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. As such, it is quite vulnerable to holy attacks. 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]

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
236 9 304 72 184 110 98
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 * Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance * Zap Resistance *
064 30% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Flame * Ice * Stone/Strike Resistance * Troop Resistance * Death Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Shock Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 15% 50% 50%
Sleep * Confusion * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Dance Sealing Resistance Sap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance Deceleratle Resistance *
100% 50% 50% 100% 15% 50% ?
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Sprite Notable Changes

Other appearences[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

The Grim Rider can be synthesized by fusing a Demonrider (which can be found in Xeroph Isle) and a Restless Armour (which can be found in Celeste Isle).

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

In DQM:J2, a grim rider can be made by synthesizing a demonrider and a bona constrictor. It is a Rank B monster.

Related Enemies[edit]