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The puppeteer is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Introduced in Dragon Quest VIII, it is a humanoid monster armed with hand puppets.


Puppeteers wear outfits that completely cover their forms with only their blank eyes being visible through the eye-holes in their masks, much like those worn by stagehands in traditional Japanese theater known as kuroko. This concealing garb is mostly a black color with some blue and green, likely to focus attention towards the more colorful puppets used by the puppeteer, namely a lump mage on their right arms and a slime on their left. It also carries a puppet of a dracky and a golem that it uses when telling different stories. The puppeteer can also envelop its enemies in illusions and uses its slime puppet to perform punches.


Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Puppeteer (パペットこぞう Papettokozō)DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Attack
DQVIII PS2 Puppeteer.png 75 12 41
Defense Agility Experience Gold
38 38 45 21
Bestiary no. #041
Family Humanoid
In-game description A unique monster that delights in telling its opponents stories using hand-puppets.
Spell(s) Dazzle
Skill(s) Punches with his slime puppet
Performs a Funny Story (attempts to stun entire party for one turn)
Performs an Exciting Tale (increases entire party's Tension by one stage)
Performs a Lame Story (reduces entire party's Tension level to 0)
Location(s) Kingdom of Ascantha (day only)
Item(s) dropped Silk robe132
Slime earrings164
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance *
164 0% 25% 25%
Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
25% 25% 25% 25%
Ice breath
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
25% 0% 25% 15%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
15% 0% 15% 15%
Snooze resistance * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance
50% 50% 0% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
50% 0% 0%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Notable Changes

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Family Material
Rank C
Description He made the puppets all by himself.
Weapons Swords, Hammers, Whips, Staves
Traits -
Resistances Sleepproof
Skill All-Rounder
Location -
Breeding chart Dingaling x Skeleton

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Family Material
Rank C
Size S
Weapons Swords, Whips, Hammers, Staves
Traits -
Resistances Vulnerable to Inaction, Immune to Sleep
Skill All-Rounder
Location Dark World
Breeding chart Firn fiend x Khalamari kid or Dancing flame

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional[edit]


The design of the Puppeteer and the other puppet-carrying monsters is based on Japanese comedy duo Puppet Muppet (パペットマペット, Papetto mapetto), who consist of a frog puppet (Kaeru-kun) and a cow puppet (Ushi-kun) who are manipulated by a puppeteer wearing an obscuring black costume known as Kuroko that they do not acknowledge. Article on Japanese Wikipedia.

Similar species[edit]