Hero (Dragon Quest III)

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Dragon Quest series character
Dragon Quest III


Sprite Dq3hero-sprite-NES.gif
Japanese Name 勇者
Rōmaji Yuusha
Race Human
Age 16
Family Ortega (father)
Warning: Spoilers
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Hero (Dragon Quest) (descendant)
Prince of Midenhall (descendant)
Prince of Cannock (descendant)
Princess of Moonbrooke (descendant)
Voice Actor Hikaru Midorikawa (CD Theater)
Nobuyuki Hiyama (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

The Hero of Dragon Quest III is a fabled, legendary hero from the days of lore and the ancient history of Alefgard. Though only appearing in one game, the legacy of the hero would live on in the "Erdrick Trilogy", so named for the title bestowed upon them and carried forth by their descendants.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Hero of Dragon Quest III has been given the default name Arusu in order to differentiate him from the other three Heroes appearing in the game.


In III the hero, who may be either male or female, departs from their home Aliahan on their sixteenth birthday in order to follow in the footsteps of their brave father Ortega to defeat the archfiend Baramos. After defeating Baramos, the hero returns victorious to Aliahan only to be confronted by a new nemesis, Zoma. Taking up a new quest to defeat Zoma, the hero travels through the Great Pit of Giaga to Alefgard, which is sealed in darkness.


Although the hero can be either male or female, their appearances are practically identical. They are of average height and build, and they have incredibly spiky, dark brown hair. The heroine is slightly shorter than her male counterpart, her hair sticks up less, and she wears a pair of green earrings. Around their forehead is a silver circlet inlaid with a green gem. They wear a long blue tunic over a yellow long-sleeved shirt and pants, a pair of knee-length leather boots, leather gloves, and a long purple cloak around their necks. They wear a brown leather belt around their waist, and a scabbard strapped to their back.

The hero wields a simple sword and a grey heater shield with an insignia of a dragon's head and two crossed swords on the front. The hero's outfit is slightly different in the Famicom illustrations, having a gold circlet with a blue gem around their forehead, and a dark blue cloak around their neck. They are seen carrying a cutlass and a round version of Erdrick's shield. There were also no illustrations of the female Erdrick until the Super Famicom remake: in certain illustrations, the female Erdrick's outfit is more feminized, making her blue tunic a strapless miniskirt, and giving her knee-length yellow stockings instead of pants, as well as elbow length yellow sleeves.


In Dragon Quest, Erdrick was the ancestor of the Hero. The hero follows in the footsteps of Erdrick to ultimately reach Charlock Castle and confront the Dragonlord.

In Dragon Quest II, the heroes are descendants of Erdrick, and also of the hero from Dragon Quest.

In Dragon Quest III, the origins of the hero are revealed; therefore, the chronological order of the first three games is III, I, II.

Base Stats[edit]

NES Version

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 15 446
MP 6 218
Strength 8 181
Agility 6 156
Resilience 7 244
Wisdom 6 126
Luck 5 157
Initial gear Cypress stick, Plain clothes

In all remakes of the game, the hero's attribute growth is determined by their Personality. At the start of the game, the hero is asked a series of questions by a mysterious voice in the sky, culminating in a short scene in order to see just what type of person the hero is. There are 32 different personalities that can be assigned at the beginning, but it is possible to change it with the help of various books or accessories that can be found. The hero is a true jack-of-all-trades in any case, being able to fulfill a variety of different roles in combat, such as being a powerful physical attacker or dedicated healer. The hero is not able to change classes like other characters in the game. In the original NES version of the game, the hero must always be in the party until completing the game. In the remakes, this restriction is removed after defeating Zoma.


The hero has access to a very wide range of both weapons, ranging from swords, spears, axes, as well as whips and boomerangs in the remakes. They are capable of being outfitted with the heaviest armour, shields, and helmets available. Erdrick is also the only character capable of using the legendary equipment, which will prove useful when fighting against Zoma. In the remake versions, the hero begins his journey equipped with a copper sword and wayfarer's clothes.

  • Weapons
  • Helmets
  • Armor
  • Shields
  • Accessories
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Cypress Stick Attack +2
Falcon Blade Attack +5
Oaken Club Attack +7
Copper Sword Attack +12
Divine Dagger Attack +14
Chain Sickle Attack +16
Thorn Whip Attack +18
Boomerang Attack +19
Edged Boomerang Attack +24
Iron Lance Attack +26
Steel Broadsword Attack +33
Iron Axe Attack +38
Spiked Steel Whip Attack +40
Flametang Boomerang Attack +42
Siren Sword Attack +50
Mountaincleaver Attack +51
Dragontail Whip Attack +54
Orochi's Sword Attack +65
Zombiesbane Attack +67
Dragonsbane Attack +79
Thunderbolt Blade Attack +82
Blizzard Blade Attack +90
Stormlord's Sword Attack +95
Bastard Sword Attack +105
Gringham Whip Attack +105
Sword of Ruin Attack +107
Double-Edged Sword Attack +115
Sword of Kings Attack +120
Destructiball Attack +135
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Helmet Modifier(s)
Leather Hat Defense +2
Hardwood Headwear Defense +6
King's Crown Defense +6
Fur Hood Defense +10
Iron Helmet Defense +16
Silver Tiara Defense +20
Iron Mask Defense +25
Ortega's Helm Defense +30
Hapless Helm Defense +35
Mythril Helm Defense +38
Great Helm Defense +45
Mask of Implacability Defense +255
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Armor Modifier(s)
Scandalous Swimsuit Defense+1
Plain Clothes Defense+4
Wayfarer's Clothes Defense+8
Leather Armour Defense+12
Leather Dress Defense+15
Shell Armour Defense+16
Chain Mail Defense+20
Silk Robe Defense+20
Cloak of Evasion Defense+23
Leather Kilt Defense+24
Iron Armour Defense+25
Magical Skirt Defense+25
Glombolero Defense+30
Full Plate Armour Defense+32
Cat Suit Defense+35
Magic Armour Defense+40
Dragon Mail Defense+45
Earthenwear Defense+50
Spiked Armour Defense+55
Magic Bikini Defense+65
Hate Mail Defense+65
Auroral Armour Defense+82
Blessed Bikini Defense+88
Shimmering Dress Defense+90
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Shields Modifier(s)
Pot Lid Defense+2
Leather Shield Defense+4
Bronze Shield Defense+7
Scale Shield Defense+12
Iron Shield Defense+20
Magic Shield Defense+25
Dragon Shield Defense+32
Tempest Shield Defense+35
Silver Shield Defense+40
Shield of Shame Defense+42
Power Shield Defense+50
Ogre Shield Defense+60
Hero's Shield Defense+65
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Accessories Modifier(s)
Strength Ring Strength+7
Tough Guy Tattoo Strength+8
Mighty Armlet Strength+15
Doh-Hican Defence+3
Garter Defence+3
Gold Rosary Defence+4
Leg Warmers Defence+5
Ten Ton Toupee Defence+15
Cower Ring Agility+7
Skull Ring Agility+10
Agility Ring Agility+`5
Mercury's Bandana Agility+30
Meteorite Bracer Agilityx2
Restless Heart Resilience+10
Gold Chain Resilience+10
Weightlifter's Belt Resilience+15
Recovery Ring Resilience+25
Care Ring Wisdom+15
Scholar's Specs Wisdom+15
Goddess Ring Wisdom+33
Bunny Tail Luck+8
Golden Tiara Luck+13
Hen's Tooth Luck+20
Sacred Amulet Luck+30
Elevating Shoes Luck+50
Slime Earrings
Ruby Wristband
  • ♥ denotes female only equipment.


The Hero is capable of learning a balanced mix of magic from both the Priest and Mage's pools, as well as some that are unique to them, such as Kaclang and Zap.

Level Learned Original Japanese GBC Localization Modern Localization MP Description
2 メラ Mera Blaze Frizz 2 A simple fire spell; affects one enemy.
4 ホイミ Hoimi Heal Heal 3 A simple healing spell.
6 ニフラム Nifuramu Expel Poof 2 Blows away weak enemies.
8 ルーラ Ruura Return Zoom 8 Instantaneous travel to a previously visited location.
10 ギラ Gira Firebal Sizz 4 A weak fire spell that affects a group of enemies.
12 アストロン Asutoron Ironize Kaclang 6 Makes the hero immune to all enemy attacks for a short period of time.
14 リレミト Riremito Outside Evac 8 Exit a cave with this spell.
17 ラリホー Rarihoo Sleep Snooze 3 May put a group of enemies to sleep.
19 マホトーン Mahotoon StopSpell Fizzle 3 Try to block the enemies' spell.
19 トヘロス Toherosu Repel Holy Protection 4 Causes weak enemies to leave you alone.
24 ベギラマ Begirama Firebane Sizzle 6 This fire spell affects a group of enemies.
26 ライデイン Raidein Zap Zap 8 Affects one enemy; the first lightning type spell.
29 ベホイミ Behoimi Healmore Midheal 5 A stronger form of Heal.
31 イオラ Iora Boom Boom 9 Damages all targets with a powerful explosion.
33 ベホマ Behoma Healall Fullheal 7 Restores an ally to full health.
35 ザオラル Zaoraru Vivify Zing 10 50% chance to revive a deceased party member.
38 ベホマズン Behomazun Healusall Omniheal 62 Restores the party to full health.
41 ギガデイン Gigadein Thordain Kazap 30 Causes around 200 points of electrical damage to all enemies.

Items Iconography[edit]

In the Nintendo Entertainment System versions of Dragon Quest, several items that once belonged to the hero have Erdrick in their names. See the Erdrick Equipment article for more detail.

Erdrick’s sword[edit]

This is the most powerful sword in Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III. Other names for this sword include Sword of Erdrick (Dragon Quest II) and Sword of Kings (Dragon Quest III).

Erdrick’s Armour[edit]

The most powerful armour in Dragon Quest, which protects against the hit point damage from poison swamps and barriers. It is also known as Armour of Erdrick in Dragon Quest II and as Auroral Armour in Dragon Quest III.

The Shield of Erdrick[edit]

The Hero's Shield was discovered in the Nail Mark. This is the name found in Dragon Quest II. It is called the Shield of Erdrick only in Dragon Quest III, as it does not exist in Dragon Quest.

The Helmet of Erdrick[edit]

This item exists only in Dragon Quest II, as there is no specific helm referred to as such in Dragon Quest III. In the remakes the player can acquire Ortega's helmet, which bears a distinct similarity to Erdrick's helmet from II.

Erdrick’s Emblem[edit]

An object which proves the hero's lineage in Dragon Quest, which is found in a swamp south of Cantlin. In III, the emblem is referred to as the Sacred amulet.

Erdrick's Tablet[edit]

A message written in stone by Erdrick in Dragon Quest III and left for the hero in Dragon Quest. It gives instructions on what items are needed to reach the Isle of Dragons, which is the location of Charlock Castle. The tablet is found in a cave called Erdrick's Cave.

Other Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

In this game, it is possible to replicate the hero's outfit by receiving pieces from defeating either Baramos or Zoma, who appear as Legacy Bosses in the game. An accolade is conferred to the player after wearing all of the pieces of this outfit.

Dragon Quest XI[edit]

In this game’s true ending after Serenica is shown to reunite with Erdwin, the beginning of Dragon Quest III is shown, with III's hero appearing at the end to be awoken by their mother before setting off for Aliahan castle.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

III's hero appears as a costume for the Hero, along with the Heroes of XI, IV, and VIII. While playing as the Hero in Classic Mode, he appears as the opponent of Stage 6, set on the third version of the Castle Seige stage.


  • The manga series Gintama has a parody of Dragon Quest which stars Leukocyte King, a character based on III's hero.
  • As this is the first game in the mainline, numbered Dragon Quest series to allow players to determine the Hero's gender, the female version of Dragon Quest IIIs Hero is the first female main protagonist in that series.
  • The Hero shares his voice actor in the audio drama with Android 16 from Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball series. He also shares his voice with Marth from the Fire Emblem and Super Smash Bros. series.
    • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he shares his voice with Barry Kahn from Dragon Ball Super as well as Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai also noted that his performance may be recognized as Guy Shishioh from The King of Braves GaoGaiGar.



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