Pandora's box

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The dreaded Pandora's box is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Introduced in Dragon Quest VII, they are monstrous treasure chests of an imposing black color rimmed on the edges with gold and green tongues hanging out. Because they can cause instant death to the player's party (unless properly equipped), they are regarded as some of the most fearsome regular enemies in the entire series.


Pandora's box is essentially the most powerful form of the treasure chest monsters. It can use sudden-death moves that target the whole party, move more than once per round, and steal MP from its opponent when its own MP, which is rather low, gets too depleted for it to cast its spells.


Dragon Quest III[edit]

Absent from other versions, though used in the Game Boy Color exclusive version in the Ice Cave.

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

While absent from the original, Pandora's box makes appearances in the remakes as a monster encountered in the bonus dungeon. Given its strength and the absence of items that hamper sudden-death, it is one of the most dangerous enemies in the game, especially when encountered as a group.

Pandora's box DQIV Logo.png
Remake Exclusive (PSX, DS, Mobile)
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense Agility Experience Gold
Pandoras box1.png 900 10 240 200 131 1,250 280
Bestiary No. 172
Spell(s) Drain magic
Skill(s) Desperate attack
Sweet Breath
Location(s) Fungeon
Item Dropped Pink Leotard(1128)
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance *
132 0% 25% 0% 75% 25% 75%
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Bracer Resistance Poof Resistance Snooze Resistance Fuddle Resistance Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance
100% 100% 100% 100% 75% 75% 100%
Drain Magic Resistance Sap Resistance *
25% 75%

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

#243 - PandorasBox
Pandorasbox DQVII PSX.gif
HP MP Experience Gold
900 10 630 280
Attack Defense Speed
240 200 131
Dropped Item Light Robe
Locations Treasure Chest
Zion Cave
Skills Brutal Hit
Sleep Air
Spells Defeat
Rob Magic
Family Material
Capture Rate Moderate
Bestiary # 243
Game Dragon Quest VII
Console PSX

The first game to feature Pandora's box (localized as DorasBox due to display issues). It can be found in the Zion Cave.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Pandora's box DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
DQVIII PS2 Pandora's box.png 405 255 560 184 369 210 130
Bestiary No. 226
Family Material
In-Game Description Like a demented jack-in-the-box, this well-camouflaged monster lives to surprise unwary travellers. Often carries precious materials that can be used in the alchemy pot.
Spell(s) Drain Magic
Skill(s) Attacks twice per turn
Brutal hit
Sweet Breath
Location(s) Dragovian Path
Item(s) Dropped Recovery ring132
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
132 0% 50% 50% 50% 25% 50% 50%
Ice breath
Stone/Strike Resistance * Zap Resistance * Troop Resistance * Death Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Shock Resistance *
50% 0% 0% 0% 100% 100% 100% 50%
Sleep * Confusion * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Dance Sealing Resistance Sap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
100% 50% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Sprite Notable Changes

Dragon Quest IX[edit]


Pandora's box originates from Greek mythology as a container said to hold all the evils that were loosed upon mankind with the exception of hope. Unfortunately, unlike the myth, there is little hope to be had against this monster.

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