Grim rider

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The grim rider is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest IV. It is an aristocratic skeletal lancer mounted on top of a feral steed.


The Grim rider is a skeleton on horseback, wielding a lance and shield. The skeleton has the appearance of a fop, wearing a powdered wig on its head, topped by a wide-brimmed black hat with a white feather in it. It wears a fancy green cloak, salmon-colored bracers and boots, white leggings, and black gloves. Its mad steed is murky brown with a purple mane and tail.


Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

Grim rider (ボーンナイト Bōn naito)DQIV Logo.png
Original (NES)
Sprite HP MP Attack
Grimrider DQIV NES.gif 180 8 110
Defense Agility Experience Gold
65 40 216 82
Bestiary No. #093
Spell(s) Midheal
Skill(s) Call for help. (Skeleton soldier)
Location(s) Strathbaile region (Chapters 5 & 6)
Femiscyra region (Chapters 5 & 6)
Cascade Cave region (Chapters 5 & 6)
Item Dropped Iron lance(164)
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Bang Resistance *
064 100% 75% 0%
Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
100% 0% 25% 75%
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Bracer Resistance Poof Resistance Fuddle Resistance
100% 0% 75% 0%
Snooze Resistance Dazzle Resistance Sap Resistance * Fizzle Resistance
100% 0% 75% 75%
Remakes (PSX, DS, Mobile)
Sprites Notable Changes
Grim rider ds.png None

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

Grim rider (ボーンナイト Bōn naito)DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Attack
DQVIII PS2 Grim rider.png 236 9 184
Defense Agility Experience Gold
110 98 304 72
Bestiary no. #186
Family Undead
In-game description They may not look it, but the grim riders' donkeys are monsters in their own right. They are utterly dedicated to their riders.
Spell(s) Midheal
Skill(s) Multithrust
Location(s) Isolated Plateau
Item(s) dropped Holy lance164
Magical hat1256
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance *
064 30% 0% 0%
Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Ice breath
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
0% 0% 0% 50%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
100% 15% 50% 50%
Snooze resistance * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance
100% 50% 50% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
50% 15% 0%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Notable Changes

Other appearences[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Grim rider
Family Undead
Rank B
Description Knights who are slain astride their beloved steeds sometimes ride on into undeath.
Weapons Swords, Spears, Axes, Staves
Traits Counterstriker
Resistances Vulnerable to Zap, Sleepproof
Skill Assassin
Location -
Breeding chart Demonrider x Restless armour

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Grim rider
Family Undead
Rank B
Size S
Weapons Swords, Axes, Spears, Staves
Traits Counterstriker, Crafty Confuser
Resistances Vulnerable to Zap, Immune to Sleep
Skill Assassin
Location Bemusoleum (rain, night), Necropolis (night)
Breeding chart Demonrider x Bona constrictor

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Grim rider DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Grim rider DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 undead family icon.png 1,360 350
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
570 450 560 <400/big>
Bestiary No. #466
Rank D Rank
In-game description The terrifying thud of hooves announces the approach of these uncanny knights. They like to hold extravagant feasts after besting their foes, though where the food and drink actually goes is an eternal mystery
Talents Good Knight (lv. 1)
Agility Booster I (lv. 20)
Sleep Suppressor (lv. 40)
Guaranteed traits Tactical Trooper (lv. 1)
Ultra Crafty Confuser (lv. 20)
Confusing Touch (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Attacking Impulse (lv. 1)
Dodge Denier (lv. 1)
Personal Grudge (lv. 60)
Habitat Circle of Caprice - Middle Echelon (DQM3 spring icon.pngDQM3 summer icon.pngDQM3 autumn icon.pngDQM3 winter icon.png)
Items Panacea (Common)
Hermit's girdle (Rare)
Synthesis chart Antguzzler DQM3 portrait.png X Soulspawn DQM3 portrait.png
Notable synthesis
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
-25% 0% 0% 50%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
0% 50% 25% 0%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
50% 0% -25% 50%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
50% 0% 0% 0%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
0% 50%
Instant Death Resistance *

Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]

Grim rider (ボーンナイト Bōn naito)DQHII Logo.png
Model Experience Gold Marked Version?
Grim rider DQH2.png 900 163g Yes
List No. #055
Field Notes Cadaverous cavalrymen who ride around on demonic donkeys, impaling enemies with a needle-like lance. To keep their bones from becoming brittle, they make sure to drink as much milk as they can manage.
Location(s) Redrock Ravine
Item(s) Dropped Evencloth, Endure ring

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Grim rider appears as an A-rank monster of the Undead family as part of the limited Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland event alongside Diamond slime on its banner.

Grim rider (ボーンナイト Bōn naito)Tactlogo.png

DQT Grim Rider icon.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Zombie.png
DQTact Rank Icon A.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
120 865 260 4
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
530 260 428 151 35
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Tackle Focused Thrust* Curse Curtain*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Emergency Meditation/Stats Up Woosh Res +25/Stats Up Curse Curtain Potency +5%/Stats Up
Curse Success Rate +5%
Fourth Fifth
Zam Res +25/Stats Up Curse Curtain Potency +5%/Stats Up
Curse Success Rate +5%/ATK +10
Leader Perks
Lowers enemy DEF by 10% in a 5x5 square around it.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
ATK +10 AGL +15 Curse Curtain Potency +5%
Perk Details
Emergency Meditation: Triggers Meditation when HP drops to 50% or less, up to 1 times per battle.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Normal Very Weak Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Very Weak Normal Half Res Half Res
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Half Res Super Weak Normal Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Super Weak Normal Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Immune Normal Normal

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