Grim rider

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The grim rider is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series.


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[edit]

Grim rider 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)
Item Dropped Iron lance(164)
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Bang Resistance *
064 100% 75% 0%
Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance * Whack Resistance *
100% 0% 25% 100%
Kamikazee Bracer Resistance Poof Resistance Snooze Resistance Fuddle Resistance
0% 75% 100% 0%
Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Drain Magic Resistance Sap Resistance *
0% 75% 75% 75%
Remakes (PSX, DS, Mobile)
Sprites Notable Changes
Grim rider ds.png None

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Grim rider 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)
Sprite 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 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


Related Enemies[edit]

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