeking the legendary spell Kaglimmer, Leona, Maam, Merle, and Flora brave the Cave of Trials. Dai sets out to train until Leona returns. As they prepare, Flora tells Maam a secret of the Insignias of Avan. When Popp overhears them...?||December 17, 2021|
|63||The sacred inheritance||Dai trains with Nova and masters both types of Avan Strash, leading him to create a new attack. Leona and the others search the Cave of Trials to attain Kaglimmer. Popp grows desperate that his Isignia of Avan is the only one which will not glow...?||December 24, 2021|
|64||The night before the battle||Lon Beruk brings the restored Sword of Dai and new weapons. The group renews their resolve. Maam is shaken by Amy’s feelings for Hyunckel and Popp is frustrated his Insignia of Avan won’t shine. As the final battle approaches, things grow shaky...||January 7, 2022|
|65||The Dark Hyunckel||The execution day has arrived. As noon approaches and Vearn Palace arrives in the sky above, Mystvearn appears before Hyunckel and Crocodine. Mystvearn makes Hyunckel an offer: accept his Dark Aura or die. Hyunckel makes an unexpected choice.||January 14, 2022|
|66||The five colors of light||The five Disciples of Avan have gathered. Mystvearn attempts to intervene, but Lon Beruk stops him. Crocodine and the others fight the army of monsters. The Disciples of Avan prepare the ritual to cast Kaglimmer. But Popp remains uncertain...||January 21, 2022|
|67||The peril of the great purification spell||The Disciples of Avan try to cast Kaglimmer. But Popp’s Insignia won’t glow. Maam tries to encourage Popp, but only increases his pain. Powerful monsters enter the fray. As Dai and friends begin to panic, Zaboera schemes.||January 28, 2022|
|68||The last challenge||Popp’s soul is awakened. He realizes his abilities as a Sage and heals Merle. Dai and friends continue the ritual to cast Kaglimmer and nullify Vearn’s magic field to enter Vearn Palace, where some unexpected individuals appear before them.||February 4, 2022|
|69||The clash of love||Maam’s plea for a truce goes unheard and she is attacked relentlessly by Albinass’s true form. Maam sees Albinass’s strong devotion to Hadlar, but soon remembers Avan’s words, which motivate her to fight back...!||February 11, 2022|
|70||Victory or annihilation||The Disciples of Avan continue to fight the Hadlar Royal Guard. Maam defeats Albinass and Hyunckel defeats Hym. But Popp struggles against Sigma. The two battle over the only spell that has any effect on Sigma, Medroa.||February 18, 2022|
|71||Battle of true dragons||Popp and the others return to Dai. There, they witness an unbelievable clash between Dai and Haldar. The sight is a recreation of the legendary “Battle of True Dragons.” The others can only stand back and observe. The moment of truth arrives...!||February 25, 2022|
|72||The last Attack||Hadlar rises again out of sheer force of will to face his true final battle. Dai accepts this challenge and chooses his Magic Sword. Though weaker than his Avan Strash Cross, Dai still has one ace up his sleeve...!? Their final attacks clash...!||March 4, 2022|
Note: Toei Animation suffered an unauthorized access by a third party on March 6, which caused a delay on various of their anime including The Adventure of Dai.
|April 15, 2022.|
Influence on the series
Being the most popular and longest-running Dragon Quest spin-off, Dai no Daibouken left an impact on the video games that inspired it. The most significant influence is the introduction of Ability List performed by human characters. Characters routinely perform extraordinary feats that go beyond the scope of the generic attack battle command seen in the series up until IV.
In particular, the Giga Break sword technique and Hyunkcel's Grand Cross ability would be incorporated beginning with VI as Gigaslash and Pearly Gates. Interestingly, such skills are presented in the manga as being immensely dangerous to the user, requiring perfect execution to prevent one's body from tearing itself apart due to the incredible power output.
Starting around 2017, the Dai series started having presence in videogames through collaborations, and starting in 2020 it starting seeing full games adapting the manga series.
Xross blade is a card-based arcade game where players can place and move cards on a board. The positioning of the cards is key to the gameplay, as players can do attack combos if placed correctly. Xross blade follows the story of Adventure of Dai but also has a new story with new characters. The game has recieved a few collaborations with mainline Dragon Quest titles like Dragon Quest XI.
A Hero's Bonds
A Hero's Bonds is a mobile title developed by DeNa. Players can move forward in three lanes and attack the incoming monsters, using skills and changing lanes when needed. The game has equipment gacha -like Dragon Quest of the Stars and Dragon Quest Walk-, and supports real-time multiplayer for up to three players.
It includes two story modes: Dragon Tracks and Bonding Journey. The former is a retelling of the story from the Adventure of Dai, while the later is a brand new story written under the supervision of Riku Sanjo, the original writer of the series. Koji Inada, the original artist of the Dai series, designed Pinky, the pink dracky that accompanies players through the Bonding Journey storyline.
Infinity Strash is an action console game. Not much is known about it yet.
Portable Adventure is a small handheld device with Tamagochi-like depictions of Dai. It has connectivity with Xross Blade
Some characters and monsters from the Adventure of Dai series including Gome, Chiu and Mystvearn among others are featured in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional.
Dai is a playable character in the base roster of Jump Force, a console fighting game featuring many other characters from Shonen Jump comics like Goku, Luffy or Yusuke Urameshi.
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