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Pankraz Gotha
Dragon Quest V
DQV DS Pankraz.png
Sprite(s) Papas.gif
Japanese name パパス
Romaji Papasu
Title Father
Race Human
Family Madalena (wife)
The Hero (son)
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Prince Albert (brother)
Bianca Whitaker (potential daughter-in-law)
Nera Briscoletti (potential daughter-in-law)
Debora Briscoletti (potential daughter-in-law)
Prince of Gotha (grandson)
Princess of Gotha (granddaughter)
Voice actor Akira Kamiya (CD Theater)
Takayuki Yamada (Your Story, Japanese)
Parker Simmons (Your Story, English)

Pankraz Gotha is a character from Dragon Quest V.

He is a somewhat rough-looking man who is the father of the Hero and the former king of Gotha.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Pankraz has the looks of a well-worn traveler and could likely be passed off as a toned down barbarian given his frizzy hair, Fang necklace, Leather kilt, and a partial Breastplate that reveals some of his upper-body musculature. His personality is far from barbaric, however; Pankraz is a righteous and strong-willed sort, often willing to lend a hand and remaining conscious of those who may expose themselves to peril. He can be stern at times with his son but is nevertheless a protective parent, always healing the Hero's HP if it ever drops even the slightest from a single battle.


Pankraz sets out with the Hero on a long journey, only Pankraz knows fully why. The only information the Hero is given is that they are looking for something that the father holds dear.

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Pankraz was formerly the king of Gotha. However, after the birth of his son, monsters kidnapped his wife Madalena. From then on, Pankraz and his son; along with Sancho, would travel the world in search of the king's wife. Pankraz's unassuming appearance; combined with the fact that he has been traveling with his son for so long has caused many people to assume him to be a commoner and not a king. Pankraz arrives in Whealbrook shortly after the game begins and soon after escorts Bianca Whitaker and her family home to Roundbeck. After arriving back in Whealbrook from the mission, Pankraz comes down with a cold brought on by the eternal winter in Faerie Lea. After his son resolves the issue there, Pankraz is summoned to Coburg. There, he witnesses the kidnapping of the young Prince Harry, and him and his son head to the Ancient Ruins. As the children try to leave, they are ambushed by members of the Order of Zugzwang. Bishop Ladja; the enemies' leader, beats the children senseless before Pankraz arrives. Ladja then summons Kon the Knight and Slon the Rook to kill Pankraz; he defeats them both, and Ladja changes his tactics. This time, he threatens to kill the man's son if he doesn't yield. Pankraz holds firm from another round of assault until he is nearly dead. Barely clinging to life, Pankraz tells his son that his mother is still alive and that he should keep looking for her; this occurs seconds before he is killed and turned to ash by Ladja, who then proceeds to take Harry and the man's son to Mount Azimuth for the purpose of slave labour.

In the second generation, the now fully-grown Hero returns to Whealbrook and finds a letter from his father. The letter explains that Pankraz has been searching for the legendary hero and his equipment, but only managed to recover the Zenithian sword. The letter ends with Pankraz compelling his son to find the legendary hero and his mother.


While only available as a party member for a short time, and in small intervals at that, Pankraz is an incredibly powerful individual at the start of the game, out-leveling essentially every monster the player first encounters. He primarily attacks, having a 25% rate of scoring Critical Hits, but can also use healing magic and will always heal the Hero to full health if even a smidgen of his HP is lost in a battle. This can extend to Saber in the remakes due to being able to use Pankraz's healing spells manually out of battle.

One of Pankraz' most notable skills, and one not given to any other party member or monster in the game, is his ability to occasionally act twice per round, as well as unlimited use of his healing spells as his MP regenerates after use of either spell.

Attribute Stats
Level 27
HP 410
MP 65
Strength 117
Agility 35
Resilience 79
Wisdom 95
Luck 92
Attack 157
Defence 91
Initial gear Pankraz's sword, Leather kilt
  • Pankraz is immune to all status ailments but Sap. He also has a 20% resistance to all elements.

Dragon Quest V (DS) 
Spell Level Learned
Heal --
Midheal --

Other appearances[edit]

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

Pankraz is an NPC in Whealbrook in the 3DS and Definitive Edition versions of the game. He has no notable role in the Whealbrook side quest, but must be spoken to as part of the Cannock Castle side quest. If the player speaks to him in Whealbrook after first speaking to two other characters, he will direct the Luminary to the Neverglade, where the Prince of Cannock was headed next.

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Pankraz Gotha appears as a S-rank member of the Hero family as part of the limited True Dragon Quest V event, where he can be recruited during the event's story. He joins the player in Chapter 1, Episode 1: Rest and Relaxation of the event quests and he can be fully awakened by collecting Pankraz Gotha Crystals from clearing the stage on any difficulty. Pankraz Gotha also stars in his own Battle Road.

Pankraz Gotha (パパス Papasu)Tactlogo.png

Family Rank Role
Tact Icon SpecialFamily.png
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
130 1,301 336 2-3
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
510 500 400 202 60
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Magnanimous Midheal Woosh Strike* Leaping Edge*
Coup de Grâce: Immutable Stance*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Move +1 / Stats Up Bang Res +25 / Stats Up Physical Tricks: Lowers physical ability MP cost by 10%, raises potency and recovery by 10% / Leaping Edge Potency +5% / Immutable Stance MP Cost -5% / Stats Up
Fourth Fifth
Zap Res +25 / Stats Up Role Model: When attacked and KO'd by enemy: Triggers Role Model 1 time per battle / Leaping Edge Potency +5% / Immutable Stance MP Cost -5% / Stats Up
Leader Perks
Raises DEF of all Hero allies, including himself, by 30% in a 5x5 square around him.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Parental Pride: Before HP hits 0: Occasionally preserves HP at 1. DEF +20
Max HP +30
Leaping Edge Potency +2%
Immutable Stance MP Cost -5%
Perk Details
Move +1: Raises Move by 1.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Very Weak Very Weak Normal Normal
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Half Res Half Res Normal Normal
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Immune Half Res Normal Normmal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Super Weak Normal Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Normal Normal Super Weak Half Res


In Japanese, his full name is given as デュムパポス=エル=ケル=グランバニア or Dhumespapos El Kel Granvania. Granvania is the Japanese name for Gotha.