|Dragon Quest II|
|Old localization||Sidoh (GBC era)|
|Title||Master of Destruction (English)|
|Voice actor||Banjo Ginga (Japanese, CD Theater)|
Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese, Rivals)
"...Malroth! Lord and Master of Destruction! Receive of me my flesh in willing sacrifice...! Nnngh!"
—Hargon's last words
Malroth (シドー, Shidō), also known as the Master of Destruction (破壊神, Hakaishin), is the final boss of the video game Dragon Quest II. Malroth is not mentioned in his debut game until the finale, except for a false idol bearing his likeness which is found in a cave and is needed to uncover the Cave to Rendarak. Malroth can use the spell of Fullheal in his original appearance, leading to infamy amongst fans and adding to the already considerable challenge of DQII.
Malroth reappears in Dragon Quest Builders 2 as a central figure, but as an amnesiac young man instead of a hideous demon. The circumstances to his sudden change of appearance, as well as his forgotten past, are crucial to the game's story.
Appearance and personality
Malroth is a large, chimeric abomination covered mostly in blue scales (green in some games) and wearing only a necklace with a skull on it. He has six limbs, four of which appear to be arms, a massive pair of demonic wings and a serpent for a tail. His mouth is always shown as being a wide-opened grin, fangs clearly visible.
Being a god of destruction, Malroth is immensely powerful and more than capable of living up to his title. In all of his appearances Malroth has almost never spoken beyond primitive roars, preferring annihilation over conversation. At the start of Dragon Quest II, Malroth is only alluded to and rarely by his name. All that is first hinted to is his penchant for destruction and the fact that the Children of Hargon threatens all of Alefgard by trying to summon him. In the original NES version the False Idol is known as the Eye of Malroth; this marks the only time he is slightly referenced but there still exist statues in several dungeons that depict his likeness. In contemporary remakes such as the Android/iOS versions, summoning a deity of destruction is mentioned to be Hargon's ultimate goal but never referred to with its name until the end.
Being the cult's object of worship, Malroth is highly esteemed by his devotees--not that this matters to him, as his description in IX states that he doesn't mind where his sacrifices come from. It is revealed in Dragon Quest Builders 2 that his name is known only in the highest ranks among the Children of Hargon, this was presumably thought up by Hargon himself so that only he could address the deity and, by this tactic, it could only be directed personally by his nihilist pleas.
The player's party does not come face-to-face with the mighty demon until after Hargon is slain. When the party tries to move away from Hargon's throne their path will be blocked by flames and the floor will begin to break apart, heralding Malroth's return. Though successful in defeating Hargon, the sorcerer summoned the god of destruction in death, leaving the heroes to contend with him in the final battle.
|Dropped Item||Mini medal (common, 100%)|
Red Orb (rare, 5%-10%)
|Game||Dragon Quest IX|
|Description||"Brings about destruction by breathing both fire and ice, and disruption with Disruptive Wave. Hard to harm with darkness. This deity of the damned enjoys nothing more than the sacrificed souls of his most sincere followers. Mmmmm!"|
Sidoh appears as the boss of the Gate of Demolition, though only on the second time through: players must first defeat Hargon and then go through the gate again to confront Malroth, whose presence is noted by Watabou when Hargon is defeated. It is interesting to note that this is the only time Malroth speaks in person, talking with pauses between words and occasionally syllables.
Malroth (Sidoh at the time) is present. Like several other boss characters, Sidoh was given an additional form called Genosidoh, a far more fearsome looking form than that of his original.
|Description||A god of destruction who plans to usher death unto all living beings.|
|Weapons||Swords, Spears, Claws, Staves|
|Traits||Artful Dodger, Psycho|
|Resistances||Healed by Zam, Whackproof, Confusionproof|
|Skill||Healer, Über Wisdom Boost|
|Breeding chart||Demon-at-arms x Living statue, Buffalogre, or Khalamari|
|Weapons||Swords, Spears, Claws, Staves|
|Traits||Hit Squad, Big Hitter, Health Professional, Sleepy Touch|
|Resistances||Vulnerable to Woosh, Immune to Whack, Poison, Confusion, Inaction, Paralysis, and Sleep, Healed by Zam|
|Breeding chart||Hargon x Khalamari, Buffalogre, or Living statue|
Malroth has the same synthesis recipe here as in the previous game.
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Malroth is a major character appearing in Dragon Quest Builders 2. He accompanies the player as a helpful NPC for the majority of the game, participating in battle as an AI controlled ally to kite enemy focus away from the player as a response to criticism of the first title. For more details, see Malroth (Character).
Malroth appears in the artwork for his own card and those depicting his abilities, both in his original demonic and humanoid forms. He was introduced in the first card pack as a legendary rare card and would inflict 4 damage to all units on the field when summoned, including allies. He was eventually reprinted in the seventh card pack, "Strange Tale of Light and Darkness" under the name "Destruction God Sidoh" alongside Hargon. As a reference to his ability to cast Fullheal in the original version of Dragon Quest II, all of Malroth's HP is restored at the end of the opponent's turn.
Malroth first appeared in the game as a boss on June 24th, 2021 as part of a Dragon Quest II collaboration event. A special mega version of Malroth can be challenged by up to 12 players from June 26th to July 11th, 2021.
"My name... is Malroth... Master... of Destruction... And destruction... is what I bring forth!"
Malroth appears as an S-rank member of the ??? family as part of the limited Dragon Quest II event on his own banner alongside Batmandrill. He can be faced in the event quest Chapter 5, Episode 4: Malroth, God of Destruction, as well as boss battles in the Hall of Hargon and Malroth's Menace Challenge Quests.
- Malroth appears to be inspired by Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and one of the three principle deities of Hinduism. Shiva is commonly depicted as having blue skin and multiple arms and is known as the Destroyer. However, Shiva is also known as the Creator as well, as new creation couldn't take place without first having destruction, and Shiva does not take part in blind, needless destruction.
- It is speculated that the gauntlet of bosses in the Hall of Hargon (Atlas, Pazuzu, Belial) were, worst case scenario, at least meant to stall the Luminaries while Hargon performed the ritual to summon Malroth. Since Hargon was defeated before the ritual was finished, he sacrificed what little life he had left as a last ditch effort to summon the God of Destruction. This raises the question of how much more powerful Malroth's avatar would be if the ritual was completed properly.
- His human form in Dragon Quest Builders 2 is voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda, though he doesn't talk and only makes various sounds to indicate his mood. In Dragon Quest Rivals, he can be heard speaking for the first time.
- The splitting of Malroth into good and bad halves is reminiscent of the characters Kami and Piccolo from Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. The two were originally an unnamed being whose expelled inner darkness manifested as a violent doppelganger.