Erdrick

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Dragon Quest series character
Erdrick
Dragon Quest III
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Japanese Name ロト
Rōmaji Roto
Title Erdrick
Race Human
Age 16
Family Ortega (father)
Voice Actor Hikaru Midorikawa (CD Theater)

Erdrick, also known as Loto (ロト Roto) in Japanese Dragon Quest media, is a recurring legendary hero from the Dragon Quest series, and specifically the playable character of Dragon Quest III. The first three Dragon Quest games are called the "Erdrick Trilogy", as each relate to the character of Erdrick in some way. Although he/she does not appear in Dragon Quest or Dragon Quest II, Erdrick is mentioned heavily in the game dialog and many items bear his/her name. The hero of Dragon Quest III, which takes place prior to the previous two games, receives the Erdrick title at the end of the adventure.

Erdrick is referenced in many of the later main Dragon Quest games, as well as some spin-offs. The character of Erdrick is often representative of the early Dragon Quest games.

Background[edit]

In Dragon Quest III, the hero, who may be either male or female, departs from their home, Aliahan, on their sixteenth birthday in order to follow in the footsteps of the brave warrior and the hero's father, Ortega, to defeat the archfiend Baramos. After defeating Baramos, the hero returns victorious to Aliahan only to be confronted by a new nemesis, Zoma. Taking up a new quest to defeat Zoma, the hero travels through the Great Pit of Giaga to Alefgard, which is sealed in darkness.

Appearance[edit]

Although Erdrick can be either male or female, their appearances are practically identical. They are of average height and build, and they have incredibly spiky dark brown hair. The female Erdrick is slightly shorter than her male counterpart, her hair sticks up less, and she wears a pair of green earrings. Around their forehead is a silver circlet inlaid with a green gem. They wear a long blue tunic over a yellow long-sleeved shirt and pants, a pair of knee-length leather boots, leather gloves, and a long purple cloak around their necks. They wear a brown leather belt around their waist, and a scabbard strapped to their back. The hero wields a simple sword and a grey heater shield with an insignia of a dragon's head and two crossed swords on the front. The hero's outfit is slightly different in the Famicom illustrations, having a gold circlet with a blue gem around their forehead, and a dark blue cloak around their neck. He is seen carrying a cutlass and a round version of Erdrick's shield. There was also no illustrations of the female Erdrick until the Super Famicom remake. In certain illustrations, the female Erdrick's outfit is more feminized, making her blue tunic a strapless miniskirt, and giving her knee-length yellow stockings instead of pants, as well as elbow length yellow sleeves.

Origins of Title[edit]

At the end of Dragon Quest III the King of Alefgard bestows upon the hero the Order of Erdrick, the country’s highest honor reserved only for true heroes. This implies Erdrick is a title rather than the hero's actual name. The hero is referred to by this title in all references outside of Dragon Quest III.

Attempting to name the hero "Erdrick" in Dragon Quest III for the NES will generate a message requesting the player to enter their real name; however, if a space is added at the end, the warning message will not be displayed and the game may be played with the hero being named "Erdrick ".

In the manga series, Dragon Quest: The Emblem of Roto, as well as the novelization and the CD theater drama, the hero's real name is Arel (アレル). This adds to the implication that Erdrick/Roto is a title.

Lineage[edit]

In Dragon Quest, Erdrick was the ancestor of the Hero. The hero follows in the footsteps of Erdrick to ultimately reach Charlock Castle and confront the Dragonlord.

In Dragon Quest II, the heroes are descendants of Erdrick, and also of the hero from Dragon Quest.

In Dragon Quest III, the origins of the hero Erdrick are revealed; therefore, the chronological order of the first three games is III, I, II.

Originally known as Erdrick to many North Americans, the hero is also known by two other names: Roto and Loto. In the original Japanese version games (i.e. Dragon Quest), Erdrick is known exclusively by the name Roto, which is also used by some import gamers. Another romanization of the name is Loto, which was used in place of Erdrick when Enix America, Inc. re-released Dragon Quest I, II, and III on the Game Boy Color. This was most likely used because the Japanese language does not distinguish between R and L.

When Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was released in North America and Europe, the name Erdrick was once again used to refer to the legendary hero of Dragon Quest III, effectively returning to the original English localization from the NES era.

Base Stats[edit]

NES Version

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 15 446
MP 6 218
Strength 8 181
Agility 6 156
Resilience 7 244
Wisdom 6 126
Luck 5 157
Initial gear Cypress stick, Plain clothes

In all remakes of the game, the hero's attribute growth is determined by their Personality. At the start of the game, the hero is asked a series of questions by a mysterious voice in the sky, culminating in a short scene in order to see just what type of person the hero is. There are 32 different personalities that can be assigned at the beginning, but it is possible to change it with the help of various books or accessories that can be found. The hero is a true jack-of-all-trades in any case, being able to fulfill a variety of different roles in combat, such as being a powerful physical attacker or dedicated healer. The hero is not able to change classes like other characters in the game. In the original NES version of the game, the hero must always be in the party until completing the game. In the remakes, this condition is removed after defeating Zoma.

Equipment[edit]

The hero has access to a very wide range of both weapons, ranging from swords, spears, axes, as well as whips and boomerangs in the remakes. They are capable of being outfitted with the heaviest armour, shields, and helmets available. Erdrick is also the only character capable of using the legendary equipment, which will prove useful when fighting against Zoma. In the remake versions, the hero begins his journey equipped with a copper sword and wayfarer's clothes.

Weapons[edit]

  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
  • Mobile
Dragon Quest III (NES) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Cypress stick Attack +2
Falcon blade Attack +5
Club Attack +7
Copper sword Attack +12
Magic knife Attack +14
Thorn whip Attack +18
Chain sickle Attack +24
Iron spear Attack +28
Broad sword Attack +33
Battle axe Attack +40
Sword of Gaia Attack +48
Orochi sword Attack +63
Zombie slasher Attack +65
Dragon killer Attack +77
Snowblade sword Attack +80
Thunder sword Attack +85
Thor's sword Attack +95
Multi-edge sword Attack +100
Sword of destruction Attack +110
Sword of Kings Attack +120
Dragon Quest III (SNES) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Cypress stick Attack +2
Falcon blade Attack +5
Club Attack +7
Copper sword Attack +12
Sacred knife Attack +14
Chain sickle Attack +16
Spiny whip Attack +18
Boomerang Attack +19
Bladerang Attack +24
Iron spear Attack +26
Steel sword Attack +33
Iron axe Attack +38
Steel whip Attack +40
Flamerang Attack +42
Gaia sword Attack +51
Dragon tail Attack +52
Orochi sword Attack +65
Zombie killer Attack +67
Dragon killer Attack +79
Thunder sword Attack +82
Frost blade Attack +90
Thor sword Attack +95
Bastard sword Attack +105
Gringham whip Attack +105
Sword of destruction Attack +110
Double-edged sword Attack +115
King's sword Attack +120
Wrecking flail Attack +135
Dragon Quest III (GBC) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Stick Attack +2
Falcon blade Attack +5
Club Attack +7
Copper sword Attack +12
Knife Attack +14
Sickle Attack +16
Spiny whip Attack +18
Wooden boomerang Attack +19
Blade boomerang Attack +24
Spear Attack +26
Steel sword Attack +33
Iron axe Attack +38
Steel whip Attack +40
Flame boomerang Attack +42
Gaia sword Attack +51
Dragon whip Attack +52
Orochi sword Attack +65
Zombie sword Attack +67
Dragon sword Attack +79
Thunder sword Attack +82
Snow sword Attack +90
Thor sword Attack +95
Bastard sword Attack +105
Ultimate whip Attack +105
Devil sword Attack +110
2-Edged sword Attack +115
King's sword Attack +120
Wreck whip Attack +135
Rubiss sword Attack +160
Dragon Quest III (Mobile) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Cypress stick Attack +2
Falcon blade Attack +5
Oaken club Attack +7
Copper sword Attack +12
Magic knife Attack +14
Chain sickle Attack +16
Thorn whip Attack +18
Boomerang Attack +19
Edged boomerang Attack +24
Iron Lance Attack +26
Steel broadsword Attack +33
Iron axe Attack +38
Spiked steel whip Attack +40
Flametang boomerang Attack +42
Mountaincleaver Attack +51
Dragontail whip Attack +52
Orochi's sword Attack +65
Zombiesbane Attack +67
Dragonsbane Attack +79
Thunderbolt blade Attack +82
Blizzard blade Attack +90
Stormlord's sword Attack +95
Bastard sword Attack +105
Gringham whip Attack +105
Sword of ruin Attack +110
Double-edged sword Attack +115
Sword of kings Attack +120
Destructiball Attack +135

Armor[edit]

  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
  • Mobile
Dragon Quest III (NES) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Revealing swimsuit* Defense +1
Clothes Defense +4
Wayfarer's clothes Defense +8
Leather armor Defense +12
Animal suit Defense +15
Shell armor Defense +16
Chain mail Defense +20
Cloak of evasion Defense +20
Half plate armor Defense +25
Full plate armor Defense +32
Magic armor Defense +40
Magic bikini* Defense +40
Dragon mail Defense +45
Armor of Terrafirma Defense +50
Swordedge armor Defense +55
Armor of Hades Defense +65
Armor of Radiance Defense +75
Dragon Quest III (SNES) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Revealing swimsuit* Defense +1
Clothes Defense +4
Traveler clothes Defense +8
Leather armor Defense +12
Leather dress* Defense +15
Shell armor Defense +16
Chain mail Defense +20
Silk robe* Defense +20
Cloak of evasion Defense +23
Leather kilt Defense +24
Iron armor Defense +25
Magical skirt* Defense +25
Mystery bolero Defense +30
Steel armor Defense +32
Plush suit Defense +35
Magic armor Defense +40
Dragon mail Defense +45
Terra armor Defense +50
Blade armor Defense +55
Devil's armor Defense +65
Magic bikini* Defense +65
Light armor Defense +82
Sacred bikini* Defense +88
Light dress* Defense +90
Dragon Quest III (GBC) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Tight swimsuit* Defense +1
Clothes Defense +4
Traveler clothes Defense +8
Leather armor Defense +12
Leather dress* Defense +15
Shell armor Defense +16
Chain mail Defense +20
Silk robe* Defense +20
Evade cloak Defense +23
Kilt Defense +24
Iron armor Defense +25
Skirt* Defense +25
Bolero Defense +30
Steel armor Defense +32
Plush suit Defense +35
Magic armor Defense +40
Dragon mail Defense +45
Terra armor Defense +50
Blade armor Defense +55
Devil armor Defense +65
Magic bikini* Defense +65
Light armor Defense +82
Sacred bikini* Defense +88
Light dress* Defense +90
Dragon Quest III (Mobile) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Revealing swimsuit* Defense +1
Plain clothes Defense +4
Wayfarer's clothes Defense +8
Leather armour Defense +12
Leather dress* Defense +15
Shell armour Defense +16
Chain mail Defense +20
Silk robe* Defense +20
Cloak of evasion Defense +23
Leather kilt Defense +25
Iron armour Defense +25
Magical skirt* Defense +25
Glombolero Defense +30
Full plate armour Defense +32
Cat suit Defense +35
Magic armour Defense +40
Dragon mail Defense +45
Earthenwear Defense +50
Spiked armour Defense +55
Hate mail Defense +65
Magic bikini* Defense +65
Auroral armour Defense +82
Blessed bikini* Defense +88
Shimmering dress* Defense +90
  • Female hero only.

Shields[edit]

  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
  • Mobile
Dragon Quest III (NES) 
Shields Modifier(s)
Leather shield Defense +4
Bronze shield Defense +7
Iron shield Defense +12
Silver shield Defense +30
Shield of Sorrow Defense +35
Shield of Strength Defense +40
Shield of Heroes Defense +50
Dragon Quest III (SNES) 
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
Dragon shield Defense +32
Expel shield Defense +35
Silver shield Defense +40
Sorrow shield Defense +42
Heal shield Defense +50
Ogre shield Defense +60
Hero shield Defense +65
Dragon Quest III (GBC) 
Shields Modifier(s)
PotLid Defense +2
Leather shield Defense +4
Bronze shield Defense +7
Scale shield Defense +12
Iron shield Defense +20
Magic shield Defense +25
Dragon shield Defense +32
Expel shield Defense +35
Silver shield Defense +40
Sorrow shield Defense +42
Heal shield Defense +50
Ogre shield Defense +60
Hero shield Defense +65
Dragon Quest III (Mobile) 
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
Dragon shield Defense +32
Tempest shield Defense +35
Silver shield Defense +40
Shield of shame Defense +42
Shield of Strength Defense +50
Ogre shield Defense +60
Hero's shield Defense +65

Helmets[edit]

  • NES
  • SNES
  • GBC
  • Mobile
Dragon Quest III (NES) 
Helmets Modifier(s)
Leather helmet Defense +2
Golden crown Defense +6
Iron helmet Defense +16
Iron mask Defense +25
Unlucky helmet Defense +35
Noh mask Defense +255
Dragon Quest III (SNES) 
Helmets Modifier(s)
Leather hat Defense +2
Wooden helmet Defense +6
Golden crown Defense +6
Fur hood* Defense +10
Iron helmet Defense +16
Silver barrette* Defense +20
Iron mask Defense +25
Ortega's helmet Defense +30
Misery helmet Defense +35
Mythril helmet Defense +38
Great helm Defense +45
All-knowing mask Defense +255
Dragon Quest III (GBC) 
Helmets Modifier(s)
Leather hat Defense +2
Wooden helmet Defense +6
Crown Defense +6
Fur hat* Defense +10
Iron helmet Defense +16
Silver tiara* Defense +20
IronMask Defense +25
Ortega helmet Defense +30
Misery helmet Defense +35
Mythril helmet Defense +38
Great helm Defense +45
NohMask Defense +255
Dragon Quest III (Mobile) 
Helmets Modifier(s)
Leather hat Defense +2
Hardwood headwear Defense +6
King's crown Defense +6
Fur hood* Defense +10
Iron helmet Defense +16
Silver tiara* Defense +20
Iron mask Defense +25
Ortega's helmet Defense +30
Hapless helm Defense +35
Mythril helm Defense +38
Great helm Defense +45
Noh Mask Defense +255
  • Female hero only.

Spells[edit]

The Hero is capable of learning a balanced mix of magic from both the Priest and Mage's pools, as well as some that are unique to them, such as Kaclang and Zap.

Level Learned Original Japanese GBC Localization Modern Localization MP Description
2 メラ Mera Blaze Frizz 2 A simple fire spell; affects one enemy.
4 ホイミ Hoimi Heal Heal 3 A simple healing spell.
6 ニフラム Nifuramu Expel Poof 2 Blows away weak enemies.
8 ルーラ Ruura Return Zoom 8 Instantaneous travel to a previously visited location.
10 ギラ Gira Firebal Sizz 4 A weak fire spell that affects a group of enemies.
12 アストロン Asutoron Ironize Kaclang 6 Makes the hero immune to all enemy attacks for a short period of time.
14 リレミト Riremito Outside Evac 8 Exit a cave with this spell.
17 ラリホー Rarihoo Sleep Snooze 3 May put a group of enemies to sleep.
19 マホトーン Mahotoon StopSpell Fizzle 3 Try to block the enemies' spell.
19 トヘロス Toherosu Repel Holy Protection 4 Causes weak enemies to leave you alone.
24 ベギラマ Begirama Firebane Sizzle 6 This fire spell affects a group of enemies.
26 ライデイン Raidein Zap Zap 8 Affects one enemy; the first lightning type spell.
29 ベホイミ Behoimi Healmore Midheal 5 A stronger form of Heal.
31 イオラ Iora Boom Boom 9 Damages all targets with a powerful explosion.
33 ベホマ Behoma Healall Fullheal 7 Restores an ally to full health.
35 ザオラル Zaoraru Vivify Zing 10 50% chance to revive a deceased party member.
38 ベホマズン Behomazun Healusall Omniheal 62 Restores the party to full health.
41 ギガデイン Gigadein Thordain Kazap 30 Causes around 200 points of electrical damage to all enemies.

Items Bearing the Name Erdrick[edit]

In the Nintendo Entertainment System versions of Dragon Quest, several items that once belonged to the hero have Erdrick in their names.

Erdrick’s sword[edit]

Main article: Erdrick's sword
This is the most powerful sword in Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. Other names for this sword include Sword of Erdrick (Dragon Quest II) and Sword of Kings (Dragon Quest III).

Erdrick’s Armour[edit]

The most powerful armour in Dragon Quest, which protects against the hit point damage from poison swamps and barriers. It is also known as Armour of Erdrick in Dragon Quest II and as Auroral Armour in Dragon Quest III.

The Shield of Erdrick[edit]

The Hero's Shield was discovered in the Nail Mark. This is the name found in Dragon Quest II. It is called the Shield of Erdrick only in Dragon Quest III, as it does not exist in Dragon Quest.

The Helmet of Erdrick[edit]

This item exists only in Dragon Quest II, as there is no specific helm referred to as such in Dragon Quest III. In the remakes the player can acquire Ortega's helmet, which bears a distinct similarity to Erdrick's helmet from II.

Erdrick’s Emblem[edit]

An object which proves the hero's lineage in Dragon Quest, which is found in a swamp south of Cantlin. In III, the emblem is referred to as the Sacred amulet.

Erdrick's Tablet[edit]

A message written in stone by Erdrick in Dragon Quest III and left for the hero in Dragon Quest. It gives instructions on what items are needed to reach the Isle of Dragons, which is the location of Charlock Castle. The tablet is found in a cave called Erdrick's Cave.

Other References to Erdrick[edit]

  • In the opening scene of Dragon Quest V, the protagonist's father, Pankraz, suggests the name "Madason" for his son. His wife, Madalena, disagrees, and suggests the name which the player entered. If the player already entered the name "Madason", Pankraz will suggest "Erdrick" instead.
  • In the US translation of Dragon Quest VI (Nintendo DS Version), an NPC in Gallows Moor goes by the name of Erdrick.
  • In Dragon Quest IX the set of legendary armaments are referred to as Erdrick's, and not Loto's, reversing the localization change from the Game Boy Color remake of Dragon Quest III.
  • In the original Final Fantasy, a role-playing game produced by Square, there is a grave for Erdrick (in the remakes, and the original Japanese version of Final Fantasy, the name is Link).
  • Erdrick's sword is wielded by a mark in Final Fantasy XII. It is referred to as the "Wyrmhero Blade" (In the Japanese version, it's called the Tolo Sword).
  • The manga series Gintama has a parody of Dragon Quest which starts Leukocyte King, a character based on Edrick.

Other Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

In this game, it is possible to replicate Erdrick's outfit by receiving pieces from defeating either Baramos or Zoma, who appear as Legacy Bosses in the game. An accolade is conferred to the player after wearing all of the pieces of Erdrick's outfit.

Gallery[edit]

Videos[edit]

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