Malign vine

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The Malign vine is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing as a boss that appears in Dragon Quest VII.

It is a dangerous Plant monster that terrorizes the town of Nottagen with its invasive roots.


After the defeat of the dark dragon Sulkk, the returned sunlight nurtures the Malign Vine hiding under Nottagen and causes it to begin attacking the town. This infernal flower sports a massive red budding head with no eyes, only a yellow-lipped mouth full of terribly sharp teeth and a long, green tongue protruding out of its monstrous maw. Capable of envenomating enemies with the drool that drips from its menacing mouth and flinging out Dazzleflash, making it even harder for foes to fight off its vile vines. It uses its writhing roots to put its enemies out of action.


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

Malign vine (ヘルバオム Herubaomu) DQVII Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Hellvine.gif 1,300 Unlimited 180 80
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
100 1,650 2100 N/a
Bestiary No. #289
Spell(s) Fizzle
Skill(s) Occasionally acts twice per turn.
Sweet Breath
Venom Mist
Location(s) Nottagen Cavern
Item(s) Dropped Green Fragment
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance *
064 0% 0% 0%
Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
0% 25% 15% 25%
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance *
15% 25% 100% 100%
Poof Resistance * Poison Resistance * Burning Breath Resistance Fuddle Resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance * Ban Dance Resistance
100% 50% 100% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
100% 0% 100%
3DS version changes


The Malign vine is accompanied by a pair of writhing roots when faced and it is recommended to take them out early in the battle to focus on the flower by itself. They should fall quickly to multitarget attacks such as Thin Air. Although the vine itself doesn't hit hard with its physical attacks, its ability to inflict several status effects makes it a nuisance. Maribel or Ruff should carry the Staff of salvation or Salvation stone due to their high Agility as they may have their spells sealed away by Fizzle. Sap should be cast twice early on as it has absolutely no resistance against it. Each party member should carry a few Antidotal herbs as emergency, as well, if they are not able to cast Squelch on anyone who becomes Envenomated. As long as the party enters the battle prepared, it should not be a difficult battle and the flower should fall fast.

Other Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Malign vine appears as a boss during the limited Dragon Quest VII event. It can be faced in Chapter 3, Episode 4: The Malign Vine of the event quests, as well as in Kiefer's Battle Road. The Malign vine can use Kafizzle, Seedy Strike, Venom Breath, and Toxic Thrust in battle. Although its roots are mentioned, they are not faced as an enemy.

Dragon Quest Walk[edit]

Malign vine appeared in the game as a boss in Chapter 3, Episode 5 of the Dragon Quest VII event held in the game starting on March 19th, 2021, as well as a special mega version that can be challenged by multiple players. On its first turn, it spawns two writhing roots and will attempt to poison the party.

Writhing root[edit]



Fiendish thorny vines that creep from the ground and crush innocents in their gnarly grip after bursting forth from the earth. A part of the deadly, dark fearing Plant monster, Malign vine, there is an almost endless amount of these vile viney roots until the powerful plant is put to rest.


The Malign vine's green and red coloration was used for the Gripevine for several games, starting with the Game Boy Color version of Dragon Quest Monsters 2 until Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D.

Related Enemies[edit]