Maya Mahabala

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"I'm hot stuff, huh?"

—Maya, performing her High Tension attack in Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below.

Maya Mahabala
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
Sprite(s) Dq4mara-sprite-NES.gif DQ4-NDS-MAYA.PNG
Maya mimic transparent.png
Japanese name マーニャ
Romaji Manya
Old localization Mara
Class Dancer
Race Human
Age 21
Family Meena (sister)
Mahabala (father)
Voice actor Michie Tomizawa (CD Theater)
Miyuki Sawashiro (Template:Heroes and HeroesII)
Anjli Mohindra (Template:Heroes and Heroes II, English)

Maya Mahabala is a playable character in Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen, first appearing in chapter 4. Meena Mahabala is her younger sister, though characters frequently mistake her as the younger sibling due to Maya's more childish demeanor. She is a dancer and mage on a quest to avenge the death of her father with her sister.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Maya is very similar in appearance to her younger sister Meena, but Maya wears next to nothing to better show off her body to her audience when she dances. Maya has long purple hair with bangs/fringe decorated with a silver hairpiece with green gems. She wears a silver bra, a long orange loincloth decorated with silver, and tan sandals. She also decorates her body with various silver accessories, such as a choker, bracelets, anklets, and an armband on her right upper arm.

Maya's outfit has remained consistent throughout her appearances in the series, with some additional accessories being added in the Heroes duology, but her design was censored in Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince: she now wears a triangular orange top under her metal bra and purple shorts under her loincloth. This censorship is present in every version of the game, even the original Japanese, and is a result of the CERO ratings system growing more strict. These stricter policies are why certain armours such as the scandalous swimsuit have been altered in later appearances compared to earlier games.

Though during the game she is still grieving the death of her father, Maya is generally a very outgoing and playful, if slightly scatterbrained, person. Her occasional spells of ditzy-ness are the main source of the sibling friction between the girls. One example is Maya referring to a cow in Aubout du Monde as "Moona". Oftentimes Maya will be distracted by the luxuries a town or castle has to offer, prompting Meena to remind her sister the true purpose of their travels. As shown in her activities in Endor, Maya is overly frivolous with her and Meena's money. Combined with her addiction to gambling, Maya disastrously spends all their money on the slots, much to her sister's chagrin.

When Maya dances, she does so without inhibition, every movement filled with energy and freedom. This trait shows through in everything else she does as well, reflecting her impulsive and unrestrained nature. She has a noted gambling problem, a possible result of this trait. She finds towns without casinos boring.

Maya also has a flirtatious and playful side to her personality, and is seen to be appreciative of both Luceus and Aurora's physical attractiveness. She enjoys playfully teasing the normally serious Luceus. Despite her own coquettishness, Maya herself easily gets fed up with "eve-teasing men" as she puts it, and sympathizes with dancers who work in bars. Maya seems to be have a preference for bad boys, as seen with Psaro and Terry, much to her sister's chagrin.


Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

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Chapter 4 is set with Maya and Meena performing at a town populated almost entirely by entertainers and tourists. They use their job as a cover and the town as a base to investigate the murder of their father, a prominent alchemist. Though they suspect his apprentice Balzack had killed him in order to steal the Secret of Evolution, they have nothing to back up their claim and keep it to themselves for the time being.

After following the trail through several towns across the entire country along with their father's other apprentice Oojam, they finally confront the murderer at his castle. Unfortunately, after his defeat Marquis de Léon appears and soundly trounces them in battle before throwing them into the castle dungeon. Luckily, its only other occupant points them to a secret exit and gives them the Boarding pass. The jailbreak is noticed by guards however, causing Oojam to hold them off while the sisters flee directly to Endor.

In Chapter 5, Meena is attempting to continue her fortune-telling business but Maya blows all of the gold they had earned on their journey at the Casino, leaving them fairly stranded in the city. Luckily, the Hero has been told to seek out his destined allies, and locates Meena and Maya in short order. Maya swears never to gamble again and the two sisters join the player's party for the remainder of the game.

Much further into Chapter 5, the party confronts Balzack at Castle Zamoksva. He has used an imperfect version of the Secret of Evolution to become Baalzack, but the party is still able to kill him, thus avenging the death of the sisters' father.


As a dancer Maya is physically frail, possessing practically zero Strength, and the lowest Resilience and HP for much of the game. The tradeoff is that she has fantastic Agility, good Wisdom, a great deal of MP, and a very strong set of spells, including debilitating spells like Sap, strong damage-dealers like Sizzle and Frizzle, and oddities like Puff! where she can transform into a dragon.

Level Learned Original Japanese NES Version DS Version Spanish Version MP
1 Mera Blaze Frizz Miniataque ígneo 2
3 Rukani Sap Sap Debilitación 3
7 Gira Firebal Sizz Miniincendio 4
8 Rura Return Zoom Telerregreso 4
9 Riremito Outside Evac Telehuida 4
11 Io Bang Bang Miniexplosión 5
14 Begirama Firebane Sizzle Incendio 6
16 Mahotora Robmagic Drain Magic Absorber magia 0
19 Merami Blazemore Frizzle Ataque ígneo 4
21 Toramana Stepguard Safe Passage Paso seguro 2
23 Iora Boom Boom Explosión 8
27 Begiragon Firevolt Kasizzle Superincendio 10
30 Doragoramu Bedragon Puff! Dracon 18
33 Merazoma Blazemost Kafrizzle Superataque ígneo 10
36 Ionazun Explodet Kaboom Superexplosión 15


Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 16 694
MP 9 823
Strength 3 176
Agility 5 208
Resilience 2 129
Wisdom 4 167
Luck 6 215
Initial gear Dancer's costume


Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

Maya is present along with the rest of the Chosen in the near-future version of Reaper's Peak. She is sitting in the bar, bored with how dull the town is and expressing her frustration that Meena has already started telling fortunes. After venting, she reconsiders and thinks that resting even in a boring village can be alright if her little sister is enjoying herself.

Maya also appeared in the monster oriented variant of the town as shown in the Super Famicom Version of the game. Unlike the remake she is instead in The Hero's house sitting across the table from a Feralball, wondering where her sister, Meena is.

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

Maya appears as one of the special guests at the Quester's Rest in Stornway. This could be obtained when the DQVC was available using Nintendo's Wi-Fi Channel. When spoken to, she gives the player different pieces of her outfit for fulfilling certain conditions:

The player will receive the Dramatic Dancer accolade for wearing every part of the outfit.

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Maya, along with the rest of the Chosen Ones, appears in the Upper Echelon of the Circle of Conquest near the end of the game. The group intervenes when Psaro's elder half-brother Dolph summons his horde of underlings to attack, fending the mass of monsters off so that the family business can be settled. Not missing an opportunity to flirt, Maya declares that Psaro's isn't half-bad now that she's seen him up close. Maya departs with the Hero when he declares that the time isn't right for his battle to the death with Psaro.

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road[edit]

Maya can be summoned to perform a special attack. After leaping from the wagon, she performs Dancing Dragons, a dance which summons two fiery serpents, which she launches at her enemies.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below[edit]

Maya is one of the thirteen playable characters. She appears to have been mysteriously teleported to the land of Arba and is found dancing by both Alena and Kiryl. Her Coup-de-Grâce is Puff!, which transforms her into a mighty fire-breathing dragon, a reference to the spell she learns in her original game. Maya uses Fans as her weapon of choice.

Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Maya appears as a S-rank member of the Hero family as part of the limited True Dragon Quest IV event, appearing on his own banner alongside Pickeerer. She can participate in Healie's Battle Road as a party member.

Maya (マーニャ Manya)Tactlogo.png

DQT Maya.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Hero.png
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
130 1,014 417 2-3
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
193 243 325 387 60
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Acceleratle Dance
While under Puff!: Trample
Butterfly Bop*
While under Puff!: Scorching Flame
Dancing Dragons*
Coup de Grâce: Puff!*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Move +1 / Stats Up Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up Fortifying Footwork: Battle start: Reduces damage by 50% up to 1 time for 99 turns / Frizz-type Potency +5% / Stats Up
Fourth Fifth
Zam Res +25 / Stats Up Auto HP Regen: Action start: Heals 10% of max HP / Frizz-type Potency +5% / Stats Up
Leader Perks
Raises Frizz-type potency of all Hero allies, including herself, by 20% in a 5x5 square around her.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Max MP +15
WIS +15
Dazzling Dancer: Battle start: Greatly raises AGL and evasion rate for 3 turns.
Puff!: While in Puff! state, reduces damage by 30%, nullifies some status conditions.
Frizz-type Potency +2%
Perk Details
Move +1: Raises Move by 1.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Normal Very Weak Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Very Weak Normal Half Res Normal
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Super Weak Normal Half Res Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Normal Half Res Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Normal Super Weak Immune


Maya is a name found in several languages, ranging from Sanskrit to Spanish and Japanese.


  • There is a pair of sisters in Greenthumb Gardens who are a reference to Maya and Meena, in Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.
  • From June 10th to July 10th, 2016, a dessert called the "Manya Tea Parfait" was available at the real-life Luida's Bar in Tokyo to promote the release of Dragon Quest Heroes II. Designed to look like Maya, it contains chocolate, milk tea pudding, black sesame marshmallows and is topped with silver confectionery candy. There was also a parfait based on Meena, as well.
  • Maya's default outfit has necessitated some censoring in more recent entries of the series that wish to maintain ratings suitable for young children, especially in Japanese releases. To that end, her dancer's outfit has seen some alterations for slightly more modesty to comply with the ratings requirements for these titles.