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Dragon Quest series character
Dragon Quest VI
Murdaw artwork.png
Sprite Mudo.gif
Japanese Name ムドー
Rōmaji Mudou
Title Dread Fiend

Murdaw (ムドー romanized as Mudou, Mudo in fan translations) appears as the primary antagonist in Dragon Quest VI. He terrorizes the world, and any who challenge him never return. As soon as the game begins, the player character, Carver, and Milly go to fight Murdaw. Upon reaching him, he defeats the party with ease and banishes them from his sight.


Murdaw is one of the Dread Fiends, and is the first you will encounter. He is the seal on Alltrades Abbey and defeating him allows access to the class system. Murdaw is fought three times.


  • First battle
  • Second battle
  • Third battle

HP MP Experience Gold
900 255 2270 580
Attack Defense Speed
109 102 35
Dropped Item Seed of magic
Locations Underkeep
Skills Flame Breath
Voice mimic
Spells Buff
Game Dragon Quest VI
Console DS

The first encounter with Murdaw is in his Phantom World stronghold, the Underkeep. Upon defeating him, it is revealed he is not the actually the real Murdaw at all.....

HP MP Experience Gold
500 90 1000 0
Attack Defense Speed
95 105 47
Dropped Item Seed of resilience
Locations Murdaw's Keep
Skills Flame Breath
Calls minions
Spells Kasap
Game Dragon Quest VI
Console DS

The real Murdaw is fought in his keep in the Real World. He is assisted by two prickly pranksters, and can summon more of them as well as harmours during the battle.

HP MP Experience Gold
900 255 2300 770
Attack Defense Speed
115 105 45
Dropped Item Magic water
Locations Murdaw's Keep
Skills Attacks twice per round
Chilly Breath
Game Dragon Quest VI
Console DS

After defeating him, Murdaw gets angry and fights at full power.

Other Appearances[edit]

Outside his main role in Dragon Quest VI, Murdaw also makes appearances in these titles.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

#302 - Murdaw
HP MP Experience Gold
13559 (99)
255 60600 2490
Attack Defense Speed
1055 (99)
623 (99)
384 (99)
Family  ???
Bestiary # 302
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console DS
Description "Casts Kasap to curb his enemies' enthusiasm, then curbs it further with Dazzleflash and Disruptive Wave.

Gains a hold over people by plunging them into a world of nightmares from which they can't escape. Never sleeps himself."

Additional Attributes
Fire Ice Wind Earth Light Dark
100 150 100 100 100 50
Blast Dazzle Sleep Death Drain MP Confusion
100 0 0 0 100 0
Fizzle Inaction Paralyze Poison Charm Magic Res
0 25 0 0 10 25
Blunt Sap Decelerate
5 15 50

Murdaw appears as a Legacy Boss in Dragon Quest IX. His map can be dropped from Baramos at higher levels (and thus can be obtained multiple times). He's slightly more powerful, and relies on debuffs rather than attack magic. Similar to Baramos, Murdaw is vulnerable to ice magic.


Level Range Secondary Drop Orb
1-3 Somnia boots 20% Yellow Orb 5%
4-8 Somnia boots 25% Yellow Orb 5%
9-15 Somnia clothes 15% Yellow Orb 6%
16-25 Dhoulmagus's Map 10% Yellow Orb 6%
26-40 Dhoulmagus's Map 15% Yellow Orb 7%
41-56 Dhoulmagus's Map 20% Yellow Orb 7%
57-68 Dhoulmagus's Map 25% Yellow Orb 8%
69-80 Dhoulmagus's Map 30% Yellow Orb 8%
81-90 Dhoulmagus's Map 35% Yellow Orb 9%
91-99 Dhoulmagus's Map 40% Yellow Orb 10%


Level New abilities
Initial Buff, Kasap, Scorch, Dazzleflash, attacks twice per round
5 C-c-cold Breath
10 Disruptive Wave
16 Hellfire, stops using Scorch
28 Apocalyptic Lightning
41 Begins attacking 3 times per turn, critical attack, stops using Dazzleflash
57 Blinder

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

Called "Mudou," he appears as the boss of the beast gate.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

Murdaw appears as the third-to-last boss, the main character defeats him and learns about Darck.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional[edit]

Related enemies[edit]