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Dragon Quest X
DQX Hades Nergel artwork.png
Japanese name 冥王ネルゲル
Romaji Meiō Nerugeru
Title Lord of Hell
The Netherfiend
The Netherlord
Race Demon
Age Approximately 1,000 years
Voice actor Takashi Kondō (Japanese)

Nelgel, known by his full title of the Netherfiend, is the final boss of the first version of Dragon Quest X.

Nelgel has gone on to become a recruitable monster in the 3DS and SP versions of Dragon Quest Monsters 2 and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3, as well as a boss in various spinoff games.

Appearance and personality[edit]

Nelgel dresses in a long-sleeved ruffled white shirt with lime-green pants, pink boots with green vine designs, and a long green coat with slashed rounded shoulders and the skull of a monster serving as a cuirass that tapers into a lime green cape with lavender lining. Nelgel's skin is a light shade of purple and he has spiky, slicked back white hair; two large, curving horns emerge from the center of his skull and extend back to his shoulders. He wears gold hoop earrings on his long pointed ears and he has sharp black fingernails. A large scythe, the Netherscythe, is his main weapon in his humanoid form.

Once transformed, Nelgel resembles a stygian simian with a bulky upper body, bat wings, bird legs, and a thin tail. His skin is green and covered in purple markings.


Dragon Quest X[edit]

Nelgel appears as the main antagonist of Dragon Quest X's version 1 story. In the beginning of the game, he attacks and destroys the Hero's home village Tenton, even getting him killed in the process with his army of monsters. Once the Hero collects at least six Key Emblems, the hero can finally confront Nelgel after a series of events involving time travel.

Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Marvelous Mysterious Key[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince[edit]

Nelgel the Netherfiend (ネルゲル Nerugeru) DQM3 Logo.png
Icon Family Max HP* Max MP*
Nelgel the netherfiend DQM3 portrait.png DQM3 ??? family icon.png 1,260 280
Max Attack Max Defence Max Agility Max Wisdom
680 570 510 630
Bestiary No. #516
Rank S
In-game description The beastly form of Nelgel after drawing upon the unfathomable powers of darkness. He is the one from whom all death is given, the one to whom all death is returned
Talents Nelgel the Netherfiend (lv. 1)
Guaranteed traits Dodge Denier (lv. 1)
Agent of Chaos (lv. 20)
Bossesbane (lv. 40)
Large-size exclusive traits Tactical Commander (lv. 1)
Crafty Devil (lv. 1)
Late Bloomer (lv. 60)
Habitat This monster has no natural habitat
Items N/A
Synthesis chart Razerburn DQM3 portrait.png X Corvus DQM3 portrait.png
Notable synthesis Nelgel the netherfiend DQM3 portrait.png X The darkling DQM3 portrait.png = Calasmos DQM3 portrait.png
Nelgel the netherfiend DQM3 portrait.png X Psaro the manslayer DQM3 portrait.png X Nimzo DQM3 portrait.png X Rhapthorne DQM3 portrait.png = Estark DQM3 portrait.png
(Two generation synthesis)
Fire Resistance * Water Resistance * Wind Resistance * Earth Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Explosion Resistance * Ice Resistance * Electricity Resistance * Light Resistance *
25% 50% 50% 0%
Dark Resistance * Debilitation Resistance* Bedazzlement Resistance * Antimagic Resistance *
25% 0% 75% 0%
MP Absorption Resistance * Confusion Resistance * Sleep Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 25%
Stun Resistance * Poison Resistance *
0% 0%
Instant Death Resistance *

Dragon Quest: Monster Parade[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[edit]

Dragon Quest of the Stars[edit]

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Dragon Quest Walk[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Both of Nelgel's forms appear as S-rank members of the ??? family as part of the limited Dragon Quest X event. His Netherlord form can be challenged in Chapter 2 Episode 4, while his Netherfiend form can be faced in Chapter 2 Episode 5 of the event quests respectively. Both forms can also be faced against in Battle of All Ages. Nelgel the Netherlord appears on his own banner alongside Lunatick queen.

Nelgel the Netherlord (冥王ネルゲル Meiō Nerugeru)Tactlogo.png

DQT Nelgel the Netherlord.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon SpecialFamily.png
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
130 974 358 2
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
457 310 338 177 65
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Miasma Pellet Dread Firescythe* Dread Sizzlescythe*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Underworld Fog / Stats Up Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up Spirit Swallower Mk. 0: When enemy or any other ally is KO'd:
Restores 200 HP and 50 MP to the user / Dread Sizzlescythe Potency +5% / Stats Up
Fourth Fifth
Zam Res +25 / Stats Up Spirit Swallower Mk. 100: When enemy or any other ally is KO'd:
For number of KO'd enemies or allies only, raises AGL for 2 turns (3 turns when KO attack is by character other than self) /
Dread Sizzlescythe Potency +5% / Stats Up
Leader Perks
Raises physical potency of allies, including himself, by 15% in a 5x5 square around him.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
ATK +15
Max HP +30
Spirit Swallower: When enemy or any other ally is KO'd: Raises ATK, DEF, and Move for 2 turns (3 turns when KO attack is by character other than self) Dread Sizzlescythe Potency +2%
Perk Details
Underworld Fog: Battle start: Greatly raises evasion rate and damage inflicted on enemies for 3 turns.
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 Super Weak
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Super Weak Normal Normal Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Normal Half Res Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Half Res Immune Normal Normal

Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi[edit]


  • Nelgel's name is a reference to Nergal, the Mesopotamian god of the underworld and lord of the dead. His Japanese title, Meiō (冥王), means "dark king" and "king of the Underworld" and is used to refer to the gods Hades/Pluto from ancient Greco-Roman mythology or Yama, a deity of death and the underworld who features prominently in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. In Japan, Yama is known by the name Enma.


  • Nelgel's humanoid appearance is similar to Orgodemir's, as well as other characters designed by Akira Toriyama, like Magus from Chrono Trigger and Whis from Dragon Ball.
  • Nelgel's outfit is similar to clothing worn by nobility and royalty in western medieval Europe, particularly his rounded shoulders with slashes. The Grim Reaper, who is the personification of Death, has been depicted since the Middle Ages as wielding a scythe, much like Nelgel.