Hero (Dragon Quest III)
|Dragon Quest series character|
|Dragon Quest III|
|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.
- 1 Background
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Lineage
- 4 Base Stats
- 5 Equipment
- 6 Spells
- 7 Items Iconography
- 8 Other Appearances
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Videos
- 12 References
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 III, the origins of the hero are revealed; therefore, the chronological order of the first three games is III, I, II.
|Attribute||Starting Stats||Maximum Stats|
|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.
|Dragon Quest III (All)|
|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|
|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|
|Dragontail Whip||Attack +54|
|Orochi's Sword||Attack +65|
|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|
|Dragon Quest III (All)|
|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)|
|Cloak of Evasion||Defense+23|
|Full Plate Armour||Defense+32|
|Dragon Quest III (All)|
|Shield of Shame||Defense+42|
|Dragon Quest III (All)|
|Tough Guy Tattoo||Strength+8|
|Ten Ton Toupee||Defence+15|
- ♥ denotes female only equipment.
|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.|
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
The Helmet of Erdrick
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 GaoGaiGa.
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