|Dragon Quest monster
Art by Akira Toriyama
|Dragon Quest XI
The Otter shambles is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series, first appearing in Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Although it appears to be an anthropomorphic sea otter at first glance, it is actually a bizarre humanoid man wearing an otter's fur.
Otter shambles are huge blue-colored Humanoid men wearing white fur bodysuits made from the fur coat of a sea otter. Their horrific faces poke out from inside where the otter's mouth would be, displaying large eyes with tiny black pupils and a wide grinning mouth filled with sharp fangs. Although they stand on two legs, they can quickly get on all fours and deliver a vicious swipe from their deadly claws. The beastmen's coats are spacious enough to store their shellfish meals, which they will take out at a moment's notice in the middle of battle, either chomping them down greedily to boost their strength or violently chucking them at an opponent. They also have the ability to summon pillars of ice-cold water to freeze their enemies. The monsters may possibly leave behind their fur coats after being defeated for others to wear.
The otter shambles's English name is a play on the common phrase "utter shambles", which means when a place or object is in total disarray or ruin.