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"All I bring is misfortune. It's my curse... A curse I plan to use against those who do evil! That's why I'm here, why I joined your party. And so when I see him again, Avan will have one less reason to scold me for all that I've done."

—Hyunckel to Popp

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
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Japanese name ヒュンケル
Romaji Hyunkeru
Title Dark Swordsman
Dark Commander
Disciple of Avan
Class Warrior (A Hero's Bonds)
Race Human
Age 21
Family Bartos (adoptive father)
Voice actor Hideyuki Hori (1991 series)
Yuki Kaji (Japanese, 2020 series)
Vincent Tong (English, 2020 series)

Hyunckel is a major character in Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai. A young man that was raised by monsters, he mistakenly believes that the hero Avan killed his adoptive father and joins the Dark Army as the leader of the Undead Legion. After battling with Dai, Hyunckel finds out the truth and decides to join him and his companions.


Hyunckel is a young man with light skin and an athletic, muscular build with shaggy white hair. As the leader of the Undead Legion, he wore a simple outfit of black form-fitting clothing, a light beige kilt and leather boots, cloth wraps around his hands, and a long white cloak that covers most of his body. His Dark Armour, granted to him by the Demon King Vearn, is silver and maroon-colored with spiked pauldrons and the design of a skeletal visage on the front of his breastplate and faulds. He is able to summon it instantaneously from his Dark Armour Blade with the incantation, "Amdo", unraveling itself from the sword's scabbard. The sword converts itself into his helmet, which only reveals his eyes and features the two arrows from its crossguard that point outwards and a long metallic plume. The armor is said to be powerful enough to deflect any and all attack magic.

As one of the Disciples of Avan, Hyunckel wears a sleeveless purple tunic and trousers, white leather boots with grey straps, and the same long white cloak as before.


The armies of the Dark Lord Hadlar razed many towns and villages. Hyunckel was found as a baby in one of the villages that was attacked by the Dark Armies and was raised by General Bartos as his adoptive son. Bartos was only allowed to do so since he was the strongest knight in the Dark Lord's army. He named the boy Hyunckel after a legendary swordsman who once ruled the Demon World. The boy was raised to be kindhearted by Bartos and he treated the other monsters as his family. Eventually, the hero Avan defeated Hadlar, causing the death of his adoptive father and many other monsters. Avan comes across the young man and decides to take him as the first of his Disciples, believing that he was a boy that had been kidnapped by the monsters. However, unbeknownst to him, Hyunckel was biding his time to seek revenge on Avan for his father's death.

Other Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest of the Stars[edit]

Hyunckel appears as a boss in his Dark Armour form in the Japanese version of the game. The player can acquire pieces of equipment in order to dress like him.

Dragon Quest Walk[edit]

Hyunckel appears as a boss in Chapter 5 of The Adventure of Dai event held in the game in December 2020, as well as a powerful enemy version after clearing Chapter 5, Episode 4. He attacks using skills such as Multislash and Falcon Slash and dons his Dark Armour once his HP drops below 70%. The player can also acquire both Hyunckel's Dark Armour Blade and his Dark Armour in order to dress like him.

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Hyunckel appears as a S-rank member of the Hero family as part of the limited The Adventure of Dai event on his own banner alongside Popp. He appears as a boss in the Dark Swordsman Hyunckel and All Out Battle! Dark Commander Hadlar stages and he can participate in Maam's Battle Road as a party member. Hyunckel also appears as a guest in various levels of the events, becoming stronger as the player collects Hyunckel Friendship Stones.

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Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Hero.png
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
130 1,090 442 2
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
561 418 417 227 60
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Earth Slash Dark Puppetry Aura Hand* Bloody Scryde*
Coup de Grâce: Farewell Bloody Scryde*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Immortal / Stats Up All Element Res +5 / Stats Up Physical Potency +5% / Stats Up
Immortal Chance +10%
Fourth Fifth
All Element Res +5 / Stats Up Physical Potency +5% / Stats Up
Immortal Chance +10%
Leader Perks
Raises Zam-type physical potency of allies, including himself, by 20% in a 5x5 square around him.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Dark Armour Blade: Halves all element Res except Zap-type Res. Max HP +30
ATK +15
Bloody Scryde Potency +2%
Farewell Bloody Scryde Potency +2%
Perk Details
Immortal: Occasionally preserves HP at 1 before HP hits 0.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Half Res Half Res Half Res Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Half Res Very Weak Half Res Normal
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Normal Normal Normal Super Weak
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Immune Half Res Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Super Weak Normal Half Res

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds[edit]

See the full article Hyunckel (A Hero's Bonds).

Hyunckel appears both as a boss and a playable character in the game. He is a Warrior and depending on which version of him is selected, he will either wield swords or spears. Hyunckel will join the party in his Dark Armour Blade form after completing Episode 13 - Avan's Avengers of Bonding Journey. Other versions of him can be unlocked via timed events or by exchanging Seer Candles at Merle's shop.