Princess Gwaelin

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Sprite(s) Dq1gwaelin-sprite-NES.gif
Japanese name ローラ姫
Romaji Rōra Hime
Old localization Lady Lora
Title Princess
Race Human
Family King Lorik (Father)
Voice actor Hiroko Kasahara (CD Theater)
Ai Kayano (Rivals)

Princess Gwaelin is a character in the Dragon Quest series that appears as a major NPC in the original Dragon Quest.

She is the daughter of King Lorik of Tantegel and has been kidnapped by the Dragonlord. During the game, she can be rescued by the Hero as a sidequest. This makes her the one and only sidequest present in the original Dragon Quest.

Appearance and personality[edit]

Gwaelin has three distinct designs, the first of which being a traditional princess dressed in a soft-yellow, frilly gown with puffy shoulders, a large sky blue waist ribbon with a blue gem set in a gold pin, and a golden tiara set with one large sapphire adjourned with rubies on both sides.

Her second design, which originated from Kenshin Dragon Quest: Yomigaerishi Densetsu no Ken, is shown in the Battle Road arcade series, wherein she wears a pink gown with sleeves that extend and split along her mid-forearm, and a white sash along her waist. The third design is seen in Dragon Quest Builders, and is a white version of her original dress with a golden trim sewn into it at ankle-height and a different tiara design. In all appearances her necklace stays the same, and her hair is always a faint ginger or light brown.

Gwaelin is a young woman well trained in the etiquette expected of her standing, and her optimism is utterly indomitable no matter how grim the situation. This aspect of her is highlighted in Builders, where her resolve spurs the people of the rebuilt Tantegel into action. The princess is prone to bouts of girly glee when she is happy, to the point that she'll even audibly squeak when particularly pleased. She is, however, still a princess, and will not take no for an answer under any circumstances--trapping the player in an endless dialogue loop and pouting until she gets her way. When rescued by the Hero in the original game, she immediately falls head over heels for her savior.


Dragon Quest[edit]

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The Hero may rescue Gwaelin during his quest to defeat the Dragonlord, though this is not a requirement to complete the game. She is located inside the Quagmire Cave south of Kol which connects to the southeastern continent. In order to rescue Gwaelin, the Hero must fight and defeat a ferocious Green dragon that guards her (rather lavish) cell. This monster is not visible on the dungeon map screen, but rather is triggered when the Hero steps on a specific tile (similar to the Golem which guards Cantlin). If the Dragonlord is defeated prior to the Princess' rescue, she will still be in her cell and able to be rescued, though the Green dragon will not be present.

After rescuing the princess, the Hero carries her back to her father at Tantegel castle. A sprite showing the Hero carrying Gwaelin is used at this time. In the remakes of the game, the Dragonlord has a special reaction if she is being carried when the Hero confronts him. He laughs heartily at the absurdity, and 'thanks' the Hero for his kindness in bringing the Princess to him.

At Tantegel Castle, Gwaelin gives the Hero an item called the 'Princess Pledge' which tells the Hero his exact distance from Tantegel on the map of Alefgard at the time it is used. It is useful in finding the Mark of Erdrick later in the game. While at the castle, her highness occupies the empty space next to her father in the throne room. When spoken to in the NES Version, she asks the Hero if he loves her. Answering yes triggers the short love music to play.

If the Hero rescued Gwaelin during the game, then she will be present during the ending and join the protagonist on his journey to establish his own kingdom. The Hero will again carry the lass away as he leaves Alefgard after defeating the Dragonlord. If the Hero is already carrying her when the ending begins, the result is much the same, though a single line of dialogue is different.

Eventually she and The Hero get married and settle in Torland. They have three children, who establish the kingdoms of Midenhall, Cannock, and Moonbrooke. 100 years later, their descendants become the heroes of Dragon Quest II. Also, a tunnel leading from Cannock to Moonbrooke was named after her.

Selected quotes[edit]


"Mighty Hero, thou wilt, of course, escort me to my home, the palace?"

Gwaelin, in Quagmire Cave (NES)


"Th--?! B--?! Grr...mayhap thou didst not hear me correctly..."

Gwaelin, upon being told no (NES)


"Why, Hero! Tee hee! (squeak)"

Gwaelin, upon being told yes (NES)

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

Gwaelin appears as an NPC in the Tantegel section of the Echo Chamber. She is not the focus of the disruption in time, as instead her father has been cursed to be unable to speak.

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

The princess is once again found in the Quagmire Cave being guarded by a Green dragon. Once the serpent is slain she will allow Terry to carry her outside, but upon seeing the lad is half her size she decides to wait for a stronger hero to arrive and sweep her off her feet.

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest[edit]

The princess shows up as a playable character in Theatrhythm Dragon Quest.

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

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The princess is an NPC in the final chapter of the game, having recited a charm to turn herself to stone in order to escape the agony of her Hero's betrayal and the despair the Dragonlord wrought once he blacked out the sky and banished the basics of building from those living in Alefgard. Gwaelin remained in stasis for approximately 100 years until the Builder revives her with a phial of Holy water. When spoken to in the first section of the chapter, she will restore the builder's HP.

Unlike other characters in the game, the princess immediately recognizes the player as the legendary builder and encourages them throughout the chapter. She dutifully prays that Rubiss bestow her blessing upon the builder, which allows the goddess' voice to penetrate the miasma covering the land and speak with the player directly. Just prior to her awakening, she received a vision from Rubiss telling her that three sages will need to join her in Tantegel, uniting three divine artifacts to restore the land. These sages are the principal npcs of the previous chapters.

Through the final chapter Rubiss disheartens the Builder from confronting Dragonlord, as the builder is not a hero. The princess, however, keeps encouraging the builder to free the Alefgardian people from Dragonlord's rule. The builder going against her wishes annoys Rubiss to the point she stops giving them protection. After the final confrontation with the Dragonlord, the princess thanks the builder for their efforts and the game ends.

Dragon Quest of the Stars[edit]

Princess Gwaelin plays the same role of damsel in distress that she did in the original game.
Players can obtain her outfit in the Guided by Rubiss Light event.

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Princess Gwaelin appears as a S-rank member of the Hero family as part of the limited True Dragon Quest I event, appearing on her own banner alongside Drohl diabolist. She can participate in the Legerdeman's Battle Road as a party member.

Princess Gwaelin (ローラ姫 Rōra Hime)Tactlogo.png

Family Rank Role
Tact Icon Hero.png
DQTact Rank Icon S.png DQTact SupportType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
140 1,395 625 2
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
315 456 546 328 60
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Hurrah Head over Heals* Deadly Dragon Breath*
Coup de Grâce: Princess's Pledge*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Princess of Tantegel / Stats Up Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up Deadly Dragon Breath Potency +5% / Princess's Pledge Recovery +5% / Heart of a Lady: Heals 50% of the user's max HP when the user's HP drops to 70% or less, 1 time per battle / Stats Up
Fourth Fifth
Zam Res +25 / Stats Up Deadly Dragon Breath Potency +5% / Princess's Pledge Recovery +5% / Max HP +100 / Stats Up
Leader Perks
Raises breath potency/recovery of all allies, including herself, by 15% in a 5x5 square around her.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Max HP +30
DEF +20
Holy Guard: Battle start: Nullifies some status ailments for 3 turns. Physical Potency/Recovery +2%
Perk Details
Princess of Tantegel: Battle start: Raises breath potency/recovery, Physical Res, Spell Res and Breath Res for 1 turn. Action start on odd turns until turn 5: Raises breath potency/recovery, Physical Res, Spell Res and Breath Res for 3 turns.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Normal Very Weak Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Very Weak Normal Half Res Immune
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Normal Normal Normal Half Res
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Super Weak Super Weak Normal Half Res


  • In Builders, she is simply known as "The Princess".


In other languages[edit]

Language Translation Meaning
ICON-FLAG-ES.png EspañolPrincesa AlinaBright, noble.