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The Gnuriel is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.

It is a mighty wildebeest monster that hails from the underworld.


Gnuriels are enormous beasts with tough grey hides that tower over their enemies. They have tiny solid red eyes, a golden pair of curved horns on their heads, and spikes all over their heads and running down their backs. With their enormous hooves, they attempt to crush adventurers underfoot and the magic beasts will also attempt to slay entire parties with their dreaded Thwack spell. When the Gnuriels returned years later in X, their hides became more of a greyish shade of purple.


Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

Gnuriel (デスゴーゴン Desugōgon) DQVII Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Deathgon DQVII PSX.gif 700 70 300 90
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
110 750 (PS1)
1,125 (3DS)
162 (PS1)
243 (3DS)
Bestiary No. #251
Spell(s) Thwack
Hocus Pocus*
Skill(s) Stomps with its giant foot (125% damage)
Location(s) Cave to Yet Another World 1-3F
Item(s) Dropped Beast claws1128
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance *
164 0% 0% 0%
Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance *
0% 0% 50% 100%
Poof Resistance * Poison Resistance * Burning Breath Resistance Fuddle Resistance *
100% 50% 90% 50%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance * Ban Dance Resistance
50% 100% 50% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
15% 15% 15%
3DS version changes
Loses the ability to cast Hocus Pocus.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Gnuriels were one of the toughest monsters that appeared in Version 1.0 of the game, possessing over 5,000 HP. In this game, it has the ability to unleash a Total War Cry and can breathe out both Dark Breath and Cursed Mist.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Marvelous Mysterious Key[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Gnuriel (デスゴーゴン Desugōgon) DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Gnuriel DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 beast family icon.png 1,360 280
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
610 640 460 400
Bestiary No. #275
Rank A
In-game description Elephantine beasts with bovine horns. Their scarlet eyes strike fear into any beholder, rooting them to the spot
Talents Musclehead (lv. 1)
Guaranteed traits Deadly Touch (lv. 1)
Ultra Crafty Whacker (lv. 20)
Rando-Buff (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Tactical Trooper (lv. 1)
Uber Slimesbane (lv. 1)
Collective Punishment (lv. 60)
Habitat This monster has no natural habitat
Items N/A
Synthesis chart Gnumesis DQM3 portrait.png X Grotwyrm DQM3 portrait.png
Notable synthesis
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
50% 25% 50% 0%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
0% -25% 0% 0%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
50% 25% 0% 0%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
50% -25% 50% 0%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
50% 0%
Instant Death Resistance *

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]


  • The beast's English name is a combination of Gnu, an alternate name for the common wildebeest, and Uriel, one of the seven Archangels in Christianity. This angelic reference is shared by its pallet-swap cousins, the gnucifers.
  • The gnuriel's original name in Japanese, Death Gorgon (デスゴーゴン), references the Gorgons of Greek mythology. The most famous of which are the three sisters Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale, who were women described with venomous snakes in the place of hair and possessed the ability to turn those who beheld them into stone with their horrifying visages. The gnuriel's bestiary description in X references the myth by stating that anyone who bites into their meat is cursed with petrification.

Similar species[edit]