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Equinox is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. It first appeared as a grotto boss in Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies but was later regulated as an enemy.


The Equinox is based on the mythological Ki-rin (麒麟), a fabled horse with the head and scales of a dragon. These creatures have a much more sinister color tone than their pallet swaps, having pure white eyes, black body scales with teal scales covering the flank and shoulders, and hooves that are surrounded by a ghostly blue aura.


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

#283 - Equinox
Equinox DQIX DS.png
HP MP Experience Gold
1800 255 10,000 825
Attack Defense Speed
180 180 117
Dropped Item Dragontail whip, Vesta gauntlets
Locations Grotto
Skills Weakening Wave, Wave of Panic, Eerie Light, Dark Breath, Lightning Storm
Spells None
Bestiary # 283
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console Nintendo DS
Japanese Name 黒竜丸
Romanized Jap. Kokuryū gan
Description Ceaseless steed of death, who tirelessly travels the skies, taking the lives of all in his path. Also known as the Black Star.
Additional Attributes
Fire Ice Wind Earth Light Dark
100 100 100 100 100 50
Blast Dazzle Sleep Death Drain MP Confusion
100 0 0 0 100 0
Fizzle Inaction Paralyze Poison Charm Magic Res
0 0 0 0 0 50
Blunt Sap Decelerate
0 0 0

Dragon Quest X[edit]

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

Equinox (黒竜丸 Kokuryū gan)DQXI Logo EN.png
Sprite HP MP Attack
DQXI Equinox Sprite.png 327 55 260
Defense Agility Experience Gold
260 235 1,803 304
Bestiary no. 564
Family Beast
In-game description When monsters once tried to take over the world, these steely stallions were always first into the fray, leading the charge every chance they got.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Lightning Storm
Dark Breath
Location(s) Hotto Steppe, third act
Item(s) dropped Horse manure116
Springheal Boots1128
Evasion Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance *
? 50% -125% 0%
Rock Resistance * Light Resistance * Dark Resistance * Zap Resistance *
25% -125% 50% 25%
Drain Magic Resistance Whack Resistance * Poof Resistance Poison Resistance *
0% 100% 100% 0%
Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance *
50% 100% 50% 100%
Sap Resistance * Blunt Resistance Deceleratle Resistance Spooky Aura
Anathematise Resistance
0% 0% 0% 0%
Fizzle Resistance * Stun Resistance * Stumble Resistance * Charm Resistance *
100% 99% 100% 100%
Beguile Resistance * Double Down Resistance * Elemental Resistance *
100% 0% 0%


The name originates from an astronomic term "Equinox", referring to the moment when the sun reaches one of two intersections between the ecliptic and the celestial equator as well as "Equine" which means horse.

Similar steeds[edit]