Rhapthorne

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Rhapthorne
Dragon Quest VIII
Rhapthorne Second Forme.png
Japanese name ラプソーン
Romaji Rapusōn
Title Lord of Darkness

Lord Rhapthorne is the central antagonist of Dragon Quest VIII. A demon of untold power and ambition to dominate the worlds of darkness and light, Rhapthorne is the party's final opponent in their quest to rid their world of an evil curse.

Characteristics[edit]

Rhapthorne is among the most proactive demon lords in the series, taking direct action to further his agenda and confronting his foes head-on whenever possible instead of lurking withing an isolated lair. This remains true even when he is rendered a disembodied soul trapped within the Godbird sceptre, manipulating the negative emotions and thoughts of those who touch the staff until they become a blinded puppet able to serve his needs and leading to outright possession in two instances. In a break from the series' tradition of the Archfiend being a distant figure removed from much of the narrative, Rhapthorne is actually present from the very beginning of the game thanks to Dhoulmagus' theft of the sceptre. He is aware of the party's actions against him from the start, and as such his loathing for them is significantly more personal than that of final foes past.

Rhapthorne's original appearance is never seen within the game itself, only alluded to in a mural found within the Dark Ruins where he is depicted as a monsterous robed figure with an unkempt beard. When his body is freed, he takes the form of a diminutive purple demon with large goat horns, a carapace covered torso, an insect's wing casing, and glowing bulb of energy in lieu of legs. After merging with the magical engine that powers his flying castle, the Black Citadel, Rhapthorne has the upper half of an obese exaggeration of his previous form due to becoming over-saturated with magical energy. His horns are greatly enlarged, his wings have become larger and bat-like, his lower body has solidified into a fleshy bulb with eight spikes arranged in a circular pattern, and his body is adorned with tattoos in a flame-like pattern that are a darker shade of purple than his skin.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King[edit]

Rhapthorne was born in the World of Darkness, subjugating it with an onslaught of loyal followers and overwhelming magical force. Rhapthorne's ambition drove him to attempt to invade the World of Light as well, bringing him into conflict with the Seven Sages and Empyrea the Godbird. The battle between the two forces nearly rent the world of darkness asunder, but the forces of light proved victorious and the demon was slain. Fearing that Rhapthorne would be revived in the future and menace the world once again long after their deaths, the Seven Sages split his soul from his body and sealed them away to prevent his resurrection. His lifeless body was sealed within a massive rock on a craggy atoll that would one day become the Holy Isle of Neos, where it was chiseled by the sage Alexander into a statue of the Goddess to avoid being tampered with by humans. Empyrea and the sages created a prison for Rhapthorne's soul in the form of the Godbird sceptre, a tall staff that would be entrusted to the royal family of Castle Trodain and remain guarded for centuries.

Rumors of the staff began to circulate the world in the intervening years, developing into a legend that it possesses incredible magical might that could turn the most humble dabbler into a powerful sorcerer. This is what drew the attention of Dhoulmagus, the failed student of Master Rylus of Farebury. Posing as a wandering jester, Dhoulmagus infiltrates the castle and steals the staff. Rhapthorne seizes this importunity and takes full advantage of the overwrought bitterness within the man, testing him by transforming King Trode and Princess Medea into mockeries of themselves when they attempt to stop him as a test before placing a curse on Castle Trodain that turns the inhabitants into plants and wraps the structure in a wall of immense thorns to prevent anyone within with knowledge of the sceptre's menace from following him. Unaware that a certain guardsman remained unaffected by the curse and that the King and Princess of the castle were spared by, Rhapthorne influences Dhoulmagus into murdering the descendants of the Seven Sages to break the seal on the sceptre and begins with Rylus.

Rhapthorne's killings earned him several powerful foes in the forms of Jessica Albert and Angelo, whose brother and foster father were assassinated by Dhoulmagus respectively. The mage and priest would join the cursed King and his company as the pursued Dhoulmagus across several continents. The jester's rampage would be put to an end inside the depths of the dark ruins in the northwestern island of the world, but Jessica would place her hands on the sceptre after the battle and become Rhapthorne's new vessel. Though still carrying strong negative feelings over the murder of her brother, Jessica is unable to be fully controlled by Rhapthorne and avoids killing a descendant herself. When confronted by the party in the city of Arcadia Jessica loses her grip on the staff, which is retrieved by a dog named Sir Leopold. Being an animal, Rhapthorne is able to fully possess the hound and continues his rampage until Leopold is killed in battle against the party in Savella Cathedral.

It is here when Angelo's scheming half-brother Marcello takes hold of the staff and uses it to kill the Lord High Priest of the cathedral after having the party arrested on accusation of the murder. Marcello is strong willed enough to resist being manipulated by Rhapthorne, but when defeated in battle he becomes too mentally exhausted to continue and becomes fully possessed. With the final descendant killed, Rhapthorne unseals his body on Neos and summons the Black Citadel to the world of light. The party invades the citadel with the aid of Empyrea, and defeats Rhapthorne in the heart of the fortress. Refusing to die so soon after his resurrection, Rhapthorne absorbs the magic contained within the citadel and becomes a colossus protected by in impenetrable barrier. He then summons all of his forces from the world of darkness and commands them to besiege all around them, replacing the normal encounters for the remainder of the game.

When the party gathers six legendary orbs to allow the Seven Sages to weaken Rhapthorne's barrier, they ride upon Empyrea's back and channel their power into replicas of the Godbird sceptre to shatter the shield. The climactic battle in the high skies ends with the heroes victorious and Rhapthorne's soul completely eradicated, with the curse he laid upon Castle Trodain and its people fading shortly after.

Rhapthorne I (ラプソーン)DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Attack
DQVIII PS2 Rhapthorne 1.png 4850 255 346
Defense Agility Experience Gold
186 115 0 0
Bestiary no. #286
Family ???
In-game description The Lord of Darkness. His soul is imprisoned in the magical scepter of Trodain Castle, while his physical form is entombed within the Goddess Statue on the Holy Isle of Neos. He dreams of ruling the World of Light.
Spell(s) Kafrizzle
Kaboom
Skill(s) Acts twice per turn
Desperate Attack
Disruptive Wave
Freezing Blizzard
Dazzleflash
Lullab-Eye
Location(s) Black Citadel
Item(s) dropped None
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance *
064 0% 25% 25%
Fire Breath
Resistance
*
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
25% 0% 0% 0%
Ice breath
Resistance
*
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
0% 0% 0% 100%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Snooze resistance * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance
100% 100% 100% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
100% 50% 0%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Sprite Notable Changes
HP 5350
Defence 196
Agility 125




Rhapthorne (ラプソーン)DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Attack
Rhapthorne II ps2.png 5640 255 428
Defense Agility Experience Gold
161 115 0 0
Bestiary no. #287
Family ???
In-game description The Lord of Darkness himself, taken physical form, and grown powerful enough to absorb the massive Black Citadel into his new body.
Spell(s) Kafrizzle
Kaboom
Magic Burst (250~290)
Skill(s) Attacks twice per turn
Anger of the Gods (84~96)
Burst out in defiant laughter
Disruptive Wave
Freezing Blizzard
Scorch
Lullab-Eye
Meditation
Sceptre Ball (attack/2 + 67)
Summons Meteors (80~96)
Arm slams on the party
Evil Prayer
Location(s) The Vast Skies
Item(s) dropped None
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance *
064 0% 0% 0%
Fire Breath
Resistance
*
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Ice breath
Resistance
*
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
0% 0% 0% 100%
Whack Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance *
100% 100% 100% 100%
Snooze resistance * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance
100% 100% 100% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
100% 15% 100%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Sprite Notable Changes
HP 6500
Attack 448
Defence 191
Agility 125
No longer wastes turn laughing
Anger of the Gods (160~192)
Sceptre Ball (attack/2 +87)




Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

#307 - Rhapthorne
Rhapthorne IX DS.png
HP MP Experience Gold
8500
17074 (99)
255 69600 2490
Attack Defense Speed
670
1406 (99)
550
825 (99)
230
336 (99)
Family ???
Bestiary # 307
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console DS
Description "Evil incantations and Kafrizz form just part of this portly demon's plan to exterminate his enemies. Lick him with light.

Some say his body is so big that is contains enough cursed power to contort the space-time continuum itself."

Additional Attributes
Fire Ice Wind Earth Light Dark
100 100 100 100 150 100
Blast Dazzle Sleep Death Drain MP Confusion
50 0 0 0 100 0
Fizzle Inaction Paralyze Poison Charm Magic Res
0 0 0 0 5 50
Blunt Sap Decelerate
5 25 75

Rhapthorne also appears as a Legacy Boss in Dragon Quest IX, obtained after completing Quest #179 (or received at special events). He will become enraged once his health drops to orange range.

Treasure[edit]

Level Range Secondary Drop Orb
1-3 Alefgard gloves 20% Purple Orb 5%
4-8 Alefgard gloves 25% Purple Orb 5%
9-15 Trodain trousers 15% Purple Orb 6%
16-25 Trodain trousers 20% Purple Orb 6%
26-40 Trodain trousers 25% Purple Orb 7%
41-56 Trodain bandana 20% Purple Orb 7%
57-68 Trodain bandana 25% Purple Orb 8%
69-80 Trodain togs 15% Purple Orb 8%
81-90 Trodain togs 20% Purple Orb 9%
91-99 Trodain togs 25% Purple Orb 10%

Skills[edit]

Level New abilities
Initial Kafrizz, Kaboom, Disruptive Wave, Defiant Laughter, Slap on the Chops, Scepter Ball, attacks twice per turn
5 Lullab-Eye
10 Wrath of the Gods (attack/2 +37, hits 1~4 times)
16 C-c-cold Breath
22 Meditation
28 Starfall
34 Kafrizzle
41 Kaboomle, stops using Kafrizz & Kaboom
57 Evil Prayer, Magic Burst

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Rhapthorne is available in both his forms.

Rhapthorne
Family Beast
Rank X
Description A mighty god of darkness who comes in a very small package.
Weapons Spears, Axes, Hammers, Staves
Traits Artful Dodger, Zammeister
Resistances Healed by Zam, Whackproof
Skill Rhapthorne
Location -
Breeding chart Dhoulmagus x Nimzo


Rhapthorne (2nd Form)
Family Beast
Rank X
Description A mighty god of darkness who comes in a very large package.
Weapons Spears, Axes, Hammers, Staves
Traits Artful Dodger, Psycho
Resistances Healed by Zam
Skill Rhapthorne II
Location -
Breeding chart Rhapthorne x Zoma


Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

Rhapthorne appears in both his forms once again.

Rhapthorne
Family ???
Rank X
Size S
Weapons Axes, Spears, Hammers, Staves
Traits Artful Dodger, Disruptive Wave
Resistances Vulnerable to Ban Dance, Immune to Whack, Healed by Zam
Skill Rhapthorne
Location -
Breeding chart Dhoulmagus x Nimzo or Mortamor


Rhapthorne II
Family ???
Rank X
Size L
Weapons Staves
Traits Hit Squad, Grand Slammer, Tactical Trooper, Crafty Zammer
Resistances Vulnerable to Decelerate, Immune to Donk, Whack, Poison, Confusion, Inaction, Paralysis, and Sleep, Healed by Zam
Skill Rhapthorne II
Location -
Breeding chart Rhapthorne x Zoma or Orgodemir


Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light[edit]

Dragon Quest of the Stars[edit]

Rhapthorne resumes his role as the chief villain of the VIII scenario, and as a boss in several events.

Dragon Quest Rivals[edit]

Rhapthorne's first form was added to the game in the sixth booster pack update.

Trivia[edit]

  • Rhapthorne's diminutive first form bears a slight resemblance to real world sea angels. Both feature prominent bio-luminescence in their abdomens, stubby appendages, and the Angel's antennae approximate with Rhapthorne's horns.
  • When possessing both Dhoulmagus and Leopold, both hosts developed large, black-feathered wings reminiscent of a bird of prey. Neither of Rhapthorne's actually bodies have these traits, with his petite form bearing no wings at all, and his larger form having smaller bat-like wings.
  • In Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, the evil scepter Rhapthorne weilds is called Malevolence.

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