Prestidigitator (Dragon Quest)

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The Prestidigitator (formerly known as Magician) is a monster introduced in the original Dragon Quest. It is a humanoid monster capable of casting spells, likely being the first enemy that the Hero encounters that can do so. Although they appeared in the series debut, these cloaked mages have yet to reappear in any of the main series, as their role as basic spellcasters has been taken over by other monsters.

Characteristics[edit]

Prestidigitators are cloaked figures whose bodies are completely obscured. They wear long grey robes that cover their entire body, showing only their hands and their eyes from underneath their cloaks. Some of them are seen carrying wands.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest[edit]

Prestidigitator (まほうつかい mahōtsukai)
Original (NES)
Sprite HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
DQ-NES-PRESTIDIGITATOR.png 13 8 4 12 11 12 12
Spell(s) Sizz
Location(s)
Evasion Fizzle Resistance Snooze Resistance Sizz & Sizzle Resistance
164 016 016 016
Remakes (SNES, GBC, Mobile)
Sprites HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
Magiciansnes.gifDQ-GBC-PRESTIDIGITATOR.png 12 8 8 16 8 12 6
Spell(s) Sizz
Location(s) Kol region
Evasion Fizzle Resistance Snooze Resistance Sizz & Sizzle Resistance
? ? ? ?



Etymology[edit]

Prestidigitation is more popularly known as sleight of hand, techniques involving quick-hand movement to perform magic tricks with objects such as cards and coins. A prestidigitator is a practitioner of these techniques, the name suiting the monster given its magical talents and emphasized, upraised hands.

Variants[edit]

Legerdeman[edit]

Legerdeman (previously known as Warlocks or Druins) are slightly more capable Prestidigitators wearing a red-orange robe instead of plain grey. They are also carrying bronze staves topped with red orbs.

Dragon Quest[edit]

Legerdemen (まどうし matōshi)
Original (NES)
Sprite HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
DQ-NES-LEGERDEMEN.png 30 ? 13 34 28 22 22
Spell(s) Sizz, Snooze
Location(s) Craggy Cave
Evasion Fizzle Resistance Snooze Resistance Sizz & Sizzle Resistance
264 116 316 016
Remakes (SNES, GBC, Mobile)
Sprites HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
Druinsnes.gifDQ-GBC-LEGERDEMEN.png 28 10 28 50 26 24 15
Spell(s) Sizz, Snooze
Location(s) Craggy Cave
Evasion Fizzle Resistance Snooze Resistance Sizz & Sizzle Resistance
? ? ? ?


Etymology[edit]

Legerdemain is another word for sleight-of-hand. Druin appears to be a misspelling of druid, a member of an order of priests in ancient Gaul and Britain who appear in legends as prophets and sorcerers.

Vis mager[edit]

Vis magers, previously known as Warlock and DruinLord, are Prestidigitators with yellow robes and a golden staff topped with a red orb. They are the most powerful sorcerers in the original game, second only to the Dragonlord himself.

Dragon Quest[edit]

(だいまどう daimadō)
Original (NES)
Sprite HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
Wizard DQ NES.gif 65 ? 50 164 80 70 70
Spell(s) Sizzle
Location(s) Near Cantlin
Evasion Fizzle Resistance Snooze Resistance Sizz & Sizzle Resistance
132 716 1516 1516
Remakes (SNES, GBC, Mobile)
Sprites HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
DQ-SNES-VIS-MAGER.png DQ-GBC-VIS-MAGER.png 70 16 120 185 71 60 49
Spell(s) Sizzle, Fizzle
Location(s) Near Cantlin
Evasion Fizzle Resistance Snooze Resistance Sizz & Sizzle Resistance
? ? ? ?


Etymology[edit]

Vis mager is a combination of vis major, a Latin term which means an overwhelming, unexpected, and unpreventable event usually caused by a natural disaster and mage, a term for a spellcaster.

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