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With snappy comebacks and spontaneous one-liners, the Jester is always popular. --Description in Dragon Quest VII.

The Gadabout (遊び人, Asobinin), also known as the Jester (笑わせ師 warawase shi), is a recurring vocation in the Dragon Quest series. Design wise, gadabouts were originally split between dressing as clowns for men and bunny girls for women, but with the reintroduction of the profession in X and the 3DS remake of VII this practice has since been retired in lieu of both sexes dressing as clowns.


Gadabouts march to the beat of their own drum, often ignoring any commands from the player for their own buffoonery that can have positive or negative impact on the party. The number of possible antics increases with their level or rank, depending on the game, with more extreme actions becoming available. Quite literally a joke character, the Gadabout is poor in nearly every attribute, save for their incredible luck in III and a small style boost in VI and VII.

In X, the gadabout is not as foppish as in past games and players can control their chaos by selecting when to goof off instead of at random. The effects are still unpredictable, however.

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

Gadabouts, originally localized as goof-offs, are pretty much useless on the battlefield, but do have a great amount of luck. This allows them to avoid the affects of debilitating spells more often than other characters. The trade-off for this is the fact that these clowns have minds of their own, and the player cannot always control their actions. The gadabout is the only class that can turn into a Sage at Alltrades Abbey without the Words of Wisdom, merely needing to reach level 20 to do so. Rather than take a gadabout from the beginning of the journey with this career advancement in mind, some players opt to instead turn an existing character in to a fop and level them up in the safety of their much stronger peers.


NES version

Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 11 240
MP 0 0
Strength 5 100
Agility 2 130
Resilience 6 131
Wisdom 2 184
Luck 8 255


  • Weapons
  • Helmets
  • Armor
  • Shields
  • Accessories
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Weapon Modifier(s)
Cypress Stick Attack +2
Bronze Knife Attack +8
Copper Sword Attack +12
Divine Dagger Attack +14
Wizard's Staff Attack +15
Chain Sickle Attack +16
Thorn Whip Attack +18
Boomerang Attack +19
Edged Boomerang Attack +24
Iron Lance Attack +26
Chain Whip Attack +27
Slapstick Attack +31
Iron Axe Attack +38
Spiked Steel Whip Attack +40
Flametang Boomerang Attack +42
Siren Sword Attack +50
Dragontail Whip Attack +54
Gringham Whip Attack +105
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Helmet Modifier(s)
Leather Hat Defense +2
King's Crown Defense +6
Hardwood Headwear Defense +6
Mad Cap Defense +8
Turban Defense +8
Fur Hood Defense +10
Bunny Ears Defense +15
Silver Tiara Defense +20
Top Hat Defense +20
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
Boxer Shorts Defense+10
Training Togs Defense+10
Tortoise Shell Defense+15
Leather Dress Defense+15
Silk Robe Defense+20
Cloak of Evasion Defense+23
Leather Kilt Defense+24
Magical Skirt Defense+25
Garish Garb Defense+28
Glombolero Defense+30
Cat Suit Defense+35
Party Dress Defense+40
Smart Suit Defense+42
Magic Bikini Defense+65
Dark Robe Defense+80
Blessed Bikini Defense+88
Shimmering Dress Defense+90
Dragon Quest III (All) 
Shields Modifier(s)
Pot Lid Defense+2
Leather Shield Defense+4
Scale Shield Defense+12
Magic Shield Defense+25
Tempest Shield Defense+35
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 ladies only.
  • ♂ denotes men only.

Clowning around[edit]

A gadabout will only follow the player's instructions 75% of the time, disobeying with a randomly selected action. Every few levels, a new action is added to the list:

  • Level 1 (1/5): struck a defensive pose (Defends), just gawked at the scene(Nothing), yell for help (Nothing), run (Nothing), fell and tripped (Nothing)
  • Level 3 (1/7): smiled serenely (Nothing), keeled over (Falls asleep)
  • Level 5 (1/8): juggle stones (4~8 damage to Gadabout or monster)
  • Level 7 (1/9): sing and dance gaily (Nothing)
  • Level 9 (1/10): flick disheveled hair(F)/put on tough guy act(M) (Nothing)
  • Level 11 (1/11): tap dance (Gadabout's evasion rises)
  • Level 13 (1/12): spin finger at monster (Confuses monster)
  • Level 15 (1/13): preen with mirror (F)/goose other party member(M) (Nothing)
  • Level 17 (1/15): keel over (Paralyzes Gadabout), cast some gibberish (Nothing)
  • Level 19 (1/16): pray for peace (Nothing)
  • Level 20 (1/17): become plagued by self doubt (Nothing)
  • Level 21 (1/18): make up a pun (Makes enemy laugh)
  • Level 23 (1/20): roll a die (Nothing), sing loudly (terrible voice - makes enemy flee, beautiful voice - makes enemy lose turn)
  • Level 25 (1/21): image lewd situations (Nothing)
  • Level 27 (1/22): sneeze (Makes everybody surprised)
  • Level 29 (1/24): start a word game (Nothing), gaze sexily at monster (Makes monster lose turn (F)/Nothing(M))
  • Level 31 (1/25): tell a story (Random party member can lose turn)
  • Level 33 (1/26): put on heels and hold a whip(F)/pull out a crown and wear it(M)(Makes a monster attack other monster or itself when alone/Gadabout attacks a monster)
  • Level 35 (1/28): sneak up behind other party member (Nothing), laugh maniacally (Make monsters flee)
  • Level 37 (1/29): cheer everyone up (Casts Deceleratle or Acceleratle on the party)
  • Level 39 (1/31): guzzle a bottle of ale (Gadabout won't move next turn), heckle a monster (Nothing)
  • Level 41 (1/32): toss up a boulder (12~14 damage to party member, or 30~32 to a monster)
  • Level 43 (1/33): puff-puff a monster (Makes a monster lose turn(F)/Deals 36~45 damage to a monster(M))
  • Level 45 (1/34): use a move on a monster (Poofchop, Poofmash; deals 35~42 damage to a monster)
  • Level 47 (1/35): do something illicit (Nothing)
  • Level 49 (1/36): lit some paper on fire (Casts Frizzle on a monster)
  • Level 50 (1/37): run out of things to do (Casts Multiheal on party)


Dragon Quest III (Remakes) 
Spell Level Learned
Whistle 13

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

Gadabout is one of the basic classes available. It is one of the prerequisites for the Luminary vocation, along with the Dancer.

Stat Changes[edit]

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 155
Strength -30%
Agility -30%
Resilience -40%
Wisdom -20%
Style +5%
Max HP -30%
Max MP -40%
Trait Sometimes skips a turn


Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Goof-off Lucky Dip 1 Varies Random effect 0
2 Partygoer Whistle 12 Self Summons monsters with a whistle. 0
3 Night Owl Tongue Lashing 25 One enemy A slobbery lick to make the enemy cower. 0
4 Freeloader Puff-Puff 45 One enemy If performed by a male, it damages the enemy. If performed by a female, it may prevent the enemy from attacking. 0
5 Muckraker Nap 67 Self Sleep for a spell to restore HP and MP. 0
6 Heartbreaker Tongue Bashing 82 One enemy A punishing lick to reduce the enemy's defence. 0
7 Moodmaker Follow Suit 118 Self Gives the enemy back a taste of its own medicine. 0
8 Super Player Hocus Pocus 155 Varies Take a chance with Lady Luck! Only she knows what will happen. 20

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

DQVII Jester class.png

Once again, Jester is one of the basic classes available. Mastering it is a prerequisite to unlock the Luminary vocation, along with Dancer and Troubadour. The Jester's attributes decline in all categories save for style which might be hard to deal with at first and the skills aren't worth using, but the vocation is required for a character to become a Luminary and then a Druid later on. When Ruff is this class, his wolf has a clown's red nose.

Stat Changes[edit]

Statistics Change
Battles to Master PS1: 133
3DS: 71
Strength -30%
Agility -30%
Resilience -40%
Wisdom -20%
Style +5%
Max HP -30%
Max MP -20%

PS1 Abilities[edit]

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Beginner Nothing 0
2 Novice Puff-Puff 7 One Enemy If performed by a male, it damages the enemy. If performed by a female, it may prevent the enemy from attacking. 0
3 Goof-Off Silliness 15 Self Caster avoids physical attacks for one turn 0
4 Buffoon Point Out 30 Self Counterattacks physical attacks for one turn 0
5 Stand-up One-Liner 58 One Group Tells a joke which may cause one enemy group to laugh, preventing them from attacking 0
6 Comedian Tongue Lashing 80 One Enemy Licks an enemy to cause shuddering, which may prevent an enemy from attacking 0
7 Joker Tongue Bashing 100 One Enemy Licks one enemy, lowering its defence to zero 0
8 Fool Rib-Tickler 133 One Enemy Tickle one enemy, which may prevent it from attacking 0

3DS Abilities[edit]

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Open Mic-Er Pratfall 1 User Dodge all damage for one turn. 0
2 Clown Sobering Slap 4 Self Turn an enemy attack back onto them. Doesn't seem to work. 0
3 Fall Guy Weird Leer 9 Does nothing 0
Puff-Puff One enemy If performed by a male, it damages the enemy. If performed by a female, it may prevent the enemy from attacking. 0
4 Gag Merchant One-Liner 16 One group User tells a joke, can make the enemy laugh and skip a turn. 0
5 Jobbing Comedian Tongue Lashing 24 One enemy Licks an enemy to cause shuddering, which may prevent an enemy from attacking 0
6 Bill-Topper Underpants Dance 34 One group May startle enemies, which make them skip a turn. 0
Tongue Bashing One enemy Licks one enemy, lowering its defence to zero. 0
7 Household Name Rib-Tickler 46 One enemy May make an enemy skip a turn. 0
8 Comic Genius Weird Whacker 71 One group Attempt to confuse enemies, also deals damage 0

Hybrid Abilities[edit]

Hybrid Learns Target Info MP
Bard Silly Song One Group Has a chance of making one group of enemies laugh, preventing them from attacking 0
Dancer Underpants Dance One Group Causes one group of enemies to laugh, preventing them from attacking 0
Martial Artist Follow Suit Self Returns any attack against the caster back to the enemy 0
Mage Fuddle One Group Causes confusion to one enemy group 5
Thief Weird Leer Self Does nothing 0
Warrior Confusion Attack One Enemy May confuse the enemy it hits 0

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Dragon Quest Walk[edit]

Gadabouts and Dancers as they appear in Walk.

Gadabouts, along with Dancers, were added to the game in a September 2020 update. It is available as a basic vocation to players and their weapons of choice are Staves, Spears, and Boomerangs. In battle, they have a chance to completely ignore to player's commands and do a random action. As a reference to their first appearance in Dragon Quest III, a gadabout that reaches level 55 is able to become a Sage and they gain some passive bonuses to their magic attributes. In order to become a Luminary, a character must have reached level 50 as a gadabout and dancer.

Notable Gadabouts[edit]

  • Selectable class in Dragon Quest III.
  • Torneko can be considered a fusion of the Gadabout and Merchant classes, with a little bit of Thief thrown in.
  • Dhoulmagus is referred to by the party and by NPCs as a Jester. Beyond this nomenclature and a superficial resemblance, he has no real relation to the vocation.
  • Known as Player (loose translation) in Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart.