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The Nemean is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. It first appeared as a low-level treasure map boss in Dragon Quest IX, eventually appearing both as a boss and a recruitable monster in other games.


Nemean is a chimeric monster made from a combination of various other creatures much like a manticore. It has the body shape, shaggy mane, and a tuft at the end of its long tail like a lion but with an scale-armoured back and both dragon tail and wings. It has red demonic eyes. Most of its body, including its fur and scaled abdomen are cream-coloured, while the draconic features are taupe and its face, inside of its ears, underside, and claws are light purple. The webbing on its dragon's wings are orange. In battle, it can deliver vicious slashes with its claws and can breathe out intense flames, while its tough hide makes it highly impervious to status ailments. In later games, Nemean gained the ability to breathe out bursts of blinding light and call down thunderbolts.


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In Dragon Quest IX it is revealed, thanks to Fowleye, that the Nemean is one of the ten monsters that were created by Zenus remains (due to Corvus' attack) and also that the draconic lion used to be His "harebrained" head and in the Monster List is also revealed that "he could speak the mortal tongue, but had long forgotten".


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

Nemean (ハヌマーン Hanumān)DQIX Logo.png
Model HP MP Attack
DQIX Nemean sprite.png 2,800 255 225
Defence Agility Experience Gold
240 132 15,000 967
Bestiary no. #284
Family Beast
In-game description This ultimate being combines the best of nature's creations, and its heavenly form has earned it the nickname 'Godbeloved'.

It was once able to speak the mortal tongue, but has forgotten both that and its true form in its long years of captivity.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Acts twice per turn
Claw Slash (125% damage)
Disruptive Wave
Location(s) Grotto (rank 1-4, 11-12, suffixes: Joy, Bliss, Glee, Doubt, Woe, Dolour)
Item(s) dropped Fire claws1128
Invincible trousers (2%)
White tights132 (steal)
Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance * Blast/Lightning Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Rock Resistance * Dark Resistance * Light Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
0% -200% 0% 0%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance Sap Resistance * Blunt Resistance *
100% 100% 75% 85%
Deceleratle Resistance * Spooky Aura Resistance* Fizzle Resistance * Stun Resistance *
25% 50% 100% 100%
Charm Resistance *

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Nemean can be faced in the Magical Labyrinth as a boss. It is able to breathe out Blessed Breath and can call down bolts of lightning, as well as being able to increase its Tension with Feel the Burn when it is attacked.

Other appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Nemean appears as a S-rank monster of the Beast family, appearing on its own banner alongside the Gasmon. It can be faced as a boss in Chapter 4, Episode 9 in Part 4 of the main storyline.

Nemean (ハヌマーン Hanumān)Tactlogo.png

DQT Nemean.png
Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Beast.png
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact DebuffType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
130 1,093 440 4
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
561 347 515 118 50
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Burning Fog Bolt Storm* Beastly Ring Smash*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Windbreak / Stats Up Crack Res +25 / Stats Up Beastly Command: Action start on turn 1: Raises beast ATK in a 5x5 area including self for 3 turns (self: 4 turns) / Beastly Ring Smash Potency +5% / Stats Up
Fourth Fifth
Bang Res +25 / Stats Up Max HP +50 / Beastly Ring Smash Potency +5% / Stats Up
Leader Perks
Raises ATK of all beast allies, including itself, by 20% in a 5x5 square around it.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
ATK +15
AGL +20
Instant Accelerate: Battle start: Greatly raises AGL for 3 turns. Beastly Ring Smash Potency +2%
Perk Details
Windbreak: Battle start: Nullifies breath damage for 3 turns
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Very Weak Normal Half Res Normal
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Half Res Normal Very Weak Normal
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 Half Res Half Res Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Immune Super Weak Normal


  • In the original Japanese, Nemean's name Hanumān (ハヌマーン) is a reference to the Hindu demigod of the same name. He is a devotee of the god Rama and is also known as the "monkey god". Hanuman plays a major role in the Hindu epic Ramayana.
  • Nemean's English name is a reference to the Nemean Lion, a creature with impervious golden fur that was slain as the first of the 12 labors of the hero Hercules.


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