Material family

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The Material family or Inorganic family (Japanese Kanji: 物質 Hiragana: ぶっしつ Romanji: Bushitsu) refers to monsters in Dragon Quest series that are formed from materials such as stone, iron, or cloth. In some games, this family also includes members of the Elemental family and the Machine family.

In addition to the more Western-influenced designs such as golems and treasure chest mimics, many material monsters are based on the Tsukumogami; inanimate object yōkai that acquire sentience after "living" for 99 years. As any household object can become a Tsukumogami, so to can plain possessions become material monsters.

The Golem, one of the most popular members of the Material family.

DQM Strengths and Weakness[edit]


  • High Defense
  • Resistance to fire and ice attacks


List of Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest[edit]

Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line[edit]

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride[edit]

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

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

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Dragon Quest Builders 2[edit]

Certain members of the material family take extra damage from the Hammer.

Dragon Quest Treasures[edit]


  • The Muddy hands and their brethren were considered to be material monsters up until VII, in which they were classified as members of the Undead family. As of X, this seems to be their new monster type in the main line games.

Gallery of Material monsters[edit]