One-man army

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The One-man-army is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest III. It is an Undead legion unto itself, able to strike multiple times per turn and keep its bones intact by healing. This monster is particularly dangerous when encountered in groups, and fittingly patrols the castles of demon lords.


One-man armies are skeletal warriors that have gained two extra pairs of arms to attack with, wielding silvery teal sabers in each of their hands. They are more armored than the typical skeleton, wearing small breastplates over their sternums, spiked caps on their skulls, boots, and gloves on all of their hands. The skeletons are purple-colored and their equipment is green in their original appearances, with their armour being a shade of mossy green in some versions of III. They can overwhelm their opponents by being able to attack twice per turn and land brutal strikes with their swords. The one-man armies tend to be highly resistant to attack magic and status ailments. Although they lost their ability to attack twice per turn when they reappeared after 30 years, the skeletal warriors gained the ability to cast healing magic in XI.


Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation[edit]

One-man army (ソードイド Sōdoido)DQ3-SNES-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (NES)
Sprite Level HP MP
Swordoid DQIII NES.png 45 170 31
Attack Defense Agility Experience Gold
158 72 99 3180 87
Bestiary No. #129
Spell(s) Midheal
Skill(s) Acts twice per turn
Brutal Strike
Location(s) Zoma's Citadel
Item Dropped Blizzard blade1128
Evasion Fire Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
0/64 25% 70% 70%
Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance
25% 25% 70% 70%
Poof Resistance Fuddle Resistance Snooze Resistance Dazzle Resistance
25% 70% 70% 70%
Fizzle Resistance Sap Resistance * Deceleratle Resistance *
70% 25% 25%
Remakes sprites

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

One-man army (ソードイド Sōdoido)DQXI Logo EN.png
Sprite HP MP Attack
One man army XI sprite.png 608 19 261
Defense Agility Experience Gold
279 186 1,712 368
Bestiary no. #397
Family Undead
In-game description Deadly spirit soldiers made when the souls of three warriors band together in search of greatness. Its sword skills are simply out of this world.
Spell(s) Moreheal
Skill(s) Desperate attack
Makes a violent slashing attack (125% damage)
Location(s) Heliodor Region (third act, night only)
The Emerald Coast (third act, night only)
Caverns Under Octagonia (third act)
Cave to Rendarak (3DS and 2D mode of Definitive Edition only)
Summoned by Wight king
Item(s) dropped Big bone18
Thunderstorm sword1256
Evasion Fire Resistance * Ice
Wind Resistance *
N/a -110% 25% 0%
Rock Resistance * Light Resistance * Dark Resistance * Zap Resistance *
0% -150% 25% 0%
Drain Magic Resistance Whack Resistance * Poof Resistance Poison Resistance *
0% 100% 75% 100%
Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance *
100% 25% 0% 100%
Sap Resistance * Blunt Resistance Deceleratle Resistance Spooky Aura
Anathematise Resistance
0% 0% 0% 0%
Fizzle Resistance * Stun Resistance * Stumble Resistance * Charm Resistance *
25% 99% 0% 100%
Beguile Resistance * Double Down Resistance * Elemental Resistance *
100% 0% 0%

This monster does not have a vicious, nor a malicious variant.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[edit]

Dragon Quest of the Stars[edit]

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

One-man army appeared in the 7th card pack, "Strange Tale of Light and Darkness" as a rare card common to all leader characters.

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