Ethereal serpent

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The Ethereal serpent is a golden Asian dragon, the first of its kind to appear in the series. Lacking the gracious wisdom of real life Lung, there isn't much to distinguish it from its European styled contemporaries aside from its slender body and perpetual levitation. In other words, keep looking if you expect your wish to be granted.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest III[edit]

Ethereal serpent DQ3-SNES-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (NES)
Sprite Level HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
Skydragon DQIII NES.gif 25 80 0 800 180 80 60 40
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Flame Breath
Location(s) Tower of Transcendence
Item Dropped Seed of Life164
Evasion Fire Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance *
064 100% 0% 0% 0%
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance Poof Resistance Dazzle Resistance Snooze Resistance
25% 0% 0% 25% 70%
Drain Magic Resistance Fizzle Resistance Fuddle Resistance Sap Resistance * Deceleratle Resistance *
100% 100% 70% 25% 0%
Remakes (SNES, GBC, Mobile)
Sprites Notable Changes
Etherealserpent3snes.png None


The ethereal serpent originates in this game, and can be fought at the Tower of Transcendence, as well as on the overworld map between Mur and Jipang and in the dense forest continent where Erdrick might find an Yggdrasil Leaf. Later on, variants of the dragon are encountered, including the divine dragon, Xenlon.

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

The ethereal serpent, translated in GBC releases ask SkyDragon, is a teleportal boss enemy of the Dragon family at the bottom of the Gate of Wisdom. The ethereal serpent's boss floor design is a reference to the Tower of Transcendence and the Fifer's Spire, two dungeons in the Dragon Quest III that utilize tight-rope puzzles like the later Gate of Wisdom. Of note, the first location where ethereal serpents can fought in that game is at the Tower of Transcendence. Ethereal serpents can be synthesized by breeding a member of the Dragon family with a firebird. Of note, the ethereal serpent is necessary for synthesizing it's more powerful color variant, Xenlon.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

The ethereal serpent is a monster recruitable in the game. Ethereal serpents can be synthesized by breeding a member of the Dragon family with a firebird.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

The ethereal serpent is a Rank B monster in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2. It takes up two monster spaces in battle. It can be synthesized by mixing a hacksaurus with a jum.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional[edit]

As a revision of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, the ethereal serpent plays the same role it had in the earlier version of the game.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D[edit]

As a remake of the original Dragon Quest Monsters game, the ethereal serpent plays the same role in this title it did on the Game Boy Color – as the boss of the Gate of Wisdom.

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Related monsters[edit]

Boreal serpent[edit]

The boreal serpent is a stronger, blizzard-spewing recolor of the ethereal dragon encountered earlier in the game. Boreal serpents can be found on the icy overworld continent of Leiamland as well as in the overworld approach to Baramos' Lair and within the Palace of Baramos.

Dragon Quest III[edit]

Boreal serpent DQ3-SNES-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (NES)
Sprite Level HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
Snowdragon DQIII NES.gif 25 110 0 440 90 93 60 50
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Cool Breath
Chilly Breath
Location(s)
Item Dropped Seed of Life1128
Evasion Fire Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance *
116 0% 100% 0% 0%
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance Poof Resistance Dazzle Resistance Snooze Resistance
70% 0% 100% 25% 25%
Drain Magic Resistance Fizzle Resistance Fuddle Resistance Sap Resistance * Deceleratle Resistance *
100% 100% 25% 25% 25%
Remakes (SNES, GBC, Mobile)
Sprites Notable Changes
Borealserpent3snes.png None


Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

The boreal serpent is a Rank E monster in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2. One can be synthesized by mixing a wild slime and a great sabrecub.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional[edit]

As a revision of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, the boreal serpent plays the same role it had in the earlier version of the game.

Infernal serpent[edit]

The infernal serpent (formerly salamander) is a purple recolor of the ethereal serpent encountered in the first world of the game. Infernal serpents predictably spew bursts of fire.

Infernal serpent DQ3-SNES-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (NES)
Sprite Level HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
Salamander DQIII NES.gif 42 200 0 6000 150 150 59 70
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Inferno
Location(s) East of Tantegel Castle
Item Dropped Seed of Strength1128
Evasion Fire Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance *
064 70% 0% 0% 0%
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance Poof Resistance Dazzle Resistance Snooze Resistance
70% 0% 100% 25% 70%
Drain Magic Resistance Fizzle Resistance Fuddle Resistance Sap Resistance * Deceleratle Resistance *
100% 100% 70% 25% 25%
Remakes (SNES, GBC, Mobile)
Sprites Notable Changes
Infernalserpent3snes.png None


Etymology[edit]

  • Ethereal describes an object of being that is otherworldly, and often times appears delicate.
  • Boreal is a term that describes the Sub-arctic regions the world over.
  • Infernal describes hellish or insufferably bad conditions and temperament.

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