|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Quest IV|
Pickeerers are humanoid monsters with the appearance of purple-skinned children with a pair of green angelic wings on their backs. They have a huge pair of pointed ears, solid yellow eyes with small irises, a magenta shell-like growth on their heads, and a singular horn on the middle of their heads. The monsters wear olive green togas and golden sandals on their feet. They are vexatious threats in battle, having a tendency to gang up and call upon more of their kind to attack adventurers or summon Cureslimes to heal themselves and their allies. According to their bestiary description in X, the pickeerers are discontent with the injustice in the world and take out their frustration by attacking travelers.
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Pickeerer's name in Japanese, Valac, is one of the 72 demons listed in the Ars Goetia, taken from the Lesser Key of Solomon, a grimoire on demonology. In some demonology books, he is known alternatively as Ualac or Volach. Valac is described as a mighty president of Hell who has thirty legions of demons under his command. He gives true answers about hidden treasures, reveals where serpents can be seen, and delivers them harmless to the summoner. Valac appears as a small boy with angelic wings riding on the back of a two-headed dragon.