|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Quest VII|
Weird and wicked white feathered bird-lizard fiends that constantly flutter their wings, building up momentum for bashing at adversaries with their beastly beaks. These avian monsters can summon up storms of lightning to strike at parties of threatening adventurers after slashing with its slicing claws.
There are two scripted encounters with Monarchaeopteryxes when the party is stranded in Emberdale after the islands have been sealed away again. One battle is with a Monarchaeopteryx, a Mandrake major, and a Very devil and another with two Monarchaeopteryxes and a Mandrake major. They do not pose any major threat and can be taken out easily with group-targeting attacks such as Thin Air.
The monarchaeopteryx name is a combination of monarchy, suggesting their strength over the anarchaeopteryx and oligarchaeopteryx; and archaeopteryx, a bird-like dinosaur from the Jurassic period which helped provide the link between birds and reptiles.