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In Dragon Quest IX, the Hero begins the game as a Minstrel (旅芸人, Tabigeinin). It has limited healing and offensive spells on top of the ability to wield Fans, Swords, Whips, and Shields. Their Coup-de-Grace is "Rough N' Tumble," which increases evasion and counterattack chances.


Minstrels serve as a jack-of-all-trades class that can handle physical damage, spellcasting, healing, and distraction, allowing early players to test out various aspects of battle. However, Minstrels do not excel in any particular area, and might switch into more focused vocations, such as a Gladiator or Armamentalist, later on, depending on what the player wants. Despite this, Minstrels are still a respectable class, and can be kept as a multitasker in the party. Many of their features are from the Troubadour, Dancer, and Jester classes.



Attribute Starting Stats Maximum Stats
Level 1 99
HP 20 480
MP 6 179
Strength 9 246
Agility 8 359
Resilience 8 237
Magical Might 6 161
Magical Mending 7 195
Deftness 12 304
Charm 9 245


Accolade Required points Name Effects
Smooth Mover 4 Hot Lick Sends forth jets of flame to attack a single enemy
Duck N' Diver 10 Spry in a Crisis Boosts evasion when health is low
Tumbler 16 Pratfall Take a comedic dive to get a group of enemies laughing
Gymnast 22 Natural Charm +30 Permanently adds 30 to Charm
Acrobat 32 Sobering Slap A head-clearing clout that brings an ally to their senses
Aerialist 42 Natural Mag. Might +30 Permanently adds 30 to Mag. Might
Nimble Gnome/Nimble Nymph 55 Tap Dance Do some nifty tappy-toeing to evade attack
Human Dynamo 68 Natural Mag. Mending +30 Permanently adds 60 to M. Mending
Fearless Flea 82 Have a Ball Bludgeons beasts with bouncing balls
Flying Wallenda 100 Natural Deftness +50 Permanently adds 50 to Deftness


Name Level MP Description
Heal 3 2 Restores at least 30 HP to a single ally.
Crack 8 3 Pierces a single enemy with razor-sharp icicles.
Evac 10 3 Exit instantly from dungeons, caves, and towers.
Woosh 12 3 Slices a group of enemies with a small whirlwind.
Crackle 16 8 Rips into a group of enemies with sharp icicles.
Midheal 21 4 Restores at least 75 HP to a single ally.
Zing 24 8 Resurrects a fallen ally, but sometimes fails.
Swoosh 30 8 Slices a group of enemies with a powerful whirlwind.
Kaswoosh 36 26 Slices a group of enemies with a ferocious whirlwind.

Notable Minstrels[edit]


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