List of litheness skills in Dragon Quest IX

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Litheness (きょくげい kyokugei) skills are learned via the Minstrel class.

Hot Lick[edit]

Sends forth jets of flame to attack a single enemy. This move is very weak; even a high-level character only does 20-25 damage with it. It is, however, required to unlock the Luminary vocation. Costs 2 MP to use and 4 skill points to learn.


Targeted enemy group may miss their next turn. Similar to War Cry. Requires 16 skill points to learn.

Sobering Slap[edit]

In combat, dispels confusion from one party member. Though not listed in description, it also awakens sleeping party members. This technique requires 2 MP to use, and 32 skill points to learn.

Tap Dance[edit]

Increases evasion by 50% for 6~9 turns. Requires 55 skill points to learn.

Have a Ball[edit]

Hits randomly selected enemies six to eight times, each ball striking for 30% of a normal attack's damage. This ability is very useful against low-end metal monsters, as each ball is treated as a separate attack. Costs 8 MP to use and 82 skill points to learn.

Gritty Ditty[edit]

It increases every party member's Attack by one level (25%). Costs 16 MO to use and requires the 'Minstrel's Manual' in a character's inventory to use.

Passive Bonuses[edit]

Fully maximizing the Litheness skill tree will grant the following permanent bonuses for the character:

  • Increased evasion at low HP (Spry in a Crisis) when 10 points are invested.
  • +30 Charm when 22 points are invested.
  • +30 Magical might when 42 points are invested.
  • +30 Magical mending when 68 points are invested.
  • +50 Deftness when 100 points are invested, completing the skill tree.
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