|Dragon Quest monster|
Artwork by Akira Toriyama
ダークポックル (X onwards)
Dākupokkuru (X onwards)
|First appearance||Dragon Quest VI|
Grim grinners are diminutive goblin-like creatures with brown or orange skin, armed with short swords and a buckler displaying a hideous visage grinning with sharp fangs, giving the monster its name. The only clothing they wear are simple kilts made of sackcloth. The grinners are much better at defending themselves and their allies with their bucklers than their brethren, with a much sharper sword for slicing. When the monsters reappeared in IX, they had orange skin rather than their regular brown.
There is a grim grinner guarding a lost ring at the bottom of the well in Somnia. He speaks in a similar way to the Gollum character from the Lord of the Rings books and series of films, comically referring to 'his precious', complete with long lisps.
|##139 - Grim grinner|
|Dropped Item||Cautery sword1⁄64|
|Game||Dragon Quest IX|
|Description||Hellish, ice-breathing gnomes that wield a mean shield, and supplement their defence with Defending Champion.|
They come from families of long standing in the world of shield collecting, and have stacks of spares.
Grim grinners debuted in Version 1.0 of the game, appearing in groups of 1 to 3 and possessing high attack power, defending themselves with Immense Defence. They will attack with Freezing Blizzard, as well as C-c-cold Breath if they become enraged. Starting with Version 6.1 of the game, the monster's Japanese name was changed to coincide with their appearance in Tact.
Known as Dark Paul in this game, it appears as a B-rank monster of the Demon family as part of the limited Dragon Quest IX event. It can be recruited from the Summoner of Demons stage of "Wishes Come True" at any difficulty and can participate in Stella's Battle Road as a party member.
The grim grinner's original Japanese name, Dark Hobbit (ダークホビット, Dākuhobitto) is a reference to the fictional race of Hobbits from the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Hobbits are small creatures with appearances similar to humans who live barefooted due to having tough leathery souls and hairy feet. In Version 6.1 of X and Tact, the monster's name was changed to Dark Pokkur (ダークポックル, Dākupokkuru), referencing the Korpokkur, a race of diminutive beings from the folklore of the Ainu people of Japan. Korpokkurs, also known as koropokkurus, were believed to live in the Ainu's land before they did. They are short of stature, agile, skilled at fishing, and live in underground homes with roofs made of butterbur leaves.
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