Material family

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Material 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 yokai 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.

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In Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, Material Whirl does significant damage to material monsters.


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

Gallery of Material monsters[edit]