Nimzo

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Nimzo
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
DQV Grandmaster Nimzo.png
Japanese name ミルドラース
Romaji Mirudorāsu
Old localization Mirudraas
Title Grandmaster of Nadiria
Race Demon
Voice actor Arata Iura (Your Story, Japanese)
Paul Guyet (Your Story, English)

Nimzo is the source of conflict and final boss of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. As is the case with most of the series' villains, Nimzo is mostly referred to and not actually encountered until the very end of the game, though his pawns and powerful influence do well to wreak havoc throughout the game. He resides in the sinister fortress at Mt. Zugzwang, where Madalena is held captive.

Characteristics[edit]

Nimzo initially appears to be an elderly, green-skinned demon. He is capable of performing devastating spells and breath attacks in either form and can also call upon Wrecktors and Killing Machines to assist him while in his initial form. He also possess an ultimate, grotesque form: a bloated, red demon with massive, wrinkled wings, four arms, and a spike-ended tail. It is said that he was once a human long ago, but has since transformed into a monster.

Nimzo's speech in the English DS remake is composed of a font that replaces the English letters used in the rest of the game with Cyrillic letters that resemble them, such as replacing N with И. The overall effect makes Nimzo sound incredibly distinct and alien when compared to other characters and even the narration.

When the player talks to him, he reveals that even Bishop Ladja is not important and his minions were "mere players" in his masterminded plan.

Appearances[edit]

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

In the original Super Famicom version, Nimzo was given no back story, though most players assumed he was a demon. In the Nintendo DS and PS2 remakes, 2 monsters, 1 soldier and one book revealed he was in fact a human.

A book in Lofty Peak called The Will Of Our Leader revealed he is a deity born of "lowly disciples" implying he was born of poverty. The book also reveals he soon became the Monarch of Lofty Peak and was wiser than wisdom itself. Unfortunately he took the Secret of Evolution and turned himself into a monster.

The citizens tried, but failed, to take the evil out of him and "Even now, he waits, where no sun shall ever shine, for the Great one to arrive, the one true hero".

First form (ミルドラース)DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Nimzo humanoid snes.png 2,500 255 240 230
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
80 0 0 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss
Spell(s) Kafrizzle
Skill(s) C-c-cold Breath
Disruptive Wave
Recovers 50 HP per turn
Summons two reinforcements (Killing machine)
Summons two reinforcements (Wrecktor)
Location(s) Mt. Zugzwang
Item dropped None
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 20% 20% 20%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
20% 100% 100% 100%
Zap resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
0% 100% 100% 100%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite
Nimzo DQV PS2.png Nimzo humanoid ds.png


Nimzo is immune to Crack, Ice breath, Woosh, and all status ailments when in this form. Additionally, he has a 20% resistance to Frizz, Sizz, Bang, and fire breath. He periodically summons Killing machines and Wrecktors to assist him, and will regenerate 50 HP per round. Though he has no resistance at all to zap, it is better to conserve MP for the second part of the battle.


Second form, first phase (ミルドラース)DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Mildrath2.gif 2,500 255 375 245
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
75 0 0 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss
Spell(s) Bounce
Kaboom
Kasap
Skill(s) Occasionally acts twice per turn
Disruptive Wave
Scorch
Location(s) Mt. Zugzwang
Item dropped None
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 0% 0% 0%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Zap resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
0% 100% 100% 100%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite
Nimzo2 DQV PS2.png Nimzo2 ds.png



Second form, second phase (ミルドラース)DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Mildrath2.gif 2,000 255 375 245
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
15 0 0 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss monster
Spell(s) Kafrizzle
Kasap
Skill(s) Occasionally acts twice per turn
Disruptive Wave
Meditation
Scorch
Location(s) Mt. Zugzwang
Item dropped None
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 0% 0% 0%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Zap resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
0% 100% 100% 100%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite
Nimzo2 DQV PS2.png Nimzo2 ds.png



Second form, third phase (ミルドラース)DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Mildrath2.gif 2,500 255 43 245
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
75 0 0 N/A
Bestiary No. Unnumbered boss
Spell(s) Kaboom
Kafrizzle
Kasap
Skill(s) Desperate attack
Disruptive Wave
Scorch
Location(s) Mt. Zugzwang
Item dropped None
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 0% 0% 0%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Zap resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
0% 100% 100% 100%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite
Nimzo2 DQV PS2.png Nimzo2 ds.png


After assuming this form, Nimzo will cast bounce at the start of battle. He has a tendency cast kasap on the party, but because he attacks physically at infrequent intervals the players can ignore this. Disruptive wave will remove the affects anyway, so it's better to concentrate on maximizing damage instead. His elemental resistances no longer apply, but he is still immune to all debilitation magic. Once 2500 damage has been dealt, he will alter his strategy and begin meditating more often. After another 2000 HP has been removed, Nimzo will cease recovery and focus on the offensive. In this state, his melee blows will become Desperate Attacks, dealing 500% more damage. If the party's healers are running low on MP, he is vulnerable to Drain Magic in this state.

He is considerably weaker in the SNES original version, but it is important to keep in mind that only three characters could be used in that version, (in contrast with the DS and PS2 remakes' four); also, he seems to Meditate much more frequently now.

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

#301 - Nimzo
Nimzo.gif
HP MP Experience Gold
7500
15066 (99)
255 66600 2490
Attack Defense Speed
690
1386 (99)
520
780 (99)
170
272 (99)
Family ???
Bestiary # 301
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console DS
Description "Likes to kick in with Kaboom after taking the edge off his enemies by casting Bounce and Kasap.

Some thought he could only command from afar, but he has more than enough mental and physical ability to rule the world."

Additional Attributes
Fire Ice Wind Earth Light Dark
100 100 150 50 100 100
Blast Dazzle Sleep Death Drain MP Confusion
100 0 0 0 100 0
Fizzle Inaction Paralyze Poison Charm Magic Res
0 0 0 0 5 25
Blunt Sap Decelerate
10 25 75


Nimzo appears as a Legacy Boss. His speech is written normally in this game, presumably because the Cyrillic alphabet is absent from this game's character set. His map can be dropped from Psaro at higher levels (and thus can be obtained multiple times).

Treasure[edit]

Level Range Secondary Drop Orb
1-3 Gothan wristband 15% Blue Orb 5%
4-8 Gothan wristband 20% Blue Orb 5%
9-15 Gothan wristband 25% Blue Orb 6%
16-25 Gothan turbin 20% Blue Orb 6%
26-40 Gothan turbin 25% Blue Orb 7%
41-56 Gothan gumboots 20% Blue Orb 7%
57-68 Gothan gumboots 25% Blue Orb 8%
69-80 Gothan robe 15% Blue Orb 8%
81-90 Gothan robe 20% Blue Orb 9%
91-99 Gothan robe 25% Blue Orb 10%

Skills[edit]

Level New abilities
Initial Kasap, Kafrizz, Kaboom, Scorch, critical attack, sometimes attacks twice per round
4 Bounce
8 Disruptive Wave
12 Hellfire
16 Meditation, stops using Scorch
28 Kafrizzle
41 Kaboomle, begins attacking 3 times per turn, stops using Kafrizz & Kaboom
57 Air Pollution

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

Mirudraas DWM Logo.png
Sprite Level cap * HP growth MP growth
Mirudraas1.png 70 2/5 5/5
Strength growth Resilience growth Wisdom growth Agility growth
5/5 2/5 5/5 5/5
Family ???
In-game description
Abilities Blaze, Bang, Bolt
Habitat Bazaar Gate #2
Breeding chart Esterk x GoldSlime
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance *
Strong Strong Weak Strong
Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Rock/Army Resistance *
Strong Strong Weak Weak
Zap Resistance * Gigaslash Resistance Magic Burst Resistance Drain Magic Resistance *
Strong Weak Weak Strong
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Strong
Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Ban Dance Resistance Gobstopper Resistance Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Decelerate Resistance * Curse Resistance
Immune Immune



Mirudraas (Transformed) DWM Logo.png
Sprite Level cap * HP growth MP growth
Mirudraas2.png 80 5/5 5/5
Strength growth Resilience growth Wisdom growth Agility growth
5/5 2/5 5/5 5/5
Family ???
In-game description
Abilities FireAir, SuckAir, DeMagic
Habitat Only obtainable through breeding
Breeding chart Mirudraas x Spikerous
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance *
Strong Strong Immune Strong
Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Rock/Army Resistance *
None Weak None Weak
Zap Resistance * Gigaslash Resistance Magic Burst Resistance Drain Magic Resistance *
None Weak Weak Immune
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Ban Dance Resistance Gobstopper Resistance Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Strong
Decelerate Resistance * Curse Resistance
Strong Immune


Mirudraas appears as the boss of Bazaar Gate #2 in his first official appearance outside of Japan.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

Mirudraas DWM2 Taras Adventure Logo.png
Sprite Level cap * HP growth MP growth
Mirudraas.png 70 6/10 9/10
Strength growth Resilience growth Wisdom growth Agility growth
8/10 6/10 7/10 7/10
Family ???
In-game description
Abilities Bang, Blaze, Bolt
Habitat
Breeding chart Estark x GoldGolem
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance *
Strong Strong Weak Strong
Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Rock/Army Resistance *
Strong Strong Weak Weak
Water Resistance * Zap Resistance * Gigaslash Resistance Magic Burst Resistance
Weak Strong Weak Weak
Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poison Resistance *
Strong Immune Immune Immune
Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance *
Strong Immune Immune Immune
Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance Gobstopper Resistance Stun Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Sap Resistance * Decelerate Resistance * Curse Resistance
Immune Immune Immune



Mirudraas (Transformed) DWM2 Taras Adventure Logo.png
Sprite Level cap * HP growth MP growth
80 8/10 9/10
Strength growth Resilience growth Wisdom growth Agility growth
8/10 6/10 7/10 7/10
Family ???
In-game description
Abilities DeMagic, FireAir, SuckAir
Habitat
Breeding chart Mirudraas x Orligon, Spikerous
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance *
Strong Strong Immune Strong
Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Rock/Army Resistance *
None Weak None Weak
Water Resistance * Zap Resistance * Gigaslash Resistance Magic Burst Resistance
Strong None Weak Weak
Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poison Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance Gobstopper Resistance Stun Resistance *
Immune Immune Immune Immune
Sap Resistance * Decelerate Resistance * Curse Resistance
Strong Strong Immune



Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Nimzo appears in his true, monstrous form.

Nimzo
Family Beast
Rank S
Description This great ruler is worshipped as a god by many monsters.
Weapons Spears, Hammers, Claws, Staves
Traits Double Trouble
Resistances Healed by Zam, Whackproof, Vulnerable to Sap
Skill Nimzo
Location -
Breeding chart Drakulard x Malroth


Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Nimzo again appears in his final form.

Nimzo
Family ???
Rank X
Size M
Weapons Spears, Hammers, Claws, Staves
Traits Double Trouble, Big Hitter, Disruptive Wave, Crafty Sapper
Resistances Vulnerable to Sap, Immune to Whack, Poison, Confusion, Inaction, Paralysis, and Sleep, Healed by Zam
Skill Nimzo
Location -
Breeding chart Baramos x Khalamari or Drakulard


Dragon Quest: Your Story[edit]

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While Nimzo is frequently alluded to in the film, he does not make an actual appearance. Instead, his role is taken by a virus, appearing as a black humanoid figure with a white mask-like face. The presence of the virus results in a twist ending where Luca is shown as a fan of Dragon Quest V playing a virtual reality remake of the game. The virus was injected into the virtual reality game's code to take Nimzo's role, reminding Luca that once he is defeated, it is time to return to the real world. The virus attempts to further break Luca by telling him that everything in the world does not exist and will cease existing once he is defeated. Luca fights back by telling him that even though he knows that he is a player, he grew up playing both the original Super Famicom and PlayStation 2 versions of the game, and that they were his realities that he came to love. Luca's Slime companion Gootrude appears one last time, revealing himself to be an anti-virus program and changing his own code into a sword used to defeat the virus. After the virus is defeated, Luca contemplates that his adventure is almost over, but his allies and enemies will live on in his memories. Despite this different character, the virus is still credited as Nimzo.

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Both of Nimzo's forms appear as S-rank members of the ??? family during the limited Dragon Quest V event. His green humanoid form is faced in Chapter 5, Episode 3: The God of Nadiria and his demonic form appears in Chapter 5, Episode 4: The Grandmaster's True Form. Both of them can be faced in their own boss battles. Nimzo's demonic form can be scouted from his own banner and he learns Infernal Breath, Nadirian Mist, and Infernorb naturally. His Leader Perk raises Frizz-type breath potency of allies in a 5x5 square around him, including himself and his personal ability Fiendish Obsession restores his HP whenever he defeats an enemy. Nimzo can also take part in Slon's Battle Road as a party member.

Etymology[edit]

Grandmaster Nimzo is likely derived from Aron Nimzowitsch, a renowned chess writer and (unofficial) grandmaster. Nimzo's underlings are named after chess pieces, and Nimzo himself refers to his overall plan as a game with his underlings being the pawns, so the name was likely given to tie in with these characteristics.

Trivia[edit]

  • Nizmo is widely regarded as one of the easiest final bosses in the series by fans. Even in remakes, with considerable stat augmentation granted to him, he seems to have more intelligence than raw power and fighting ability.
  • Nimzo appears with his current name in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker, a game that preceded the English release of Dragon Quest V.

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